Gemelo Muerte II suddenly passed away Saturday. Muerte and his brother were an excellent tag team around Monterrey who also appeared on the Noches de Futbol variety show on Multimedios. The Gemelo Muertes advanced to the finals of last year’s Quien Pinta Por La Corona. He was also the Mini LA Park in Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors. There’s a benefit show for him this weekend in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.
CMLL’s Guerrero Negro Jr. lost his hair to Spartaco in Saltillo. This always might be a set up to Negro disappearing for a while and getting a mask, but he’s currently on the CMLL card for Friday.
Lucky Boy and Nino de Ebano seem more certain to get new identities. The Ringside AAA column in SuperLuchas 509 mentions Aerostar’s new plans for that team include bringing back past Antonio Pena gimmicks to change the current Maxima Velocidad. That fits with rumors we were told in Mexico about those guys (and others in AAA) getting new identities soon.
I’m probably wrong on who I thought was the mystery guy in AAA. Dan on the F4W points out Konnan saying “Brodrick” possibly means it’s Mikey Broderick, another Australian who’s currently in Osaka Pro. We were told it was someone coming from Japan, which makes sense. He still wouldn’t be American, which some of the posters has listed. He’s a Lance Storm trainee, like Taya.
Hijo de Climax & Gallo Tapado kept the Juniors Tag Team titles in Acapulco. I believe they also successfully defended them in Expomascaras after we left.
DTU TV premieres tonight. Rich Swann versus Flamita will air on the first episode.
Lucha Libre in Japan
09/14 NJPW: Rey Bucanero & Tama Tonga won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship from Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger when Tonga beat Liger after some involvement from the Bullet Club. CMLL Gaceta’s recap omits the interference part. Must’ve been lost in translation. Bucanero & Tonga are the 35th champions. It’s obvious the previous title change was to get Tanahashi into the Universal tournament so he could win the thing, it’s not as obvious why CMLL felt Tanahashi winning the Universal tournament. Bucanero is now a four time tag champion, though this is his first tag reign since 2004 and the first without Ultimo Guerrero.
Mascara Dorada is heading to NJPW for the final week of their current tournament on their 09/29 iPPV. He’ll be on the opposite sides of an atomicos of Rey Bucanero. Another – yet to be announced – CMLL tecnico will be on the next tour which may be his first international experience.
Fenix has been very successful in NOAH results this tour, getting pinfall wins to show off the many possible ways he could defeat Ishimori, including getting a direct pin on Wednesday. Their junior heavyweight title match is coming up on Sunday
Cuervo has been taking all the direct losses in his AJPW run. On the other hand, Low-Ki beat Cuervo in the tournament they’re running, then got squashed by Akebono in the next tournament match so bad that he’s missed the rest of the tour due to injury. Could be worse for Cuervo.
Tales of Masked Men repeats a lot this weekend and coming month on PBS.
Dinastia says Mini Abismo is his biggest challenge.
Gronda XXX feels better than ever.
Rey Misterio Jr. is doing press for the upcoming WWE Mexico tour. The lineups for the shows are coming out next week.
An interview with Hip Hop Man mentions he’s a second generation luchador – his father was Jaguar in Titanes en el Ring.
Various Rey Bucanero masks, among other things.
Ohtani’s Jacket reviews rudo focused trios matches.