05/21 AAA TV Results (Aguascalientes)

AAA TV (THU) 05/21 Auditorio Jose Maria Morelos, Aguascalientes [AAA]
1) Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Psicosis
2) Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata DQ Billy Boy, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star
3) Charly Manson, Mesias, X-Pac b Electro Shock, Teddy Hart, Zorro
4) Latin Lover & Marco Corleone b Joe Lider & Kenzo Suzuki
5) Alex Koslov b Extreme Tiger, Alan Stone [AAA CRUISER]
6) Cuervo & Silver King b Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr.

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#890)
Mexico: 05/31
US: 06/20

Technically, the opener was the debut of Guapito’s Los Chihuahueños del Mal promotion, which looks like any normal minis match in AAA. Octagoncito beat Mini Abismo.

It’s not especially clear what the DQ in the second match for, but since Fabi ended up being strechered out, a Billy Boy martinete seems like a likely idea. Rudos continued to attack Fabi after the match and her partners could not stop them, so Elegido ran out to make the save. Hmm.

In between matches, the Legion hit the ring to officially announce Electroshock as the third member of their team. Chessman and Kenzo are in, and we know Silver King will be but they haven’t said it yet. Konnan demanded Roldan come out and announce his fourth member (Parka, Octagon, and Santo are official), but instead he got Parka, who told Konnan to wait for Tlaxaca. Sounds like they might announce four and five (Vamp and Elegido) on that show.

Zorro continued to duck out on Charly and X-Pac in their trios match. Mesias got Teddy for the win.

Lider & Kenzo controlled most of their match, but the tecnicos overcame for the win. After, Nicho showed up and Latin and Marco with chairs to set up their title match at TripleMania.

Alan Stone was first out in the Cruiserweight final, falling to Tiger’s 450. Alex got Tiger with the Red Scare to become the first champion. Probably should’ve been able to easily tell this, seeing as Alex is already booked in next taping’s main event.

Cuervo didn’t lose! Cuervo was too busy getting dived on by Wagner and beat up on the outside. While Wagner was dealing with him, and distracted by Mesias doing commentary, Silver King hit Parka with an object behind the ref’s back for the pin. Recap makes it sound like Silver King got away with something, as if they didn’t do weapon shots every single week without a DQ.

After the match, Wagner and Mesias faced off, which turned into a brawl this time. All the tecnicos came back out to separate them.

Next taping is Monday in Tlaxaca. We’re still waiting to see who the mystery tag partners are to face Chessman & Teddy, though one is surely Jack.

Mexico preview, CMLL press conference notes, Box Y Lucha

CMLL (FRI) 05/22 Arena Mexico
1) Principe Valiente & Trueno vs Ramstein & Semental
2) Dr. X, Hooligan, Skandalo vs Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata
3) Pequeno Olimpico vs Pequeno Universo 2000 [lightning]
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker

Preview of tonight’s card: notimex. If they’re going to do Shocker/Dos anytime soon, next week makes the most sense. Otherwise, they’re marking time until the tournament starts, with some champions versus champions

AAA hasn’t posted full results yet, but has an update saying Alex Koslov won the Cruiserweight Title.

Cesar makes the case that the CMLL Universal Champion is meant to be an (annual?) tournament, and not a belt. (And maybe just that trophy they keep showing in all the pictures.) While that’d be slightly less objectionable than a championship which ought to be defended, it’s still yet another meaningless achievement in a promotion drowning in them, and it still makes absolutely no sense Mistico’s not in the tournament.

Other news notes from CMLL’s press confrence:

– Sangre Azteca, Dragon Rojo Jr., Stuka, and Hijo del Fantasma are headed to Switzerland and Belgium. They’ll be leaving on June 9th and won’t be back until June 14. In Switerzland, they’ll be wrestling as part of a greater art festival. In Belgium, they’ll be performing at the Mexican embassy as part of bicentennial celebration (or really 199th Anniversary, since Mexico doesn’t hit 200 until next year.)

– CMLL announced dates for upcoming major hsows

* CMLL will resume running shows at Arena Coliseo Acapulco on May 27th, and Arena Isabel de Cuernavanca on May 28th (so sticking with their traditional days of Wednesday and Thursday.) No word if these are meant to be weekly events. I thought there was an article last year mentioning Arena Isabel was to be torn down or at least shut down, but I can’t find out. Clearly, that’s not the case, but it’s a building that’s gone unmentioned since last September. CMLL mentions they’ll be regualarly running Tijuana, Leon, Xalapa, Cancun, Zacatecas, Irapuato, and SLP.

* June 2nd will be the next Tuesday Fan Appreciation show. CMLL doesn’t confirm it on their website, but everyone’s still expecting Mini Damian vs Shockercito for that show.

* Arena Coliseo Guadalajara will have a special show on 06/14 to celebrate Father’s Day. No word if Arena Mexico will have it’s own special show on the same day, as that’s about when we’d normally expect their Fan Appreciation day.

* Arena Puebla will have their Fan Appreciation show on June 19.

– Yurijo and Naitro were mentioned as coming in next friday.

– There are no plans for the returns of Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Rayo’s working IWRG’s Lucha Libre Expo show in July, but I guess this helps the next time he goes to a magazine and teases an impending return to CMLL.

(SuperLuchas, box y lucha, Ovaciones – which doesn’t even mention the new title?, televisa deportes)

Box Y lucha posted a lot of articles from the most recent addition:

Perro Aguayo Jr. explains the three people’s opinions he cares about – Paco Alonso, Dr. Wagner Jr., and Hijo del Santo – because they’re all successful businessmen. Konnan doesn’t make the cut, and Perro’s not interesting in working with him or hearing from him in the magazines. Perro says his promotion is working very hard to compete with two strong companies, and they’re close to signing a TV deals.

Dos Caras Jr. wants Shocker’s hair, since no one’s taken it and Shocker will actually compete (unlike Hector.) Dos explains he’s not doing the body paint anymore, because the first try took 2 hours, and it still was unfinished, plus he feels he has a good body to show off. Shocker says he’s ready for Dos in whatever battle he wants, even a contest of who’s more Guapo after Shocker unmasks him.

Okumura is happy to have Japanese people to team up with again, and plans to help Yujiro and Naito adjust to the Mexican style. Okumura is waiting for a rescheduled date for his New Japan appearance, just like the other guys, and says he, Mistico and Misterioso underwent rigorous medical tests to prove they didn’t have the flu in hopes they’d be allowed to go Japan, but they couldn’t get past Japan’s travel restrictions.

Blue Panther explains wrestlers must work harder in front of small crowd, becuase that’s how crowds get bigger. Also, bigger crowds do not pay close attention.

Dragon Rojo talks about his latest image change; shorter hair among other changes. He went back home during hte flu break.

Sangre Azteca talks about his difficult childhood; parents splitting up, moving in with the grandparents, and hating it.

Pirata Morgan Jr. says Muerte Bucanera is awful, is stealing from his father and cousin, is actually the DTU mascot and not really a wrestler. Pirata Jr. vows to destroy Muerte Bucanera’s gear if they ever cross paths.

CMLL’s health measures to prevent the flu in their arenas. Judging from the last week’s TV, they’re already much less concerned – there were a whole less masks (and gloves) compared to the week before.

Villano III looks at El Faraon.

– A review of The Wrestler mentions never having seen blading in Mexico. They need to pay more attention during Gran Apache matches.

Polaris I obit. Diabetes got him.

The Gladiatores has a whole bunch of video interview: the Guerreras, Martha Villalobos, El Dandy, LA Park, and Los Perros.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, and Robert on Arena Coliseo Monterrey 10/16 and 10/28/08 and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 01/13 and 1/20/08

AAA #884 (05/16)

taped 04/17

Psycho Clown ©, Zombie Clown, Killer Clown vs Pimpinela Escarlata, Gato Eveready ©, Ultimo Gladiador – perfectly fine opener.

Super Fly vs Laredo Kid in a AAA Cruiserweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match – I’m thinking the guy who is a sticker for logic did not write this rudo turn. If they just put a blinking “he’s a rudo now!” message on the bottom of the screen, it would’ve been less subtle. This may be shot down by all, but I think this was actually the better cruiserweight match on the show…

Alex Koslov vs Rocky Romero in a AAA Cruiserweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match – because this felt more like an exhibition or a highlight reel than a full match. I still saw enough to know that if it I saw it all, I would’ve thought it was better, but what turned up on screen didn’t quite match what I was hoping for. Haven’t yet watched the Mexican version to spot the differences, but the changes between 5:30 or 6 aren’t probably as meaningful as the differences between 6 and the 12-15 minutes it seem to actually run.

Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro ©, Oriental vs Charly Manson, Elegido, X-Pac © – closing spot would’ve been great (like it was when when X-Pac did it in WWE first, right?) if Zorro was in the right position at the right time. Not only did X-Pac have to go on, not reacting to the fire extinguisher going of nowhere near him, but then Zorro totally exhausted it all on X-Pac, which could not have been fun to take. Tough day for X-Pac. Give Kenzo his money!

Marco Corleone & La Parka Jr. vs Silver King & Electroshock – Marco’s finisher used to be called the Mark of Excellence in the WWE. These are things I used to know, and I’m okay with having to go to wikipedia to find out now. Electro’s finish has no name, but he sure is using it to win a lot.

Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Vampiro & Mesias – hola, non finish of the main event. Haven’t seen you in a while.

thoughts on CMLL’s Universal Championship

MVS needs to update that picture

Let’s start here: CMLL has announced a tournament of champions. The man on the right, the man covered with championship belts, is not in the tournament.

CMLL announced plans on Thursday to create a new championship, called the CMLL Universal Championship. This will be the 19th active championship in the Mexico City branch of CMLL. Not including this championship, there are 9 active CMLL World championships, 5 active National championships held by CMLL wrestlers, 3 active NWA championships, and 1 Arena Coliseo specific championships.

That 19 total does not include the 2 IWRG championships still held by CMLL wrestlers (Super Welter – Mistico, Middle – Negro Casas; considering the Women’s title as defunct), the 4 annual tournaments run by CMLL (Plata, Azul, GA, Rey de Aire – perhaps 5 if we count the minis), the Occidente championships (2 of which, the Light Heavyweight and the Tag Team, are worn on CMLL TV more frequently than the previous 18 official ones), the 2 WWA Championships which may not be official (Middle – Mistico, Perro & Hector – Tag), and Dr. X’s XNW Championship, which is at least as credible as the WWA ones. Counting these additional 11 championships, CMLL currently has 29 different titles in play. On June 19th, CMLL will have 30. Unless Yurijo and Naito get their titles back before then.

The actual CMLL announcement goes like this: they’re holding a tournament to decide the champion of champions. Both AAA and CMLL have done this before, AAA most recently with the AAA Heavyweight Mega Championship. This time, the winner will become the first CMLL Universal Champion. The champion is said to involve all National and World Champions. Announced participants:

– Ultimo Guerrero: CMLL Heavyweight

– Rey Bucanero: CMLL Light Heavyweight
– Texano Jr.: NWA Light Heavyweight

– Averno: CMLL Middleweight, NWA Middleweight

– Negro Casas: CMLL Welterweight
– Sombra: NWA Welterweight, CMLL Tag Team
– Sangre Azteca: Mexican Welterweight

– Mascara Dorada: CMLL Super Lightweight

– Volador Jr.: CMLL Tag Team

– La Mascara: CMLL Trios
– Hector Garza: CMLL Trios
– Hijo del Fantasma: CMLL Trios
– Black Warrior: Mexican Trios
– Dragon Rojo Jr.: Mexican Trios

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National/World Champions not included, who are not women or men
– Mistico: National Light Heavyweight, WWA Middleweight Champion

That’s it, that’s the list. I’ve read the box y lucha coverage, the superluchas coverage, and the notimex coverage, and I have yet to see an explanation of why Mistico’s not in this tournament. Mistico has consistently been consistently treated as the best wrestler in the company, winning the annual tournament to decide the best wrestler in the company (Leyenda de Plata, 3 years in a row!), and he’s MIA in a tournament to crown the best wrestler in the company, and no one thought this needed a little bit of explanation?

Obviously, the tournament is and was planned for someone else to win the championship, and it seems like Mistico isn’t here so he doesn’t have to take a singles loss. Those are the sort of things that make the hardcore fans dislike Mistico, regardless of how it happens.

Getting back to the tournament itself, it’ll be a near standard three week single elimination bit for CMLL. Group A of 7 wrestlers (not specified – why not?) will go down on June 5, Group B will take place on June 12, and the final will take place on June 19. CMLL’s designed a simple but smart way of handling the odd number; winning the seeding battle royal gives you a first round bye, actually giving that part of the tournament some more sense and an actual conclusion. (Without a bye, it’s always made no sense to participate – the first one out has to wrestle first, but gets the longest rest between matches and doesn’t have to wrestle the semifinal and the final back to back.)

The hype for the match brings up the possibility that partners could end up fighting each other, which is true though not necessarily all that interesting. They also emphasize that wrestlers of different weight divisions could face each other, as if this was not standard operating procedure for CMLL, and as if there was a great difference in sizes between all these wrestlers. Perhaps if Dos or Lizmark was in, this might be true, but the difference between Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara Dorada does not appear to be all that great, and those two squared off in a trios match just back on March 1st, on LATV. It wasn’t a big deal.

This tournament would be flawed and frustrating if it occured at any time of year. As opposition to TripleMania, it also seems like an absurd business decision. Tournament shows have never been more than uninteresting to watch, and usually fall to the levels of disappionting. The matches sound much better than turn out to be, because the time requirements of the night force most of them to five minutes of limited action. Perhaps it’ll be better with one less match in the tournament, but it’s not to be expected.

They’re also harder to sell as shows, because of the format CMLL uses to decide seeding. CMLL can’t hype any of the singles matches, some of which might sell some tickets, because none are determined until an hour into the show. It may work better this way to keep people from figuring out the finish (though we can usually guess pretty accurately even without the matchups), but it’s unhelpful in getting people in the building to see that finish happen.

This also means the time and energy that’s gone into building both the Rey Bucanero & Ephesto and Dos Caras Jr. & Shocker has been wasted for the time being, since it’s unlikely they’ll be main eventing any of these three shows with an additional big singles match (they’ll be doing six of those already), plus Bucanero will be tied up in this tournament for at least one of those weeks. This seems to indicate the plan for this tournament came at a late stage.

On first look, Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas are the clear strong co-favorites to win this tournament, with the second tier being Hector Garza, Averno, and maybe Sombra. There was a time where we could put Black Warrior in that second tier, but that’s passed. There may be a time where Texano Jr. or Hijo de Fantasma go on that list, but not yet.

I’ll break down the rest of the press conference tomorrow, and more on the tournament down the line, but it’s worth note that the announcement of Fantasma, Sangre and Dragon Rojo heading to Europe for the week of June 10th means those three have to be in Block A of this tournament. In addition, the latest Wrestling Observer mentions CMLL has been talking to TNA about bringing in two (unspecified) wrestlers to challenge Sombra & Volador for the CMLL Tag Titles on June 12. It’s not confirmed, but that would make sense as a main event over a tournament, and would mean those two are also penciled in for Block A.

More, later.