04/04-05 lucha times

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Daylight Savings Time ends in Mexico on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Hooray.

No real clue what’s actually going to air this weekend on AAA TV. It should be Rey de Reyes, but it won’t be clear what airs each week (and if they’re airing everything) until they put up the preview on Friday. Fantasma/Fenix would seem to need to air before the main event, and makes sense as airing a separate week, but they ignored all that in how they aired Guerra de Titanes. There’s at least a thought of not airing Perro Aguayo Jr.’s last AAA match, but if they were fine with showing Perro for 90 minutes last weeks, there’s no reason not to show the one more match they have to air. The awkwardness is more building up a match that won’t happen, but that’s not the first or last time a wrestling promotion will do that.

Dos Leyendas also airs this week in the US. I received the Fox Sports versions of those matches today (thanks!), which should be slightly bit longer than what airs on Azteca. I’ll have both versions up on Tuesday.

52MX is La Gitana’s TV debut. Probably some weird names in Rey del Ring. Weird how it works out to have CMLL, AAA and IWRG big shows airing on the same day.

It’s pretty hard to spoiler proof a show named “Mask vs Mask.” Tried anyway. My hunch is this upcoming week’s Lucha Underground show is going to generate some hot takes.

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Karatekas beat Ninjas, Wagner 3 hurt, All Elite

UWE (WED) 04/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Gato Montes, Kaving, Rey Infierno vs Robin Maravilla Jr., Shibata, Sky Fly
Kaving replaced Rey de Oros
2) Star Fire © b Sexy Girl [WWS CHAMP]
Star Fire heads to Japan still champion.
3) Donatelo, Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael b Leo (IWRG), Mike, Rafy, Teelo
in the Ninja (IWRG) vs Karateka (AULL) battle, Rafy and Rafael ended up switching masks. Leo, Mike and Teelo were confused enough to attack Rafy, giving the AULL team the win. The IWRG turtles demanded a rematch.
4) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento b Gallego, Judas el Traidor, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
Judas el Traidor replaced Cosmonauta, was attacked by his partners for the loss.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © b Aeroboy & Violento Jack [UWE TAG]
Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. suffered a severe arm injury in the third fall: he clotheslined Violento Jack with his right arm, fell to his knees delivering it, put his left arm down to brace himself and dislocated his elbow on impact with the mat. Match was quickly stopped and stayed that way until Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. could be walked to the back. Dos won anyway, but offered Aero & Violento a TLC match for the tag titles at some future date.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pirata Morgan b LA Park & Negro Navarro
Park pulled Wagner’s mask, Wagner beat him anyway.

Strong turnout for this building, especially mid week. This week is a holiday vacation week for many Mexicans, which is why this took place on a Wednesday and probably why AAA’s running TV tapings this week.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.’s injury got some extra attention since it was the first graphic injury caught on video since Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death. Everyone did seem much quicker than usual to take him out of the match, but there was no way to mistake it for selling because of the freak way it happened. Dr. Wagner Jr. said his son is doing OK. Wagner also says he’s being wrongly billed on the 04/30 DTU branded show.

All Elite (Ernesto Santillian listed as president + Karlo Colin) and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s Daniel Cruz held a press conference to talk about the 03/19 All Elite show in that building. No more matches announeced than the two which have already been said – Rush vs Dr. Wagner Jr. and Negro Casas & Octagon vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera – but Volador Jr., LA Park, Gallo and Esfinge were all announced as appearing on the six match show. The last two are part of a locals focued tournaments. The full card will be announced next week. The other announced All Elite shows are 05/03 in Monterrey and TBD in Queretaro.

CMLL Informa was mostly hyping this Saturday’s 72nd Arena Coliseo Anniversary show. Mistico/Ripper isn’t really much of a main event, but CMLL’s fans tend to get sucked in by annual events and it should be the biggest crowd since CMLL started this concept. This week was more Sabado Retros focused than usual for those reasons, but it’s very strange to see how much CMLL focuses on the smallest show it runs a week. (They don’t go match by match on Friday’s show on Informa.) The show itself had a good interview with Tony Salazar about CMLL’s training program, which probably not enough is written about given it’s importance.

+LuchaTV has interviews with the Traumas & Eterno as a group and the Ingobernables, plus clips of their match.

ChilangaMask added Iron Kid & Aramis vs Arez & Belial to it’s 04/12 show, and says The Ninjas & Rico Rodriguez are off their upcoming shows.

CMLL has part 2 and part 3 of it’s Arena Coliseo history piece, which appears to be a repeat from the round number anniversary a couple years ago.

Crazy Boy will be teaching a seminar today in Veracruz.

Cavernario, Astral and Pierroth are listed as wrestling in Washington DC on 05/02. The fourth luchador has Mr. Aguila’s bio, but Mr. Aguila is not the man pictured or named, so there may be something funny going on here (or maybe just confusion.)

Missed this last week: Puerto Rico’s WWL shut down on March 23rd. They had a relationship with AAA at one point and was bringing in Laredo Kid and the Caras/Mascaras family most recently.

SuperLuchas looks back at Vampiro’s 2005 return to AAA.

Claro Lucha talks to Dos Caras.

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04/01 AAA TV Results (San Luis Potosí)

AAA TV (WED) 04/01/2015 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [AAA, ESPN Deportes]
1) Mini Charly Manson & Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada
Mini Psycho Clown beat Dinastia, asked for a title shot.
2) Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Pasion Kristal b El Apache, Mamba, Mary Apache
Pasion Kristal replaced Pimpinela (injury.) Hamburger Splash on Apache & Mamba.
3) Aerostar, Argenis, Fénix b Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Fenix replaced Super Nova (shoulder injury) and used a new finishing move (Busca Sueños) to beat Hijo del Pirata. Electroshock threatened the rest of AAA on behalf of his new trio.
4) Daga, Dark Scoria, Súper Fly b Bengala, Drago, Jack Evans
Scoria beat Jack with help from Cuervo. Daga held up a Perro del Mal shirt after the match, which started a huge Perro chant.
5) Dark Cuervo, Pentagón Jr., Texano b Angélico, La Parka, Psycho Clown
Scoria helped Cuervo get the win over Angelico. Psycho Clown was injured by Texano Jr – Psycho ended up with an ugly bruise around his right ankle.
6) El Mesías & Hijo del Fantasma b Blue Demon Jr. & Myzteziz
Changed around after Perro Aguayo’s death. Fenix was originally on the trios side, and Mesias was probably supposed to be a mystery partner. Mesias snuck in a foul on Demon, then landed the top rope splash.
7) Brian Cage b Alberto el Patrón
Added to make up for missing Rey de Reyes. Turned into a street fight, with La Sociedad getting involved. Cage wanted a title match.

Air Date: 04/18 and 04/25 (moved back a week, at least.)

Prior to the start of the show, a tribute was held for Perro Aguayo Jr. The roster came to the ring, and there were flowers and a poster of Perro. Marisela and Konnan are both noted as talking about Perro. All wrestlers wore a tribute shirt, and various wrestlers had other tributes (Fenix wrote Perro on his hand tape.)

Building appeared to be full.

This was a tribute show and Perro Aguayo Jr. was definitely honored as part of it. The opening segment reads very emotional, for the wrestlers and the fans. AAA continued on to also present a normal taping with storyline advancement.

Alberto keeps having the bad luck to be wrestling in San Luis Potosi every time they need him to lose to set another match (he’s now 0-2.) Cuervo & Scoria are messing with Jack & Angelico, so that may be a new feud. Mini Psycho Clown has been very good and makes sense to get a singles match with Dinastia if they’re doing one.

Those are all builds to matches on an upcoming show. It’s a question of when and what show that might be. AAA ran Verano de Escandalo in June last year, but that was the first time they’ve done that in early summer and there’s no telling what they’ll do this year. This week’s TV may give some clues, since all their currently announced tapings will be complete by that point.

Next taping is Friday in Xalapa.

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Lucha Underground 1×21: “Uno! Dos! Tres!”

Johnny Mundo trusts those railings

the matches

Johnny Mundo b Angelico (7:43, Fin de Mundo)
Drago [2] b Aerostar [2] (4:27, cradle)
Big Ryck, Killshot, the Mack b Pentagon Jr., Sexy Star, Super Fly in the Lucha Underground Trios Championship Tournament (10:57, Killshot top rope double stomp on Super Fly)

the developments

There’s a trios tournament. Dario announced it on Twitter earlier in the day. Striker said the tournament would go four weeks, and later said the winners of the main event would adavnce to a three week final in three weeks (04/22). So, six team tournament.

Teams we know:

Drago cradle for the win

1: Big Ryck, Killshot and the Mack – Ryck started the show by inviting himself into Dario’s office with his two new partners. The Mack is Ryck’s cousin, Killshot is Ryck’s friend. Ryck heard a (very correct) rumor that Dario ordered the Crew to take him out. Dario denied, then bought off Ryck by placing his trio in the tournament and (as strongly requested) paying off each member of the trio.

2: Dario wanted to reward Sexy Star for her recent performances by putting her in the trios tournament, but Mascarita and Pimpinela are still out hurt. Dario decided to pick new partners for her: Super Fly and a man who’s been destroying his competition, Pentagon. Sexy Star didn’t say anything (at least on the English version) but didn’t seem totally pleased.

3: Dario called in Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico to express his disappointment with all of them: Angelico lost earlier in the show and last week, Son of Havoc won last week but lost prior, and Ivelisse got dumped. (Ivelisse argued she actually dumped first.) Dario decided to salvage the whole thing by throwing them together as a trios team. They all hated the idea. Dario warned them they’d face a strong team next week.

Early in the show, Angelico impressed the announcers by coming close to beating Johnny Mundo, but lost in the end. Alberto happened upon Mundo after his match, and they had a fake nice conversation back and forth, clearly eyeing each other as potential roadblocks down the line.

getting close to ice dancing, but still cool

Black Lotus (writing in her diary), caught us up on her last month: she would’ve gotten killed by Matanza if not spirited away by the mystery man, the mystery man is Dragon Azteca, Dragon Azteca saw her family killed, and Dragon Azteca is now training her in the art of lucha libe so she can be ready for Matanza. Lucha libre training looked like martial arts training in a 70s film.

Drago fought more aggressive/desperately to stay alive in the best of five. Drago and Aerostar went head to head after the match, their friendship breaking down.

Pentagon addressed his maestro prior to the match, promising to win the trios titles despite his “weak” partners. He didn’t get along with Super Fly & Sexy Star at all, but they all wanted to win and worked together at the end. Still, newcomers The Mack & Killshot beat Super Fly in the end. Pentagon Jr., who had tried to break the Mack’s arm early in the match, tried the same with Super Fly. Sexy Star made the save in time, leaving Pentagon furious.

stray thoughts

A busy show, with a lot of stuff happening – a new title, a new tournament, two new people, and a few feuds teased.

This is the first of the shows I saw live. Angelico/Mundo was as good live (pretty good!) as it was on TV. Drago/Aerostar felt longer in person. The trios main event actually felt shorter live, stunned to see it went over 10 minutes. That was the match they retaped, and it was definitely the second one which ended up being used. The new guys looked good in their debuts, even their opponents kept up with them.

welcome the Mack and Killshot

It was a really good night for Angelico. The Son of Havoc match last week was good, but this was even better. Striekr mentioned his Toryumon (Mexico) background early in the match, and this did feel like a Dragon Gate come to Lucha Underground with the speed and the sequences. The reception to putting Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico back together is going to be interesting. It’d hard to say much when you know how it turns out already.

The Black Lotus thing was a lot of info dropped in a short time. She’s been so (purposefully) mysterious on this show so far that it’s tough to find a reason to get too invested in her plot, and it sticks out even more when she has a month’s worth of developments dropped into a 30 second vignette. The problem isn’t as much the story (though it’d be better if any of the events were happening on camera) but it’s disconnection from the rest of the plot.

teamwork!

Drago and Aerostar’s matches needed to evolve in some way, and having their friendship break down was the easiest way. This match seemed like a step back from the previous ones, but Lucha Underground like some it’s finales to be big…

The Mundo/Alberto bit didn’t mean a lot in the context of this show, but it was a great tense tease for an encounter down the road. There are still identifiable tecnicos and rudos on the show, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s going to get along when they all want the same thing.

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AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-14

recap.

taped 2015-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México

All this recaps are done (usually) within a week of airing, even though they turn up on here months later (and the captions don’t get written until now.) I want to leave my thoughts of the matches as they were at the time, but obviously that means there’s going to be some weirdness when it comes to Perro Aguayo Jr.  I’m going to leave my comments as they are for all these matches, but pull me back if I’ve missed something inappropriate.

(more…)

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great match roundup, week of 2015-02-14

Good/Great/Excellent matches

AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown: [good]

Bengala, Drago, Faby Apache vs Joe Lider, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie: [good]

Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: [good]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel: [good]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-06 @ Arena México
Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & La Sombra for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: [great]

CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-08 @ Arena México
Delta, Dragon Lee (CMLL), Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma (CMLL), Virus: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-02-14
Lucha Underground: 2015-02-18
Leyendas Inmortales: 2015-02-15

Matches To Watch Later

I haven’t watched the actually good All Elite matches.

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CMLL Tuesday results, Lucha Underground, AAA in SLP

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Aéreo & Angelito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri b La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman b Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Titán b Misterioso Jr. [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Titan won in 7:40.
5) Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón
Guerrero Maya Jr. replaced Dragon Lee on Monday.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara b Hechicero, Negro Casas, Vangellys
La Mascara replaced Dragon Rojo on Monday.

Alexis has another view of Titan’s moonsault. A distressing lack of issues going on here (and no sign of any sort of tournament to distract from the usual issues.)

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti
3) Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr. [lightning]
Blue Panther Jr. replaced the Panther
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible DQ Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Terrible fouled Marco Corleone for the DQ.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto DQ Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mephisto pulled off Mistico’s mask for the DQ.

Straight falls DQ and changing the lightning match is one way to go.

This past weekend’s Toryumon Mexico setup an Ultimo Dragon vs Tiger Ali match for their May show.

Just like two weeks ago, this Wednesday is another big AAA day. Only one show is airing tonight, but two are taking place

Lucha Underground has three matches

There’s also early video of a Mundo & Alberto segment which will air, and of Big Ryck introducing some new friends to Dario Cueto. There was also a bonus post show interview with Son of Havoc on his new status quo.

Dario makes an announcement that sets up match three, and a whole bunch of matches for the next month. The last few shows were knocking down the pins, the next couple is about setting those pins back up (while having good matches.)

This is the first episode I saw live and, given this show’s tendency to break normal patterns, I went into the Aerostar/Drago match thinking there was a chance it could actually end without going all five matches.

Meanwhile, in San Luis Potosi, AAA holds it’s first TV taping since the death of Perro Aguayo Junior. The show is being billed as Hijo del Perro Aguayo tribute, with fans encouraged to bring and wear their Perros del Mal shirts. Rey Misterio Jr. is unofficially officially scheduled to appear to be part of a tribute, and the tribute is the important thing. They’ll be having matches because that’s what they do and that’s what they’ll eventually need on TV, but this is more a celebration of Perro Aguayo Jr.

Yesterday’s AAA podcast cleared up the changes in the card (and there’s an updated poster to match it):

  • main event is now Alberto el Patron vs Cage, in a make up for Rey de Reyes
  • semimain is Blue Demon Jr. & Myzteziz vs El Mesias & Hijo del Fantasma
  • Fenix drops down to the tercera to replace Super Nova

Mesias replaces Perro Aguayo Jr. on the Xalapa show this Friday.

Perros del Mal rep Kahn (who is Perro Aguayo Jr.’s cousin) says the Perros del Mal concept will continue on to keep Perro’s legacy strong.

Cruz de Silencio, a deaf luchador from Morelia who’s appeared on DTU shows, says he’s been invited to wrestle in Japan as a show featuring wrestlers with disabilities, and and is looking to raise money for air fare.

All Elite announced Negro Casas & Octagon vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera for their 04/19 show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

Syuri talks about coming to Mexico again, suggests facing Marcela. The always entertaining thing about the Japanese women coming to CMLL is there are suddenly very detailed reports of inconsequential Puebla matches available in kanji.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s +LuchaTV and today’s KrisZ news update.

LuchaTV has highlights of Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Los Malkariados, Drastick Boy vs Hormiga vs Lokillo vs Lanzelot vs Articuz vs Rocky Lobo, Los Nerds vs Super Boy (not that one), El Flaco and Guerrero InfernalCrazy Boy vs Super Mega, Los Porros vs Los Masizos vs Ursus & Dance Boy, Los Tortugas Ninjas vs a Neza Boys/exoticos team, Impulso vs Danger, and Skyman vs Rayo Star. There’s also interviews with Crazy Boy (challenging for a titlenoting he never gets a title shot), Impulso and Danger talking about a hair match and CaraLucha honoring Hijo del Perro Aguayo.

Segunda Caida reviews 09/21/14 CMLL and Guerreros in Japan

LV reviews this week’s CMLL 52MX, this week’s C3, and a very positive review of Rey de Reyes.

Recent Mascara Dorada action in trios and atomicos. His title match is coming up this weekend.

SuperLuchas writes about a magazine article talking about the problems of luchadors. Ray Mendoza Jr. says he’s still not been paid what was promised to him for his mask loss; he’s brought this up before.

The Mexican national broadcasters association honored Magico, Lady Apache, Cassandra, Lady Sensacion, El Pantera, El Signo, Fantasma and Dr. Gustavo Zavaelta.

Fuego en el Ring looks back at Acertijo (the one from the mid 90s.)

Union Jalisco has a short bio of Apolo Dantes.

DJ Spectro looks back Villano III vs Estrellas del Sur.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/07/2015 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin vs Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
3) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
4) The Panther vs Virus [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Dragon Lee, Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara vs Euforia, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas

Will Dragon Rojo be back this week? Maybe, it’s in the window. Nice to see Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi rewarded in with a main event.

Panther vs Virus is an exciting match. Hopefully a title match if Virus is still champion at this part.

All the matches on this show have a chance of being good.

CMLL (TUE) 04/07/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brazo De Oro Jr., Leono, Magnum vs Espanto Jr., Furia Roja, Jocker
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Brazo de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Mistico vs Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Brazo de Oro returns to the ring yet again to face off against Pierroth and introduce a new son, both of which are frightening prospects. (On the other hand, if you’re hoping CMLL is going to ran a tournament featuring new luchadors, one’s finally debuting.) This Brazo de Oro Jr. has been working on the (likely Brazo run) CMLL Arena Aficion shows.

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AAA in Monterrey, IWRG, Puebla

AAA (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mr. Olimpo b Red Flammer, Demonio del Caribe, Lethal, Mercenario, Solovino, Orquídea Negra, Koko Viper, Gato Fantasma, Infinito, Silver Geminis, Tigre Veracruzano, Red Fury [Copa Hijo del Perro Aguayo]
2) Corazón de Barrio, El Divo, Panthro DQ Memo Valles, Potro Jr., Vaquero Romo
Koko Viper ran in for the DQ.
3) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito DQ Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Charly Manson
The undercard wrestlers had complained the ropes were too tight, but nothing was done until top rope broke early in this match (causing a delay.) Mini Abismo stripped Sagrada’s mask and Copetes (who had been favoring the rudos) called the DQ.
4) Faby Apache, Mary Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
Mary Apache & Lady Maravilla replaced Pimpinela & and the mystery woman. Pimpinela is out due to a knee injury but appeared to apologize.
5) Parka Negra & Pentagón Jr. b Angélico & Jack Evans
Pentagon came out with Taya to the Perros del Mal music before the match, and that led into a Perro Aguayo tribute with Alberto, Cibernetico, Mesias and Blue Demon. Pentagon used a Perro Driver to beat Angelico.
6) Averno, Chessman, Cibernético b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Cibernetico snuck in a foul Psycho Clown
7) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, La Parka b El Mesías, Texano Jr., Zorro
Mesias switched sides to replace Perro Aguayo, with Demon taking Mesias’ spot. Alberto beat Texano.

LuchaMania Monterrey notes there was an increased medical presence at this show too, even extending to matches being paused when it looked like someone might be actually hurt (but never turned out to be.)

IWRG (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Hip Hop Man b Araña de Plata, Atomik Star, Alas de Acero, Aeroman
Hip Hop Man beat Arana de Plata.
2) Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota b Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk [lumberjack strap]
Diva snuck in a foul on Liderk in revenge for a previous match.
3) Chicano & Danny Casas © b Rayan & Spector [IWRG IC TAG]
Rayan & Spector previously won a #1 contenders match. Champs took 1/3, with Casas beating Rayan & Spectro after Chicano was eliminated. Chicano & Casas’ 2nd defense.
4) Veneno b Hijo de Pirata Morgan © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Veneno took 2/3, winning clean with a top rope senton. Pirata falls on his 4th defense. Money thrown in.
5) Negro Navarro & Pirata Morgan b Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada
Rudos took 2/3, despite Navarro & Pirata not getting along early. Navarro submitted Dos, wants a title shot.

Hijo de Pirata losing his title in preparation for being with AAA more often, I’d guess. Veneno is an odd person to win but he’s over and IWRG titles don’t really matter so why not.

CMLL (MON) 03/30/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor b Asturiano, Paris, Rey Samuray
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Syuri b La Seductora, Skadi, Tiffany
Skadi’s randomly a ruda now (or at least for this match)
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón b Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Blue Panther b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
Blue Panther replaced Dragon Rojo Jr.
5) Rush, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Rush and Volador did not get along, but Rush still beat Casas. Kraneo replaced Thunder.

At least according to this picture, they’re now letting any kid under 8 into Arena Puebla free with a paying adult. There’s a sign in Puebla indicating kid’s get in free, but they’re apparently not actually allowing that.

I’m confused about what’s going on with Alberto and Cage in San Luis Potosi. A newspaper story on the AAA press conference said the missing singles match from Rey de Reyes would take place here. The headline for AAA’s article says that thing, but the body of the article says Cage is in the trios match and implies Alberto is not wrestling. (The versions of that article sent to other sites changed the headline from “Alberto versus Cage” to “Alberto and Cage”.) They’re both on the show, that I know. AAA’s trying to do things for this show they wouldn’t have otherwise done because it’s now honoring Perro Aguayo Jr., and maybe wires are just crossed about what they’re adding.

CMLL’s preview for tonight’s Arena Mexico has La Mascara in Dragon Rojo’s spot. Also, Guerrero Maya is mentioned in Dragon Lee’s spot in the semimain. That match – Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton vs Tiger, Puma and Kamaitachi – has the most promise of any match on the card.

Mr. Niebla isn’t coming back quietly; CMLL’s promoting his latest return from their secret suspension list. Mr. Niebla says he’s been in the gutter for a long time, so he’s back smellier than ever. Niebla’s interview focuses on CMLL suddenly having a lot of four man teams – Peste Negra, Ingobernables, Guerreros Laguneros and TRT. That would seem to suggest Tiger is still in TRT according to the press department, even though the programming department seems to think differently (he hasn’t teamed with them since August.) Niebla accurately notes CMLL doesn’t actually book atomico  (4v4) matches.

Mr. Niebla & Toscano also appeared on video to denounce a promoter in Zapotitlan for advertising them for shows they never agreed upon. Niebla says he and Toscano are professionals and would not miss shows they’ve actually said they’ll attend.

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

+LuchaTV has this week’s show and the latest Leyendas de la Lucha Libre.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the Ingobernables mocking the Esto es Lucha chant.

CMLL starts a three part look back at Arena Coliseo, plus has highlights of 03/27 and stellar moments from the previous week.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solitario/Guajarado, a weird mask match situation due to the commissions, and a Bestia Salvaje bio.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial © vs Hip Hop Man [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
First defense
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy
3) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, Ricky Cruz [Rey del Ring]

As common with the IWRG Rey del Ring, the actual list of participants aren’t announced ahead of time. They did announce Ricky Cruz as coming back for it, so I’ve put him in there.

That title is the one Dragon Celestial won from Hip Hop Man back in August. I don’t think he’s defended it since, but he’s worn it to the ring a few times.

CMLL (MON) 04/06/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Hijo del Signo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs King Jaguar, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Marcela vs Syuri [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Marcela is the ruda Syuri’s defending against? My unwavering belief in Marcela causes me to be sad there’s no chance we’ll see it. Main event is Sky Team vs Guerreros/Shocker.

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