Piratas defend their gold, AAA in Leon & Tijuana, CMLL preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 06/13/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fulgor I b Seiya
2) Imposible & Picudo Jr. b Ángel Del Amor & Mr. Magia (2013)
Mr. Magia is said to be making his debut, so not the one from last year.
3) Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [super libre]
Centvrion hurt his knee in the second fall to a hospital. 911 pulled Dinamic’s mask again, but Dinamic rolled him up anyway for the win. Dinamic wants a shot at 911’s Rey del Ring.
4) Decnnis, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Scorpio Jr. b Chico Che, Pantera, Veneno
Guapito fouled Veneno and Scorpio pinned him for the win.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Eterno, Súper Nova, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Piratas took 1/3, when Super Nova twice hit Eterno with dives by mistake. Pirata submitted X-Fly for the win. Piratas’s second defense.

Last Thursday’s show was taped for AYM/LAS. This week’s Thursday show was not taped at all.

AAA quietly has a taping today in Leon. It’s been understandable lost in the TripleMania build up, because it’s a show apparently being taped before AAA’s biggest show of the year to air after. Not much can happen, though a lot of the major people from the TripleMania show will be on this one. Perro & Cibernetico are the exceptions, but all three guys in the heavyweight championship picture and many of those battling for the tag team championship are on this show. The scheduled main event is Chessman, Texano, and Villano IV vs Canek, Mesias and La Parka, which is a much odder set off teams than when this show was first announced. Canek is a rudo on TripleMania teaming with V4 but facing him here. Mesias also may be a rudo by the end of TripleMania. Chessman and Texano are definitely not friends too, but how much AAA of that wants to play out is questionable.

Electroshock & Heavy Metal take on Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Silver King in the semimain, with another Secta vs Perros del Mal encounter in the fourth match. Steve Pain makes his AAA TV debut teaming with Carta Brava & Eterno against Angelico, Drago and Jack Evans, and the second match continues the Atomic Boy vs Apache feud in a mixed trios. There’s an opener, but the participants have not been listed (and I’d guess it’s local guys given they’re announcing Eterno in a match.)

The 2nd & the 3rd matches seem like the sort of matches which would air on Fusion, which would make this only a single week of TV for AAA Sin Limite. The problem with that is AAA hasn’t announced any tapings post TripleMania, and would need to be taping next weekend if Leon is going to last only one week. (Maybe TripleMania will air on TV after all?)

Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr., Flamita, Pentagon Jr., Jennifer Blake and others are in Tijuana tonight, part of a The Crash show. Cibernetico and Perro Aguayo have a singles match two days before their hair match, and others are involved in a cruiserweight title tournament.

CMLL’s Arena Mexico show’s main event pushes the perennial Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis and La Sombra vs Volador Jr. feuds, with the odd ball combination of Titan and Pierroth rounding out the trios. Many of the guys who’ve made recent hair match challenges are bunched together in the semifiinal, so that should end with even more challenges. Dragon Rojo vs Rey Cometa is the lightning match, back for one week with no En Busca de un Idolo singles matches. That tournament continues with a Negro Casas, Stuka, Valiente vs Virus, Vangelis, Fuego. (I may not be able to record that; this would be a good week to message me when the live stream turns up.) NJPW’s Bushi debuts here in a good looking tercera, but everything is probably going shorter than usual with six trios and one singles match tonight.

R de Rudo, Estrellas del Ring and MedioTiempo have stories about AAA’s annual pilgrimage parade. A lot the same as every year, though it looks like they got COMEX to sponsor it this year. As usual, there’s mystery people in big group picture – who’s the guy in the Tinieblas style mask?

Frequent retiree Vampiro says he’s back full time and signed a five year deal. Riiiiiiiight. I’ve been concerned on Chessman’s behalf for a while about how AAA keeps calling him Vampire Killer and even though I doubt any five year deal in lucha libre, this fits with that concern. I’d recommend Chessman not climb up any tall objects or set up any tables on Sunday.

La Lucha se la Hace, the SLP based lucha show I’ve been posting for the last few months, will now start airing on Mexicanal Sundays at 5pm central. The quality of the webstream has been pretty poor, so this might be much improved if it airs as scheduled. (Which reminds me, the GALLI show never aired on either of the two announced times.)

Rompe Huesos looks back at other TripleMania hair match.

Kcidis has a drawing of Fuerza and Juventud Guerrera for Father’s Day. Fuerza is smiling, which seems totally unlike him unless Octagon is slumped on the ground nearby.

A press release on TripleMania’s iPPV notes 26% of their website traffic comes from other countries.

Sadica wants a title match with LLF champ Angelica.

Local luchadors were honored in Arena Coliseo Mexicali.

TV commercial for next week’s CMLL show in Arena Queretaro.

Clowns keep their titles, lose to other Clowns

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Record (1-4), Record (5)]
1) Alan Extreme & Imposible b Tritón & Turbo
Turbo replaced Dragon Fly.
2) El Pollo Asesino, Fresero Jr., King Drako b Dinamic Black, Dr. Muerte, Hijo del Pantera
Card was switched around a bit from the early listing, but I’m betting Dr. Muerte on the tecnico side was still a replacement for someone.
3) Avisman b Freelance
Avisman took falls 1/3, though Freelance had Avisman beat in the third fall multiple times while the ref was down. Freelance challenged him to a hair match.
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Multifacético, Pantera, Veneno
Oficial took falls 2/3. 911 tore Multifacteico’s mask, pinned after a Gori Sepcial, and challenged him to a title match.
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Clowns took falls 2/3 to keep these titles. X-Fly accidentally hit Damian 666, and Psycho Clown gave Damian spinebuster for the deciding pin.

AULL (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring (4-6), Mi Lucha Libre (6)]
4) Yakuza b Herejia [AULL WELTER]
Yakuza won the title back from Herejia.
5) Judas el Traidor, Sangre Chicana, Trauma I, Trauma II b Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Sadico, Zumbi
Iron Love & Chucho el Roto challenged for a AULL TAG match despite the loss; it’ll be a three way with Daga & Eterno.
6) Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo DQ Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Coco Rojo fouled Monster Clown and faked a foul right after; ref gave it to him.

CMLL (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El Occidental, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Nube Roja b Quca
2) Black Metal & Leo b Ángel del Mal & Drago
Black Metal replaced Hierro. Rudo team not actually specified.
3) Exterminador & Infierno b Leono & Metálico
What was listed on the poster as Metalik was actually Metalico. Upset win for the rudo.
4) Delta, Diamante, Metro b Cancerbero, Euforia, Pólvora
Delta and Polvora kept fighting after the finish, and Polvora had to be pulled away by his teammates.
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente
Crowd was loud behind Averno. Rudos jumped the tecnicos to win the first, Averno yanked La Mascara’s mask to lose the second, Averno fouled La Mascara in the third to lose the match.

CMLL in Japan

NJPW 06/05: Mascara Dorada [6] b Daisuke Sasaki [2] (8:02)
Daisuke Sasaki is Tokyo area indy worker who won a tournament to get into this tournament (a lot like our friend Taichi.) Dorada is in 5th, but only two points out of 2nd, and I think tomorrow’s results could produce some favorable results:

Gedo [2] vs Mascara Dorada [6]
TAKA Michinoku [6] vs Daisue Sasaki [2]
Ryusuke Taguchi [6] vs KUSHIDA [8]
The Great Sasuke [10] vs Kota Ibushi [8]
Bye: Jushin Liger [8]

There are no certainties, but TAKA should beat Sasaki and Dorada should beat Gedo, getting them both to 8. Based on how they were positioned coming into this tournament, Taguchi is the favorite over KUSHIDA, so both of them would have 8 as well. The Sasuke/Ibushi match of outsiders is unpredictable, but if Sasuke can pull off a win, that would put TAKA, Taguchi, Ibushi, Liger, KUSHIDA and Guadalajara’s Mascara Dorada in a six way tie for second, and all six guys just happen to be facing off in matches on the final league day.

Reina 06/04:
3) Hiroyo Matsumoto b Silueta (10:58)
5) Aki Kanbayashi (O) & Ray b Manami Toyota & Zeuxis (X) (23:15) – this sets up a Zeuxis/Ray match on 06/19.

Other Notes

CMLL referee Rafa el Maya was hospitalized Saturday night with heart issues. He’s still recovering at last word.

Black Terry Jr. has video from Coliseo Coalaco of Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Negro Navarro vs Judas el Traidor, Magnifico, Último Vampiro: fall 1, fall 2, fall 3

Box Y Lucha #3029 has Sombra declaring he wants to be World Famous. Is it sad that my first thought was that he might need to change promotions to do that?


Mascara vs Averno on 06/17, Shocker, AAA TV, Forjando un Idolo, Dorada

La Mascara will face Averno in a mask vs mask match on June 17th. The show will use the Jucio Final name. The rest of the card will be announced later.

Those two have been feuding for over a month, in mask ripping matches. It’s a surprise that it’s happening in that CMLL loves to start feuds in this direction but often does not follow thru on them to their logical conclusion. Times are tougher and CMLL needed (wanted) a match to compete with TripleMania, taking place the next night, and this is the most meaningful match of any current feud. (Blue Panther/Negro Casas might actually be a bigger match, but those masks are worth more than these hair.) CMLL will still need a notable semimain to sell out Arena Mexico, but this is a better start than Dos Leyendas.

There is no strong favorite here. After five years of feuding with Mistico, it’s hard to believe Averno would lose his mask to La Mascara. Mascara has been pushed harder the last year, but he’s still at least a step below Sombra & Mascara Dorada; either of them would seem better choices for knocking off Averno. La Mascara not having a mask would be weird (though neither Mascara Magica nor Mascara Ano 2000 changed their names after losing theirs.) He’s not a guy near the end of his career cashing in, he’s a guy who probably has many more years in front of him and losing his mask would probably prevent him from moving any higher up. I lean towards Averno winning, setting up a bigger mask match down the road, but I do not feel strongly about it.

La Mascara vs Averno happening now means there’s no obvious ongoing feud set up for Anniversary. It being the June match means the end point of Rayo Tapatios vs Hombre Bala/Guerrero Maya/Dragon Lee is unclear (unless they run that on the Sunday after TripleMania, which I believe is still a real possibility.)

The other big news from the press conference is the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship has been vacated. Shocker won that from Texano back on December 13, then injured the knee the following week on a dive. The hope was Shocker would be back around now and be able to participate in next month’s Universal tournament – he was even advertised for Arena Mexico two weekends ago – but apparently he’s not going to be able to make it. (Officially, it’s vacant due to lack of defenses.) The Universal tournament is really the tail that’s wagging the CMLL dog, but this means there will be yet another tournament sometime very soon.

Today is AAA’s TV taping in Toluca. The AAA Trios tournament continues on, with the Perros del Mal vs the Air Force and Bizarros vs team IWRG. Electroshock & Heavy Metal put aside their feud to team up against Maniacos Chessman & Ultimo Gladiador. Main event is scheduled to be Mesias & Wagner vs LA Park & Zorro, but the rudos aren’t much friends and Zorro isn’t much wrestling lately.

Forjando un Idolo

CMLL in Japan
05/26: Best of Super Juniors – Mascara Dorada [3] CO Jushin Lyger [0] (3:18)
Good start! These tiger/lion hybrids are no problem. (Sombra beat Lyger the same way last year.) Mascara Dorada has a few days off to celebrate; no show Friday and he’s got the show off on Saturday. Next match is Sunday vs TAKA Michinoku, who lost his opening match.

This may or may not mean anything, but Ayumi forfeited her NEO titles in preparation to challenge Amapola for her CMLL Women’s title. NEO has closed at the end of the year, but Ayumi had kept the titles until now. Maybe this is just the Mexican ethos, but luchadors are usually reluctant to give up the even the least meaningful titles possible, unless they might be getting a new one.

Other News

Perros del Mal held a press conference to hype Sunday’s third anniversary show this Sunday. (Scroll down for the full lineup.) TVC Deportes announced the show will air live on their channel, which is sometimes broadcast on uStream. (See the sidebar for that.) Perro Jr. figures that being lighter than Clowns is a big advantage, and his team will all climb out first, leaving the Clowns to fight themselves.

On his Facebook page, Rellik (well, Johnny Stamboli) apparently complains Lucha Libre USA isn’t honoring his contract, not paying what they agreed to pay him. I guess he won’t be on the taping this weekend!

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Alfredo’s weekly ramblings.

Rob has highlights of the first half of March 2001 AAA.




PdM (SUN) 05/29/2011 Plan Sexenal
***3rd Anniversary Show***
1) Dinastía vs Drastik Boy
2) Celestial & Cósmico vs Mr. Aguilita & Talisman Jr.
3) el Ángel, Golden Magic, Skayde vs Ek Balam, Maldito Jr., Samot
4) Black Fire & Low Rider vs Pesadilla & Ragde
5) Tony Rivera, Turbo, Zumbi vs Bestia 666, Halloween, X-Fly
6) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Super Crazy [cage, hair, mask]

I still expect someone not in the main event to lose. Should be a fun show, hope the feed is up.

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Freesbe & Trueno vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Fantasy, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
3) Virus vs Tiger Kid, Fuego, Pegasso, Sensei, Metal Blanco, Dragon Lee, Super Halcon Jr. [cibernetico, CMLL SL, semifinal]
4) Sagrado, Sangre Azteca, Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
5) Máximo, Rush, Super Porky vs Héctor Garza, Psicosis, Volador Jr.

Tough to pick who’s going to advance. Virus is a former champion and would allow for an interesting rudo/tecnico battle. Fuego has been hot lately. Another match with Metal Blanco would build off Forjando un Idolo (impossible!) Dragon Lee exists. Super Halcon Jr. might have been downgraded to Halcon Jr., that’s what they’re using on the posters lately.

06/07 is probably a Fan Appreciation Show, and likely one with two title matches. Besides the Super Light final, main event follows up on this week’s issue between Volador & Rush. It’s been less dramatic than Fantasma (because he is still in main events), but Volador has just been hanging around for months. Maybe the lesson is “don’t appropriate John Cena hand signals for yourself”?

01/14: Perros, IWRG, GDL, Mexico, Dos Jr. staying in CMLL

PERROS (SAT) 01/10 Centro de Convenciones, Madero, Tamaulipas [the Gladiatores]
1) Guerrera Negra, Lince, Payaso Vagabundo b Black Snake, Pandillera, Pastor Diabolico
2) Arana Maligna I, Arana Maligna II, Black Master, Disturbio b Konami, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
3) Cerebro Negro, DJ Skull, Sadico b Bulldozer, Darling Boy, Yessi-K
4) Super Crazy & X-Fly L Damián 666 & Mr. Águila and Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido [losers advance]
5) Super Crazy b X-Fly [hair]
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. DQ Ciberneticoel Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Yes, a DQ in the main event of a Perro show. Cibernetico & Perro recalled that they were friends and ripped off Wagner’s mask. Damian and Aguila came out to help beat hiim down, and Super Crazy made the save to set up a tag match next time thru. (This seems to be the standard match they’re building to on these shows.) Triangle matchw as a hardcore brawl. Crowd looks half full, but that’s a big building.

IWRG (SUN) 01/11 Arena Naucalpan [the Gladiatores, SoloLuchas]
1) Avisman b Imperio Azteca
2) Eragon & Galactik b Anticristo Jr. & Nemesis (IWRG)
3) Black TerryCerebro NegroDr. Cerebro DQ Coco BlancoGemelo Fantastico IGemelo Fantastico II
4) Trauma ITrauma IIZatura b Oficial 911Oficial AK47Oficial Fierro
5) FreelanceFuerza GuerreraHijo de AnibalPendulo b ArlequinPierroth IITesuya BushiVeneno

Freelance replaced Multifacetico in the main and probably regrets it. In the second fall, he tried a dropkick to the floor, connected, but still hit his head hard off the mat and went into seizures. Sounds like a very scary situation; SoloLuchas compares it to Oro’s death. He was taken away on a stretcher, and I have not seen an update on his condition. Match focused on Veneno/Fuerza and they made challenges after the match.

New tecnicos Traumas beat the IWRG trios champs thanks to their partner, who got 911 with a ‘rana. 911 might have gotten his shoulder up in time, there was a post match arguement about, but the Oficials are defending their titles anyway.

Cerebro Negro fouled one of the Gemelos. The other Gemelo fouled Negro in revenge, but only the tecnico was caught. Second man always pays the price.

After being swept by Imperio Azteca a couple weeks ago, Avisman returned the sweep the other way. I’ve been thinking, I need to start working sweeps in the listings up there, but I don’t know of a good abbrevation. “S”? “St”? I don’t know if that’s clear enough. Swept itself isn’t really that long, but DQ Sweep/CO Sweep is. 

CMLL (TUE) 01/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
6) Angel de Oro & Mictlán b Satánico & Semental
7) Héctor GarzaLa SombraMark Corleone b AtlantisEuforiaÚltimo Guerrero

Tecs took the main event clean, Hector getting UG to build to the trios match here. Article mentions this was Mictlan’s debut in GDL. I could not believe that – he’s been in CMLL for two years – but sure enough, it’s true. Well, it’s “Mictlan”‘s debut, anyway.  I wonder if they kept him away since he’d been wrestling unmasked in GDL (as Vaquero I) before starting as Mictlan?

CMLL (TUE) 01/13 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, ESTO]
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa b Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Dr. XHooliganLoco Max b Ángel Azteca Jr.Fabián el GitanoTony Rivera
3) FlashMáscara PúrpuraStuka Jr. b Shigeo OkumuraSkandaloVangelis
4) Black WarriorDragon Rojo Jr.Sangre Azteca b Mascara DoradaSagradoValiente
5) Blue PantherDos Caras Jr.La Máscara DQ TerribleTexano Jr.Villano III

Yay, Dos Caras Jr. actually appeared.  Dos went on Tercera Caiada and said he’s signed with CMLL for 4 years, and he’d have a better position than he would in WWE. I have no trouble believing that, but we knew that months ago and this still got dragged out.  The bottom line is Dos’ not going to WWE, he’s staying in CMLL, and I have no idea what they’re actually going to do with him but he gets to be in a lot of meaningless main events like this one. V3 fouled Panther for the DQ.

Poder Mexica is still undefeated in Arena Mexico (though they’ve lost elsewhere.)

ESTO’s article loses major points by talking about the “tremendous cold spell”. It was in the 50s there yesterday, and I was driving thru a blizzard this morning. WEAK.

CMLL announced Arena Puebla’s Fan Appreciation day (the monthly cheap ticket show) will now be on Saturdays, starting with February 7th. Not sure if that means they’ll be running two shows on those weeks. They have run shows on Saturdays and Mondays (and Thursday and Monday) in the past.

Ovaciones has a big interivew with Pierrothito about his mask win. He says it’s special, but also spends half the interview challenging Mascarita Dorada. They mention that Pierrothito will be wrestling in Arkansas from 01/22 to 01/25, then McAllen, Texas in the middle of February. There’s lucha libre in Arkansas? (Casino show, has to be.)

Ovaciones also features yet another Arturo Rivera column. Too bad he’s trying to make up for lost time when there’s absolutely nothing going on with AAA. 2/3rds of the article is going thru the matches on the next taping (Sunday) and teasing new foreigners in the Legion without naming names. He does mention that Rey de Reyes is supposed to be in Ciudad Madero.

Big AAA news: they added a profile page for Rio Bravo. He’s the masked guy in Poder el Norte, but of course you knew that.

Informador has a long career retrospective with Atlantis, focusing on his start, his mask match with Villano 3 (Atlantis says he was losing that one) and his many accomplishments.  They mention he had 43 defenses of the NWA Middleweight Championship, and I think 41 of those were all in the same title reign in 2.5 year span. That means he was defending the title every 3 weeks for 30 straight months. There are titles today that go 30 straight months without any defenses, and a lot Atlantis defenses were in the main arenas.

Over on Televisa Deportes’ site, they’ve post their first lucha content in a while: Felino’s wishes for 2009. He does look for more for Pesta Negra (which hasn’t teamed up together much), but more so looks for good things for his nephews Tiger Kid and Puma King (Felino says they’re wearing cat gear because they like their uncles, and they don’t want to be yet another Junior, hmmmm) and his wife, Princesa Blanca (4 straight Friday shows! Turning ruda does pay off.)

The Katharis lucha libre exhibit is extending it’s run until January 25. They’ve had 30,000 visitors.

The Lucha Libre Expo people already have a (bare) website up for this year’s edition; it’ll be May 1st thru the 3rd. Not sure if it’s too soon to note there’s a CMLL logo but no AAA one. Four months is plenty of time to change. (thanks to Mr. Reyes)

A recap of Monday’s action at the January Leon fair includes 3 minuntes of video action. The article mentions the new setup is hurting the shows – they’re essential on an outdoor orchestra stage and the people are too far away.

Guerreros del Ring #173 has Sangre Azteca on the cover, and an interview with Hijo del Santo on the inside. There’s also a feature on Ultimo Guerrero’s new gym/CMLL lucha libre school. That is a school worth attending.  I’d take the spinning classes.

Villano III is now selling his merchandise thru SuperLucha’s website. It makes more sense for people to work together for things like this rather trying to do their own online store  (but then, it usually makes more sense for a promotion to do it for them.)

On the other side, Box Y Lucha is making log in – to a new account that doesn’t seem at all connected with the message board account? – just to view the lineups for the week. The free info the promotions are giving to them to promote their shows can only be viewed if you sign up for something, and I don’t think everyone’s going to make the same I effort I did just to find out the WFS lineup (Monsther vs Black Terry in a huuuuge 12 man tag). Is the internet at 2001 in Mexico? And how many years is that ahead of other things?

Kcidis posted a drawing of Abismo Negro.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches the torneo and the main of the 01/01 El Toreo Tribute show and likes Dos Caras Sr.’s matwork. This reminds me – somehow, I wrote 2000+ words about an indy show and neglected to mention that Canek & Silver King will be on the next Cicero show.  I don’t know if that helps.  Anyway, at least one of the El Toreo tribute shows this week in Neza and Lopez Mateos is supposed to air on TVCDeportes.