FantasticaMania Day 3, AAA/CMLL previews, Mistico, Huracan Ramirez

CMLL (FRI) 01/17/2014 Shinkiba 1st Ring, Tokyo, Japan [Keeping the Spirit Alive, NJPW, Strong Style Spirit]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
Attendance: 300
1) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Shigeo Okumura, Taichi, Taka Michinoku
Cometa Spanish Fly on Okumura. Taichi & Taka acted as if they were going to invite Okumura into the Suzuki army, but turned on him instead.
2) Mephisto & Vangellys b Máscara Dorada & Titán
Mephisto pinned Titan after Devil’s Wings. Mephisto said he’d do the same to Mistico tomorrow.
3) Rey Escorpión b Máximo [CMLL LH]
Rey Escorpion keeps the title via Aguijon Mortal. Seventh defense.
4) Mistico & Rush b Niebla Roja & Último Guerrero
Rush Driver on Niebla Roja. Mistico said he’s preparing 100% for tomorrow’s title match.
5) La Sombra TLDRAW Volador Jr. [lightning]
expected time limit draw, with the two flying around the arena before hitting the ten minute mark. They both asked for five more minutes and were told no. They kept fighting anyway, Volador climbing in the balcony area of the building to dive onto Sombra. Stuka led the other tecnicos out to finally break up the fight. Volador declared this a win and proof he was better than Sombra. Sombra said he was done with Volador and onto Ultimo Guerrero – and then wants to fight Tanahashi, Naito, Nakamura and Makabe.

Sounds like another fun show. 300 is about a sell out in this building. Wish there were good 300 seat buildings to run lucha libre in Mexico.

That’s not the last CMLL show in this particular building this weekend; it’s also the site of the Marclea/Ray title match I completely forgot about until REINA posted the press conference this week. That show, being promoted by Ray, is on Sunday at 5:30 (a few hours after NJPW/CMLL’s show ends.)

I’ve posted a full schedule of the start times for this weekend’s internet shows here. A lot of content!

Tonight’s AAA show brings back to Perro Aguayo/Cibernetico feud. It’s their first match after Perro went back (or stayed?) rudo back at Guerra de Titanes. The Naucalpan crowd has always been pro-Perro, so he, Texano and Daga will probably get the cheers tonight against Cibernetico, Mesias and Fenix in the main event. Semimain has Psycho Circus vs La Secta. Tercera has the Mexican Powers vs The Infierno Rocker. There’s a Joe Lider talking about the match and he doesn’t acknowledge there’s a mystery wrestler in the match. That’s normally strange, but pretty consistent with the build of this match. I don’t think the surprise is meant to be a big deal, and it’s definitely not being treated like one. AAA will be posting results on Twitter and Facebook.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is based around this week’s omnipresent Atlantis/Niebla rivalry. It’s not a super attractive Terra broadcast, with the segunda match – Pegasso, Sagrado, Triton versus Misterioso, Puma, Virus – looking like the best of what we’ll see.  Terra broadcast begins at 8pm CT with the pregame interview – should be some work to come up with stuff to talk about this week – and the matches start at 8:30.

CMLL’s next FantasticaMania show takes place Saturday evening in Japan and early Saturday morning for those of us in this hemisphere. The big matches are Mistico challenging Mephisto for the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championshp (which promises a title change) and Rush versus Nakamura (which promises violence and maybe the best match on the tour.) This show and Sunday’s are both in Korakuen Hall and include a few more NJPW talents than the previous shows.  Both will be on uStream for $15USD or 1500 Yen. (198 pesos to 191 pesos – you save a little bit using the channel.)

I was originally going to run a chat tonight for the Saturday early morning show, but it makes more sense to do it with the Saturday evening (Sunday noon in Japan) show. That’s normal people hours, so we’ll reschedule to them. I still plan on doing live results for Saturday and I’ll be around Twitter as well.

I threw together a schedule for all these shows, and I’m relatively sure I got the time zones. It’s a lot of CMLL lucha in a short time, plus the nice bonus of AAA returning to action. If you’re going to cut things out, it’s a halfway decent week to skip the Terra broadcasts.

Mistico I posted a photo of himself, where he’s added a lot of muscle weight. All he posts on Twitter is about going to the gym and going to eat, maybe that’s all he’s been doing. Adding muscle on a beat up body is almost never a good idea. In probably related news, Apolo Valdes hears Mistico I will have a big announcement in upcoming days.

This week’s WON mentions AAA is intersted in bringing in US indy stars, with the names Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards (both who now appear to be with TNA), ACH, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish mentioned as people they’re known to have interested in. I assumed it’s for the US show, but that’s not actually said.

Hijo del Santo’s column is about the Huracan Ramirez character, talking about the movies, Daniel Garcia, and the current guy who’s been showing up in TxT. (The current one was in the hospital with liver issues at Christmas, but is doing better.) Santo says the current guy – “took over in 2001, 18 years of experience, son of a luchador” – has worked hard before becoming the latest Huracan Ramirez and is bringing dignity back to name. Santo also says there were 22 offical and cloned Huracan Ramirez inbetween Garcia and the new one. I have no idea how he came up with that number, but it’s a believable one.

El Sudcalifornia has a story on the AAA TV taping in Guerrero Negro. It’s there as part of a 60th anniversary celebration of the local salt company, among a group of activities for families, and will be completely free to attend. The promoter also says an advertising agreement has been signed with AAA.

This week’s Tercera Caida included an interview with El Dandy. The after the cameras video is also up.

Rob has highlights of this past year’s TripleMania.

Guerrero Maya is giving away a mask in paper El Grafico. Fuego en el Ring has an interview with him.

WWL announced the Clown Corporacion will be added to their March DF show. On Twitter, they mentioned Zeuxis is off the card.

Chilanga Mask added Kaientai vs Masada vs Aeroboy vs a mystery CZW wrestler to the 03/23 show. (This guy has a  guess on the mystery person.)

Arena Coliseo Papa Milo in Nuevo Laredo opens tonight. Sangre Chicana and wrestlers from this arena read to kids yesterday. This article has a bio of local main eventer Silver Tiger (a Black Tiger/Silver King fusion) who’d like to go to CMLL.

Tercera Caida is now holding a ballot for match of the year (on the right side.)

There’s a benefit show this Saturday in Rio Bravo.


DTU (SAT) 02/01/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Benji Maverick, Gremlin, Kastigador, Vengador vs Aramanis, Energy, Hellboy, Lanzeloth
Queretaro vs DTU
2) Arkangel Divino, Artikus, Kalibus vs Jhonky, Mr. Maldito, Pequeno Cobra
3) Slayer Pack vs Fly Warrior, Septimo Dragon, Hacker [DTU AI, #1 Contenders]
winner gets a shot at Jinzo’s title
4) Crazy Boy & Pesadilla vs Ángel del Misterio & Black Fire and ? & Príncipe Halcón and Chica Ye-Ye & Hormiga [#1 Contenders, DTU TAG]
listed as winner gets a shot at DTU’s tag team titles; champions are unknown
5) Aero Boy & La Magnifica vs Drastik Boy & Keira
6) Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Onita Santana vs Ángel o Demonio, Ovett, Paranoiko
7) Flamita & Rocky Lobo vs Kaleth & Violento Jack and Jinzo & Rey Celestial

Main event will use two count pinfalls instead of three.

Full card for opening day show. Confused by the tag team #1 contenders match. Way back in 2008, there was a Crazy Boy/Ultimo Gladiador vs Jack Evans/Teddy Hart vs Aeroboy/Violento Jack  match for DTU titles, where results never turned up. The last team is the only team together, and Violento Jack & Aeroboy would probably have been letting people know they were tag team champions for six years if they had won. I dunno. (Also, odd the #1 contenders match is not even the top tag team match on the show. Not even the third top.)

01/17-19 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as a 90 mintue show, actually. Maybe the Puerto Vallarta show.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Negro Casas vs Volador, Atlantis/Mascara/Maximo vs Avernos

52MX: Maybe the Hechicero trios from Guadalajara? And some misc trios from Sunday.

C3: Nuevo Valores Week 2. Delta, Porky, Vailente vs Zavala, Rojo, Polvora.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Volador Jr. vs Averno.

Lucha Azteca: Titan vs Negro Casas

Terra Friday: Delta/Maya/Porky vs Ephesto/Euforia/Pierroth and Estrellita/Sugheit

Terra Sunday: Atlantis vs Niebla

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: Vampiro vs Pirata.

Noches de Coliseo: maybe last Sundays

DTU: not airing? No mention of it.


Coliseo Reynosa to be demolished, AAA TV, #1 spot gets a match, luchadora fan fest

Arena Coliseo Reynosa is closing down. The owners of the 50 year old building don’t want to be owners of the building any more. They offered to sell to the local lucha promoter, but it was out of his price range for a facility which sounds very worn down. (The age of the building seems to be as much an issue as the crowds.) The owners are selling to someone who is going to do something else with the property; the building itself will be demolished. The luchadors are out of work until they can find another building, and the lucha promoter was pulling out the equipment he had put in the building. This is why the show there this past week was canceled. This may have been in the works for a while – Doradafan pointed out a message on the promotion’s Facebook account promoting a recent show as the final show, which I had thought it just meant the final show of 2013 – but it seems like most people were caught off guard.

Coliseo Reynosa had been in pretty regular use; DTU ran there in October and CMLL, AAA and indy wrestlers had been there this year. There are other building in the arena – Arena Juba in Reynosa runs pretty regularly – but this promoter is hoping the local commission will help him find a warehouse or let them use the local university’s gym.

No IWRG show today, since AAA tapes Friday. IWRG used to run FILL shows on most every Tuesday they didn’t have a Friday show, and it’s a bit disappointing they haven’t run one the last couple of weeks.

AAA has uploaded part 3 of their year in review (TripleMania), which won’t premiere nationally until tonight. They’ve also announced this week’s Televisa show will be a two hour show, the same make up for the missing hour Televisa gave them last time they didn’t air.

Mr. Maldito & Arkangel Celestial, who had the #1 spot of 2013 on Tercera Caida’s countdown, will be on the next DTU show. DTU is probably releasing their lineup for that 02/01 show today.

Luna Magica seems to be missing from CMLL. She hasn’t been listed in a match since Christmas, not in CMLL since November, and not in Arena Mexico since the end of September. (I only noticed while re-editing old Terra shows.)  I don’t what the reason is, if there is a reason – her matches were a struggle, but CMLL doesn’t seem to stop booking veterans for that reason and I’d guess she’ll be back if/when other tecnicas spend time in Japan.

Arena Lopez Mateos will host an all women fan fest and lucha libre show on 02/02. They’ll be taking photos and selling merchandise for fans starting at 3pm with the show starting at 6:3opm. The expo might work well; I was impressed by how much merchandise female wrestlers are able to sell at the couple of SHIMMER shows I’ve been at, though I’m not totally sure if that experience carries over to Mexico.

Tercera Caida airs tonight at 8pm (or whenever Ohio State/Penn State college basketball ends). TVCD’s schedule lists another episode at 11pm. It’s listed as new but with the same episode number – congrats on episode 400! – so I’m unsure if it’s repeat or a DTU TV show.

Rob has highlights of 05/17/13 CMLL.

Eric R reviews 01/11/14 Uprising: Lucha Libre.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a new LuchaWorld Podcast.

Lucha Libre in Japan

01/13 LEGEND: Gran Hamada & Solar I [O] b Nosawa Rongai & Masada [X]
Solar was supposed to face Tiger Mask I, who he has a history with, but Tiger is still out injured. Those did a backstage interview after the match, with Tiger saying he will still do the match when he’s able to return from injury.


Negro Casas says fighting the likes of Volador & Rush makes him feel young.

Aeroboy said his CZW match was one of the best experiences of his life.

Arkangel and Cachorro (?!) visited students at UNAM (university) to talk about lucha libre.


CMLL (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Robin vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Hooligan
3) Tritón vs Puma [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys
5) Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente vs Boby Zavala, Pierroth, Terrible
6) La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Mephisto, Misterioso Jr., Virus

Nuevo Valores, like 20 year pro Misterioso! Oh well, it was a good two week run. National trios champs actually teaming means something’s up, though that would be an even weirder challenging team. Fourth/fifth matches appear the process of a random draw.

CMLL (TUE) 01/21/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Sky Kid vs Demonio Rojo & Sádico
2) Fuego, Gallo, Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Nosferatu
3) Delta, Máximo, Sagrado vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Diamante Azul & Shocker vs Euforia & Rey Bucanero
5) Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla

Some of the FantasticaMania names are filtering in on this day of shows, but poor Maximo is the only one who has to take the bus ride to Guadalajara. Atlantis/Niebla everywhere.

FantasticaMania day 2, Atlantis/Niebla, Super Porky

photo by Miguel Reducindo

CMLL (MON) 01/13/2014 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Comunicate Digital, El Popular (cover), Plantilla Deportiva, Porra Fresa]
1) Disturbio & Inquisidor b Black Tiger & Meyer
2) Canelo Casas, Espiritu Negro, Fuerza Chicana b Camaleón, Flyer, Tigre Rojo Jr.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón DQ Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
Rudos fouled Triton. Puma and Tirantes had an animated argument after the DQ, which is becoming a pattern.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Pólvora b Blue Panther, Super Porky, Valiente
Porky was stretchered after a second fall move – it sounds like something where Polvora and Pierroth were supposed to catch Super Porky, but Pierroth didn’t realize it, Polvora couldn’t hold up Porky himself, and Porky fell on his head. The doctor on scene said he should rest for 15 days. Rudos won 1/3.
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Shocker b Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(Valiente was mistakenly listed as replacing Terrible.) Bucanero’s first match here since 06/03. Rudos took 1/3, only losing the second by excessive violence. Bucanero used the ropes to pin Shocker in the third, which sets up a singles match next week.

It would be nice if Pierroth hurting someone meant this was the end of Pierroth. If that’s not the breaking point, there probably isn’t one.

I have no idea how we ended up with five reports on a Puebla show. Maybe CMLL Miguel is covering them ongoing now?

CMLL NJPW (WED) 01/15/2014 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [Keeping the Spirit Alive, NJPW, Strong Style Spirit]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
Attendance: 1000
1) Bushiroad & Titán b Gedo & Jado
8:55. Titan pinned Gedo with Titanics.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Rey Escorpión, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
7:33. Fuego beat Vangelis (with La Flashina?)
3) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Jushin Liger & Máximo
9:51. Taichi beat Maximo with a Gedo clutch + testicular claw
4) Máscara Dorada & Naito b Kushida & Volador Jr.
11:32. Swapped partners from yesterday. Naito goes 2-0 as Dorada beats Volador.
5) Mistico & Rush b Mephisto & Shinsuke Nakamura
12:13. Rush and Mistico wore half/half masks to the ring. Mistica on Mephisto. Nakamura & Rush fought after the match.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra b Niebla Roja, Okada, Último Guerrero
11:40. Desperado beat Niebla Roja. Ultimo Guerrero and Sombra faced off post match and Sombra talked about making their singles match into a title match.

The tour takes a break until Friday, the ‘All CMLL’ show with Volador versus Sombra.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 01/14/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Leono & Magnus b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Oro Jr., Robin, Stigma b Espanto Jr., Herodes Jr., Inquisidor
Oro replaced Soberano on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Cancerbero, Guerrero Negro Jr., Raziel b Hombre Bala Jr., Sagrado, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sangre Azteca [lightning]
Maya won with the Sacrifica.
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger
Divino Laguneros took 2/3. Blue Panther used the ropes to beat Negro Casas, who was enraged someone would cheat to defeat him.
6) Delta, Super Porky, Valiente b Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Brazo de Plata wrestled despite his injury. Delta pinned Dragon Rojo.

Luchadors are tough (and take silly risks.) Still, someone in charge should be giving Brazo de Plata the night off.

CMLL (TUE) 01/14/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Ráfaga b Leo
2) El Rebelde, Hechicero, Hooligan b Dragon Lee, Star Jr., Starman
Rudos took 1/3, Hechicero beating Dragon Lee in the third.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Gallo, Smaker, Tritón b Felino, Gran Guerrero, Virus
Rudos took 1/3, Felino beating Triton.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker DQ Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last with Niebla taking Atlantis mask in the third. This sets up a singles match between the two next week.

That’s two Niebla/Atlantis matches in three days. Hechicero beats Dragon Lee!

Mae Young passed away yesterday.  CMLL has a note on her passing. Her career stretched so long, she wrestled in the building that proceeded Arena Coliseo in 1942. She returned in 1945 in the new Arena Coliseo, main eventing and selling out those shows.

A(nother) lucha libre expo (“Esto si es Lucha Libre”) is coming to Mexico City on April 2nd, and they’re announcing an adjunct Hall of Fame. Silvia Gomez and Ray Mendoza are listed as organizers. They’ve announced the initial class: Salvador Luttertoth, Francisco Flores, Antonio Peña, Tarzán López, Cavernario Galindo, Rayo de Jalisco, Ray Mendoza, El Faraón, Villano III, Ringo Mendoza, El Solitario, Dos Caras, Rito Romero, Blue Demon, Alfonso Dantes, Irma González, Estela Molina, Babe Face and Gory Guerrero.

I don’t care how annoying Hijo del Santo or Hijo del Santo’s wife are – if you’re doing a lucha libre Hall of Fame without El Santo, you are making yourself look dumb. (The criteria is “those who dignified lucha libre”, which makes it a nice change of pace Pena made it.) Maybe that was explained somewhere outside of this press article? Huracan Ramirez, Mil Mascaras and Black Shadow should also be on any list, and there are names on that list that I wouldn’t have considered as the first 24 people in a hall of fame.

The 80 Years of Lucha Libre exhibition will now be kept on Paseo de la Reforma for an extra month, thru February 26. It’ll move to the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in March, then to San Luis Potosi in May.

Rey Hechicero talks about his CMLL stint with Fuego en el Ring; he only found out about the chance for the first match on 12/26 and immediately said yes.

ChilangaMask announced Dr. Cerebro & Eterno versus Tijuana’s Xtorm & Zarco for their 03/23 show. The TJ guys get good reviews from people who go those those shows. Eterno should continue attending shows with a crutch even when he’s healthy, just so Super Nova & X-Fly can keep hitting people with them.

Rob has highlights of 10/29/13 CMLL.

Marco Corleone writes about Rocky Romero’s lucha libre career.

The Gladiatores interviews Espartaco, who turns out to be from Colombia. (This is why we have the ? category!)

WWL talks more about their plans for Mexico, hopes to work with AAA and other companies.

Segunda Caida reviews Gringos VIP vs DocCerebro/Terry/Bombero.

CMLL Gaceta recaps the recent feuds and debuts.


CMLL (MON) 01/20/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia & Asturiano vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Metálico & Metatrón vs Espíritu Maligno & Hijo del Signo
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, La Máscara vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Shocker vs Rey Bucanero

Shocker took Bucanero’s mask, fifteen years ago. We’re all getting old.

No FantasticaMania luchadors (which is probably for their best.) Super Porky keeps on working.

AAA RCH (SAT) 02/15/2014 Canchas de Futbol Colonia El Zapote
1) Araña de Plata & Látigo vs Atomik Star & Electro Boy
2) Anubis Black, Freelance, Golden Magic vs Arez, Comando Negro, Impulso
3) Ludxor & Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr. & Steve Pain
4) Faby Apache & Lolita vs Sexy Lady & Taya Valkyrie
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.

Part of an RCH tour (though I realize I don’t exactly know where this show is located.)

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. AAA was a major topic at an El Rey press conference. The show itself was announced for the third or fourth time, now with the Voice’s Mark Burnett being added as an executive producer. The start date was pushed back again, to a nebulous “second half of 2014″, but it’s been confirmed it’ll be taped in Los Angeles. There’s also talk of TV specials and PPVs.
  2. Negro Casas defeated Titan to win the 2013(ish) Leyenda de Plata tournament, then defeated Volador Jr. the next week. Both matches were fun, though Volador’s tecnico turn doesn’t seem to be quite working. Negro is meanwhile feuding with Blue Panther and his recently debuted sons, and CMLL still occasionally brings up his signed but never resolved hair match with Rush. (Negro getting those big wins might have been a build up for that hair match, but it also might have just been CMLL randomness.)
  3. CMLL/NJPW’s FantasticaMania tour kicked off. The opening show from Osaka on uStream iPPV without problems (besides the music muting) and sold out the building. There was talk abotu coming back to Osaka in a bigger building in 2015. The tour builds to weekend shows in Korakuen Hall, one of which will be on iPPV. Mistico is the favorite to beat Mephisto in one title match on the Saturday iPPV, while the Mascara Dorada & Voaldor Sunday title match (not iPPV) is more a toss up.
  4. AAA hasn’t taped TV this year yet (that’ll happen Friday), but announced three TV tapings for late January and early February. Those include a previously unannounced show in the retown of Guerrero Negro, where the local big business is sponsring the show. All three shows include first round four way matches for this year’s Rey de Reyes matches. The lineups suggest Texano versus Mesias may be the next AAA mega title match, but not much is for sure.
  5. Sin Cara’s contract ran out? Maybe? No one’s saying anything, though he was said to visit backstage at a recent CMLL show. Sin Cara has only announced he’s running a lucha show to celebrate the first anniversary of his gym.
  6. CMLL’s debuted many new luchadors to start 2014. Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, are all brothers or sons of current CMLL wrestlers. Star Jr. (son of indy wrestler Starboy) and Rey Hechicero (Monterrey luchador) have also been added to lineups. CMLL’s also now promoting it’s Tuesday Arena Mexico shows as Nuevo Valores Martes, focused on new stars.
  • Super Porky suffered a neck injury that should keep him out 15 days. He’s working anyway. Zacarias the parrot separately a head injury and is actually out for a couple weeks, and Astral is out after suffering a leg injury to end this year’s Pequeno Reyes del Aire (which was won by Electrico.)
  • Santo Jr. (the son of Hijo del Santo) said he plans on returning to Japan this summer and debuting in Mexico as Tempestad later this year.
  • In Guadalajara Leo & Xavier Cruz Jr. took Disturbio & Acertijo’s hair. Mini Rock Spirit lost his hair in an IWRG cage match.
  • Titan kept his title over Averno in Guadalajara, and Mephisto kept his over Atlantis in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

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2013 watch later catchup, part 4

Alan Extreme tope con giro

don’t sit on the barricade!

04-07: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible: GREAT. A fun trios match between guys who are skilled have worked against each other many times most of the way, enough so that the first two finishes are surprise counters to set up moves. They found a couple extra gears in the third fall when the rudos were just wrecking the tecnico’s lives. The toss into a dropkick in the third fall was the best one anyone’s ever done. They got the money thrown in treatment and deserved it.

you could do this a 1000 times and not time it better







keep watching

2013-04-11 Mr. Leo & Saruman vs Alan Extreme & Fulgor: I don’t know how Mr. Leo didn’t break Alan Extreme for all time on that German suplex. First fall ended with three men hurt on the mat; Leo was the survivor more than the winner. Rest of the match was good quality (with even more head droppy) but it doesn’t crack the list. Fulgor had a really nice tornillo in the third.

Eterno finds a way to counter the handspring

04-11 IWRG: el Ángel vs Eterno for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship: Technically fine match which didn’t connect with me at all. Technical throughout but also feeling like they could’ve had this match in an empty gym without changing anything. Angel wasn’t bad, but the most entertaining thing he did was take the towel away from Alan Xtreme in between, wave him off, and then pull out the old matador bit. I think he’s got a personality but it’s never come across during the match. Finish came off well because everyone was generally surprised it happened and reacted like it was a big deal, but the match itself didn’t do a lot for me.

Imposible turned out to be OK.

04-14 IWRG: Black Terry, Centvrión, Golden Magic vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible: Seemed like it was sizing up as a good match, but then that gif happened and they had to finish the rest of it 3 técnicos on 2 rudos. Refereee Rosas worked as blatant heel referee the rest of the way to make it work as best they could but it was not an appealing match and everyone seemed a little thrown off by Impossible getting streteched out. I know I was – I wouldn’t be using that gif if this wasn’t months ago and Imposble was back and threading his dreadlocks thru his nose hole. Finish was an absurd bit of Carta Brava clearly fouling the técnicos twice in front of the referees and getting away with it, maybe because of how plans had fallen apart.

Hechicero wizardy

hammerlock swinging backbreaker

04-14 ACM: Blue Panther & Sagrado vs Caifan & Rey Hechicero: GREAT. First fall was outstanding, with just creative and awesome mat work. Rey Hechicero is a wizard (that’s sort of the gimmick) but Sagrado kept up with him with some stuff he never shows, and Panther and Caifan also really good. The rest of the match wasn’t as much that way, but there was plenty going on here to make this easy call for great and maybe more. The only real flaw was production missing the finish while showing replays; the draw came quickly and felt more random when they missed it live. I bet no one knows more ways to pin themselves than Rey Hechicero.

Tigre Rojo tornillo armbar

05-20 Puebla: Asturiano, Meyer, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akrón, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.: Useful as a look at a couple of the new Arena Puebla guys but not a good match in itself (and those new guys aren’t so good that you really need to look at them.) Akron had some problems and King Jaguar was wrestling one armed by the middle of the second fall, so this wasn’t going to work out. Meyer and Akron look like they need more time to develop. I think I put this on the list because Asturiano and Siki Osama are quality and they still are, but there wasn’t enough to work with here. Things did get interesting to end the third fall. This match might have set the record for most people selling being beat up by sitting in an empty seat.

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FantasticaMania day 1, AAA in LA, Brazo de Plata hurt, Nuevo Valores

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan [NJPW, PuroresuFan]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
Attendance: 1300
1) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Bushiroad & Titán
~9:15. Titan looked good doing his signature spots. Taichi pulled Bushiroad’s mask for the win (though he struggled with a cradle.) Rudos took Titan’s mask as well.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura. Rey Cometa wrestled the match in his mask, but it didn’t help him – Okumura reversed his huracanrana in 6:40 for the win. The other four were taken out by dives right before the end. Cometa took off his mask post match.
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo b Gedo & Jado
10:26. Maximo kiss of death on Jado set up a casita.
4) Naito & Volador Jr. b Kushida & Máscara Dorada
Volador beat Mascara Dorada with the Canadian Destroyer in 8:36. Like Rey Cometa, Volador wrestled the match in his mask and unmasked after his win.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Rush
Ultimo Guerrero beat Sombra with the Guerrero Special in 12:25. Best match on the show so far.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión
Tanahashi had the CMLL Universal championship. Desperado slipped out from the Rainmaker and landed a big tope con giro, taking Okada and half the announce desk. La Mistica on Rey Escorpion in 10:17.

A good show, though not a must see one. 1300 is listed as a sell out. Main event was strongly about showcasing Mistico; he’s the star of this tour.  The other guys looked good and it’s going to be helping Desperado to be working with the CMLL rudos for this tour. Ultimo Guerrero was working harder in Japan than he has in Mexico most of the time (though he was still checking off his near falls.) That finish, and maybe the fourth, are explicitly to build towards singles matches later in the tour.

Show was about 2 hours on the dot from bell to bell, including about a 20 minute intermission. (There was also a 30 minute preshow and a 15 minute post show as part of the broadcast.) That’s a few minutes less than the length of a usual CMLL Sunday Terra but even less ring time due the intermission. The matches are shorter – the second match was very short despite all those guys – but the show has a good flow and keeps moving. This was a hometown show for Okumura, his first in five years as best I can tell, which may explains why he got the win.

All of the CMLL music is muted out due to copyright issues, which is frustrating. It’s not a fun when Fuego is dancing around to silence. The feed had no problem. It did seem like most of the people watching the show were watching on SamuraiTV and not the internet. Both Voldaor & Rey Cometa wore their masks for the entirety of their matches, then took them off post match. I think that’s for merchandise reason; everyone’s brought suitcases of masks and other gear to sell to collectors, and there was a CMLL merchandise stand at show (about the same size as the one in Arena Mexico, which is not that impressive.)

The next FantasticaMania show is Wednesday in Kyoto. The next iPPV is Saturday morning at 3:30 AM CT (and definitely not 2:30 AM) for $15.

Alfredo has his recap of the show too.

AAA posted a press release about the deal with El Rey and Mark Burnett. The release says the show will be fully produced and recorded in Los Angeles (where AAA already has an office set up.) That sounds like they’re getting a building or soundstage and producing everything in one location to start, not touring around with the TV. It’s the best idea if they want to get a good crowd.

Cinco Radio’s Twitter reported Brazo de Plata suffered a neck injury last night. Other reports say it came after a Dragon Rojo slam. Porky was strechered out and the doctor on the hand said Porky will be out fifteen days. That’s going to cause a lot of reshuffling. Due to many tecnicos being in Japan, Brazo de Plata was supposed to be on all three DF cards this week – main event today, semimain event on Friday and tercera on Sunday. CMLL doesn’t have as many top guys on hand. They have plenty of midcard and lowcard guys, so I’d guess the spaces will be filled from people in lesser matches and the replacements coming in those. (Or Porky will just end up working thru his injury.)

(In other injury news, Zacarias is said to be out for 15 days.)

(CMLL has already changed around the lineups. Oro goes in for Soberano today, while Ephesto replaces Gran Guerrero and Averno replaces Tiger on Friday.)

El Popular’s recap of last night’s Puebla show says the main event set up a Shocker versus Rey Bucanero match for next week. Bucanero put his feet on the ropes to beat Shocker in the third. The recap lists Valiente on the rudo side, replacing Terrible and working twice, but doesn’t seem to think that’s strange at all.

Cinco Radio also has a Twitter message about the debuting Flyer, listing him as Super Parka’s grandson and Volador Jr.’s nephew. Flyer had been previously reported as Volador’s younger brother.

Today is CMLL’s second Nuevo Valores Martes, and also a Fan Appreciation day. The change you have laying around may be enough to buy a ticket (especially if your change still includes a 25 peso coin for some reason, like me.) Main event is scheduled to be Brazo de Plata, Valiente & Delta versus Polvora, Bobby Zavala and Dragon Rojo; CMLL seems to be setting up singles matches around the horn and it’s been a while since Polvora & Rojo have defended their championships. Negro Casas and TKPKFusion take on Divinos Laguneros (the new name for the Panther family) in a rematch of the semifinal.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and PosterMania for the week.

Video of Aeroboy’s CZW appearance is already up on the internet. It looked like he got positive reviews on the show.

This week’s SuperLuchas has a recap of the best of 2013.

Inferno Rockers say 2013 was a good year for them (?), say Psycho Clown is a hypocrite for leaving behind his partners to challenge for the heavyweight title, do not reference having a mystery partner on Friday.

Hijo de Dos Caras challenges Los Mamitos for the upcoming WWL show.

WWL promoters explain that even though they’re from Puerto Rico, they really love Mexican lucha libre.

DJ Spectro looks back at 01/06/1985 UWA show.

Gimnasio Solidaridad, a lucha libre arena in Zacatecas, is being temporary used by the military due to unrest in the area – and the luchadors are protesting the loss of their building.

Shocker appeared on the Nueva Dia TV program.

Mr. Reyes has highlights of photos from the last two weeks.


CMLL (SUN) 01/19/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Artillero, Hooligan, Súper Comando
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Delta, Super Porky, Tritón vs Averno, Boby Zavala, Ephesto
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
6) Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla

So much Atlantis/Niebla. This show doesn’t exactly work for moving someone up, but it’s also a fourth match and probably doesn’t matter much who’s in Brazo de Plata’s spot.

01/10-12 lucha videos

AAA didn’t air (and would’ve been a repeat.) IWRG aired in portions and then complete; I used the complete date. Puebla had some issues; we’re missing the start of the mask match and parts of the third and fifth.

I’ve got the Jul-Dec Fox Sports matches up on: I’m working on 52MX next. I’m also thinking I’ll starting getting Terra up this week on DailyMotion, which will just leave AAA and IWL.

Uploading 52MX/Fox matches which aired on Terra seems safe. If you absolutely don’t want to go to DailyMotion, you’ll still see some (edited) versions of that match on the YouTube channel.

It turns out the download option for DailyMotion is only for the uploader. Disappointing!

YouTube playlist:

01/11 WWC:
01/12 WWC:

01/12 Sobre en Ring (w/Rambo):

01/11 Mas x Mas with Atlantis on Arena Mexico and the mural:
(not going up on YouTube)

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-10
taped 2014-01-10 @ Arena Mexico
Full Show:
Pre Show
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
5) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-11
Full Show:
taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Mexico
2) Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-11
taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
2) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Stellar Moments
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Niebla Roja
4) Rush, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-11
taped 2014-01-03 @ Arena Mexico
1) Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
2) Titán vs Negro Casas in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament final match
3) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-01-11
Full Show:
taped 2013-12-27 @ Arena Mexico
1) Blue Panther vs Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente, Fuego, Máximo, Pegasso, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Pólvora, Reaper, Puma in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match
2) Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

CMLL on Terra: 2014-01-12
Full Show:
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Mexico
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Cholo, Herodes Jr.
3) Molotov, Sensei, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Nosferatu
4) Tritón vs Cancerbero in a lightning match
5) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-01-12
taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Electro Boy & Emperador Azteca vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Alan Extreme, Astro Rey Jr., Dragón Celestial vs Araña de Plata, Douki, Imposible
3) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura vs Danny Casas, Oficial 911, Súper Nova
4) Dragoncito De Oro vs Mini Multifacetico and Voladorcito and Mini Super Pinocho and Mini Cobra and Bracito De Plata and Piratita Morgan and Oficialito AK47 and Rockerito and Mini Rock Spirit in a cage match, with mask and hair on the line

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-01-12
taped 2013-12-29 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Machine Rocker, Orquídea Negra, Soul Rocker
2) Diluvio Negro II, Estelaris, Orlando Santa Cruz, Panthro vs Corazón de Barrio, Espanto Jr., Silver Star, Tigre Universitario

CMLL Puebla: 2014-01-13
taped 2013-12-30 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Tigre Rojo vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
2) Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara, Máximo vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Reaper
4) Stigma vs Camorra, mask vs mask
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas


01/14 CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania live notes

I can not imagine there’s someone who’s reading this website who’s not up watching this, but…

In non FantasticaMania news, Brazo de Plata suffered a neck injury in Puebla and is supposed to be out two weeks. Porky is booked on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and it’s not an easy week to come up with replacement luchadors.

Music muting is so annoying.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Bushiroad & Titán
~9:14. Titan looked good doing his signature spots. Taichi pulled Bushiroad’s mask for the win (though he struggled with a cradle.) Rudos took Titan’s mask as well.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura. Rey Cometa wrestled the match in his mask, but it didn’t help him – Okumura reversed his huracanrana in ~6:30 for the win. The other four were taken out by dives right before the end. Cometa took off his mask post match.
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo b Gedo & Jado
Maximo kiss of death on Jado.


4) Naito & Volador Jr. b Kushida & Máscara Dorada
Volador beat Mascara Dorada with the Canadian Destroyer in 8:36. Like Rey Cometa, Volador wrestled the match in his mask and unmasked after his win.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Rush
Ultimo Guerrero beat Sombra with the Guerrero Special in 12:30. Best match on the show so far.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión
Tanahashi had the CMLL Universal championship. Desperado slipped out from the Rainmaker and landed a big tope con giro, taking Okada and half the announce desk. La Mistica on Mistico in 10:18.

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2013 watch later catchup, part 3

suplex aleman

03-14 IWRG: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Trauma II vs Argenis, Drago, Fenix (AAA): Trauma II replaced Golden Magic, and Trauma II is not doing a crazy go nuts match from this start, so this was a bit more sane. Still, it was crazy enough for Fenix to dropped on his head to end the second fall and either did his best selling job ever or was seriously messed up the rest of the way. (I’d really believe either.) It’s sticks out stronger in a marathon watching how lucky they (and we) are that more guys don’t disappear with injuries for months at at time given the current style. Third fall was worked around Fenix’s injury a bit, but it was stilla pretty good build up match. Fenix not knowing what the title was called takes it down a little bit.

triple dive

03-15 CMLL (Handcam): La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: GREAT. This is a handcam – there’s probably a Samurai TV version but I haven’t seen it, and this is the ancient days of lore pre-Terra. Really fun trios which would be bigger than most Tuesday main events but relegated to the segunda for Dos Leyendas. Pretty standard formula which got very good by the end. This match had a stacked up superplex – has the 2 on 1 superplex actually been completed by anyone in the last five years without more people getting involved? Crowd would’ve exploded if Averno beat Máscara clean with the Devil’s Wings at the end of the finisher run – and then they did after the big powerbomb. That’s really enough to push into the list; it’s completely lost without the context (of them never actually just doing that finish), but it’s my list so it’s in there.

neat headscissors you can sort of see

03-15 CMLL (Hanicam): Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: watched out of order and mildly distracted, but this was a pretty good match with an outstanding finish. Finishes were generally pretty good on this show, but the Cats just destroyed the técnicos at the end here. Felino’s best work all year has come when he’s been paired with his sons and this was no exception. Really surprising CMLL stuck with the Delta/Maya pair all year given how forgetful they are on some midcard concepts (Triton and his Cadetes!) but maybe they’ll stick together next year and we’ll get that tag match against Puma and Tiger.

not sure!

03-17 IWRG: Dinamic Black vs Carta Brava Jr. for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship: I had the AYM version of this playing on my TV. It’s so much easier to watch on my TV than YouTube. I noticed I could watch this on YouTube with the TVCD crew instead, and changed immediately. TVCD not being the flagship IWRG broadcaster is most frustrating story of 2013. This was a IWRG title match, right down to the rudo second interfering and being thrown out, and a very good match in front of a very excited crowd. I’m fairly certain this inverted DDT before the finish wasn’t supposed what it turned out to be, because the finish itself was Carta Brava mostly pinning himself, but it was quite a move.

flip kick to the face


springboard tope con giro

03-21 IWRG: Dinamic Black vs Fenix (AAA) for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship: GREAT. Occasionally, some sequence goes horrendously poor and it causes me to believe lucha libre may be fake. This match caused me to believe lucha libre is real. Very very real. Things kind of broke down at the end of the first fall; it might have been earlier, but it stuck out to me when Dinamic Black just didn’t go for Fenix’s handspring cutter, Fenix responded by not submitting to the motocicleta, and Dinamic Black decided to try to break Fenix’s shoulder. Match wasn’t the crazy move fest I was expecting even before that, but it turned into one of the most hate filled matches of the year for seemingly very genuine reasons. Moves which relied cooperation did not go well for a while, moves that required just hitting someone else very hard were very frequent. Dinamic Black took some hard shots in the second fall, and Fenix did the same in the third (though he ducked out of one dropkick to protect himself.) It’s always possible they did a masterful job of faking the hatred, but it felt very genuine and very intense. It’s conflicting, because giving people acclaim for appearing unprofessional is not a good idea (and usually leads to bad matches), but this was undeniable an entertaining match. It’d probably be an excellent match if they were not (purposefully?) screwing up moves at times – it added to the authenticity of a real fight going on but did make both guys look silly to keep trying them. I think Dinamic tried to screw over Fenix over in the finish, trying to get him down for a five count, and it ended up working out better for Fenix. Fenix was happy to point out the two count to have an out and book his own match. Remind me never to have Trauma II as my corner man – he let Dinamic Black put Fenix in the hold after the match, didn’t do much about it, and sided with the IWRG guys. Argenis couldn’t have been that busy.

Stuka splash!

03-24 ACM: Silencio vs Símbolo for the Arena el Jaguar championship which might be the FILL Absolute Championship and probably doesn’t specifically matter either way: A generally good title match with some flaws but a lot of effort. I liked parts of the third fall finishing sequence. Silencio tried to go all Mascara Dorada and slipped on the ropes, which was sad. Second fall finish was Silencio losing by being dumb, which is probably not the way to go in a title match. Finish looked clunky, but there was still a lot of good stuff here.

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