top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. AAA was a major topic at an El Rey press conference. The show itself was announced for the third or fourth time, now with the Voice’s Mark Burnett being added as an executive producer. The start date was pushed back again, to a nebulous “second half of 2014″, but it’s been confirmed it’ll be taped in Los Angeles. There’s also talk of TV specials and PPVs.
  2. Negro Casas defeated Titan to win the 2013(ish) Leyenda de Plata tournament, then defeated Volador Jr. the next week. Both matches were fun, though Volador’s tecnico turn doesn’t seem to be quite working. Negro is meanwhile feuding with Blue Panther and his recently debuted sons, and CMLL still occasionally brings up his signed but never resolved hair match with Rush. (Negro getting those big wins might have been a build up for that hair match, but it also might have just been CMLL randomness.)
  3. CMLL/NJPW’s FantasticaMania tour kicked off. The opening show from Osaka on uStream iPPV without problems (besides the music muting) and sold out the building. There was talk abotu coming back to Osaka in a bigger building in 2015. The tour builds to weekend shows in Korakuen Hall, one of which will be on iPPV. Mistico is the favorite to beat Mephisto in one title match on the Saturday iPPV, while the Mascara Dorada & Voaldor Sunday title match (not iPPV) is more a toss up.
  4. AAA hasn’t taped TV this year yet (that’ll happen Friday), but announced three TV tapings for late January and early February. Those include a previously unannounced show in the retown of Guerrero Negro, where the local big business is sponsring the show. All three shows include first round four way matches for this year’s Rey de Reyes matches. The lineups suggest Texano versus Mesias may be the next AAA mega title match, but not much is for sure.
  5. Sin Cara’s contract ran out? Maybe? No one’s saying anything, though he was said to visit backstage at a recent CMLL show. Sin Cara has only announced he’s running a lucha show to celebrate the first anniversary of his gym.
  6. CMLL’s debuted many new luchadors to start 2014. Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, are all brothers or sons of current CMLL wrestlers. Star Jr. (son of indy wrestler Starboy) and Rey Hechicero (Monterrey luchador) have also been added to lineups. CMLL’s also now promoting it’s Tuesday Arena Mexico shows as Nuevo Valores Martes, focused on new stars.
  • Super Porky suffered a neck injury that should keep him out 15 days. He’s working anyway. Zacarias the parrot separately a head injury and is actually out for a couple weeks, and Astral is out after suffering a leg injury to end this year’s Pequeno Reyes del Aire (which was won by Electrico.)
  • Santo Jr. (the son of Hijo del Santo) said he plans on returning to Japan this summer and debuting in Mexico as Tempestad later this year.
  • In Guadalajara Leo & Xavier Cruz Jr. took Disturbio & Acertijo’s hair. Mini Rock Spirit lost his hair in an IWRG cage match.
  • Titan kept his title over Averno in Guadalajara, and Mephisto kept his over Atlantis in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

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2013 watch later catchup, part 4

Alan Extreme tope con giro

don’t sit on the barricade!

04-07: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible: GREAT. A fun trios match between guys who are skilled have worked against each other many times most of the way, enough so that the first two finishes are surprise counters to set up moves. They found a couple extra gears in the third fall when the rudos were just wrecking the tecnico’s lives. The toss into a dropkick in the third fall was the best one anyone’s ever done. They got the money thrown in treatment and deserved it.

you could do this a 1000 times and not time it better

 

 

 

 

 

 

keep watching

2013-04-11 Mr. Leo & Saruman vs Alan Extreme & Fulgor: I don’t know how Mr. Leo didn’t break Alan Extreme for all time on that German suplex. First fall ended with three men hurt on the mat; Leo was the survivor more than the winner. Rest of the match was good quality (with even more head droppy) but it doesn’t crack the list. Fulgor had a really nice tornillo in the third.

Eterno finds a way to counter the handspring

04-11 IWRG: el Ángel vs Eterno for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship: Technically fine match which didn’t connect with me at all. Technical throughout but also feeling like they could’ve had this match in an empty gym without changing anything. Angel wasn’t bad, but the most entertaining thing he did was take the towel away from Alan Xtreme in between, wave him off, and then pull out the old matador bit. I think he’s got a personality but it’s never come across during the match. Finish came off well because everyone was generally surprised it happened and reacted like it was a big deal, but the match itself didn’t do a lot for me.

Imposible turned out to be OK.

04-14 IWRG: Black Terry, Centvrión, Golden Magic vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible: Seemed like it was sizing up as a good match, but then that gif happened and they had to finish the rest of it 3 técnicos on 2 rudos. Refereee Rosas worked as blatant heel referee the rest of the way to make it work as best they could but it was not an appealing match and everyone seemed a little thrown off by Impossible getting streteched out. I know I was – I wouldn’t be using that gif if this wasn’t months ago and Imposble was back and threading his dreadlocks thru his nose hole. Finish was an absurd bit of Carta Brava clearly fouling the técnicos twice in front of the referees and getting away with it, maybe because of how plans had fallen apart.

Hechicero wizardy

hammerlock swinging backbreaker

04-14 ACM: Blue Panther & Sagrado vs Caifan & Rey Hechicero: GREAT. First fall was outstanding, with just creative and awesome mat work. Rey Hechicero is a wizard (that’s sort of the gimmick) but Sagrado kept up with him with some stuff he never shows, and Panther and Caifan also really good. The rest of the match wasn’t as much that way, but there was plenty going on here to make this easy call for great and maybe more. The only real flaw was production missing the finish while showing replays; the draw came quickly and felt more random when they missed it live. I bet no one knows more ways to pin themselves than Rey Hechicero.

Tigre Rojo tornillo armbar

05-20 Puebla: Asturiano, Meyer, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akrón, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.: Useful as a look at a couple of the new Arena Puebla guys but not a good match in itself (and those new guys aren’t so good that you really need to look at them.) Akron had some problems and King Jaguar was wrestling one armed by the middle of the second fall, so this wasn’t going to work out. Meyer and Akron look like they need more time to develop. I think I put this on the list because Asturiano and Siki Osama are quality and they still are, but there wasn’t enough to work with here. Things did get interesting to end the third fall. This match might have set the record for most people selling being beat up by sitting in an empty seat.

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FantasticaMania day 1, AAA in LA, Brazo de Plata hurt, Nuevo Valores

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan [NJPW, PuroresuFan]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
Attendance: 1300
1) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Bushiroad & Titán
~9:15. Titan looked good doing his signature spots. Taichi pulled Bushiroad’s mask for the win (though he struggled with a cradle.) Rudos took Titan’s mask as well.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura. Rey Cometa wrestled the match in his mask, but it didn’t help him – Okumura reversed his huracanrana in 6:40 for the win. The other four were taken out by dives right before the end. Cometa took off his mask post match.
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo b Gedo & Jado
10:26. Maximo kiss of death on Jado set up a casita.
4) Naito & Volador Jr. b Kushida & Máscara Dorada
Volador beat Mascara Dorada with the Canadian Destroyer in 8:36. Like Rey Cometa, Volador wrestled the match in his mask and unmasked after his win.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Rush
Ultimo Guerrero beat Sombra with the Guerrero Special in 12:25. Best match on the show so far.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión
Tanahashi had the CMLL Universal championship. Desperado slipped out from the Rainmaker and landed a big tope con giro, taking Okada and half the announce desk. La Mistica on Rey Escorpion in 10:17.

A good show, though not a must see one. 1300 is listed as a sell out. Main event was strongly about showcasing Mistico; he’s the star of this tour.  The other guys looked good and it’s going to be helping Desperado to be working with the CMLL rudos for this tour. Ultimo Guerrero was working harder in Japan than he has in Mexico most of the time (though he was still checking off his near falls.) That finish, and maybe the fourth, are explicitly to build towards singles matches later in the tour.

Show was about 2 hours on the dot from bell to bell, including about a 20 minute intermission. (There was also a 30 minute preshow and a 15 minute post show as part of the broadcast.) That’s a few minutes less than the length of a usual CMLL Sunday Terra but even less ring time due the intermission. The matches are shorter – the second match was very short despite all those guys – but the show has a good flow and keeps moving. This was a hometown show for Okumura, his first in five years as best I can tell, which may explains why he got the win.

All of the CMLL music is muted out due to copyright issues, which is frustrating. It’s not a fun when Fuego is dancing around to silence. The feed had no problem. It did seem like most of the people watching the show were watching on SamuraiTV and not the internet. Both Voldaor & Rey Cometa wore their masks for the entirety of their matches, then took them off post match. I think that’s for merchandise reason; everyone’s brought suitcases of masks and other gear to sell to collectors, and there was a CMLL merchandise stand at show (about the same size as the one in Arena Mexico, which is not that impressive.)

The next FantasticaMania show is Wednesday in Kyoto. The next iPPV is Saturday morning at 3:30 AM CT (and definitely not 2:30 AM) for $15.

Alfredo has his recap of the show too.

AAA posted a press release about the deal with El Rey and Mark Burnett. The release says the show will be fully produced and recorded in Los Angeles (where AAA already has an office set up.) That sounds like they’re getting a building or soundstage and producing everything in one location to start, not touring around with the TV. It’s the best idea if they want to get a good crowd.

Cinco Radio’s Twitter reported Brazo de Plata suffered a neck injury last night. Other reports say it came after a Dragon Rojo slam. Porky was strechered out and the doctor on the hand said Porky will be out fifteen days. That’s going to cause a lot of reshuffling. Due to many tecnicos being in Japan, Brazo de Plata was supposed to be on all three DF cards this week – main event today, semimain event on Friday and tercera on Sunday. CMLL doesn’t have as many top guys on hand. They have plenty of midcard and lowcard guys, so I’d guess the spaces will be filled from people in lesser matches and the replacements coming in those. (Or Porky will just end up working thru his injury.)

(In other injury news, Zacarias is said to be out for 15 days.)

(CMLL has already changed around the lineups. Oro goes in for Soberano today, while Ephesto replaces Gran Guerrero and Averno replaces Tiger on Friday.)

El Popular’s recap of last night’s Puebla show says the main event set up a Shocker versus Rey Bucanero match for next week. Bucanero put his feet on the ropes to beat Shocker in the third. The recap lists Valiente on the rudo side, replacing Terrible and working twice, but doesn’t seem to think that’s strange at all.

Cinco Radio also has a Twitter message about the debuting Flyer, listing him as Super Parka’s grandson and Volador Jr.’s nephew. Flyer had been previously reported as Volador’s younger brother.

Today is CMLL’s second Nuevo Valores Martes, and also a Fan Appreciation day. The change you have laying around may be enough to buy a ticket (especially if your change still includes a 25 peso coin for some reason, like me.) Main event is scheduled to be Brazo de Plata, Valiente & Delta versus Polvora, Bobby Zavala and Dragon Rojo; CMLL seems to be setting up singles matches around the horn and it’s been a while since Polvora & Rojo have defended their championships. Negro Casas and TKPKFusion take on Divinos Laguneros (the new name for the Panther family) in a rematch of the semifinal.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and PosterMania for the week.

Video of Aeroboy’s CZW appearance is already up on the internet. It looked like he got positive reviews on the show.

This week’s SuperLuchas has a recap of the best of 2013.

Inferno Rockers say 2013 was a good year for them (?), say Psycho Clown is a hypocrite for leaving behind his partners to challenge for the heavyweight title, do not reference having a mystery partner on Friday.

Hijo de Dos Caras challenges Los Mamitos for the upcoming WWL show.

WWL promoters explain that even though they’re from Puerto Rico, they really love Mexican lucha libre.

DJ Spectro looks back at 01/06/1985 UWA show.

Gimnasio Solidaridad, a lucha libre arena in Zacatecas, is being temporary used by the military due to unrest in the area – and the luchadors are protesting the loss of their building.

Shocker appeared on the Nueva Dia TV program.

Mr. Reyes has highlights of photos from the last two weeks.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Artillero, Hooligan, Súper Comando
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Delta, Super Porky, Tritón vs Averno, Boby Zavala, Ephesto
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
6) Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla

So much Atlantis/Niebla. This show doesn’t exactly work for moving someone up, but it’s also a fourth match and probably doesn’t matter much who’s in Brazo de Plata’s spot.

01/10-12 lucha videos

AAA didn’t air (and would’ve been a repeat.) IWRG aired in portions and then complete; I used the complete date. Puebla had some issues; we’re missing the start of the mask match and parts of the third and fifth.

I’ve got the Jul-Dec Fox Sports matches up on: https://www.youtube.com/user/luchablogvault. I’m working on 52MX next. I’m also thinking I’ll starting getting Terra up this week on DailyMotion, which will just leave AAA and IWL.

Uploading 52MX/Fox matches which aired on Terra seems safe. If you absolutely don’t want to go to DailyMotion, you’ll still see some (edited) versions of that match on the YouTube channel.

It turns out the download option for DailyMotion is only for the uploader. Disappointing!

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RVmXGXT6m2Sp9BA7g-9sdQ

01/11 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6kdiiu
01/12 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/8ado5o

01/12 Sobre en Ring (w/Rambo):  http://www.sendspace.com/file/qwws26

01/11 Mas x Mas with Atlantis on Arena Mexico and the mural: http://www.sendspace.com/file/r7aga6
(not going up on YouTube)

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-10
taped 2014-01-10 @ Arena Mexico
Full Show: http://depositfiles.com/files/rjqambeus
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x30awf
Pre Show
http://ul.to/u80uw5d2
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
http://ul.to/kzfny57p
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
http://ul.to/po1b0dk7
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
http://ul.to/xdktozzo
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
http://ul.to/a4jwoqzq
5) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas
http://ul.to/4yk1b5qo

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-11
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/cr3n92
taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cr3n92
taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Mexico
2) Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/007ioo

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-11
taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dqn3qn
1) Camaleón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
http://www.sendspace.com/file/06fo4w
2) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tpdz0g
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rr08us
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Niebla Roja
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1yrl7k
4) Rush, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d5jbd7
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mokuc5

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-11
taped 2014-01-03 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/i87f18
1) Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/th87yv
2) Titán vs Negro Casas in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament final match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/65x10r
3) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m97sq5

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-01-11
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/yi2z7h
taped 2013-12-27 @ Arena Mexico
1) Blue Panther vs Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente, Fuego, Máximo, Pegasso, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Pólvora, Reaper, Puma in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match
2) Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-12
Full Show: http://depositfiles.com/files/q5xg89a21
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x30dzm
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://ul.to/77bklo44
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
http://ul.to/1tn6xu9j
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Cholo, Herodes Jr.
http://ul.to/l0c3nl3l
3) Molotov, Sensei, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Nosferatu
http://ul.to/3l26c3ts
4) Tritón vs Cancerbero in a lightning match
http://ul.to/ofhw4elb
5) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://ul.to/y8yww2ev
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://ul.to/jjfxdv87

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-01-12
taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Naucalpan
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dzf9wk
1) Electro Boy & Emperador Azteca vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
http://www.sendspace.com/file/x3fr1g
2) Alan Extreme, Astro Rey Jr., Dragón Celestial vs Araña de Plata, Douki, Imposible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ogtoc7
3) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura vs Danny Casas, Oficial 911, Súper Nova
http://www.sendspace.com/file/c7dnfu
4) Dragoncito De Oro vs Mini Multifacetico and Voladorcito and Mini Super Pinocho and Mini Cobra and Bracito De Plata and Piratita Morgan and Oficialito AK47 and Rockerito and Mini Rock Spirit in a cage match, with mask and hair on the line
http://ul.to/d453zu8t

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-01-12
taped 2013-12-29 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Machine Rocker, Orquídea Negra, Soul Rocker
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nwst2w
2) Diluvio Negro II, Estelaris, Orlando Santa Cruz, Panthro vs Corazón de Barrio, Espanto Jr., Silver Star, Tigre Universitario
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1n3kn4

CMLL Puebla: 2014-01-13
taped 2013-12-30 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Tigre Rojo vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
http://www.sendspace.com/file/slc65y
2) Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
http://www.sendspace.com/file/i6uu7n
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara, Máximo vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Reaper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hj4p69
4) Stigma vs Camorra, mask vs mask
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6htjec
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nao2il

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01/14 CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania live notes

I can not imagine there’s someone who’s reading this website who’s not up watching this, but…

In non FantasticaMania news, Brazo de Plata suffered a neck injury in Puebla and is supposed to be out two weeks. Porky is booked on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and it’s not an easy week to come up with replacement luchadors.

Music muting is so annoying.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Bushiroad & Titán
~9:14. Titan looked good doing his signature spots. Taichi pulled Bushiroad’s mask for the win (though he struggled with a cradle.) Rudos took Titan’s mask as well.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura. Rey Cometa wrestled the match in his mask, but it didn’t help him – Okumura reversed his huracanrana in ~6:30 for the win. The other four were taken out by dives right before the end. Cometa took off his mask post match.
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo b Gedo & Jado
Maximo kiss of death on Jado.

Interview

4) Naito & Volador Jr. b Kushida & Máscara Dorada
Volador beat Mascara Dorada with the Canadian Destroyer in 8:36. Like Rey Cometa, Volador wrestled the match in his mask and unmasked after his win.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Rush
Ultimo Guerrero beat Sombra with the Guerrero Special in 12:30. Best match on the show so far.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión
Tanahashi had the CMLL Universal championship. Desperado slipped out from the Rainmaker and landed a big tope con giro, taking Okada and half the announce desk. La Mistica on Mistico in 10:18.

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2013 watch later catchup, part 3

suplex aleman

03-14 IWRG: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Trauma II vs Argenis, Drago, Fenix (AAA): Trauma II replaced Golden Magic, and Trauma II is not doing a crazy go nuts match from this start, so this was a bit more sane. Still, it was crazy enough for Fenix to dropped on his head to end the second fall and either did his best selling job ever or was seriously messed up the rest of the way. (I’d really believe either.) It’s sticks out stronger in a marathon watching how lucky they (and we) are that more guys don’t disappear with injuries for months at at time given the current style. Third fall was worked around Fenix’s injury a bit, but it was stilla pretty good build up match. Fenix not knowing what the title was called takes it down a little bit.

triple dive

03-15 CMLL (Handcam): La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: GREAT. This is a handcam – there’s probably a Samurai TV version but I haven’t seen it, and this is the ancient days of lore pre-Terra. Really fun trios which would be bigger than most Tuesday main events but relegated to the segunda for Dos Leyendas. Pretty standard formula which got very good by the end. This match had a stacked up superplex – has the 2 on 1 superplex actually been completed by anyone in the last five years without more people getting involved? Crowd would’ve exploded if Averno beat Máscara clean with the Devil’s Wings at the end of the finisher run – and then they did after the big powerbomb. That’s really enough to push into the list; it’s completely lost without the context (of them never actually just doing that finish), but it’s my list so it’s in there.

neat headscissors you can sort of see

03-15 CMLL (Hanicam): Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: watched out of order and mildly distracted, but this was a pretty good match with an outstanding finish. Finishes were generally pretty good on this show, but the Cats just destroyed the técnicos at the end here. Felino’s best work all year has come when he’s been paired with his sons and this was no exception. Really surprising CMLL stuck with the Delta/Maya pair all year given how forgetful they are on some midcard concepts (Triton and his Cadetes!) but maybe they’ll stick together next year and we’ll get that tag match against Puma and Tiger.

not sure!

03-17 IWRG: Dinamic Black vs Carta Brava Jr. for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship: I had the AYM version of this playing on my TV. It’s so much easier to watch on my TV than YouTube. I noticed I could watch this on YouTube with the TVCD crew instead, and changed immediately. TVCD not being the flagship IWRG broadcaster is most frustrating story of 2013. This was a IWRG title match, right down to the rudo second interfering and being thrown out, and a very good match in front of a very excited crowd. I’m fairly certain this inverted DDT before the finish wasn’t supposed what it turned out to be, because the finish itself was Carta Brava mostly pinning himself, but it was quite a move.

flip kick to the face

 

springboard tope con giro

03-21 IWRG: Dinamic Black vs Fenix (AAA) for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship: GREAT. Occasionally, some sequence goes horrendously poor and it causes me to believe lucha libre may be fake. This match caused me to believe lucha libre is real. Very very real. Things kind of broke down at the end of the first fall; it might have been earlier, but it stuck out to me when Dinamic Black just didn’t go for Fenix’s handspring cutter, Fenix responded by not submitting to the motocicleta, and Dinamic Black decided to try to break Fenix’s shoulder. Match wasn’t the crazy move fest I was expecting even before that, but it turned into one of the most hate filled matches of the year for seemingly very genuine reasons. Moves which relied cooperation did not go well for a while, moves that required just hitting someone else very hard were very frequent. Dinamic Black took some hard shots in the second fall, and Fenix did the same in the third (though he ducked out of one dropkick to protect himself.) It’s always possible they did a masterful job of faking the hatred, but it felt very genuine and very intense. It’s conflicting, because giving people acclaim for appearing unprofessional is not a good idea (and usually leads to bad matches), but this was undeniable an entertaining match. It’d probably be an excellent match if they were not (purposefully?) screwing up moves at times – it added to the authenticity of a real fight going on but did make both guys look silly to keep trying them. I think Dinamic tried to screw over Fenix over in the finish, trying to get him down for a five count, and it ended up working out better for Fenix. Fenix was happy to point out the two count to have an out and book his own match. Remind me never to have Trauma II as my corner man – he let Dinamic Black put Fenix in the hold after the match, didn’t do much about it, and sided with the IWRG guys. Argenis couldn’t have been that busy.

Stuka splash!

03-24 ACM: Silencio vs Símbolo for the Arena el Jaguar championship which might be the FILL Absolute Championship and probably doesn’t specifically matter either way: A generally good title match with some flaws but a lot of effort. I liked parts of the third fall finishing sequence. Silencio tried to go all Mascara Dorada and slipped on the ropes, which was sad. Second fall finish was Silencio losing by being dumb, which is probably not the way to go in a title match. Finish looked clunky, but there was still a lot of good stuff here.

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Vampiro vs Pirata vs Cien, Ari Romero tribute show

IWRG (SUN) 01/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Hip Hop Man & Látigo b Matrix Jr. & Zurdog
2) Ángel Del Amor & Emperador Azteca b Atomic Star & Electro Boy
Angel del Amor’s first match here since June.
3) Centvrión, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic b Anubis Black, Canis Lupus, Imposible
Lupus wants another match with Golden Magic, but his teammates lost to Golden Magic’s teammates.
4) Alan Extreme & Veneno b Súper Nova & X-Fly [IWRG IC TAG]
Veneno & Alan Extreme kept the titles, tecnicos took 2/3. Alan got Super Nova with a counter dropkick to win the third fall, though Nova was sure he got his shoulder up before three. First defense.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Lizmark Jr., Vampiro b Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan
Hijo de Dos’ debut here. Tecnicos took 2/3. Vampiro beat Cien Caras Jr. with a backcracker to get revenge for last week. This led to Pirata/Cien challenges somehow.

No word on how Dos was. This show may or may not air this week. No Thursday show this week; AAA TV taping instead. They’re back on Sunday.

indy (SUN) 01/12/2014 Arena Kalaka, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua [JA]
Attendance: 500
1) Angel de la Muerte, Danny Dyablo, Principe RBD, Spectral b ?, Aziel, Ex Convicto, Sapurris
2) Enigma, Guerrero Azteca, Reo Jr. b Cassanova, Querubin, Zero
3) Apocalipsis, Black Juvi, Dark Warrior b Bad Boy I, Bad Boy II, Malandrin
4) Angelix, Canelo Villela Jr., Hermes Jr. b Akanthus, Centinela, Emulo, Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider replaced Centinela, who was missing with the match started. Akanthus’ ribs cracked after a splash from the heavy Canelo Villela, and Centinela turned up to replace him.
5) Espartaco, Impostor Jr., Venom, Zafiro b Baby Star, Dragon, Red Spider, Vary
6) Aéreo, Magno, Trigmegistro DQ Fusion, Hurricane Hector, Rey Escorpion
Hector pulled Aereo’s mask for the DQ.
7) Pagano b Ari Romero Jr. [chain]
bloody match

A ceremony was held for Ari Romero Sr. after the fourth match. They played his music, had a minute of silence, then a minute of applause.

Tonight/tomorrow morning (2:30 AM CT) is the first FantasticaMania show. It’s one of two on iPPV; you can get it here. It’s the lesser of the two iPPVs with a lot of tag matches to build up singles matches later on; you probably should just wait until Tuesday evening and find out if it’s any good, not be up at an odd hour to watch this show. I am crazy, so I’ll have live coverage of some sort. (Results here, dumb comments on Twitter – I’ll save the chat for the Saturday show.)

Black Terry Jr. has pictures from the Arena Fusion show from Saturday.

Rob has highlights of 10/25/13 CMLL.

A scheduled mask vs hair match this weekend in Arena Coliseo Reynosa was canceled because the promoter’s lease with the building ran out. It doesn’t sound like the promoter mentioned the problems, the building was just closed when people got there. The promoter isn’t quoted in the article, but the lucahdors talk about how much they really wanted to do the match, cut promos on each other, and hope things can be figured out next week or that they can take it over to another building.

Porra Fresa has a preview of tonight’s Arena Puebla show.

CMLL preview for Friday.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Seiya & Sky Ángel
2) Ángel Del Amor & Látigo vs Anubis & Hijo De La Bestia
3) Centvrión, Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Lizmark Jr., Máscara Púrpura vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Súper Nova
5) Vampiro Canadiense vs Pirata Morgan

Vampiro and Pirata have gone 16 years between singles matches. Winner of the main event gets a title match for Hijo de Cien the following week. Two straight weeks of Vampiro singles matches seem too much – one Vampiro singles match may be pushing it.

Hijo de la Bestia is a new name here, or anywhere. Oficials all teaming up!

CMLL (THU) 02/06/2014 Arena Xalapa
1) ? vs ??
2) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Vengador Radioactivo vs Black Scorpio, Camorra, Poseidón
3) Estrellita & Goya Kong vs Dalys & Princesa Sugheit
4) Atlantis, Máximo, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión

Camorra’s sticking around! At least to face Stigma a few more times.

2013 watch later catchup, part 2

senton to the floor

02-17 IWRG: Centvrión vs Golden Magic, Carta Brava Jr., Dinamic Black, Alan Extreme- A match where Alan Xtreme gets piledrived so hard that he loses his mask – and then Dinamic Black piledrivers him again. (I think they screwed up the finish.) More sane than I was expecting, working it mostly as a series of one on ones with a third person jumping into to take over at points – though there was some crazy five way action. Ambitious but too choreographed to set up the planned spots. Fun good if flawed match.

Astral double jump plancha

02-26 GDL: Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito: a time when I was excited about the CMLL minis! For good reason, because this was much better than the matches of most of the year. The guys were more creative here – first fall finish is a good example – and generally working smoothier. This is not great, with Astral specifically having good and bad moments, and it’s helped by having a having healthy Demus. It’s also helped by guys appearing more motivated and more practiced. There’s a four man spot which goes perfectly fine here which was blown many ways ten months later with the same exact guys. The CMLL minis division has fallen on tough times, but they had better moments not that long ago.

double dive

02-26 GDL: Rey Escorpion, Okumura, Namajague vs Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.: A match so old, Namajague is wearing a mask. Hoped for a hot trios match but they were focused on building up the upcoming mask/hair match and this didn’t develop into anything more, especially given the time and the abrupt DQ finish. This is a match with an extended Rey Escorpion/Hijo del Fantasma pose off. (Escorpion does pull off a big flip to the floor soon after.) You can skip this.

Golden Magic springboard plancha

02-28 IWRG: Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Eterno:  Fun build up trios match that didn’t feel like one. They were setting up Dinamic/Carta for next week, though Dinamic getting the win is a bit mitigated by Dinamic Black laying face first on the mat after the finish for an extended period of time and had to be strechered out. (And so, in that, it wasn’t a great build up.) Rudos were sharp and Golden Magic did destroyed some chairs.

 

Eita

03-03 IWRG:  Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eita, Tomahawk: back in the day where Tomahawk didn’t have gear despite about 50 different people in the Mexico City area who make gear (including probably a couple guys on this card.) If you’re making a list of the best running lucha libre jokes of 2013, Tomahawk’s shorts are somewhere behind Fusion/Evolucion. This was a very average match with some occasional good moments. Apolo and Doc Cerebro have good chemistry, they should try to feud about 8 months from here.

 

Centviron Driver

03-07 IWRG: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic DCOR Argenis, Drago, Fenix (AAA): I watched this while trying to watch something else. It worked out OK; there was no story to be miss. Crazy go nuts match from the start which kind of lost a bit of steam after the first fall. This is a good match of big moves and break ups but absolutely nothing more, and one with an unsatisfying finish to build to the rematch next week. Great if you want the moves. I wanted something different than they they were doing but this will work if you just want high spots – they were pretty on with most of them.

 

 

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El Rey on AAA, Niebla/Atlantis, Mistico

CMLL (SUN) 01/12/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei b Akuma, Cholo, Herodes Jr.
Magnus’ enterance included all the edecanes wearing one of his masks. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Molotov, Sensei, Súper Halcón Jr. b Hooligan, Nitro, Nosferatu
Sensei repeated, replacing Starman. Hooligan subbed for Hijo del Signo. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Tritón b Cancerbero [lightning]
Triton won with a springboard legdrop in 7:33
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger b Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente
TRT took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Niebla came thru the crowd to attack Atlantis. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Niebla fouled Atlantis. Niebla yelled at Atlantis and took his mask after the match.

Exactly what you’d think from the first FantasticaMania-free crew. Triton/Cancerbero was the best match on the show. CMLL has talent enough to put two good shows on the same night, but it’s tougher when most of that top talent goes on one show.

They continue to push Nuevo Valores Martes as if it’ll be an ongoing thing beyond when everyone’s back next Tuesday. We’ll see.

CMLL (SUN) 01/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Brillante b El Tapatío
2) Satara b Idolo
Satara capitalized on an Idolo mistake.
3) El Divino & Javier Cruz b El Yaqui & Évola
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Sky Kid DQ Demonio Maya
Maya fouled Kid for the DQ, and took his mask.
5) Esfinge & Gallo b Arkángel de la Muerte & Maléfico
Tecnicos took 2/3. Gallo challenged Arkangel to a mask or championship match, and Arkangel offered to put up his FULL (Chile) Championship next week.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth b Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker, Smaker
Rudos took 2/3.

Dinamic Black and Gallo – Arkangel is building an eclectic list of challengers.

At the Television Critic Association winter press tour, Mark Burnett was introduced as partnering with AAA on their upcoming El Rey show. Burnett and El Rey’s Robert Rodriguez (who will both be executive producers) conversation about the show was treated as the biggest news from the press conference; both Hollywood Reporter and Deadline lead with stories on Burnett and AAA. (They also announced a partnership with producer Alex Garcia, who talks about reinventing AAA like Starlight Runner did last year.) The AAA show, who was still referred to by that name, was pushed as starting in the second half of 2014 and will be one hour in length. Deadline had this plot synopsis:

Storylines and masks are characteristic of the sport Burnett said, explaining that the logline for the U.S. introduction involves five of the sport’s stars who have discovered a secret plot that’s going to destroy the very foundation of the sport and they’ve been exiled to America.

There are plans for “monthly and quarterly specials and live pay-per-view events” plus the usual licensing/merchandising, though not a timeline on those. They pushed the “second most watched sport in Mexico” line and wrestling in the US being a $1 billion industry, hoping to combine the two.

The start date being pushed back again was the first thing to jump out to me. I’ve lost track of how many times it was moved, but there were people very certain it was March of this year after it they had been very certain it was January. Most people hearing about this are hearing about AAA for the first time, or the last times have made so little impact that it feels like the first time, so pushing the start back does not mean anything about it’s success. It is a reminder about how this project is being run; the wrong dates, and even the wrong concepts (what they’re suggesting up there is many miles away from the first roster split away) are generally coming from the AAA side, but they’re not the ones making the decisions. It does not appear anyone from AAA was at this press conference announcing an AAA show. AAA’s involved in the process, but they’re not the ones driving the car, they’re a passenger can only shout advice but don’t appear to have final say on where they’re going. Or when they’re going. We don’t have nearly enough information to turn down anyone who’s offering it, but also have to realize the people inside the deal sometimes don’t have much better access to it than those outside it.

The flip side of giving up control is AAA is partnering in people so interested in their potential that they want to be firmly involved. AAA, and all lucha libre promotions in general, have suffered under complete disregard if not outright contempt by their broadcast networks in recent years. Just this weekend, Televisa didn’t air AAA’s episode with no warning or explanation. The planned repeating of TripleMania did not air. AAA took center stage at El Rey’s press conference when “Lucha libre”, usually without a promotion mentioned, was buried to the last lines of Galavision’s TV press releases. (Often, it wasn’t mentioned at all.) CMLL’s plan of just selling off their existing unchanged TV to as many outlets which will take it will get them paid, but is highly unlikely to build their visibility ever. AAA’s being much more flexible because the CMLL way just wouldn’t work out for their goals (fan generated revenue, not just low level cable station revenue) and they’ve got to take all the help they can get if they’re going to reach those goals.

Mark Burnett is a big deal. Burnett’s responsible for Survivor and the Voice among many other shows, so just showing up gives the AAA show and El Rey credibility. But he’s also responsible for those shows, and a bunch others going on right now judging from those articles, so he’s not here to put in 40 hours days and figure out Murder Clown’s wardrobe. He’s probably going to be a guy to come to some big picture meetings, review the first episode or so, and most important, draw other people to the project. The day to day stuff is going to be done by other people, but the El Rey network strategy appears to get high profile names involved so they’re taken seriously more quickly and they’ve done that with Burnett.

The plot line is familiar, because AAA likes that plot line. AAA’s movie was about their luchadors preventing lucha libre from behind destroyed, and AAA’s Mexico promotion is not far off that – AAA’s army is bigger than five people but Konnan & Dorian just got done with their (latest) secret plan to destroy AAA (and remodel it in their own image.) Five luchadors exiled from Mexico sounds like a lot smaller amount of people moving back and forth between the promotions than originally thought (not that the original thoughts have been worth much), but I wouldn’t expect it to be specifically five guys. There has to be people to oppose them, and we think Konnan’s on that side. He probably is, I just don’t feel safe in saying we know anything when the specifics seem to shift around every few months.

Actually, we don’t even know that the five luchadors will be existing characters, or even people who work for AAA. We do know, or think we know, there are some scirptwriters currently putting together episodes. We don’t know if they’re doing it using characters who currently exist in AAA or if there will be some reinvention of characters for this show. (Again, AAA was introduced here as if no one knew anyone in it, there’s no reason they have to use what they already have if they have a better idea.) If would be new characters, we also don’t know if AAA people would be auditioning for spots or if they’d even look outside for new people. I’d guess they’d stick with AAA guys, but there’s so little we know here it feels like a misdirection to assume anything.

Second half of the year is a long time away. If you, instead of reading a rambling post on lucha libre, went out and met a significant other tonight and, uh, initiated reproduction, it’s a fifty/fifty chance you would bring new life into this world before AAA US show hits the air. It’s so far away that it may be a while before we hear anything more about. Maybe that’s the only thing we know for sure: AAA USA is far away.

Alfredo has his thoughts on the deal too.

The CMLL crew for the FantasticaMania show left today. Many of that crew wrestled Saturday night on a private show at Arena Mexico. Volador won a cibernetico, but the bigger news was Zacarias suffering a head injury. He was taken to the hospital and said to be better today. Sombra wrestled on the show, so whatever problem there was Friday was over already.

I don’t know this with 100% certainty, but Mistico The First might have visited backstage at that CMLL show based on Twitter conversation. His contract with WWE would’ve expired this weekend, based on the date Dr. Lucha had, but there’s been no official word from WWE as of yet. It’s a weird deal, because they don’t totally want to give away that it’s a new guy under the Sin Cara mask so they can’t publicly say the old one is gone, but they’re distancing from him. He’s still listed as one of their official Twitter accounts, but WWE makes sure not to reference that account whenever they mention Sin Cara. Mistico I has mostly been using the account to RT fans who think Hunico-Sin Cara is not as good as him, which is something that would normally get a guy fired if anyone was paying attention to him. If Mistico I is really running a show to celebrate the first anniversary of his gym, that seems likes the time we’ll find out his next plans.

Los Colisenos hands out their 2013 awards, comes up with some tortured logic to justify Thunder as rookie of the year. This is useful in reminding us that Thunder is a person who exist – or existed, since he hasn’t been around since 12/15. They could’ve given Thunder a long break if he returned home to Australia, but it would make sense to have as many people back the week of FantasicaMania, and there’s no sign of Thunder. It’s still too early consider to count him gone, but it’s possible.

This week’s Super Libre has interviews with Rey Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Disturbio, Dandy and more. Now in podcast form!

DTU has added Jinzo & Rey Celestial to the previously announced Flamita & Rocky Lobo vs Kaleth & Violento Jack match for their 02/01 show.

Rob has highlights of 05/10/13 CMLL Puebla.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

R de Rudo has video of the 01/05 Arena Cuautepec.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews 94-95 CMLL.

Negro Casas defeats Volador, Invasors beat Estetas

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 01/10/2014 Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito
Dragoncito replaced Astral on Wednesday (injury), then ended up hurt himself in the second fall of this match when Pierothito dropkicked him in the face. He was done for a while and eventually streteched out. May have been a broken nose. Rudos took 1/3, Demus defeating Electrico with his knockout punch (which Electrico said left him groggy on Sunday) and the Demus Driver.
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
Tecnicas, who are now known as Sexy Team, took 2/3.
4) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Invasors took 1/3 with Reapear beating Mistico clean in a significant upset.
5) Negro Casas b Volador Jr.
Moved to the semimain (so the complete “tournament” could air.) Negro took the first with a scorpion, Volador won the second with a backcracker and Negro shoved the ref and snuck in a foul in the third for a win.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
La Mascara replaced La Sombra (who seemed upset on Twitter about whatever happened to replace him.) Tecnicos appear to have won 2/3.

Casas/Volador was good, but I liked last week’s match better. Eric says in his review of the 01/04 CMLL Azteca show that Volador has not been as charismatic character as a tecnico. I totally agree with that; he comes off as the most generic CMLL tecnico (who’s has to get his stage dive in every singles match) and has lost the edge he had as a rudo. The only time I really saw it last night was when he did the headbutt spot, but that’s too infrequent.

Reaper beating Mistico was so random. It’s got to be setting up an Invasors/Estetas trios title match when Dorada & Mistico return from Japan, but the old Mistico would’ve lost cleanly to a guy on Reaper’s level. He might have not lost via cheating to Reaper. And I’m not sure this Mistico would’ve lost either if this was 12-18 months ago. Mistico La Nueva Era doesn’t exist only so they can keep selling the merchandise (like WWE Sin Cara), but he’s far from being booked as the top star and he doesn’t even feel like he’s in the top handful.

(watch this be a build up to Mistico/Reaper for Dos Leyendas now!)

DTU announced Flamita & Rocko Lobo’s return match on 02/01 will be against Violento Jack & Kealeth. That’s not exactly that match I’d like to see of those guys.

Dandy and Satanico are scheduled to have matches on 01/17 in Tijuana, 02/09 in Monterrey, 02/16 in Guadalajara, and plans for Reynosa, Saltillo, Mexicali, Nogales, Guanajuato, Cancun and Merida.

R de Rudo has a good interview with Fenix.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s TerceraCaida.

Aeroboy promo for his CZW debut match against Danny Havoc tonight.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/17/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
2) Pegasso, Sagrado, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Virus
3) Estrellita vs Princesa Sugheit [lightning]
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger vs Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, La Máscara
6) Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Wasn’t kidding about Atlantis versus Mr. Niebla for everyone.

Segunda comes dangerously close to teaming up the CMLL Cadetes del Espacio.

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