Kris Zellner sent along the following:
Ultimo Guerrero was asked last week about the current “crisis” in lucha libre with popularity going down among all the major promotions and he said that the rise of WWE has changed the game a little and speaking for CMLL they have had some departures this year but their goal is to create new stars who can bring the casual fans back in and fill the buildings up again like they used to be. UG said that everything goes in cycles and they are just going through a downward one now but it won’t be long before they will be back on the upswing again.
La Sombra was also asked about the status of lucha libre and said that issues like the economy and the unstableness of the wrestlers and the wrestling in general has driven some fans away as they can’t trust guys showing up on cards anymore due to injuries and just not showing up in general. Sombra said that he plans on being one of the leaders of the new generation movement of bringing the fans back in 2012.
CMLL 12/23 – Arena Mexico
1. Astral & Shockercito beat Mercurio & Nitrito
2. Amapola/La Comandante/Tiffany (working as the Grinch which was awesome) defeated Estrellita (working as a sexy Santa which she did a photoshoot for)/Marcela/Silueta
3. Diamante/Fuego/Sangre Azteca beat Euforia/Shigeo Okumura/Virus
4. Lightning Match: Polvora defeated Stuka Jr.
5. La Fuerza TRT (Damian el Terrible/Rey Bucanero/Tiger) beat Brazo de Plata/Hijo del Fantasma/Valiente with Tiger & Bucanero taunting Felino who was on commentary after the match.
6. Marco Corleone/Maximo/Rush defeated La Triada del Terror (Averno/Ephesto/Mephisto)
CMLL 12/25 – Arena Mexico
1. Hombre Bala Jr./Sensei/Super Halcon Jr. beat Inquisidor/Los Rayos Tapatios I y II by DQ when Los Rayos ripped off Bala & Halcon’s masks. These four have a masks match next week.
2. Dalis la Caribena/Goya Kong/Lady Apache defeated Amapola/Princesa Blanca/La Seductora
3. Negro Casas/Polvora/Volador Jr. (who wore his father’s aka Super Parka’s mask during his entrance) beat Dragon Lee/La Mascara/Valiente who injured himself on a dive to the floor and had to be stretchered out.
4. Torneo Cibernetico por el CMLL Heavyweight Title: Rush & Damian el Terrible were the last two men in and they will meet on January 1st to determine the champion. Order of Elimination: Olimpico/Hijo del Fantasma/Mr. Aguila/Metro/Brazo de Plata/Rey Bucanero/Mr. Niebla/Marco Corleone
Independent 12/25 – Arena Neza
1. Black Lancer & Nemesis beat Catolico & Pequeno Angel
2. Alan Extreme/Comando Negro/Freeyser defeatd Centurion/Dinamic Black/Guerrero Mixteco
3. Barba Roja/Black Terry/Pirata Morgan Jr. beat Fenix/Las Traumas I y II
4. Dr. Cerebro/Super Fly/Vampiro Metalico defeated Drago/Neza Kid/Super Nova when Doc fouled and pinned Nova with those two and Metalico/Neza joining them for a apuestas match on January 1st.
5. Dr. Wagner Jr./The Psycho Circus (Monster Clown/Murder Clown/Psycho Clown) beat Los Perros del Mal (Perro Aguayo Jr./Hector Garza/Hijo del Texano/X-Fly) by DQ when Perrito fouled Doc.
IWL 12/25 – Centro de Convenciones de Tlanepantla
1. Gatillero & Mascara Universal beat Babel & Corcel Infernal
2. Anarquia (Black Heart/Cadenero Punk/Lobo Azul/Matanza ’68) defeated Dragon Extreme/Motocross/Super Chiva/?
3. Turbo beat Black Thunder
4. Los Payasos Diabolicos (Carrona/Miedo/Terror)/Rex defeated Brazo Jr./Centinela/Quimico Jr./Tiger
5. Juan el Ranchero/Kung Fu Jr./Big Mama/May Flowers beat Black Fury/Carta Brava Jr./Tarzan Romulo/Diva Salvaje
6. A.T.M. (Cerebro Negro/Fantasma de la Opera/Sepulturero) battled Los Macizos (Aero Boy/Arana de Plata Jr./Eterno) to a no contest.
7. Super Crazy/Tony Rivera/Tribal defeated Los Porros (Angel o Demonio/Leon Rojo/Ovett)
8. 4 Way Dance: Daga beat Micke Segura to win. Order of Elimination: Zumbi/Pirata Morgan Jr./Micke Segura
9. Canek & Pirata Morgan defeated Groon XXX (subbing for Rayo de Jalisco Jr.) & Mascara Sagrada
IWRG 12/22 – Arena Naucalpan (39th Anniversary Show drawing 2,400 fans)
1. Super Libre: Los Gemelos Fantasticos I y II/Imposible beat Astro de Plata/Astro Rey Jr./Triton
2. Alan Extreme/Apolo Estrada Jr./Avisman defeated Centurion/Multifacetico/Saruman with Apolo using the ropes as he pinned Multifacetico. They are headed to a hair match.
3. IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Title: Carta Brava Jr. beat Dinamic Black to retain his title in what was called a damn good match.
4. WWS Welterweight Title vs. IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Title: Eterno defeated Golden Magic to become doble campeon in another damn good match.
5. Canis Lupis/Head Hunter I/Hernandez (surprise sub for Negro Navarro) beat Hijo del Texano/Pantera/Tony Rivera (subbing for Toscano who no-showed again) and Lupis wants a shot at Pantera’s Rey del Ring title.
6. Relevos Increibles Suicidas: 911 & Trauma II defeated AK-47 & Trauma I in a match where the natural partners still worked together but it cost AK-47 as he was hit by mistake by 911 causing him to lose.
7. Mascara contra Mascara: Trauma I beat AK-47 by DQ in a wild bloody match that saw AK-47 use the Martinete behind the ref’s back and he made the count which almost caused a riot but the referee realized what had happened and then reversed the decison by DQing AK-47 which made the crowd happier. AK-47 unmasked as Mario Pardo Villagómez from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua being 26 years old with 7 years experience. Trauma I was stretchered out but still dedicated the match to his family and fans as he left.
IWRG 12/25 – Arena Naucalpan
1. Charly Madrid/Chiva Rayada I/Miss Gaviota beat Blazer/The Mummy/Tigre Lee
2. XMW Mixed Tag Titles: Ojo Diabolico Jr. & Ludark Shaitan defeated Dement Xtreme & Sexy Lady to retain their titles in a match with lots of men on women violence.
3. Lumberjack Match por el Naucalpan Trios Titles: Los Guapos VIP (Apolo Estrada Jr./Avisman/Hijo del Diablo) beat Los Exoticos (Pasion Kristal/Polvo de Estrellas/Yuriko) to retain their titles.
4. 4 Way Dance por el DTU Title: Super Mega defeated Joe Lider with help from Ultimo Gladiador to win the title. Order of Elimination: Ultimo Gladiador/Violento Jack/Joe Lider.
5. 3 Way Bull Terrier Match por el IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Title: Head Hunter I beat Electroshock & Tabu to win the title.
6. Steel Cage Match por el Mexican National Tag Titles: Octagon & La Parka Jr. defeated Chessman & Silver Kain to retain their titles.