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box. It’s after the jump too.
== AAA ==
First of two shows in Toluca. They’ll probably have a preview Friday, but today is still Thurday. Fenix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fatnasma, Pentagon Jr. was the main event on the taping and might be the main event of the first show.
== Lucha Underground ==
Open Mic Night
Tensions rise when a new luchador is welcomed into Cueto’s temple; the newcomer promises that he will reign supreme.
TV listings have different titles than the El Rey site. Dunno. Fenix/Argenis, Son of Havoc/Johnny Mundo and Ricky Mendall/Pentagon Jr. were taped for this show, but there’s one more guy showing up at the end. You already know who he is.
== CMLL ==
FOX2: Maximo vs Terrible! Mistico, Valiente, and Volador Jr., a trio in search of a name, versus the Guerreros.
Azteca: Maximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente/Kamatachi
52MX: Euforia, Felino, UG vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. as the Felino/Valiente feud begins. Cavernario/Terrible/Aguila vs Delta/Maya/Cometa is Rey Cometa’s last match for now.
Claro: The Sunday show that didn’t air – except Hechicero/Stuka is on the YouTube channel and that’s probably the one you wanted to see anyway.
C3: Dragon Rojo vs Niebla Roja + Cavernaro/GG/Terrible vs Delta/Maya/Mascara. Maybe five matches, maybe not.
Terra Sunday: I don’t think it’s airing. I know I won’t be recording this.
== IWRG ==
IWRG (LAS/AYM): Ninja Turtles vs Terry/Cerebro/Cerbero/Pantera. The missing matches from Sunday did eventually turn up in reruns. That Tuesday overnight airing just happens to be the first one, but they’ve been rerunning the show on AYM about a half dozen times during the week.
CMLL (TUE) 02/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Évola & Ráfaga b Meteoro & Reycko
Rudos took 2/3
2) Furia Roja, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Frezzer, Magnus, Robin
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Stigma b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Thunder b Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán
Rudos took 1/3
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Felino, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Felino (replacing Negro Casas again) fouling Valiente for the DQ.
It seems like they’re doing Felino/Valiente because Casas is hurt, which is disappointing. Maybe Felino will decide to be great again for a big singles match.
All Elite held another press conference yesterday. It reads like it got testy. (There’s video here too, I’ve only gotten to read the text so far) Volador Jr. showed up late and Ultimo Guerrero took a shot at him, saying CMLL should punish those who show up late and the difference between stars and superstars is superstars show up on time. Volador replied that Ultimo Guerrero can’t actually be a superstar, since Volador is the one who’s actually in the All Elite main event. Guerrero sarcastically replied that he’d try to get himself in the main events in the future. Guerrero moved on to talk about how he’s happy to be with Fuerza Guerrera again (who employed UG early in his career and gave him money for food) and he’d like to face LA Park, then ended up thanking the media and walking off before the press conference ended. Volador taunted Ultimo Guerrero as he left, sarcastically calling him Juan Diego. (This saint Juan Diego, I’m guessing.) Volador told the press it was great to team with LA Park, called CMLL the best company in the world, but was happy to mix with All Elite so the shows wouldn’t all be just the Guerreros. Volador later claimed he arrived late because he just got back from Guadalajara. Ultimo Guerrero was on also in Guadalajara. Ultimo Guerrero and Volador are not currently feuding, at least in the ring.
Extreme Tiger was also there, may not have gotten a word in. It reads like Dr. Wagner was scheduled to be there, but he didn’t turn up. In another interview actually building up matches on the show, Volador Jr. felt he and uncle LA Park had the advantage because they were united and Sombra & Wagner were not.
The All Elite promoters were asked if their show would be airing on Terra, but they did not know. Alfredo left a comment asking the same question for CMLL Informa, but it was not asked. Terra does not have a preview for the show up last I checked, which usually means no show is airing on Terra. I think the show is not airing on Terra! I am not sure about that at all, and I’m curious what airs on Claro Sports next weekend at any rate.
AAA’s preview of the Queretaro taping hypes Brian Cage based on his current feud with Prince Puma & Konnan. I wonder how many people in Mexico actually follow what’s going on in Lucha Underground given it’s not airing in Mexico. (It doesn’t feel like enough people in the US know what’s going on in Lucha Underground either.) There’s an audio preview of the show here.
CMLL Informa didn’t have much as the way of news, though they continued the tease for Volador/Maximo vs Terrible/Bucanero and showcased off Luciferno. CMLL Informa might as well be an audio podcast most weeks – it’s just people sitting in front of microphones, maybe the microphones could be positioned better if they were not doing video – but this week did get to show off Luicferno’s outfit and the highlights of last week’s title match. The Mephisto, Epheisto, Luciferno trio is now Los Hijos del Infierno; they mentioned the name in Tuesday’s recap and said it many times on this show. Hopefully this means someone made Ephesto a new shirt.
El Rey’s website has titles for the Lucha Undergrond episodes this month. Mild spoilers follow
02/11 (ep14): “A Shot of El Patron”
02/18 (ep15): “Eye for An Eye”
02/25 (ep16): “Caged Animals”
Not sure these are all final. Last night’s show is listed as “Johnny Mundo vs the Machine” but is “Unexpected Visitors” on TV listing guides.
Astral, talking about his life, mentions he does not know his birth mom. He was given to his grandmother (on his father’s side) early in his life and has never met his mother but hopes to do so someday. The Astral name comes from a nickname a friend gave him when he was young.
Today’s the 31st Anniversary of El Santo’s passing. A mass was held for him today at noon.
Negro Casas & Fuerza Guerrera say it’s nice to have a bit of variety on CMLL cards.
Niebla Roja says he’s a complete rudo, because few other people on his side can fly.
DJ Spectro looks back at Bobby Lee’s career.
Voices of Wrestling has a review of last night’s Lucha Underground.
IWRG (SUN) 02/08/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Seiya vs Anubis Black & Atomic Star
2) Dark Lady, Hahastari, La Sádica vs Black Fury, Cristal, Kamilión
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera I
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, X-Fly
5) Chicano & Danny Casas vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr.
Didn’t include this yesterday. Ninja Turtles are facing tougher competition, but the notable thing is Cerebro Negro making his return to Arena Naucalpan after 18 months. I can’t remember if there was ever a reason he left – it’s usually an issue with working somewhere else – but it reunites the excellent Terry/Cerbero/Cerbero trio for at least one match.
By the way, AULL is teasing an AULL Ninja Turtles vs IWRG Ninja Turtles match later this month.
Angelico defeated Son of Havoc (6:31, inside cradle after Havoc collided with Ivelisse)
Pentagon Jr. defeated Famous B (1:30, modified kimura)
Drago defeated Aerostar (4:12, flipping DDT)
Johnny Mundo defeated Cage (6:34, disqualification for King Cuerno interference)
— match was restarted by Dario Cueto–
Cage defeated Johnny Mundo (3:26 – 10:00 total, “Weapon X” Gori Special into a STO)
A lot of things going on this week.
Announcers played up Son of Havoc’s poor win/loss record. Ivelisse defended Son of Havoc against the Twitter haters, but the crowd was actualy more behind him than the relatively unkinown Angelico. Ivelisse got on the apron to congratulate Havoc with a kiss during the match, which lead to a lot of near collisions (and a near Angelico kiss) before Havoc and Ivelisse bumped into each other. Ivelisse was sent to the floor, Havoc was sent backwards into Angelico’s cradle for the win. Ivelisse was not happy with the situation or Havoc after the loss.
Johnny Mundo and Dario Cueto met in Cueto’s office, with both men offering to put the past in the past. Mundo seemed to really mean what he said, happy to face Cage as a path to the title. Cueto, as usual, was less sincere. He seemed to see Cage as a tool to gain revenge on Mundo and restarted their main event after it was Cuerno attacked Mundo with a chair shot to the knee. Mundo fought for a while but Cage took him out. It seemed like King Cuerno got involved for his own purposes – he declared the Hunt Begins Again while attacking Mundo – but Dario seems to be behind a lot of things.
Cage is in possession of the remains of the Lucha Underground belt, carrying it around as if he is the true champion.
Another Pentagon Jr. vignette aired, with Pentagon speaking in Spanish about his lack of fear. He broke Famous B’s arm with his submission hold, then Pentagon told his mentor that Pentagon was ready for him. It’s not clear who the mentor is – or really even if Pentagon actually has a mentor.
Aerostar & Drago both wrestled as tecnicos and shook hands after the match.
Fenix, training backstage, was visited by Catrina. She flirted with him and seemed to be setting him up for the Lick of Death, but instead kissed Fenix and told him not tell Mil Muertes. It’s unclear what Fenix thought of all of this.
Dario also revealed he did know “matanaza” and it was related to his mystery monster. Dario mentioned the mystery lady is named Black Lotus and whatever happened occurred when she was a young girl. Dario suggested letting her find the mystery guy (and let him take care of it), but said he had to protect the temple from matanza. The Mystery Area must be relatively close to the Temple, or inside it somewhere, because Cuetro was able to get from his office to his mystery man and back over the course of the house.
Dario was talking to someone on the phone about the situation, wanting them to deal with Black Lotus, when he was interrupted by a surprise visitor. “My name is Alberto. El Patron. But you already knew that.”
The show visually looked pretty similar to the one the previous week. The only way you would’ve seen it was the start of a new batch of tapings would’ve been by all the stories which just got kickstarted. There were also more direct statements on those storylines: Catrina explicitly pointing out the life/death symbolish in Fenix and Mil Muertes, Striker & Vampiro talking about Aerostar & Drago being a great rivalry even before they both go to the ring, Cage more loudly pointed out as the anti-luchador member of the roster. There was a lot going on here but they made what was going on very obvious. Making it very obvious makes it easy to follow.
Both the Dario’s Monster and the Mystery Lady plotlines got some needed momentum by being linked up. So glad Black Lotus got a name, makes life so much easier. I’d now be surprised if we got all the answers about the situation before the end of this season, but it does now feel like they’re heading somewhere with both.
The Alberto teaser was perfectly done. Lucha Underground’s really created a neat trademark with those less than minute scenes to end the shows. Everyone’s always looking forward to that last little kicker, and this one was their best. They got the surprise points for Alberto this week, and they can spend the next seven days hyping his actual debut, best of both worlds.
Pentagon Jr. is the best possible LA Park.
There were matches on this show too! Mundo/Cage was the closest to great, but everyone thing was good or effective for what it needed to be (Pentagon/Famous B.) Aerostar/Drago was the one I wish lasted longer, but they made it clear we’re getting more of them to come. (Plus, Aerostar seemed a little shock up in this one so maybe it’s good it ended when they did.) Angelico & Havoc got more time than I was expected, and Havoc looked good enough in the match that he’s more a guy who doesn’t win and not just a jobber, if that makes any sense.
Not sure I can wait a whole week to watch more Lucha Underground…
AAA TV (FRI) 02/27/2015 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
1) Gotita de Plata, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Mamba, Pegasus
2) Argenis & Australian Suicide vs Daga & Súper Fly
3) Texano Jr. vs Murder Clown, Machine Rocker, Bengala [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
winner joins Aerostar, Mesias and the winner from Ecatepec in the final
4) ? & Drago vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Joe Lider
5) Angélico, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
6) El Patrón Alberto, Fénix, Myzteziz vs Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.
Air Date: 03/07 & 03/14
El Patron makes his first appearance of the year on AAA TV and he’s not alone. It seemed inevitable a US wrestler from Lucha Underground would end up showing here, but I would’ve guessed Prince Puma. I guess Cage needs less of an explanation. This is actually not Brian Cage’s first appearance in Mexico; he worked for Todo x el Todo in 2013 as a La Migra member. AAA’s slightly different. Alberto & Cage seem matched up here, since Fenix/Fantasma and Myzteziz/Pentagon are the other rivalries.
The Rey de Reyes bracket now looks like this
Let’s discount Murder Clown because he’s Murder Clown (and he may have Electroshock/Pirata issues and even Hell Brothers issues.) Bengala seems to be headed to a tag title match so he’s probably not making the final. That leaves Texano and Machine Rocker and that sure looks like a Texano win – except maybe Texano’s in this big tag match main event which hasn’t even been hinted on TV but looks implied by the way things have been booked? Machine Rocker in the final as a rudo to work with Aerostar makes some level of sense. At the same time, there’s probably reasons why Machine Rocker hasn’t been on TV since September (!) and those reasons probably weren’t “we’re going to have him make a surprise run in Rey de Reyes next year!” Plus, this is kind of assuming Zorro’s winning the next block – if Psycho Clown does, than Texano seems almost certain to face his old rival. All I’m saying is there’s a chance, Machine Rocker fans. And at least he is back on TV.
Parka versus Cibernetico continues in the semimain. Angelico & Jack Evans were attacked by the rudos in Toluca so get a chance for revenge here.
Rest of the card is random. Pirata & Lider are both rudos but on different tracks and neither of them seem to involve Drago, who hasn’t been involved in much here. There’s a mystery partner thrown into as well, which probably means something is up but it’s not clear what. Maybe Drago gets a new partner to go after Lider and the tag titles (and Electroshock & Pirata gets thrown in too to make it a four way? I dunno.)
The other 2v2 match is even more random, with four guys who haven’t had much meaningful interaction with each other. It should be good and maybe something will start up with Daga since he’s been pretty frequently on TV this month.
There’s an AULL undercarder named Pegasus (well, sometimes – his name has been spelled 4 different ways.) The Arena Lopez Mateos trainees are anonymous for a big arena that’s so close to Mexico City, usually getting bumped off the card when there’s a major show that’s actually taped. They’ve got a better shot of turning up on IWRG TV for a school vs school cibernetico than anyone taking a handheld of their shows. That Pegasus has been wrestling around the DF area since 2012 and I have no links to videos with him it. The name and position fits with him, though I can’t be sure. There must’ve been one very exciting tryout session recently for all these random names to start filtering in the opening matches.
The last week of this taping will air one day before Rey de Reyes. AAA could go right into that show if they’d like. This weekend’s AAA TV will probably make that clear – if there’s no more tapings announced, that’s the plan. Still, this tournament is also far enough away from the show that AAA might be able to hold off announcing the full Rey de Reyes card until after it takes place.
CMLL (TUE) 02/03/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Disturbio b Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
Arkangel replaced Nitro on Thursday. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón DQ Luciferno, Morphosis, Pólvora
Pegasso replaced Rey Cometa on Thursday. Hombre sin Nombre is now known as Luciferno and pulled Triton’s mask for the DQ. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Terrible b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara
La Mascara & Gran Guerrero replace Atlantis & Felino on Thursday
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. © b Niebla Roja [CMLL MIDDLE]
Dragon Rojo took the first fall, but lost his head and unmasked Niebla Roja to lose the second. Dragon Rojo won the match with a super powerbomb. Dragon Rojo’s 10th defense.
Main event looks good.
CMLL posted a months ago that Hombre Sin Nombre (Hooligan) was going to be known as Lucifer, than deleted it and pretended it for months before giving him a slightly different name. My uninformed guess is there were issues with rights to the names – trademarking is obviously important to them of late, but maybe more a commission thing – and maybe they tried to resolve it for a few months before giving up and trying to the slightly different name. It probably makes no difference in the long term, but the boring outfit was not helping Hombre Sin Nombre’s boring stint under that name. The mask and costuming is an improvement.
Also, if he’s going to use the Hooligan/Luciferno Clash as a finish, then everyone should stop pretending he’s not actually Hooligan and just let him do all of his Hooligan spots. Anyone who would recognize the wacky handspring as something Hooligan did have already figured this out.
Tonight’s the first Lucha Underground taped in 2015. Lucha Underground’s episodes no longer have descriptions or show titles, which is less fun for me but does ensure they won’t be accidentally spoiling things. They have announced a few of the matches already on social media
- Angelico vs Son of Havoc: teaser video
- Johnny Mundo vs “the Machine”: teaser video
- Pentagon Jr. vs Famous B: teaser image
Cage has been saying “I’m a machine” so often that he might have just changed his name to make it easier for everyone to get the idea. This taping also included a Drago vs Aerostar match as well.
Also, Lucha Underground is teasing a special guest surprise on this show. El Patron Alberto’s first appearance was at this taping. His in-ring was in the hour that’s airing next week, but it’s likely a vignette was taped for him which will air tonight.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. called Lucha Underground the best wrestling show in the US.
CMLL surprisingly posted the Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero lightning match from Sunday (which replaces the usual Tuesday lightning match.) There’s also the stellar moments from a couple weeks ago and highlights from Friday’s show. Maximo is appropriately #1 on CMLL’s top 10 of the week. Titan is #10.
AAA posted this week’s TV show in full, including the opener from Naucalpan which didn’t air on Televisa.
One of the vignettes airing on the show was Cibernetico confronting Konnan over what happened at Guerra de Titanes. There’s also a text interview with Cibernetico which covers the same ground: Cibernetico says he was attacked by a mystery man which prevented him from making it to the trios title match at Guerra de Titanes. Cibernetico initially blamed Konnan for the attack until Konnan assured him he had nothing to do it. Cibernetico says the Hell Brothers have not joined La Sociedad because he doesn’t trust Konnan but they share common opponents (AAA tecnicos) at the moment. The text interview notes Cibernetico doesn’t is confusing here.
Note that live Cibernetico showed up late for the trios title match. When they aired it on TV, Cibernetico just never showed up. This feels like there was one plan, there’s now a different plan, and this just an awkward transition between the two. I’m not holding my breath on a reveal of the mystery attacker (though it’d make the most sense to be a Sociedad member after all in the end.)
Dorian Roldan said the location for Rey de Reyes will be announced on Saturday. That sounds like something was recorded for AAA TV this weekend. The show has been rumored to be in Monterrey, as in previous years.
Former AAA luchador Decnnis had emergency surgery for clot in his head (brain?) and a torn lung. The article does not mention what happened, but he’s had complications from surgery and a lot of expenses related to them. A benefit show is being held this weekend.
Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Aeroboy, Violento Jack, Mike Segura vs Black Terry, Flamita and Neza Kid from Sunday’s Arena Neza show.
+LuchaTV has a ton of new videos, including Jason Gory hyping his Chilanga Mask match and highlights of The Panther & Dragon Lee vs Aero Boy & Flamita with Aero Boy, Flamita and the CMLL guys all talking about the match. Also, Leyendas Inmoratales appears to be setting up a Mr. Jack vs Shu el Guerrero match.
Sin Cara Gym will be having a free show on Saturday at noon. It’s their second anniversary show. Last year’s show was the return to Mexico for Myzteziz, which had CMLL’s Sombra making a surprise appearance in a match with AAA wrestlers. There’s no card announced this year.
SuperLuchas looks back at Dr. Wagner vs Canek for the UWA Heavyweight title from ten years ago, a match Canek is still planning to avenge.
Zumbi introduced his new tall Brazilian tag team partner, Xandao, at a press conference. No matches were announced.
CMLL (TUE) 02/10/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Molotov, Oro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
3) Soberano Jr., Starman, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Tritón vs Luciferno [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Último Guerrero
Luciferno pulling Triton’s mask actually goes somewhere.
Main event is a random assortment of people. Dragon Rojo and Polvora may remember they have issues.
CMLL (TUE) 02/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino, Metatrón, Robin vs Infierno, Ráfaga, Súper Comando
2) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Valiente vs Felino
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
First ever Valiente/Felino singles match. Tercera could be very good. Virus has been lightweight champion for so long that Stuka was actually eligible for a title match at one point.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-12-20
taped 2014-12-09 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Vangellys: [good]
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-12-20
taped 2014-12-16 @ Arena México
Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & El Rebelde: [good]
Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000: [good]
Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein: [good]
Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Hechicero for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship: [EXCELLENT]
Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-12-20
Leyendas Inmortales: 2014-12-21
CMLL on Terra: 2014-12-21 – the Maya/Zavala trio was around good.
This was also the first part of AAA’s year in review. I actually did write a recap but it doesn’t need a post.
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-12-20
taped 2014-12-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
Imposible © vs Metaleón for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship:
Canis Lupus © vs Eterno for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship:
Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Chicano, Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man for the Mexico State Tag Team Championship:
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-12-22
taped 2014-12-21 @ Arena Naucalpan
Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Trauma I & Trauma II: