CMLL (SUN) 06/20 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, Cesar]
1) Horus & Metálico b Cholo & Zayco
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Astral, Bam Bam, Shockercito
3) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Diamante b Cancerbero, Raziel, Skándalo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Sagrado b Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Héctor Garza, Jushin Lyger, Terrible b Máximo, Shocker, Toscano
6) Mr. Águila b Místico
Main event turned into a Tirantes Sr. special, blatantly counting fast for Aguila and slow for Mistico. Aguila got in a foul, which Tirantes ignored, for the win. I think Mr. Aguila just jumped to the front of the line!
Demus pinned Bam Bam with his feet on the ropes.
I had this wrong earlier on Twitter – it was SuperLuchas who has Verando de Escandalo as August 6, not the WON. SuperLuchas also reports CIMA & Nosawa are due back in July.
Groon XXX is back in the hospital. A painkiller he took after his most recent knee injury was causing abscesses to form on his knees. Groon will undergo surgery and be in the hospital for up to fifteen days.
Super Nova was listed as working a show with Atlantis, Rey Bucanero and Sombra in Ciudad Juarez tonight, so maybe he’s headed back to CMLL or at least working with them when not doing the Lucha Libre USA bit. There was a note in the Observer that AAA wasn’t going to use anyone working the Masked Warriors show. With the Perros not running more shows even before this invasion started (and haven’t announced much lately), Nova may be low on options.
Heroes en el Ring notes from the Bit Bag (scroll down until you see Super Fly with a grab bag; must’ve been visiting the other booths at E3)
The Lucha Libre: Heroes del Ring (the Wii version) was pretty cool and I got the chance to talk to the developer. Unlike other wrestling games, this focuses on the cultural aspect, since these wrestlers are held in such high regard in Mexico. When you’re grappling, you can perform certain moves depending on where the icon is set on the bar. Also, it’s very important to win over the crowd, so that you can perform better. This is a must buy for those looking for something different when it comes to wrestling games.
I hadn’t heard of anyone seeing the Wii version, but it sounds like it plays like the other ones.
Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Shocker vs El Alebrije, Olímpico, Psicosis: I thought this was good. Invasors were not wasting their chance and working hard. Not sure about the lineup (Histeria should’ve been here and Olimpico should’ve been consigned to the b-team, since it had all been mostly about the Psi/Histeria/Alebrije trio) and the rudos really needed to get a win. Even a Hector Garza aided win would’ve worked, but they had to get their hand raised.
The recaps at the time made it sound as if Tirantes was playing totally straight, but it seemed like he was being a subtle rudo. Not too subtle, I figured it out, but you get the idea.
AAA TV (FRI) 07/02 Domo del Mar, Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche
1) Laredo Kid, Mari Apache, Súper Fly vs Billy Boy, Jennifer Blade, Tigre Cota
2) Aerostar & Fabi Apache vs Alex Koslov & Christina Von Eerie [AAA MIXED TAG]
3) Jack Evans & Rocky Romero vs Damián 666 & Halloween
4) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Hernandez & Zorro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr. vs Chessman & LA Park
2010 AAA TV Chart – with a lot of changes!
Projected Air Date (#946)
Part of a two tapings in three days swing around the Yucatan peninsula. A lot of the same people will be working on the Merida Sunday taping, but given the few amount of people on this show (4 tags and 1 trios, has to be close to a record), there’s got to be more people coming in for later.
This should be the next taping after tonight’s show. Since TripleMania is airing, AAA will have a big lag again between when shows are taped and when they air. They’ll probably take the last week of June and the second week of July off from taping anything. Verano de Escandalo will be on 08/06, so they’ll have after Merida and will only need to tape two more shows. We should have a solid idea about what the big matches are for that show by the end of this taping weekend.
The third match – the tercera! – is the first Perros del Mal vs AAA match. Although they haven’t been so great of late, I seem to recall CMLL giving a bit better spot to it’s invaders. On the other hand, Damian and Halloween might get a clean win.
I hesitate to suggest Chessman being in the main event might mean someone remembers he’s owed a title shot. Much more likely for this to be about Wagner/Park. No sign of Vamp or Electro, but one of those guys is never in matches anyway.
If the idea was for the Legion to win every title, it makes sense for them to picked up the Mixed tag titles here (and send Aero off to Fuerza Aerea oblivion), but that’s what I wrote last time, and now they might have dropped that idea. Still, these titles don’t mean anything and the decision here might as well be a whim. No sign of the maid stipulation in terms of matches, but that should be more vignettes and less in-ring.
LA Park had a long interview ending with a passionate speech. La Parka Jr. is just a goofball standing around while Joaquin and Marisela (!) do promos on his behalf. There’s no question who’s coming of as the bigger star of this feud, even before the match. It’s a good thing everyone on the internet loves Park and not Parka.
CMLL (FRI) 06/18 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, Ovaciones]
1) Camorra & Disturbio b Camaleón & Robin
2) Fabián el Gitano, Pegasso, Rey Cometa DQ Dr. X, Hooligan, Loco Max
3) Amapola b Princesa Sujei [lightning]
4) Máscara Dorada, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [MEX TRIOS]
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Máximo b Shigeo Okumura, Taichi, Yoshihashi
6) Atlantis, Jushin Lyger, Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Rudos won the main clean with the Muralla Guerrera triple team submission. Match seemed to build towards a Rayo/Atlantis match.
Ovaciones quotes Taichi as saying he’d be back in November. Yoshihashi is in for three months makes sense; he’s missing two NJPW tours, but he probably wouldn’t be on much for the G1 (the second one)
Challengers won the first fall, but the champions rallied to win the second and third. Dragon Rojo, the captain, got surprised by a Metro German suplex for the win. Misterioso could’ve broken it up, but was too busy celebrating.
Dragon Rojo Jr. has now lost 8 straight title matches (3 Mex Trios, 3 CMLL SL, 1 Mex Welter, 1 CMLL Trios) since last March, and the last six have all involved Mascara Dorada.
Besides everyone challenging Mistico and Mistico talking about who he’d prefer to face (Averno or Volador at Anniversary over Aguila or Oriental), Ras de Lona also introduced four new minis
Mini Maximo – same guy who had it briefly before (aka Atomo & the Evil Monkey)
Cisne – five years wrestling, trained by Virus
Aereo – four years, trained by Virus
Halcon – from Laugna, trained by Ultimo Guerrero
They showed all the YouTube clips of Sombra in the BOSJ they could find, too, including his pin on Tiger Mask. Helped for Yoshihashi too.
Puebla will have it’s 57th Anniversary show on 07/19.
Sangre Azteca talked about heading to France, Goya Kong was introduced, Princesa Sujei showed off her new title, Peste Negra caused havoc, Taichi got to yell “NO SOY GAY” one more time, Jushin Lyger terrorized people at the airport and had a superb interview.
More Heroes en el Ring @ E3
One of the mini tag matches: part 1 and part 2. Funny that they had tag and trios matches all week, when the game itself doesn’t allow it.
IWRG (THU) 06/24 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragon Fly vs Keshin Black
2) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Signo vs Guerrero Nazi, Imposible, Trauma II
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco vs Brazo Metalico, Daga, Eragon
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., Samot [hair]
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Silver King [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Semimain appears to be the whole teams hair vs the whole teams hair, not a captains battle.
Would figure Mascara retains his title here, and Silver King & Ultimo Gladiador retain their titles on AAA show, but it’s still hard to believe they’d do an IWRG match on AAA show.
CMLL (FRI) 06/25 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Trueno vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Astral vs Eléctrico [lightning]
4) Fabián el Gitano, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara vs Averno, Jushin Lyger, Mephisto
6) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Peste Negra return match. Sombra & Mistico teaming up is interesting for storylines that only exist in interviews.
Theoretically, someone in a match here is winning (or has won) the Bobby Bonales trophy. Maybe Panther again?
That seems like an odd fourth match for a Friday show.
After this week’s female ruda/ruda match, this week’s lightning match appears to be a tecnico/tecnico minis match, though Astral hasn’t been around all that much and wouldn’t be a big deal to move to the rudo side.
CMLL (SUN) 06/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal (GDL) vs Relampago Azul
2) Astaroth & Magnum vs Drago & Infierno
3) Lady Apache & Silueta vs La Comandante & Seuxis
4) Neutrón, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero vs La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Sagrado
Poder Mexica keeps on teaming. Neutron keeps working here and with Lucha Libre USA, which seems unusually open for CMLL.
IWRG (SUN) 06/27 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Mixteco Jr.
2) Eragon & Hijo del Halcon vs Comando Negro & Eterno
3) Freelance, Hijo del Pantera, Miss Gaviota vs Fishman Jr., Gringo Loco, Kung Fu Jr.
4) Chico Che, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 vs Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador
IWRG (THU) 06/17 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Máscara Magnífica b Carta Brava Jr.
2) Comando Negro & Silver Boy b Eterno & Hijo del Signo
3) Bombero Infernal b Dr. Cerebro [super libre]
4) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco b Suicida, Trauma I, Trauma II [EdM Trios]
5) Gato Eveready, Octagón, Pimpinela Escarlata b Cerebro Negro, Fuerza Guerrera, Veneno
You’ll never believe this, but Fuerza Guerrera tied Octagon’s mask to the ropes! Octagon’s mask came off in the process, and Fuerza covered him for the win. Team AAA rallied to win fall two, and Fuerza punted Octagon in the third, getting away with it for the fall.
Traumas kept the first fall on the mat to take it. Gringos rallied with teamwork to even it up. In the third, Trauma I submitted Avisman, Gringo Loco defeated Trauma I, Trauma II took out Gringo Loco with a dive. That left Suicida and Diablo, and Diablo won clean to retain the title.
Bombero snuck in a foul, and Dr. Cerebro wants a hair match. Comando Negro replaced Silver Boy, out due to injury last week.
Arena Mexico previews
Ovaciones, which mentions Yoshihashi is to be in Mexico for three months. 21 of the 24 page Ovaciones is on the World Cup; I’m surprised it was 24 of 24. This preview says this is Poder Mexica’s second shot at the belt, which alerted me that we must’ve forgotten to put up the April title defense on the luchawiki.
ESTO, who frames the main event as Lyger wanting revenge for losing on his way out last time
Sangre Azteca says his team will win the belts and bring them to France, where Sangre Azteca is headed in a few days.
Dorada’s a part of the other trios belts, so it seems odd for him to still have this one, and it’s really time for Poder Mexica to win. I think a tecnico team defending against the likes of the Cancerberos and Tuaregs would make some sense, but I can’t see them doing it with this tecnico trio.
The Gladiatores has a text interview with Lyger (talks about Japan beating Mexico in 1968 Olympics & vacation plans), and video interviews with Mistico & Mr. Niebla (who’s not interested in teaming up with his old Vipers friends.)
AAA PdM (MON) 06/21 Arena Cuatro Caminos de Nuevo Laredo
1) Mini Hombre Sin Miedo & Mini Sobredosis vs Coquito Amarillo & Mini Rio Bravo
2) Ángel Dorado, El Brazo, Street Boy vs Black Mamba, Drako, Pit Bull
3) Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Relampago vs Rió Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
4) Antifaz del Norte, Damián 666, Halloween vs Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador
CMLL Gutierrez (MON) 07/12 Plaza de Toros Lauro Luis Longoria
1) ?, Rossy Moreno, Sexy Flor vs Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela
2) Mini Alebrije, Mini Cibernetico, Mini Oriental vs ?, ??, Mascarita Dorada
3) El Hijo del Solitario, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero vs Charly Manson, Juventud Guerrera, Mr. Águila
5) Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) Atlantis & Olímpico vs Averno & Último Guerrero and Místico & Oriental and El Alebrije & Volador Jr. and Histeria & La Sombra [ruleta de la muerte]
Main event is a five way tag, with the losing team facing off in a mask vs mask match. The same promoter has been running these CMLL vs Invasor shows in Nuevo Laredo for a while, and they’re pushing the Oriental/Mistico feud. If they do the match as listed, never a sure thing, Olimpico, Oriental and Histeria are the suspects. I’d bet Hijo de LA Park doesn’t end up working this show. Poster pictures Yoshihashi as Taichi (and previously listed Taichi as Naito, so they’re always slightly behind.)
* Doctor Wagner Junior is the cover luchador for AAA Heroes en el Ring, pinning Fake Silver King in what turned out to be a four way with Elegido & La Parka Jr. I’m sure he won’t let this win go to his head. Slang hasn’t posted the cover yet, but I’m sure we’ll see in rather soon. I’m still surprised a wrestler more representative of the history of AAA like La Parka didn’t win (not to mention the people who would just assume it was the WCW guy and be more interested.) Wagner is still a fine pick. He’s an archetypal luchador, the sort of guy who’d be pictured next to “luchador” in a dictionary, if they still had dictionaries with pictures in them.
Wagner’s new feud with Vampiro makes a lot of sense now. Being on the cover of the AAA video game is clearly going to be a bad omen, like the Madden Curse.
Based on who was in Las Vegas and would fit the gear, I’m guessing Fake Silver King was Psycho Clown.
I’m not so crazy about what I played of the game, either. It felt like a sub-par wrestling game with a lot of enthusiasm and style, but nothing about the in-game action really set it apart. At the very least, Héroes del Ring offers up something unique, and its emphasis on the culture behind the sport is what really makes it stand out.
There will more previews/reviews as we get closer to the release.
Arkangel was a secret amusing MVP of the match, both for his early wackiness and then for doing a set of near double pin spots to lead up the double pin spot. It’s the inescapable finish at that point, might as well play around with it.
Sagrado did a fine job of getting Delta to stay down and not jump back in the match. If his brain was scrambled enough to think that move was a good idea before he hit the ground, who knows what he would’ve tried later.
Rey Cometa is really good and we should be agitating for better spots for him.