04/28: GDL, No Limit, canceled shows

CMLL (SUN) 04/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
5) Dragon Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero b La Sombra, Mascara Dorada, Mistico

Rudos won the first, tecnicos took the second, Sombra and Mistico did dives, and Dragon powerbombed Sombra for the clean pin. After the match, they set up Sombra defending his NWA welterweight title against Dragon Rojo Jr. next week.

New Japan’s Yurijo & Naito (team No Limit) are currently scheduled to work CMLL. These are apparently the two Ovaciones mentioned yesterday, because they were actually listed by name on this past week’s Ras de Lona. SuperLuchas says they’re headed in May 11, which is safely after the swine flu shutdown at the moment, but this is a fluid situation. No Limit’s currently hanging around TNA, with a NJPW storyline of trying to win back the IWGP Junior Tag Team titles from the Motor City Machine Guns, and a TNA storyline of being stereotypical anti-American foreigners. If they do make it to CMLL, No Limit vs Volador & Sombra for CMLL’s tag match is the obvious big match.

Unfortuantly, it appears CMLL guys won’t be headed to Japan. Strong Style Spirit mentions Mistico, Misterioso II, and Okumura have been restricted from traveling to Japan due to the swine flu, so they’re off the shows next week. They’ll surely reschedule this down the line, but it’s a tough break.

Going around the country:
– Canceled: all lucha in Nuevo Laredo, up to and including the shows next Monday
– Canceled: all lucha in Puebla, up to and including the shows next Monday
– Canceled: all lucha in Durango, as part of a prohibition of all public gatherings for the duration.
– Canceled: lucha in Mazatlan, thru May 7th.
– Canceled: all lucha in Tamaulipas, thru May 6th
– Canacled: Tuesday’s show in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, though Sunday’s AAA show is still on at the moment.
– AAA says 90% of it’s shows have been canceled, 60 shows, but doesn’t specifically mention anything but the TV tapings. I presume a lot of those shows hadn’t/wouldn’t make it to their event listings, because there’s not sixty shows there even if you go back to the start of the week.
– CMLL’s also canceled it’s shows in SLP and Cuernavaca this week. IWRG and AULL are also off.
– Still On: Torreon, where the Wagner show on Friday is still on, though the promoters are waiting to hear otherwise. Not sure about the nearby Thursday AOL show.
– Still On: a lucha show on Saturday in Guanajuato, for student graduation, where they’re also watching the situation

I’m horrible with Mexican (and Canadian) geography, but I do know some of those places are not near Mexico City. Everyone’s being super cautious, understandably so. It surprised me that Guadalajara is not added to this list. ESPN Deportes’s lucha blog has an entry on the flu. I think I’m going to make a post of canceled lineups later on.

In addition to all of that, yesterday’s 5.7 earthquake was felt in both CMLL’s arenas, and Ovaciones says they’ll need to be inspected to make sure there’s no damage.

Luchando Libre points out TripleMania tickets are already on TicketMaster. Prices appear to be from 1200 to 10 pesos ($85 to $7, although they list some VIP tickets for under a dollar but I have no idea where the seats are.)

Cesar’s blog mentions a bar fight with Chessman, Cibernetico, and Fabian el Gitano, including Cibernetico trying to bribe the police after the match. I knew this blog was going to be fantastic. There’s also one two posts pointing out the ridiculousness of the independents (“authentic wrestling” = metric ton of bs, fraud and shenanigans), and a post noting Dr. Wagner would still prefer to be in CMLL.

AAA wants you to know they have no idea what they’re doing with the Cruiserweight tournament. Now you know.

Kcidis has Cibernetico vs Perro.

If you need something to cheer you up, watch this week’s Ras de Lona. Most of the show is various wrestlers goofing around at a circus, Circo Hermanos Vazquez, which is the closest to the old wacky vignettes in a long time. See Sombra on the trapeze, Dragon Rojo on a runaway horse, Stuka on a very tiny tricycle and Felino and Tiger Kidd actually in a tiger cage.

DJ Spectro looks at Audaz and Flama Azul.

Guerreros del Ring #188 has Pierroth on the cover, with friends and rivals talking about him. Luchas 2000 #468 seems to be promoting the return of their annual legends show, though no date is mentioned on the cover.

LuchaWorld has Robert on GDL 12/16 & 12/23/07, MVS shows from 02/09 & 02/10 CMLL and AULL 01/12/08, plus KrisZ‘s news update.

CMLL (FRI) 05/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata vs Dr. X & Hooligan
2) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Saturno vs Pequeno Black Warrior, Pequeño Damian 666, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
4) Mascara Dorada vs Virus [CMLL SL]
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL TAG]

Amazing how CMLL’s Arena Coliseo Guadalajara anniversary shows just keep happening to occur on the same day of big indy shows.

LLL’s idea of taping this is good, but I think the hope right now is CMLL would be running Arena Mexico by the 8th. (Dorada vs Virus = TAPE IT ANYWAY.) Dark Angel’s CMLL status is ongoing matter of debate; Cesar says she’ll be working as Dark Angel in CMLL while TNA gives her a new name, but SuperLuchas says not so sure about Dark Angel working this show. SuperLuchas tends to have the best Dark Angel info, but I hope they’re wrong – Sarah has been really awesome this year in every CMLL match I’ve seen her.

11 thoughts on “04/28: GDL, No Limit, canceled shows

  1. They never hold shows on Fridays in GDL, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they did decide to film it and use that show to fill their TV shows. They have plenty of matches that haven’t aired that they could also fill shows with as well. With CMLL you just never know what they’ll do in these sorts of situations since they can either go with a)GDL show b) random matches from the previous weeks c)repeats OR d)who the fuck knows.

    It would be pretty awesome if we tune into LATV and Mascara Dorada vs. Virus were on.

    I expect a Rob rant upon reading that two New Japan guys are going to be headed to CMLL! I think CMLL should figure out a way to run a 3-way feud between the Motor City Machine Guns, Team No Limit and La Sombra/Volador. Heck, add a fourth team in Averno & Mephisto!

    By the way, the swine flu seems to have had a reverse effect on the post office. I was expecting a package from Mexico, which usually takes about 6-7 days to arrive via Express Mail. When I heard about the current situation, I figured it would take 10-14 days. Well, it ended up taking 3 days for my package to arrive!

  2. Could you possibly shorten your daily updates by just telling us the shows that AREN’T cancelled?

    I would be very happy if that GDL show was taped but it won’t be. BTW, that Fuego Del Ring fansite sucks.

    @Alfredo: YAY NEW PACKAGE! Wash your hands!

    No rant on the Japanese guys coming in. This is a different time. There is so much CMLL footage available that it really doesn’t matter if you waste a match with New Japan guys. It was different back when those shitheads Nakamura and Tanihashi came in. You’d have 3 CMLL matches per week and to waste one on them was silly. Even worse back in 2003 with 2 CMLL matches per week and we’get to see the likes of Heat, Nishimura and Takemura. Plus, back then you always had the New Japan guys matched up with Negro Casas (shocking, huh?) and now there seems to be more variety. Cubs’ suggestion of a Sombra/Volador tag title match works for me assuming they keep the belts in Guadalajara (they won’t).

  3. An “empty arena” taping would also be interesting.

    I wonder if anyone in the Lucha Libre industry has been sickened yet? It’s something a wrestler would probably keep to himself, since it would cost him/her work since no one would want to be around someone who potentially has swine flu.

  4. The link to Mistico and crew not working Japan says “restriced” travel not “banned”. Must be a way to get over there. Oh well.

  5. SL says Okumura wasn’t on the restricted list but he is staying in Mexico as a sign of solidarity.

  6. Forget about empty arena, tomorrow is gonna be the first empty blog update by Cubs!

    10 years from now someone will look up the results database and be utterly confused. It will likely be me at my old age.

  7. socalunsensored has photos from the FMLL show in LA. Maybe 300. That’s a huge loss with so many names. Ouch.

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