Starting off with the CMLL press conference. Video highlights are here.
Everything Not En Busca de un Idolo
Marco Corleone will be out due to an injury. The live coverage did not specify, but Marco later said it was indeed the knee injury he suffered in the bad car accident a while back. CMLL is saying 9 months, while Marco says 3-9 months. He can walk without crutches, but he can’t wrestle on it. (If you watched his last matches, he had to cut out the springboard/leaping spots entirely.) Hope he’s back as soon as he’s ready. It’s a rough break.
The length of the absence has caused CMLL to declare the trios titles vacant. No tournament has been announced. It can not be a coincidence CMLL suddenly put Valiente, Mascara Dorada and Mistico together as the new top tecnico trio.
The new Comandante Pierroth was introduced. They’ve put together all the remaining people in the original Pierroth’s army – La Comadante, Pequeno Violencia and Pierrothito – and more recent Puerto Rician addition Zeuxis as the new Comando Caribeño. It’s nice, but it doesn’t give Pierroth any partners for actual matches so far. Unsure where leaves Comandante and TRT.
Gran Guerrero was formerly introduced. He is a Guerrero. He is Gran. Ultimo made it clear he’s not breaking up the Niebla Roja/Euforia/Ultimo Guerrero group, just adding on.
En Busca de un Idolo
Terra posted a press release on the tournament before the press conference. That was fun. Same format as last year, with the subhead “Ahora o Nunca!”
Hijo del Fantasma
Director: Shocker – or that was the plan before he got cast for the reality show. Stepping in as replacement: RUSH.
Trainer: Negro Casas
Director: Terrible (Tiger’s partner)
(Guerrero Maya Jr & Delta were announced for this tournament in April, but are gone now.)
Tirantes (back from season 1)
Tony Salazar (trainer in season 1)
Ultimo Guerrero (director in season 1)
Brazo de Plata
The tournament will run from May 17th to July 12th, 9 weeks. The press release says matches will air live on Terra.com. I read that originally as Friday night shows, but it only says it starts Fridays; it could be multiple days. They appear to be following the same layout as last year, which would mean matches on Tuesdays & Fridays (so, three nights of Terra!)
Valiente is going to be great, but it’s a bit odd to have Valiente in a Now Or Never tournament when you’ve just put him in your great new main event tecnico trio. Left hand, right hand. I think he’s the closest thing to a favorite here, but it’s a balanced field. Tiger is another odd fit; he hasn’t worked out great with TRT, but he’s 26 and it doesn’t feel as now or never-y with him.
There’s no word if they’re doing the half hour shows which went along with the tournament (and aired many weeks later), so hopefully there’s plenty of Rush as coach during the actual matches.
AAA caught up with Billy el Malo to explain his injury. Two months ago, Billy was carjacked. He fought to keep his car and does not remember when he got his right wrist cut, but it was cut very deeply and he lost blood and consciousness. (I’ve linked to the R de Rudo site for the photos.) He remembers hallucinating a woman and a garden while a taxi driver rushed him to a hospital. He was operating on there, but does not have much positive to say about the person who did the doctor – they saved his hand but cut ligaments and tendons in the process. Billy lost feeling and movement in his right hand, and has only so far recovered 30% through physical therapy, able to feel and move his little finger, but has been told he’ll recover more and plans on returning to the ring. Billy mentions his benefit show, and also throws out threats to Fenix. If Billy’s able to return, and if the Fusion brand split is enforced, Billy is probably Fenix’s top non-Pentagon contender.
LA Park is saying if the TxT show doesn’t sell out on Saturday, they’re probably not doing the mask vs mask match. Well, if you can’t sell out a 6-8,000 seat building, you probably should not be running a 40,000 one. It’s not going to sell out, plenty of tickets were still available on Ticketmaster as of today, but this allows LA Park & Dr. Wagner to shift all the blame to the promotion instead of taking any themselves.
This week’s Tercera Caida included an interview with Heavy Metal, talking his match with Texano Jr. That TripleMania hasn’t been announced yet, but may be by the end of the weekend.
This week’s AAA Fusion is also up, with matches from Cordoba and Chilpancingo.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Höruz & Oro Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Zayco
2) Metálico, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando
3) Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta vs Mima Shimoda, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Hijo del Fantasma vs Shigeo Okumura [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Psicosis
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
Mistico’s new trio takes on TRT. Fantasma, about to start a tournament of singles matches, has a random singles matches.