01/01: Monterrey, Guadalajara

indy (SUN) 12/30 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Criminal b Rey Imagen
2) Aguila Extrema & Baby Fox b Dr. Cianuro & Invasor
3) Euforia (Monterrey) b Virtual X
4) Dranser, Iron, Scravos b Kaientai, Lord Byron, Ramses
5) Guerrero Negro Jr. & Zorro b El Elegido & Hombre Sin Miedo

CMLL (SUN) 12/30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MedioTiempo]
1) Cien Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Universo 2000 b Blue Panther, Rayman, Shocker

Lizmark got pinned by Shocker in the final fall. He wasn’t the capitan, so the match went on, and Lizmark snuck in to yank Rayman’s mask. Cien Jr. covered him for a pin.

indy (TUE) 01/01 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Moro Jr. & Oso Negro vs Espacial & Scriba Jr.
2) Brillante I, Piloto Suicida, Sexy Piscis vs Mr. Guerrero, Scriba, Sexy Francis
3) Ephesto, Hooligan, Misterioso II vs Euforia, La Sombra, Stuka Jr.
4) Angel de Oro vs Guerrero Inca

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12/31: Mexico, highlights

CMLL (SUN) 12/30 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Astro Boy b Súper Comando & Zayco
2) Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito b Fire, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween
3) Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Virus b Fabián el Gitano, Metálico, Tony Rivera
4) Máscara Año 2000, Pierroth, Sangre Azteca b Heavy Metal, Leono, Sagrado
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b Averno, Olímpico, Último Guerrero

Wagner yanked Ultimo’s mask and cradled him for the win, turning the tables from Friday and leading into this Friday’s match.

After his straight falls win, Pierroth announced he will retire on July 9th.

CMLL (SUN) 01/06 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Fabián el Gitano, Metálico vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Skandalo
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, Hiroka, La Nazi
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Ephesto, Sangre Azteca
5) Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza

This Sunday show and the Tuesday following are back in Arena Coliseo. I believe they all go back to Arena Mexico for a while longer after that.

Accion had
CMLL: Shocker vs Hector Garza
AAA: Guapos vs Stones cage match.
It was Accion’s 1500 episode, so they were also airing classic highlights. We saw the Infernales (MS-1, Pirata, Satanico) win a match in Arena Mexico on July 18, 1989.

DeporTV was doing a Top 10 Moves Of The Year – but it really was just ten highspots from a couple shows in October. Most, though not all, was from the 10/02 Rey de Aires. La Mistica was #2, Valiente’s dive was #1.

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taped 11/18, aired 12/16

Leono must’ve been out of it in the third fall, because he was completely off for a whole sequence. Fabian really didn’t have that excuse.

The screwups kept going to the second matches first finish. I was sure it was Ephesto’s fault, but what do I know.

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AAA #656

(edit: fixed link)

AAA #656, taped 11/22/07, aired in US 12/22

I would like so many explanations about this show.

– there’s no way that opener was ever supposed to make air, right?
– why was it three falls? (because it was never supposed to make air?)
– did X-Fly just wrestle in his street clothes?
– since when are the Pirates are faces?
– did Pepe Casas forget the DQ rule?
– how could they main guys (on short notice?), but almost no midcarders?
– why did Piero have to slow count his own man?
– who decided Mesias should be La Parka’s partner? why?
– had they already given up on Zorro by this point?

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12/29: Mexico, lineups, CAN52

CMLL (FRI) 12/28 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, ESTO]
1) Apocalipsis & Ramstein b Ángel Azteca Jr. & Sombra de Plata
2) Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda b La Seductora, Marcela, Rosa Negra
3) Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca b La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente
4) Lizmark Jr., Último Guerrero, Universo 2000 DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas, Sagrado
5) Shocker b Héctor Garza

Garza’s knee injury was bugging him thru the main event. Shocker took falls two and three. They’re teasing a hair/hair match. They’re always teasing something.

UG took off his mask and threw it to Wagner to end the semifinal. Wagner demanded a singles match for next week.

Mascara got stretchered out after taking Averno’s finisher to end the tercera.

Arturo Rivera talks about spot shows in Mexicali and Tijuana this past week.

CMLL (TUE) 01/01 Arena Mexico
1) Super Camaleon & Super Tri vs Pólvora & Vaquero
2) Sensei, Sombra de Plata, Trueno vs Apocalipsis, Ramstein, Súper Comando
3) Astro Boy, Metálico, Super Nova vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Skandalo
4) Heavy Metal, La Máscara, Valiente vs Máscara Año 2000, Pierroth, Texano Jr.
5) Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr., Universo 2000 vs Negro Casas, Sagrado, Shocker

CMLL (FRI) 01/04 Arena Mexico
1) Flash, Super Nova, Tigre Blanco vs Diamante Negro, Loco Max, Nitro
2) Mascarita Dorada vs Bam Bam, Fantasy, Tzuki, Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Damian 666, Mr. Aguilita, Shockercito, Fire [ciber]
3) Felino, La Máscara, Máximo vs Mephisto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
4) Rey Bucanero, Sagrado, Shocker vs Atlantis, Averno, Lizmark Jr.
5) Último Guerrero vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

CMLL CAN52 Guerreros del Ring #110 has
12/21 Mexico: Atomo, Mascarita Dorada, Tzuki b Mini Halloween, Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Damian 666
12/23 Mexico: el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Terrible b Atlantis, Black Warrior, Olímpico GdR C

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12/28: fake rumors, Mexico, Neza

So, rounding up the fake rumors. I’ll put a big line down there, so you know where the legitimate stuff starts, in case you started drinking early for New Year’s Eve.

Ovaciones suggested THIS card

AAA CMLL UMLL (SUN) 02/10 Monumental Plza de Toros Mexico Lineup
1) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Cibernetico [street fight]
2) La Parka vs LA Park [bull terrier]
3) Octagon vs Blue Demon Jr. vs Hijo del Santo vs Mistico [mask]

When I saw a picture of Octagon and a headline teasing masks on the line, I thought they were drumming up Fuerza vs Octagon again. So this was actually much better.

SuperLuchas gave it more effort
– Mistico signed to WWE for five years and WWE would get his name and identity.
– Mistico would leave CMLL on 01/25, he’d debut in the Rumble two day later, then go to OVW for 6 months
– he’d return to SmackDown, with Rey Misterio retiring ot manage him
– Volador Jr., El Sagrado, and Sombra would particpate on ECW shows on special occasions, and Dean Malenko is mentioned as also suggesting Ultimo Guerrero, Blue Panther, Atlantis, and La Mascara. Tony Garea suggests Hijo del Santo.
– WWE would, in return, send CMLL three wrestlers during the year. Carlito would debut in January, and they’d do a Dos Caras Jr. vs MVP title vs title match at some point.

They’re having fun with these on the Satanico’s Mansion board: Abismo and others kicked out of AAA, Mistico wins Averno’s mask, and AULL main event with Park & Perro vs Atlantis & Wagner, losing team meets with mask or hair on the line. At El Martiente, the Konnan Big to WWE rumor fails – it has to be at least adjacent to reality to work.

Last Year, we had Mistico signing with AAA and Atlantis going skiing in Salt Lake City (which I prefer to believe actually happened. In 2005, Ovaciones went with AAA Is Dead, which such ludicrous ideas as “CMLL will start to run Arena Mexico on Sundays”. Crazy! In 2004…in 2004, the blog didn’t update daily before 2005, never mind.

Actually, if you click back to last year’s bit, I said

I mean, I guess CMLL shorter matches and AAA’s trend towards ‘extreme’ wrestling and other stuff could be voted as “worst development in lucha this year”, but for me, it’s the lack of wacky skits. I have a problem with show long bits that reveal the man under the Shocker mask to be, in fact, Shocker, but I’d be totally down with show long bits of Shocker and Dr. Wagner Jr. bowling and getting a strike in every frame.

This is STILL true, and I’ve been meaning to expand on this thoughts (especially towards the MVS produced shows) at some point.

DTU (FRI) 12/14 Tulacingo [the gladiatores]
1) Black Fire b Ragde
2) Talacys b Money Pack
3) Freelance b Yakuza
4) Alfred Dino, Angel o Demonio, Big Memo b Dance Boy, Demoledor, Juan el Ranchero
5) Suicida & Violento Jack b Aero Boy & Crazy Boy and Cerebro Negro & Fantasma de la Ópera
6) Magnifico, Paranoico, Pesadilla vs Alfred Dino, Angel o Demonio, Big Memo

The plan was to come back in February with Lider/Crazy vs Halloween/Tiger, but who knows with Crazy Boy’s injury. Card doesn’t look much like what was announced before.

AAA (TUE) 12/25 Arena Azteca Budokan [the gladiatores]
1) Imperial b Pequeno Diamante
2) Maquina de la Muerte, Rey Dragon, Rey Neza b ?, Golden Bull, Tabura
3) Brozo, Espirial Negro, Ricky Gonzalez b Cristal, Metal boy, Skayderman
4) Martha Villalobos & Sexy Star b La Diabólica & Rossy Moreno
5) Juventud Guerrera, Latin Boiler, Oriental b Demente, Electro Shock, Halloween
6) Mini Gran Apache L Mini Oriental, Mini Cibernetico, Dorado, Motocross, Mini Histiera [hair, cage]

Mini Cibernetico tried to hit Mini Oriental with a chair, but got Mini Gran Apache instead. Apache fell back into the cage for the loss.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25 Arena Neza [the gladiatores]
1) Ambar & Cosmotron b Asesino del Futuro & Luis Cirio Jr.
2) Super Camaleon & Super Tri b Dr. Karonte Jr. & El Romano
3) Black Danger & Black Heal b Piel Roja & Ultraestar
4) Chac-Mol, Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío II b Dr. Markus Jr., Luis Cirio, Mohicano I
5) Negro Casas & Starman b Máscara Año 2000 & Sangre Azteca
6) Ramstein L Tony Rivera, Dr. X, Virus, Apocalipsis, Super Nova, Astro Boy, La Máscara [cage, hair]

No sign of Dos Jr. vs Mascara Ano 2000, so that was a miscommunication somewhere along the lines. Order of exist (after five minutes): Super Nova, Apocalipsis, Dr. X, La Mascara, Astro Boy, and Virus. I see a photo of Tony getting his hair cut, but no shot of him bald.

CMLL (FRI) 12/28 Arena Mexico
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Sombra de Plata vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) La Seductora, Marcela, Rosa Negra vs Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas, Sagrado vs Lizmark Jr., Último Guerrero, Universo 2000
5) Shocker vs Héctor Garza

In previewing tonight’s show, ESTO names Ultimo Guerrero the Rudo of the Year. It doesn’t appear any critera was used, it just made for a snappier headline. Partner Atlantis also talks about his 2007. The show itself is pushed on the Perros still want revenge on Shocker for turning on them bit. Garza is the only Perro scheduled for the show.

ESTO recaps the year in AAA as well.

The Tijuana Box Y Lucha comission announced their nominees for wrestler awards. Wrestler of the Year choices are Damian 666, Nicho, Rey Misterio Sr., and Super Kendo. I think they just take last year’s list, and see if there’s any reason they can not just put the same four people on this year’s list.

The Gladiatores has photos from awards shows for AAA Reyes del Ring and IWRG, which is worth checking just for Yamato’s photo.

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AAA #655

AAA #655, taped 11/11/07, aired in US 12/15

Zorro versus Cibernetico was so bad. So so bad. I gotta believe the only reason Zorro was inserted into this feud was to carry the match in case Mesias was still hurt and Cibernetico was still Cibernetico. Maybe he could take the bumps for both of them, but not much else.

I don’t think doing teasing the title match for 2h30m and not doing it is a good idea, but I’m not surprised they did it. It wasn’t actually the dumbest thing here – the tecnicos not being able to replace Elegido in their match but still win probably was it.

More forced: HBs vs Tijuana feud or Mini Charly Manson’s tecnico turn? The Mini Hell Brothers and the Mini Vipers have been teaming for months, did the Vipers just now notice?

walking around in the park and meeting random teammates > security cam footage.

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