10/10 AAA TV Lineup (Tlahuelilpan)

AAA TV (FRI) 10/10/2014 Plaza de Toros, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo
1) Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
2) Jennifer Blake & Niño Hamburguesa vs Eterno & Taya Valkyrie
3) Australian Suicide & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
4) Monsther Clown vs Chessman
5) El Mesías & Myzteziz vs Averno & Hijo del Fantasma
6) Blue Demon Jr. & Fénix vs Daga & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Air Date: 10/18 and 10/25? Maybe this gets compressed into one, because they’re starting to put up a backlog. AAA would be taping a month of TVs over three days (and not need to tape again until before the 11/15 TV show.)

This is in the odd position of taking place two days before Heroes Inmortales but not airing until after that show happens. That would seem to mean nothing important can happen here (and the lineup seems to say the same), but AAA has been building from TV show to TV show rather than live event to live event – most of the fans watching this show on TV won’t know what happened in Heroes Inmortales so they could set stuff up here. Or at least that’s the theory.

Fenix and Daga get a main event shot, while Myzteziz and Averno are relegated to the semimain for this show. This is listed as off weekend for Lucha Underground (and it’s probably no concidence this is when AAA is running two shows.)

Fantasma being booked for this show and Aerostar not seems to be a spoiler, but Aerostar’s career seems to be a spoiler.

Chessman seems to be fighting his way thru the Psycho Circus, from most ability to least (assuming the Murder Ckown match is happening next.) Tercera would be exciting if Lider and Eterno changed places.

Next taping is 10/12 in SLP for Heroes Inmortales, with Alberto del Rio advertised. I have not watched the last two weeks of TV yet (except for the Bengala match!) so maybe Heroes Inmortales matches are more evident on the program than the lineups. Right now, the only thing I can figure is something with Cibernetico’s new group and something with Alberto and Texano to get that going.

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CMLL 81st Anniversary Results (Atlantis defeats Ultimo Guerrero)

CMLL (FRI) 09/19/2014 Arena México [thecubsfan]
***CMLL 81st Anniversary show***
1) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee b Felino, Puma, Tiger Blue Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Felino, Puma, Tiger, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Pompin was referee. Tecnicos took 1/3, with Cachorro and Dragon Lee defeating Puma and Tiger with their finishers (fujiwara, power-plex) in fall 3.
2) Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Tiffany, Dallys la Caribeña [Copa 81 Aniversario] Goya Kong vs Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Zeuxis, Tiffany, Dallys la Caribena [Copa 81 Aniversario], on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Edgar was ref. Order of elimination was Tiffany (via Sugehit), Estrellita (Amapola), Dallys (Goya Kong), Princesa Sugehit (Zeuxis), Goya Kong (Amapola cradle after a Zeuxis pin), Amapola (Marcela), Marcela (Zeuxis, her second package piledriver of the match) leaving Zeuxis as the surprise winner.
3) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Thunder Mascara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Thunder, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos won in straight falls, taking the first clean and the second by DQ when Thunder press slamed Volador over the top rope. The rudos beat up the tecnicos (and QueMonito) after the match.
4) Cavernario b Rey Cometa [hair] Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, hair vs hair, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Cavernario took the first fall (despite a Cometa stage moonsault) with his pump splash. Cometa evened it with a 450 splash. After a long third fall with many big spots, Cavernario submitted Cometa to the cavernaria. The crowd was strongly in the match at the end despite being cold at the beginning.
5) Negro Casas & Shocker © b La Máscara & Rush [CMLL TAG] La Mascara & Rush vs Negro Casas & Shocker u00a9 for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Negro & Casas took falls 2/3 to retain their titles in the first defense. Rush & Mascara lost clean to the casita and the campana. No Sombra and no seconds on this show.
6) Atlantis b Último Guerrero [mask] Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, mask vs mask, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Ultimo Guerrero won the first fall after a series of reversals ended with a cradle. Atlantis took the second with UG’s own Pulpo Guerrero. The third fall had a lot of dramatic two counts (on the usual Guerrero spots.) Atlantis teased a moonsault, UG stopped him and pulled him off for the Guerrero Special, Atlantis kicked out at two, UG ran into the Atlantida and dropped to his knees to submit Guerrero. Ultimo Guerrero was revealed as Jose Gutierrez Hernandez, 42 years old, 26 years a wrestler.

Results post in case you’ve spend the last 24 hours in a cave. Or so people can find this post later for whatever reason. I was there, it was a lot of fun and very loud – in ways 180 degrees different from last year – and would recommend you purchasing a time machine to buy a ticket and attend yourself. Barring that, there’s video links for all the matches (which will find their way to download links and safe for YouTube versions later on.)

I feel really good about the preview post I wrote: main event turned on the Guerrero Special kickout (and the insane crowd carried what was really close to a normal Ultimo Guerrero match into something far more unique) and the results of the undecard were all about putting over new people: Cavernario, Thunder, the kids in opener, and even Zeuxis. I had that one wrong; I would’ve rooted for her if I thought she had any sort of a chance, and she ended up being responsible for beating all the tecnicas except for Estrellita (who’s the person she’s actually feuding with now, how strange.) There was no angle at all in the tag team title match, just the old guys getting one over on Ingobernables.

My impression, from being there last year and this year in just about the same seats, was the building was definitely more full this year. This year had few open seats; the only areas which weren’t being used were those where the stage or a light blocked the view (and even then, there were people sitting where it seemed to me that they had to be partially obstructed.) There also seemed to be about a 100 people just standing behind the highest level of seats. CMLL wasn’t selling standing room, but the balcony sections were so packed that people rather leaned on the rail. I don’t have a ticket/gate number, but it seemed to me like they sold 100% of the tickets they could sell.

Terra broadcast seemed to have gone off with a hitch – except for cutting away after the musical perfocmance, but that whole thing (putting Sonora Dinamita on with little notice so early before the show time AND cutting away to tape the intros afterwards) did not seem thought on well. At least the part we cared about worked fine.

Next week’s lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 09/26/2014 Arena México
1) Esfinge & Oro Jr. vs Canelo Casas & Nitro
2) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Virus
3) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Vangellys
4) Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Mephisto, Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger, La Máscara,Guerrero Maya Jr. [Copa Jr., Copa Jr. VIP, semifinal]
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

CMLL’s burned thru their annual tournaments already: Leyenda de Plata, Leyenda de Oro, Reyes del Aires, Universal were already run. Super Halcon Jr. already won a very Tuesday-ish Copa Junior early this year, but they’ve decided to slap VIP on it and run it again for whatever reason. On paper, Volador, Shocker and Mascara seem to have chances at winning, but Shocker and Mascara really shouldn’t get a tournament invented just so they can win one and Volador has issues with Thunder (don’t we all) so maybe the winner is coming from another block.

No one knows what the deal is with Sombra, or at least no one’s telling.

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final Anniversary preview notes, Hijo del Santo notes, Skyman

Today’s CMLL show will start at 7pm for a Sonora Dinamita performance. Unsure if that means the feed will now start as soon as that time; the wrestling will probably still not start until 8:30pm.

CMLL also sent out a listing of the biggest anniversary matches of the last 81 years. You can tell it’s a CMLL article because Black Warrior and Mistico is omitted and Blue Panther versus Villano V made it.

Atlantis says he’s nervous going into today’s match.

R de Rudo looks back at Atlantis’ five biggest wins. Sabor del Ring has five reasons why Atlantis will win. (They did the UG one earlier.)

CMLL took Volador of Tuesday’s Guadalajara show. Atlantis shifts over there from the Arena Mexico semimain, where Marco takes his place.

Cronicas and Leyendas looks back at Blue Panther and Atlantis’ feud and partnership. It looked like they would be the two who would one day have a big mask match at one point.

Los Colisenos declared the show a success earlier this week. My setup does not allow me to easily check the Ticketmaster map of available seats today, but others have said it looks more full now. This might turn out a show where the scalpers are more exposed than the promotion itself; there’s likely to be quite a bit difference between the number of tickets sold by CMLL and the number of people actually in the building.

There was confusion about who was in the opener last week becuase of an unclear line in a CMLL preview; a more recent one does list Dragon Lee (and not Black Panther) in the opener. Black Panther is not bad, but Dragon Lee is the one you want to see on this show. Enjoyed the line in that preview about women being an important part of lucha libre since 1935, somewhat sidestepping the part that people in charge let them be banned from wrestling in Mexico City for about 30 of those years.

ESPN Deportes has an interview with Skyman, of the insane missed dive from Arena San Juan Pantitlan a couple of days ago. He’s light on specifics, saying only that he’ll be out for a while but will return. Skyman says it was entirely his own idea and has clearly been told by many people that it was not a smart idea

Hijo del Santo was supposed to have a retirement match this month, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, the new dream plan is a series of retirement shows (including in Los Angeles) ending with a final mask vs mask match versus Hijo del Solitario in Mexico City. No dates even hinted at for any of this. The obvious hold up is finding promoters who can and will put those shows on, but Hijo del Santo is also waiting for his son to be ready to wrestle. He’s still training, and would be a bick part of any retirement tour.

WWE will start airing on Fox Sports Mexico starting with Raw on October 6th. It’s the beginning of a five year deal which will also include SmackDown, Main Event, NXT, Vintage Collection and other shows. This is for the cable rights. It’s TVC Deportes who are losing this shows, not Televisa (but all we’ve talked to about this seem doubtful confident Raw will be on over the air TV much longer.) CMLL is currently airing it’s Friday night matches on Fox Sport 2; it’s unclear if they’ll be bumped, but they’ve moved around a lot and this will not help their situation. There’s some domino action from this move: RAW was the highest rated wrestling show on TVC Deportes, who continue to lose programming since being pulled off a large cable/satellite in a carriage fee dispute. (That means they’re likely to give Puebla better spots, but may not be as likely to be sticking around as an entity.) It’s also been said that ESPN in Mexico may be interested in get their own wrestling program to counter.

The end of an article about the Wagner show in Torreon this past weekend includes a strange Electroshock quote where he says this was his last three falls in Torreon and probably his final match. No one’s quite sure what there is to this.

Rey Hechicero vs Caifan is now on YouTube. Well worth checking out. I believe the plan was for Dark Angel vs Princesa Sugehit from that show also to be put on the internet. 

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update for Monday and for Wednesday, this week’s Poster-Mania and a new editon of the LuchaWorld podcast. Vandall won, I better make sure that gets into the database.

Segunda Caida reviews one two more Rush/Negro Casas trios, Blue Panther vs Hijo del Santo and really liked Timmy Thatcher vs Blue Demon Jr.

Ohtani’s Jacket evaluates Hijo del Santo’s candiancy as the best of all time.

CMLL has Diamante Azul #1 on their top ten list and Hechicero as #10.

Money was raised for Fray Tormenta

Cassandro and friends were very over in Santa Fe.

Rafael el Maya has reached 43 years in lucha libre.

Myzteziz and La Parka were at the opening of a guitar art exhibit.

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CMLL 81st Anniversary preview

Tonight’s show airs at 8:30 pm on Terra. You can find out more details at this link.

1) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Felino, Puma, Tiger

The match which most transparently exists just to get people on the card. CMLL even changed it around for that purpose, adding Blue Panther and Felino to that match after just announcing the other four. The original match would have been a crazy spot fest, and the dads may slow it down while adding more sense to it. Puma and Tiger are very good but never get past a certain level. This is probably about getting young promises Dragon Lee and Cachorro up to that level.

2) Goya Kong vs Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Zeuxis, Tiffany, Dallys la Caribeña [Copa 81 Aniversario]

CMLL women do not often make the Anniversary show, which usually results in complaints from the luchadoras and their supporters. This match – for a trophy which will never be mentioned again in two weeks – is a correction for that this year, at least. It’s a normal elimination cibernetico, maybe lasting long enough to give everyone a moment and then eliminate them. All the tecnicas (Marcela,  Estrellita, Sugehit  and Goya Kong) either have titles or recently won big matches, which means it’s probably a ruda winning this match. Amapola hasn’t won many big matches of late and would seem like a good bet in usual CMLL terms in spreading the wins around. She would also be a great winner for ensuring a good match. There are combinations of women here who could make for a very good match and for a very trying one.

3) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Thunder

There are a lot of fun luchadors in this match, but this one seems about the decidedly unfun Thunder. After a unsucessful and error filled run as a tecnico, Thunder pulled a more than welcome disappearing act this year. It was hoped he had returned to Australia for good, but he apparently was training as a rudo under Satanico for a big return. It is always nice to see a promotion give a new guy a big chance, you just wish it was not someone who had already wasted his first chance. (Usual bit of a tall guy with muscles getting many shots.) This is his first match back. CMLL lined up three of their most popular tecnicos as a tackling dummiesand has had successes turning unpopular faces into strong rudos. Thunder will be the star of this match by design and will likely win, but it is more about he impressive he looks. This is happening even if Thunder trips over his own two feet, but it would more palletable if he did not.

4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [hair]

There are a few unsolved mysteries with this card. Sombra, a face of the company, being left off the show is one. Cavernario and Rey Cometa as the second apuesta match is another. At times, CMLL has hinted at a similar match with much bigger names. Even when CMLL finally settled on this match, they promoted it in such fashion that few even knew it was happening. (Maybe even the people producing the TV?) It’s a shame, because this match deserved weeks and months of hot trios to build it up and instead is going to sneak up on people as one of the best matches of the year. Rey Cometa is a spectacular high foyer and Cavernario is capable of doing anything at any time. The weekly criowd has adopted Cavernario as their own new star, and the match should be great enough to pull in those just showing up for the bigger match. Neither apuesta outcome is really in doubt and this match, like the Thunder one, is about showcasing a potential new drawing card. Cavernario is still years away, but that’s obviously the plan and why he will win.

5) La Máscara & Rush vs Negro Casas & Shocker © [CMLL TAG]

Rush has headlined the two biggest Arena Mexico houses of the year. He will semimain this one in a tag title match with La Mascara against Negro Casas and Shocker. Rush beat those two men in rough hard hitting hair matches. The much older Rush victims did win these tag titles in between, but have been otherwise trounced in this feud. There is no real next challengers for Shocker and Casas with a win, unless Sombra is swapped in, but the way thus was added suggest something is up. My wild guess is a Shocker/Casas breakup, but this us the hardest important match to pick by a wide margin.

6) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero [mask]

The saga of Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero started ten anniversary shows ago, when a wildly pro Dr Wagner crowd rebelled and CMLL felt forced to eventually turn Atlantis rudo in response. (Same as Sombra last year.) Atlantis lied with Guerrero, then they broke up and became mal amigos. The only problem is Ultimo Guerrero stopped having new matches ten years ago, running out the same singles match every tine since. This match is where the casual fan has the advantage. Coming in fresh and not knowing which move is kicked out of everytime will only help your appreciation. Those of us who have bought a ticket are paying for the moment where Guerrero tries for his invincible Guerrero Special inverted superplex, and we find out what happens next.

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CMLL cards for next Monday & Tuesday: Mephisto/Valiente, Zeuxis/Estrellita

CMLL (MON) 09/22/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Milenium & Rey Samuray vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akrón, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) La Máscara, Rush, Super Porky vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, La Sombra vs Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

This continues the “see UG or Atlantis” unmasked tour. Thunder starts becoming a regular part of the roster, much to everyone’s disappointment. This show has the usual dizzy “all the Ingobernables booked but not in the same match” bit.

CMLL (TUE) 09/23/2014 Arena México
1) Bam Bam & Shockercito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Artillero, Metálico, Súper Comando
3) Black Panther, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sagrado
4) Cachorro, Pegasso, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]
eight defense, second straight against Valiente

It doesn’t look too good for a Valiente win, but there’s a better chance now that they’re post-Universal tournament and more willing to do random title changes.

Pretty sure Sagrado is working lower on that card than he would’ve been as a tecnico. Also, a Panther in every match.

Oro is working here and on Monday, which would be his first matches since his injury. They’re booking Dragon Rojo despite him still being hurt, so Oro is no sure thing.

CMLL (TUE) 09/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnus & Soberano Jr. vs Infierno & Ráfaga
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Gallo, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Maléfico, Okumura, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) A Replacement For Dragon Rojo, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush

Main event could be very good dependent on who that replacement is. All these cards where Cavernario is working one or two matches higher than Cometa kind of gives away the finsih on Friday. Skadi also seems to wrestle in matches with Marcela.

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