IWRG, AAA & ice cream treats

IWRG (WED) 07/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Sky Ángel b Atomic Star
2) Anubis Black & Matrix Jr. b Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo
3) Rayan & Spartan b Imposible & Metaleon
4) Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Eterno DQ Diva Salvaje, Golden Magic, Relámpago
Rudos took straight falls, Eterno faked a foul for a DQ.
5) Dr. Cerebro b Fuerza Guerrera, Veneno, Apolo Estrada Jr.
Eliminations went Fuerza (Veneno), Veneno (Apolo) and Apolo (Cerebro).

A show!

Tercera Caida had Black Terry on as a guest, and split up the post show conversation into a lot of questions: Terry talks about his movie appearance, his upcoming schedule, working as a referee in TxT, his championships and hair wins, the Temerarios, the injuries he’s suffered, his son, his pick for the biggest idol of lucha libre, his thoughts on the current lucha libre scene, and Black Terry’s social media presence.

CMLL has yesterday’s Informa here. Not a lot news, but plenty of cranky Virus. Also, Mr. Niebla and Zacarias explain how to get to Arena Mexico. You wouldn’t think that would be the best pair for that, but they’ve got subway instructions and bus instructions and outside video footage walking to the building – someone did some work here!

AAA held a press conference yesterday to announce new sponsor Helados Holanda, an ice cream dessert company. They’d previously turned up on AAA shows as a sponsor, but this was to make an official and talk about a contest where winners can get various AAA prizes (including a trip to a Hard Rock show.)

SuperLuchas takes on an issue of great importance: frequent mispellings on lucha libre posters. This is the scourge of my existence. More people have been able to spell “Myzteziz” than I would’ve guessed, but far from all of them. It’s tougher with local guys, since it’s impossible to tell if people are spelling their names for semi-unique/semi-inexplicable “Centvrion” like reasons or if the promoter or the person putting together the poster just wasn’t paying attention.

Dragon Rojo talks to ESTO about his career and tecnico change. In this telling, Dragon Rojo Sr. is his grandfather. Rojo’s short term goal is to be in a mask match at an Anniversary show.

Cronicas Y Leyendas look back at Joe Polardy and Perro Aguayo losing their hair and Ringo Mendoza vs Tony Benetto. The Tony Benetto thing has always confused me – he was around and a name for several years (an Anniversary show apuesta match there), then became the latest Gran Markus. There aren’t that many guys his size to begin with, everyone kind of had to immediately realize who under the Gran Markus mask which seems to defeat the point.

Texano attempted to steal Terrible away to AAA yesterday. No, literally. The AAA guys were headed on a bus to San Luis Potosi, while the CMLL guys were headed to Leon for the show they were promoting heavily on Terra and their buses just crossed paths along the way.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights 0f 04/22/14 CMLL.

At the press conference to announce October’s WWE shows, WWE held out the carrot of possible TV taping in Mexico…in 2016.

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WWE to Mexico in October, Valiente/Euforia

CMLL (TUE) 07/15/2014 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin b Inquisidor & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. DQ El Rebelde, Hooligan, Metálico
Tecnicos took 1/3. Metalico pulled Oro’s mask again.
3) Okumura, Skándalo, Virus b Dragon Lee, Sagrado, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. COR Kamaitachi [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Maya spinebustered Kamaitachi out of the ring, just about knocking him out. Kamaitachi hit hard, but it was a move where he couldn’t help hit hard.
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Cavernario, Euforia, Mr. Niebla DQ Máximo, Titán, Valiente
Rudos took 2/3, Euforia tossing his mask to Valiente to draw the DQ.

As the little film strip image indicates, this was the first week where the lightning match made it to CMLL’s official YouTube channel. You can watch the lightning match right now and try to figure out what those to guys were thinking trying to do spinebuster. I guess you’re not really a NJPW trainee in CMLL until you bsuffer a brain injury?

Cavernario’s recent successes have me wondering about his missing partner – Herodes Jr. hasn’t been booked in a month. Secret injury? His Facebook doesn’t mention anything about that.

CMLL (TUE) 07/15/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Brillante & El Divino b Acertijo & Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma b Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker b Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
Rudos took 1/3, Olimpico & Zavala beating Sky Kid & Smaker.
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky b Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Shocker b La Máscara
Shocker took 1/3, the last by pulling Mascara’s mask and rolling him up.

I think that might be the right main event result.

WWE announced they’d make their annual appearance in Mexico on October 18th and 19th. They’ll be running Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday and Arena Monterrey on Sunday. Just the nice arenas and not the smaller towns they’ve run prior. Cesaro and Rosa Mendez were there as the WWE representatives, which kind of makes me what Alberto del Rio was busy doing today and also points out how far Mexico has fallen in WWE’s list of priorities.

In an interview to hype the 07/25 Guadalajara show, Mil Mascaras talks about staying humble. The press conference for that show is next Wednesday.

WWL posted the debut episode of their TV show. That includes the Mesias vs Texano Jr. match from their first (and only) iPPV, which has been the best Texano match of his title reign. It starts about 27 minutes in.

An Xalapa reporter posted a quote and photo of Fenix on crutches, but I don’t see an accompanying story.

Rob has highlights of 06/09/1996 AAA and 07/03/1996 AAA.

Segunda Caida reviews Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Negro Casas vs Averno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero


CMLL (MON) 07/21/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Milenium vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Pegasso & Starman vs King Jaguar & Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Princesa Blanca [lightning]
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
5) Máximo, Rush, Super Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. [CMLL TRIOS]
Second defense for the Guerreros

Atlantis was the last challenge, tries different partners this time. Mid July means we’re officially in “titles changes are done to support a dumb tournament” season. There’s 16 CMLL champions right now, though 2 are currently broken. No one on the tecnico side is already a champion, so it’s stick at 16 even with change. Would they rather have the tecnicos in the CMLL Universal tournament or the rudos?

Whoever’s booking Puebla has no idea Dragon Rojo has turned – people are on all different pages on this one, which is just plain weird. If Blanca does lose and retire as everyone suspects, this tercera will be the only Sugehit versus Blanca singles match ever…unless they do it in Arena Mexico as well, which they really should.

CMLL (TUE) 07/22/2014 Arena México
1) Magnus & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Angelito, Astral, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Virus
4) Stuka Jr. vs Felino [lightning]
5) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Valiente vs Euforia

They’ve been on/off building to a Valiente versus Euforia the last few weeks, but it’s another sort of rare singles non-title match (and their first ever singles match.)

Titan and Cavernario continue facing off. Title match seems to be happening either 07/29 or 08/05.

CMLL (TUE) 07/22/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Exterminador & Virgo vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Boby Zavala & Olímpico [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Third defense for Sky Kid and Smaker.
4) Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero

The hat really outdid itself with the Boby Zavala & Olimpico team.

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Virus defeated Stigma to keep lightweight title

CMLL (MON) 07/14/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Akrón, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar b Meyer, Milenium, Tigre Rojo
Akron’s first match here since March.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit DQ La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
Blanca unmasked Sugehit for the DQ.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. DQ Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
Tecnicos took 2/3. Blue Center fouled Tigre Rojo Jr. for the DQ.
4) Virus © b Stigma [CMLL SL]
Virus took falls 1/3 to retain his title. Virus’ 7th defense.
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3. Atlantis defeated UG in the third and ask for a trios title shot. Guerreros accepted.

No real world about how Stigma/Virus went, but it’s Virus so it probably went well. Match should air the weekend of 07/27.

CMLL removed Bam Bam from Sunday’s Arena Coliseo lineup, with Shockercito taking his place. Also, Puma fills in for Ephesto in Guadalajara the same day.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre in Japan

REINA held a press conference to announce four shows for August (on the 8th, 10th, 20th, 30th.) Each show will have a title match. Estrellita will be working the 8th & 10th, Marcela will be on the 20th and 30th, Silueta will be working all shows and Comandate will be working there thru the 20th.


Ohtani’s Jacket has Fuego vs Virus has his MOTY so far this year.

Segunda Caida reviews 06/01/14 CMLL on LATV.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Alfonso Dantes losing his hair, Misterioso winning the NWA Welterweight title and Oro & Plata vs Felino & Fiero.

Puebla will hold it’s licensing exam on August 3rd. Licensing fee is exactly 197.51 pesos ($15.23 USD.)

Mini Drago talks about his match in Ecatepec.

CMLL’s top 10 has La Sombra #1 again.

The usual What Is Lucha Libre article, this time with Dorian Roldan.

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07/12-14 lucha videos

IWRG aired only two matches because other programming went long and they decided to catch up by just cutting the new show short instead of the many reruns which followed it.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QO1wKsl–_zjE3VQb4pqY7

07/12 WWC: http://ul.to/komthfuh
07/13 WWC: http://ul.to/m7hnest7

07/13 La Lucha se le Hace: http://ul.to/mjnkjtno
07/13 El Rayo, Vida de Lucha: http://ul.to/9wzdslpb

07/13 Sobre el Ring: http://ul.to/mm787zfk – or at least all but the last segment

AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-12
taped 2014-07-03 @ Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz
1) Faby Apache, La Jarochita, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie
2) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala vs Daga, Steve Pain, Súper Fly
3) Angélico, Electroshock, Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pentagón Jr.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-12
Full Show: http://ul.to/miu5uf1u
taped 2014-07-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Stuka Jr. © vs Maléfico for the Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship
2) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Solar I vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Navarro, Shocker
3) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-12
taped 2014-07-08 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Pólvora

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-07-12
taped 2014-06-27 @ Arena México
1) Cachorro, Cavernario, Dragon Lee, Negro Casas, Soberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Hechicero, Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Virus in a En Busca de un Idolo match and in a cibernetico match
2) Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Shocker vs La Sombra, Rush, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-13
taped 2014-07-04 @ Arena México
1) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
Mid-show Intro
2) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-13
taped 2014-07-13 @ Arena México
1) Magnus & Metatrón vs Akuma & Canelo Casas
2) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Kamaitachi & Okumura for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
http://ul.to/xjv5q9rlnew link
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
4) Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr.

CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-13
taped 2014-06-30 @ Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Milenium, Paris vs Centauro de Fuego, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
5) Asturiano vs Pequeño Warrior, mask vs hair
6) Shocker vs Rush

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-13
taped 2014-07-09 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr. vs Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog
2) Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo vs Rayan & Spartan

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-07-13
taped 2014-07-06 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Asrael & Crucifijo vs Misionero & Muerte Extrema
2) Angel Justiciero, Desafio, Metal vs Corazón de Barrio, Hator, Hijo Del Mongol Chino
https://www.sendspace.com/file/26xi0g – fall 1/3 aired.

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Sagrada vs 2Caras, Traumas/Oficials, Fenix hurt?

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Atomic Star & Electro Boy b Látigo & Sky Ángel
Latigo replaced Ciclon Black. Straight falls.
2) Látigo & Metaleon b Anubis Black & Hijo De La Bestia
3) Relámpago, Trauma I, Trauma II b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Veneno [Relevos Increíbles]
Oficials took falls 1, Traumas took fall 2. Those two teams brawled outside while Veneno went for the top rope senton on Relampago. Relampago moved and won with a splash. Veneno and Relampago shook hands after the match, while the Traumas demanded a title match with the Oficials.
4) Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, X-Fly b Diva Salvaje, Súper Nova, Toscano
Rudos took 1/3, with Eterno (already eliminated) using a ref distraction to knock Toscano off the top rope and X-Fly pinning Toscano while using the ropes.
5) Demon Clown & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada
Universo 2000 Jr. appeared before the match, threatening to debut soon. Tecnicos took fall 1, Universo helped the rudos take fall 2. Sagrada caught famed Canadian Demon Clown in a tirabuzon, M2K tried to break it up with a chair, Dos took the chair away but accidentally smacked Sagrada with it. Rudos got the win. Dos insisted it was a mistake but Sagrada said this was the start of a rivalry.

Mascara Sagrada versus Hijo de Dos Caras does not sound like it’ll produce good matches, but would be a big deal if they followed it to the logical conclusion. Traumas versus Oficials sounds like it’ll produce good matches.

There was a weird bait and switch in the main event last night in Arena Xalapa. The local group had been doing an Xalapa luchadors versus Consejo members (and allied local rudos) as a main event feud leading to a hair match. The Consejo squad had been primarily Hijo del Fantasma, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. and Hijo de Tirantes as a luchador, which he does a bit in the area. There was no Tirantes in the big blow off match, but instead Loco Max, who had not worked with in the building or with AAA, turned up and lost his hair instead.

Fenix also missed his match, and the announcers there claimed it was because Fenix had suffered a fracture off his tibia. That’s obviously a bigger issue going forward, because it would cause some TripleMania plans to change. Fenix said he was working the show as recently as Saturday and hasn’t mentioned anything about an injury. On the other hand, Fenix looked in very rough shape after his match back in Queretaro. It’s not hard to believe he could’ve been working thru an injury and could finally work no more. Fenix’s next known match is in Tijuana this Friday and we’ll know more if he misses that show too.

Tonight is the Virus lightweight title defense against Stigma in Puebla. I saw the build up match on 06/30 and Stigma got big clean wins over Dragon Rojo and Virus to build him up. I still think Virus is likely to win but Stigma’s going to at least come very close. (CMLL almost never does draws in title matches but this would not be a bad time and place for one.) Virus told El Popular that he’s got to be careful with Stigma, because a young guy could have some surprises, but feels honored to be in the main event during Arena Puebla’s anniversary season.

Also on that TV show: the Shocker/Rush matches goes just about as long as the Negro Casas/Rush match did in Guadalajara. It seems possible Casas/Rush do a sub 10 minute match on Juicio Final if they’re doing them elsewhere, and I’m not sure how much the crowd will take to that.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of Sunday’s Arena Fusion show.

Dinastia defends his minis title in Tepic on Thursday. The concept of a Mini Elegido is scary.

Segunda Caida reviews Negro Casas, Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera vs El Hijo del Santo, Yoshihiro Asai, Gran Hamada and Lucha Azteca 06/07/14.

Press conference for the 07/19 show at Arena San Juan.

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