05/25 AAA TV Results (Tlaxaca)

AAA TV (MON) 05/25 Auditorio Municipal de San Bernardino Contla, Tlaxaca
1) Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Pimpinela Escarlata b Billy Boy, Mini Histeria, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star
2) Alan Stone, Crazy Boy, Extreme Tiger b Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
Jack Evans & Vampiro b Chessman & Teddy Hart
4) Escoria, Ozz, Zorro b Charly Manson, Rocky Romero, X-Pac
5) Electro Shock, Konnan, Silver King b Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka Jr.

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#891)
Mexico: 06/07
US: 06/27

Opener sounds like the usual relevos AAA. Guapito was at ringside to watch his minis. Fabi may now be feuding more with Sexi Star than Billy.

Still not sure if Extreme Tiger is meant to be a tecnico. That team still got along enough to win. After the match, Alex and Konnan ended up in the ring, which Konnan demanding Koslov pick one of the winners to be his opponent at TripleMania for the cruiserweight title. Alex decided to pick all three for a four way hardcore title match. Not Alex’s smartest move.

I was wrong on AAA’s team – Jack did end up returning as a rep of Roldan on this show, teaming with Vampiro. Before that, Chessman and Teddy were presented as offical members of the Legion’s team, so we’ve got the full five on five now. Jack got destroyed again in this match and strechered to the back, but made the non-surprise return to help win the match for his team. Everyone from AAA came out to welcome him to their side.

Top two matches seem devoid of major plot developments. Zorro did get X-Pac clean with a submission. Electro beat the new champ Alex clean with his submission.  New cruiserweight champion lost on his first show with the belt, another non-surprise.

Next show is Saturday in Acapulco, though we haven’t heard much about that show since it was announced.

Sunday Guadalajara, Rayo & Canek

CMLL (SUN) 05/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT: 5, 6]
5) Black Warrior, Terrible, Texano Jr. b Blue Panther, Mascara Dorada, Sagrado
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker

Negro snuck a foul on Mistico. Warrior countered a Sagrado planch with a dropkick for the deciding fall in the semimian.

Al Filo del Ring talks to Canek and Rayo about their impending match at the June legends show. Canek says he’s at 97% (exactly), and is still complaining about not getting the UWA shot. Rayo reminds us – and probably Canek – that Canek is currently the IWRG champion. I think it’d be fun if IWRG held a #1 contenders match for that title without informing Canek, and then the winner complained that Canek wouldn’t show up to defend, but I suspect that’s more a money issue. Speaking of pointless titles, Rayo would give Canek a shot at his WWA title, as long as Canek agrees in advance to do a mask match after.

Al Filo del Ring also talks to Super Astro about flying wrestlers.

Box Y Lucha 2923 has Santo in AAA. ByL television episode.

Guerreros #190 has the Bizzaros.

Sunday Coliseo, last Sunday GDL, Santo

CMLL (SUN) 05/24 Arena Coliseo [Alan, Record]
1) Metalico & Sensei b Artillero & Super Comando
2) Amapola, La Nazi, Princesa Sujei b Estrella Magica, Lady Apache, Sahori
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura b Leono, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Volador Jr. b Dragon Rojo Jr., Lizmark Jr., Misterioso II
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero

Avernos took the first, Guerreros took the third, Ephesto got Rey clean in the third fall. He still wants the mask/hair match, but he wants to take care of winning the title on Tuesday first, since he hasn’t won a big singles title in his career. If Ephesto does win, does that mean he takes Rey’s spot in the Champions Tournament? Or did I just give away Tuesday’s finish? (hope you liked this bit the first time.)

Alan says semimatch was great.

AAA (THU) 05/14 Explanada Municipal de Mejapam de Madero Yautepec, Oaxaca [SuperLuchas 316]
1) Cyborg (Oaxaca) & Dark b Centinela & Principe Condor
2) Furia Poblana & Super Rockero b Guayuka & Pachuco Salvaje
3) Cinthia Moreno & La Hechicera b Mari Apache & Tiffany
4) Silver Cat I & Silver Cat II b Epidemia & Simbolo [AULL TAG]
5) Alan Stone & Octagon b Black Abyss & Electro Shock

Just to note another AULL Title defense in Oaxaca.

CMLL (TUE) 05/19 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [SuperLuchas 316]
1) Thunder Boy b Acertijo
2) Virgo b Idolo
3) Casanova b Rey Trueno
4) Nube Roja b Exterminador
5) Gallo & Metal Blanco b Mascara Magica & Satanico
6) Mascara Dorada & Sagrado b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
7) Hector Garza, Mictlan, Shocker b Averno, Dos Caras Jr., Mephisto

Full results never turned up on CMLL.com, so there you go. Speaking of CMLL not doing something with it’s website, instead of just saying they’re running big shows in Acapuclo and Arena Isabel, why not put up the posters? Someone has the file. Or did they and I couldn’t find it?

SuperLuchas #316 has an interview with El Hijo del Santo. Santo justifies working for AAA despite critical comments of Konnan after the bit with Juvi by explaining that’s exactly why has to work here – he’s got to help the Roldan’s get the company back. Santo and interviewer discuss facing old rival Silver King; no one seems to discuss the reason he’s an old rival is because Santo was the one who took Silver King’s mask, which he’s now wearing again. Maybe Santo can win it twice.

Santo’s a busy man, also replacing Cibernetico in the main event of the big Torreon indy show which was pushed back to June 5th due to the flu.

AAA’s listing for tommorow’s TV taping says the mystery tag team facing Teddy & Chessman will be Roldan’s pick. This would seem to mean it’ll be the last two guys on AAA’s team, which is scheduled to be Vamp & Elegido (near of which is otherwise on this card.) Wouldn’t be too surprised to see Jack show up somehow to set up a separate match with Teddy at TripleMania.

In hyping up Tuesday’s big match, Blue Panther reminds us he was the first CMLL World Middleweight Champion, so the match versus Averno is about Panther getting back what’s should be his. It’s not mentioned here, but Panther never actually lost the title; he vacated it on jumping to AAA six months in. It would be a pretty great story if this was his first shot in 17 years, but he did a couple shots at Ringo Mendoza in ’99 and ’00. Question: if Blue Panther wins, is he in the champions tournament? Averno would still have the NWA title*, so the field would have to expand to 17. Or did I just give away Friday’s finish?

* – it may have just been random coincidence, or people forgetting their belts, but the NWA title belts were conspicuously missing from the photo of all the champions (who showed up) to announce the tournament. Averno & Sombra were there, but only had their CMLL titles. Texano was not there, and they have to be still counting the NWA titles to have him in the tournament. I love the history of the titles, and I don’t think they should just be handed back to this NWA because they said so, but 2 (or 3) less belts would be a fine start. They probably just didn’t want them in the picture and it means nothing, but it’s nice to dream.

Shocker is upset with Dos winning by cheating on Friday. If you didn’t see the finish, Shocker catapulted Dos, and Dos threw his mask off in process. Tiger Hispano blamed Shocked for the DQ. Shocker’s all ready to do the apuesta thing.

So is Mini Damain 666. Damian makes the outrageous claim that Shockercito is not actually guapo, but actually very feo. No wonder Shockercito agreed to the hair match, he certainly can’t let such things stand.

EAW was in Hidalgo. Not running a show, of course not, but scouting Super Crazy’s kids to see if they’re good enough to work the undercard of any show they might run.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about a a great Sangre Chicana vs Perro AGuayo match from 1992.

WrestlingObserver has their AAA Recap. Xavier asks how many of the ‘300’ Psycho Circus wins we’ve actually seen on TV, so I went and checked: 21. Next week is 22, or 7% of them.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, and Robert on 02/10/08 AAA and 10/30/07 ACM with a wrestling donkey.


IWRG (THU) 05/28 Arena Naucalpan
1) Gizmo vs Zaico
2) Galactik & Mascara Magnifica vs Carta BRava Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Diva Salvaje, Goleador, Miss Gaviota vs Avisman, Fantasma de la Opera, Xibalva
4) Angelico, Chico Che, Freelance vs Capitan Muerte, Durango Kid, Tetsuya Bushi
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura

IWRG (SAT) 05/30 Arena Xochimilco
1) Eterno vs Comando Negro
2) Exodia & Jack vs Avisman & Hijo del Signo
3) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Sexy Gladys vs Carta Brava Jr., Fantasma de la Opera, Vampiro Metalico
4) Bobby Lee Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) El Alebrije, Olimpico, Zatura vs Pirata Morgan, Tetsuya Bushi, Veneno

IWRG (SUN) 05/31 Arena Naucalpan
1) Exodia & Galactik vs Chico del Barrio & Mixteco Jr.
2) Chico Che, Freelance, Turbo vs Avisman, Black Thunder, Tetsuya Bushi
3) Angelico, Olimpico, Zatura vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Veneno vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro

PROLLM (SUN) 05/31 Coliseo Coacalco
1) Aleph & Fire Fox vs Drack & Espejismo
2) Cyrus & Guman vs Betos Boy & Sangre Latina
3) Daga, Eterno, Lobo Metalico vs Black Jaguar, Maldito, Niebla Negra II
4) Latino vs Niebla Negra I
5) Angelico, Brazo de Plata, Tony Rivera vs Hooligan, Magnifico, Misterioso II

Don’t usually post PROLLM to the front page, but they’ve got Porky working against CMLL stars for the first time since he’s left. He (and Angelico) appear to be on the card as indy guys brought in for the week, but I’m sure there’s hopes of turning it into something more.

CMLL LATV #145 (05/16)

taped 05/08, 05/10, aired 05/16
Rey Cometa, Pegasso, Flash © vs Loco Max, Skandalo, Arkangel © – this was pretty fun. Cometa and Pegasso are fitting in well (when I can tell them apart – less black and silver please!) Trying to figure out the preferred Tuareg team to face Stuka and Flash

– Arkangel & Loco?
– Hooligan & Dr X?
– Hooligan and Skandalo sounds good, actually. But Hooligan’s doesn’t figure to get it. I wonder if CMLL’s waiting for Nitro to get back to pull the trigger? Storywise, it’d be greater for a Tuareg team to challenge and lose and have Nitro be the difference maker in attempt #2 (the Infernales got 2 shots, why can’t they.)

I’m giving them too much credit for actually planning these things out. They’re probably still using The Hat to book, but instead of using it to make trios, they’re just throwing things like “women’s title match”, “random vet loses his hair to young guy we have no real plans for”, and “Sangre Azteca defends his title” into the hat to pick the fan appreciation big match.

Sombra, Volador Jr., Hector Garza © vs Rey Bucanero ©, Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis – with the confetti, the length of the show, and the strangeness of the crowd – more women, lot of people back for the first time – this felt like a Kid’s Day match without the kids. Or maybe just a spot show match when they’ve got another one later that night.

Friday Arena Mexico Results

CMLL (FRI) 05/22 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, ESTO]
1) RamsteinSementalPrincipe ValienteTrueno
2) Angel Azteca Jr.Angel de OroAngel de PlataDr. XHooliganSkandalo
3) Pequeno OlimpicoPequeno Universo 2000 [lightning]
4) Black WarriorDragon Rojo Jr.Sangre AztecaHijo del FantasmaLa MascaraMascara Dorada
5) Blue PantherLa SombraVolador Jr.AvernoEphestoMephisto
6) Dos Caras Jr.Negro CasasUltimo Guerrero DQ Hector GarzaMisticoShocker

Negro replaced Atlantis in the main event; not sure if there was a late change, but Atlantis was definitely in the building. Rudos won the first fall clean, then Shocker accidently pulled off Dos’ mask for the DQ in the second.

Atlantis, Ultimo and Rey turned up in the semimain to attack Ephesto. While that was going on, Panther beat Averno clean, and they both agreed to a title match at some point. If Panther wins, does he get in the tournament?

Ovaciones says Mini Olimpico easily beat Mini Universo. Sensei replaced Ramstein in the opener.

Edit: Both Cesar and SuperLuchas have Ramstein in the opener and the rudos winning the fourth match. This is why newspaper are dying.

SLP wrestler Coyote Azul is celeberting 25 years of wrestling.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches some post-flu IWRG & AULL.

Cesar matches Santo & Wagner’s words with actions.

AAA looks back at the biggest winners from each TripleMania.

Will update this post with lineups when they show up.

Edit 2: lineups

CMLL (MON) 05/25 Arena Puebla
1) Fuerza Chicana, Mr. Rafaga, Sauron vs Asturiano, Centella de Oro, Tigre Rojo
2) Estrella Magica, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei, Yezca
3) Flash, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs Dr. X, Loco Max, Skandalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (TUE) 05/26 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Marcela, Sahori, Star Fire vs Amapola, Crazy Star, La Seductora
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Rey Bucanero vs Ephesto [CMLL LH]

This is the first time I can remember CMLL building a feud over different days of shows in a great while. And it’s not a fan apperciation show – if it actually works, they make money from it. Strange for CMLL to do something like that.

CMLL (FRI) 05/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Novato vs Ebola
2) Astaroth vs Depredador
3) Silueta vs Magnifica
4) Magnum vs Dragon
5) Meteoro & Saturno vs Palacio Negro & Virgo
6) Mascara Dorada & Sagrado vs Black Warrior & Dragon Rojo Jr.
7) Blue Panther, Mictlan, Shocker vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Note this means most of Ephesto’s friends won’t be around to help him. Mephisto may still be there. Misterioso, if he’s still in this group.

CMLL (FRI) 05/29 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Caligula & Messala
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Polvora
3) Pegasso vs Hooligan [lightning]
4) Mascara Dorada, Maximo, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Hector Garza, Shocker, Volador JR. vs Dos Caras Jr., Tetsuya Naito, Yurijo
6) Averno vs Blue Panther [CMLL MIDDLE]

No Limit goes straight to the top. For someone’s who not in this feud anymore, Hector Garza sure finds his way into every single Shocker/Dos Jr. match. This could be a really good show.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy & Virgo vs Acertijo & Azazel
2) Casanova & Nube Roja vs Asesino Negro & Rafaga
3) Metal Blanco & Neutron vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Blue Panther, Maximo, Mictlan vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Semimain in Mexico on Tuesday is main here on Sunday.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Principe Valiente vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Hijo de Ultraman, Starman vs Rene Guajardo Jr., Skandalo, Vangelis
3) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
4) Sagrado, Shocker, Valiente vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara vs Dos Caras Jr., Tetsuya Naito, Yurijo

The three new juniors all start in the same match. In the lineup I have, he’s listed as “Hijo de Ultraman”, which would mean someone different than the Ultraman Jr. we’re familiar with. Have to see how that works out, but it’s amusing they teamed him up with Starman from the first match. Guerrero Maya was Black Terry, so there’s a hint (though I don’t think this Jr. has posted in the comment section – rumor has it, he’s a name you may be familiar with from Thursday cards.)

That’s the trios champs randomlly together in the main event, and we are about two weeks out from a Fan Appreciation show here. Note the eternal Arena Coliseo Tag feud resurfacing in the tercera as well.

05/21 AAA TV Results (Aguascalientes)

AAA TV (THU) 05/21 Auditorio Jose Maria Morelos, Aguascalientes [AAA]
1) Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Psicosis
2) Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata DQ Billy Boy, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star
3) Charly Manson, Mesias, X-Pac b Electro Shock, Teddy Hart, Zorro
4) Latin Lover & Marco Corleone b Joe Lider & Kenzo Suzuki
5) Alex Koslov b Extreme Tiger, Alan Stone [AAA CRUISER]
6) Cuervo & Silver King b Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr.

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#890)
Mexico: 05/31
US: 06/20

Technically, the opener was the debut of Guapito’s Los Chihuahueños del Mal promotion, which looks like any normal minis match in AAA. Octagoncito beat Mini Abismo.

It’s not especially clear what the DQ in the second match for, but since Fabi ended up being strechered out, a Billy Boy martinete seems like a likely idea. Rudos continued to attack Fabi after the match and her partners could not stop them, so Elegido ran out to make the save. Hmm.

In between matches, the Legion hit the ring to officially announce Electroshock as the third member of their team. Chessman and Kenzo are in, and we know Silver King will be but they haven’t said it yet. Konnan demanded Roldan come out and announce his fourth member (Parka, Octagon, and Santo are official), but instead he got Parka, who told Konnan to wait for Tlaxaca. Sounds like they might announce four and five (Vamp and Elegido) on that show.

Zorro continued to duck out on Charly and X-Pac in their trios match. Mesias got Teddy for the win.

Lider & Kenzo controlled most of their match, but the tecnicos overcame for the win. After, Nicho showed up and Latin and Marco with chairs to set up their title match at TripleMania.

Alan Stone was first out in the Cruiserweight final, falling to Tiger’s 450. Alex got Tiger with the Red Scare to become the first champion. Probably should’ve been able to easily tell this, seeing as Alex is already booked in next taping’s main event.

Cuervo didn’t lose! Cuervo was too busy getting dived on by Wagner and beat up on the outside. While Wagner was dealing with him, and distracted by Mesias doing commentary, Silver King hit Parka with an object behind the ref’s back for the pin. Recap makes it sound like Silver King got away with something, as if they didn’t do weapon shots every single week without a DQ.

After the match, Wagner and Mesias faced off, which turned into a brawl this time. All the tecnicos came back out to separate them.

Next taping is Monday in Tlaxaca. We’re still waiting to see who the mystery tag partners are to face Chessman & Teddy, though one is surely Jack.

Mexico preview, CMLL press conference notes, Box Y Lucha

CMLL (FRI) 05/22 Arena Mexico
1) Principe Valiente & Trueno vs Ramstein & Semental
2) Dr. X, Hooligan, Skandalo vs Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata
3) Pequeno Olimpico vs Pequeno Universo 2000 [lightning]
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker

Preview of tonight’s card: notimex. If they’re going to do Shocker/Dos anytime soon, next week makes the most sense. Otherwise, they’re marking time until the tournament starts, with some champions versus champions

AAA hasn’t posted full results yet, but has an update saying Alex Koslov won the Cruiserweight Title.

Cesar makes the case that the CMLL Universal Champion is meant to be an (annual?) tournament, and not a belt. (And maybe just that trophy they keep showing in all the pictures.) While that’d be slightly less objectionable than a championship which ought to be defended, it’s still yet another meaningless achievement in a promotion drowning in them, and it still makes absolutely no sense Mistico’s not in the tournament.

Other news notes from CMLL’s press confrence:

– Sangre Azteca, Dragon Rojo Jr., Stuka, and Hijo del Fantasma are headed to Switzerland and Belgium. They’ll be leaving on June 9th and won’t be back until June 14. In Switerzland, they’ll be wrestling as part of a greater art festival. In Belgium, they’ll be performing at the Mexican embassy as part of bicentennial celebration (or really 199th Anniversary, since Mexico doesn’t hit 200 until next year.)

– CMLL announced dates for upcoming major hsows

* CMLL will resume running shows at Arena Coliseo Acapulco on May 27th, and Arena Isabel de Cuernavanca on May 28th (so sticking with their traditional days of Wednesday and Thursday.) No word if these are meant to be weekly events. I thought there was an article last year mentioning Arena Isabel was to be torn down or at least shut down, but I can’t find out. Clearly, that’s not the case, but it’s a building that’s gone unmentioned since last September. CMLL mentions they’ll be regualarly running Tijuana, Leon, Xalapa, Cancun, Zacatecas, Irapuato, and SLP.

* June 2nd will be the next Tuesday Fan Appreciation show. CMLL doesn’t confirm it on their website, but everyone’s still expecting Mini Damian vs Shockercito for that show.

* Arena Coliseo Guadalajara will have a special show on 06/14 to celebrate Father’s Day. No word if Arena Mexico will have it’s own special show on the same day, as that’s about when we’d normally expect their Fan Appreciation day.

* Arena Puebla will have their Fan Appreciation show on June 19.

– Yurijo and Naitro were mentioned as coming in next friday.

– There are no plans for the returns of Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Rayo’s working IWRG’s Lucha Libre Expo show in July, but I guess this helps the next time he goes to a magazine and teases an impending return to CMLL.

(SuperLuchas, box y lucha, Ovaciones – which doesn’t even mention the new title?, televisa deportes)

Box Y lucha posted a lot of articles from the most recent addition:

Perro Aguayo Jr. explains the three people’s opinions he cares about – Paco Alonso, Dr. Wagner Jr., and Hijo del Santo – because they’re all successful businessmen. Konnan doesn’t make the cut, and Perro’s not interesting in working with him or hearing from him in the magazines. Perro says his promotion is working very hard to compete with two strong companies, and they’re close to signing a TV deals.

Dos Caras Jr. wants Shocker’s hair, since no one’s taken it and Shocker will actually compete (unlike Hector.) Dos explains he’s not doing the body paint anymore, because the first try took 2 hours, and it still was unfinished, plus he feels he has a good body to show off. Shocker says he’s ready for Dos in whatever battle he wants, even a contest of who’s more Guapo after Shocker unmasks him.

Okumura is happy to have Japanese people to team up with again, and plans to help Yujiro and Naito adjust to the Mexican style. Okumura is waiting for a rescheduled date for his New Japan appearance, just like the other guys, and says he, Mistico and Misterioso underwent rigorous medical tests to prove they didn’t have the flu in hopes they’d be allowed to go Japan, but they couldn’t get past Japan’s travel restrictions.

Blue Panther explains wrestlers must work harder in front of small crowd, becuase that’s how crowds get bigger. Also, bigger crowds do not pay close attention.

Dragon Rojo talks about his latest image change; shorter hair among other changes. He went back home during hte flu break.

Sangre Azteca talks about his difficult childhood; parents splitting up, moving in with the grandparents, and hating it.

Pirata Morgan Jr. says Muerte Bucanera is awful, is stealing from his father and cousin, is actually the DTU mascot and not really a wrestler. Pirata Jr. vows to destroy Muerte Bucanera’s gear if they ever cross paths.

CMLL’s health measures to prevent the flu in their arenas. Judging from the last week’s TV, they’re already much less concerned – there were a whole less masks (and gloves) compared to the week before.

Villano III looks at El Faraon.

– A review of The Wrestler mentions never having seen blading in Mexico. They need to pay more attention during Gran Apache matches.

Polaris I obit. Diabetes got him.

The Gladiatores has a whole bunch of video interview: the Guerreras, Martha Villalobos, El Dandy, LA Park, and Los Perros.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, and Robert on Arena Coliseo Monterrey 10/16 and 10/28/08 and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 01/13 and 1/20/08

AAA #884 (05/16)

taped 04/17

Psycho Clown ©, Zombie Clown, Killer Clown vs Pimpinela Escarlata, Gato Eveready ©, Ultimo Gladiador – perfectly fine opener.

Super Fly vs Laredo Kid in a AAA Cruiserweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match – I’m thinking the guy who is a sticker for logic did not write this rudo turn. If they just put a blinking “he’s a rudo now!” message on the bottom of the screen, it would’ve been less subtle. This may be shot down by all, but I think this was actually the better cruiserweight match on the show…

Alex Koslov vs Rocky Romero in a AAA Cruiserweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match – because this felt more like an exhibition or a highlight reel than a full match. I still saw enough to know that if it I saw it all, I would’ve thought it was better, but what turned up on screen didn’t quite match what I was hoping for. Haven’t yet watched the Mexican version to spot the differences, but the changes between 5:30 or 6 aren’t probably as meaningful as the differences between 6 and the 12-15 minutes it seem to actually run.

Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro ©, Oriental vs Charly Manson, Elegido, X-Pac © – closing spot would’ve been great (like it was when when X-Pac did it in WWE first, right?) if Zorro was in the right position at the right time. Not only did X-Pac have to go on, not reacting to the fire extinguisher going of nowhere near him, but then Zorro totally exhausted it all on X-Pac, which could not have been fun to take. Tough day for X-Pac. Give Kenzo his money!

Marco Corleone & La Parka Jr. vs Silver King & Electroshock – Marco’s finisher used to be called the Mark of Excellence in the WWE. These are things I used to know, and I’m okay with having to go to wikipedia to find out now. Electro’s finish has no name, but he sure is using it to win a lot.

Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Vampiro & Mesias – hola, non finish of the main event. Haven’t seen you in a while.

thoughts on CMLL’s Universal Championship

MVS needs to update that picture

Let’s start here: CMLL has announced a tournament of champions. The man on the right, the man covered with championship belts, is not in the tournament.

CMLL announced plans on Thursday to create a new championship, called the CMLL Universal Championship. This will be the 19th active championship in the Mexico City branch of CMLL. Not including this championship, there are 9 active CMLL World championships, 5 active National championships held by CMLL wrestlers, 3 active NWA championships, and 1 Arena Coliseo specific championships.

That 19 total does not include the 2 IWRG championships still held by CMLL wrestlers (Super Welter – Mistico, Middle – Negro Casas; considering the Women’s title as defunct), the 4 annual tournaments run by CMLL (Plata, Azul, GA, Rey de Aire – perhaps 5 if we count the minis), the Occidente championships (2 of which, the Light Heavyweight and the Tag Team, are worn on CMLL TV more frequently than the previous 18 official ones), the 2 WWA Championships which may not be official (Middle – Mistico, Perro & Hector – Tag), and Dr. X’s XNW Championship, which is at least as credible as the WWA ones. Counting these additional 11 championships, CMLL currently has 29 different titles in play. On June 19th, CMLL will have 30. Unless Yurijo and Naito get their titles back before then.

The actual CMLL announcement goes like this: they’re holding a tournament to decide the champion of champions. Both AAA and CMLL have done this before, AAA most recently with the AAA Heavyweight Mega Championship. This time, the winner will become the first CMLL Universal Champion. The champion is said to involve all National and World Champions. Announced participants:

– Ultimo Guerrero: CMLL Heavyweight

– Rey Bucanero: CMLL Light Heavyweight
– Texano Jr.: NWA Light Heavyweight

– Averno: CMLL Middleweight, NWA Middleweight

– Negro Casas: CMLL Welterweight
– Sombra: NWA Welterweight, CMLL Tag Team
– Sangre Azteca: Mexican Welterweight

– Mascara Dorada: CMLL Super Lightweight

– Volador Jr.: CMLL Tag Team

– La Mascara: CMLL Trios
– Hector Garza: CMLL Trios
– Hijo del Fantasma: CMLL Trios
– Black Warrior: Mexican Trios
– Dragon Rojo Jr.: Mexican Trios


National/World Champions not included, who are not women or men
– Mistico: National Light Heavyweight, WWA Middleweight Champion

That’s it, that’s the list. I’ve read the box y lucha coverage, the superluchas coverage, and the notimex coverage, and I have yet to see an explanation of why Mistico’s not in this tournament. Mistico has consistently been consistently treated as the best wrestler in the company, winning the annual tournament to decide the best wrestler in the company (Leyenda de Plata, 3 years in a row!), and he’s MIA in a tournament to crown the best wrestler in the company, and no one thought this needed a little bit of explanation?

Obviously, the tournament is and was planned for someone else to win the championship, and it seems like Mistico isn’t here so he doesn’t have to take a singles loss. Those are the sort of things that make the hardcore fans dislike Mistico, regardless of how it happens.

Getting back to the tournament itself, it’ll be a near standard three week single elimination bit for CMLL. Group A of 7 wrestlers (not specified – why not?) will go down on June 5, Group B will take place on June 12, and the final will take place on June 19. CMLL’s designed a simple but smart way of handling the odd number; winning the seeding battle royal gives you a first round bye, actually giving that part of the tournament some more sense and an actual conclusion. (Without a bye, it’s always made no sense to participate – the first one out has to wrestle first, but gets the longest rest between matches and doesn’t have to wrestle the semifinal and the final back to back.)

The hype for the match brings up the possibility that partners could end up fighting each other, which is true though not necessarily all that interesting. They also emphasize that wrestlers of different weight divisions could face each other, as if this was not standard operating procedure for CMLL, and as if there was a great difference in sizes between all these wrestlers. Perhaps if Dos or Lizmark was in, this might be true, but the difference between Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara Dorada does not appear to be all that great, and those two squared off in a trios match just back on March 1st, on LATV. It wasn’t a big deal.

This tournament would be flawed and frustrating if it occured at any time of year. As opposition to TripleMania, it also seems like an absurd business decision. Tournament shows have never been more than uninteresting to watch, and usually fall to the levels of disappionting. The matches sound much better than turn out to be, because the time requirements of the night force most of them to five minutes of limited action. Perhaps it’ll be better with one less match in the tournament, but it’s not to be expected.

They’re also harder to sell as shows, because of the format CMLL uses to decide seeding. CMLL can’t hype any of the singles matches, some of which might sell some tickets, because none are determined until an hour into the show. It may work better this way to keep people from figuring out the finish (though we can usually guess pretty accurately even without the matchups), but it’s unhelpful in getting people in the building to see that finish happen.

This also means the time and energy that’s gone into building both the Rey Bucanero & Ephesto and Dos Caras Jr. & Shocker has been wasted for the time being, since it’s unlikely they’ll be main eventing any of these three shows with an additional big singles match (they’ll be doing six of those already), plus Bucanero will be tied up in this tournament for at least one of those weeks. This seems to indicate the plan for this tournament came at a late stage.

On first look, Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas are the clear strong co-favorites to win this tournament, with the second tier being Hector Garza, Averno, and maybe Sombra. There was a time where we could put Black Warrior in that second tier, but that’s passed. There may be a time where Texano Jr. or Hijo de Fantasma go on that list, but not yet.

I’ll break down the rest of the press conference tomorrow, and more on the tournament down the line, but it’s worth note that the announcement of Fantasma, Sangre and Dragon Rojo heading to Europe for the week of June 10th means those three have to be in Block A of this tournament. In addition, the latest Wrestling Observer mentions CMLL has been talking to TNA about bringing in two (unspecified) wrestlers to challenge Sombra & Volador for the CMLL Tag Titles on June 12. It’s not confirmed, but that would make sense as a main event over a tournament, and would mean those two are also penciled in for Block A.

More, later.

AAA #883 (05/09)

taped 04/10, aired 05/15. Watch as I refuse to stop typing even when I ought to below:

La Diabolica, Cinthia Moreno, Billy Boy vs Aerostar, Mari Apache, Fabi Apache – maybe it’s was swayed by knowing this was her final night, but it seemed like La Diabolica was better than usual. Still don’t think CMLL brings her back. This was a good women’s tag match with two men involved, and I still don’t think anyone’s quite sure if they were meant to be in the match or not.

Scoria vs Alan Stone – would’ve been better on AAA {Pro}, where Alan, Chris, Argenis, and the La Chiva who keeps showing up on spot shows are having ***-**** matches in a feud with Dark Family. Someone needs to put that up on YouTube.

Extreme Tiger vs Crazy Boy – pretty sure they think it would’ve been a better match under DTU rules. For all the moves these guys (and I think I mean “guys like these two” and not just these specific two) learn off YouTube, maybe they can watch a couple video where someone gets the heat for a while, and then someone makes a comeback. They seem to be ffwding the last couple of minutes of near falls, and then stretching it out to 9 minutes. It doesn’t work, it never works. OTOH, Tiger’s 450 splash is a nice replacement to the barricade guillotine legdrop as the move he really can’t do but won’t stop trying.

Teddy Hart, Jack Evans, Electroshock © vs Ultimo Gladiador, Laredo Kid ©, Super Fly – I brush by this point at the end, but why are we having a cruiserweight tournament? Why not just give a(nother) title to Electroshock, since this match demonstrates the eventually champion will just be a lesser wrestler not on the level an average heavyweight just protected by the weight limit.

It’s really strange to realize this, given what AAA has been in the past – look, Hijo del Santo’s back! – but the promotion of Rey Misterio and Psicosis and the Gringos Locos and other welter/middleweight wrestlers will not have another headliner as long as the current regime remains such. Only the heavyweights can be top guys, maybe a light heavyweight will sneak thru if they’ve enough or they’re low on options, but anyone less looks to be treated as a lesser wrestler who has be very lucky to be heavyweight type guys (no different than Rey in WWE now, actually), and probably can expect much more of this, where a guy who gets treated as a generic goon when tagging with heavyweights could beat up 3 guys at once (even with his teammates fighting!)

I don’t want to act like AAA was some sort of all junior all the time promotion, because it hasn’t been (Dinamitas in the main event of the first show! and for plenty after), but this is a natural and unfortunate progression of how things have gone. they made a heavyweight title, they made it the most important title for the top matches, they made it the only big title, and so all the top matches are just going to be heavyweights. Doesn’t mean there can’t be great fun in the middle, but (and this might actually be my point here) if you’re hoping this Jack Evans turns is leading AAA to go all the way with him, it probably matters little about how good he is in the ring or how over he is with the crowd, but how much more newly acquired muscle weight he can pack on his body to look the part.

Cuervo, Ozz, Silver King © vs Elegido, Marco Corleone, La Parka Jr. © – random captain rules being enforced! The only thing I could figure is they wanted Elegido to actually get a pinfall here since he’s going to be in a big role eventually, and then decided they might as well go all the way to the last elimination (and toss the Dark Familly a bone.) Of course, that would mean long term planning, and if you were doing that, wouldn’t you have had the dissension in the last match led to Super Fly ending up pinning Electro to resolve that story before you started his rudo turn? Dunno.

Nicho & Joe Lider vs Mesias & Dr. Wagner Jr. – exactly what I thought it was. This, of course, is another thing borrowed from 00s WWE – tag team champions who can’t actually beat anyone who means anything in tag team matches. Does Tirantes think Wagner is a rudo? Is Wagner a rudo, since he’s actually invading the company and disrespecting our hero Mesias? What must you ingest to think Mesias would get cheered over Wagner?