Averno responds, Misterioso, Angel de Oro

No sign of Puebla results.

In an interview with Record, Averno denies he’s signed to WWE, says he never tried out with WWE at any point, only allowing that he had some conversations with WWE. He’s critical of those who’ve reported he’s signed with WWE, claiming no one contacted him to get his side and wants the fans to know not to believe these rumors; he’ll prove them wrong by winning at Juicio Final. (There’s a video interview with Averno over on CMLL Gaceta, but it only has to do with his expanding collection of La Mascara masks.)

This is a marked improvement from how CMLL held Mistico’s departure. Last time, they only had a short, seemingly underinformed statement from their press officer, not really strong enough to push back against the tide of the story. Getting Averno out in front of the press is much better crisis management. They’re still going to do the match and I don’t the story is going to keep people away from the show (the lineup not being near as strong or important as TripleMania is a more significant issue.)

The next fire to put out involves Misterioso Jr.; Fuego en el Ring passes along a rumor that Dr. Wagner Jr. has invited Misterioso to join AAA. The article does not mention if Misterioso is interested in actually making the move, just stating that he could. Misterioso is not on any CMLL lineup this week so far, and is not on Juicio Final. Misterioso vs Sangre Azteca have focused more on their rivalry in recent bouts, but CMLL doesn’t seem to have directed it anywhere – it’s not going to be in June, it probably won’t be the Anniversary main event, and there does come a point when one may no longer want to wait for it to happen with no sure promise that it ever will. (They’re willing to wait longer when the day to day payoff is good, but that hasn’t seemed to be the case for some time.)

This week’s SuperLuchas, still on newstands and in app stores!, did mention that among the many people wrestling tryout matches for AAA at their last taping (Astro Boy, Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Drastic Boy) were two mystery luchadors. The author noted they figured out they were CMLL luchadors using other identities, but declined to out their usual identities. I don’t know if either one of them were Misterioso – my hunch is no – but there’s a pattern here. It’s not X/Y/Z promotion taking from CMLL, it’s people in CMLL looking for the exits.

Angel de Oro hopes to keep training with Ultimo Guerrero so he can be a more complete wrestler; the win has him more committed to being a complete wrestler.

This really should’ve gone in the last post, but I’m really not a fan of the Forjando un Idolo concept as it’s now being presented. The tournament was great: people won, people lost, and all the matches mattered and so the concept mattered. The trios matches should be fun, but they’re distilling the concept if they’re just used to promote more trios matches where the results really don’t matter. (They have plenty of those kind of trios matches.) If, say, the trio that does the best in these round robin gets a trios title shot, that’d make it worth it, but that’s something they should get out ahead of time.

Mickie James hypes her TripleMania match in a video. She knows she’s teaming with Sexi Star! She may or may not know who’s she facing.

Black Terry Jr. posted video of Freelance vs Avisman: fall 1, fall 2, fall 3

The Gladiatores has photos from CMLL guys on a shot at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago this past Saturday. I still have photos and video on my phone, probably should use them at some point. As usual, I could not understand the names of the indy wrestler for most of the day, but the undercard was mostly The Great Malaki (the guy who set his hands on fire at the first DGUSA show in Chicago) and his usual entourage and opponents. Also, randomly, Gringo Loco vs Discovery In A Different Mask, Maybe? Rudos (Atlantis/Averno – Volador was tecnico in his rudo gear) won the three fall main event with a mask pull and a foul.

Rob has highlights of the 09/19/2010 AAA taping.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Links

06/17 Arena Mexico Lineup (Juicio Final)

CMLL (FRI) 06/17/2011 Arena Mexico
***Juicio Final, 2011***
1) Shigeo Okumura & Yoshihashi vs Metro & Stuka Jr.
2) Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Fantasma, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano
3) Diamante, Hijo del Signo, Negro Casas vs Blue Panther, Fuego, Pólvora
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Ángel de Oro, Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero
5) La Sombra, Rush, Strong Man vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Shinsuke Nakamura
6) La Máscara vs Averno [mask]

Lineup via The Gladiatores, though the press release says July.

Really nothing besides the main event (though I did want to see Nakamura vs Rush, so hooray.)

It looks like the Forjando un Idolos are doing a round robin, which would leave these matches for 06/10
?) Ángel de Oro, Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero vs Diamante, Hijo del Signo, Negro Casas
?) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Blue Panther, Fuego, Pólvora

Hijo del Fantasma actually makes the card! I wonder how that will go…

traditional battles in Naucalpan, LLUSA, GDL, Hijo de Rey Misterio

IWRG (SUN) 05/29/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) ImposibleSaruman
2) Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, El Pollo AsesinoAlan Extreme, Dinamic Black, Hijo de Clímax
Alan Extreme replaced Golden Magic, who was over at the Perros show.
3) AvismanFreelance
Avisman took the first, Freelance the second, Freelance bumped the referee in the third and Avisman fouled Freelance for the win. Bloody dive filled match (of course.)
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro DCOR Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Oficials jumped the Cerebros and won the first fall, but made a mistake in the second fall and the Cerebros took the second. After dives by Oficials, all six men brawled out of the ring nad were counted out.
5) Octagón, Octagoncito, Veneno DQ Bestia 666, Damián 666, Mini Psicosis
Tecnicos won the first fall, rudos the second, Bestia 666 fouled Veneno in the third. One referee tried to count the fall, but the other stopped him and called the DQ.

MW (SAT) 05/28/2011 Hard Rock Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico [PWTorch]
1) Nikki CorleoneChrissy Cialis
two female fans (plants) ran in before the match.

After the match, a three way confronation between the Right, Marco, and Lizmark Jr. led to Lizmark offering to pick singles maches for Marco & RJ Brewer; if they won, they might get a title shot
2) Marco Corleone DCOR Sydistiko
Sydistiko taunted Marco with a photo of Shane Helms in the hospital after his car accident. They fought outside for the countout.
3) VladamiroMascarita Dorada
before the match started, Rekon of the Right attacked Dorada as well as Mini Park and Mini Octagoncito. Vladamiro took advantage for the easy win.
4) Chrissy Cialis & Tigresa CalienteMini Park & Octagoncito
minis were still hurting from Rekon’s attack.
5) Sol I & Sol IIOriental [MW TAG]
The Sols were the people getting involved in Oriental & Tinieblas Jr. matches previously. Tinieblas was not there, so Oriental took them both on and lost. Mr. Aguila made the save after the match (Invasors sticking together! probably not.) They were able to unmask one of Sol, who turned out to be Tinieblas Jr. Oriental could not believe it. After, it was announced the tag team titles were vacant because they changed hands in a handicap match.
6) Rocky Romero & Súper NovaPR Flyer & San Juan Kid
sounds like a very good match. In an unrelated skit between matches, Rebecca Reyes turned heel on Mini Halloween, claiming she had actually married him to divorce him and get half of his money (!?!?), but it turned out Mini Halloween had not actually signed the marriage papers and instead filed a restraining order.
7) Jon Rekon & Petey WilliamsJay Lethal & Magno
Lethal was wearing his Macho Man gear, a surprise partner since Romero & Nova had just wrestled. Rekon dropped Magno with a Samoan Drop and Petey picked up the win. Petey got in a shoving fight with a planted fan after the match.
8) RJ BrewerPsicosis II
presumbably Lizmark’s challenge match for Brewer. Poor Psicosis can’t win a singles match anywhere!
9) Lizmark Jr.Rocky Romero [MW HEAVY]
Rocky challenged Lizmark to prove he was tough by defending his title. Said to be a good match, Lizmark winning clean.

There were also in ring segments by the announcers (now Kevin Kelly and Stevie Richards – really!) to explain the ongoing stories. It sounds like they’re still doing a lot of backstage/outside vignettes, so things that don’t quite make sense on TV may have been explained in something we haven’t seen yet. Next taping is June 18.

CMLL (SUN) 05/29/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El DivinoIn Memoriam
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey TruenoDrago & León Blanco
3) Pegasso & Rey CometaExterminador & Malefico
Rudos were dominated, but tecnicos surprised them to get the win.
4) Gallo, Sagrado, Sangre AztecaEphesto, Misterioso Jr., Virus
Sangre got the pin on Misterioso.
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Máximo
Rudos won 1/3, Volador getting Angel de Oro with a backcracker in the main event. The Curse of Fantasma!

The new Hijo de Rey Misterio won the WWA Welterweight Championship in Tijuana.

Links

Averno, Nakamura makes an impact (on Panther’s skull), Super Crazy gets a haircut,

A few stray thoughts on Averno

No news, you may want to skip the editorializing. Entertain yourself with this video (thanks Rob!)

– I don’t know about SuperLuchas, but I did not talk to Averno to get this story. I did not need to, I had multiple people knocking on the door to let me know, and those people had people urgently passing along that news. Within hours of the mask match announcement, this story was getting around to everyone except the few people in the bubble at the top of the CMLL heichary. It’s unfair and illogical to expect us out here to keep it a secret when few inside there were. Decent media (and whatever the heck this blog is) isn’t responsible for cleaning up their messes.

If SuperLuchas had decided not to publish the story and I had decided not to publish the story, the story was still getting out. It had been getting out (ask Kid Zombie!), it was just going to be a matter of time until someone in front of a loud enough microphone let it out.

Mistico played everything very close to the vest, and the story didn’t get out until after he left. Averno clearly told one too many people about what he was up to, and it took off like wildfire. If you want to be angry at people for letting out secrets, start with the first guy who did.

– Been watching Twitter mentions of Averno all day. I can’t be absolutely certain of this, but I believe 99.999999% of the comments talked about how Averno and WWE. No one mentioned La Mascara, no one seemed slightly interested in how that affects the Jucio Final match. It’s a sure thing that people on Twitter are much more likely to be interested in WWE and there will be a lot of CMLL fans who just find out about all of this on Monday when they stop by a newsstand. They’re smart enough to figure out what it means for Jucio Final even if it’s never explicity said, but I do think we overestimate the impact of results like this getting out. Fans go for the show as much if not more as the result.

– A lot of people read the story today, which was great. A lot of people walked away not really understanding the story, which is not as great.

– the match people seemed to use most often to show Mistico working with Averno? The NJPW match from January. We’re a very tiny part of the wrestling internet, people can’t even find lucha matches.

– I would’ve have loved to talk to someone in CMLL to about this before printing to get their opinion. If, say, they had opened lines of communication by just telling me WHAT IS GOING TO BE ON YOUR TV SHOW, this might have been accomplished. Instead, they don’t get a voice and I’m surprised with Volador/Garza vs Maximo/Rush matches. There are no winners in this arrangement. If you ever decide you don’t hate me, my email is always over on the right.

Results

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 05/29/2011 Arena Coliseo [Cesar, CMLL, Record]
1) Artillero & RamsteinFreesbe & Principe
Rudos take 2/3.
2) Hooligan, Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío IIGuerrero Maya Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Super Halcon Jr.
tecncios took falls 2/3. Maya & Bala challenged Los Rayos to a mask match again.
3) Dr. X, Nitro, SkándaloÁngel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Sensei
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Black Warrior, Metro, ValienteEuforia, Mephisto, Vangelis
Tecnicos took 2/3. Warrior showed off a new neck crank submission on Mephisto for the win.
5) El Alebrije, Psicosis, Shinsuke NakamuraBlue Panther, Strong Man, Super Porky
1/3 for the rudos – finally, the Invasors have found the missing piece! Nakamura KOed Panther with the Boma-Ye (knee to the head.) Lights went out at the end of the second fall.

Alan smartly pointed this out in chat: this is not near the level of card CMLL would has  put out against a Perros del Mal show. Could be the Perros aren’t considered something to worry about now, could be worrying about other stuff.

PdM (SUN) 05/29/2011 Plan Sexenal [@thegladiatores, Mi Lucha Libre (6)Record (1-5)Record (6)The Gladiatores]
***3rd Anniversary Show***
1) Drastik Boy & KeiraDinastía & Sexy Pólvora
Originally a singles match with the men.
2) Celestial & CósmicoMr. Aguilita & Talisman Jr.
Celestial did another dive off a balcony here.
3) el Ángel, Golden Magic, Heaven, SkaydeEk Balam, Guerrero Negro, Maldito Jr., Samot
Heaven & Guerrero Negro were added to this match. Not sure if it’s the MTY Guerrero Negro. Golden Magic beat the large Ek Balam with a plancha. Balam was strechered out.
4) Peligro & PesadillaBlack Fire & Low Rider
Peligro replaced Ragde and pinned Black Fire.
5) Bestia 666, Halloween, X-FlyTony Rivera, Turbo, Zumbi
Perro destroyed the tecnicos. Zumbi went thru a table for the finish.
6) Super CrazyPsycho Clown Monster ClownDamián 666Murder Clownel Hijo del Perro Aguayo [cage, hair]
Brawl started out of the cage and included weapons. Damian took a stapler to the forehead. First out was Perro Jr., who was actually booed and chanted against. He was followed by Murder, Damian, and Monster. Super Crazy tried to put Psycho thru a table, Psycho stopped him and spinebusted him thru the table and left. Super Crazy was shaved in the ring.

Crowd looks strong. Perros first show was in December 2008, I’m not really sure how the math works out to make this a third anniversary. It has been a very long year for Perro Aguayo Jr., it may feel like it should be December.

Forjando Un Idolo – final

I’m about three matches behind at the moment, but this was a really fun and interesting tournament. We make fun of CMLL for all the tournaments they run, and we will probably make fun of the more in the near future, but I have no problem with them if they’re like this. A ‘top star’ version of this tournament would be fascinating; I don’t think they’d do it, but it won’t stop me from hoping they might.

As good as the tournament was, the effort was better. It was great to be able to watch (almost!) every match in this tournament, and I hope it was successful enough for CMLL (or anyone else) to try more projects like this in the future. Thanks especially to Mr. Alexis for his hard work.

CMLL in Japan

NJPW 05/29:
BOSJ: TAKA Michinoku [4] b Mascara Dorada [2] (9:45)
Dorada’s next match is  June 2nd, vs DDT’s Kota Ibushi. Had this wrong in the chat earlier: It’s also a TV taping, so likely not on YouTube.

REINA 05/28:
Tomoka Nakagawa [O] & Silueta b A*YU*MI & Seuxis [X] (14:33)
A*YU*MI is Ayumi’s masked persona. Silueta challenged her for the X-LAW Women’s Championship.

Video of those CMLL matches on these shows seems to be going up on this YouTube channel.

Other news

On Saturday’s IWL show, Los Porros kept the IWL trios titles, despite the (unadvertised) appearance of US indy wrestler Mad Man Pondo. He’ll be back for a match with them in June. Mike Segura won a Royal Rumble with the help of a mystery man. Black Terry Jr. posted a lot of photos.

Rob has highlights from 08/94 AAA and 10/15/94 AAA shows, a Mr. Aguila video, plus classic vignettes from the time AAA visited an Old West Town (?!?!?): Chucky kicks Cuije’s mask, Barrio Boys suffer a tragic loss, and the Chivas Rayadas are born.

SuperLuchas #415 has the Averno interview, but it also has a lot of other good stuff in there including a long interview with Dorian Roldan. If you’d like more gossip, you can find out Astro Boy’s AAA name a few days early.

Links

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 06/02/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black & Tritón vs Dark Devil & Imposible
2) Freelance, Golden Magic, Mike Segura vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro
3) Dr. Cerebro vs Multifacético [IWRG IC WELTER]
4) Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan and Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. and Hijo del Solar & Solar I and Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and El Brazo & Hijo del Brazo

They’re trying Cerbero/Multifacetico again! Thought I wonder if that title match was supposed to be set up last week and might not be happening now.

Main event is a father’s son tag. Not sure if they’re going to do the same rules (kids all in first, fathers replace them) as previous times.

CMLL (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nube Roja vs Quca
2) Hierro & Leo vs Ángel del Mal & Drago
3) Leono & Metalik vs Exterminador & Infierno
4) Delta, Diamante, Metro vs Cancerbero, Euforia, Pólvora
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Looks like a good show. First time the new Metalik has broken out of the first two matches.

IWRG (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragon Fly & Tritón vs Alan Extreme & Imposible
2) Eragón, Freelance, Golden Magic vs Comando Negro, El Pollo Asesino, King Drako
3) Hijo del Pantera, Multifacético, Pantera vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Psycho Circus are defending. Can X-Fly be a five belt champion?!?!

IWRG FIL (TUE) 06/07/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aerocross & Mascarita de Oro vs Mini Infierno Kid & Mini Zumbido
2) Pikachu & Volaris vs Guerrero 2000 & Muerte Infernal
3) Dance Boy, Sky Angel, Tonatiuh vs Flama Infernal, Monster Blue, Serpiente Dorada
4) Hijo de Clímax, Rolling Boy, Saruman vs Dark Devil, Halcon 2000, Keshin Black
5) Alan Extreme, Centurión, Dinamic Black, Dragon Fly, Eterno, Fresero Jr., Golden Magic, Tritón vs Demoledor Azteca, Extreme Boy, Impulso, Kamus, Ojo de Tigre Jr., Oscuro, Vaquero Rocanrolero,Wotam

IWRG defends itself against GYM Ojo de Tigre. Better name: Extreme Boy or Alan Extreme?

Averno has signed with WWE, expected to drop his mask at Jucio Final

Averno & Mistico, 2010 (photo via Record)

Averno, one of the top rudos for CMLL for the half decade, has signed a contract with WWE. Averno is joining the US promotion to resume his feud with Misitco (now Sin Cara) as an unmasked heel. The plan was for him to lose his mask to La Mascara at June 17th’s Jucio Final, but plans may change as this news gets out. Multiple sources have confirmed to me both Averno’s signing and his imminent mask loss.

WWE has been unhappy with Sin Cara’s matches so far. Atypically, they’ve sought to resolve this by bringing in more agreeable opponents for him to work with. The story I was told is WWE went to Sin Cara and asked him that if he could work with anyone in the world, who would he most like to work with. Obviously, he picked his long time rival (and probably close friend) Averno. WWE earlier had Averno in for a tryout last October, the same tryout Mistico and Diamante were at (and which Durango Kid helped set up), but decided not to sign him at that time. Things have changed, and Averno secretly signed with WWE during their last tour of Mexico.

It’s worth noting this is not actually an expanded WWE raid of CMLL luchadors or lucha style wrestlers in general. They want Averno to fill a specific need. I do not believe this directly increases (or decreases) their chances of signing anyone else from Mexico. To put it simply, WWE signing Averno does not mean they’re about to sign Fantasma or Sombra or anyone else.

This is also a big risk for Averno; he’s coming in for a defined spot, but there may not be plans past that; compare Averno to Tyson Kidd, who works the style they WWE prefers, is very good at it, and is barely on their roster. Dropping your mask and going to WWE in hopes of a big push worked out for Alberto Del Rio, but not so much for Rey Ortiz. Since the plan is for him to work against Sin Cara, I expect he will be brought to the main roster quickly, and not go to FCW.

Averno has not informed CMLL of his WWE signing. Instead, Averno only told their programming department he wanted to lost his mask ASAP and, if they weren’t willing to do it, he would go to whichever outside promoter could pay him the most to drop it. CMLL agreed to do it there and scrambled their plans for June (a cage match which would’ve included the Gen11/Rayos feud and probably other rivalries; no loser had been definitively been decided), putting Averno’s mask loss in on 06/17. Mascara Dorada would’ve been the preferred choice to win the mask, but he’s locked in with NJPW comittements. It’s unknown if other people were considered, but CMLL is said to be a very divided and unhappy place at the moment, and politics surely played some role in the decision (as they do in most.)

As I write this, I believe upper CMLL management is still unaware of Averno signing with WWE (though I’m the impression that many other people in the company, which again speaks to the fractured nature of CMLL) and would’ve been when the card for next Friday was announced. Averno is not yet on any of the big six cards next week (GDL/Puebla/Mexico/Coliseo), but I do not believe that has anything to do with this news, and he is scheduled to work shows in Queretaro (Tuesday) and Xalapa (Wednesday).

I have declined to post about this because of that, and because early release of this information may cost people’s jobs, and may cost Averno a big payday. That’s not really worth being first, to me. I’m posting this story now because the word has gotten out to enough people that there’s really no way it can be kept as a secret any more. SuperLuchas has put the Averno to WWE portion on their cover, out today, though they are not confirming the mask loss.

It’s possible that CMLL may pull the match – as much for the betrayal as the result getting out –  (though that would mean Averno would just find someone else to pay for the mask), but the CMLL way tends to be to ignore the world around them. Also, they’d be able to beat soon to be WWE star on the way out, and CMLL thinks that would mean a lot to their fans. We’ll see.

Sorry I had to spoil this result for everyone. Didn’t want to know who was going to win myself, but can’t tell this story without telling that part.

Averno outsmarts his opposition, Angel de Oro is un Idolo

these trophies keep getting smaller!/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 05/27/2011 Arena Mexico [CesarCMLLRecord (4)]
1) Starman & Tigre BlancoDisturbio & Mortiz
1/3 for team old man tecnico
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, MarcelaAmapola, Estrellita, Princesa Sugheit
1/3 for the tecnicas. In the closing sequence, Amapola took out Goya with a dive, and Goya’s right leg got caught underneath her. She was stretchered out and taken to the hospital for observation.
3) El Alebrije, Histeria, OlímpicoHijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Valiente
1/3 for the Invasors. Fantamsa took the swinging gate bomb in the third, and was pinned by everyone for the loss. Finally the Invasors have found the one guy they can beat!
4) Ángel de OroPólvora [Forjando un Idolo, final]
Switched around to the fourth match, so it will air on Televisa. First two falls were quick, Polvora using the nudo lagunero and Angel de Oro using a tapatia variant. Long third fall, Angel de Oro getting the win with a UG style front superplex. Sounded like a really good match, Polvora’s best ever.
5) Héctor Garza, Mr. Niebla, Último GuerreroBlue Panther, Strong Man, Super Porky
Rudos take 1/3, capitalizing on some tecnico miscommunication. Niebla & Garza double suplexed Porky for the win.
6) Averno, Terrible, TexanoLa Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo
Straight falls for the rudos, Averno specifically. Averno shoved La Mascara off of him into Tirantes, and Tirantes called the DQ on La Mascara in the first. In the second, Tirantes slow counted Mascara on a casita, Mascara turned to punch him, and Averno fouled Mascara and inside cradled him for the quick three.

Ras de Lona mentioned Naito is headed back again. Over in NJPW, Yujiro turned on him a couple of days and Naito was kicked out of the group, so he’s probably getting some time here before returning as a face there.

A lot of focus on Averno & La Mascara, thought I suspect more in the next couple of weeks. The post contract signing fight came off well, and Averno had a getaway driver when he stormed out.

Texano had a TRT shirt, so eventually Bucanero won’t look so goofy wearing a Doble T one. (Though Terrible & Bucanero were standing there in the same bit wearing the old shirt, so it may take some time.)

Things sure are busy for Guerrero Maya, who’s got a Sunday feud, a Tuesday title tournament (introduced all the guys in the tournament on Ras de Lona and doing a fine job) and is involved in Forjando un Idolo on Fridays. Is SuperLuchas sure they got the correct Guerrero who joined the programming department? (Kidding.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s update.

Other Links

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 06/03/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Metálico vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Estrellita, La Comandante
3) Astral vs Pequeño Nitro [lightning]
4) Diamante, Hijo del Signo, Negro Casas vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker
5) Ángel de Oro, Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero vs Blue Panther, Fuego, Pólvora
6) Shinsuke Nakamura, Terrible, Texano vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Strong Man

Fourth and fifth matches are playing off Forjando un Idolo, with the vets teaming with their top two finishers. That means the return of Shocker, just about 8 days after they stripped him of his title for not wrestling. It was inactive for five months, why didn’t they wait a week more?

No Averno, though I’m sure he’ll impact this card some way.

AK47/Multifacetico, Mascara/Averno

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 05/26/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Alan Extreme & Vampiro Metálico b Dragon Fly & Tritón
2) Black Terry, Chico Che, Hijo de Clímax DQ Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, El Pollo Asesino
Comando Negro fouled Black Terry for the DQ. Those two are feuding.
3) Oficial AK47 b Multifacético
Dr. Cerebro was busy losing in AAA, so Oficial AK-47 took his place here. Bloody match, Oficial won.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Fresero Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Fresero Jr. was bloodied, had a drink thrown in his face, and stumbled over to Psycho to be finished off.

Also: Kid Psycho Clown.

CMLL Press Conference

Averno & La Mascara had a scrum at press conference, which included Jose Luis Feliciano getting knocked off the stage. Being a CMLL programmer is a rough job right now. Averno vowed to add his name to the (long) list of people who have unmasked members of the Alvarado family.

There was a few discussions about the Forjando un Idolo, with the final tonight. Rey Escorpion apologized to Ultimo Guerrero, so I guess they’re friends again. Blue Panther and Negro Casas continued to challenge each other. There was talk about the individual groups sticking together; this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, because they were never really allies, always intra-group rivals. Forjando un Idolo would’ve been more interesting if we actually saw the mentors working with their four students and got the idea that this was a union outside the matches, but that was never shown.

Record has an interview with Angel de Oro hyping up the tournament and tonight’s final. He’s the clear favorite.

Anyway, the interesting bit is Negro, Panther, and UG were all there, but Shocker was not (though Delta & Guerrero Maya were there representing.) CMLL took away Shocker’s NWA LH title at this press conference, which gave him another reason to be here, but he was not. Seems suspicious. Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Shocker in Guadalajara, so he could’ve just been out of town at the wrong time. This press conference seemed to be rushed, only announced an hour before it happened.

Dorian Roldan congratulated CMLL for booking an apuesta match the day before TripleMania. Maybe a bit of sarcasm there.

Other Stuff

LuchaWorld has this week’s Ras de Lona.

IWRG is holding a wrestler creation contest. Winner gimmick will debut at the Expo.

Sangre Azteca takes on his toughest opponent: Sangre Azteca. (via ByL)

On Colt Cabana’s podcast, Mad Man Pondo says he’s coming to Mexico in June. That sounds like DTU, but I thought they were off until July.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. vs Metalik
2) Black Metal & Leo vs Infierno & Ráfaga
3) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
4) Metro vs Rey Escorpion
5) La Sombra, Strong Man, Toscano vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shinsuke Nakamura

That singles match should be interesting.

05/26 AAA TV Results (Toluca)

AAA TV (THU) 05/26/2011 Gimnasio Agustin Millan, Toluca, EdM [Mi Lucha Libre (2-3), Mi Lucha Libre (5), Mi Lucha Libre (Roldans), Record]
1) Jennifer Blake, Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Star b El Brazo, Fabi Apache, Lolita
Moonsaults by Jennifer and Sexi for the win.
2) Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly b Aerostar, Argenis, Laredo Kid [AAA TRIOS, quarterfinal]
Perros destroyed the Air Force. Argenis took the pin.
3) Billy el Malo, Charly Manson, Cibernético b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno [AAA TRIOS, semifinal]
Dr. Cerebro was double booked, worked here instead of IWRG. Charly submitted Eterno.
4) Chessman & Último Gladiador b Electroshock & Heavy Metal
Metal & Electroshock were bloodied and defeated. Chessman attacked Metal’s mini Lokillo, and Silver King got involved with his own new (smaller) mini.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Mesías NC el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & LA Park
Perro Aguayo Jr. returned to the ring, replacing Zorro. Wagner put himself and Perro thru a table, and Mesias and Park beat each other until they both passed out in the ring. Math was stopped, no finish.

2011 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#992)
Mexico: 06/05
US: 06/19

Early on in the show, Konnan, Dorian and the debuting Violento Jack had an argument with Joaquin, which led to Joaquin taking a chair shot. I think the idea is Joaquin and Marisela kicked Dorian out of AAA at the last taping, but that doesn’t seem to have much of an effect.

A couple notes from Dr. Landru of the Gladiatores

  • Astro Boy was at the tapings. He’s probably the new Air Force member, joining at the Arena Neza taping.
  • The AAA Trios tournament is just two rounds – the four teams who’ve won so far (Bizarros, Dark Family, Perros, Circus) will meet in a four way at TripleMania.

That means the Bizarros vs Underground match is off, though something will have to replace it to get La Parka & Drago on the card. After SLP, when AAA was running down the card, they did not mention that match, so this decision must’ve been made a while ago but not made very clear. It’s been one of their focal points of TV over the last few weeks, so it’s very odd it’s been dropped and probably means the Bizarros need to be in that trios title match for a very important reason.

No sign of another taping between now and Neza; we’re short one. This show really feels like the last taping before TripleMania, and Neza really feels like the lame duck taping after it, so maybe there will be an all recap/interview/hype show the Sunday prior to the PPV? It would save a little money, and they could spend two hours telling us to people to order the PPV (if they’re on PPV.)

05/28-29 Lucha Times

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AAA: Mesias/187 vs Chessman/Lizmark/Park, more Clowns vs Perros, more Bizarros vs Dark Family, Laredo has a not very good day, and minis. Lots of clipping too.

52MX: Warrior and the GDL 2 vs Ephesto, Felino, Misterioso; there be dives. Also, Garza/Niebla/Volador vs Mascara/Maximo/Porky

LATV: C3 is two weeks behind Mexico here (at least so far; let’s see how often or how many of these tapes turn up.) That means this week is the 05/10 show that Rob was raving about. Highlights include Semental & the apparent last appearance of Astro Boy (more in the morning), Diamante/Fuego/Cometa vs X/Hooligan/Virus and Felino/Mephisto/Negro vs Oro/Fantasma/Valiente

TF: Ephesto/Mephisto/Misterioso vs Sagrado/Stuka/Valiente and a main event which said to be not good. This is a good week to show the tercera instead, people in charge!

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CMLL: the two FuI semifinals, Metro/Porky/Valiente vs TRT and Peste Negra vs Sombra/Dorada/Rush. Notice something missing?

AAA-MEX: two matches in the ever evolving and never quite explained AAA trios tournament, Mesias/Tag Champs vs Decnnis/Halloween/Park, and Jeff Jarrett & Abyss in the main event. Something slightly important happens with Zorro.

FOX: A women’s trios + Averno & La Mascara, relegated to the show with much less visibility. Unless they change things around this week, and they really should.

C3: most notably, the first part of CMLL’s Super Light Tournament

Mega6: A show you won’t mind missing. Main event is Warrior/Sombra vs Felino/Niebla.

ACM: More of the Guerrero Negro/Estrella del Oriente show.

PdM: There’s a rerun on Friday, but the one we’re concerned with is Sunday’s live broadcast. TVC Deportes has them for a two hour show, 6-8 CT, so probably not the whole card. I hope they can go long or the Perros time out things very well; live TV is tricky.

IWRG: the show going on right now. Hijo de Climax won, hooray for him.