Next week’s lineups

CMLL really needs to put up the Puebla lineup. Not just because it’s tomorrow, but so someone knows for sure if there’s a title on the line in the main event. (Also, promoting a hair match would be a keen idea.)

Also, the Lucha Libre Expo is next weekend. Those shows which didn’t have updated lineups don’t appear to have them now. AAA’s actual taping lineup should be out in a day or so, and I guess IWRG’s card looks more accurate given the Dinamitas coming back in this week.

CMLL (TUE) 07/21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Thunder Boy vs Katana & Milenio
2) Magnum & Metatron vs Angel del Mal & Drago
3) Gallo & Leon Blanco vs Mascara Magica & Mr. Trueno
4) Flash & Metro vs Euforia & Nosferatu
5) La Mascara & Toscano vs Terrible & Texano Jr.

New regime loves pairs matches! Unless I’m missing something, none of the guys in the cage match tonight will appear on this show.

CMLL (TUE) 07/21 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Caligula & Messala
2) Angel de Plata, Guerrero Maya Jr., Metalico vs Bronco, Dr. X, Vangelis
3) Amapola, Hiroka, Yezca vs Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela
4) Hector Garza, Mictlan, Sagrado vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Hijo del Lizmark
5) Averno vs Hijo del Fantasma [CMLL MIDDLE]

The power of being connected: took the rudos (and pretty much everyone else) 2-3 of matches to get their title shot. Fantasma gets it done in 1! Nice to CMLL remembering NOT took book Dark Angel on days she’s supposed to be in TNA. It’s the small things, really.

IWRG (THU) 07/23 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Comando Negro
2) Goleador & Guizmo vs Blasfemia & Keshin Black
3) Exodia, Jack, Pendulo vs Black Terry, Capitan Muerte, Fantasma de la Opera
4) Chico Che, Rigo, Trauma I vs Avisman, Bushi, Dr. Cerebro
5) Negro Navarro, Ricky Cruzz, Trauma II vs El Alebrije, Fuerza Guerrera, Veneno

Since they’re working Super X as rudos in this feud, where Ricky Curz is pretty firmly a tecnico, it’s probably about time for Alebrije to turn rudo (!) or join the IWRG side.

CMLL (FRI) 07/24 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Sensei vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Tigre Blanco vs Euforia, Loco Max, Skandalo
3) Mascara Dorada vs Dragon Rojo Jr. [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Toscano vs Naito, Ray Mendoza Jr., Yujiro
5) La Mascara, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero
6) Shocker vs Texano Jr. [NWA LH]

As I mention every time Shocker gets a shot at this title, this was the belt Shocker lost not in the ring, but by jumping in to AAA.

La Mascara in the semimain!(!!!!!!) Does Sombra have a family reunion? Did someone figure out the perfect compliment for a boring cage match is La Mascara getting a Welterweight title shot next week? (I am actually fine with La Mascara.)

Ray Mendoza making a return engagement sure seems to set up an addition to the cage match.

CMLL (SUN) 07/26 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Camorra & Semental
2) Metalico, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Dr. X, Inquisidor, Polvora
3) Dark Angel, Estrella Magica, Lluvia vs Amapola, Crazy Star, Princesa Sujei
4) Maximo, Sagrado, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Toscano vs Hijo del Lizmark, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Hijo del Lizmark in the main event! Poder Mexica actually teams up, hooray.

CMLL (SUN) 07/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Hierro & Thunder Boy vs Milenio & Relampago
2) Guerrero Samurai II & Virgo vs Rafaga & Rey Trueno
3) Mascara Dorada, Neutron, Palacio Negro vs Infierno, Mascara Magica, Virus
4) Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yujiro vs Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Shocker

Short a match here. Maybe a match out of this week’s Texano/UG vs Panther/Mendoza match. Second match has half the guys in tonight’s cage match.

IWRG (SUN) 07/26 Arena Naucalpan
1) Halcon 2000 vs Comando del Diablo
2) Eragon & Imperial vs Blasfemia & Keshin Black
3) Chico Che, Exodia, Rigo vs Capitan Muerte, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Ricky Cruz, Scorpio Jr., Trauma II vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Tetsuya, Veneno

No main event announced, just like happened for this week. Ovaciones says tonight’s main event is the oddball team of Oficial 911, Angelico and Ricky Cruz vs Super X’s Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, and Veneno, so perhaps a tag team title match next week? There’s also a Trauma II vs Avsiman #1 contenders match for the IWRG IC Lightweight title tonight.

AAA doing a Next AAA Luchadora show?

Konnan says AAA has plans to do a reality show to find a new AAA women’s wrestler. The show – which does not have a network or a start date or a place where you can send in your application – is said to have been in the works for months. Konnan says they’re interested in women who are doing judo, karate, boxing or in fitness competitions. No mention of women who are already wrestling. The Apaches would train the wrestlers, and Latin Lover, Gloria Trevi, and Konnan would act as judges (obvious American Idol comparisons made.) Konnan feels like AAA needs to compete better with WWE’s women, because right now they don’t have enough girls to fill a calendar. One more wouldn’t seem to do it, but one would suppose many of the runner ups will also get signed, much like happens in the WWE Diva Search they’re riffing off of here. A couple of the articles mention the Divas Search, and Konnan says the reasons to do this are similar; ratings have gone up (for WWE) when women are used, but these women would be more athletic as opposed to the models WWE goes for.

WWE’s stopped doing the Diva Search, and it’s been noted random segments with their Divas have long stopped generating that ratings bump (at least in the US) that was there in years prior. Over exposure and too many indistinguishable women are thought to be the reasons. Too many anonymous women dilutes the whole effect, but that wouldn’t seem to be a problem AAA, at least the first time thru. There’s really only 6 women on the roster (Fabi, Mari, Estrellita, Sexi Star, Cinthia, and Tiffany), so a new face is going to stand out. On the other hand, the AAA Brain Trust seems completely disinterested in putting women on TV; it is not an exaggeration to say the only women who get on TV are Fabi Apache and Whoever Is Feuding With Fabi Apache. It’s kinda looks like the minis title tournament, a whole lot of effort that won’t mean much unless they’re planning to change the status quo. Having another TV show is good, and maybe it’ll lead to an actual second TV show of wrestling, but I don’t know how much this affects things as far as the show we see weekly. If the show even happens.

Oddity: This interview is said to be from Konnan as he’s filming the voice for his character in the AAA movie. Which is strange, since the AAA movie was supposed to be all voice actors. (And then, earlier this week, AAA posted about Mesias doing his own voice, and the rest being all voice actors. Judging from LuchandoLibre’s article, characters with small parts are being done by the actual wrestlers, but the main Abismo/Octagon/Parka guys are getting voice actors.) It’s also strange this is coming out in a random interview with Konnan and not from AAA, but such are things. I’d only be mildly surprised if this was on TV for weeks and I’m only hearing about it now.

This whole story got a lot more coverage than I’d figured. I wish I had all the links originally, but it was a lot more different takes on the story than the usual one wire copy repeated everywhere. As the article mention, it was a scheduled press event (probably both to promote the upcoming movie and to sell someone on this concept), but they definitely got people interested in the concept.

07/17 Arena Mexico Results

CMLL (FRI) 07/17 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, ESTO, Ovaciones, Notimex, Cesar]
1) Molotov & Starman b Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Dr. X, Nosferatu, Skandalo b Leono, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
3) Mascarita Dorada b Pequeno Warrior [lightning]
4) Mascara Dorada, Metro, Sagrado b Euforia, Misterioso II, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Maximo, Toscano DQ Black Warrior, Naito, Yujiro
6) Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker DQ Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Rudos won the first fall of the main event quick, Mistica in the second. In the third, Texano broke up Garza’s pin by hitting him with his bullrope, and nailed Shocker as well for the DQ. Garza, Shocker, Texano, and Terrible all talked of taking their rivals hairs in the cage match. No one brought up titles, so we have a title match next week.

Tecnicos won the first fall of the semimian, and Warrior fouled Panther for the DQ. Panther demanded a hair match with Warrior, so it’s safe to assume he’ll be in the cage match. Maximo was said to be in it now as well, and there was  a mention of a poster billing the cage match as a 14 person affair, which would mean three more people to be announced. Officially, CMLL only says Blue Panther is added in the cage match.

(The problem is, you can put as many people in a CMLL cage match as you want, it’s still a CMLL multiman cage match.)

Mascarita Dorada vs Pequeno Warrior was said to be outstanding. If they’re not airing the cage match show as a regular TV episode, then it might turn up later. Judging from the comments, it does look like they’re saving up matches already. Cesar counts Dorada picking up over 10,000 pesos, about $750 US.

07/16 IWRG Rey del Ring results

IWRG (THU) 07/16 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores, al Filo del Ring, SuperLuchas, mr. reyes (plus other completely random photos!)]
1) Blasfemia & Carta Brava b Eragon & Guizmo
2) Ricky Cruzz b Pendulo, Arleuqin Verde, Trauma I, Xibalba, Goleador, Sauron, Jack, Negro Navarro, Megatronic, Dr. Cerebro, Mascara Magnifica, Avisman, Capitan Muerte, Bushi, Exodia, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Oficial 911, Angelico, Black Terry, Oficial AK47, Arlequin, Olimpico, Cerebro Negro, Toxico DF, Veneno, Chico Che, Trauma II, Fantasma de la Quebrada, Rigo [Rey del Ring]

The annual Rey del Ring show, contested lately as a Royal Rumble. Full order/elimination information is up on the wiki, but pretty much all taken from The Gladiatores excellent twitter and audio broadcasts of the show. I probably could’ve used the extra hour of sleep this later this weekend, but it was really fun to follow.

Final four were Veneno, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Olimpico and Ricky Cruz, who did appear to have a pretty strong rooting section. The Guerreras Super X group interfered during the later stages of the match, but Cruz finished Veneno for the win (and the belt). After the match, Super X switched tactics and tried to recruit Cruz, but he said no.

Notable absences: Freelance, Suicida, Scorpio Jr. (who won this last year) and Hijo del Pierroth (who beat Scorpio for the title earlier this year.)

07/17 AAA TV Results (Irapuato)

AAA TV (FRI) 07/17 Palenque del Inforum de Irapuato, Guanajuato [AAA, pictures @ LuchandoLibre]
1) Atomic Boy, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela EscarlataPasion Kristal, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
2) Crazy Boy & Extreme TigerAlex Koslov & Rocky Romero
3) Kenzo Suzuki, Oriental, SugiCuervo, Escoria, Zorro
4) Charly Manson & Jack EvansChessman & Teddy Hart
5) Electro Shock, Joe Lider, Nicho el MillionarioCibernetico, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#898)
MEX: 07/26
US: 08/15

Card was shuffled a bit, from what they announced all of four days before. Mostly, it was to get team Kenzo together.

Atomic Boy turned out to the missing name in the opener. Pimpinela beat Yuriko again.

Koslov’s teased rudo turn was a pretty close to completing him. Koslov got angrier and angrier with Romero as things went wrong in their match, but he didn’t turn on him after. This match also had Tirantes being taken out of the match, Piero replacing him, on orders of Joaquin Roldan.

Team Kenzo was strong thru their match. Scoria was strechered out after a Kenzo/Oriental double team.

AAA’s recap teases hair matches between Manson/Chessman and Teddy/Jack, which may be combined  in to one four way hair match. Jack (“el hombre elastico” – he’s the new Black Shadow! Teddy Hart is not El Santo!) pinned Teddy with a bridging move.

Cibernetico turned on his partners, Parka particularly. Of course, that wasn’t enough, nor was Silver King interfering enough, but Electro sneaking in a Tombstone piledriver finished Parka.

Next taping is a few hours from now.

Saturday TV discussion post

If you’re reading this, things went about how I thought they would and I didn’t have time to write a post today. I may be around much later, I may put up a post Sunday morning, or I may just sleep. Depends how much sugar I get in later.

Stuff to discuss:

  • with the cage match two weeks away, what did CMLL build up for Mistico instead?
  • 07/17 AAA TV results, when they turn up
  • and who’s winning the title shot on Sunday?

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Infierno en el Ring press conference

so things got crazier than I wanted. I wrote this a few hours ago, I’ll see about more later.

Yesterday was one of CMLL’s periodic Thursday news conferences to hype an upcoming events. Usually, we get a couple different things set up on it, but it was mostly on the Infierno en el Ring cage match for 07/31. Nine wrestlers were named…

Win/Loss Record in (known) hair matches
– Negro Casas: 16-5 (including losing the 2004 version of this cage match)
– Toscano: 16-2
– Shocker: 14-0
– Hector Garza: 12-3
– Texano Jr.: 4-0 (and won this cage match last year)
– Terrible: 3-0
– Naito: 0-0
– Yujiro: 0-0
– Black Warrior: 0-1

Blue Panther (1-0) and Okumura (0-2, including losing a 2006 cage match) are mentioned as possible 10th men, though it’s no certainty that there will be 10. Okumura has been pretty much excluded from working with No Limit, so it’s unlikely he’s in this one.

Still think No Limit are the obvious losers here and Garza came to mind as a winner but it’s no sure thing. Given the last couple cage matches, this will mean Naito and Yujiro are out first.

Naito was out first at the press conference, falling asleep during it. That’s not a good sign. As they had everyone go around and say who they’d like to beat, Yujiro said he’d like to spar with the valets.

Texano Jr. hopes to win to make up for the recent bad run of the Hijo del Avernos. Terrible and Texano still want a tag title shot. There’s a mention that Texano will have to wait a year to get a shot against UG, so I guess that was just a pointless tournament. Well, I know it was pointless, but it’s a annual tournament and not a championship.

Other announcements from the press conference
– Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza on Monday in Puebla was announced as a non-title singles match.

– discounted bleacher tickets for children during the summer holidays

– Oro II and Plata are mentioned as appearing. I think it’s just for a special show and not regular. Though, just like on the Lucha Libre Expo show, I don’t know who’s actually working as Plata, since Oro II was Plata (and later, Mascara Dorada used the name.)

CMLL is working with community groups to speak out about crime, including promoting a phone number for anonymous tips.
Joke 1: This is sure a different way to wage war with AAA.
Joke 2: so the Oficials are coming in as tecnicos?

– CMLL wrestlers will participate in a motorcycle rally

Black Warrior specifically challenged Panther to be part of the match, wanting all his rivals in the match. I guess Warrior has given up the grudge against Mistico! Warrior means Shocker and Toscano, because Warrior blames Toscano for causing him to lose his only hair match to Shocker. (Toscano went MIA before he was supposed to team with Toscano, and rudo Warrior ended up teaming and losing with tecnico Rey Bucanero. No, it didn’t really make sense. Yes, I had to go look back at notes to remember what happened here.) Black Warrior talks about wanting to team with Poder Mexica more; meanwhile, Cesar says Black Warrior has been changing his bookings to work with Poder Mexica less.

Cronica asked some of the CMLL wrestlers at the press conference about changes they’ve made since the deaths of La Parkita & Espectrito. Mostly, it’s “don’t be stupid”. There is the obligatory mention of how those guys didn’t work there so it couldn’t reflect at all on their behavior. Negro Casas advises to make sure nothing’s added to your drink, and Hector Garza says each person has the right to have fun in a safe manner. Shocker mentions CMLL’s mysterious drug policy, which is never ever elaborated on, but I’m assuming it’s along the lines of “everyone has the right to have fun in a safe manner, as long as they don’t fall asleep at press conferences.”

AAA #890 (06/20)

May be around late today. Slight chance of not at all.

taped 05/21, aired 06/20

Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Psicosis – didn’t really get much time, but worked wit they had
Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Billy Boy, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star – Fabi is still great
Alex Koslov vs Extreme Tiger, Alan Stone for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship – the style they’re doing. I know parts of it are athletically impressive, but it’s not very dramatic to me.
Latin Lover & Marco Corleone vs Joe Lider & Kenzo Suzuki – a match
Charly Manson, Mesias, X-Pac vs Electro Shock, Teddy Hart, Zorro – the Zorro turn started here, though who knew. Just a match to get these guys on the card.
Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr. vs Cuervo & Silver King – still shocked Cuervo didn’t lose. The Silver King/Dr. Wagner storyline sure seems to be a change in plans, because there was no sign they were building up to something here.

AAA #889 (06/13)

taped 05/18, aired 06/13

I’d like to say something positive about this show, but they aired an interview with the winner Cruiserweight tournament before showing even the semifinals (and showed clips from the final before that), so this show was dead to me about 30 minutes in. If we throw out the all-interview show,s that’s back to back outrageously dumbly produced shows.

Billy Boy, Decnnis, El Brazo vs Argenis, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata – MOTN, easy. The parts with the ex-Barrio Boys were really good, the other parts I wasn’t as high on
Alan Stone vs Laredo Kid [AAA CRUISER, semifinal] – wish they would’ve given these guys some time somewhere in this tournament
Alex Koslov vs Nicho el Millionario [AAA CRUISER, semifinal] – Nicho’s kinda dumb for being distracted by Marco just existing
Extreme Tiger vs Jack Evans [AAA CRUISER, semifinal] – the turn still felt kinda rushed
Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka Jr., Super Fly vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz – exhibition for the tecnicos, of course.
Chessman, Electro Shock, Kenzo Suzuki vs Latin Lover, Marco Corleone, Mesias – too much focus on the cliffhanger of the ending, not enough to let us know what was going on. Everyone’s reactions were great.

AAA #888 (06/06)

Did I not post this? How could I not have posted this already. It’s just the pre-TripleMania interview show, the second week of flu cancellations, where almost every match was clearly announced like weeks before I actually realized it. I tend to think I’m better of just waiting the three weeks for stuff to air in the US, because it’s convenient (and plus I don’t have to make up three weeks of lag), but there are times like this where I feel dumb about it.

Remembering the Sexi Star introduction angle made my day. If only anything between that and this made any sense. Take what you can get.

Moving on…