Atlantis & Mr. Niebla’s Replacement advance to final, Volador/Sombra, H2L


photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 03/14/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Terra]
1) Kamaitachi, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, the first by DQ when Kamaitachi’s mask accidentally fell off from a Starman snap mare.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela DQ Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicos took 2/3, both by DQ. Second fall ended by excessive violence. In the third, Dalys beat Estrellita (with a poor scorpion), Marcela beat Dalys clean, and Marcela had Blanca beat but Dalys ran in to attack her.
3) Blue Panther & Diamante Azul b Atlantis, Delta, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Super Porky [natl pi,seeding battle royal]
All tecnico members of their teams (maybe last week was all rudos?)
4) Atlantis & Euforia b Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, 8f]
Mr. Niebla had originally been announced, but Euforia replaced him.
5) Marco Corleone & Terrible b Máscara Dorada & Mephisto [natl pi, 8f]
6) Blue Panther & Negro Casas b Delta & Mr. Águila [natl pi, 8f]
7) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero b Kráneo & Super Porky [natl pi, 8f]
8) Atlantis & Euforia b Marco Corleone & Terrible [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther & Negro Casas [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Atlantis & Euforia b Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero [natl pi, semifinal]
Atlantis & Euforia advance to face Maximo & Rey Escorpion (who appeared on the show to promote the final and to not get along.)
11) Averno, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Ultimo Guerrero was presented with Copa Bobby Bonales before the tournament. Volador replaced Mistico; no reason was given, but this became the first time Sombra & Volador were on the same side after their turn. Rudos took 1/3, the last after Volador kicked Sombra by accident to set up UG’s win. Volador and Sombra agreed to a hair versus mask match, right there right then, but the commissioner told them no.

Where was Mistico? CMLL didn’t bother coming up with a cover story. Injured? Double booked (as he is on Sunday, where’s he advertised for Acapulco & Neza at the same time)? Something else? Sin Cara had a theory: he wrote “Mistico La Nueva Era was drunk” on Twitter, then deleted it. I don’t really trust what Sin Cara says about himself, much less people he doesn’t seem to always like. It’s more interesting Sin Cara would think this was a good thing to put on Twitter, for as brief as it was on there.

Sombra went on social media to declare he never wants to team with Volador again. He won’t, for a whole six days. (Sombra was surprised to find they were teaming again on Friday, which is a bit incredible.)

CMLL apparently decided to just not change their booking of this half of the tournament without Mr. Niebla, basically rewarding Euforia for being the best rudo who wasn’t actually supposed to be in this tournament. Could be worse, and could be a good match, but I think Maximo & Rey Escorpion are strongly favored.

Terra only aired two matches last night, but kept the broadcast up long enough to include Ultimo Guerrero winning Copa Bobby Bonales. It was peculiar to do it at that point, since they’ve done it right before that person’s match in previous years, so they probably just wanted to make sure it aired on the stream. Terra cut off the broadcast the night CMLL honored Oro, so I’m kind of hoping they’ve rethought that policy and don’t just have odd priorities. I’m hoping there’s not a tournament any time soon, because these two match shows are beyond annoying.

Marcela recalls she said she’d retire if she lost her hair to Tiffany, and then says she would not retire if she lost her hair to Dallys. Hmmm.

Estrellita wanted to be a surgeon, and is now taking nursing courses.

Cassandra got started in lucha libre by winning a magazine contest to learn wresting from Blue Demon

The city of Leon has passed a law banning children under 14 from attending bullfighting and cockfighting and may be expanded to cover boxing and lucha libre, though there’s critics of it in it’s current form.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Aguila Solitaria defeating Fuerza Guerrera.

Lucha Libre In Japan

NOAH has a notice on Super Crazy & Pesadilla’s tryout, saying luchadors who won this tryout will be coming over at the summer at the earliest. Jinzo (Or Vengador Radioactivo or anyone else) are not mentioned by name, but they have some photos.


IWRG (WED) 03/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Zurdog
2) Mini Multifacetico & Mini Rey Cometa vs Oficialito AK-47 & Oficialito Fierro
3) Centvrión, Metaleon, Mr. Leo vs Douki, Freyser, Hanaoka
4) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Broke The Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
5) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo

Mr. Leo is back from injury with a friend. Minis and Clown Corp make appearances, and the main event has the state trios champions in non-title action.

CMLL (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena México
1) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
2) La Sombra, Thunder, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
3) Atlantis & Euforia vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]
4) Marcela vs Dalys [hair]
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Rush vs Shocker [hair]

Unless they make the semimain a trios title match, I have no idea why it’s the semimain event. (Even if they did, a feud that hasn’t really been acknowledged by the promotion probably shouldn’t be ahead of a hair match and an annual tournament that’s probably setting up a hair match itself.) I also have no idea why the useless Thunder is getting a big show spot over dozens of more useful, valuable and deserving people.

Tickets already went on sale for the show, with the highest ticket at 580 pesos ($rr USD) including Ticketmaster charges.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-22


Marcela will dropkick your anywhere


taped 2014-02-14 @ Arena México
Marcela vs Dalys in a lightning match: Marcela figured out the best way to get a good match out of Dalys is to hit her hard at every opportunity. At least that’s what seemed to be happen. Dalys is much more tolerable now that she’s no longer doing her técnico bits, and kept up with Dalys exceedingly well in this match. They fit a lot of action into six minutes and change.


I think I’ve got more out of these barricades than CMLL

Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Cavernario & Mr. Niebla in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament final match: Pretty sure something(s) got screwed up with the third fall finish here, because I can’t believe anyone would think that sequence of events looked good. All I know is Soberano came off like a dummy. Barbaro Cavernario, for all his big win here, seemed surprising like a non factor for most of the matches. He got in a couple big moves and a couple big bumps, but there was a lot going on with Soberano and Mr. Niebla and not really much going on with Volador and Cavernario. Not really much going on with Barbaro and Soberano either. Soberano really had the stand out match of the two and came out looking like a bigger star; Cavernario just got the trophy.


caveman powerbombed back to the stone age

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero: Match was edited to almost nothing. Only the third fall felt like were seeing a match and not highlights, and the total time was not much more than the lightning match. First fall was hilariously edited down to less than 30 seconds. I think the the announcement of the captains lasted longer. The time between falls definitely did. The replay spots at the end of the show also did. Dorada & Valiente’s dives were great there, though I’m surprised they did so much in the third fall if this is the start of the program. Gran Guerrero looks totally lost at times; they’re not doing him a service by putting him in a position he’s clearly not ready for, and he’s exposed every time you Euforia doing much better right there next to him. Euforia’s work on Mistico’s tope con giro into a headscissors was incredible. Really poor job by Babe Richard of being distracted for the finish – he ended up looking right at Ultimo Guerrero as he pulled off Mistico’s mask, then had to pretend he was temporarily blind.

Niebla bringing back the handspring reverse tope

flying death

Mistico suicide flip headscissors


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Copa Bobby Bonales, Torneo Incredible de Parajes, lucha libre marathon

Tonight is CMLL’s annual Copa Bobby Bonales. This is not a competition but more like a door prize. Daniel Aceves (or someone) decides in advance which legend should be honored that year and they get a plaque. Previous ‘winners’ are Blue Panther, Negro Casas, and Atlantis and I’d assume it goes to Ultimo Guerrero this year. It’s usually gone to someone in a trios match so they have time to be honored and he’s the most likely guy in the main event, which also includes Gran Guerrero & Averno versus Mistico, Valiente and La Sombra. That may finally set up a trios title match for next week.

The bigger event is the second block of the torneo increible de parajes, which is wide open. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis were the favorites, but Euforia replacing Niebla brings them back to the pack. I favor Negro Casas & Blue Panther to stick together until the final, but there’s a chance for a team like Marco & Terrible to sneak thru.

CMLL preview of the show includes a quote from the recent press conference to explain why Negro Casas can be in this match but not in the main event next week: he said he’d could return to the ring in a week or two, but he it’d be longer until he’s full strength and one must be at full strength to deal with the likes of Shocker and Rush.

The Terra preview for the show lists the tournament as airing, but that wasn’t the case last week and shouldn’t be expected to happen this week. (’s new set up has proven to be incapable of updating during tournaments, so you probably should just tune out for a couple hours after the broadcast goes dead.) Remember, if you switched your clocks this week, the broadcast starts an hour later. It’s a 9:30pm bell time here in the US Central Daylight Savings Time, but 8:30 pm local in Mexico City.

A Request: Can anyone record/send the CMLL Fox and C3 shows this weekend? Or point me towards usable streams I can record off of myself?

The Fox show should air on Azteca America next week, but there’s always the chance they wedge in the main event trios on Fox and cut it out when it comes to the US. I looked around for feeds last night and founds feeds for Fox Deportes (US) and Fox Sports South America, but none for Fox Sports Mexico proper. C3 does have a Ciudad Juarez feed, but that always acts strangely during this month of differing daylight savings time and it’s unlikely CMLL will air as normal. CadenaTres actually has what appears to be a live stream on their website. It’s blocked in the US, but maybe that’s just the Flash player and if I could get to the video stream itself it wouldn’t be blocked (but maybe they don’t even leave it on during CMLL?) Otherwise, their YouTube site may upload a couple of matches, but otherwise we’re probably out of luck.

We’re also going to be missing the AAA show this week, but AAA puts it up themselves (and repeats it next week) so it’s not as much an issue. I’d like to have it, but we’ll get it eventually.

Opening line to this AAA press release, translated: “In recent months, the AAA Fusion Champion Fenix has become a vital part of AAA programming.” Stop trolling. He’s so vital, he’s thrown in a cage match that has absolutely nothing to do with him. Anyway, he plans on giving his all and not losing his mask. You know, they’re using the domed cage because they have the domed cage so they need to find a way to wedge it once a year, but that also means a guy like Fenix can’t really do the usual big dive from the top OF the cage because there’s a top ON the cage. So he’ll probably do it even farther to the floor, they’ll show it maybe for two weeks, and then never ever again. I’m so fired up for Rey de Reyes, you can tell.

Rob has highlights of 01/03/2014 CMLL (Titan vs Virus).

LuchaWorld reviews this week’s Tercera Caida.

Doradafan has a new Soberano music video.

Ohtani’s Jacket has a review of the Perro Aguayo vs Sangre Chicana vs El Faraon vs Villano III, three posts on 90’s Lucha and a lot on Lizmark.

NFL football players visited Arena Mexico on Tuesday. CMLL thinks they’re such a big deal that they forgot to mention their names.

Hijo del Santo writes a column about riding the Mexico City subway. It was so loud, he couldn’t read a book! (This is a man writing about the giant bubble he lives in, more or less.)

Win a Monster Pain autographed mask. For some reason.

Arena el Jaguar has Dulce Kanela vs Lady Maravilla in a hair vs mask match the same night as Rey de Reyes (though you could probably make at least part of both?)


CMLL (MON) 03/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Akrón & El Rebelde
2) Asturiano, Leono, Robin vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

This is good looking card for matches. Main event is a rematch from last week – might be setting up a Volador title match.

eMdlLL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dinastia Imperial Trainees vs Dinastia Alvarado Trainees
  participants not listed
2) Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza vs Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania
3) Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
main event of show 1
5) ? vs ??
listed as Exhibicion Lucha Japonesa – Hamada trainees?
6) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
7) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Anteus, Negro Navarro, Pierroth
8) Averno, Blue Demon Jr., Gran Hamada vs Canek, Shigeo Okumura, Villano IV
main event of show 2
9) Marabunta, Marabunta Jr., Roy Reyes vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
10) El Falcón, el Halcon, Super Brazo vs Arafath, El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr.
11) Kendo, Solar I, Super Astro vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
12) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Villano III & Villano IV and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
listed as Brazos vs Villanos vs Temearios in a tag tournament; main event of show 3
13) Arkangel Trainees vs Villano Traines, Dianamita Trainees
14) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera vs Cesar Dantes, El Gladiador, Jaque Mate
15) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cachorro Mendoza, Gran Cochisse vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
16) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Universo 2000 vs Máscara Año 2000 & Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
main event of show 4

eMdlLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Black Terry Trainees vs Villanos Trainees
2) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
3) Batman, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) Cachorro Mendoza, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Universo 2000
main event of show 1
5) Dinastia Alvarado vs Escuela Dinamita
6) Anteus, El Falcón, El Halcon, Super Brazo vs El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
7) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
8) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Kahoz & Rambo and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
Listed as Los Brazos vs Los Temearios vs Kahoz & Rambo, guessing on names. Main event of show 2.
9) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs El Panterita & Zafiro (IWRG)
10) Aramis (Alvarado), Goya Kong, Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola, Estrellita, Tiffany
11) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Cesar Dantes, Pantera vs Arkángel de la Muerte, El Gladiador, Fuerza Guerrera, Jaque Mate
12) Gran Cochisse, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
Main event of show 3.
13) Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania vs Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza
14) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Super Astro
15) Gallego vs Romano Garcia, Rocky Santana, Marabunta [hair]
16) Canek & Gran Hamada vs Blue Demon Jr. & Villano IV
Main event of show 4.

These cards are insane. They’re listed as 4 separate shows each day (starting at 1). They’re all one after another with not much time for an intermission, and all apparently on a single admission. I’m just listing them as single shows. Interesting to see Heavy Metal on a show with CMLL luchadors. Maybe his profile needs to be removed? (Or maybe it’s an upset if half these matches happen as listed.) There’s also the hall of fame dinner on 04/02.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22


Pequeno Nitro spears the post


taped 2014-02-18 @ Arena México
Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Better minis match than usual. They got a little more time and Shockercito was really good. Pierrothito worked well with him – their exchange in the first fall was fun – but Shockercito was also just moving a hundred kilometers an hour. Angelito started off rough (and started off with Pequeño Black Warrior) and did get better, but I didn’t come off from match 1 that interested him. He can do some of the highspots other people can do but he’s not bringing anything different than what those other guys already do, unless he plans on taking crazy bumps on Nitro’s backcracker every week. (Probably shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt in your debut either.) I have no memory of Fantasy in this match. A lot of spots here teasing dives and getting them cut off; they did as good as job as they could, but they really need to think about giving more freedom to the minis.


welcome to CMLL, Angelito

Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel: There was a match here, but I was totally distracted by trying to figure out what was going on with super Halcon’s mask. The partially open back does not work for him. All three rudos are usually good for fun double teams, but they stuck to holding and hitting, taking it down from what had been a pretty good first two falls. They picked it up for a pretty chaotic end game, but they had lost the crowd a bit by then. Halcon and Bala added their usual bit of insanity and the Triton/Puma sections were fun. There’s nothing smaller that the CMLL crowd hoots about more than not putting a guy on the top of the turnbuckles. I’m not sure why.


rudos have started to figure out Hombre Bala

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth: It was a remote possibility this match would be any good given the rudo side and it was not any good. It did add evidence that Black Panther and Cachorro are not just illusions created by Tiger & Puma but really promising young guys. There’s still getting the timing down and getting used to dealing when things go wrong, but they do feel different and you can see how they might have great matches down the road. Misterioso setting up Black Panther on the outside was a nice workaround to set up Ephesto’s usual counter tope. Pierroth remains horrible.


Casas vs Rush

La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas for the Mexican National Trios Championship: Underwhelming for a title match. Kind of underwhelming for a normal match, to be honest. Rush and Negro Casas were up to their usual stuff, but it didn’t feel like anyone else was up with them. Felino and Titan didn’t mix well, Niebla did a little more than usual, and Mascara did not. Everyone stuck 95% with their rival, which meant little team matches and little interesting combinations – this was really routine. Finish came on the first serious near fall of the match and way sooner than people expected; it took longer for the title change to sink it because no one was ready for it. Crowd was still happy to get the unexpected trios title change but it’s one of the weaker matches for these titles in quite some time; it’s definitely not awful, but not worth your time.

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03/14-16 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as starting 15 minutes early, and should have most (or all!) from the Irapuato show.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Parajes Increíbles, Block A

52MX: Volador/Reaper trios, probably the set up to Artillero/Super Comando vs Sky Kid/Smaker titlte match.

C3: Mephisto vs La Mascara

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Peste Negra (kind of) versus Estetas del Aire. Currently listed as 9pm (10 pm US) CT

Lucha Azteca: Guerreros vs Estetas in a good match.

Terra Friday: Bottom two matches, which actually look good – Cadets vs Fiebre Raziel and Marcela/Dalys build

Terra Sunday: Volador vs Ripper.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: I don’t even know. I’m pretty sure they aired the Wednesday show (with Skayde/Terry match) on AYM and the Sunday show on LAS, so theyr’e not even consistent on their own networks at the same time. They’ve also been airing six week old baseball games for the 20th time instead of the midweek airs of lucha libre, so it’s not really priority here.

Noches de Coliseo: ???? Maybe more of the huge tag team tournament which won’t possibly end well.


CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22


Mistico tope con giro


taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Much more a 3 versus 3 match than Stigma & Camorra feuding, though they still went with the feud in the end. Camorra was better than last week in that I didn’t notice him much at all; best for the match, probably not great for getting me to care about this match. This was a shorter match without a lot of individual highlights but Triton’s usual dive in the third floor looked great.

SUPER Polvora Driver

taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena México
Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Fine enough match, significantly better than I thought it would be after the previous week’s disaster finish, and proof of Polvora’s magical singles matches powers, but not something particularly memorable. Crowd wasn’t as into the match as they have been for the Titan singles matches or the Volador ones. They’ve really cut down with this Místico is allowed to do – headscissors, armdrags, cradles and dives. It wears a bit thin on longer matches, which they tried to fix by editing down this match. I didn’t see the live version, but the edits seemed mostly speeding up the match by removing the rest breaks and not taking out action. Not sure why they kept going to a crowd hot of people chanting for Pólvora for that, though.


knockout punch

Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila: Of course they didn’t edit out the finish. Of course they showed many replays. CMLL TV editing is not so great at making their luchadors look like stars. They did show Marco talking about in the post match interview, and Porky and Volador recovered for it quickly. Rest of the match was an easy half comedy match that seemed to amuse the crowd and was nothing much to write about. Marco’s punch on Aguila (and Aguila’s spin sell of it) looked great.


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IWRG defeats Skayde, WWL return date, AAA US

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 03/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, IWRG, The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Látigo
2) Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog b Ángel Del Amor & Hip Hop Man
3) Centvrión & Chico Che b Rayan & Spartan
4) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel b Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Skayde. Rematch of a rematch. Winner faces Gym Tony Rivera. Terry submitted Skayde for the final fall when Fulgor provided a distraction, so the home team wins the feud.
5) Súper Nova, Toscano, Veneno b Danny Casas, Eterno, X-Fly
Tecnicos took 2/3.

That’s the finish I wanted for this feud. Wednesday show have yet to catch on with the fans, but it’s not like Thursday shows were doing much better.

WWL’s recap of Sunday’s show alludes to a return to Mexico in May.

Forbes Mexico has a story about the plans for merchandising AAA in the US. (They definitely should do that!) It’s like on new details outside of a hard to understand “we’ve invested 20 million dollars of contracts” mention. You know, if they’re only going to focus on a few people at first and slowly get to the whole roster, why do they have someone “redesigning and modernizing 250 characters”? Seems like a waste of time to be working on an updated Espantapájaros III. This is the kind of things I start to think about when I read the same canned blurbs for the 50th time.

Last night’s Tercera Caida had Black Warrior as in studio guest. He talked more after the cameras, including his thoughts about the new Black Panther.

ChilangaMask announced Black Terry versus Aeroboy for their April 27th show. Tercera Caida has aired promos with Silueta, Zeuxis and Estrella Explosiva (from Guadalajara) challenging for matches over the last month or so. Those promos are context-less and haven’t hinted where the matches would be happening, but it seems like the sort of thing ChilangaMask would orchestrate (but I don’t know for sure.) Maybe for that 04/27 show, with plenty of time to add luchadoras. They also announced Los Traumas and Impulso & Belial for their May western tour.

In his weekly column, Octagon says the real reason Blue Demon Jr. missed the WWL shows was AAA pulled him from the shows. Definitely possible, but Demon did seem to miss the AAA show too.

Adam Pearce says he’s not on that 03/28 Tijuana show (poster here), which means that whole weird show is a question mark.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Zorro and Sexy Star attacked La Parka at the AAA press conference and took his mask.

Nino Hamburguesa says he’s up to the challenge of Sunday’s card match.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan still wants a hair match with Ray Mendoza Jr.

Iron Love is teaching kickboxing.

Interview with new SLP trio Perros Locos.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-22


triple dive


taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly: Typical opening match has different connotations when referring to AAA and CMLL. This was a typical AAA opening match with young guys – a billion spots, some of which got lost in the mixed but an overall entertaining package. Super Fly looked strong and got the win in the end. Jinzo looked sloppy, especially early – but if the idea was to the two AAA regulars were supposed to look like bigger stars, they did accomplish that. Probably could’ve skipped the post match beating since there’s already plenty of those on this show.


Venom tornillo moonsault

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT. There’s plenty of reason to expect a super man with this lineup, but this surpassed that. Rudos were great taking over the match for the first half, and then it was just an amazingly level of action the rest of the way. The técnicos doing the same sequence to finish of guys for a few months now has me ready for anything to happen when the rudo disrupt it. Everything after it got disrupted this time was controlled insanity, and there were a lot of convincing near falls. Pentagon was super throughout and he and Suicide worked well together in their frequent late match fights. Daga seemed invisible for the first half of the match, except helping out with moves, but then had some great moments later on like the duck under the clothesline, jumping kick, dive sequence.


shooting star senton

Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: really a nothing match; an eight minute that was slow to actually start and didn’t have much to do it. It did give me Cibernético and Electroshock exchanging holds, but not nearly for enough to be real comedy. Even the Perro/Cibernetico segment at the end wasn’t much, not even a minute before the run-ins. The crowd was more into the tease of fighting then the actual fighting at points, so maybe doing little was the way to go. This finish felt more like Perro getting past Cibernético to go do something else rather than reheating their feud – I have no idea what they point was of the doing the Perro/Cibernetico teased friendship then breakup outside of filling TV time, because there doesn’t seem to be any payoff going. I don’t need to see that match again so I guess that’s fine.


(Two weeks later edit: obviously, they’re not ending this, so I don’t know why this happened. More than usual!)



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great match roundup, week of 2014-02-22

Great/Excellent Matches
AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-22
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-23
taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena Naucalpan

Hijo De Dos Caras vs Hijo del Lizmark, Trauma I, Súper Nova, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fishman, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Fresero Jr. [La Rebelión de Los Juniors<]/a> – I doubt this is any good but I want to watch in anyway.


Mephisto keeps title over Mascara, GDL beats Peleton, Dallys/Estrellita

CMLL (MON) 03/10/2014 Arena Puebla [Claudia Rodriguez (Facebook), Periodico Enfoque, Porra Fresa]
1) Akrón, Fuerza Chicana, Hechicero b Black Tiger, Flyer, Meyer
2) Asturiano, Milenium, Soberano Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, Espiritu Negro, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Virus b Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Sagrado
Virus beat Cometa.
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Mascara Dorada replaced Thunder. Porra Fresa notes this made the match much better. (Yes.) In the third, Mephisto beat Mascara Dorada, Volador beat Mephisto, referee got distracted, Mephisto snuck back in and dropped Volador, and Averno took advantage for the win. Tecnicos demanded a rematch.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Shocker fouled Rush for the DQ.

Rush is going to take a lot of fouls until the 21st. Maybe then too.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 03/11/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr. b Dragon Lee, Metatrón, Oro Jr.
Canelo Casas pulled Dragon Lee’s mask.
3) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b El Rebelde, Hooligan, Sangre Azteca
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Máximo, Titán b Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3, Maximo kissing Rey Escorpion.
6) Mephisto b La Máscara [MEX LH]
Mephisto is champion. Seconds were Brazo de Oro & Mephisto. Mephisto took the first with a half crab. Mascara won a quick send fall with a mercedora. CMLL recaps says Mascara was about to win with the mercedora, Mephisto escaped, a fan ran around the ring (!?!?) and Mephisto beat Mascara with his own hold to keep the title. Fifth defense.

There’s no photo of the fan run-in. It’s unclear in the recap if it’s was part of the match – but it’s hard to get to the ringside area as a fan and they probably wouldn’t mention if it wasn’t staged. (This would be a no doubter if there weren’t unplanned fan intrusions on AAA shows, but CMLL usually has things more locked down.)

Dragon Lee versus Canelo Casas is not quite Rush versus Negro Casas


CMLL (TUE) 03/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Brillante & El Divino b Demonio Rojo & Exterminador
Exterminador replaced Sadico. Tecnicos took 1/3. Brillante was hurt and helped to the back.
2) Leo b Black Metal
Leo won with a counter dropkick.
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Artillero & Súper Comando [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Smaker & Sky Kid are champions and took falls 1/3 to keep their titles. Second defense.
4) Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia
Rudas took 1/3, Dallys beating Estrellita.
5) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Marco Corleone & Rush b Shocker & Terrible
Terrible replaced Rey Bucanero. Rudos took 1/3, Shocker using the ropes to beat Rush again. Tecnicos demanded a rematch.

Super Comando & Artillero have been teaming since 2005, almost exclusively as a tag team, and this was their first title match in CMLL. (They held the Queretaro tag team titles for a while, some how.) Give them a couple more shots, they’ll get it.

AAA has an article explaining their ExperienciaAAA tickets (800MX tickets, 200 more than front row, $60 US) – it’s a VIP deal with early entry, autograph opportunities, and a chance to get close to the Rey de Reyes Sword going to the winner of the tournament. The article mentions AAA plans to do this for every major show.

Big Mama finished third on the Mexican version of the Biggest Loser, losing 29 kg (64 lb) in three months. That’s impressive.

Rob has highlights of 01/01/14 CMLL

Segunda Caida reviews a trios from 03/09 IWRG.

Rey Escorpion requests less tongue kissing from Maximo.

Shocker says Rush reminds him a lot of himself when he was younger, but Shocker now has the experience edge.

Zorro says he’s going to win Rey de Reyes. Zorro may be right.

Jinzo is still thrilled to win the NOAH tryout, is unsure when he’ll actually be going to NOAH, and mentions his disappearance from wrestling was just him taking a break.

A story on an 11 year old helping sell souvenirs outside Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

A preview of Sunday’s Guerra de Leyendas show at Arena Jalisco de Guadalajara.


CMLL SANCHEZ (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena Neza
1) Atomic Star & Rey Neza vs Black Lancer & Motocross
2) Dragol & Seya vs Imposible & Zumbido Jr.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte & Hooligan vs Chakamol & Neza Kid
4) Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Cocolores vs Broke the Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
5) Mistico & Tritón vs Averno & Mephisto

This is where Averno is supposed to be on Sunday, for what it’s worth.

CMLL (TUE) 03/18/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hechicero, Puma
4) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
6) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara

Mr. Niebla returns! The Canelo Casas & Dragon Lee feud is a thing, though Canelo Casas has a couple of ringers.

CMLL (TUE) 03/18/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Demonio Maya
2) Black Metal & Esfinge vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura
4) Estrellita vs Dalys [MEX WOMEN]
Estrellita is champion. Fourth defense.
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone & Rush vs Shocker & Terrible

Odd for Dalys to get a title match right before she (might) lose her hair.

indy (FRI) 03/28/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
4) Bestia 666 vs Hijo De Rey Misterio, Inferno, Urzus, Dementor, Tony Casanova, Angel Garces, Animal, Venum Black Jr., Animaniac
5) Bobby Lashley & John Morrison vs Adam Pearce & Chris Masters

So that’s a weird main event. No idea which Hijo de Rey is in that multiman trophy match.

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