AAA on iPPV, AAA TV in Irapuato, Dos Leyendas, NOAH tryout

This week’s MLW Radio mentioned the plan is for all AAA major events to be on iPPV, starting as soon as Rey de Reyes. It’s not for sure they’ll have it worked out by then but that’s the plan. Konnan was unsure which site would be hosting it or what language the broadcast will be in (but did mention El Rey will be in English). I’d be shocked if it was uStream, but I’m not sure what else there is out there. Price is unknown as well. Konnan mentioned they did better on uStream for TripleMania than they thought, suggesting that’s why they’re trying this again.

AAA feels like since everyone got their money back and TripleMania went up on YouTube, everyone is cool with the last iPPV disaster. That is not a good assumption; you do have to rebuild some confidence that AAA and whatever provider can actually provide the show you’re delivering. It’s good idea to try this for Rey de Reyes if the big plan is to get people back on board by TripleMania. That’s the one where all the casual people who’ll only check one show a year will check-in, but only if they know the steam will work, and the point where the gears really should be turning towards the AAA US show. (Just don’t expect the same numbers the first time out.)

The podcast also confirms this year’s Rey de Reyes is a 16 man tournament, which is what we were figuring. They’ve also returned to the idea that the winner gets a shot at the AAA mega world heavyweight championship after getting away from it. Perro Aguayo Jr. won in 2012 and got the shot. Mesias won last year and ended up fighting for the Latin American title instead (which is really weird thinking back, given who Texano defended the title against instead.)

AAA’s TV announced a 03/03 TV taping in Irapuato. That would follow the tapings this past week’s Toluca and this upcoming weekend in Ecatepec (both of which appear to be two week shows based on the schedule.) It’s likely that 03/03 show is the last taping to air before Rey de Reyes. Konnan has hinted about a major angle in early March. That seems the right time for, say, a big major debut. (Konnan said on the podcast that he knows AAA has talked to Sin Cara, but other people are talking to him too and he doesn’t know if Sin Cara’s signed yet. Konnan is working on ideas in case he is signed – he wants to do his best to make him succeed, but wasn’t yet sure how people will receive him. The Sin Cara Gym show reception should help with that. )

CMLL’s posted it’s Dos Leyendas teaser and promo for Friday’s show. That promo includes Mistico, who’s not on Friday’s card. Maybe he was supposed to team with Dragon Lee?

There are rules for the Super Crazy/Pesadilla sponsored NOAH tryout, including the 1500 Mexican Pesos fee. That’s about $110 US, a hefty amount. Maybe there’s a lot of overhead, but that kind of sounds like the real winner of the tryout isn’t the new person who might get to go to NOAH. It’s such a slow day that I almost wrote a 300 words about this – but if you’re trying this and you don’t already know you’re probably going to win, you’re probably not going to win (but you can still get something out of the experience and impress enough to maybe considered for other opportunities.)

Noche de Coliseo – which, in 2 hours, aired 9 minutes of new content (1/2 one match, didn’t show the finish, 30 seconds were of the guest referee dancing) – aired a commercial using Rey de Reyes 2013 footage. I was surprised, because AAA hasn’t advertised Rey de Reyes on that show in previous years, though it seems like a decent idea. It was not an AAA ad. It was an WWL ad – for last July’s WWL show! It also aired in the middle of a match. I have no idea why it was airing. Noches de Coliseo is a strange creature.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. and this week’s PosterMania.

This week’s Super Libre has interviews with El Dandy, Soberano Jr., Diamante Azul and Rey Escorpion.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-12-21

recap

Blanca gets her revenge on Marcela

taped 2013-12-17 @ Arena Mexico
Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Dalys, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca: Usual women’s match, with an entertaining (if not always good) técnica section and a not as fun ruda section because it’s tough to do much with these técnicas. Princesa Blanca was great for her counter kick to Marcela and for breaking out a runway walk for no apparent reason; those two had a couple good exchanges. The rest were trying. I was very concerned Seductora was about to die on the powerbomb/sunset flip reversal spot, and I had not heard about because it’s Seductora. Please do not do that again.

I don’t know what this was, but don’t do it again

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Ripper: About as one sided a match as CMLL will do. I don’t think it’s possible for them to book a two fall match where a team gets cleanly beat both falls, so one where they cheat to win a second fall feels dominant. Tecnicos spend the majority of the match selling for the Invasors, which makes some sense if the Invasors are (suddenly) supposed to be top guys. This is a fair result if CMLL is looking at the big picture; I’m still having trouble believing CMLL is actually doing that. It only works if they bring these results up elsewhere, which doesn’t seem to happen. Easily skipable in isolation.

Porky splash

La Sombra, Rush, Super Porky vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero: Could’ve been an interesting match on another day, but this was a Tuesday match before may of these guys were disappearing for a few weeks and worked as such. Heavy on the Porky comedy (who’s looking very heavy himself.) Amusing to see Tirantes have no problem with Rush and Sombra pile on top of the técnicos in the second fall for the Porky win, when he shooed the other women out of the ring on the same exact spot two matches prior.

Maximo tope

Rey Escorpión vs Máximo for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship: They got to a good place in the last couple of minutes. Sadly, this was a seventeen minute match. Máximo and Rey Escorpion working a technical style didn’t work out well at all in the first fall. Maximo’s routines get repeated too often, but he’s not the same guy when he plays it straight. Escorpion’s had better days himself; every other singles match he head in 2013 was better than this.

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Delta & Maya vs Tiger & Puma, Diamante Azul champion, Neza Kid

CMLL (SUN) 02/02/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorldYahoo! Deportes]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Bengala & Leono
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Magnus, Molotov, Sensei DQ Artillero, Camorra, Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a bad match. Camorra’s first post-mask loss appearance in DF. He pulled Molotov’s mask for the DQ. There was a threat of a rematch.
3) Hijo del Signo b Dragon Lee [lightning]
Hijo del Signo submitted Dragon Lee in about 8 minutes.
4) Boby Zavala, Canelo Casas, Nosferatu b Pegasso, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
Skandalo was listed as making his return, but was replaced by Canelo Casas. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Good match. Zacarias returned from injury to second Negro Casas. Rudos took 1/3. Cuatro (or Tres) Fantasticos won again, and Puma & Tiger challenged Delta & Maya to a Coliseo Tag Title defense next week.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3. Revolucionarios, who just lost to the trios champions in a non-title match a couple weeks ago, want another shot after beating Mistico & Valiente. Mistico appeared to accept, but it’s not happening yet. Escorpion made a sly reference to Sombra showing up on the Sin Cara show.

I haven’t yet seen this show, but it sounds like the first three matches were not up to standard, and the last two matches were again very good, with the semimain being the best match on the show again. I have great expectations for Puma & Tiger vs Maya & Delta and I’m glad it’s happening in this building.

CMLL didn’t do any live results this time, but the results page is far more detailed than Friday night’s show, a definite improvement.

CMLL (SUN) 02/02/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Brillante & Explosivo b Furia Nazi & Relampago Azul
Brillante replaced Indigo. Tencicos took 1/3.
2) El Yaqui b Demonio Rojo
Demonio Rojo replaced William Rock.
3) Halcón de Plata & Javier Cruz Jr. b Acertijo & Ángel del Mal
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, Maléfico, Sádico b Gallo, Sagrado, Smaker
Rudos took 2/3, Malefico sneaking a foul on Sagrado.
5) Diamante Azul b Olímpico [OCCIDENTE HEAVY]
Diamante took falls 2/3 to win the title. Olimpico falls in a third defense.
6) Shocker b Terrible
Shocker took 1/3 in a battle of rudos.

Azul gets a new heavyweight title to replace the DF one he confusingly lost. He should be more careful with this one.

Sounds like Shocker wrestled as a tecnico in the main event.

Neza Kid took Freelance’s hair in Arena Neza.

DoradaFan has an Astro de Plata tribtue video.

Segunda Caida includes Blue Panther/Negro Casas on their match of the year list.

Shu el Guerrero is hosting an amateur wrestling tournament.

WWE has an office in Mexico.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer & Robin vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Magnus, Metálico, Molotov vs Artillero, Nosferatu, Súper Comando
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Boby Zavala [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Delta & Guerrero Maya are champion. First defense.
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

The Casas family really need gold to complete the Four Horseman bit (but maybe not THOSE belts.)

Guessign they’re setting up a return to Arena Mexico on 02/16 with the trios title match. Fourth match is a rare DF appearanece of Gran Guerrero; he’s only shown up about once a month since November.  Second match may continue an issue. I’m really surprised Camorra is sticking around (and kind of suspect he’s got one more apuesta match in him.)

Sin Cara Gym show (w/Sombra), DTU in Arena Lopez Mateos

photo by Black Terry Jr.

SC (SAT) 02/01/2014 Sin Cara Gym, Distrito Federal [@terceracaida, Black Terry Jr.Estrellas del RingMTR de RudoThe Gladitores]
1) Galáctico & Magnético b Mini Sangre Chicana & Yoruba
2) Saeta, Shadow Boy, Sonny b Black Lince, Rolling, Shaolin
3) Bugambilia, Danger Kid, King Dragon, Saruman b Bad Boy, Guerrero Máximo, Loco Max, X-Fly
4) Arkángel Divino b Mr. MalditoRey CelestialÁngel del MisterioKalethSlayer Pack
5) Mini Murder Clown, Mini Psycho Clown, Zafiro b Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago (IWRG), Zumbi
6) Black Abyss, Monsther Clown, Soul Rocker b Aerostar, Astro Boy, Drago (AAA)
A new Astro Boy.
7) Argenis, La Sombra, Sin Cara b Argos, Black Warrior, Oriental
AAA & CMLL wrestlers in the same match. Sin Cara beat Black Warrior with La Mistica. Sin Cara thanked the crowd, who loudly chanted Mistico.

The R de Rudo link has video of the main event. Tercera Caida appeared to be recording the show, so it should turn up there as well.

La Sombra told the press he was happy secure in CMLL, and was just here to support his friend. We don’t know if Sombra got permission to appear; Sombra would risk severe consequences for working a match with AAA luchadors if it wasn’t approved. Sombra’s never been known to get in that sort of trouble, so it’s actually more likely he got permission. Sin Cara has issues with people in CMLL, but he spoke highly of Paco Alonso in his Tercera Caida interivew and Alonso is the only one who could’ve actually approved this. Maybe it was a one time favor (though it won’t be the last time Sombra & Sin Cara are a team.)

Estrellas del Ring has a Sin Cara’s post match comments to the press, with him saying he’s returned home, he’s returned to his traditional colors, and the fans know he’s the original and as authentic as Mexico City & Mexico.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

DTU (SAT) 02/01/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
1) Armanis, Energy, Hellboy, Lanzeloth b Benji Maverick, Gremlin, Kastigador, Vengador
Queretaro vs DTU
2) Arkangel Divino b ArtikusKalibusJhonkyMr. Maldito
Divino used his high speed Mistica on Mr. Maldito for the win. This was listed as trios but turned out to be a five way (no Pequeno Cobra.)
3) Hacker b Slayer Pack and Fly Warrior and Septimo Dragon [DTU AI, #1 Contenders]
Hacker beat Septimo Dragon, will get a shot at Jinzo’s title.
4) Ángel del Misterio & Chica Ye-Ye b Crazy Boy & Pesadilla
Listed as a four way match for the #1 contenders to DTU tag team titles, but no sign of the Principe Halcon & ? team, Hormiga, and Black Fire.
5) Aero Boy & La Magnifica b Drastik Boy & Keira
7) Kaleth & Violento Jack b Flamita & Rocky Lobo and Jinzo & Rey Celestial
Moved to semifinal. 2 count rules.
8) Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Onita Santana b Ángel o Demonio, Ovett, Paranoiko
moved to main event. Ovett was about to beat Ciclope, but Ciclope turned it around and got the win. Porros blamed Paranoiko for the loss and attacked him, with Santana making the save. Seemed to set up a tag match.

Fenix lost his Crash Cruiserweight championship to Angel Metalico on the promotion’s show on Friday. It was said to be after three defenses, though there are none mentioned on previous Crash shows. (It’s possible he’s defending them on shows we never hear about.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Spectro writes about Copa Ovaciones 1985.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Vampiro Metálico & Zumba vs Hijo De La Bestia & Power Bull
2) Hip Hop Man & Látigo vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star, Douki, Electro Boy
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Relámpago vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, X-Fly
5) Cien Caras Jr., Eterno, Súper Nova vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Púrpura, Vampiro Canadiense

Next week’s lineup before this week’s show (which means it’s subject to change.)

Rey de Reyes date announced, Soberano & Volador advance in Gran Alternativa, Kamaitachi debuts

CMLL (FRI) 01/31/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLLLuchaWorld]
1) Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito b Stukita & Último Dragoncito
2) Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura b Fuego, Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 1/3. Kamaitachi looked OK in his debut.
3) Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela
Rudas took 1/3. Dalys yelled at Marcela post match.
4) Blue Panther & Cachorro b Averno & El Rebelde [eightfinal, Gran Alternativa]
5) La Sombra & Oro Jr. b Akuma & Rey Bucanero [eightfinal, Gran Alternativa]
6) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. b Espanto Jr. & Mephisto [eightfinal, Gran Alternativa]
7) Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible b Hombre Bala Jr. & Máximo [eightfinal, Gran Alternativa]
8) La Sombra & Oro Jr. b Blue Panther & Cachorro [quarterfinal, Gran Alternativa]
9) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible [quarterfinal, Gran Alternativa]
10) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. b La Sombra & Oro Jr. [semifinal, Gran Alternativa]
11) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush DQ Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Straight falls. Shocker blatantly fouled Rush for the DQ, and they went back and forth after the match.

CMLL gave Rush vs Sombra away in a tag team tournament last year, and gave tecnico Volador vs tecnico Sombra away in a tag team tournament this year. Both encounters should’ve been a bigger deal. In this case, I think they really have no plans to do Volador & Sombra in any way so it was no big deal to give it away, and Volador gets a big win.

Dalys & Marcela seem on pace to have a title match on 02/14, same day as the Gran Alternativa final

Kamaitachi looked OK in his debut. He was very into his character. The announcers described him as an Espectro, which tends to be a barefoot green ghost monkey in lucha libre. Kamaitachi is a multicolored ghost squirrel/weasel thing with hidden knifes, but close enough. He seems to be in the exact same spot as Namajague.

CMLL ended the Terra broadcast after the tercera. This was triply annoying – it was annoying not to see the Gran Alternativa, it was annoying not to be told we weren’t seeing the Gran Alterntiva when it was reasonable to assume it would air, and it was annoying to not be able to follow the tournament in any way because CMLL gave up on live results. CMLL’s new format for doing live coverage is an obvious work in progress, but it’s got a ways to progress. The ‘live’ update page was full of broken images during the show, and the text results were hard to find because of the picture controls. They stopped updating after the tercera, and so people stopped talking about show. It’s great to get big (watermarked) pictures, but the website exists only as a promotional device and so the content should go where it’ll get the most people – not on CMLL.com, but on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram. (It’s also frustrating the ‘full’ recap only lists the semifinal of the Gran Alternativa – something purporting to be a real sport wouldn’t skip more than half the outcomes on the event.)

I would assume the rest of the tournament would not air, but it’s mindbendingly dumb that anyone has to guess and CMLL can’t just promote the matches they’re airing, same as they promote the matches they’re putting on. (The last paragraph exhausted my desire to rant today, so you’re saved from my once-every-three-months ran about how stupid it is that I do a lucha times post every week.) I think we can be pretty certain going forward that the poor soul writing the previews for this shows on Terra’s website has no more information about what will air than we do.

AAA announced Rey de Reyes will be in Plaza de Monumental, Monterrey on 03/16. That’s the same outdoor venue as last year, which did pretty well with attendance. This means AAA has five more episodes of TV to tape before the big show, one or two of which will come in Ecatepec next weekend. Rey de Reyes figures to start airing on 03/22.

CMLL Gaceta has a preview of Dos Leyendas, mentioning these feuds: Negro Casas/Blue Panther, Negro Casas/Shocker/Rush, Negro Casas/Volador Jr., Volador Jr./Reapper, Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero, and Mr. Niebla/Ultimo Guerrero. All but one (maybe) of those feuds won’t happen. Marcela/Dallys isn’t mentioned, but seems on track to happening in some way.

They also place Vaquerita’s return at the end of February.

CMLL & indy personalities appeared on a two hour Dialogos en Confianza show on Once TV Mexico. The video is region blocked from the US (and maybe everywhere out of Mexico), but I did see it getting some poor reviews when it aired in Mexico with the indy people not coming off well.

On a another video (one you might be able to watch) Black Panther & Cachorro visited the Cadena3 talk show Nuestro Dia. It’s so early, but those two guys are the early favorites for the Wrestling Observer rookies of the year (unless we can convince the WON readership that Hechicero is a rookie…)

Rob has highlights of 11/19/13 CMLL.

CMLL has a preview of Sunday’s card, an afternoon of surprises. What surprises? You CMLL always promise surprises and there are never any surprises. (My surprise is I’m off watching other events so Terra may not get recorded if they change the feed setup for the third time in two weeks.)

Porra Fresa has a preview of Monday’s show.

Dueling Chicago lucha promotions GALLI & ELLMEX will work together for a combined show.

La Colisenos is concerned Nuevo Valores focuses too much on family members of existing wrestlers.

Eric R reviews Lucha Azteca 01/25/13.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/07/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Acero & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Pegasso, Sagrado, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Kamaitachi, Raziel
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Atlantis & Star Jr. vs Cavernario & Mr. Niebla and Dragon Lee & Rush and Hechicero & Último Guerrero and Herodes Jr. & Shocker and Canelo Casas & Negro Casas and Black Panther & Diamante Azul and Espiritu Negro & Reaper [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Thunder vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Hooray, Marco Corleone’s back. Not as happy about the Australian.

Hechicero is, by far, the guy most ready to move up on CMLL cards. He’s been doing it longer, is really good, and might as well be a ringer in style of the Yujiro/Okumura team (except a lot less annoying.)  Volador has issues with Reapper and Casas which might set up an interesting final, but neither rookie seems set up for a higher spot. I wonder what happens if the two Peste Negra teams fight each other?

Tercera continues the Marcela/Dalys feud. Silueta is listed on the 02/16 REINA show, so this could be her last match here for a while.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-21

 

Navarro wins

recap

taped 2013-12-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sagrado, Solar I, Stuka Jr. vs Negro Navarro, Olímpico, Psyco Ripper: good different style match. The CMLL regulars aren’t the first four guys you’d choice for a match of this kind, but they did okay here. Olímpico and Sagrado did a little better than the other two. Solar and Navarro seemed to be working faster than usual, with Solar never really getting on a hold for too long except for the first fall submission; maybe because it was a TV match and they didn’t have as much time to work with? Match wasn’t money throwing in good, but they’ve successfully trained the people that they’re supposed to throw in money every time Solar and Negro Navarro have a match.

Casas sneakiness

taped 2013-12-15 @ Arena Mexico

Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero in a lightning match: decent lightning match. Cancerbero is good, Halcón has good matches, and these two have faced each other in trios a decent amount, but they didn’t have much of a flow in this match and it wasn’t as interesting as it should be. Nothing bad, but easily skippable.

Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Pierroth: Build up trios match with little value in isolation. Just really Negro Casas attacking Volador’s right knee repeatedly while the other four guys exist (if sometimes barely.) It would be a good way to make Volador sympathetic if anyone was willing to boo Negro Casas. They probably should stop whipping Volador when he’s meant to be selling his knee, but he did do his dive on his own so I guess it’s not so important. Next week’s match should be interesting, this really wasn’t.

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01/30 AAA TV Results (Toluca) – La Parka advances in Rey de Reyes

AAA TV (THU) 01/30/2014 Gimnasio Agustín Millán [AAA]
1) Argenis, Dinastía, Gotita de Plata b Argos, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
Argenis beat his brother Argos.
2) Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache b Drago & Faby Apache
Champions lost thanks to Hijo del Tirantes. Cuervo & Apache demanded a title shot. Faby & Drago accepted.
3) Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr. b Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown
Fantasma beat Fenix after they heavily feuded.
4) La Parka b Blue Demon Jr., Parka Negra, Chessman [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Group 2. Chessman & Blue Demon were counted out (while Parka & Parka Negra were in the ring.) Parka beat Parka Negra. Parka defeated Parka Negra via tapatia.
5) Texano & Zorro b Cibernético & Electroshock
Mesias appeared but had his right arm in a sling. Argenis at first came out to replace him, only to be beat up before the match started. Electroshock made the save and was the official replacement, but Argenis still got involved. Zorro still got the win, using a cane shot behind the referee’s back. Pictures show Daga, Pentagon and Fantasma being up the tecnicos post match, then being run off by the tecnicos.

Air Date: 02/08. This appeared to be a quick show – starting after 9 PM and finishing around 1130 – so it figures to be a one taping show.

The show began with a tribute to Mini Chessman.

Gimnasio Agustin Millan appeared to be very full. It’s a 2,500 seat building, though one side was cut off by the entrance set (and seemed less occupied as a result.)

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This is La Parka (II)’s seventh Rey de Reyes finals. That includes many years where there was just one round. He hasn’t made it this far since 2009.

I don’t understand how two guys can be counted out in an elimination match when there’s other people fighting in the ring, but this is the third or fourth time it’s happened in the last couple of years so I’m less surprised by it. I wonder if this means they’ll have to find some other way around it next round. I still believe they’d be better off making all of these sort of matches single fall so they wouldn’t have to use such measures to avoid eliminating people.

Mesias was pictured as hurt on the Guerrero Negro taping, but not much was made of it then. They appeared to use it here to build up a Zorro/Mesias feud. Argenis being involved in the main event seems like very obvious foreshadowing, but it’s a bit weird Electroshock came to the show to replace Mesias but didn’t show up until Argenis got beat up. Maybe he thought he’d give the kid a chance until he realized he was making a terrible decision.

Tercera seemed like a heavy tease to Fenix/Fantasma. It should set up a match at Rey de Reyes, but they were teasing that match last year and didn’t get to it. Wait and see.

Hijo del Tirantes, the plot device masquerading as a referee, helped Cuervo get a title shot here after costing him a title shot in Naucalpan. Evil referees are a played out trope, but even those are better than inconsistent referees. It’s hard to care about a story when the elements change week to week.

Next taping is 02/09 in Ecatepec.

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Gran Alternativa preview, Sin Cara/WWL

Table are good ways to fill up blank spaces on slow days. A look back at the history of tonight’s Gran Alternativa particpants

Novato

# of GA

Best Finish

Oro Jr.

2

R16

Guerrero Negro Jr.

2

QF

Soberano Jr.

2

SF

El Rebelde

1

Hombre Bala Jr.

4

Runner Up

Akuma

2

R16

Cachorro

1

Espanto Jr.

2

QF

Veteran

La Sombra

5

2007 winner (novato) w/Mistico I

Terrible

5

2011 winner (veteran) w/Euforia

Volador Jr.

9

SF

Averno

5

SF

Maximo

5

QF – has never won a match

Rey Bucanero

7

1996 (2) winner (novato) w/Emilio Charles Jr.

Blue Panther

9

1999 (1) winner (veteran) w/Ultimo Guerrero

Mephisto

9

Runner Up

Those numbers don’t include the 1998 missing tournament (but do include the not totally clear 2003 one.) Rencor Latino had to be in that 1998 one, just because it’s crazy to believe Averno wasn’t in any part of Gran Alternativa until 2009. Also, the Palacio Negro/Averno team made no sense at the time and looks even weirder now. They really had no idea what they had in that novato.

Tonight’s field seems very unbalanced – the four tecnico teams all look to have better chances than the rudo teams. Guerrero Negro Jr. has much more experience than most of the guys involved and would fit in on a higher level, but remains a great candidate for a new character and there’s no sense in using him a lot until they come up with one. Rebelde is making an unheralded debut and Espanto and Akuma are struggling in the openers in many senses of the word. I think Akuma’s passed Espanto at this point but neither seems ready for more right now.

Hombre Bala Jr. seems like the on paper favorite; he almost won last year, is steadily moving up the card anyway and seems the most ready of the people involved. He’s almost over qualified; it would be a bigger deal win for someone else, so someone else might get it. (He’s also stuck with the wrong partner.) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. are very young but very talented and in need of something to break them out. (Those two feel like they’re two guys fighting for one spot – though maybe they’d be better as a team at the moment.) Cachorro has looked good in his first few matches, but it’d be a big surprise if he won this tournament that quickly. I have a weird feeling Sombra & Oro are winning this block, but have nothing to back it up.

The entire tournament should air on Terra; that’s how they handled the last tournament. There’s not a lot of consistency in these things but there’s no reason to skip it. I have no idea how it’ll work on TV, since they can’t quite fit an elimination tournament and two trios in an hour. They’d be better off with highlights and the block final.

Fuego en el Ring has posted an interview with this block’s rudos.

The actual main event of tonight’s Arena Mexico show has Shocker on the rudo side, teaming with Mr. Niebla & Ultimo Guerrero of all people, facing Atlantis, La Mascara and Rush. That should include a tease for Shocker/Rush at Gran Alternativa. There’s a women’s match (which should follow up on Dalys/Marcela) and the debut of Kamaitachi. Stukita makes an appearance in the opener.

Sin Cara will work WWL shows. No dates are announced; it’s not clear if it’s the March tour or some other time. This seemed obvious once Sin Cara was free to work other shows; WWL will pay lots of money to bring in the wrestlers they want to see, and Sin Cara will gladly take money. Also in WWL news, X-Fly talks about Sabu.

Diario Irapuato writes about the biggest matches in the history of Arena Mexico. (This may be a repeat.)

Today’s the last day of the 80 Years of Lucha Libre exhibit. It’ll be moved to different venues starting in February.

great match roundup, week of 2013-12-21

Great/Excellent Matches

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Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-21
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-12-21
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-12-21
AAA UTDN: 2013-12-26

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2013-12-22
taped 2013-12-09 @ Arena Puebla
Blue Panther vs Averno

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-27
taped 2013-12-22 @ Arena Naucalpan
Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Guerrero Negro show, which should air complete. The 90 minute slot seems to be the new regular deal, or at least it is until the next new regular deal, but a nice sign for AAA.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Shocker’s turn, Estetas vs Guerrero, Reapper, Roja

52MX: Casas Family vs Reyes del Atlantida in a strong match, Estetas vs Revolucionarios

C3: Titan vs Virus

TVC Deportes (Puebla): At 7pm this week. Shocker vs Rey Bucanero

Lucha Azteca: Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente vs Peste Negra, and Diamante Azul falling on his head.

Terra Friday: Probably Block A of the Gran Alternativa, definitely Kamaitachi’s debut.

Terra Sunday: Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Revolucionarios, Atlantida vs Casas

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe this Sunday’s show, which would be main evented by the El Protector tournament.

Noches de Coliseo: Random matches from last Sunday.

IWL: Airing completely random matches

DTU: matches from their last Xalapa show, with the TV show returning just in time to promote this weekend’s first 2014 live show.

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