05/12-13 lucha times



52MX: Grab bag trios matches, with Atlantis, Diamante Azul, and Sombra vs Dragon Rjo Jr., Terrible, and Volador.

GALA: More Warrior vs Escorpion, plsu probably Atlantis/Rush/Shocker vs Niebla/Negro/Volador

FOX: Women’s match and the weekly Sangre Azteca match is left here.

C3: Diamante/Sombra/Dorada vs Kraneo/Aguila/Psicosis. Cancerberos vs Azteca/Bala/Titan looks fun.

GDL: Atlantis, Maya, Shocker vs Felino, Niebla, Olimpico.

Puebla: TRT vs Bufete del Amor.

LATV: a rerun of the 04/24 show?


AAA: Half of Leon. Which half? I will guess the Apaches, the cruiserweight trios, and the Jeff Jarrett match. You take the good with the bad.

IWRG: no show today (and I’m not sure why), so probably the Tuesday FILL show.

ACM: Mongol Chinos vs Dralion, Gato, Silencio? Or many reruns of Konnan Big.

AYM: is on! Is probably a rerun.

Puebla, TripleMania to August (and replacement show to June?), Yujiro

CMLL (MON) 05/07/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Ares & Policeman b Blue Center & Tigre Rojo
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Bronco, Hooligan, Nitro b Höruz, Leono, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3
3) Asturiano, Milenium, Stigma DQ Puma King, Skándalo, Súper Comando
The Stigma/Milenium/Asturiano trio all wore red. Puebla tecnicos took falls 2/3, with Skandalo fouling his brother Stigma in the last for the DQ.
4) Morphosis, Olímpico, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. Maya was cut open sometime in the second and said to bleed significantly during this match, though he refused medical attention. Rudos eliminated him in the third. Atlantis got Olimpico up in the Atlantida, but Volador broke it up, pulled the mask, and cradled Atlantis for the win. Volador also attacked Maya as he was being strechered out after the match.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
Tecnicos took falls 2/3. Rush pinned Tiger. Maximo suffered a leg injury in the third fall.

Yesterday, Dorian Roldan announced TripleMania would take place in August. TripleMania has tended to be a June event in recent years (it’s moved around the calendar a few times), and rumors over the last month suggested it’d be moved to July. This is even later. AAA has not confirmed a specific date or location as of yet, or even explained why it’s in August and not June. My barely informed guess is they want to run the new Arena Ciudad de Mexico, and the August date (5th?) just worked best for everyone.

The immediate effect is heavyweight champion Mesias, announced as needing three months to return from a bicep injury, would make it back in time. Mesias feels like AAA’s third most popular tecnico (behind Park and Wagner, and Cibernetico has an argument), but he’s always central to AAA’s plans and they’d definitely prefer to involve him in their biggest show of the year. I don’t think Mesias’ injury is the reason AAA’s pushing back TripleMania, but it’s a nice benefit of the move.

Moving TripleMania to August stacks up the major events in the second half of the year. This seemed like a problem when TripleMania was only going back to July. August for TripleMania means no Verano de Escandalo this year. Pushing back TripleMania also means AAA would go five months between shows with big matches, an extraordinary long time.

AAA appears to have figured out a solution to this problem: this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says they’ll be holding a Night of Champions (Noche de Campeons?) in Orizaba. The WON gives a date of 05/18, which must be a typo – they tape on 05/17 in Chilpancingo and no 05/18 show has been announced anywhere. Something like 06/17 would fit, and everything else starts to fit once you assume there still is a major show coming up in June. AAA specifically announced title matches in Merida, which didn’t seem to make sense when TripleMania was thought to be in July and would be very silly if they were holding them off until August. It makes a lot of sense to be announcing title matches if you’re running a title match show in six weeks (and it’ll be more like four when the announcements start airing.)

AAA’s current champions, who’d presumably be defending at a Night of Champions
Minis: Mini Psicosis  – already set to face Mascarita Dorada)
Women: Sexi Star  – already set to face Fabi Apache + 2 more (Mari and a tecnica or a TNA woman?)
Mixed Tag: Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake – Alan’s a tecnico, Jen is not? No specific challengers
Cruiser: Jack Evans – vs Teddy Hart, maybe more
Latin America: LA Park – vs Jarrett? vs Perro?
Tag: Abyss & Chessman – seems like a multiman, but this explains why Abyss didn’t lose in Merida
Trios: Psycho Circus – vs undefeated Consejo? vs Maniacos?
Heavy: Mesias – stripped of his title? Perro defends/”earns” #1 contendership vs Wagner?

That’s 8 matches, the size of a major show. If AAA skips on doing something with the Heavyweight title or the Mixed Tag, that leaves room for the Nicho Psicosis vs Joe Lider death match they’ve been setting up. Make up an Extreme Title for that (or use the DTU one) if you must. The part of this that most interests me, from an aesthetic standpoint, is this means a few stories I’m not interested in (Jack/Teddy II, Abyss/Chessman, Jarrett) might resolve in June and everyone could do something more interesting on TripleMania. No guarantees, but a little hope.

Yujiro arrived in Mexico on Wednesday. He explained to the press that he’s much better than any Mexican and anyone in CMLL, he should only be programmed in main events, and no one can stop him. Yujiro was asked if he’d team up with Okumura & Namajague to go after the trios titles, but Yujiro instead suggested he take on Marco in a hair match, take his hair, and make all of the women fall in love with him. Yujiro has said he will not go back to Japan until he’s beat 10 people. There are three falls, this shouldn’t take too long.

LuchaWorld has the top 100 countdown, with Escoria, Tiger Cota, and Besita 666.

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