great match roundup, week of 2014-04-12

Great/Excellent matches


Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-12
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-12
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-12
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-12
AAA Dark Matches (March & April 2014)

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-13
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Naucalpan
Tony Rivera vs Black Terry for the hair:

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-13
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Charles Lucero vs Alberto Dos Rios:

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Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 wins Rey del Ring

IWRG (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Sky Ángel b Skull Metal
straight falls
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Alfa & Omega
Fulgors puled Alfa & Omega’s masks without the referee seeing.
3) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Anubis Black, Látigo, Metaleon, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog, Oficial Fierro, Spartan, Picudo Jr., Imposible, Astro Rey Jr., Ángel Del Amor, Tony Rivera, Guerrero Mixtico, Black Terry, Ciclon Black, Oficial AK47, Avisman, Alan Extreme, Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Dr. Cerebro, Electro Boy, Golden Magic, Rayan, Canis Lupus, Pirata Morgan, Cien Caras Jr., X-Fly, Relámpago [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Participants were all surprises (but all regulars.) Listed in order of entry (except for the winner). Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 threw out Pirata Morgan to win. 911, with the Oficials, presented Mascara with the belt – and then the trio beat up Mascara and Cien Jr.

IWRG has a new sponsored mat – but not a red Victoria one. It’s a white one promoting a local radio station.

It looks like there was a sponsored show on Saturday in Arena Mexico. Note the white mat in the first picture, for the sponsor.

A CNN video story on lucha libre celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary for Cinco de Mayo (Lucha libre is not 80 years old.) The correspondent was backstage at Arena Mexico on Friday, and it was a good thing Shocker showed up so he had someone to speak English to him. We do get “Shocker, or ‘1000% Handsome’ as he is known.” The Warner Brothers/CMLL deal that hasn’t been mentioned in years is brought up as current here. AAA is referred to only as “another lucha libre promoter” (though that may because they might have still not figured out the US name.)

If there’s three things I can teach you

  • there’s no “e” in luchador
  • it’s “tope con giro” – “tope con hilo” is a Spanish to Japanese to English mistranslation
  • Cinco de Mayo is not a big deal in Mexico outside of Puebla. It’s definitely not Mexican Independence Day

Preview of tonight’s Arena Puebla card. I wonder if Revolucionario Rey Escorpion will be the crowd favorite tonight.

Sin Cara insists his plan is to work as an independent for the time being. I believe him, for the next month

AAA says they’re headed back to the Hard Rock in Puerto Vallarta in July.

Segunda Caida reviews Shocker’s turn.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/05 Dragon Gate: Flamita beat Jimmy Susumu [Open the Brave Gate] (13:26, “Flame Fly”)

Flamita looked outstanding in this match by all accounts. @SenorLariato has GIFs of a plancha, an Asai Moonsault, and a great 450 splash.



IWRG (WED) 05/07/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Fulgor II
2) Látigo & Metaleon vs Rayan & Spartan
3) Ángel Del Amor & Astro Rey Jr. vs Hijo De La Bestia & Imposible
4) Golden Magic & Relámpago vs Canis Lupus & Eterno
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

Oficials vs Capos continues on.

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05/04 AAA TV Results (Villahermosa)

AAA TV (SUN) 05/04/2014 Teatro Al Aire Libre del Parque Tabasco, Villahermosa, Tabasco [AAA]
2) Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, La Jarochita, Pasion Kristal
Mamba & Kristal were added to the match. Taya beat Kristal via northern lights suplex.
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
Nino splashed everyone.
4) Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans
Daga submitted Suicide after a Pentagon distraction.
5) Bengala, El Elegido, Fénix b Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano
Bengala was the mystery wrestler and beat Pentagon after a Suicide distraction.
6) Blue Demon, Electroshock, La Parka b Chessman, Silver King, Villano IV
Demon defeated Chessman. This time, they agreed to a title match (at Verano?)

Air Date: 05/24

A less newsworthy show. Bengala is using Ricky Marvin’s finisher, so it doesn’t appear he’s been asked to work differently under the new character. His identity might be obvious by the time his match airs.

Pentagon/Suicide continues.

Next taping is May 17th. The Tapachula taping will air before Verano de Escandalo (lost a week in there), so they have one more show to set up matches. For right now, it’s just Demon/Chessman and Texano/Psycho.

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Revolucionarios cheered to a win, Dorada in BOSJ


CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorldTerra]
1) Molotov & Sensei b Cholo & Zayco
Cholo replaced Ramstein. Zayco twisted his left knee on the salida de bandera in the second fall. He was strechered out and the match ended soon after, straight falls the tecnicos. Announcers quickly said Zayco was OK.
2) Cancerbero, Herodes Jr., Raziel b Black Panther, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Comandante Pierroth, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Pierroth replaced Ephesto on Monday. Rudos took 2/3, Pierroth defeat Stuka in a miscarriage of judgement.
4) Fuego b Puma [lightning]
Fuego cradled Puma for the win in 7:00.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b La Máscara, Titán, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3. La Mascara didn’t get along with his teammates, and was beaten cleanly by La Mascara in the third.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rush replaced Mistico. Marco couldn’t figure out why his partners wanted to fight 3 on 1, but somehow managed not to get turned on by his partners at the end of the match. Revolucionarios worked as tecnicos and took falls 2/3, with Rey Escorpion feuding with Sombra (and Sombra mostly running away.) Challenges followed the match. Rush somehow got Polvora & Dragon Rojo to go backstage and he and Sombra beat up Escorpion much after the match.

Fuego/Puma was the best match on a not strong show.

Despite the catch phrase of “we’re not rudos or tecnicos”, Sombra, Rush and La Mascara are basically rudos for the moment. Everyone who goes up against them (opponents or teammates!) have to be tecnicos as a result. That works okay with the Peste Negra & Shocker, who get designed positive reactions. Los Revolucionarios are much dyed in the wool rudos. That means matches like this have most everyone doing what they’re not good at, and one team more concerned with screwing around than winning. Maybe two months from now either CMLL and the luchadors will have figured out how to make this work or they’ll have forgotten the idea. This is going to be awkward and will produce some lacking matches until they get to that point.

CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Piraña b Reicko
2) Jocker & Satara b El Tapatío & Índigo
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Brillante & William Rock b Demonio Rojo & Infierno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge b Sádico
5) Maléfico, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys b Cachorro, Gallo, León Blanco
Rudos took 1/3, Misterioso and Gallo beating each other for each fall and Misterioso sneaking in a foul in the third.
6) Diamante Azul & Super Porky DQ Ráfaga & Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rafaga pulled Diamante Azul‘s mask.

Main event is all about the Azul/Terrible heavyweight title match on Tuesday. Arkangel has suddenly disappeared from the Gallo feud, maybe Misterioso is taking her place.

CMLL hasn’t updated Mistico II’s status.

The CMLL focused show in Gimnasio Nuevo Leon and the Sin Cara show in Arena Coliseo Monterrey both seem to drew well today, though short of a full house in both locations. No photos yet of the Santo/Park show in Arena Solidaridad.

Mr. Maldito & Trauma I defeated Trauma II & Platino in the main event of Saturday’s ChilangaMask show in Tijuana. Extreme Tiger beat Rey Horuz in the semimain. That match also had Impulso, who left the match after cutting the top of his head open on a dive gone wrong.

Rob has highlights of April 2001.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had many guests from Arena Jalisco this week.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/13/14 LATV.

A column on Averno mistaken lists Olimpico among those who’ve lost their mask and left CMLL. How I wish this was still true.

This weekend’s Lucha Va Voom story earned (another) story about the show’s origin and Casandro.

DJ Spectro writes about Tawa Vera.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more 90s lucha.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Mascara Dorada was announced for this year’s NJPW Best of Super Juniors, which will run from May 30th to June 8th. This is his second appearance; he finished sixth of the nine in his 2011 group. This year’s tournament has eight wrestler blocks. Dorada’s competition is Alex Koslov, BUSHI, Jushin Lyger, Kushida, Matt Jackson, Ricochet and TAKA Michinoku. My feeling is Kushida and Ricochet are the favorites to advance and everyone else could come out in any particular order. It’s a lot of tag team primary guys who are unlikely to be in line for a title shot, so it’s hard to read where they’d finish in singles competition. Dorada lost some on the last tour, more than you’d expect for someone about to go out on a run. This should produce some good matches whatever the outcome, with the Dorada/Ricochet on 06/04 probably being on of the best of the run.

Flamita defends the Open the Brave Gate championship versus Jimmy Susumu in a few hours. The show will air on iPPV for $25.


CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Colsieo
1) Leono & Magnus vs Akuma & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Ramstein
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) Valiente vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Terrible
6) La Sombra vs Rey Escorpión [NWA MIDDLE]
La Sombra is champion, fourth defense.

Hope Sombra cares about winning next week! Rey Escorpion defends his light heavyweight on Monday and has to cut down to middleweight by Sunday. I guess that’s a lot of running.

3/4/5 look promising. We’re not getting Dorada for very long before he goes away again, so it’s good we’re getting at least one team up with his fellow Guadalajara natives.


CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Marvel vs Relampago Azul
2) Dr. Frezzer & El Ídolo vs Ángel del Mal & El Yaqui
3) William Rock vs Furia Nazi
4) Esfinge, Explosivo, León Blanco vs Demonio Maya, Espectrum, Évola
5) Máximo & Stuka Jr. vs Maléfico & Mr. Águila
6) Blue Panther & La Máscara vs Ephesto & Mephisto

A show! Poor Blue Panther.

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Mistico hurt, tag title match for next week, Busca de un Idolo


Dragon Lee/Terra

CMLL (FRI) 05/02/2014 Arena México [CMLL, TerraYahoo! Deportes]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeno Olipico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
straight falls for the tecnicas. Blanca dropkicked Sugheit, Sugehit tried to steal a pin, Blanca pulled her off the pin and stomped her, Marcela cradled Blanca for the win. Sugheit made friends with the tecnicas after the match.
4) Soberano Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un IdoloSoberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Dragon Rojo was guest judge, and Shocker returned as regular judge. Guerrero Negro Jr. won with a Buca Storm after a match dominated by Soberano high flying and Guerrero bumps. Guerrero Negro Jr. scored a 9, 9, 9, 6 for a 33. Soberano Jr. scores 9, 8, 7, 5 for a 29.
5) Cachorro b Dragon Lee [En Busca de un IdoloCachorro vs Dragon Lee in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
One of the best match of the tournament, with Cachorro working slight rudo and both looking good. Dragon Lee had the match won with a German suplex, but referee Tigre Hispano ruled Cachorro was slightly off the mat. Lee pulled out a cradle overhead belly to belly bridging suplex for the win. Lee scored 9, 10, 10, 4 for 33, Cachorro scored 9, 10, 8, 8 for 35.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone
Rudos took 1/3, the last when Atlantis knocked off Ultimo Guerrero’s mask for the DQ. Atlantis said that if UG leaves, it’s because he’s scared to actually do the mask match.
7) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Ripper b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Shocker was announced, but replaced by Mr. Niebla on Monday. Jose Luis Feliciano announced on Twitter during the show that Mistico was in a motorcycle accident and would miss the main event. Sombra replaced him. Los Odiosos were DQed for attacking the rudos with a chair and other weapons in the first, won the second, then lost the third when Niebla beat Mascara and Casas beat Rush. This sets up a tag title match.

Dragon Lee’s new move is Kota Ibushi’s Phoenix-Plex. If Ibushi ever came to Mexico for an extended period, everyone would be confused about how many moves he “stole” from other people.

Mistico II will be operated today after breaking bones in his leg in his motorcycle accident. He’s obviously going to be out for an extended period of time, but the exact length is unknown right now. Here in Chicago, a young basketball player named Jay Williams got into a motorcycle accident in 2003, and was never able to play top level basketball again. (Like Mistico, Williams came in to his professional team with high expectations and struggled to reach them before his accident.) Hopefully this is something not nearly as severe – we really don’t know anything besides that Twitter message, and that may be it – and it’s instead something Mistico can recover to his old form, but both athletes relied greatly on their legs a lot. This Mistico is reliant on his ability to fly around and out of the ring, and he would lose a lot if he could no longer show those skills.

Mistico was inconsistently featured by CMLL and not a big part of the main picture. CMLL will definitely lose out on money from selling Mistico to various local promoters, though that might have started to dry up with the ‘real’ Mistico (Sin Cara) back in town. Mistico missing weeks or months would not disrupt any major matches seemingly in the plans for the year. There was one point very early on in 2014 where it seemed like CMLL might be setting up Mephisto versus Mistico, but they’ve long moved away from it. Mistico is the current CMLL Weltereweight Championship. En Busca de un Idolo winners usually get a title shot in their division shortly after winning, so it’s possible CMLL might have done a Mistico versus Cavernario match if the caveman wins this tournament. CMLL’s been more in a hurry to strip luchadors of their championships when it looks like they may not be around for a while, but Mistico may be a special case.

Dark Angel, who’s been touring north east Canada the last couple of weeks, won the new Beauty Slammers championship last night. That all women’s show will air on Highspots sometime in the near future.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

The Misico/Averno tour made a stop in Zacatelgo, Tlaxcala last night.

Lover_Ice says he’s giving up putting lucha libre video on the internet. Thanks for all the work you did!

WMC held a press conference for next weekend’s show.

RCH has returned for a show on May 18th.



CMLL (FRI) 05/09/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs El Rebelde & Hijo del Signo
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugheit vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Cachorro vs Hechicero [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Star Jr. vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
7) La Máscara & Rush vs Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]
La Mascara & Rush are champions. First defense.

CMLL video promo.

The rest of the En Busca de un Idolo schedule is (mostly) set

Guerrero Negro Jr. vs Cavernario
Dragon Lee vs Super Halcon Jr.

05/16 or 05/20 (final week)
Cachorro vs Super Halcon Jr.
Cavernario vs Soberano Jr.
Dragon Lee vs Hechicero
Guerrero Negro vs Star Jr.

05/23 will be some sort of tag or trios with the trainers and the finalists, with the next round starting on 05/30. If it’s a final four, then it would be on 06/06.

Hechicero probably won’t need to show up for the Dragon Lee match, but he will. If this is heading to a final two, the Cavernario/Soberano Jr. match may be a playoff for the second spot. If it’s four advancing, then there’s no obvious head to head battle right now.

Mascara Dorada returns. Tercera is lower than usual for that kind of lineup, which does mean it’s airing on Terra.

A title change is reasonable, but Niebla & Casas already took one group of titles away from La Mascara & Texano.

Bengala is everywhere!


DTU (SAT) 05/24/2014 Deportivo Pavón, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Fulgor (durango), Ojo De Halcón, Shadow vs ?, Halcón 2000, Rey Templario
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tommy vs Energy, Gremlin, Kalibus
3) Artikus vs Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth
4) La Magnifica & Reina Dorada vs ? & Keira
5) Drastik Boy vs Impulso, Arez, Slayer Pack, Freelance, Belial, Septimo Dragon
6) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera vs Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Paranoiko and Ángel o Demonio, Demente Extreme, Ovett
7) Crazy Boy & Super Crazy vs Decnnis & Tony Rivera and Aero Boy & Violento Jack and Black Fire & Chica Ye-Ye and Dinamic Black & Mike Segura
8) Ricky Marvin vs Shane Strickland, Jinzo, Flamita, Pesadilla, Ángel del Misterio, Kaleth

Final DTU poster of the May tour? Ricky Marvin turns up here in the main event among the usual overstuffed matches. Sixth match is being billed as Cerbero Negro’s return to the ring after illness.

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05/02 AAA TV results (Minatitlan)

AAA TV (FRI) 05/02/2014 Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlán, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Drago & Faby Apache b Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache
Drago beat Cuervo with the Yamoto-Toshi.
2) Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu b Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa
Ozz pulled Crazy’s mask and beat him.
3) Australian Suicide b Pentagón Jr.
Moved all the way up to the tercera. Suicide won with his tornillo shooting star press. As by rule, Pentagon Jr. immediately destroyed the victorious tecnico and left him bloodied.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Daga & Steve Pain [AAA TAG]
Made a title match after the last taping. Angelico & Jack retained, their second defense. Jack pinned Pain after the 630 senton.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.
Psycho Clown beat Texano Jr. with the Canadian Destoryer for the fourth straight time, according to the recap. A title match was set for 06/07 in Orizaba, the site of Verano de Escandalo.
6) Bengala (AAA), Cibernético, La Parka b Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Psicosis
Bengala, not the current luchador in CMLL, debuted here and beat Psicosis with a piledriver.

Air Date: 05/10 & 05/17

I Googled Yamoto-Toshi so I could describe the move here, and the only wrestling results which came up was this AAA recap. I guess we’ll learn together!

Marisela Pena had mentioned AAA would be going to Orizaba and Konnan had mention Verano de Escandalo was back this year, but this is the first time both were put together and mentioned as part of an AAA event. June 7th is a Saturday. By my math, this taping and Sunday’s taping will air before Verano de Escandalo, with the Tapachula taping airing the same day and the Tuxtla show actually airing after Verano takes place.  AAA’s usual habit is to have everything in place for the major show by the TV before their major show, which means anything else major that’s happening in June has to be set up Sunday or not at all.

It’s probably going to be a lot of “not at all”, since AAA’s current policy is to only do a couple of important matches on each major show and just throw out random matches to fill out the undercard.  (That’s not a popular policy in these parts, but there’s no indication it’s changing.) Sunday’s card could set up a Demon/Chessman or Fenix/Fantasma title match, but both seems unlikely and neither seems more likely. Another Jeff Jarrett tag is more certain to be taking place on Verano de Escandalo, and possibly the first Averno/Sin Cara appearance.

There’s been no indication of Verano airing on iPPV. They still have a month and they’d be ill advised to make TripleMania their first effort since last year’s failure.

Bengala is not the CMLL opening match perennial and it’s awkward AAA would  use a name that’s already on TV with another promotion for a variety of reasons. I think there are definitely people in AAA who have no idea there’s someone in CMLL with that name – if I recall correctly, they weren’t familiar with Semental and Mortiz back when they tried out for AAA and Bengala’s in a similar position – but I’m sure someone there had to know. Maybe it’ll be changed later.

Bengala has a big shoulder pad that he’s wearing during the match. That sort of costuming is often used to obscure an identifying mark. It looks like it didn’t quite do it’s job last night; a tattoo on Bengala’s right shoulder is exposed in that picture. That body art appears similar to the skeleton foot  on Veracruz native Ricky Marvin’s shoulder. It’s not a 100%, someone else could have a similar tattoo, but few others would be brought in as a main event guy to get a big win in their debut.

Marvin was in AAA last year, but never actually seen on the main television show. His one TV match in May as a Perros del Mal member (destroying Los Mirreyes) was left off of TV and a later run-in was edited off the Televisa version of the show. He never showed up again. The whole thing was a bit mysterious and I never heard an explanation. Marvin’s been mostly working indy shows in Mexico since deciding to scale back his NOAH participation after 2013, and has been a regular (and superb) presence on the ChilangaMask shows until this most recent set of events. He’s been primarily wrestling around Veracruz. It’s strange for AAA to put him under a mask, but maybe they were just looking for a fresh start. He’s going to be a good addition if he sticks around a lot this time.

As mentioned, AAA is back again on Sunday in Villahermosa. There’s a mystery man in the semimain there, and I’d guess it’d be Bengala again.

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AAA in Minatitlán, En Busca de un Idolo

CMLL (THU) 05/01/2014 Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla, Puebla [R de Rudo]
Attendance: 5000
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro b Astral & Eléctrico
Pequeno Nitro replaced Pierrothito
2) Pegasso & Stigma b Hooligan & Nitro
3) Diamante Azul & La Máscara b Terrible & Vangellys
La Mascara replaced Mascara Dorada.
4) Mistico, Titán, Valiente b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Mistico used a casita on Casas for the win.

5000 comes from the R de Rudo account. Other places had it at 3,500. Attendance guessing is tough, but the bullring seemed pretty full (and tickets were pretty free.) They set up the trios title match (Peste Negra defending against Atlantis, Mistico and Valiente) for next Thursday after the finish.

Tonight’s another episode in this year’s never ending series: “Will Sin Cara Appear On This AAA TV Taping?” AAA tapes in Minatitlán, Veracruz with a main event of Black Warrior, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Psicosis versus Cibernetico, La Parka, a mystery person. AAA’s slightly played up the mystery person aspect, though not nearly as much as they did when Sin Cara first showed up. AAA hasn’t really hinted at anyone in that spot. Averno has said he and Sin Cara are working elsewhere tonight, but we’ve been able to find posters for every other show those two are working this week but not tonight’s show. AAA’s told the WON they won’t be using Sin Cara until they’re sure he’s not under the WWE no-compete and believe that’s not until June, but AAA did use Sin Cara back when he was definitely under contract. So many weird contradictions.

How about another possibility? El Mesias hasn’t been mentioned in a while, but it’s possible he’s back from his February elbow surgery. It’s also possible they weren’t totally sure if he’d be able to return by this point, so they did the mystery person deal and have a random person as backup. Blue Demon Jr. could’ve been another good random choice, but he says he’s signing autographs in Guerrero tonight.

The semimain has a Consejo versus Psycho Clown trios match, the 21st time Texano and Psycho Clown have met in a TV match in the last 12 months. The special is Daga & Steve Pain versus Angelico & Jack Evans. Daga demanded a tag title shot at the last TV taping and it was presumed tonight’s match would be that tag title match, but I’m not sure if that change was actually made. The most interesting match of the night might be the opener, where Pentagon Jr. and Australian Suicide meet in a singles match which might be a preview of a mask match to come.

Tonight’s Terra broadcast starts round 5 of the En Busca de un Idolo with Cachorro/Dragon Lee and Soberano/Guerrero Negro.

Curent En Busca de un Idolo
325 Hechicero
243 Cavernario
237 Soberano Jr.
215 Star Jr.
212 Cachorro
200 Super Halcon Jr.
186 Guerrero Negro Jr.
181 Dragon Lee

Hechicero’s lead is 82 points. The battle is for second, with Cavernario’s lead shrinking because of the disparity in poll results (Cavernario only scored 19 to Soberano’s 33.) Cachorro was given 32 poll points, which I presume is supposed to be around 20 for last week and 12 for this week.

Dragon Lee would be in 5th and not far off first if they didn’t use fan polling. He’s last in the fan polling, getting 127 less points than Hechicero and pretty much stuck in spoiler position now. Both Cachorro and Soberano Jr. need wins to stay up with Cavernario.

The rest of the internet undercard includes a minis match, a midcard trios match (with Rey Cometa, who hasn’t been on TV much of late), and another women’s match with the Ladies del Polanco. Hopefully they’ve spent the week fixing their issues and are friends again. It doesn’t often work like that, though.

CMLL’s off internet matches will continue building up the Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla versus La Mascara & Rush tag title match, as well as the Los Odiosos generally not getting along with anyone but themselves.

Toscano has been presumed to be the mystery man on Sunday’s AAA TV taping, but he’s listed on a poster as working in Vercruz that day. (He could just not show up.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of this past week’s En Busca de un Idolo matches.

Rob has highlights of 02/09/14 AAA.

Arena el Angel canceled it’s LA Park/Wagner main evented show, will have a one featuring local luchadors on Sunday instead.

Segunda Caida watches Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas



CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena México
1) Molotov & Robin vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Metálico, Oro Jr., Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
4) Star Jr. vs Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hechicero [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Herodes Jr., Terrible, Vangellys
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Tuesday’s belated lineup. Those are the correct En Busca de un Idolo matches, I crossed myself up last night. Main event appears to be setting up a trios title match next week. No sign of Bam Bam or Pequeno Warrior.

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05/02-06 lucha times


I don’t put up La Lucha Se Le Hace on YouTube because finding tape dates proved usually impossible and I could use that time in other more productive ways. The show must be doing well enough for Mexicanal though, because they’re getting an extra half hour for an El Rayo (de Plata) reality show. It airs Sundays at 9:30pm.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Mixed trios, Los Angeles, main event.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Niebla, Casas, Shocker vs Los Odiosos.

52MX: Reyes del Aire, Revolucionarios vs Atlantis/Mistico/surly Sombra, and maybe Arkangel and Gallo in trios?

C3: Zavala/Rojo/Escorpion vs Sombra/Titan/Triton

TVC Deportes (Puebla): probably the three way apuesta match, Syuri’s last TV match and Guerreros vs Sombra, Mistico, Valiente

Lucha Azteca: Kraneo, Niebla, Ripper vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador

Terra Friday: Cachorro vs Dragon Lee Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in the tournament, Delta, Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso, Okumura?

Terra Sunday: Sombra, Marco, Mistico vs Revolucionarios, Fuego vs Puma

Terra Tuesday: Still no lineup for this show? Cavernario/Lee & Hechicero/Halcon should be on the show.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: whatever happened last Sunday? Etreus, Mosco, Simbolo vs Alebrto, Silencio, Super Jack

IWRG-AYM Sports: whatever happened last Sunday? Apolo, Diablo, Eterno vs HIjo de Dos, Relampago, Veneno

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looking back at Averno in CMLL

Averno’s time with CMLL wrapped up this weekend. He was never got to be the top figure, and rarely was even the top rudo, but he was a key part of the promotion for the last decade. Averno was elevated when he became Mistico’s default opponent, and turned that into a long stretch as a top of the card gatekeeper for young high flying tecnicos. He’s going to AAA to one again fill that first role, but hopefully gets to a little of that second role as well.

Here’s 15 (!) matches to recap his CMLL career.

2001-06-19: Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero vs Averno & Satánico

There’s not much of Rencor Latino listed as airing on TV (this is the earliest known match in the database, this one has a much more interesting group of people). Rencor Latino was used previously by Averno’s father, and he begin using the name himself in dying days of the UWA. That’s not a well remembered time, and so Averno usually gets lumped in as a CMLL trainee despite having started elsewhere. Rencor Latino quietly worked opening matches for a few years before being swept into Satanico versus his pupils Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Satanico had spent the last few months recruiting rivals to help him take back his Infernal group name from the students who had turned on him and taken the identity with them. Satanico couldn’t get the big win that way, so he eventually decided to switch tactics and recruit new soldiers to battle his old ones. Rencor Latino walking thru Satanico’s (cheesy special effect) fire to become Averno is one of the most remembered vignettes of the period.

This match is early on from that feud, with Satanico & Averno fighting Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero. Avenro’s the least important guy in this match, out matched for the moment by the much more experienced Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero team. He’s also wearing his first Averno mask, a split Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero mask. It works thematically, but looks a bit ugly. (It still wasn’t his worst Averno mask.) The Satanico’s Infernals versus Rebel Guerreros feud was one of CMLL’s great succeses of this time period, using Satanico and the long history of the Infernales name establish a whole bunch of guys as meaningful players, and they had to pull it off despite some injury absences. Mephisto, seen briefly in the skit before the match, suffered an arm injury in training just before he was supposed to debut. Toscano (then Tarzan Boy) suffered a neck injury earlier and wouldn’t be back for a while longer. Mascara Magica, seen threatening Averno late in the match, ended up getting pulled into the feud as a replacement – and ended up in the long run with about a two year run as a upper level tecnico which wouldn’t have otherwise happened.

2004-10-01: Atlantis, El Hijo Del Santo, Místico, Negro Casas vs Averno, Rey Bucanero, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero

Footage, especially footage that is freely available on the internet, is scarce at this point. I’d like to link to Hijo del Santo versus Averno, a match designed to give Averno credibility even in a loss so he’s someone a little more important before the Mistico run begins. This will have to do as a replacement match. It’s all about the young guy in the silver mask, as everyone bends over backwards to make it clear Mistico is the new star. Mistico gets the last entrance, his veteran legend partners insist on letting him start, and the announcers shower with him praise. Averno is moved up to the top mix as a body product, and gets a few moments of getting the better of Santo and Mistico. BONUS: everyone looks much older a decade later, except Atlantis stopped aging at some point.

2005-01-30: Mistico vs Averno

Mistico, under the name, debuted in the summer of 2004 and won the Gran Alternativa soon. That win marked Mistico as someone for the future, but it was the 2005 New Year’s Day win over Averno for the NWA World Middleweight Championship which declared the future was right now. That match never aired. It was a Sunday, which wasn’t being used for TV and so the match probably wasn’t taped.

This was the first defense, off in Guadalajara. Title matches taken through out the country tend not to vary all that much, so I suspect this might not be that far off from the original. There’s still raw at this point, and everything would good refined and improved over the next couple of years. Averno does a lot more flying here than he would as years went by, but his holding together headscissors skill is already present. Mistico has a few detracting slips, but also an incredible tornillo. The crowd is already treating like to Mistico like a star, and absolutely lose their minds when he wins. (This show doesn’t seem to have drawn much mroe than Guadalajara does of late, but that’s change soon.) THIS referee is still in this building too. Bonus fun: Dos Caras Jr. as Mistico’s buddy!

2005-04-01: Atlantis & Blue Panther vs Averno & Mephisto

Again skipping a lot of years here due to lack of available video. (I don’t have a good Generic Red Averno & Generic Black Mephisto match to share, but you can check that lacking look out here.) Averno and Mephsito had already become a strong tag team, Atlantis & Blue Panther were only tag team champions as part of a former enemies who were not friends deal, and this title change seemed overdue by the time it occurred. Mephisto and Averno became a team of two luchadors with one mind, completely in sync with each other and always on the same page, even as Mephisto would add a lot of muscle as time went on. This match featured a lot of spots which would always go wrong for them going right this time, including actually connecting on the top rope swandive headbutt spot. Despite the usual bit of cheating, they win the tag team titles in the cleanest way possible, with Averno even beating Blue Panther with his own armbar.

2006-05-13: Okada & Milano Collection AT vs American Gigolo & Trent Acid vs Bruto Issei & Okumura vs Averno & Mephisto

There is no historical importance to Averno in this match at all, I just thought you should see it given that lineup. That’s a real lineup to a real match that happened at the first DragonMania, because Ultimo Dragon is a well traveled man with an eclectic group of friends and known associates. NJPW top star Okada is a trainee in dark hair and the third most interesting person on his team, behind Milano and his monkey Venezia. The match is not much, as they start with the comedy spots and then continue with many more comedy spots. Averno and Mephisto get disqualified and leave early after crotching the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion into the post in the one time a year that’s a disqualification.. Okumura is still in Mexico, somehow. Trent Acid passed away a couple years ago. Issei and Milano both retired due to injury, though Milano is around NJPW as a commentator. I haven’t seen Gigolo’s name in a while, but I’m sure he’s working hard someplace. Both referees are still in CMLL!

2009-01-16: Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Averno & Mephisto

It’s Averno & Mephisto in a showcase for young tecnicos. This is their native habit, expect to see it most of the rest of the way. Sombra crashes and burns on a tornillo to the floor early on, and is left with one working shoulder the rest of the way. It would takethe impossible for Volador & Sombra to win the tag titles on this day, but this continues a pattern of Sombra pulling out the impossible.

(Also, this was the end of good times for Sagrado, as his trio with Sombra & Volador is quickly dismissed and he returns to midcard purgatory until this day.)

2009-06-15: Ultimo Guerrero vs Averno

The Infernals/Infernales feuded ended with Satanico’s group taking the name. Averno & Mephisto later decided to boot Satanico out of the group themselves, which caused Guerrero & Bucanero to crow about being right all along – and then everyone was just friends going forward. Those four didn’t cross paths as opponents much after than, instead teaming with each other in usual CMLL mix and match fashion. Still, there’s a case to be made that Ultimo Guerrero was the biggest obstacle to Averno’s career, since they were similar types of rudos only Guerrero was always a little bit heavier and a little bit more of a star. Averno couldn’t even permanently leapfrog him on the rudo totem pole without either one of them joining the tecnico side, and neither man was cut out to be a tecnico for any long stretch. This match, the end of a short Puebla feud, is their one known full length singles match. They’d trade decisions wins in the CMLL Universal tournament in 2010 and 2011.

2009-07-21: Hijo del Fantasma vs Averno

Hijo del Fantasma biggest shining moment in CMLL comes by defeating the guy who might soon be his stablemate. This is the era of Fatnasma inexplicably wearing the K-Swiss logo on his mask for reference. This is also the era when Hijo del Fantasma was a rising star in CMLL, before Whatever Happened, Happened. The match itself is not super great – falling into a pattern of trading moves that happens in some Averno matches – but the large Tuesday crowd is thrilled for the title change.

2011-01-23: Mistico vs Averno

Skipping from (almost) the first one all the way to the last one. Don’t worry, you can go back and find plenty more, or you can just wait a few weeks and see plenty of new ones. Both guys know this, the main event of the first FantasticaMania, is Mistico’s final match with CMLL. Very few others know, but they got out with the classic version of their match compressed into one fall. Mistico ends the show by declaring Japan his second home and challenging Averno to return to Japan to do this match again. That’s all just talk for the crowd, but I’d be very surprised if that didn’t happen this year. (Though the mask/mask part might not work.)

2011-03-18: Averno vs Mascara Dorada

Averno wins the title from Mascara Dorada in what appears to be the start of a mask versus mask feud with Mascara Dorada. Averno suddenly has other places to be, so he’s cashing in a mask he won’t soon need. Unfortunately, Mascara Dorada gets an offer to go to Japan for three months, and is suddenly unavailable for months. This is a tease of what could’ve been, but instead the win goes elsewhere and Mascara Dorada is still lacking that career defining win. Dorada’s since noted he was supposed to be in the mask match, but I wonder if he knew that prior to accepting the NJPW trip. It would say a lot about how things in CMLL were looking at that moment if he did.

2011-06-17: La Mascara vs Averno

La Mascara first and only (so far) singles main event in a main show after the market had already cratered, no significant semimain event, plenty of word out about Averno’s planned departure and CMLL generally having a scatterbrained and panicked year following Mistico’s defection. Tony Rivera and friends attempted a blockade of the show, protesting the working conditions. CMLL got them to disappear a few hours before show time (and the whole thing has never been explained or mentioned again), but they still caused many hours of speculation about the big show being canceled. All that worked against the show, and they still managed to draw 13,500. This show won’t be remembered much a decade from now, because it didn’t happen in March or September and La Mascara has still never become a draw, but it’s really one of the biggest CMLL successes in the era.

The vignette building this up, emphasizing La Mascara wasn’t just fighting a satanic demon man but also two decades of Brazo failure, were the best job CMLL Has done in building up a match in this decade. La Mascara lacks much depth as a luchador and was exposed by the many rematches, but he and Averno put enough together here to give the fans a memorable match.

2011-07-15: Hijos del Averno vs Generacion de Oro

Just four weeks later, everything flips. La Mascara, Mascara Dorada (returned!) and La Sombra seem like they’re headed to a record establishing ninth known defense while Averno is wrapping before heading to WWE. Only, Averno beats La Mascara with La Mascara’s own campana, the Hijos del Averno win the world trios titles for the first and only time, and it’s a clear a monkey wrench (or a failed drug test) has change the course of events. Looking back, it’s obviously plans had changed as far back as the 4th, when Averno kept the middleweight title over La Mascara in Puebla, but this trios title change made it definite Averno was staying around for a while longer.

There’s not a lot of trios matches on this list. The Hijos del Averno were in the argument for the best trio for large portions of their run, but the trios championship seems to go more often to teams who need help getting into that argument. Ephesto, added onto to Averno & Mephisto long after those two had started being a team, always felt like a third wheel as well. They evolved into a good team, but a lot of it was Ephesto learning to do the Averno/Mephisto spots rather than adding something new, and the tag team generally felt like the better formation. This was their big moment together, a few moments after it seemed they were no longer meant to be together. The silver lining is it gave Mephisto, Ephesto and CMLL an extra two and half years to figure out exactly what they would do if they were no longer all together.

2011-09-16: La Sombra vs Averno

CMLL had spent the spring building up Averno for his big match, and spent the summer doing La Mascara/Averno rematches. Months of treating Averno like a top star put him in great position for one more big loss. This time, the breakthru win goes to La Sombra, following up his two 2010 mask wins by winning the tournament to declare himself the best in the promotion. This was the signal Sombra was meant to be the (a?) Mistico replacement, and who better to face him than Mistico’s old opponent. Being the new young star right after the last one left comes with some pluses and minuses, but this match is all pluses. It stands on it’s own as an excellent final (and was my pick for best match of the year), but Sombra’s dynamic performance is a breath of fresh air after all the repeatitive drudrgery of the La Mascara feud.

2011 is probably the best year of Averno’s career. Maybe also the most disappointing.

2013-09-13: Blue Panther vs Averno

CMLL’s secret most interesting non-feud for quite a while was Blue Panther versus Averno. For whatever reason, when they were matched up in a routine trios, they frequently broke out of that routine with different mat work, fall structures and finishes. It was rarerly an official feud, just a random Tuesday when Panther and Averno happened to be matched up and wanted to do something out of the ordinary for their own purposes. They finally got to match up full time and for real leading into the 2013’s apuesta match with submission only rules. I have quibbles with the finish, wanting to see a cleaner or more direct win than occurred, but the match was well worked the rest of the way, in a type of match which hadn’t been done in that building. They’re telling a story in very bright primary colors – Averno’s a rudo, so he’s dumb and will forget the rules and must cheat to win – but the level of lucha libre performed may it one of the best matches of the year.

2013-12-01: Averno vs Titan

And this was one of the best feuds of the year. It was really simple: Titan’s almost good enough to win, but Averno baits him into the same mistake every time and beats him just because of it. Only this time, Titan finally finds the will to survive his mistake and come back to win. (Ironically, both Averno and Mephisto have gone the other way with their finisher, where it’s been kicked out so many times that the survival doesn’t get the reaction any more.) This is Averno helping another young high flyer to put it together in Arena Mexico, his defining role for many years.

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referee loses his hair in IWRG, El Dandy

IWRG (WED) 04/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Látigo b Fulgor I
2) Ángel Del Amor & Golden Magic b Canis Lupus & Imposible
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro DQ Centvrión, Cien Caras Jr., X-Fly
Cien fouled AK-47
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Hijo del Pirata Morgan came in as champion and kept his title, despite Cien Caras Jr.’s interference. 3th defense
5) Relámpago & Veneno b Eterno & Pirata Morgan [seconds hair]
Referee Capu (Relampago & Veneno) versus Referee Reyes Rosas (Pirata Morgan & Eterno). Tecnicos took 1/3.

I guess there was a referee feud? It never came across in the results. Picture of the headshaving here. Hijo del Pirata won the middleweight title from Eterno, defended it against Hijo de Mascara, defended it against Eterno, defended it against Hijo de Mascara. Are there only three middleweights in IWRG?

Estadio Deportes is giving away 48 tickets to Sunday’s IWRG show if you can name one of the people on the show. Helpfully, the poster is right next to the article. 48 extra people is a big increase to the attendance on some days (though Sundays seems to better.)

AAA TV will air the mixed trios match, Los Angels de Lucha Libre versus Daga, Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain and Cibernetico, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Perro Aguayo Jr., Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma.

El Dandy, who had his last match ever in the Mexico City area last weekend, will be wrestling in (Mexico City area) Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 05/17. That arena itself has had it’s Last Ever Show Because They’re Going To Use The Building For Something Else show 2 or 3 times, and it’s back again.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

This week’s Tercera Caida has an interview with WWS’s Star Fire, Crazy Star and India Mazahua. There’s also an after the show video with the luchadoras.

Cerebro Negro returns to the ring on 05/29 on DTU’s show in Mexico City.

Full lineups for this weekends ChilangaMask show. There are plenty of good matches, but I’m most excited for the free WiFi on Friday. My internet connection is struggling today.

You know how Jeff Jarrett has been working with AAA? Jeff Jarrett is still working with AAA, but now has a currently meaningless acronym attached to him. I’m struggling to remember the times Jeff Jarrett headlined TripleMania, as mentioned in that press release.

The Delco Elbow drop has a very positive review of MaskedMania. I still need to go back and watch the matches I missed.

Notimex wire article on the 04/29 show in Tepito lists the world famous luchador returning to his home neighborhoods as “Sin Mascara”.

Saturday’s show at Arena Coliseo Corona Cinco de Mayo in Gomez Palacio will be a benefit show for local luchador Reptil Jr. He’s in the hospital with kidney issues, and they’re looking for blood donors.

Triton would like to be remembered as someone who gave his life to wrestling and was a good human being.

La Parka talks about this weekend’s tapings.

Fuego en el Ring interviews an eight year and a ten year old training to be luchadors.

DJ Spectro posts an article about Pepe Aguayo’s debut.

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