CMLL (FRI) 08/18/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral & Robin b Cholo & Espíritu Negro
2) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma b Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b La Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Stuka Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning] Stuka won with torpedo splash in 6:36.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto straight falls
6) Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven b Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. Volador told the press that Mexico team would be more united than the World on 09/01.
The show was said to be fine, with nothing great but building things on. Probably that’s the way of things until 09/01.
Sugehit and Zeuxis both made a point of saying they want to get the women’s matches in the semimain events and main events after their performance in the 09/16 mask match.
No lineup for next week yet.
I have quick results for Super Astros from The Gladiatores’ Facebook, but probably more details over the weekend. The big story might be that the power went out in Arena Naucalpan right before the show, but it did come back later on.
Copa TripleMania is now Torneo TripleMania XXV, since they’ve got a belt and not a trophy or cup. They talked a lot about how the belt they’re giving out took 45 days to construct. They did not talk a lot about how the torneo is going to work or how a trios tournament ends up with one winner. It is a trios tournament, which is evident if you look for it but not specifically stated.
Toreno TripleMania teams
Team Parka (La Parka, Argenis, Bengala)
Team Relevlos Increidible (Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata)
The last two teams may not be right; by the way the field’s been listed, it should be Pirata Morgan & Heavy Metal with the TBA and Metal on the other team, but the press reports say Demon’s got the unannounced partner.
The other thing is the 14 names announced for La Llave a La Gloria are not the winners, but finalists. The actual winner(s) will be announced at TripleMania (maybe after a game of duck duck goose??), which explains why there’s so many people left.
There’s nothing said about the iPPV. Dorian did say they’ve sold 90% of tickets, and those two items are probably related. They’re not going to announce any deal that would allow people to see the show cheaper than the tickets or free on Twitch until there are no tickets are to be sold or until it’s just going to be the people who walk up to buy it anyway. If AAA sells out in the next few days, then maybe we’ll get an announcement early, but that’s unlikely. Plan on nothing being announced for TripleMania’s internet plans until Friday, the day before the show, but plan on it actually happening. There’s no sense there’s English commentary this time around and they really might as well not spend the money if it’s going to be on the level of Striker the last two years.
(At worst, if they don’t stream at the last second, the show will obviously be pirated and on YouTube as soon as it airs on TV Sunday night, so you may just have a day or two delay.)
08/18 London: (via Hashtag Wrestling)
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian beat Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucnaero
Dalton Castle & The Boys b Jushin Liger, Mistico, Delirious for the ROH Trios Titles
KUSHIDA b Titan for the ROH TV Title
Kushida/Titan was said to be the match of the night.
CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Micro b Difunto & Furia Roja Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Silueta, Skadi rudas took 2/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Fuego b Hechicero, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 1/3
4) Felino, Shocker, Terrible b Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul b Euforia Azul took 2/3, the last with a German suplex
CMLL starts it’s build to the Gran Prix tonight. Matt Taven & Juice Robinson arrived yesterday, and will start a run of five straight shows (plus certainly an appearance on Informa on Wednesday) with the main event in Arena Mexico. Taven & Robinson are billed as tecnicos and will team with Marco against Diamante Azul, Valiente, and Volador, all on the Mexico Gran Prix team.
The two Anniversario main events also appear. Niebla Roja teams with Angel de Oro & Soberano against Gran Guerrero, Ephesto and Mephisto. I suspect the wins are about to start going Niebla Roja’s way. Zeuxis teams with Tiffany and Metalica and Marcela, Princesa Sugehit and Sanely in the third.
Stuka and Dragon Rojo are the lightning match, which is somehow a first time lightning match. Esfinge, Fuego and Stigma face Cancerbero, Raziel and Universo 2000 Junior. Those rudos seem to try a lot more when facing the guys the level of Fuego than Oro Jr.
Astral & Robin versus Cholo & Espiritu Negro is also a match which will occur. Look forward to Espiritu Negro’s old man senton con giro.
The show will air on ClaroSports & Facebook starting at 8:30pm, and will be up on CMLL’s YouTube channel a bit after it ends.
The other notable show tonight is a typically ludicrous Super Astros show. It’s not that every luchador that you know of is booked on this show, but it appears that way. The Main event is La Mascara & Rey Fenix vs Daga & LA Park vs Hernandez & Zorro in a match that will end in usual LA Park fashion. There’s way too many matches to run down, so many that they might end up being much shorter than you’d expect so the show doesn’t go to 2AM. Super Astros is putting up their own versions of their matches on YouTube.
After taking time off for the G1, NJPW World will begin airing tape delayed CMLL events next Friday. The 08/11 show (last Friday) will air on 08/25, and there’s another broadcast scheduled for 09/01.
The ROH/NJPW/CMLL tour starts tonight in London – or just about the time you’re reading this. CMLL’s most noteworthy matches are on this show: Titan challenges Kushida for the ROH TV title, and Mistico, Jushin Liger, and Delirious challenge for the trios titles against Dalton Castle & The Boys. Both seem unlikely to be title changes. Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero face The Addiciotn on the card. The show is not an iPPV, but will eventually turn up as a $15 VOD on ROH’s site.
AAA held a media day today to talk about TripleMania. The start time is officially 8pm, which is what had been on the tickets. They talked about the TV a bit, with Dorian framing it as TripleMania airing on PPV and iPPV in the past but wanting to make the show available for everyone to watch this year. The main event (and here it was only the main event) will air on Televisa Canal 5 following Mayweather/McGregor. The entire show will air the following Sunday on UTDN (I think that’s what I heard) at 6pm. The show airing on Univision (US) and Samurai TV were briefly mentioned, with Dorian saying they’d communicate more about that next week. There was no mention of Twitch or any other iPPV, so we get a week more of waiting for that.
Diario Record posted the list of Copa TripleMania participants in a few tweets (onetwothree) which I believe is working off a list handed out to at an ongoing AAA media day. Numbers are not indicative of order, *s indicate non-AAA people.
Blue Demon Jr.*
a mystery spot
The winner of the match will get this belt, which is a nice looking belt that I hope is never seen again after this. AAA also announced Vatos Locos (May Flowers, Picudo, Silver Cat and Nygma) and the original Payasos will be lumberjacks, so there will be roughly five million people involved.
Histeria just worked for CMLL on Monday, so either he told CMLL he wasn’t actually going to TripleMania or CMLL just didn’t care. Just a couple days ago, Villano IV said he and AAA haven’t agreed on terms (yet) to work TripleMania just a few days ago and Pirata Morgan made that video mocking the idea of working this match for how little they were going to get paid. Lucha libre is weird.
They also announced the women’s match has changed; it’d been hinted foreign woman would be added for a while (and Sexy Star pointedly said she had no interest in working with current AAA women.) It’ll now be a four way, with Ayako Hamada returning and Rosemary from GFW added. No GFW team was announced yet for the tag title match, but there still will be one; they’ll have another press conference Friday with Psycho & Wagner and announce it then and the TV stuff.
The 11 week Cueto Cup tournament comes to an end this week on Lucha Underground. Random trivia: all three Veneno matches (and I’m going to take a mighty leap and assume it’s only 3) didn’t turn up in Lucha Underground taping results. Sometimes they showed up as “Cage beat some guy”, but I actually do not know what specifically happens in the Sexy Star/Veneno match next week. I do know that Canadians seem darkly amused.
I also do not really know what will air from Monterrey, because AAA went wildly out of order and also taped enough stuff for three shows (yet included a match with none of their guys on the longer version of the show.)
No IWRG Wednesday show this week, because Super Astros is running tomorrow. That Sunday show will have a long battle royal.
CMLL did post the 09/16 press conference on YouTube after Informa, but all the news from it was out already so there wasn’t much point in watching it. CMLL’s quotes from the press conference has Niebla Roja saying he’s accomplished more since leaving the Guerreros than he did with them. He did have 0 Anniversary main events as part of the Guerreros so I guess that’s technically correct, but he seemed to win a lot more with them. Niebla Roja says he’s going after Ultimo Guerrero next and then Euforia; I like Euforia being the big boss at the end. The Notimex report on press conference has Niebla Roja acknowledging his match with Gran Guerrero is unpopular in “social networks” and Roja saying they people will come out anyway. He’s probably right; there were plenty of people there to boo Volador & Sombra, but it’s not as though they left. Niebla Roja doesn’t come off as likable as he should for a new tecnico main event of the Anniversary show but I’m under the belief that’s not going to matter much in the long run.
Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit appear to making history. As best I can tell, this is the list of 1v1 luchadora matches on CMLL Anniversario show.
2017: Zeuxis versus Princesa Sugehit, mask vs mask
2015: Dark Angel beat Princesa Sugehit (Dark Angel farewell match)
2005: Marcela beat Dark Angel (CMLL women title’s relaunch)
It’s not a long list, but it’s not going to be a long list when they stop promoting wrestling for decades and never had it as a serious part of EMLL prior to that ban. AAA, who’s come along after that ban, has had three as best I can tell (Taya/Faby, Mary/Faby and Sexy/Shani this year if it happens with no one being added.)
Just getting an apuesta match onto this card at all is a measure of success at all – and something which I suspect will be incessantly mentioned on commentary just as soon as someone reads this section – and there’s some talk about making it the main event. It won’t be the main event, CMLL was clear about that with how they ran yesterday’s press conference, and how they’ve booked women thru the years. There’s a good marketing idea behind having a woman’s match being the main event of an Anniversary match someday, but it’s something that would’ve needed to be built up for months (if not longer) to make that work – to pick one example, the title match Zeuxis & Sugehit both should’ve been one of the top two matches, and the fans should’ve also not been surprised by it being on of the top matches. Right now, it’d only be in the main event And as much as we might not be thinking much of the Niebla Roja/Gran Guerrero bit, there’s no indication CMLL sees anything wrong with it. And just putting a woman’s apuesta match on top to have a woman’s match on top is no guarantee of success; CMLL ran Marcela vs Tiffany in 2012, as a main event, which drew less than 4000 (albeit going up against TripleMania.) They’ve got make people want it be the main event for a long time to make it work. This match might be the a step in getting there, but it’s a long road.
Apolo Valdes writes about the announced matches, ok with the women’s match, not as sold on the men’s, but acknowledging you’ve got to give new people a chance to prove themselves. This is probably going to define Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja’s career, at least for a long time
This is the same system AAA has used for their recent iPPVs, to mixed success. The stream usually works, it’s more an issue of the production getting the video to the stream. There was talk about having videos and chat rooms to help people order, which all sounds good – the problem always is (with CMLL & AAA & everyone else) that there’s no one around to explain what’s gone wrong when something goes wrong. I was watching an iPPV this past weekend, and it just died a million times with no one explaining what was going on, and I just considered it sunk money and moved on. At least these things don’t cost that much.
The service would seem to allow an English language feed – AAA did that, but there’s no mention of one for CMLL.
The winners of AAA’s La Llave a La Gloria tournament are Angel Mortal Jr., Angelikal, Ashley, Bronco Gonzalez Jr., Chicano, Dragon Solar, Fetiche, Hijo del Vikingo, Pardux, Solaris, the Tiger, Hahastary, Tiger Boy and Villano III. That’s 14 people. This contest was announced as requiring participants to go to one of the tryouts to get in, but Gonzalez, Vikingo, Mortal and Dragon Solar are not mentioned as participating. Of the 14, 8 had already appeared on TV in La Llave de la Gloria matches (Angel Mortal, Angelikal, Ashley, Bronco Gonzalez Jr., Dragon Solar, Hijo del Vikingo, the Tiger and Tiger Boy.)
All 14 people will appear on TripleMania. Making it 14 people long is going to make it tougher for the individual people to stand out in that match and to put together the match itself (7v7? a second battle royal?) but I can also see why AAA would want to grab as many people as they can. People are going to drop out, people are going to not hold up, and AAA could use as many people as they can who stick around. Usually, these talent search contests have 1, or 2, or a small number of winners, and then a lot of people who did well get quietly signed. AAA’s not been quite straightforward on how they’re getting there, but 14 is a lot more honest assessment of how many people they want to keep than usual.
AAA’s annual pilgrimage is going on right now. I haven’t spotted anyone unexpected there except maybe La Chiva. Angel Mortal Jr. is already with the group; it’s almost like the whole talent search contest was a pre-arranged way to bring him in.
Impact/GFW starts a run of taping tonight with a slightly taped delayed show. They’re taping all the way thru next Tuesday (that last night is being hyped as a Latin Night.) Drago & Fantasma were part of the last set up tapings. Johnny Mundo and Taya were already reported as being there, and Taya’s been hinting about it on Twitter for the last few days. I suspect Mundo is going to be used in a big way on a short term basis, as a way to distract from Alberto el Patron not being around. LU contracts, as they’re understood, should not allow Mundo and Taya to be on GFW, but it’s also pretty clear at this point that’s not going to be enforced when it comes to people AAA is working with and will be enforced with people they don’t (NJPW, ROH.) These tapings are said to be for shows all the way thru November – which also means there might be some clarity/finality to the LU situation by the time Impact tapings again and this will be a dead issue.
On Facebook, Pagano revealed he’ll also be working the shows. It’s unclear if more AAA people will also be there. It normally would be good promotion for AAA to send Mesias too and for and angle to build up TripleMania for a different audience who might be interested, but AAA’s now nine days away from that show and hasn’t officially announced any way for people to see the show without going to the arena. There’s no use in selling something if you can’t tell people how they can buy it.
Revolucha (SUN) 09/10/2017Gimnasio Nuevo León
1) ? vs ??
2) Christi Jaynes vs Larry Miranda, Baby Puma
3) Hip Hop Man vs Mr. 450, Sammy Guevara, Douki, Zumbi, Veneno, ? [Copa International]
4) Huracán Ramírez, Mistico II, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Jeff Jarrett, MVP, Sam Adonis
Here’s the thing: that main event looks like an awful match. It may get over and I hope people buy tickets and have a fun time at the lucha libre show and everyone goes home happy but I have no idea how Rayo de Jalisco & Huracan Ramirez and MVP & Jeff Jarrett are supposed to work together to have a competent match. Mistico and Sam Adonis don’t have greatly convergent styles either but at least they may have worked against each other by this point. Everyone’s leaning into the Mexico/US thing hard but there’s got be something there when the match actually takes place.
A show I (and maybe you) are not going to watch isn’t really that important, but it is super curious Jeff Jarrett is working this show. Revolucha has worked with The Crash before and maybe they’re getting him in thru them, but no Crash regulars are working this show. (Guevera and 450/Mecha Wolf show up there form time to time and Zumbi worked the DF show, but they’re not exactly Garza.) The Crash guys couldn’t work that show without losing Mistico – except, Jarrett works with all those guys CMLL doesn’t work with, so it’s surprising CMLL would be cool with this. And it’s surprising Jarrett is working in Mexico for a promotion that’s not specifically one of his two Mexican partners. It would seem like this is going to be a giant headache for the promoters, all for Jeff Jarrett to do the lesser version of the same act that Sam Adonis is going to do at probably a higher expense. Promotion lucha libre shows seems hard enough already without trying to up the difficulty level like this.
Prince Puma beat Fenix (10:27, 630 senton, great)
Pentagon Dark beat Mil Muertes (7:29, top rope double stomp, good)
It’s a week before the Cueto Cup Final (and, though it’s not mentioned yet, six weeks before Ultima Lucha 3 begins), and the tension exploded in the last moments of this episode. A lot of pieces were moved around to get there.
Pentagon Dark and Prince Puma appeared to be the two favorites coming into the tournament, and were successful in reaching the final of the tournament. Prince Puma got past Fenix, thanks in part to Marty going after Melissa. Fenix moonsaulted onto Marty, but never got in another move in what had been an even battle with Puma to that point. Vampiro strongly rooted for Puma, when he was talking at all.
Pentagon benefited from some help even before the match. Cartina, following on her promise to get the Cage from the gauntlet, tried talking him into giving it up at the start of show. Cage declined violently, attempting to spinning back hand Catrina’s head off. Catrina’s a ghost, so she just vanished to escape it. Cage wasn’t done, attacking Mil Muertes with a heavy bar bell weight. Catrina used the power of the stone to wake Mil back up and Mil fought Pentagon, but was weakened by a rib injury from the attack and Pentagon was eventually able to cut him down.
Prince Puma versus Pentagon Dark joins Rey Mysterio versus Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground championship next week. There will also be a third match: Sexy Star versus Veneno in a mask vs mask match. Joey Ryan found out Veneno is actually Cortez Castro some how off screen, and Dario made the match figuring Sexy Star would make short work of him and Reyes would be exposed. Hopefully we find out why Veneno would be dumb enough to do this match next week.
That set the stage for non-wrestling main event, Rey Mysterio versus Johnny Mundo brought face to face by Dario Cueto before their title match. The segment started in predicable fashion: Johnny taunting Rey, Rey trying to get at him, Johnny’s security holding back Rey and not him, and Worldwide Underground showing up to help Johnny. It diverted from there: Dragon Azteca, The Mack and Sexy Star ran out to help Rey and attack Worldwide Underground, turning the segment into a wild brawl. Rey was still out numbered until Prince Puma also ran in – but Pentagon Dark came in right behind him. The two finalists and the two title match participants faced off in the ring, started fighting, and then Puma started attacking Rey too.
The locker room emptied from there. Mil Muertes attacked both Puma and Pentagon. Cage attacked Mil in the ring (though not with the gauntlet.) Marty came out to watch only for Fenix to send him tumbling down the stairs. Mariposa saved her brother only for Jeremiah Crane to attack her while passing thru. Dante Fox tried to chill out watching it from upstairs only for Killshot to violently go after him. The Rabbit Tribe was a little bit more successful at hanging out and watching, but everyone was fighting everyone else – Vinnie Massaro was trying to rip Joey Ryan’s eye out at one point, and Puma took out everyone with a 630 to the floor. Rey and Mundo being left along in the ring was a return to more predicable bits, with Rey taking out Mundo as the last moment on the show.
Lucha Underground can’t be rated by matches alone; the other stuff matters too much to not be factored in at all. This week, it wasn’t the backstage skits that mattered so much (both were fine) but the big brawl at the end that really added a lot to the show. These kind of bits aren’t unusual – AAA did one a few months ago in Tlaxaca – but this one felt more out of control and violent than when these are usually done. They did a good job of highlighting the big rivalries of the moment while throwing in some unexpected moments (Puma going after Rey). It also felt like they took something that was probably more like 10-12 minutes live and cut it together into a crazy 5 minutes; there was no slowing down, and it was clear there was even more going on than they could keep showing. This was the setup to next week and the start of the end, and both came across strong.
So did Puma & Fenix. They’ve both changed in early season one. That was a more high flying attempt at toping each other, with a rope walking bit at the end that didn’t come off just right. This was a different feeling match, harder hitting and more about both guys just clubbing each other very hard. They still flew when they needed to, but it was a great showcase for how much they’ve changed over the last couple years (and that was more than a year ago now.) I liked Dante/Puma a little bit more and I’m not sure this would’ve beat it even if it had stayed clean, but it still was pretty great and I hope we get to see it again for even longer
Pentagon & Mil wasn’t on that level, but it worked for the story they were trying to tell. They’re as concerned about Mil losing his invulnerability as everyone else, so they kind of took it away from him before the match even started to give him an excuse for losing here (and had him come back and destroy people later.) Pentagon using the strategy that almost worked for Paul London – chopping Mil down with superkicks until he stays down – was a nice use of the tournament structure. Pentagon hasn’t had the most impressive wins – one win over forever loser Argenis, one win over Texano when interference back fired, one win over a hurting Muertes, only the win over Dragon as a clean win over an important person – but he’s come back from both arms broken to advance all the way to the final, and I hope they play that up stronger next week.
The spider backstory justifies Sexy Star getting the mask match, but I’d like to see just about anyone else get that match. At least they’re not even pretending we should take it seriously. The other two matches look very serious. The more time for them, the better.
CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017Arena México [CMLl, CultIcon]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Fiero & Retro Rudos took 1/3
2) Canelo Casas, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Metatrón, Oro Jr., Star Jr. rudos took 2/3. Metatron first match here since Spring.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus tecnicos took 1/3
4) Drone b Puma [lightning] Drone won with a quebrada in 7:45
5) Blue Panther, Carístico, Titán b Luciferno, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth tecnicos took 2/3
6) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Rush, Valiente rudos took straight falls. UG unmasked Mistico and pinned him to win the second fall. They agreed to a singles match next week.
Drone and Puma looks pretty good.
Mistico wore a Los Ingobernables jersey, which started another round of “is [X] going to be the third Ingobernable?” It would definitely mean that in another promotion. In CMLL, people just wear shirts and gear of other units for the sake of doing it and it very rarely means anything. Maybe this is the one exception but I wouldn’t count on it.
Rush, Pierroth and Vangellys accused of assault
A violent incident involving Rush, Pierroth and Vangellys two years ago was revealed in the press yesterday. The family of Adrian Enrique Lopez says he was beaten badly by the three wrestlers early in the morning on July 22, 2015 and now is confined to life in a wheel chair. He tried to intervene after they were harassing women and attacking a security guard. The luchadors say both the security guard and Enrique Lopez attacked them by throwing rocks and they were defending themselves. The story appears on the Mural website and appeared on the cover of the Guadalajara version of the Metro newspaper yesterday. La Sombra was also with the three, but he was not charged by the police and does not appear involved, but he’s mentioned in the article the same. The article does not talk to the luchadors at all (and they’re privately claiming there’s video evidence that proves their story is correct.)
The family is looking for money for Enrique Lopez and some sort of punishment for being attacked. The wrestlers apparently were required to put down a deposit to pay Enrique Lopez, but that money never go to the family and that’s why they’re taking this public.
Still, even in the most favorable version of the story, the wrestlers did break one guy’s nose and left another in a wheelchair and it does not appear they paid any real price for it. This is a two year old incident, so if CMLL was going to do anything about it, they probably would’ve already. It’ll just be a wait and see if this is one of the many stories that just fades away, or if the article stirs up some legal interest to do something about it.
Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero and Zeuxis vs Princesa Sugehit are the CMLL Anniversary matches
CMLL’s press conference today announced those two matches for 09/16, having them both sign contracts for the big show show next month. CMLL additionally said both the 09/01 Gran Prix and the 09/16 Anniversario would be PPV – which I take to mean iPPVs – and would air live. No price was announced.
Diamante Azul & Rush were part of the press conference as part of a Gran Prix presentation, but no match with them was announced.
CMLL also announced Flip Gordon of Ring of Honor would debut on the 09/16 show. Flip had appeared in the March & May The Crash shows in Tijuana. It’s possible this came about because of CMLL’s instance that ROH wrestlers stop working for The Crash; at least CMLL is booking them.
Strangely, CMLL didn’t livestream this as they had others, and will instead put it up as part of Informa later.
AAA & TripleMania plans & US TV
Leo Riano said some stuff. Some of it may come true, but it’s Leo Riano and it’s AAA so plans could change at any moment and it’s not really official until someone in AAA publicly confirms it. Here’s what he’s got:
they are planning for Psycho & Wagner and possibly other matches to air LIVE on Televisa Canal 5 after the Mayweather/McGregor fight. The fight is expected to be done by 11pm (though it’s a fight so it could be done much earlier.) It sounds like AAA people hinted Copa TripleMania will air as well elsewhere, but Riano says he doesn’t know what will air beyond the mask match. In past years, AAA sticks to card order (which would mean Pagano/Psycho aired.)
AAA & Twitch are nearing a deal (which Riano makes sure to note is not actually done) where AAA would air on the streaming video platform for free. The platform has recently started opening up it’s broadcasts from only video game streaming, and Austin, Texas based WrestleCircus used it to stream it’s last couple events.
TripleMania will also eventually air on UTDN in Mexico
…and eventually in the US. Riano says “Univision”, which I find tremendously hard to believe even while not totally believing the rest. Something like the US version of UTDN makes more sense. Riano says this will begin regular airings of AAA in the US.
That last one has some dominoes to. AAA has been unable to get it’s show in the US because first Galavision didn’t want to air it any longer, and then because they appeared to sell exclusive rights to the market to Lucha Underground as part of getting it going. There’s more options in the Univision family now so it makes sense someone would want to take the show on, but the LU block should still be there. This might be a worrisome about the future of Lucha Underground, or it might be another instance of what were once the rules about what was allowed with Lucha Underground are changing. (It also might just be nothing if Riano is wrong.)
Lucha Underground has episode 3×31 tonight, “The Cup Runneth Over”. There are 10 episodes left. The matches
Pentagon Dark vs Mil Muertes in a Cueto Cup semifinal
Fenix vs Prince Puma in the other Cueto Cup semifinal
The preview says Rey Mysterio & Johnny Mundo have a confrontation (before their title match next week) and Catrina sets her sights on Cage’s gauntlet (following the bit at the end of last week’s show.)
Pro Wrestling Sheet announced Bael/B-Boy has gotten his release from Lucah Underground. Bael was killed off during season one but says he was still under the same initial seven year contract as anyone. LU has reused some characters who were killed off in early seasons under different roles, and he wrestled dark matches in Season 2 with a pirate character, but did not appear to be around in Season 3. I had been assuming that anyone not used for an entire season were no longer under contract, but that’s apparently not the case (and so guys like Super Fly and Delavar Davarai probably still are under a deal.) The Pro Wrestling Sheet article makes it sound like it was a no hassle situation to get out of the contract, so maybe it’s just a technicality for the people who aren’t being used but I didn’t realize how that worked.
There’s only 10 episodes left. I still think they’re not going to get renewed until after the season is over, but I’d like to be proven wrong on that.
AAA says the announcement of the La Llave A La Gloria winners will be tomorrow instead. Weirdly, Record back on Saturday said it was coming out Thursday, and then went back and deleted the tweet when everyone else was saying Wednesday. Maybe something got crossed up.
WON mentioned a little while back that Alberto and The Crash had stopped working together. Last time, Alberto was in The Crash, he set up a thing with Carlito. I wonder if Alberto was meant to be working this show and that’s why they had Carlito booked, and then they had a falling out but still had Carlito.
CMLL (TUE) 08/22/2017Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Mistico vs Último Guerrero
It’s been a while since they’ve done that single match, but it’s usually good. So should the middle matches.
CMLL (TUE) 08/22/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Micro vs Exterminador & Maléfico
2) Marcela, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Diamante Azul, Euforia, Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin [cibernetico]
Elgin starts on the 22nd with a preview Mexico vs the World cibernetico
All matches were taped in Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon on 07/16/2017
Sexy Star defeated Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Goya Kong and Big Mamito win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship (5:14, Sexy Star pin La Hiedra, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)
Aerostar, Drago, Raptor defeated Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker in the AAA World Trios Championship best of 5
Aerostar, Drago, and Raptor lead 2-0
(7:46, Aerostar second rope knee springboard frontcracker Carta Brava, 7:46, good, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Shorter version: the last time we saw Kevin Kross, he and Mundo were teasing an imminent breakup so Kross could go after Mundo’s title. This time, Kross is eagerly doing all of doing all of Mundo’s dirty work to help out Mundo. The thing that hasn’t changed is Vampiro is still teasing a match against him, is the only guy who can hurt Kross, and that was treated as a bigger deal than any of the matches currently scheduled for TripleMania.
Sexy Star returned and won the Reina de Reinas championship in a six way match. Sexy Star didn’t receive much of a reaction from the crowd, though ringside fans seemed excited when they finally saw her. (A few people asked me if this was the real Sexy Star when she returned, and I suspect some of the fans were wondering the same thing when the music first played and she was wearing a purple hooded robe that hid her identity.) The match itself was short and designed to give all the woman an equal moment. Sexy did not use a move to get the win, instead stealing Faby Apache’s pin as she went for a moonsault (that she was way too far away to actually land; Goya stopped her anyway.) Sexy Star treated the victory like it was the most surprising and emotional moment of her life. The reaction for Sexy Star winning was shockingly small, and there were audible boos in response.
Sexy tried to cut a promo post match, but was interrupted by Kevin Kross. Kross grabbed Sexy, yelled at her about the belt, and clotheslined her (or tried to, Sexy went down too early.) The announcers explained Kross was upset about the woman taking away Taya’s belt, mentioning Taya by name in a way they wouldn’t normally do if she was really no longer working for the company. Kross took out each woman, set up a table, and attempted to give Sexy Star the same chokeslam thru a table he gave Mascara de Bronce previously. Faby Apache made the save with a chair shot, which received more of a reaction than Sexy Star had gotten winning the title. Faby celebrated too soon and ended up taking the chokeslam thru the table instead. Kross left, and Sexy Star melodramatically checked on her long time enemy, shaking her head unconscious head around.
Lady Shani was revealed to be Sexy Star’s TripleMania challenger in Noti AAA, mentioned the match she won in Aguascalientes (which won’t air for two or three weeks.) She talked about herself in a long interview, threw a couple barbs at Sexy Star, but didn’t come off strongly like a tecnico or a rudo.
The tecnicos are now up 2-0 in the trios title series. Aerostar dove off the entrance set onto everyone during the match.
Fantasma continues to want to be friends with Texano, despite Texano rejecting him a few times. They worked together in their tag title match. Fantasma had Cuervo set up for the Thrill of the Kill when Kross walked into the ring and punched Fantasma. Kross hit Texano too. Referee Copetes saw all of this and did not call for a DQ. Cuervo looked at Kross, concerned he was next, and covered Fantasma when he felt safe to get the win. (That made two of three matches on this show where the winning person just scooped up a pinfall.)
The post match was a dozen things going on. Texano attacked Fantasma for no real reason. Cuervo & Scoria joined in. Fantasma was about to turn it around when Kross hit him as well, then Kross attacked Texano again. Vampiro walked out, went head to head with Kross, did his jacket pull off bit (revealing a Pagano shirt) and tried to clothesline Kross out, only Kross didn’t get over. Vampiro threw Kross out the other side. Fantasma woke up, hit Texano a couple times, and said he’d beat him at TripleMania.
AAA is selling t-shirts – but only at TripleMania. They’ve done this in past years too.
The tag title match was actually going better than the Mascara de Bronce/Hernandez version of the same match, at least until the quite lame finish. It’s also just following that same concept with these same titles. Texano & Fantasma are doing the same Loony Tunes version of a feud AAA just did with Bengala & Australian Suicide, where they break up hard every match but are back to being possibly friends the next time we see them. It didn’t help with the other guys, it probably won’t help with these guys, but AAA can’t stop doing it.
The idea for this trios series is obviously Lucha Underground, and it’s playing out a lot like the Aerostar/Drago series. Every match is good, I’m left wishing they could go a lot longer, and hopefully they will in the final. Poder del Norte seemed like a much more effective team, controlling the match and keeping the pace going. The Aerostar big dive took an uncomfortable long time to set up (AAA’s gone from bad edits to no edits and there has to be a middle ground), but they did show a lot of replays so it came off more important than usual. Aerostar’s in-ring stuff was more impressive and he came off as the big star of his team.
I did not like the idea of AAA bringing back Sexy Star and I didn’t like the idea of her winning the title back on the first night when it would’ve been easy thing to sell a TripleMania match around. I can still enjoy a good match despite the reasoning around it, but this wasn’t any close to a good match. It was a hurried mess, trying to be nice to give everyone a spot but so rushed that nothing really meant anything. There were a lot of reasons the result didn’t get over, but I think one big one is it was so quick and so inconsequential that most people probably though it was just an elimination and not the total end to the match. Sexy Star stealing a pin was a tremendously flat way to end the match. If AAA believes in Sexy Star enough to do all this stuff to accommodate her, they should’ve put her over so much stronger and made her look like a star of the group. Instead, she was outside selling within 30 seconds of her big reveal so Big Mami & Goya Kong could do spots. This came off like something that was imposed on the people in charge of figuring all this stuff out from above, and they half heartedly carried out their orders while obviously being more interested in the stuff they really care about (Kross). This – the match, the title change, even the post match angle – was a whole lot of drama for no particular benefit.
I didn’t rate many matches this week. You missed a lot of OKs, I think. Or you didn’t really miss it. Didn’t get an extra group done in this set but 05/05 Crash was done so late that I probably should’ve been in with these. There will be one in the next group.
The MOTYC list is up. I’ve got an idea for it that may pop up elsewhere.
Jeremiah Crane vs Mil Muertes [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match
The Sugehit/Zeuxis match seemed fun from what I saw but the rest of the show doesn’t sound like it went well.
Today’s CMLL show is nothing special. Last week’s show set up an Ultimo Guerrero/Mistico feud, which probably will be a singles match next week. They already made it clear it’ll happen and wanted it to happen this week, so they’re just killing time this week. UG should be back from the UK in time to wrestle that match next week. This week, he teams with Cavernario & Negro Casas and Mistico with Rush & Valiente.
Drone versus Puma should be a fun lightning match. Maya, Idol & Cometa face Misterioso, Sagrado and Virus could be good. The opener has Fiero & Retro making a stream, which is the first CMLL YouTube appearance for Retro ever. It’s still not a promising card.
+Lucha’s podcast talked to Heavy Metal and Extreme Tiger about being possibly part of the Copa TripleMania match. Heavy Metal sounded like he wasn’t interested and wasn’t in it right now but didn’t 100% rule out his mind being changed later. It was harder to make out Tiger’s audio but he didn’t seem like he’d be participating either.
Villano IV says he’s forming a civil association, Dinastia Imperial, to fight for better conditions. One of the problems with this idea and Octagon’s idea are these are being fronted by people who are at the end of their career and don’t have much leverage to force the changes they’d like to see.
A title change doesn’t seem out of the question; Azul would’ve been the favorite to win the title had he been around. They could have him win it to build him up if he has a big match in September, or they could have Rush cost him the match for the saem reason.
Robinson & Taven are working Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and probably Tuesday.
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-08-08
taped 2017-08-06 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Bombero Infernal, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije vs Eterno, Kempo Jr., Monaguillo
2) Herodes Jr., Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera vs Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-08-12
taped 2017-08-04 @ Arena México – Mega/YouTube (interviews only)
1) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
2) Blue Panther vs Sam Adonisfor the hair