Triplemania PPV, Stuka, Valiente, Vangelis, Fuego advance, Chicas Vuelta Vuelta

TripleMania will be on conventional PPV. AAA confirmed this last night and posted the pricing today. If you order before the show, it’s $18, plus $5 more for HD, plus $2 more if you call to order instead of using the internet. If you wait until Sunday, there’s another $5 surcharge in there.  Whatever way you do it, it’s cheaper to buy the iPPV – but you get on TV, which is nice and I’d pay a little extra not to have to deal with cords and multiple screens.  No word about that movie theater plan.

AAA’s been doing a lot of press all week to talk about TripleMania. The annual pilgrimage, taking place the same day as Antonio Pena’s birthday, is happening right now.

CMLL closed the En Busca de un Idolo polling much earlier this week, updated the scoreboard, then took the scoreboard down and just posted the final totals. They might have done this because the polling scores made no sense. This is what they appeared to be (based on what they had for the last 3 weeks.)

40 Stuka
39 Valiente
37 Vangelis
22 Fuego
5 Sangre Azteca
4 Tiger
4 Hijo del Fantasma
0 Misterioso

The numbers on the website didn’t make any sense as they were listed. It looked like they gave Fuego 42 points for the 40 point poll (despite giving the actual winning 40 to Stuka for the third straight week.) What appears to actually have happened is Fuego got 22 points for votes, and they threw in the 20 points for winning his match over Misterioso in the same column. (The last update still had him listed as 1 win instead of 2.)

The final totals were 333 Valiente
280 Vangelis
278 Stuka Jr.
208 Fuego – should’ve been 206 but there was a typo never fixed
202 Hijo del Fantasma
164 Tiger
140 Sangre Azteca
113 Misterioso Jr.

Walking thru the math fails is truly exciting, but the bigger point here is even the people running this system can’t keep track of these numbers – this point system is wildly unsuccessful.  Please make this easy to follow next year, if there is a next year.

For what it’s worth, if you take out the fan poll points, the order would’ve been Valiente, Hijo del Fantasma, Vangelis, Tiger, Stuka, Fuego, Sangre Azteca and Misterioso. The 3/4/5 group are all grouped in within 4 points.

Valiente, Vangelis, Stuka and Fuego advance, three tecnicos and one rudo like last year. Valiente and Stuka are the favorites for making the final two. The intermission trios match this Friday will be Negro Casas, Valiente & Stuka vs Vangelis, Virus and Fuego. Schedule, based on what they announced at the start, looks like

06/21: Valiente vs Vangelis, Stuka vs Fuego
06/28: Valiente vs Fuego, Vangelis vs Stuka
07/05: Valiente vs Stuka, Vangelis vs Fuego

That’ll probably change.

You can now rent the CMLL edecanes – for your corporate or private event. The 16 women currently working as ring girls for CMLL are going to be working as a group named “Chicas Vuelta, Vuelta”, they’ll be booked out thru CMLL’s office the same as the luchadors, they’ll be available to be booked on lucha libre shows as well as other events and they can work as dancers and singers as well. There’s been mentions in the past of some of the CMLL edecans having to choose between working for the promotion or working elsewhere due to conflicts, and this would seem to give them more work if they stay with CMLL. Having all of them at the Father’s Day show this Sunday is the kick off to the initiative.

Rob has highlights of AAA 06/17/07 Toluca, AAA 05/12/13 Durango, and CMLL from the first, second, third and fourth week of May 2007. Plus, typical CMLL editing.

Bill has highlights of 06/07/12 IWRG.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Super Crazy gets his GHC Junior Heavyweight title shot against Taiji Ishimori on July 7.

Super Crazy teams with Ricky Marvin NOAH’s July GHC Junior Tag Team tournament. Pesdailla teams with someone who translates to “Dual Force” as the “Ultraviolent Lucha Libre.” team Maybe Santo Jr. – I guess you can get from Tempestad to Dual Force. The South American team of Kaiser & Gaston Mateo are back as well.


Soul Rocker says Machine is (back?) wrestling with the group tomorrow.

Daga wants to settle outstanding accounts with Davey Richards.

AAA is taking part in the campaign against childhood obesity again.

Hugo Savinovich likes AAA’s innovation and WWL and AAA working together.

Blue Demon & Hijo del Santo defend their PWR tag team titles in Watsonville, CA in July (assuming they get by Zumbi & Karaoui next Saturday.)


CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Camorra & Ramstein
2) Pegasso, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura [lightning]
4) Bushiroad, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Felino, Pólvora, Puma
5) Máscara Dorada vs Averno [NWA WELTER]
Mascara Dorada is champion. First defense.
6) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

I guess if your usual high flying Guadalajara tecnico partner is busy, Titan is a good fill-in.

Dorada vs Averno should be great.

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal, Leo, Magnus vs Disturbio, Magnum, Sádico
2) Marcela & Silueta vs Amapola & Princesa Sugheit
3) Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Maléfico, Sangre Azteca, Vangellys
4) Bam Bam vs Mercurio [hair]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker vs Mr. Águila, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr.

I really have no idea how that hair match is going to go.

Kraneo vs Guerrero Maya! An actual good CMLL women’s tag match! Wish this was still airing.

10/21 AAA Fusion Results (Arena Lopez Mateos)

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA Fusion (SUN) 10/21/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [AAABlack Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Astro de Plata (IWRG) & Freelance b Dr. Cerebro & Mike Segura
2) La Hechicera, Mari Apache, Sexy Star b La Braza, Nygma, Polvo de Estrellas
Hechicera splash for the win.
3) Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker b Aerostar, Extreme Tiger, Súper Fly
Super Fly suffered a neck strain on a dive. Machine Rocker pinned Aerostar on a rolling German suplex.
4) Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy b Daga & Halloween [GHC JUNIOR]
Marvin & Crazy retained their tag titles, Marvin pinning Daga with a sit down piledriver. Halloween suffered three broken ribs in the match.
5) Chessman, Silver King, Último Gladiador b El Mesías, Fenix, Vampiro
Maniacos (with Trolli) laid out Vampiro before the match, then got the win.

Air Date: 10/24 and 10/31, or 10/31 and 11/07

AAA recap doesn’t add too many more details (and doesn’t mention Halloween’s injury.) Not totally sure who pinned who in the main event.

Attendance does not look as bad in some pictures as it did in the early ones, but it’s not a sellout and AAA running in a building of this size (2000) should be one. This was the sixth taping in Mexico City or Mexico State since TripleMania (that show, the Expo, Arena Naucalpan, Ecatepec for regular TV, Sala and this show for Fusion) in about 7 weeks, not to mention other shows in DF (like Wagner and family in Arena Azteca Budokan the same day.) It’s also the 7th show in this arena in the  same time. AAA has pointed out their increased ratings, but they’re not so high they can’t suffer from overexposure.

Guadalajara, Rojo & Escorpion done with the Guerreros, Marvin & Crazy

CMLL (SUN) 10/07/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Cancha, El Occidental (4), El Occidental (5), Informador]
1) El Yaki b Demonio Rojo
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Halcón de Plata & Sky Kid
3) Eros, Esfinge, Exterminador b Espectrum, In Memoriam, Leo [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Gallo & Smaker b El Bárbaro & Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada b Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Misterioso Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3, Fantasma landing his lariat on Dragon Rojo.

There probably was something coming out of the tercera – besides the unusual sides, it was Eros’ first match since April – but no one mentions anything.

Dragon Rojo & Rey Escorpion told Kaiser Sports that they’re done with Ultimo Guerrero and Los Guerreros. Ultimo was holding them back, taking credit for their work, and recruiting members without consulting them. They both pointed to Dragon Rojo being double champion as proof they don’t need Ultimo Guerrero. They don’t have a name for their new group and are open to suggestions. Right now, they’d like a tag match against Guerrero & Euforia and, after they destroy them, they’re moving right on to the tag team titles.

Dark Angel says she’s working the Tuesday show in Guadalajara. Hooray!

LuchaMonterrey has footage of the Llaves y Candados explaining the Rayo de Jalisco Jr. no-show. Very stand up of them to come to the ring and explain it in front of the fans.

Llaves y Candados announced their next big show will be 10/21, with Perro Aguyao Jr.  & Teddy Hart vs La Parka & Jack Evans as the main event and more AAA wrestlers in the undercard. Match gets five stars if Parka tries to break dance.

AAA is teasing what must be a site redesign for Thursday with a countdown clock on their webpage. The last page seemed like it was a site only intended to be used for TripleMania but forced into use full time when the previous site disappeared. I can not make fun of anyone for redesigning their site when this one looks as it does.

Crazy Boy is teasing the DTU Anniversary shows as his return to the ring. They’ve been setting up that direction for a little bit.

I am told there is a possible exciting video of Euforia playing football americano at this link, but we in the US are blocked from seeing the 2 minute clip. Surely United States copyright law and world territory rights would break down if I was able to see this footage.

This week’s Box Y Lucha cover

(everyone should tweet out a picture of their magazine with a link to buy it to make my life easier.)

La Pantera wants a shot at Angelica’s LLF title.

Lucha Libre in Japan

10/07 WNC: Hijo del Pantera wrestled in the main event, but the promotion hasn’t posted results. Let’s assume he won!

10/07 NOAH: Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy [O] b Marshall Von Erich & Ross Von Erich [X]

10/08 NOAH: Super Crazy [O] & Ricky Marvin b Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge [X] [GHC JR TAG] – 1st defense
Crazy is listed as winning with the “Sorpresa”. It definitely is a Sorpresa to see him coming back to Mexico with one half of the tag belts. If Ricky really is coming to Mexico later this year, perhaps they’ll get a chance to defend it on home soil before returning to NOAH.

NJPW first iPPV outside of Japan took place early this morning. It sounds like there were some technical difficulties processing orders, but they aired the show free until it was all sorted and most people were happy with the quality of the feed (and very happy with the quality of matches.) If NJPW is happy with how the business side turned out, it’s possible this is the start of regular broadcasts. It’d be neat novelty to see CMLL guys in Japan in miscellaneous matches (the matches they’re usually in!), The hope here is this worked out well enough that NJPW doesn’t just do it for next year’s big show on 01/04 in the Tokyo Dome, but for the NJPW/CMLL FantasticMania 2013 shows which will take place later that month. Those are something I’d wake up at 4AM and spend $25 on.

Fuego/Virus, Mephisto uses his head to beat Titan, IWRG says goodbye to Eita, Fantasy vs Mercurio, Ricky Marvin

CMLL (MON) 09/24/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Blue Center & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Centauro de Fuego & Espiritu Maligno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Inquisidor b Camaleón, Robin, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3. Zavala and Stigma faced off, but they didn’t play the feud up this week.
3) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Astral, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito
Rudos took 1/3, Demus dropping Astral with a double underhook piledriver.
4) Hijo del Fantasma b Ephesto [lightning]
phantom lariat
5) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3, Fuego submitted Virus for the win and challenged for a title match.
6) Prince Devitt, Super Porky, Titán b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja
tecnicos took 2/3.

Akuma, in a ring!
photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 09/25/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Genesis & Höruz b Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Hooligan b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Super Halcon Jr.
rudos took 2/3.
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3, Estrellita submitting Princesa Blanca.
4) Tiger b Triton [lightning]
Tiger won in 6:45 via sit down powerbomb.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
Sagrado was subbed in to Fuego on Sunday. Peste Negra took 1/3. Sagrado pinned Negro Casas, but Niebla was the captain and defeated captain La Mascara for the win.
6) Mephisto b Titán
Mephsito took 1/3, sneaking in a foul while Titan was handwalking.

No full show results have surfaced, but Volador did beat Prince Devitt in Guadalajara last night. Cheating was involved.

IWRG FILL (TUE) 09/25/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Mercenario & Príncipe Infernal b Caballero Kid & Rider
2) Adrenalina & Gran Cesar b Antheuz & Cáncer
3) Blue Monster, Moria, Radical b Alas de Acero, Extreme Boy, Skull Metal
4) Guizmo, Impulso, Volaris b Atomic Star, Oscuro, Power Bull
Atomic Star replaced Super Black.
5) Infierno Kid Jr., Kid Medrano, Matrix Jr. b Araña de Plata Jr., Divino Montana, Ojo de Tigre Jr.
Atomic Star replaced Divino Montana during the match when Montana suffered a fractured forearm.
6) Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Comando Negro, Dinamic Black, Eterno, Golden Magic, Imposible, Saruman b Chicano, Dragón Celestial, Eita, Electro Boy, La Cobra, Serpiente de Oro, Sky Ángel, Violencia Jr. [Copa High Power]
FILL 1st Generation vs FILL 2nd Generation. Alan Extreme won for FILL Gen1. Eterno and Chicano feuded.

This was Eita’s last match in Mexico. Tercera Caida and Black Terry Jr. have Eita saying goodbye.

Hijo del Signo retained the Distrio Federal Middleweight title over Oro Azul in San Luis Potosi this Sunday.

Fantasy vs Mercurio for the masks has been signed for two Sundays from now, October 14th, in Arena Mexico. Announcing a non-main event apuesta match this far in advance is unusual for CMLL.

CMLL announced the En Busca de un Idolo tournament, the tournament won by Titan back in June, would start airing on TV this weekend. It started way back in April, so this old footage, but it’s footage which was only uploaded to CMLL’s website and not a single video was viewed by more than 3,000 people. Not many people would’ve seen it, though CMLL’s mentioned Titan as winner plenty of times. The original En Busca de un Idolo press conference mentioned there would be an accompanying show on Cadena3, and the teaser videos for the tournament teased outside the ring interviews. Neither actually happened, but perhaps it’ll be worked into the presentation of this tournament now. has the wrong TV information on their show. They say Fox Sports, but it’s actually the secondary channel Fox Sports Plus (+) on Saturday at 10pm . If you watch Fox Sports, you’ll get a news show. Show is on 10 pm on Saturday and is only a half hour long, so either one match and some talking or two edited matches.

Prince Devitt talked to Fuego en el Ring about his trip to Mexico, which will wrap up after Friday’s title match with Dragon Rojo. Devitt says Dragon Rojo and Volador (who doesn’t feel bad about losing to in Guadalajara because he’s Volador) are two very different wrestlers with different strengths and weaknesses, and his job is to expose their weaknesses. Insert joke about Dragon Rojo weaknesses right here. Devitt says he hopes to challenge the winner of Ibushi/Low Ki for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship in November, December or whenever the promotion wants to do it.

Argenis & Argos discuss how they’re unlikely to actually get along in their Karonte Family vs Foreigner match on the LEGEND show this weekend. (And I’ve finally fixed the lineup; the Karonte team replaces the AAA guys taping the new show instead.) They team with Magnus & Dr. Karonte vs Zumbi (Brazil), Heddi Karoui (France), Dowki (Japan) and Maya Balam (who turns out to be from Guatemala!)

Voxxi has an interview with the director/producer of Tales of Masked Man, the lucha libre documentary airing on PBS stations this Friday.

Ricky Marvin says he’s coming back to Mexico in October (for MXW, not AAA), and it reads like he’s coming back full time in 2013. That would be surprising, he seems to have a pretty solid place in NOAH.

In an unsurprising development, the last announced international all star show in Colombia on 09/29 was canceled. The shows on 09/15 and 09/22 had previously been canceled due to “a new law.”

Rob has highlights of Dos Leyendas 2012

LuchaWorld has Alfredo on the Anniversary show, this week’s IWRG TVC Deportes show, and KrisZ’s news update.



IWRG (SUN) 09/30/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial & Serpiente de Oro vs Imposible & Infierno Kid Jr.
2) Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Saruman vs Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Temerario Infernal
3) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro vs Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), Rayan, Spartan
4) Dr. Cerebro, el Ángel, Hijo de LA Park vs Comando Negro, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oficial AK47
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Máscara Sagrada, Veneno vs Cien Caras Jr., Factor, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

Second match looks a lot of fun. May have the Carta Bravas on the right side – the one with the original Oficials is listed as “Carta Brava” and the opposite is Carta Brava Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Magnum
2) Esfinge & Metatrón vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Ráfaga
3) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Titán vs Averno, Pólvora, Último Guerrero

Someone doesn’t belong in that main event: Averno! That’s his first time facing Mistico. They meet again in Tijuana at the end of the month, so someone’s finally decided to let the mostly highly pushed tecnico in the promotion work with the best rudo in promotion.

Polvora can only be there because they’re either setting up a match with Titan or setting something up with the Invasors.

01/21: Accion, Tijuana, Misterioso II

The big news on Accion is they got a new graphics package. And also matches – neither got as much time as usual.

CMLL: Wagner/Shocker/Univeros vs Park/Ultimo/Atlantis. Universo did his plancha, Wagner did his ramp dive, taking out the Guerreros. This left Park and Shocker in. They set up a spot where Shocker went for a spear, Park moves, and referee Babe Richard takes it, except that Babe wasn’t really lined up behind Park – Shocker had to slightly turn to make it work, and it didn’t look accidental at all. He should’ve got DQed for that, but Park makes a show of getting fouled.

AAA: Park/Octagon/Intocable vs Cibernetico/Chessman/Charly from Puebla. Parka’s big comeback move is punching people in the face. They still seem to be working this the same way as always, despite the Hell Brothers semingly being good guys by now. Parka blatantly fouled Cibernetico (it was Copetes who called for the DQ) and that’s all we see.

Friday night in Tijuana Super Muneco won the mask of Coco Negro. His name is Gustavo Martinez, from Mexico City, but he’s more specifically a random person put under a Coco mask to partner with Coco Rojo and help build the Coco/Muenco feud. [YucaRod on Box Y Lucha, Abraham A. Domínguez Ramirez on el Halcon]

El Halcon also has a reprint of a local article – Misterioso II talks about a fight he got in with a fan. (This is the video in comments, right?) Fan threw a beer, Misterioso was angry, Misterioso wanted to throw a beer back at the fan, couldn’t get one, and so he just slapped him. He now realizes that was not the way to go, but something had to be done, and he feels there’s a segment of fans who don’t respect them.

Ricky Marvin, and partner Kotaro Suzuki, won NOAH’s GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.