Doctors cause (different) problems for Fuego & Sin Cara, LLExpo

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2011 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Record]
1) Camorra & Disturbio b Soberano Jr. & Trueno
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Hombre Bala Jr. b Bobby Zavala, Puma King, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Euforia, Raziel, Virus b Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Starman
Rudos took 1/3, submitting Cometa to a triple tapatia in the third fall.
4) Fuego DQ Dr. X [lightning]
Fuego was about to win this match when Arkangel ran in to attack. The Tuareg all ended up beating up Fuego.
5) Blue Panther, Sangre Azteca, Valiente b Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Shigeo Okumura
Small bit of revenge for Valiente, who’s team took falls 1/3 to win.
6) El Alebrije, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada
Psicosis snuck in a foul on Sombra to take the win.

Sin Cara

This week’s Figure Four Weekly says Sin Cara failed his drug test in June, but was not suspended right away because he said he was taking the prohibited substance under doctor’s care. Sin Cara either never provided documentation to prove it or what he provided wasn’t enough, so he was finally suspended. On the board, Bryan said Sin Cara’s loss to Christian didn’t have anything to do with this situation.

As expected, Sin Cara explained his side of the story to Record. That’s the same outlet Rey Misterio talked to after his suspension, and who Sin Cara has talked to in the past (often with some controversy.) Sin Cara says he does not even know what he tested positive for, only that he had a routine injection in his knee when he was in Mexico. Sin Cara says he’s never taken “asteroides”, but a lot of medication has “asteroides.” (He means steroids, but that’s not as funny.) Sin Cara says he was told that he was not in any trouble beyond the required suspension, and that he’d be meeting with WWE to talk about the situation. Sin Cara does not sound happy about his name being released, but thinks the fans are more concerned about the mystery of the face.

Other News

La Catedral has a long article about CMLL’s problems in creating stars out of it’s current trios format. It’s well worth reading, but I think I can boil it down to

  • Trios have more power and identity if there’s a set lineup.
  • Being leader/captain of a group spotlights someone as a star, but you need a set trio for that to work. (And it also forces you to focus on a narrower group of guys.)
  • Being leader of a mid level group is better than being the third most important person in a top trio.
  • A luchador can’t be a rising star if they’re not even the leader of the own group.

The really easy example of the problem is the trio of Sagrado, Palacio Negro, and Metal Blanco. They had a good reason to be together (GDL!), it made Sagrado seem important for the first time since they broke up the Volador/Sombra/Sagrado trio, they fit well together and they got over well during the national trios tournament. It was  a great act to get going, but they’ve never teamed the three up again since that tournament.

The last point relates directly to Polvora. Polvora started the year as maybe the #2 guy in Los Cancerberos. He finished second in Forjando un Idolo and defeated Valiente for his title, and now he’s still the #2 guy in Los Cancerbero, with not even a hint of change. To be fair, Virus picked up a World title in that time, but it doesn’t seem like anything is going to be done with the dynamics of the group. One day, Polvora will just no longer be in the Cancerberos, or the Cancerberos will just not be, but everything always stays too static.

AAA presented the official commemorative mask for Guadalajara Pan American games yesterday at a press conference (video.) They’ll have 50,000 on sale during the games, which run the last two weeks of October.

Oficial 911 says Multifacteico is not a good professional for attacking him after the match. Sure, one of 911’s men might have gotten involved, but 911 explains it was only due to Multifacetico cheating first.

Segunda Caida has an introduction to lucha libre in Fighting Sports Magazine. It’s a good article.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/20 NOAH (via Purolove.com)
1) Aero Star b Zach Sabre Jr. (5:38) – first win for Aerostar!
2) Yoshinobu Kanemaru b Jack Evans (4:49)
4) Jun Akiyama &  Akitoshi Saito [O] b Ricky Marvin & Rocky Marvin [X]

CMLL says the mystery lucahdora in RENA is named “Dama de Hierro.” So, there’s two. Great!

Lucha Libre Expo

CMLL’s contribution will include a performance by the band Mask-Ra; their drummer is Atlantis’ son.

Los Juniors had a press conference to hype their show. They also were interviewed in Impacto.

Damian & Bestia hype their show in a short video clip.

DTU hype for their show.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/25/2011 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Black Tiger Jr. vs Akron & Sauron
2) Soberano Jr., Stigma, Super Halcon Jr. vs Artillero, Espiritu Maligno, Súper Comando
3) Ángel de Plata, Palacio Negro, Sangre Azteca vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Valiente vs Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Super Porky vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.

No Yoshiashi vs Rush! Though they still seem to be setting that up.

07/31 AAA TV Lineup (Guadalajara) – Verano de Escandalo

Updated 6pm CST

AAA TV (SUN) 07/31/2011 Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progresso de Guadalajara
***Verano de Escandalo, 2011***
1) Mascarita Divina, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Mari Apache vs Fabi ApacheLolitaJennifer BlakeMickie JamesCinthia MorenoSexy Star? [Reina De Reinas]
3) Drago, Electroshock, Heavy Metal vs Samoa Joe, Silver Kain, Último Gladiador
4) Cuervo, Espíritu, La Parka Jr., Ozz vs Billy el Malo, Cibernético, Escoria, Tabú
5) Extreme Tiger vs Joe LiderAbyssChessman [Monsters Ball, AAA CRUISER]
6) Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr.LA Park [AAA HEAVY]
7) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly [cage of death]

2011 AAA TV Chart

Mexico: 08/07, 08/14

Lineup via KrisZ. Dorian’s said this will be a TV show, and not a PPV.

I had believed that the eventually Psychos vs Perros cage match would be losing team loses their masks or hair, but KrisZ has it as just the last man left in. Things have obviously changed in this feud over this last year.

I think the idea of the semimain is Konnan and Jeff Jarrett think LA Park will help him keep the title. This would also mean Konnan and Jeff Jarrett are completely clueless. He is LA Park, he’s out for LA Park and no else. Maybe it’s that Konnan and Jeff Jarrett think LA Park and Dr. Wagner will just destroy each other and Jeff will hide in a corner until it’s time to pin someone.

KrisZ also has listed the fifth match as for the Cruiserweight title, but that’s probably just someone getting confused along the way since Jack Evans has that title. Monster’s Ball is a TNA gimmick that’ll just end up being the hardcore match you’d expect with those four guys.

Charly Manson being listed on the Bizarros match is very optimistic. Billy will take his place.

They’re short two matches. TV has been strongly pointing to Mickie James challenging Mari Apache for the Reina de Reinas title, so that’s one. Either the flyers or minis for the other match, which may not even matter if they do the usual bit of only airing 3 matches per episode for the major shows.

Edit: 

AAA’s posted the official lineup. They’re insistent the match with no cruiserweight champion is for the cruiserweight title. You can do whatever you want, but if you don’t explain it, it comes off as really dumb.

The missing matches are a match with everyone in the women’s division (except Esther, who doesn’t exist?) and one mystery woman for the Reinas de Reinas title, and a minis match.

Kind of all sorts of crazy for the Milicia and Air Force guys not to make this show, after their match in Naucalpan was specifically praised as one of the best matches in a long time by a guy who’s supposedly booking the promotion. Crazy, but not so surprising. Keep on having those good matches that don’t mean anything and get cut from TV half the time, kids.

Billy’s in for Charly.

(Do I have to keep recapping this promotion?)