CMLL (MON) 08/04/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno b Astral & Eléctrico
Rudos took 1/3, Espiritu beating Electrico.
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Pegasso & Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Center, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Black Panther, Cachorro, Tigre Rojo Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, with newly unmasked Center getting a little bit of revenge by beating Rojo in the third.
4) Rey Escorpión b Máscara Dorada, Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr., Gran Guerrero, Misterioso Jr., Puma, Ripper [Reyes del Aire]
Rey Escorpion beat Mascara Dorada to win. No other elimination order is known.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush DQ Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Ingobernables dominated the match, and UG pulled off Sombra’s mask in anger.
Negro Casas still missing shows suggests he was injured last week, worked the hair match anyway and is still hurt. Don’t know that for a fact, but it looks that way.
There’s no better King of the Air than Rey Escorpion. He should brag about this for the next 365 days, but it’ll never be mentioned again. Should be good on TV!
AAA held their TripleMania press conference today. The big news was the return of Dr. Wagner Junior, who slides into the mystery spot in the four way match. Wagner made a surprise appearance as they were talking about the match. (You can’t tell from the picture, but the design on the mask was the TV Azteca logo – the network airing the El Isla show Wagner is currently appearing on, and who owns Arena Ciudad de Mexico.) Joaquin Roldan has said the fourth man was not yet signed but would be a big star and then Wagner walked out. Cibernetico spoke out against the idea of Wagner, while Perro repeated an earlier decleration that they should just make it a four way apuesta match. Joaquin dismissed that idea and put Wagner in the match over Cibernetico’s objections. The match – Myzteziz vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Cibernetico vs Wagner – now includes four of the biggest stars of the last decade.
Dr. Wagner returns to AAA with a lot of baggage. He was a big asset to AAA when he first jumped there in 2009. The TripleMania that year and the one in 2012 (mask match) were largely built around Dr. Wagner matches, and he also main evented the 2011 show. Wagner’s impact lessened the last year he was there, as it seemed he and LA Park were pushed to the side a bit because of the backstage headaches they were causing. Dr. Wagner is not a team player, he’s in it for Dr. Wagner, and AAA expects everyone to be team players.
Wagner didn’t even work in AAA for the last few months of his last stint due to disputes over his contract. The strife didn’t even end when Wagner was free and clear; when Wagner was attacked and cut by an assailant near his home, Hijo del Santo loudly claimed AAA had sent men after his friend Wagner for speaking out against them. Wagner himself backed away from those statements, but the distrust and mutual animosity between AAA and Wagner head already reached that level.
Cibernetico objecting to Wagner being brought back was part of the press conference, but there’s no doubt people working for AAA have or will voice the same objections. Konnan’s specifically said on his podcast that Wagner will never be back. Wagner said he wouldn’t be back. He’s back. At least for now. It’s at slightly possible TV Azteca ‘encouraged’ this decision, but it’s not one AAA would’ve been forced to make.
We don’t know the length of Wagner’s contract. It’s possible he may be in for one show, and he’s expected to keep working indy shows regardless of what’s going on in AAA. (LA Park will be fine.) Wagner wrestling in TripleMania hurts the apparent angle Monterrey was running about Wagner being out of action of weeks – I would suspect he worked that show on Sunday without telling the promoter what he was doing on Tuesday, which is a Wagner move. Hijo del Dr. Wagner appeared with his father at the press conference and figures to be around AAA at least as long as his father lasts.
The rest of the press conference was going over the main matches on the card for the press. Only the top four matches were talked about. I didn’t expect anything on the Relevos AAA, but AAA’s flying in a guy because they think he’s an awesome wrestler and didn’t even mention his name here. The Texano/Psycho match was treated as the semifinal here but had to be since they wanted the Wagner appearance to be the big story at the end of the conference.
AAA said they’d put two people in the Hall of Fame (after putting zero people in the Hall of Fame last year.) They also announced they will have both English and Spanish announcing. Leonardo Riano and Jesus Zuniga will handle the Spanish announcing and it appeared Hugo Savinovich and Vampiro (also somehow back again!) will handle the English announcing. I presume the iPPV people are only getting English but that’s not clear. Vampiro does not appear to follow wrestling or AAA much and does not seem like a guy who will bother to prepare, so that seems like it’ll be a comedic disaster. Hugo came off as professional but not totally informed on the product last year. It’s really a waste of time to do a second feed for English this year, since they’re going up against SummerSlam, but maybe it can be just a practice time for down the road.
AAA’s two best announcers are Bernardo (who’s hasn’t done announcing for them) and Andres (who’s the regular guy getting pushed aside.) Neither appear to be working this show. No Arturo Rivera either. AAA’s gone out of their way to include him on other years and it’s possible his name just got lost in the coverage of the press confernece. It’s also possible he’s simply one of the Hall of Fame inductees.
TripleMania’s PPV prices
iPPV: 198/$14.95 USD
SD: 229/$17.28 USD
HD: 298/$22.49 USD
The TV versions are only available in Mexico, of course. Haven’t been able to find the SummerSlam price, but I don’t think anyone’s picking one or the other based on price. Dragon Gate is also on iPPV for $24.95 that day.
Ephesto & Mephisto’s new partner on Sunday has been switched from Lucifer to Hombre sin Nombre (literally Man without a Name.) Ephesto used that name when he was transitioning from Safari to his current identity. Maybe there was some issue with the Lucifer name? I didn’t see a trademark for the name in the Mexico Trademark Search. Maybe the Mexico City commission objected since there was another person using Lucifer already? (This would be unusual.)
The 08/07 Lucha Memes show will have a 20 man royal rumble,
Rob has highlights of 05/13/14 CMLL.
Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero are #1 on CMLL’s top 10 list.
Movie trailer featuring Black Terry!
Kcidis illustrates the Juicio Final result.
Ohtani’s Jacket writes about Negro Casas, El Satanico, Bestia Salvaje vs El Dandy, Ultimo Dragon, Apolo Dantes from August 14, 1992.
Cosmos Negro took Hacha Infernal’s mask in Arena Cuautepec.
CMLL (MON) 08/11/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Molotov, Paris, Star Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
2) Eléctrico vs Espíritu Maligno [lightning]
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero
Only five matches and one of them is a lightning match. This is going to be a short show unless UG and Sombra have a 20 minute third fall (following a 2 minute first fall and a 30 second second fall.)
I’m pretty sure this is not the idea, but I would totally endore Shocker being the new Revolucionario. Shocker wearing a sombrero, Shocker dancing, Shocker mock shooting muskets, these are all great ideas (and then Zavala can still get the spot next time Shocker takes time off.)
Electrico and Espiritu Maligno is an actual feud and possibly a title match on the 18th – Electrico is the still the national lightweight champion, which was a Puebla title for a brief time.
Tercera looks great.