CMLL on Televisa #960 (01/23/2010)

taped @ Arena Mexico on 01/22

watched @ WarriorX2000’s YouTube channel

Even though there wasn’t a great match on this show, and the matches were clipped up, this definitely felt like a show worth checking out, where things were actually happening. The Mistico turn stole the headlines, but the winners all came off as true winners. Even shortened, both the tournament and the title match had enough to them that you felt like that side that won proved they were the best. Ultimo Guerrero is clearly better than Hector Garza, and Atlantis & Mascara Dorada were the top team on that night.

The Mistico angle came off great. They teased that the Volador/Mistico matchup in the match, and the excitement was there when they finally faced off. The foul was perfect, and so was the post match. It seemed even less ambiguous watching it; Mistico chooses to foul Volador for his city, but it turns into something beyond once he throws the drink into Volador’s face. Even though it wasn’t the final of the night, it didn’t lose any impact for it.

The main event was too short to be very good, but what they showed was fine.

UG/Stuka, Mistico/Averno, Perros

More Ultimo/Stuka interviews for today’s show in Fuego en el Ring. UG thought Sombra/Dragon would do better last week. He’d be willing to face Garza in a mask vs hair match, because he’s not yet won hair. He promises a new look coming in about two months.

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Record has a three part interview with Mistico and Averno about their team. Mistico considers himself neither tecnico or rudo right now and explains he did what he did because he wanted to win the tournament, but also talks about teaming with Averno full time and says Volador’s became famous only because he was teaming with Mistico. At the same time, Mistico also says he hasn’t forgot his feud with Averno, still would like to do that mask match, and hasn’t forgot how past partnerships have gone bad. (Odd that the past partnership he brings up isn’t Black Warrior or Negro Casas, but Hector Garza.)

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Averno thinks he and Mistico should take the tag titles from Sombra & Volador. Averno should be the programmer! Mistico suggests bringing in Mephisto and making it a trio. Mistico again says he doesn’t want to be tecnico or rudo, but just the best and win the titles. (Again, Hector Garza. ISSUES.) Depsite all this talk, it’ll be Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero that Mistico will actually be teaming up with Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, SuperLuchas looks at the three way battle that day – Perros vs CMLL vs WWE’s Royal Rumble on PPV. The Perros have made “cheap tickets for all!” as one of their focuses, but CMLL’s cheapest tickets are lower than the Perros for this week, and CMLL’s letting in all kids for free – both clearly designed to pack their house at the expense of the Perros. The Perros most expensive tickets are cheaper than CMLL’s.

In hyping up the Perro’s show, Perro Jr. says his promotion can make the best cards in Mexico, and figures he’ll be the only one wrestling as a rudo in the main event on Sunday. Also, Charly Manson says X-Fly is very respected and very prestigious, and so is Charly title.

For weekend 2 of the AAA movie, various AAA wrestlers will be doing autograph signings at theaters. Haven’t been able to find out how the movie actually did in week 1 (only know Avatar was the #1 movie of the week in Mexico.) Speaking off, Kcidis illustrates Ozz inspired by a movie.

There was a thread on Box Y Lucha mentioning a gossip show saying Sexi Star had left AAA. AAA says no, she’s still in AAA. AAA also has a Psycho Circus promo.

ROH has added Super Parka to Blue Demon Jr. and Cassandro on it’s April 3rd show in Charlotte.

There’s a new lucha libre restaurant open in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland?

Shocker & Strong Man team up in San Fransisco on Saturday. This is the same show with Lady Apache vs Alissa Flash for a new title. Since Alissa is finished up with TNA, can Lady Apache talk her into coming to CMLL? She’d be fun.

Segunda Caida continues it’s complete Cassandro recap with AAA matches from ’06 and ’07.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/01 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Blue Center, Tigre Rojo vs Akron, Barbaro I, Sauron
2) Molotov, Sensei, Tigre Blanco vs Bronco, Dr. X, Hooligan
3) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
4) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Toscano vs Terrible, Texano Jr., Vangelis
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Felino & Mr. Niebla [CMLL TAG]

They haven’t done this combo of Peste Negra yet.

CMLL (TUE) 02/02 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino vs Meteoro
2) Angelo & Virgo vs Ebola & In Memoria
3) Astaroth & Hierro vs Asesino Negro & Ráfaga
4) Ángel Azteca, Diamante, Metal Blanco vs Euforia, Máscara Mágica, Shigeo Okumura
5) Máscara Dorada & Místico vs Misterioso II & Último Guerrero

First time Mistico would be a tecnico at any of the major building since Friday. Could be interesting.

CMLL Roster, by training area

I was looking at articles to link to tomorrow, and I noticed ESTO’s preview of the show is based around and interview with Stuka & Ultimo Guerrero. They must’ve been on a media tour this afternoon, having also appeared on TelevisaDeportes’ website and probably being quoted more places tomorrow. It’d be a pretty big upset for these two to lose in the first round on Friday, if only because they’ve drawn lots of attention to the poor record of Team Laguna so far (0-3), though they’re not likely to win it all either, since UG won’t stop talking about facing Atlantis. He’s totally jinxed it.

The quote from this article that caught my eye was at the very end, where UG says Guadalajara is the best lucha libre school, but notes there are more than 10 Laguna wrestlers on the current roster. UG doesn’t actually give an exact number, and I’ve figured out that even being on another level doesn’t give you the ability to count everyone up, especially when they’re sprouting like weeds. Just to figure out the answer, and because no one will care much about this discussion a month from now, I broke down the roster by location, the same as being done in the ongoing tag team tournament.

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Just like the tournament, some of the geographical distinctions are iffy at best, and a few could probably fit in different categories. I based my info off the data on the luchawiki profiles, and also the Current Roster based on that category, so I might’ve missed a couple. (Not sure if Metatron is officially on the roster. Super Cameleon slipped by! And we need to remove Black Warrior, I think.) I did include minis and women. The full list is after the jump, but the big summary is right here:

70 Mexico City
14 Laguna
10 Guadalajara
10 Monterrey
20 Other/Unknown

Just eyeballing the list real quick, only 5 Laguna guys have been around for a while  (UG, Panther, Ephesto, Hooligan and Misterioso); guys from about Stuka on are part of this Laguna Wave. It’s a lot different from the mostly veteran lists hailing from the north and the west.

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01/30-31 Lucha Times

Not on the schedule, but starting this week, CMLL will air on The Fight Network in Canada. Looks like a one hour slot and a lot of reairs. It’s not new shows – most likely, it’s the same run of tapes from 2008-2009 that have turned up in France and England already. I guess we find out on Monday.

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AAA-US: part 2 of TripleMania. I assume the Clowns/Air Force match isn’t airing this time either.

52MX: Angels/Fabian vs Tigers/Skandalo. Almost a good match there. Plus Poder Mexica faces Rush, Toscano, and Sagrado. Watch that match and see if you can still tell me Sagrado’s the disappointment.

IWRG-TF: IF A NEW EPISODE ACTUALLY AIRED, this would be the second half of the IWRG tag tournament, plus a Diablo/Loco vs Terry/Cerebro match. It’d be nice to finally get a Gringo Loco match.

CMLL: looks to be a few minutes shorter than usual, so maybe only the tournament here?

AAA-MEX: Listed as two hours, so the minis are getting cut from the first taping of the year. Main event is Cibernetico/Psycho Clowns vs Legion

CMLL-FOX: Minis! Plus Negro/Terrible/Texano vs Plata/Garza/Fantasma. On at 9AM this week.

C3: top 4 includes more Sombra vs Felino. I forget to list this, but this show does reair very early on Monday mornings, in case a recording goes wrong again.

Puebla: More Sombra(/Volador) vs Felino(/Niebla)

ACM: Hijo del Ninja/Furor. I legit recorded this, but it randomly stopped recording at 22 early. Here’s what I got, if you want it, and I’ll keep trying.

IWRG-TVD: maybe it’ll be Perros? TVC Deportes doesn’t have listings up for February.

Terrible & Texano suspended, Ephesto out three weeks, ratings, Tinieblas retiring

Texano & Terrible are suspended from wrestling in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for 2 months for getting into a fight with a fan. It sounds like Terrible was sent into the second row on a Dorada dive, knocking beer out of a fan’s hands, the fan responded aggressively, and Terrible & Texano responded just as aggressively. They apologized later, but still got suspended. Being banned from an arena for two months (especially when you’re supposed to be the tag team champions of the building) is obviously a bad thing, but at least it was rudos and probably the right rudos too.

Mephisto, when talking about his title match with Valiente on the same show, says Ephesto will be out two months after hurting his leg on Friday night’s show. Didn’t pick up an obvious injury spot when I was watching the TV, but I didn’t know to look for one. Ephesto did work a show on Sunday, so maybe Mephisto just got the day wrong. Sounds like the crowd wasn’t much into the title match, by the way.

Tinieblas Sr. says he’s retiring. By the end of the year. (Maybe.) He’s planning a retirement tour from 04/16 to the start of the world cup, and then a second retirement tour from July to November, but no precise dates. I’m thinking he’s announcing this tour 2.5 months before it’s starting because he’s got a lot of open dates on the tour to fill, but Tinieblas claims he’s got plans to visit AAA, CMLL and IWRG. His only regret is he never got to win Mil Mascaras mask, but maybe there’s a little more time.

In this week’s WON, there’s a section about major changes in AAA coming soon. I am sure I’ve read that same thing in that same section a half dozen different times in the last six months. The idea for this year is to build around Marco Corleone, Jack Evans, Zorro and Laredo Kid (with Wagner, Konnan and maybe Vampiro still around.) Again, seems like we’ve been here before. AAA is a out of shape person who makes a New Year’s Resolution to join a gym, and is back booking Wagner vs Mesias all over again by the end of February. I think I mixed my metaphor there. Funny how Mesias is not on the list.

TV ratings for this past week, as pointed out in the comments

SmackDown: 9.6
CMLL: 3.3
AAA: 2.4

AAA was bumped a few hours early, which surely hurt the number. Both promotions could do a far better job of promoting their own TV show. CMLL’s been mentioning the start time for their show on Twitter, and it’d be great if AAA was doing the same. There really should be no reason for me to do Lucha Times posts in 2010; the promotions should make it blatantly obvious when their TV shows are going to air and even what will be on them. Even if they’re not making a dime off the TV, the TV is still supposed to drive interest in the company, but the promotions still promote it as an accessory product to the live events they’re really promoting.

El Pancracio has an interview with Rey Mendoza, who says he WILL wrestle on Friday, having recovered from peritonitis. There’s also interviews with Shocker about his changes this week, and Claudio Castignoli heading to Uruguay.

Laredo Kid and his brother Oscuridad are opening up a lucha libre gym in Nuevo Laredo. They say there hasn’t been a lucha libre focused gym there since the 70s, and they’re renting a place for three days a week to see if it’ll work.

Perros del Mal held a press conference to promote Sunday’s show. Not a lot of new stuff on the promotion itself, but some minor details. Super Nova says he has NOT signed with the WWE but is hoping to get a call back, and will continue working here and in NWE for the time being. Charly Manson says his feud was supposed to be with Psicosis II but “due to problems, he’s not active right now.” That’s odd – Psicosis is listed as working AULL tomorrow and Monterrey on Sunday.Dr. Wagner III and his partners talk to ESTO about their match against the Perros this Sunday. The Perros respond in another article by calling Dr. Wagner III green, Groon only muscles, and Oriental the only real fighter of the group.

AAA has a preview of the Electroshock interview from the latest Box Y Lucha, and points to upcoming video of La Hermandad spray paitning Decnnis’ gear.

Over on YouTube, there’s video of The AAA Van Nuys tryouts.

Among projets on the table for the Guadalajara city government: building a Blue Demon statue.

You can video chat with Laguna’s last hope Ultimo Guerrero & Stuka over at Televisa Deportes, today at 5pm.

DJ Spectro has a report on the show to honor Tigre Colombiano.

Cronicas Y Leyendas notes a photo of Hombre Bala doing a frankensteiner in 1985.

Segunda Caida thinks they finish up IWRG ’09 with the 12/25 and 12/27 shows, but they haven’t yet see the non-excitement of the extra 11/01 matches from the past weekend. Maybe it’s just this bad cold, but that show cured me of enthuasism for IWRG.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Mephisto retains, Sombra/Felino

CMLL (TUE) 01/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) In Memoria & Titanio b Meteoro & Nube Roja
2) Angelo & Idolo b Saturno & Virgo
3) Neutrón & Palacio Negro b Drago & Exterminador
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máscara Dorada DQ Averno, Terrible, Texano
5) Mephisto b Valiente [NWA WELTER]

Ephesto was out with an injury, so they subbed in another Hijos del Averno in and another title and Valiente still lost. Mephisto took the first and third. DQ in the semimain was for Texano taking La Mascara’s mask.

CMLL 2010-01-26 Arena Mexico

CMLL (TUE) 01/26 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) Camaleón & Principe b Cholo & Zayco
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata b Cancerbero, Raciel, Virus
4) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
5) Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Sagrado DQ Atlantis, Felino, Rey Bucanero

Rudos won the first fall, but tecnicos took the last two, including Felino yanking Sombra’s mask. Those two want a singles match next week.

AAA announced Go Shiozaki would face Mesias in a singles match on 02/01. Fifty minutes later, they found out Go had a broken arm and it’s be Takeshi Morishima instead. Unless they’re doing a lot to promote either guy, it probably won’t make a differnece. On the other hand, Mesias has been pretty good at making the people he faces in singles matches look like a star.

LuchandoLibre has an easy explanation for why Averno & Mistico worked well as a team: they’ve spent so much time together already. Ovaciones writes about past famous changes of alignments: Solitario, Perro Aguayo, Santo, Atlantis and Brazo de Plata.

In Record, Groon says Blue Demon Jr. is ducking his NWA Heavyweight Championship challenge.

The Gladiatores talks to Angelico about his title win.

Metalico says he wants to re-earn the crowd’s applause, and also face Hooligan in a mask match.

Kcidis has winners and losers at school.

Ras de Lona #82 has more interviews for the parajes tournament.

Puebla, Relevos match for Sunday, Volador

CMLL (MON) 01/25 Arena Puebla [R de Rudo]
1) Centella de Oro & Lestat b Fuerza Chicana & Policeman
2) Delta, Metálico, Starman DQ Puma King, Súper Comando, Tiger Kid
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Rush b Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
4) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Sagrado b Averno, Mephisto, Terrible
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. [super libre]

Felino & Mr. Niebla pinned Sombra & Volador clean, and will get a tag team title shot (probably next week.)

Terrible replaced Ephesto, and they still lost. DQ in the second match was for Puma fouling Starman.

CMLL’s totally changed Sunday’s card – even changed the location.

CMLL (SUN) 01/31 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Trueno vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Fuego, Metro, Valiente vs Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada, Toscano vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Negro Casas
5) Atlantis, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Máximo, Mr. Niebla, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

The story we’re going – via Ovaciones – is they needed Arena Coliseo for something on Monday, so they had to move this show to Arena Mexico, and will move the 02/01 Tuesday show since Arena Coliseo. I don’t know why needing the Coliseo on Monday means no show on Sunday, but that’s the story.

For his part, Volador told Fuego en el Ring he’d like a one on one super libre match to see who’s actually better.

Besides Mistico on the ‘rudo’ side and squaring off with Volador again, there’s the Mistico/Niebla team again.

SuperLuchas figures this is pretty obviously an attempt to hurt the Perros/Santo show on Sunday; that is how CMLL’s done it in the past.

SuperLuchas also figures CMLL announcer Mucha Crema has left actually left CMLL and appears to be working with the Perros.

Ovaciones talks to Ultimo Guerrero, who says he’s totally unconcerned about the poor record for the Laguna in the national tournament so far. Ultimo Guerrero figures, as long as he’s alive, they still probably will win. Confidence!

Sangre Azteca says Misterioso II was on vacation last week, which is why he was missing those shows. Doesn’t explain why he was booked for those shows, but halfway there.

AAA says the 02/05 Puebla taping will include Mesias & Latin Lover teaming up, Dr. Wagner Jr. appearing, and “the reappearance of another sexy luchador who hasn’t been on TV for a while.” I suspect this means El Brazo.

DJ Spectro points out a new Frankenstein, teaming with Monsther and Chucky. This sounds like a fine idea.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Canek‘s rookie year.

Segunda Caida checks out 12/20/09 IWRG.

Ohtani’s Jacket catches up with Avisman/Bushi, Navarro/Angelico and CMLL trios.

Mas Lucha has Blue Panther & Rey Mendoza Jr. talking about how acupuncture has helped them.

Luchas 2000 #505 has rudo Mistico on the cover. Inside, Villano IV demands to be booked by CMLL. That won’t end well. There’s also a picture of a 13 year old Brazo de Plata, who was an amaeuter wrestling champion at that age.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Piratas win IWRG, Colilseo, GDL, CMLL new stars

IWRG (SUN) 01/24 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (photos), Estrellas del Ring]
1) King Drako b Máscara Magnífica
2) Comando Negro & Epidemia b Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota
3) Eragon, Hijo del Pantera, Zatura b Alan Extreme, Heavy Boy, Hijo del Signo
4) El Hijo del Diablo & Gringo Loco b Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan b Brazo de Plata & Brazo de Plata Jr. and Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera and Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG, semifinal]

Piratas face Navarros next week. Juvi was first eliminated in a shocking turn of events. It actually came down to Pirata Morgan versus both Mascara Ano 2000s. Pirata beat the Junior, then the Senior got DQed for attacking the referee. Way to blow your title shot.

Gringos jumped the Terrible Cerebros on the way to the ring and won fall one. Looked like the Terrible Cerberos were about to win fall two, but Diablo got Dr. Cerebro with his feet on the ropes for the straight fall win.

CMLL (SUN) 01/24 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Súper Camaleón b Cholo & Durango Kid
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Fabián el Gitano b Puma King, Skándalo, Tiger Kid
3) Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico DQ Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Rush, Sagrado, Toscano b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Negro Casas, Terrible, Texano Jr. b Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma

Negro Casas beat Fantasma with his feet on the ropes. Rush beat Sangre Azteca, which is just tremendously wrong. I am amused by Rush being embarrassingly far behind in the novato de ano voting, despite a much higher profile than Angel de Oro, Delta and Diamante. Minis took the segunda in straight falls, Warrior pulling off Dorada’s mask in the second fall.

CMLL (SUN) 01/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Templario b Baron de Jalisco
2) Katana b Meteoro
3) Astaroth & Saturno b Acertijo & In Memoria
4) Hierro & Palacio Negro b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) Metro, Stuka Jr., Valiente DQ Cancerbero, Pólvora, Raciel
6) Shocker & Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero

Rey & UG won the first fall, but it was downhill from there. Maybe they were just rusty? Let’s go with that.

DQ in the semimain was for the rudos going nuts and ripping up Metro’s mask.

Ovaciones has a big two page article about the Upcoming CMLL Young Stars, highlighting double champion Mascara Dorada (though the big picture on the top of the page is of Hector Garza, oddly enough.) There’s a short interview with Panico, who says CMLL keeps bringing in more new talent to push everyone else, and it’s tough to support everyone, so they must take advantage of chances they’re given.

Besides Dorada, there’s a whole long list of other promising young wrestlers: all 3 Angels, Delta, Rush, Diamante, Stuka Jr., Metro, Guerrero Maya, Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Fuego, Polvora, Raziel, Cancerbero, Euforia. Lluvia is named as best of the new woman (think that’s the consensus), and Electrico, Astral, Mini Nito and Nino de Acero are mentioned as upcoming minis, though they don’t actually say if they’re good or bad. On the other hand, Maximo is singled out as the guy who has least lived up to his potential, with the author wanting less silliness and more wrestling. Other “wrestlers who have been given the opportunity but have not developed”: Leono, Fabian el Gitano, Sagrado, Trueno, Hooligan, Metalico, Apocalipsis and Ramstein. Some arguable names there for sure. Overall, the cutoff between “Young Star” and “Star” seems iffy, not to mention the guys who are “New” but not that Young.

This turns into a plug for the Gran Alternativa, mentioning all the winners (and listing Chicago Express, Tony Rivera, Tigre Blanco, Psicodelico Jr. and Alan Stone as the non-successful winners.) It’s odd they’d go this way, since they just ran the Gran Alternativa in September and the next would would be a half a year away, but I guess it’s a natural topic when you’re talking about young stars.

In the section on the minis, Tzuki is mentioned as if he’s still on the CMLL roster. Wouldn’t read a lot into that.

A site points out some very famliar lucha libre figures as puzzles.

Coco Rojo responds to Cocolores claims of owning the character. So not interested in this whole dispute.

Box Y Lucha #2958 has Mistico rudo.

DTU (SAT) 02/20 Arena Lopez Mateos [DTU]
1) Mr. Chef vs Flama Azul
2) Masivo vs Flamita, ?, Draztick Boy
3) ? & Titan vs Hormiga & Iron Love
4) Cerebro Negro vs Sadico, Black Fire
5) Último Gladiador vs Angelico
6) Dance Boy, Epitafio, Sepulturero I vs Juan el Ranchero, Magnifico, Paranoiko
7) Crazy Boy vs Aero Boy [5000 tacks]
8) Extreme Tiger vs Joe Lider, Violento Jack, Money Pack

I guess Crazy Boy is unretired from hardcore matches. Or maybe 5000 tacks isn’t really hardcore? I can never tell about these things. First time Angelico has shown up on one of these cards; he’s a foreigner already living in Mexico, dunno how AAA hasn’t contacted him yet.

Volador/Averno?, Lasser Boy, Super Crazy

More on fallout from Friday’s Arena Mexico show
– it’s amusing CMLL stole the buzz on the night the AAA’s movie premiered. It so stole the buzz, it took me a day and a half to realize someone else was supposed to have it.
– Ovaciones mentions Mistico vs Volador may be added to Friday’s card, with conformation (or not) expected tomorrow. That’s also been the rumor elsewhere.
– Fuego en el Ring has a rare editorial, pointing out the failure of the Laguna, and GDL triumphant.
– Box Y Lucha has a nice photo of Mistico’s Averno gear, and is going with the idea that Mistico was just treated too meanly for too long.

I have no idea how this is going to go. I don’t thing anyone is 100% sure, CMLL included – everyone’s trying to get a sense of how everyone else is reacting, and we won’t really be totally sure about that until the next time he steps in the ring in Arena Mexico. He’s still going to be working as a tecnico elsewhere. Whatever they do, I hope this is part 1 of a long story and not something that’s going to be reversed next week.

AAA had a press conference/autograph signing/minis match at “Kidzania, La Ciudad de los Ninos”. Both Box Y Lucha and Luchando Libre have photos. Tropicasas is a snappy dresser, though kind of stuck in the 70s.

Ovaciones mentions Lasser Boy will debut on the 02/05 taping. Odd thing is, the match is Lasser Boy, Atomic Boy, Zumbi vs Angel Mortal, Monstre (?) and Gran Apache. Lasser Boy sure seems to be the former Atomic Boy, so they are likely debuting someone new under that name next Monday.

Also, Naito is back in Japan, but will return with Taichi (this time, said to be 02/15. Hope you didn’t make plans for the 14th.)

DTU says their next show is 02/20 in Arena Lopez Mateos.

SuperLuchas notes Spain’s Cuatro is not renewing WWE programming for 2010, and wonders if the same boom/bust cycle might repeat in Mexico.

Cesar looks at this week’s lineups, figuring out the chances of each team.

Cronicas Y Leyendas has a photo of Fantasticos vs Misioneros.

Over at Segunda Caida, SLL adds the Mexican trios title match and the 01/11 Puebla opener to his list of top matches in 2010.

SuperLuchas #348 has rudo Mistico and the AAA movie on the cover. There’s also a good interview with Super Crazy, who said he was asked by Dragon Gate who’d he’d recommend in his place if he was unavailable to the company. Crazy said Hijo de Rey Misterio from the indies and work pick Volador Jr. or Valiente from CMLL or Ozz from AAA if they were available. Hijo de Rey is a surprise. Crazy and his brother Taz el Feroz’s LLJL school is going so well, they’re moving into another building. Konami and Dinastia are headed back to Japan for a rematch on 04/15; hopefully someone gets Rene Dupree a ticket.

SuperLuchas also confirms CMLL changed La Nazi’s name to La Comadante to prevent/remove issues when marketing the promotion (and TV shows) outside of Mexico.

Lucha World has KrisZ’s news update. Also, Slamin’ Stan #24 has best moments of 2009, and what Johnny Legend did with a Hijo del Santo mask.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 01/28 Arena Naucalpan
1) Volaris vs Halcon 2000
2) Eragon & Guizmo vs Epidemia & Keshin Black
3) Brazo Metalico, Daga, Dinamic Black vs Avisman, Gringo Loco, Hijo del Signo
4) Solar I, Suicida, Zatura vs Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Negro Navarro
5) Angelico, Fishman Jr., Villano III vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

This should be the new Fishman Jr., making his debut here. They were doing a Solar I/Bombero Infernal feud last week in the semimian, but it seems to be dropped here.

CMLL (SUN) 01/31 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Trueno vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Astro Boy, Horus, Molotov vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Inquisidor
3) Estrella Mágica, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
4) Máximo, Metro, Toscano vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Terrible
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Místico vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Mistico as a tecnico, though we’ll see what the crowd thinks about that. Toscano in the semimain,/52MX slot of course. This is Blanca’s first match since a cameo at the end of November; she hasn’t been full time since October due to injury. Horus is also back for the first time since November, though we never heard if it was injury or general unhappiness with his performance.

CMLL (SUN) 01/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago vs In Memoria
2) Idolo & Saturno vs Acertijo & Exterminador
3) Gallo & Metal Blanco vs Neutrón & Palacio Negro
4) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Sagrado vs Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Averno & Mephisto

Main event is tag champs vs usual contenders.

AFLL (SUN) 01/31 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Star Fire & Zareth vs La Zorra & Zeuxis
2) Keira & Lilith vs Kamilion & La Rebelde
3) Angélica & Perla Negra vs La Chola & Lady Metal
4) Flor Metalica, Josseline, La Seductora vs La Diabólica, La Nazi, Lady Warrior

This is the debut of an all women’s promotion. Sort of amusing to see the CMLL novatas in the opener, but probably a good thing they’re there at all. If I was CMLL, I’d be encouraging to get as much work as possible. They need to get thru a lot more not-good matches before they can start having good ones.

DGUSA: Fearless, January 23, 2010

Results!

(pre show)
1) Kyle O’Reilly won a six way over Arik Cannon, Johnny Gargano, Lince Dorado, BA (?), and Jon Moxley
2) Silas Young defeated Hallowicked to retain the AAW World Heavyweight Championship
3) Jon Moxley defeated Darin Corbin
(intermission 1)
* Moxley and Kendrick come out to discuss Tommy Dreamer; Moxley would like to beat him up, because Dreamer is not good. Kendrick says he shouldn’t bother to beat him up, because Dreamer is not good.
4) TJ Perkins beat Gran Akuma
(PPV starts here?)
5) Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw b CIMA & Super Crazy
6) Brian Kendrick (w/Moxley) b Jimmy Jacobs
– Kendrick brought out Lacey to get in Jimmy’s head. Lacey distracted Jacobs by making out with him for the finish. Jacobs threatened to steal Brian’s wife (Taylor from TE, mentioned as such). Kendrick responded by laying out Lacey with a clothesline and beating up Jimmy more. Dreamer made the save, beat up Moxley for a while.
7) Davey Richards (w/Kyle O’Reilly) b Masaaki Mochizuki to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship
(intermission 2)
8) Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino defeated both Shingo & Yamato and the Young Bucks in a three way elimination match
9) BxB Hulk b Dragon Kid (w/CIMA) to retain the Open the Freedom Gate Title
– Yamato, Akuma and Richards attacked both men after the match. Shingo acted as if he was going to make the save, but joined with his partner to beat down Hulk. Security, BA (?), and Arik Cannon were unsuccessful in making the save. Team CHIKARA (Quack, Jigsaw, Hallowicked, Lince) turned the battle, and CIMA cleaned house with a broom.

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This was a strong show, despite not having any epic matches like the 2 on the last show. Almost everything was good-great stuff. I went into this show barely knowing the lineup and was able to follow everything well.

Hulk/Kid probably will get MOTN when this airs on PPV, but I liked the QuackSaw/Crazy/CIMA match a little more. Those two, the triangle tag (which was pretty good and may be even better on TV), and Richards/Mochizuki were all north of ***. Richards/Mochizuki might also be better with different audiences – it didn’t seem like the crowd was familiar with Mochizuki, or at least were not as into him at all.

Kendrick/Jacobs felt like it belonged in a different promotion than this one, and we’re now 0-2 for interesting Kendrick matches on these Chicago shows. In a vacuum, I’d definitely put the TJP/Akuma or the six way on the PPV ahead of that match, but they’re clearly going some place with it. And there were a good section of fans really excited to see Dreamer and chant ECW.

Enjoyed the show and it should be good on PPV. Next show here is 09/25; they’ve got shows in Phoenix for WM weekend before then.