Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event is a relevos increibles trios, teaming Rush, La Sombra and Rey Escorpion versus Volador Jr., Maximo, and Negro Casas. Main event relevos increibles are usually the precursor to someone changing sides, and Sombra did act like a rudo – or like Rush – for most of his match two Fridays ago against Volador. It still seems unlikely Sombra would be a full time rudo, but expect him to act like on again tonight. The Volador/Sombra issue should end up taking a backstage to the other feuds. At least one of Negro Casas versus Rush and Rey Escorpion versus Maximo should be happening in the next few months, and maybe tonight’s about figuring out which one is closer.
Tonight’s En Busca de un Idolo matches has the four luchadors from Thursday switching opponents. Super Halcon Jr. gets his shot against Cavernario, while Guerrero Negro Jr. taking on Hechicero in what should be the main event of the Terra broadcast.
El Hijo del Santo, doing promotional work for the Wildcoast charity, confirmed he would not be getting neck/spine surgery any time soon. The injury was the reason for his temporary retirement announcement back in November, but Hijo del Santo says the new plan is for him to wait six to eight months to see if the bones regenerate and he’s fine on his own. His wife was credited as saying similar things a couple months ago, but then went on to say Hijo del Santo would completely retire due to that injury after a couple matches teaming with his son. Santo instead position the end of his career as having done everything there is to be done (guess Solitario’s mask wasn’t that important) and just wanting to pass on the name to his son. The plan for Santo Jr. seems to be about the same: he’s expected to head back to NOAH in the summer, and then debut in Mexico under the Tempestad name until he’s ready to take on the Santo Jr. name.
Hijo del Santo also said there are no plans for any Todo x el Todo show in the near future, claiming they have to wait until after the World Cup (June to July) to get enough attention to run shows. That’s also the point where Santo should be done with his break, what they’re actually waiting for. Hijo del Santo’s does not admit TxT is essentially his vanity promotion (though funded by others), but that’s the way it’s operated so far. The TV announcers on the last show in November 2013 were heavily pushing a return date in March 2014, but it was unlikely they’d bother shows if Santo couldn’t be part of them. I just wonder if they told everyone (or if it really mattered, since they only ran a handful of shows.) Santo also said they’d have to find a new venue in Mexico City, saying he doesn’t want to go back to Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera now that ” a circus, excuse me, AAA” is running there. In reality, AAA likely has some control of who else can run them building and TxT has no choice to go elsewhere and that building was frequently much too big for the shows they were running. (Also, when Santo is calling other promotions a circus, did Hijo del Santo watch some of the matches he wasn’t in? Probably not.)
Thunder may have returned to Australia. That idea didn’t work at all.
This week’s Tercera Caida still hasn’t come thru on YouTube’s RSS feed (YouTube’s RSS feeds are awful) but featured lots of WrestleMania coverage. They had to put their actual coverage of the show on DailyMotion.
There was a press conference to announced Sin Cara working on 05/03 in Arena Pavillon del Norte. The promoters say they’re talking to Averno about working the show.
Meanwhile, Dr. Morales thinks Sin Cara might be going to AAA. I’m shocked. (I’m not sure this is the case, but his lucha libre column output makes it appear that his only preparation for is watching AAA most weeks.)
Cerebro Negro talks about his near death from the flu, says he may still be a couple months away from returning.
Los Colisenios says lucha libre is at it’s lowest level ever because indy promotions are targeting smart marks. I don’t know about that, but it’s an inversion of the US theory that the biggest factor to how all wrestling promotions draw is how the top promotions are doing; indy promotions can very based on what they do, but it’s a top down effect, and Colisenos is suggesting Mexico is a bottom up one.