Copa Arena Aficion, Sin Cara, Super Fly

indy (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Aficion [Estrellas del Ring]
3) Flyer, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Maldito Jr., Zumbi vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Guerrero Mixtico [Copa Arena Aficion 62, seeding battle royal]
seeding battle royal
4) Apolo Estrada Jr. & Golden Magic b Dinamic Black & Guerrero Mixtico
losers from the battle royal
5) Flyer & Maldito Jr. b Huracan Ramirez Jr. & Zumbi
winner from the battle royal, winners face off for copa
6) Flyer b Maldito Jr. [Copa 62 Arena Aficion]

Upset win for the CMLL rookie. He’s been a regular here.

There will be Sin Cara discussion on today’s Tercera Caida (11pm). A fun time for all! Luchas 2000 proclaims Sin Cara is returning to wrestle in Mexico, as if this was a decision Sin Cara made. It does looks like all of the Karontes are working the Sin Cara Gym Anniversary show.

It’s a very slow news day and I’m still not writing much about the WON awards. People who mostly watch US and Japan stuff liked stuff mostly from US and Japan, this is not very useful info to this site.

Super Fly was offended by having to listen to rookie Venum and Ludxor’s ideas and Aerostar picking them over the guy who beat Super Calo for his mask, so he had no choice but to turn on Aerostar again.

Psycho Clown, Pentagon, Faby Apache and Cuervo appeared at the press conference in Toluca for that AAA TV taping. At the press conference for the Guerrero Negro TV taping, Cibernetico said his most dificult match will be his last.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Eric R reviews Uprising Lucha Libre 01/18.

Los Colisenos has thoughts on the CMLL luchadors (they need to get the newer people into the bigger matches and use more outsiders) and Mistico’s failure in WWE (feeling it drops him out of the 25 luchadors of all time.)

Felina Metalika talks about her match with Baby Star this weekend on the Toryumon show.

Interview and bio of Espartco.

Chik Tormenta is returning to Japan in mid February.

Crazy Star is heading to Guatemala and El Salavador for a couple weeks.

Lineups

PROLLM (SUN) 01/26/2014 Coliseo Coacalco
1) Aftiel vs Clark
2) Aeronix & Locki vs Orbit 2000 & SWAT
3) Kruene, Teseo, Ultimo Corcel vs Betos Boy, Chicago Rush, Niebla Negra I
4) Aramis, Dinamic King, Justiciero vs Demonio Baltazar, Forastero, Reyo Felino
5) Iron Love, Judas el Traidor, Magnifico vs Aeroboy, Guerrero Maya Jr., Violento Jack

Notable only because Guerrero Maya teaming up with Aeroboy & Violento Jack is so weird.

WWL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena Xalapa
1) Corsario De Fuego, Eslabon Perdido, Peligro vs Destello Azul, Flayer Boy, Linterna Verde
2) Zeuxis vs Paloma Rouse
maybe changed
3) Skayde, Vengador Radioactivo, Zumbi vs Astro Rey Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
4) Cien Caras Jr. vs Leon Apolo
5) Sabu vs X-Fly
6) Mr. E & Sexy B vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Sicodélico Jr. [WWL TAG]
7) Carlito & Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera & Ricky Marvin
8) Blue Demon vs Monster Pain [WWL WORLD]
Monster Pain is champion

Same card in Puebla the next day (including the Xalapa local guys making the trip), and these are generally the same cards as in DF.

Shocker defeats Bucanero, Panthers/Casas, Virus/Titan, Niebla cheats Atlantis

CMLL (MON) 01/20/2014 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Águila Egipcia & Asturiano
2) Metálico & Sensei b Espíritu Maligno & Hijo del Signo
Sensei replaced Metatron.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Sexy Team took 1/3
4) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, La Máscara DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Negro fouled Atlantis for the DQ. Atlantis demanded a singles match next week. Negro accepted said he plans on humiliating Atlantis.
6) Shocker b Rey Bucanero
Shocker took 1/3, the last clean with a reinera. Usual hair match challenges aft

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Shockercito & Stukita
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel b Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Hechicero looked great in his debut and Star Jr. was good as well.
3) Ephesto b Tritón [lightning]
Ephesto counter dropkick for the win in a little over 5 minutes.
4) Black Panther, Cachorro, Valiente b Felino, Puma, Tiger
Rudos took 2/3, Cats beating Panthers cleanly in the third.
5) Terrible, Vangelis, Virus b La Máscara, Rush, Titán
Virus beat Titan and challenged for a title match.
6) Blue Panther DQ Negro Casas
Panther was about to win when Puma & Tiger ran in for the DQ. Black Panther & Cachorro made the save.

CMLL (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Divino & Sky Kid b Demonio Rojo & Sádico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Fuego, Gallo, Magnus DQ Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Nosferatu
Tecnicos took 2/3, Arkangel fouling Gallo.
3) Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico b Delta, Máximo, Sagrado
Rudos took 1/3, Morphosis beating Sagrado.
4) Diamante Azul & Shocker b Euforia & Rey Bucanero
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Mr. Niebla b Atlantis
Atlantis took the first, but Niebla took the second while holding the ropes, and the third after a foul. Lots of mask ripping.

Panthro won Copa Lugaman, a four way all technical match with Tigre Universitario, Silver Star and Charles Lucero this past Sunday. (It may air on TV this week.) The bigger news is LuchaMania told Charles Lucero about finishing 11th in the Voice of Wrestling 2013 match of the year voting, and Lucero was reportedly surprised and confused. That is the best reaction.

Fuego en El Ring interviewed Black Panther & Cachorro. Panther says he’s trained for four years, under Solar, Ultimo Guerrero, Franco Colombo and Virus, not to mention their father. Cachorro acknowledges everyone is going to compare them to their father, so they have to be good.

Rob has highlights of 11/08/13 CMLL.

CMLL has sent out a press release teasing all the previously teased matches that could happen at Dos Leyendas, unfortunately reminding people most (or all) of those matches will not actually happen.

IWRG’s mat no longer includes the Corona sponsorship. It disappeared last Sunday. IWRG used to get paid when that logo appeared on TV (which made it important for them to have TV.)  Losing that sponsorship money probably explains why there’s no Thursday shows at the moment. Hopefully they get it sorted out.

Negro Casas, Puma, Felino and Tiger want to be known as the Four Fantasticos and have a four finger hand signal. I don’t think that’ll catch on, but I can guess what they’ve been watching on YouTube.

Argenis has no problem with Argos joining Consejo, but attacking him way back when was not cool.

IWRG is selling a 2011 Jetta.

Video of Maximo, La Mascara, Flamita vs Hijo del Signo, Yago, and La Mancha on an street show.

Fuego en el Ring interviews Princesa Ahy Leen about the all women’s show.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Fantasy & Pequeño Halcón vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hechicero
3) Sagrado, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger and Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro and Bárbaro Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla [tournament]
5) Titán vs Virus [MEX WELTER]
Titan is champion. Second defense.

Nuevo Valores Martes continues to be interesting. Titan versus Virus would make the show alone, but there’s other good matches here. CMLL’s cut out random the one night tournaments, but that concept comes back here to possibly continue the Panther/Casas issue. Besides those two teams, and Reyes del Atlantida reuniting again, there’s an exciting team of Barbaro, Herodes and Mr. Niebla. Those three goofballs should work well together.

Flyer makes his Arena Mexico debut, with Star Jr. & Hechicero hanging around for another week. Not sure how much will make TV due to the tournament and title match; figure the minis match is probably not going to make it.

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leo & Metatrón vs Akuma & Ráfaga
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Gallo vs Arkángel de la Muerte
4) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

The knockoff of Nuevo Valores Martes is Guadlajara shows should be a little bit stronger (when half the people aren’t in Japan.) Also, the Gallo/Arkangel feuds goes on.

2013 watch later catchup, part 5

Alan Extreme cartwheel armdrag dropkick

05-26 Chico Che, Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic vs Alan Extreme, Apolo Estrada Jr., Imposible: A fun trios match aspiring to be nothing more and fine for what it was. Thought it might turn out not so well after Golden magic missed with his 450 splash but Apolo survived and they want onto to have the usual match. Chico Che is very good at what he does and the rudos worked well.

 

 

 

Fenix, keeping it together

spinning DDT

05-26 Dinamic Black, Fenix (AAA), Trauma II vs Black Terry, Fresero Jr., Pentagón Jr.: GREAT – Disappointed this match existed, disappointed that Dinamic Black and Fenix didn’t just start head kicking each other during the pre-match promo (with Trauma II picking up all the title belts and walking away.) No reference at all to that last match in this one, so I really wanted to dislike it, but they won me back. A great first fall, with some awesome Black Terry mat work near the end led into a superb second fall with the rudos being absolute jerks. It was the usual brawling, but it wasn’t the usual brawling because the rudos were so gloriously evil the whole way. There was a spot here in between falls where Fresero stepped on one of Fenix’s hands, Terry stepped on another hand, and Pentagon stopped Fenix in the head repeatedly which was the great rudo moment ever. Tecnicos comeback was good as well. I would’ve declared this excellent and one of those matches to show people when they claim to know that lucha libre is just people flipping around, but then production managed to miss the finish while showing replays and never actually got a replay of it. Still worth checking out if you are prepared for AYM being awful.

the Trauma submission hold, who’s name I’m blanking on; this gif needs to be added to the wiki somehow

05-26 Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship: Okay, maybe Negro Navarro knows the most ways to do a double pin. He’s a UWA veteran after all, where there appeared to be one draw a night. This was epic length technical title match which seemed good but didn’t totally connect with me. Maybe I needed to see more of the Piratas/Navarros leading into it. Better production would’ve helped here too; the announcers were cranked up to the max, the fans were barely audible and the ring was mute. Ending it with a few minutes of just Trauma I and Hijo de Pirata was a nice twist and everything was solid.

some people use a chair, some people use the whole row

06-02 Angel Blanco Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park & Villano IV [ACM]: Much more the fatty travelogue version of Dr. Wagner versus LA Park, as they visit many sites of Arena Coliseo Monterrey and bring back souvenirs to use on each other. Meandering brawling at times, making for a much more drawn out match than it needed to be.

table breakage

Noches de Coliseo only has the one hard camera. That man did a really good job of trying to keep track of the action but this is a hard match to follow into the crowd without someone on the ground (or on a crane.) Wagner & Blanco working as tecnicos strange decision given Park was the hometown favorite but that’s just the way they do this match. Blanco and V4 were here to give Park & Wagner breaks, and breaks from fighting each other – they are background characters to be easily rid of in the end. It kind of amazes me how many people approach the luchadors during the match. La Park punched a fan, punched a drunk fan in that very building, give him a wide birth if you know what’s good for you. I think this was probably a great match in the building (definitely the announcers felt so) but it felt much too long on TV (and wasn’t help by knowing how long it was going in.)

Chico Che weaponized

06-02 Centvrión, Chico Che, Golden Magic vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Imposible: Another enjoyable midcard match with some really good moments. Chico Che only made occasionally appearances in IWRG in 2013 but seems to be the same. The Fulgors started appearing on TV much more regularlly from here on out and are good additions. The other guys are consistent. Not special enough for a year end list but good enough if you were checking it out on TV that week. Chico Che is good at many things, but applying the Nieblina is not one of them.

heck of a dropkick

06-06 Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro: I put together this list on a weekly basis without really thing about it in aggregate. Now that I’m spending a lot of time over a few days watching everything, I apparently reimagined the first half of 2013 IWRG as a youth oriented federation centered around the adventures of amigos Golden Magic, Centvrion and Dinamic Black. That period, even in my distorted reality, is shortly coming to an end. It didn’t include a lot of the Oficials as a trios – they’re an effective trio who just wasn’t one in Naucalpan for long stretches, but this match was more about their rudo antics than the técnicos. They’re still smooth with a team and working with the técnicos highspots, and they got a lot of mileage out of one America jersey for what’s basically a regular good build up trios match. Finish was done well. Golden Magic and Centviron have nice time on their double dive spot, especially for two guys doing totally different dives.

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Sin Cara & AAA, Konnan on AAA US, Zorro, AAA game on 360

Another AAA TV taping announced – for April! They’re already locally promoting a 04/16 show in San Luis Potosi’s Auditorio Miguel Barragan. The biggest star listed on the talent list is not listed by name, but “a huge surprise.” It’s not going to be a surprise by the time we get to April. Things can always change, but I assume they’re referring to Sin Cara or whatever we’ll be calling him, and he’s lined up to be debuting before then. On a recent MLW Radio VIP podcast w/Dr. Lucha (subscribers only, you should buy and listen for yourself), Konnan dropped that AAA would have a big surprise two weeks before Rey de Reyes (late Feb/early March.) Let’s be very clear on this: Konnan by no means hinted it was Sin Cara, but that’s the only person who would be a big surprise. It’s been expected Sin Cara would sign with AAA and it seems like there’s at least a verbal deal between them in place.

That Konnan podcast was good for a lot of AAA US info, but there was other stuff that was interesting. Konnan mentioned Rey Misterio Jr. was, at one point, slated to get knee replacement surgery which would’ve affected his quality of life (and probably ended his career), but instead tried stem cell therapy. Rey says he feels at 80% now, so Konnan’s looking into to doing the same instead of getting a hip replacement. If it works for him, the Konnan retirement tour can happen.

The podcast was mostly about AAA US; Konnan’s under a NDA but there are things he could talk about. There are a lot of non-wrestling people involved in putting together a wrestling show (Starlight Runner is working on the history/show bible, Burnett’s group will write/produce, Factory Made makes the contacts), but Konnan’s believes these are all very smart and successful in what they do – Burnett didn’t have a history of producing game shows on islands, but he figured out Survivor.  Konnan also finds these people much more willing to listen and discuss the wrestling aspects than past people they’ve worked with and Dorian retains the final say on product. The project has taken long than expected because they’ve gotten so many people involved, but getting it right is more important than getting it quick.

Konnan confirmed the idea of running monthly specials and PPVs. They want to be a normal US wrestling company (or whatever a normal company was before the WWE Network and TNA basically giving up on PPV.) AAA US would not tour until the second year. Konnan expanded on the “five luchadors save lucha libre” with the idea that each other luchador will “protect” a state or a region. California, New York and Florida are mentioned. Konnan praised his roster, which he does often – “I thought in 1994 we had the best roster in the world…I want to have that roster again. This is the best roster we’ve had in 10 years.” Konnan also talked about the wrestling he wants to see: “The style we’re going to bring to the US is a hybrid of lucha libre, New Japan, and MMA.” The general idea is to make AAA US – and the entire El Rey network – something for anyone who’s likes good stuff. It may be made from a American latino perspective, but it’s aim is to appeal to everyone.

There’s still a lot they’re figuring out; Konnan mentioned a meeting in a few days where more things were going to get worked out. Top guys will keep their name but other guys may get new names. The format of the one hour TV show (reality vs normal wrestling) is still undecided: “it’s going to be a lot of wrestling with a lot of reality.”  Konnan has no idea if the show will be offered by El Rey in any other way (iTunes/Amazon/Hulu), it’s not something he’s involved in.

AAA in Mexico will not change it’s touring schedule; it appears like they’re planning to take a season’s worth episode in one chunk, so maybe they’ll just have a few days there instead of taping in Mexico. Everyone on the roster will be involved, but not at first. Konnan feels he’s got a much better chance to get over new guys in US than Mexico, due to the problems with the Televisa slot and the extra support they’re getting. It sounds like the long term hope is this gives them some leverage with Televisa, but short term they’d really like to have CMLL’s hour to go to 2 hours – they’ll need to find a new sponsor to pay for it first.

Konnan touched on Guerra de Titanes. He explains his desire to turn tecnico as running out of things to do as a rudo: “I’ve done everything you can do except for taking a dump on the Mexican flag. How would it be if I turned babyface?” Konnan was overruled, and it sounds as if Nuevo Sociedad might have not happened – or happened right then – if Konnan had turned tecnico. (By the way, the full name of the group may actually be “Nuevo Sociedad, Which Is Nothing Like The Foreign Legion.”) Nuevo Sociedad is going to exist in the background, but will not be a focal point of TV going forward.

There is some good stuff and stuff I’m skeptical about. Wrestling wise, I don’t understand how those styles are supposed to work together (or even what “New Japan” style since they seem to go out of their way to have a variety of styles; maybe he just meant Tanahashi matches), but agree they do have a whole bunch of people who could have good match should they be given the opportunity. I’m less worried about the amount of non-wrestling people influenced on the product because Konnan makes a good case about them being good at what they do, but I’m also not totally comforted by the failsafe of Dorian having final say on the AAA US product. He’s presumably had the same final say on the AAA Mexico product and it’s not been strong of late. (Konnan would point out here that AAA gets the best non-soccer ratings on their channel on that day; I’d counter by pointing out that if that rating was so valuable, they’d have that second hour already and be running bigger buildings.) The one great takeaway is Nuevo Socidead not being a big deal; I’m already ahead of the game not caring about that.

Today’s Arena Mexico show is headlined by the latest Negro Casas versus Blue Panther match. That’s stemming from the family vs family trios matches, which go on with Felino & Valiente (unrelated, too bad Black Warrior is long gone.) The national trios champions, who are well over due for a title defense, team up in the semimain against the random trio of Mephisto, Misterio and Terrible, Vangellys and Virus. Hechicero and Star Jr. make their Arena Mexico debuts as well. Over in Guadalajara, Atlantis and Mr. Niebla have another singles match.

Last night, Shocker defeated Rey Bucanero in Puebla. Earlier, Rey Bucanero said his doctor forbade him from working out while he was coming back from his latest injury, so he feels it make take him about four months to get back in best condition.

Zorro has a rational, reasonable explanation for joining Nueva Sociedad: Konnan was the only one who got him professional help for his mental problems. Where was Joaquin and Marisela when Zorro was sweeping up floors and didn’t even know who he was? Where was La Parka where Zorro was wandering in the unknown for a year? (Please ignore every skit with Zorro at a doctors ends with the psychiatrist declaring Konnan is the reason Zorro is crazy.)

Marco Corleone is listed on this weekend’s Arena Neza show, which would be his first match back since his foot injury. Arena Neza seems to be more active to start 2014.

MedioTiempo has an interview La Vaquerita about her trip to Japan and her goals for 2014. She suffered a knee injury in her final match in Japan, and is hoping to be back at the end of February.

R de Rudo had a recap of this weekend’s WMC show, bringing attention to Rey Bucanero not being in the main event. El Pancracio has their own recap and lists Rey Bucanero in one of the the earlier matches. Pancracio seems tied in with the promotion somehow, but there are pictures and Rey Bucanero is in them – just not in the advertised match. Bucanero was scheduled for a show in Arena Neza, so that’s probably the reason for the card shuffling.

If you’ve got an XBOX 360 (and have access to the US store?), the Lucha Libre AAA video game is now available for download for $10. That’s a good price for that game. It’s not very deep and the boss characters are super cheap, but you’ll get a few hours out of it and the roster is surprisingly still relevant for a 3.5 year old game. Zorro has the best looking finishing animation, if I remember right.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Hyde is the mystery CZW wrestler in the ChilangaMask Kaientai vs Aeroboy vs Masada four way match.

Arena Aficion has a multiman copa match today to celebrate it’s 62th anniversary.

KDNA received their LuchaMania Monterrey award for best local promotion.

Fuego en el Ring interviews Sangre Nueva Jr.

Lucha Libre in Japan

01/19 Ray Produce:
2) Marcela b Yuhi
I thought this was a title match, but does not appear to be one – just a REINA 3rd anniversary match.
3) Ray [O] & Leon b Meiko Satomura & La Comandante [X]

Purolove.com’s recap of the event says Lady Afrodita & Isis were were announced as missing the show (and their stint in REINA) due to visa problems.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Kaling Black & Matrix Jr.
2) Hip Hop Man & Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata & Hijo De La Bestia
3) Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Látigo vs Anubis Black, Douki, Fulgor
4) Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Púrpura vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Cien Caras Jr. vs Vampiro Canadiense [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Cien Caras Jr. is the champion. Sixth defense.

IWRG’s heavyweight championship has rarely been meaningful in the promotion. The last two title changes were on a disqualification, and winning by being the second to last person in the cage. It’s gone thru long periods of not being defended, periods of the champion not actually being in the country. Vampiro winning the title, doing nothing with it and vacating it years later would fit in perfectly.

IWRG’s news page says they’re off this Thursday and may return on 01/30 but haven’t decided yet.

CMLL (SUN) 01/26/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Raycko vs El Tapatío
2) El Brillante vs Acertijo
3) El Divino & El Ídolo vs Évola & Infierno
4) Esfinge vs Demonio Rojo
5) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Espectrum & Exterminador
6) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Titán vs Olímpico, Terrible, Vangellys

A show. Raycko is new, horribly spelled name.

CMLL (MON) 01/27/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Metálico & Robin vs Centauro de Fuego & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Shockercito vs Blue Center, Demus 3:16, Saurón
3) Sagrado, Starman, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Reaper [cibernetico]
5) Atlantis vs Negro Casas

That’s random! I have this as their first ever three falls singles match, but can’t believe that’s correct. They met in an early round 2012 Universal tournament match.

The rise of the Invasors is still strange. Volador/Reaper in that one, as well as Estetas del Aire again people who may one day get a title match.

That’d be a really quick return for Astral. Centaruo de Fuego’s first match here since September.

Tercera again comes dangerously close to teaming the CMLL Cadetes del Espacio.

01/17-20 lucha videos

AAA’s back. Hooray.

CMLL/Terra had problems broadcasting from Arena Coliseo again. The baja feed came thru okay, so that’s what I’ve got posted. Not sure you’ll be able to tell the difference on DailyMotion. I’m missing the first half of Puebla, but LLDM has you covered.

All of missing 52MX episodes are up on https://www.youtube.com/user/luchablogvault I started on Terra episodes on DailyMotion and learned DailyMotion will block you from uploading if you add too many videos in too short time. This is all annoying. Trying to get IWL this week was super annoying. Sound is still off a little on both TVC Deportes shows.

Let’s see how long this stays up.

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Rwk_ZzJQrgrUHn5er9KLtF

01/18 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/za0q1e
01/19 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/82x5hz

01/19 La Lucha se La Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/d0lczt – this looked like a new episode but I didn’t have a chance to figure it out.

01/20 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/o59shy  – a cast of many

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-17
Full Show: http://depositfiles.com/files/3zlqzwj0f
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x30q5k_thecubsfan_2014-01-17-cmll-terra/1
taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena Mexico
Preshow
http://ul.to/300zt2w6
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
http://ul.to/vzxx493y
2) Pegasso, Sagrado, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Virus
http://ul.to/ev4lb0up
3) Estrellita vs Princesa Sugheit in a lightning match
http://ul.to/odhnaknd
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vs Ephesto, Euforia, Pierroth
http://ul.to/wlxffiv3

AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-18
taped 2013-12-14 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/15zi95
1) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada vs Dark Cuervo, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pehg0c
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Steve Pain, Toscano
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dyavp0
3) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Silver King
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wf0y6f

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-18
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/kky8l1
taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mm8ofc
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Mexico
2) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1de8zo
3) Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://www.sendspace.com/file/er6wbh

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-18
taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ljw6e4
1) Leono & Magnus vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ydtzk0
2) Oro Jr., Robin, Stigma vs Espanto Jr., Herodes Jr., Inquisidor
http://www.sendspace.com/file/evxnq0
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Sagrado, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Guerrero Negro Jr., Raziel
http://www.sendspace.com/file/itkfj0
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/v935bz
4) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wrs3h4
5) Delta, Super Porky, Valiente vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g72nak
ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/57j978

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-18
taped 2014-01-10 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/isor8d
1) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yjeyal
Second Intro Because They Didn’t Know The First Match Was Airing When They Taped This
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ohl3ue
2) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas
http://www.sendspace.com/file/npvlgj
3) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
http://www.sendspace.com/file/utcepp

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-01-18
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/v0hysv
taped 2014-01-03 @ Arena Mexico
1) Titán vs Negro Casas in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament match and in a tournament final match
2) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-19
Playlist:
taped 2014-01-19 @ Arena Coliseo
Full Show: http://ul.to/vhztf9k3
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x30q5l_thecubsfan_2014-01-19-cmll-terra/1
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hlmjfa
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2yiz2h
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Artillero, Hooligan, Súper Comando
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vja3t0
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
http://www.sendspace.com/file/regiq4
4) Delta, Super Porky, Tritón vs Averno, Boby Zavala, Ephesto
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6uirhn
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/63mq6s
6) Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla
http://www.sendspace.com/file/kizuah

CMLL Puebla: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-06 @ Arena Puebla
3) Camorra, Raziel, Virus vs Fuego, Sagrado, Stigma
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5f23i1 – joined in progress
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cewrqm
5) Volador Jr. vs Averno for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9slkq1

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Naucalpan
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/as4jr8
1) Ángel Del Amor & Emperador Azteca vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yq7wj8
2) Centvrión, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic vs Anubis Black, Canis Lupus, Imposible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9zs52b
3) Alan Extreme & Veneno vs Súper Nova & X-Fly for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4fhs9d
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Lizmark Jr., Vampiro vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan
http://www.sendspace.com/file/v566p3

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Lady Flammer & Lady Puma vs Hija de Karonte & La Bandida 
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mk6x2a
2) Black Spider & Coyote vs Pedro Navajas & Zagaz 

http://www.sendspace.com/file/dzzmeg
3) Cirio Negro I, Golden Boy, Rey Demonio Jr. vs Darling Boy, Larry Miranda, Tony Boy 

http://www.sendspace.com/file/2kyfo6
4) Corazón de Barrio, Diluvio Negro II, Estrella Dorada vs Ángel Espacial, Mosco de la Merced, Silencio
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9ykp2c

IWL on TVC Deportes: 2014-01-20
taped 2013-10-01 @ Arena Aficion
1) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett, Perico vs Aeroboy, Demente Extreme, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wyumiu
2) Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Carta Brava Jr., Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera [WWA TRIOS]
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bzscc5
3) LA Park vs CanekDr. Wagner Jr.Villano IVSuper Crazy [IWL HEAVY]
http://ul.to/5jyf8pj5

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Dandy in Tijuana, Vampiro in IWRG, WMC

BSW (FRI) 01/17/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana [KrisZ, The Gladiatores]
1) Silver Star b Animal
2) Mazambula & Scream b Pancho Cachondo & Super Xolo
3) Aero Boy & Violento Jack b Arandú & TJ Boy
Compadres Extermos took 1/3. TJ guys wanted a rematch, attacked the outsiders post match.
4) Satánico b El Dandy
Satanico submitted Dandy in what was billed as Dandy’s Tijuana retirement match.
5) LA Park & Super Parka DQ Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000
Parks won first and were about to win the second when Mascara Ano 2000 faked a foul. Mascara pulled Park’s mask in the third.

This – Baja Stars Wrestling – is the same group that’s listed as promoted the possibly fake Sin Cara in Tijuana show. There’s was no mention of Sin Cara on this show, which backs the idea it was a fake. Or at least there’s something else more going on with that poster.

IWRG (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Seiya & Sky Ángel b Fulgor I & Fulgor II
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Seiya & Sky Ángel
2) Anubis Black & Hijo De La Bestia b Hip Hop Man & Látigo
Hijo de La Bestia’s debut. Hip Hop Man replaced Angel del Amor.
3) Centvrión, Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Rudos destroyed Golden Magic, ripping up his mask again, but Magic pinned 911. 911 insisted it was only a two count.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Lizmark Jr., Máscara Púrpura b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Súper Nova
Hijo de Pirata Morgan replaced Cien Caras Jr. Mascara 2000 faked a foul in the first. Purpura did the same in the second – only Mascara just pinned him and it worked for three.
5) Vampiro Canadiense b Pirata Morgan [#1 Contenders, IWRG IC HEAVY]
Vampiro hit the ref by mistake, Hijo de Pirata ran in to help his dad, Pirata went for the pin, and Vampiro surprised him and got the pin anyway.

Two weeks of Vampiro singles matches! Black Terry Jr. has photos of the show, but it looks like New Flickr is being annoying and so there’s no set to directly link. Anyway, from what I can tell from the pictures so far, main event singles Vampiro matches did not draw in the Naucalpan crowd (though the time change might be a bigger issue.) Champion Cien Caras Jr. no showing a week before his title match seems like a bad sign. IWRG hasn’t posted any cards for next week yet.

Rey Bucanero & Sagrado were advertised for the main event of the WMC show in DF on Sunday, but neither was on the show. Other CMLL wrestlers were on the show, so it doesn’t appear to be a CMLL issue. The recap mentions Hijo de Medico Asesino, who’s team won the main event, asked what happened to the CMLL guys after the match but does not record what the promoter said.

El Hijo del Santo was interviewed at WBC president Jose Sulaiman’s funeral, expressing his sadness. He specifically mentioned he was grateful for being the first WBC wrestling champion.  (He’s unsure if WBC will now let him keep the belt, but has to figure out if he’s returning to wrestling first.) Salvador (Chavo) Lutteroth, who has run things at Arena Mexico in the past (including their past boxing shows), was also interviewed and had nice things to say about Sulaiman.

The Villanos, Mascara Ano 2000 and Tinieblas Jr. received sports awards at a banquet. Villano V was specifically given award for his work as a promoter. If you recall, Villano V claimed his first show, his retirement show, lost so much money that he had no choice but immediately come back out of retirement to pay his debts. Awards are dumb.

ChilangaMask has added Rey Bucanero & Pirata Morgan vs Trauma I & Trauma II to the 03/23 show.

Indy luchadora Paloma Rouse talks about being on the March WWL shows, mentions she’s training with CMLL.

FantasticaMania Night 5, Gallo wins title, Coliseo

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/19/2014 Korakuen Hall [Keeping the Spirit ALiveLuchaWorldNJPWStrong Style Spirit]
Attendance: 1900
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***

1) Mascara Don & Máximo b Taichi & Taka Michinoku
10:16. Mascara Don is Manabu Nakanishi. Don submitted TAKA in a long comedy match.
2) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. b Shigeo Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI
4:46. Stuka splash on both Okumura and Mima in a short match
3) Bushiroad, El Desperado, Fuego, Tiger Mask, Titán b Gedo, Jado, Niebla Roja, Vangellys, Yano
9:57. Good match with a lot of action. Desperado beat Vangellys with a Gori Bomb variation.
4) Naito & Rush b Ishii & Rey Escorpión
12:38. Rush Driver on Escorpion. Match was a lot of build up to Naito/Ishii.
5) La Sombra b Último Guerrero
11:54. First few minutes of the match were spent on the match. Sombra nearly crashed and burned on Asai imploding 450 splash, but UG got in the way. Sombra won with the Brillante Driver. UG needed help to the back.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Mistico b Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro
11:51. Mistico’s shoulder popped out on a plancha right before the finish. He still got La Mistica on Mephisto for the win.
7) Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada [NWA WELTER]
17:59. made a title defense after Volador kept the title in Puebla on 01/06. Maximo (Volador) and Desperado (Dorada) were seconds. Volador kept the match with a new variation on the Volador Spiral in a total spectacle of a match. Second defense.

The main event is the match of the tour you ought to go out of your way to see – it’s a style that will definitely not appeal to everyone, but it’s 100% unafraid to be the kind of match it is. Rush/Nakamura was a good match but left you feeling like there was a much better they could have with some more time (and maybe they already did), but this is the best Volador/Mascara Dorada match they can do. And maybe the only one for a while since they’re both tecnicos.

Sombra/Ultimo Guerrero was better than I expected when the matches were announced, but probably not as good as I thought it should be. It seemed like there was an audience who watches NJPW but not CMLL who were exposed to intra-CMLL matches for the first time and it was instructive to see how they reacted to the matches compared to people who watch CMLL a lot. It came up here, when the new audience saw a spot as Sombra missing on middle rope moonsault, and the lucha audience realized Ultimo Guerrero forgot to roll for the double moonsault spot. As much as the luchadors are motivated to go above and beyond for this audience, even the regular stuff looks fresher because they’re not used to it, and the mistakes aren’t as clear for the same reasons. Even for English speaking people who are strongly enough in to wrestling to follow a promotion based in another country which mostly operates in another language, CMLL is pretty much an unknown to them.  (I think the lesson specifically in this situation is ‘stop doing the double moonsault spot, it’s not that good.’ )

It did seem like there were a couple moments where UG was not quite in the spot UG wanted him; those guys don’t work together as much as it seems like they ought to, and it showed. Still, the mat work they did to start worked good and was a smart way of separating it from the title match to come.Also, the Brillante Driver is apparently now the Shadow Driver if you keep track of move names.

Both Rush and Sombra spoke of wanting to face the top of NJPW in their post match promos. Rush specifically said no Mexican was better than him, but it’s clear Sombra’s win over Ultimo Guerrero was to solidify him in that position. NJPW has too many inhouse challengers to spend a tour building up a challenge by a part-time Sombra, but maybe Sombra gets in the G1, of gets a title show in one off appearance in Korakuen Hall, or even a couple week program back in Arena Mexico.

Rey Cometa & Stuka worked hard and did crazy dives (despite Cometa still seemingly battling wrist issues), but this is one of the easiest weeks they’ve had in a while. I dunno they had a seven minute match the entire time.

Ivan did the usual “we’ll see you next year” speech as everyone was leaving the ring. They didn’t officially announce FantasticaMania 2015, but they ran 5 shows and sold out 5 shows so it’s happening. I was skeptical of the decision to expand this tour – they ran 3 days at Korakuen Hall last year, and only 1 sold out – but taking it to different cities and having one night in the smaller Tokyo building worked. Expect the same 12 months from now.

(If you stop to think about it, it’s so odd that two of the bigger events on the CMLL calendars are ‘matches in another country in promoted by a different group’ and ‘bodybuilding contest’. Don’t stop to think about it.)

CMLL (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Shockercito & Stukita
Pierrothito submitted Shockercito for the deciding elimination.
2) Artillero, Hooligan, Súper Comando b Metálico, Metatrón, Oro Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Hooligan Crash on Oro.
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3. Dark Angel reinera on Zeuxis.
4) Delta, Super Porky, Tritón b Averno, Boby Zavala, Ephesto
Tecnicos took 2/3. Porky sit on Averno.
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente b Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
Tecnicos took 1/3. Panther submitted Aguila.
6) Atlantis b Mr. Niebla
Niebla tried to foul Atlantis, Atlanits blocked it and pulled Niebla’s mask, Atlantis did the same to Niebla, and Atlantis ended up on top for the pinfall three. Mask challenges followed.

I did not see this show and I’m not sure if I recorded it right – I’m also 99% sure Puebla did not tape correctly, it was not a good night on that front – but it did not sound memorable on Twitter.

CMLL (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
2) Virgo & William Rock b Acertijo & Ángel del Mal
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Ráfaga b León Blanco
Rafaga won with a pulpo
4) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Javier Cruz Jr. & Leo
rudos took 2/3
5) Gallo DQ Arkángel de la Muerte [FULL MAXIMO]
Seconds were Isis and Gallo’s mascot, who was kicked out after fall 2. Gallo took falls 2/3 to win the titles in a surprise. Arkangel was DQed for Isis grabbing Gallo from the outside in the third, and title changes on DQ.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Olímpico b Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Sagrado
rudos took 1/3.

Did not expect Gallo to win a title from Chile. It does not sounds like he won it an impressive way, but they still played it up as a big win for him.

Full results from IWRG (and Tijauna) in tomorrow’s post, but Vampiro did beat Pirata Morgan and is in line for an IWRG IC Heavyweight title match next week.

Rob has highlights of 11/01/13 CMLL and 11/05/13 CMLL.

DoradaFan has highlights of 12/03/12 Arena Puebla.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Croncias Y Leyenda looks back at Atlantis beating Dr. Wagner for a title in Acapulco (in a photo that would be helpful for the wiki) and Xochitl Hamada versus Bull Nakano.

Segunda Caida watches some 1992 AAA.

Ohtani’s Jacket continues his look at CMLL’s Lost Years.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s Arena Puebla card.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 01/26/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Camaleón & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Molotov, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Nitro
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Stuka Jr. vs Virus [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Pretty good card once you get past the first two matches. Fifth match could be really good and main event has reliably been that way. Stuka versus Virus is interesting too. All those matches have title match possibilities if they’re starting up something new.

Lucha Fan Fest (SUN) 02/02/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Cristal, Lady Monster, Sahori vs Dark Lady, Diosa Maya, Kamilión
2) Estrella Mágica & Isis vs La Potranquita & Lady Sensación
3) Ángel Sexy, Crazy Girl, Ixchel vs India Mazahua, Princesa Mohicana, Xena
4) Arumi, Davinha, Mystique vs Dark Magic, Estrella Negra, La Abogada
5) Baby Rabbit, Felina Metalica, Reyna Del Sur vs Baby Judas, Chica Pantera, Guerrera Misteriosa
6) Diosa Atenea, Princesa Ahy Leen, Reina Dorada, Star Fire vs Canadian Diamond, Chik Tormenta, JC MaClean, Zuzu Divine
7) ?, Lady Apache, Tania vs Lola Gonzalez, Rossy Moreno, Vicky Carranza

The all women’s show talked about before. In an upset, there’s only one person named Sexy on the card (but 4 Lady’s.) Baby Rabbit still exists! La Abogada was one of the better people in the one match I’ve seen her in.  Wasn’t Isis supposed to go to Japan?

CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania 2014 Day 5 live coverage & chat

Show starts at 9, with a pre-game show at 8:3o (or not). It’s a $15 PPV on uStream.

I’ll be attempting to update live results on this page and Twitter, but the chat below is the place you ought to be.

1) Mascara Don & Máximo b Taichi & Taka Michinoku
~10 minutes. Mascara Don is Manabu Nakanishi. Don submitted TAKA in a long comedy match.
2) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. b Shigeo Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI
Stuka splash on both Okumura and Mima in a short match
3) Bushiroad, El Desperado, Fuego, Tiger Mask, Titán b Gedo, Jado, Niebla Roja, Vangellys, Yano
Good match with a lot of action. Desperado beat Vangellys with a Gori Bomb variation.
4) Naito & Rush b Ishii & Rey Escorpión
~12:40. Rush Driver on Escorpion. Match was a lot of build up to Naito/Ishii.
5) La Sombra b Último Guerrero
~12:00. First few minutes of the match were spent on the match. Sombra nearly crashed and burned on Asai imploding 450 splash, but UG got in the way. Sombra won with the Brillante Driver. UG needed help to the back.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Mistico b Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro
Mistico’s shoulder popped out on a plancha right before the finish. He still got La Mistica on Mephisto for the win.
7) Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada [NWA WELTER]
made a title defense after Volador kept the title in Puebla on 01/06. Maximo (Volador) and Desperado (Dorada) were seconds. Volador kept the match with a new variation on the Volador Spiral in a total spectacle of a match. Second defense.

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Mephisto keeps his title over Mistico II (really!), first Mistico I match in Mexico announced

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/18/2014 Korakuen Hall [enuhitoKeeping the Spirit AliveLuchaWorldNJPWStrong Style Spirit]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
Attendance: 1900
1) Máximo b TaichiJado
9’35” Comedy triangle match. Milano took the kiss from Maximo and had to be helped to the back again – then returned during the match. Taichi had Maximo in the testicular claw, but Maximo powered out (?!?), kissed Taichi and wrapped him up in a casita for the win.
2) Shigeo Okumura & Yujiro b Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr.
6:57. Marcela helped give flowers to the tecnicos before the match. Mima was the rudos. Cometa survived nearly getting broken by Yujiro on the outside to hit the Brillo Cometa. (Yujiro generally had problems with working with Cometa & Stuka.) Mima took a superkick from Rey Cometa. Cameras had trouble keeping up with the action. Stuka had Yujiro set up for the bomb splash, but Okumura hit him with a chair and Yujiro eventually beat Stuka with Tokyo Pimpis. Stuka challenged Okumura to a mask vs hair match, but that went nowhere.
3) Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys, YOSHI-HASHI b Fuego, Kushida, Tiger Mask, Titán
8:56. Black Cat (Kuroneko)’s wife gave a speech before the match. Fuego danced even more than usual coming to the ring. Comandante accompanied Vangellys. Niebla Roja has a shoulder taped up. Comandante turned the match for the rudos, and swatted Titan with a belt a few times. Good if chaotic match. Vangellys beat Fuego with a huge german suplex.
4) El Desperado & Máscara Dorada b Bushiroad & Volador Jr.
8:13. Volador continues to wrestle in his mask. Volador & Bushiroad did the stereo dives off high places. Desperado beat Bushiroad with his El Guitarra del Angel finisher. Volador unmasked while Dorada was hyping up their match for tomorrow. In post match interviews, Desperado talked about having learned from Dorada & Volador in Mexico – and then claimed he was born in Mexico to a Japanese father, so that’s why he can speak Japanese.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura b Rush
10:18. Expected hard hitting good match. Nakamura blocked the Rush Driver three times before hitting the Boma Ye for the win.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra, Naito b Ishii, Okada, Último Guerrero
19:42. Good match. Great sequence with Okada & Sombra near the start. Guerrero Special on Sombra for the win. Ishii & Naito fought after the match.
7) Mephisto b Mistico [MEX LH]
14:05. Mephisto is champion. Fourth defense. Sombra was Mistico’s second, Okumura was Mephisto’s second. Mistico landed the SSP to the outside, but Mephisto escaped the flying short armscissors and beat Mistico completely clean with a super Devil’s Wings.

Mephisto winning the main event is a genuine surprise. The tour had been shaping up as a coronation for Nueva Era Mistico, only for him to lose at the most inopportune time. Mistico II increasingly seems less like CMLL’s hope for a great new star and more just a opportunity to keep the Mistico name alive for marketing and merchandising reasons. I’m still surprised this loss happened, so CMLL’s not as far along that path as WWE got with Sin Cara, but this is not a match result that happens if they’ve got really big plans for Mistico.

(unless this is a long play setup for Mistico vs Mephisto for the masks, I guess, but it didn’t at all feel like that.)

Nakamura vs Rush was the best match to me on the show and from the iPPVs so far, though other people liked the semimain better. The tease of Sombra/Okada during the early portions of that match was a lot of fun. I think that singles matches happens sometime in ’14, in one of these two promotions, provided Sombra gets past Ultimo Guerrero later today.

Titan was more over than his position in his tag match. Fuego’s entrance seems to be getting over – even though we can’t hear on iPPV, the people in the crowd and those watching on SamuraiTV seem to enjoy it a lot. I could see him being the required CMLL mid table rep for NJPW’s Best of Super Juniors. (NJPW’s chairman mentioned they’re talking to CMLL about 1 or more luchadors for that tournament.)

Marcela and Comandante appearing were nice touches, though I’m not sure most of the people watching realized who Marcela was when she was in the ring before the second match. (I think the Japanese woman with her might have just been her challenger on Sunday, but I don’t think I’ve seen her unmasked before.) CMLL women have been in Japan at the same time of FantasticaManias before and I think they’ve sold merchandise at the show, but this is the first time anyone but Mima’s been able to participate.

The next iPPV, the final show of the tour, takes place at noon Sunday in Tokyo. That’s 9pm Central. It’s another $15 uStream iPPV, with Sombra/UG, Dorada/Volador and some good tag matches – it should be the best overall show of the trip. I’ll be running a live chat here and live results in some fashion. The preshow should start around 8:30 pm, and the chat will be up around then.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (FRI) 01/17/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Canelo Casas & Disturbio b Molotov & Sensei
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Virus b Pegasso, Sagrado, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita [lightning]
Estrellita came to the ring in a nun disguise, and stripped to reveal a domantrix outfit. Sugehit got the win in 6:48 with her pendulum backbreaker submission.
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky b Ephesto, Euforia, Pierroth
Ephesto replaced Gran Guerrero on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3. Porky worked against Euforia and Maya against Pierroth, keeping Pierroth and Porky away from much interaction.
5) Averno, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, La Máscara
Tiger was originally announced, but replaced by Averno on Monday. (Tiger rode the tourist lucha bus instead.) Rudos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Negro fouled Shocker for the DQ.

Estrellita losing to Sugehit is the most newsworthy note from the show. It wasn’t a newsy show, just killing time for a week. Edit: The big news from the show was the announcement of Dos Leyendas – it’ll take place March 21st.

There’s a poster floating around hyping Sin Cara in Auditorio de Tijuana on 03/01 for Baja Stars Wrestling. El Martiente has it there, but it’s been floating around Twitter too and I’m fairly certain it’s legit. It is the original Mistico using his WWE name (which non-TV indies in Mexico can safely get away with doing .) This would be his first announced appearance in Mexico post-WWE, only no one’s officially said he’s post WWE.

Edit: Argenis retweeted someone saying this is a fake.

That match will almost certainly not be Mistico I’s first match back in Mexico. He’s announced the first anniversary show for his gym will be on 02/01 and I expect he’ll wrestle on his own show. Mistico is expected to wrestle a lot of indy dates, even if (when) he signs with AAA; there’s lot of money in Mistico’s first appearance back in various places.

IWRG’s announced Sunday shows will now start at 5:30 pm. These changes don’t seem to stick for too long, but there earlier Sunday shows are easier for families. It might mean the Sunday tapings will air more often air on LAS/AYM.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel
3) Tritón vs Ephesto [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Cachorro, Valiente vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Mephisto, Misterioso Jr., Virus
6) Blue Panther vs Negro Casas

Card reshuffled greatly on Friday.

Out: Metatrón, Oro Jr., Robin, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Brazo de Plata, Boby Zavala, Pierroth

In: Dragon Lee, Star Jr., Hechicero, Ephesto, Cachorro, Black Panther, Tiger, Titan

Generally more attractive card. Panther/Casas is a big match, trios champs team up now in the semimain, and Panthers/Casas feud continues. Second match looks like the TV debut for Star Jr. and Hechicero – their first GDL match did not air on 52MX.

CMLL (FRI) 01/24/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Herodes Jr.
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
3) Máximo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión
4) Diamante Azul vs Euforia [lightning]
5) La Sombra, Rush, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Reaper, Último Guerrero

Everyone’s back, so things can start happening again. Volador & Sombra are on the same card and not booked together; after their match in Tokyo, I’m starting to believe that’s just going to be the status quo going forward and there’s no angle that we should be waiting for here. Plenty of Volador and Reaper, though. (Or is the trios title program hinted at two weeks ago coming back?)

Shocker and Negro Casas pick up on the main event foul this week. Tercera could be good. Opener can cause a shake up in the Arena Coliseo Tag Team rankings.

CMLL video promo for the show.

01/17 AAA TV Results (Naucalpan)

AAA TV (FRI) 01/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan [AAA (1)AAA (2)]
1) Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr., Mamba b Aerostar, Ludxor, Súper Fly, Venum
Super Fly turned on Aerostar again!
2) La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Sexy Star b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita
Taya appeared to attack Jennifer Blake. Sexy Star beat Jarochita.
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Demon Rocker, the newest Infierno Rock, debuted as the mystery man. It didn’t help the rudos. Nino Hamburguesa beat Machine Rocker with a frog splash.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu [AAA TRIOS]
La Secta refused to wrestle unless this was made a trios title match. Commission Joaquin okay the change. Cuervo fouled Monsther Clown and stole his mask for the DQ. Fourth defense.
5) Cibernético, El Mesías, Fénix b Daga, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.
Fenix pinned Daga with a tornillo. Perro started bleeding when Fenix dived into him while he was holding a beer bottle (to use on someone.) Psycho Clown appeared after the match, challenging Texano to another title match.

Air Date: 01/25 and maybe 02/01

AAA sold out Naucalpan again. They also opening the show with a tribute to Jesus Nunez.

Bold new directions for 2014 AAA include Super Fly turning on Aerostar for the third time and Psycho Clown feuding with Texano! Look, AAA actually starts doing stuff in January and it just means I can start mocking them earlier.

There’s no real mention of the Nuevo Sociedad; the rudos teamed up, but it doesn’t seem like there’s anything different to it than before Perro’s fake tecnico tease. A lot of Sociedad stuff seems to take place in backstage vignettes, but there’s no sign of the GdT angle meaning anything with what was done in front of the crowd.

I don’t quite understand what La Secta’s plan here. The idea was they weren’t going to wrestle unless they get a title match, but then the finish makes it sounded like they more or less forfeited the title match. There’s a difference between evil and dumb.

I’m 95% sure Demon Rocker is a current AAA midcard/early match rudo who has been around for a while but hasn’t had a steady role in the last couple of years, but maybe I should wait to actually see him before confirming the name. Rob, who watches more AAA spot show footage than me, is pretty sure Demon Rocker has been working as Devil Rocker off TV the last couple of months.

Aerostar versus Super Fly went nowhere the first two times. Will they ever have a singles match? Will Super Fly form a new Rudos de la Galaxia? Unlikely, since Super Fly isn’t on any of the other announced lineups. (There’s a good chance he’s the mystery opening match rudo on 02/09, though.)

Next taping is 01/25, the special sponsored taping in Guerrero Negro.

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