taped 2014-07-05 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Vallarta, Nayarit
Archive for August 18th, 2014
thoughts on the TripleMania show presentation from Sunday night, plus some news.
straight TripleMania results, for posterity
Results from Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.
IWRG results and other notes from shows over the weekend.
Links about Del Rio’s firing, TripleMania interviews, and lucha in Japan.
New lineups for this upcoming week: IWRG, DTU, Coliseo, Guadalajara.
I’ve got a recap post up around 8. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with the video update. We’ve got the full Juicio Final, but we’re missing other shows (and it may just have to be that way for a while.)
Puebla’s big match tonight is Electrico defending his title against Espiritu Maligno. It’d be a big upset for a title change, but would mean more than usual if the Puebla non-mini got the win.
IWRG (WED) 08/20/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Matrix Jr. vs Látigo
2) Seiya & Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
3) Dragón Celestial vs Hip Hop Man
non-title, but building to a title match
4) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
5) Golden Magic & Relámpago vs Ironía & Yakuza and Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera and Alan Extreme & Metaleon
Team IWRG vs Team AULL vs Neza Boy vs Team FILL
Glad to see Team Neza back. Gringos are still Mexico State trios champs and aren’t seen a lot together outside of the defense.
DTU (FRI) 08/22/2014 Estacionamiento C. Belisario Dominguez, Mazatlan, Sinaloa
1) ? vs ??
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs ?, ??, ???
3) Ángel del Misterio vs Jhonky, Vengador, Pajaro, Kalibus, Castigador, Billy Tronik, Flash Boy (mazatlan)
4) Over & Sikma vs Sangre Maligna & Shiryu Dragon
5) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs Argus, Eclipse, Gremlin and Artikus, Chica Ye-Ye, Lanzeloth
6) Drastik Boy, Hacker, Septimo Dragon vs Black Fire, Príncipe Halcón, Slayer Pack
7) Kempo Dragon & Willie Mack vs Crazy Boy & Joe Lider and Aeroboy & Violento Jack
Added DTU show – no title match yet, but the main event may end being for the new tag team titles.
CMLL (SUN) 08/24/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Soberano Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Starman vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Skándalo
4) Delta vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs El Hombre Sin Nombre, Ephesto, Hechicero
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
No sign of Rush and Ultimo Guerrero here after all. Figure the next big Sunday show is 09/14 or 09/21, so this week may just be a killing time week before the next title (or apuesta?) program starts.
Soberano is lower than usual in the opener, but that could be a very fun match if they’re given time and opportunity. Hechicero (semimain!) and Caveranrio have definitely been elevated by finishing in the finals of the En Busca de un Idolo tournament, but everyone else has kind of sunk back to the spots they’d be expected to be in if there wasn’t a tournament.
CMLL (SUN) 08/24/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Índigo vs Furia Nazi
2) El Brillante & Javier Cruz vs Évola & Thunder Boy
3) Omar Brunetti & Tritón vs Infierno & Ráfaga
4) Maléfico © vs Exterminador [OCCIDENTE LH]
Malefico is champion. First defense; last three champions have fallen on their first defense.
5) La Máscara & Super Porky vs Universo 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Felino & Puma and Esfinge & Magnum
father/son tag team tournament
Main event doesn’t quite make sense unless Brazo de Oro put up La Mascara for adoption. (Which would be totally understandable.) We did have Esfinge/Mangum as son/father in the luchawiki, and I forget Universo was here back in March/April to team with his nephews. It’s amazing I could ‘remember’ anything without my website.
Exterminador has a good chance of winning to keep the streak of title changes going. It accomplishes nothing, but nothing on Sunday Guadalajara shows seem to be accomplishing much.
On a Friday Televisa appearance, Alberto del Rio/El Patron recounted the incident which led to his firing, stating he was ashamed of his actions but also “WWE can take my job, but not my dignity.” It’s been reported that the employee who Del Rio slapped smiled at him when Del Rio asked for an apology. Only the employee knows what he meant, but Del Rio read that smile as a smirk saying no apology was coming and Del Rio would have to swallow that insult. After Del Rio slapped the man, El Patron met with Vince McMahon. McMahon said he understood Del Rio’s anger, his actions were inappropriate, but Del Rio was to work the show that night and everything would be well. Del Rio was suspended, then HHH called Del Rio a few days later to say they had to let him go.
At the post TripleMania press conference, Perro Aguayo Jr. said he’d face Alberto el Patron in a hair match whenever Alberto wanted. Psycho Clown is still going for the MegaChampionship.
Taya says her next goal is Faby or Jennifer’s hair. Fantasma says it was a day of mixed emotions: his buddy Texano lost his hair and Fantasma’s father threatened to suspend him, but all his hard work paid off with the title win.
El Hijo del Santo’s first column in Grafico recounts the time he helped out a charity and one of the people who benefited from his gift a mask called him to tell him how great he was for donating.
Rob has his TripleMania predictions.
SuperLibre had Pablo Romero as a cranky in studio guest.
LuchaLibreDeMexico has decided to quit posting videos to his YouTube channel. I believe this is at least the second time he’s made this decision this year. He’ll be missed.
Neat picture of Arena Olimpico Laguna, the small Laguna arena all the wrestlers from the area have passed thru at one point or another. I’ve only seen closer shots before, but it’s an open air (no roof!) building, as many of the lucha places are.
Electroshock talks about his career (to preview TripleMania)
Indy luchador Crixus talks about wanting to join AAA (though the article thinks that’s the promotion with Volador and Sombra.)
There was a fundraising show for Nuevo Laredo’s Aventurero, who’s wife is ill.
Lucha Libre In Japan
08/17 Dragon Gate: Flamita (c) b Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin [DG Brave Gate] – 4th (official) defense. Said to be a great Flamita performance. Flamita’s listed working in Mexico City in mid September; we’ll see if he’s actually back this time.
Maximo is on NJPW’s next tour, running from September 5th to the 23rd. He’s working early matches and squaring off with Taichi (who’s just returned from suspension but I guess everyone is still being punished.)
IWRG (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG Facebook]
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel b Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
2) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Látigo b Anubis Black, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog
3) Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera, Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Trauma I & Trauma I b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [hair, mask]
Apolo replaced Oficial 911, who was injured. A rain storm him Naucalpan at the start of the match, and the rain came thru the roof and all around the ring. Both Apolo and Eterno came out at the start of the match and it was not clear who would be in the match until Apolo & Ak47 attacked the Traumas. Apolo/AK47 took fall 1, breaking the Trauma’s mask and causing them to bleed. Trauma II was beat in the second fall, but Trauma I snuck in a foul on AK47 and submitted Apolo. Rudos eliminated Trauma I in fall 3, but it was II’s turn to save the mask – submission on both guys each to win.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Demon Clown, LA Park b Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Sagrada, Pirata Morgan
Rudos took 2/3. Cien Caras hit Pirata with a chair in the third, then tossed it to Dos. Pirata saw Dos with the chair, blamed him, and the rudo took advantage for the win. Sets up a Pirata/Dos title match to come.
On one hand, IWRG’s getting behind a young luchador consistently! On the other hand, maybe not the best pick. Hijo de Dos is professional to work this, when he probably could’ve been part of the angles with his brother last night, so I’m going to cut him slack.
(More sad for Eterno – at least Aerostar still got to work TripleMania when he was booted out of the cruiserweight match.)
Semimain needs to air. The recap makes it sound like it was a good amount of liquid that was leaking thru the ceiling.
Kenshi Kabuki appears to have a a third rate Namajague knockoff mask. I don’t think that mask is long for this world.
Familia de Tijuana (Nicho, Halloween, Damian, Extreme Tiger) lost the main event of the new Zeus promotion in Tijuana to Chavo Guerrero Jr., Hernandez, Homicide and Luke Hawx when CZW’s Blk Jeez and Joker interfered. Pequeno Hallowen, Bestia 666 and Rey Horuz made the save so they could all pose together at the end.
CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Flyer & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3 – a Cholo win!
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman b Kamaitachi, Metálico, Okumura
Starman replaced Oro, who was on commentary to say he was injured. Tecnicos took 2/3. First fall had the rudos accidentally when captain Delta kicked out of a pin too late for Tirantes to notice. Tecnicos won a short second fall to fix things, then Okumura fouled Maya for the DQ.
3) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Máximo b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Pólvora [lightning]
Dragon Bomb for the win.
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas © [MEX TRIOS]
Peste Negra are champions and kept the title by taking falls 2/3. Second defense.
6) Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Rudos took 2/3, the last when Rush fouled Ultimo Guerrero.
Sombra took a Twitter selfie during his backstage interview.
Ingobernables!!! Jajajja pic.twitter.com/7139uUdjhU
— la sombra cmll (@lasombra_cmll) August 17, 2014
I really only closely paid attention to the first two matches, but the Ingobernables appeared to have a great entrance and maybe the best match on the show. They’re setting up a UG/Rush match there (and probably a UG/Sombra match on Friday.) Trios title match was said to be average.
CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer b Relampago Azul
2) El Ídolo b El Acertijo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnico brothers took 1/3 to beat rudo brothers.
4) Esfinge & Exterminador b El Yaqui & Maléfico
Yaqui replaced Espectrum. Tecnicos took 1, rudos took face 2, Esfinge beat Yaqui, Malefico beat Esfinge, Exterminador beat Malefico.
5) Zeuxis b Lluvia
Zeuxis won with the “pale driver”, which is probably meant to be the La Roca.
6) Cavernario, Hechicero, Terrible b Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, the last by a DQ when Cavernario faked a foul.
Great of Cavernario for finding a way to get Terrible a win. Fourth match is setting up a title match you probably don’t care about. Or maybe you do? I don’t want to assume.
Cien Caras, El Faraon, Tony Salazar, Mascara Ano 2000, Atlantis and more were at the Ringo Mendoza tribute show at Arena Coliseo.
AAA TV (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA]
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Súper Fly
Sagrada submitted Abismo in just under 10 minutes. Very good match.
2) Hijo del Fantasma b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Fénix, Bengala, Jack Evans, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr., Daga ©, Bengala [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is Cruiserweight champion. Fenix’s Fusion championship will be absorbed by the cruiserweight championship. Dragon Gate’s Ricochet no-showed, claiming his show on Saturday night went too long and he missed his flight. Drago was added to the match (and seemed to be added prior to Ricochet missing the show.) Elimination rules. Bengala was stretchered out of after taking a between the legs sit down piledriver from Fenix for his elimination. Pentagon eliminated Suicide with a running package piledriver. Last five were Pentagon Jr., Fenix (submitted by Daga), Daga (beat by Angelico), Angelico (beat by Fantasma with another piledriver variation), leaving Fantasma as the winner. Hijo del Fantasma was presented with a new green belt (with the new AAA logo on it), though he also carried off the old Cruiserweight and the Fusion belts.
3) Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache © [Reina De Reinas]
Faby Apache is champion. As always, Hijo del Tirantes was referee for her match and blatantly favorited the rudas. Seconds were Drago and Sexy Star. Taya’s nose was broken in the match. After Faby had the match won multiple times, Taya landed the northern lights suplex and bridged into one more to beat her and win the title. Taya is the first foreigner to win this championship. Faby falls on her second defense, 1st televised defense since Faby won the title 17 months ago.
4) El Mesías b Blue Demon Jr., Electroshock, Averno, La Parka, Chessman [hair, mask, cage]
Jeff Jarrett missed the match due to flight issues. Mesias, back from injury, replaced him. Cage was lowered from the ceiling and attached to the ring (with a platform attached which allowed cameraman to shoot from the top, though it slightly obstructed exits.) Mesias did a top of the cage dive thru Chessman and a table that was never shown. Order of escape was La Parka (in seconds – Chessman went to grab Parka’s shoe to stop him, but the shoe just came off and Parka left), Averno, Demon, Chessman, leaving Electroshock and Mesias. The last segment of the match went much longer than the rest of the match combined. Mesias escaped, leaving Electroshock to get his hair cut. Mesias offered a handshake after the match, but Electroshock attacked him.
5) Psycho Clown b Texano Jr. [hair, mask]
Moved to the semimain. Fantasma and Mini Clown were the seconds, and Rafael el Maya was inexplicably back as the referee. First half of the match played out exactly as the previous ones, with the referee favoring Texano and Fantasma interfering freely. Eventually, the commission kicked out Fantasma and replaced Maya with Piero. Psycho won a long match by giving Texano a middle rope Destroyer onto a table. Texano lost his hair, Psycho kept his mask. Texano shook Psycho’s hand after the match.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Myzteziz, Cibernético, Dr. Wagner Jr. [Copa TripleMania XXII]
Show had begun with Alberto Del Rio (as listed on the chyron) coming to the ring with his father, talking about the monster he had faced in WWE – racism. Perro, with Fantasma, Konnan and Daga, interrupted Alberto, mocking John Cena and Daniel Bryan’s catchphrases, saying things were going to be much tougher in AAA, and then attacking Dos Caras. Alberto fought off the rudos and promised he’d have a surprise later. Moved to the main event. Dr. Wagner Jr. was the mystery wrestler, as set up at the press conference (and not intended to be a surprise here.) Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. accompanied him. Wagner was hurting from the shoulder cut suffered in Monterrey (and reopened here.) Wagner was first eliminated, after a Cibernetico chokeslam. Myzteziz submitted Cibernetico after Cibernetico got greedy and went for an extra chokeslam. Perro fouled Myzteziz to win the match. Alberto (w/Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Blue Demon and Joaquin Roldan) came to the ring to confront Perro at the end of the show. They went back and forth talking, and Patron undressed to fight. Perro jumped him before Alberto could get his shirt off, but Alberto turned it around and put Perro in the armbar. The Perros ran out to save their leader and Alberto stood tall at the end of the show. After the in-ring action ended, Rey Misterio Jr. appeared in a promo (from his home?), saying he’d be back in AAA soon.
Elsewhere on the show: El Brazo and Rayo de Jalisco Sr. were added to the AAA Hall of Fame. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. appeared for the latter, and slapped Perro after he broke up the ceremony. Another brawl broke out, with Blue Demon helping out Rayo.
The show will probably air on 08/24, 08/31 and 09/07 on TV. I do not recommend ordering the iPPV; after failing with a stream error five consecutive times last night, I could finally get the cruiserweight match to start this morning, but it was still skipping around a fair amount.
The Rey Misterio promo, as shot by a cell phone in the crowd, is up on YouTube.
Next taping is in Pachuca on 09/07). In Mexico, at least. US is another story.
This is the update I posted on tumblr last night. I’m attempting to resume normal services, but the site may yet go up and down more; no all clear yet.
Quick Correction: I misread something; TripleMania TV notice about Monday was saying the VOD would only be up until next Monday, not that anything was going to be fixed. As far as they’re concerned, it’s working completely fine. I don’t understand but am giving up on it for now.
TripleMania was the coronation of Alberto el Patron as the new lead tecnico for AAA. People with functioning short term memories may recall Myzteziz being crowned in that same position just three months ago. Things can change quick, and will always keep changing with AAA, but they were all in on Alberto Del Rio tonight. AAA used the Alberto del Rio name on a chyron and his WWE music, totally unafraid of a lawsuit. Alberto did a promo talking about his firing and racism to start the show, and was confronted by Konnan and Perro Aguayo Jr. (Daga and Fantasma are now wearing those shirts; it seems like the solution to rapidly falling apart rudo factions was to make everyone a Perro del Mal member tonight.) Konnan’s music played and he got to talk first, in his only appearance on the show, but this was about Perro picking a fighting with Alberto. They fought here, then again after the main event. Perro won, defeating Myzteziz last with a foul. Patron confronted Perro, got slapped and his shirt ripped, but pulled Perro into the armbar at the end. The rudos made the save, but Alberto stood tall at the end of the show.
The long term plan appears to be Perro Aguayo Jr. versus Alberto del Rio. It’s AAA, so the current long term today may change tomorrow – it very much seemed to be Myzteziz versus Perro Aguayo before the last crazy week – but AAA came off as the El Patron Promotion.
The four way ended the show. Not sure if that was the original plan, but it obviously was a setup here so they could bookend the show with Del Rio segments. Perro won the main event after fouling a very bloody Myzteziz. He had beaten Ciberentico (only after Cibernetico made it clear he could’ve won but got too confident.) Dr. Wagner, wrestling with one arm after his injury in Monterrey, was the first out, cleanly defeated by Cibernetico. His son was chokeslamed too. Unlike Del Rio, the Wagners appear to have returned in a weak position (again, at least for one night.)
The Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. match was demoted to the semimain. They didn’t give them top spot, and Psycho’s win was overshadowed by what happened later, but they did give them free reign to do whatever they wanted in the match and those two guys did just that. The first half of the match was every bell and whistle from previous matches – Rafael El Maya returned as referee, Hijo del Fantasma interfered freely, Texano used a fork on Psycho as both men bled a bunch – but Fantasma Sr. and others cleaned up by about half way thru. Piero took over as referee, all the seconds were kicked out, and Texano and Psycho turned it more into CMLL Big Match style with a some weapons and some blood. (Even the blood started to get wiped away.) Lots of big moves for near falls, dives, and a cavernaria. It felt like a heavyweight version of Sombra/Volador from last September, complete with a Canadian Destroyer to finish it. This one was one rung lower, and onto a (partially flattened broken) table, but it got the same win for Psycho as it did for Sombra. Texano shook Psycho’s hand after getting his hair cut; it came off to me as the end of this and the start of both guys moving in different directions, but maybe it’s only a single day truce.
Both scheduled guest foreigners of the shows missed the show. Ricochet, a few minutes before they show was to start, announced that he had missed his flight (“last night’s show went too long”). That’s not a great excuse. Jeff Jarrett had less control of the situation; bad weather in Dallas delayed and canceled flights all day, which mean Jarrett couldn’t even get on his flight to Mexico City until the show was half over. In both case, if these guys are big enough names to be a part of AAA’s big shows, they’re worth flying (and paying) for an extra night. This same situation nearly happened with Jarrett previously and it was a matter of time if they’re just going to wait to the day off.
Ricochet’s absence didn’t mean anything. Jarrett’s required changes to the cage match. (Neither was announced until the matches took place.) Mesias worked the cage match in JJ’s spot, taking Electroshock’s hair as the second to last guy out. It’s a long running WWE tradition to put over the replacement wrestler when a top guy can’t make it, and that might have been the call here. Electroshock was probably losing all along. Mesias didn’t look in his usual shape; it may have been a situation where he was just supposed to wave to the crowd but was asked to work a few hours before the show. Electroshock somewhat turned rudo after the match, probably to give him something after losing to a fellow tecnico.
Both titles changed hands. Taya beat Faby Apache for the Reina de Reinas title. Taya may have broken her nose in this one; she definitely was bleeding significantly from it for a while. Everyone improvised pretty well to give her time to recover (and I couldn’t pick out when it happened), but it slowed the pace of the match down. Faby was protected in the match, with Tirantes cheating her out of numerous victories until Taya finally just beat her clean. Match didn’t do either one much good, but Taya was thrilled for the victory and maybe they’ll do better when both can breathe the whole match.
Drago was added to the Cruiserweight title match, and appeared to have been added even before Richocet was pulled out since they were both in the preview video package at the start of the show. The first half of this match was completely unviewable, but what I could see was insane spot fest. It was a crazy piledriver fest too – Fantasma won the title with one on Angelico at the end, and Bengala was carried to the back after taking one earlier. Fantasma was presented (by his father) with a new title belt. It’s got green leather and the new AAA “Lucha Libre World Wide” logo on it. No one else changed their belt, but I would assume other belts will soon be replaced or removed. (Fantasma actually carried all three title matches to the back, but hopefully he’s just got the one next time we see him.)
Show started off well with the Relevos Locura atomicos. These can be good and always seem better when they’re on TripleMania because everyone wants to do crazy stuff. Jennifer Blake had a nice assisted dive, Sexy Star broke out her tornillo, and Aerostar did all of his crazy moves. Mascarita Sagrada submitted Mini Abismo, and the Super Fly/Aerostar feud was a point of emphasis on commentary.
El Brazo and Rayo de Jalisco (Senior) were added to the AAA Hall of Fame. Rayo Sr. did not attend this show, but his son did, happy to dance to his music and salute the crowd. Perro knocked down the Rayo Sr. plaque leading into a fight with his son, and Blue Demon Jr. made the save. This seemed like one too many times of Perro getting into a fighting and getting ran off on the show. The idea was to give a reason for Rayo Jr., Demon, and Dos Caras (who came with his son to ringside at the beginning of the show and took a bump when the rudos shoved him) to be at ringside for the final confrontation, and to endorse Alberto el Patron as the new Mexican hero after he fought Perro off.
No surprise jumps or debuts. Maybe for the best, since they would’ve gotten lost in the mix and were less valuable once Alberto was signed. The Rayo Jr. thing came off as more a one time appearance than bringing him back full time.
Sadly, the internet feed was a failure again. It was buffering from the start of the show, and was non functional for half of the cruiserweight match. It seemed to get a little better as the show went on, but even better meant there were times where it was working fine, times where it was lagging and leaping head twenty seconds later, and times where it would just drop and force me to start at the start of the show. There were 10-15 minute stretches where everything seemed to be fine, but then it’d fall right back apart. It wasn’t as complete a failure as last year, but the inconsistent nature was really frustrating. Those who gave up early (or found an illegal feed and stuck with it) made the better decision.
As of now, the VOD is the same broadcast which aired live, with the same skipping issues. There does appear to be a message saying it’ll now be up Monday and hopefully that’ll be the better version. AAA should really get out of the iPPV game if this is what they have to offer, because it’s only hurting their image (much like ROH ran into.) As much as I like the idea of being able to watch TripleMania live, I don’t think I’m going to do this next year unless there are some massive developments between now and then. I knew better this year and got it out of some devotion to operating a good website. Today, I didn’t have a website and I didn’t have much to put on it.
(This also involved me repeatedly demanding answers about what was going on – AAA went completely silent on Twitter for most of the show, only returning to RT any positive comment they could find after it was over – and AAA insisting all was well. I hate acting like the jerk online, but I also don’t like people not taking my issues seriously. This was an altogether unpleasant experience. I write a lucha libre blog because I really lucha libre, not because I want to get into arguments with people who are just doing their jobs.)
The English announcing was exactly the disaster it looked like it was going to be. AAA put people in positions they weren’t going to well in, and they didn’t give them enough help to make it work. The announcers generally calm down later in the show, but at no point did it feel like an okay broadcast. It was amateur hour, except two amateur fans who had been watching AAA would’ve probably done a better job with it. If you’re going to watch the show, I’d recommend heavily choosing the Spanish language broadcast even you don’t speak Spanish (and especially if you’re a regular AAA watch); it has to be less distracting.
(Those watching the regular PPV noted a couple of times where the picture disappeared, though nothing as major. Even though the press release only named two people, the Spanish/regular PPV crew was the normal four guys for these shows – Andres, Jesus, Arturo Rivera and Leo Riano as the Televisa guest.)
I will eventually have a full length version of this show to recap – either by AAA or other means – so more thoughts on the matches then. My impression from what I could see was the opener and the cruiserweight match and the Texano/Psycho match were worth watching. The cage match is the easiest one to skip.
CMLL’s show in Arena Mexico wasn’t nearly as eventful, but did have a solid turn out despite the opposition. It was a strangely busy day for show. No one shyed away from running against TripleMania – IWRG brought in LA Park, and Arena Lopez Mateos ran a show honoring Cuchillo. The Pesta Negra kept the Mexican National Trios championship over Stuka, Mascara Dorada, and Valiente. Oro Jr. missed an action packed segunda; it sounded like he had a mouth injury, though CMLL strangely thought the best way to communicate this was to have him talk about it. An early injury in last week’s match would explain last week’s lackluster performance, but it doesn’t do anything to remedy it – he’s still a man in search of career making match who may years away from getting another opportunity.
Main event, Ingobernables against Ultimo, Gran and Escorpion, sounded like the best of the show. (I was far too distracted by AAA to really tell.) Rush fouled UG for the DQ, and it seems likely they’ll be running that match on 08/31 or 09/07. Their match in Guadlajara aired this week on 52MX; it was not half-bad, but not near the best Rush. Rey Escorpion proved Ultimo Guerrero can be tolerable if the other guys just mugs him and that’s what Rush did there, but it still fell into Ultimo Guerrero’s contrived near falls by the end. I’d expect the same here.
Last week, that Ultimo Guerrero singles match seemed more like it was going to be against Sombra. That wouldn’t make sense if they were planning to do UG/Sombra as a Universal final, so picking another Ingobernable leaves that open. JCR might have slipped and asked Sombra what he thought about facing UG in the final (where he meant to say “possibly”) – that’s what Rob heard, I wasn’t listening closely at that point. UG is the odds on favorite to take his block this Friday.
Dragon Rojo is now using the Ghostbuster’s theme song, which was the most bizarre thing on a bizarre day.
Oficial 911 no showed his match in Naucalpan tonight. That’s notable because his match was a double hair vs double mask match with AK47 against the Traumas. Apolo Estrada took his spot, and presumably lost, though I haven’t seen a result yet. I can’t imagine the Traumas lost, so it’s just a matter of if they switched the rules. Like I said, the promoters weren’t afraid to run a lot of shows at the same time, but there’s only so many people who cover them, and they mostly were at TripleMania or SummerSlam.
The Ringo Mendoza show on Saturday in Arena Coliseo from Saturday seemed to do well. They did bring back some unbilled legends and wrote a little bit about on the Twitter feed. They seemed to tape things for Informa as well.
CMLL’s show this upcoming Sunday includes Ephesto, Hombre Sin Nombre and Hechicero as a trio. We’d quickly moved on from Hechicero being the new Hombre sin Nombre, but that’s obviously a dead issue now. Based on who’s not around and the details they’ve given away, it’s most likely either Hooligan or his son El Rebelde, and we’re learning more towards his son at the moment. This is not confirmed, do not put it in your database, just take a look at his matches and think about it.
Sunday Guadalajara has a father son tag team tournament. Universo 2000 returns to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara action for the first time in a while, and Magnum is revealed to be Esfinge’s father. If I had a luchawiki, I could tell you if we knew that already. We do not.
IWRG has a fun looking four way tag match Wednesday with Relampago & Golden Magic (as team IWRG) versus Yakuza and Ironia (team AULL) versus Tony Rivera & Ciclon Black (the returning Team Neza) versus Alan Extreme & Metatron (team FILL.) The AULL/FILL captains hair match did air on LAS; it lived up to the pictures, and Metatron and Alan as a regular team would not be a bad idea.
More tomorrow. I’ve got plenty of links, including more from Alberto del Rio on his firing. I hope I can share them better later.
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México
Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: GREAT.
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-26
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-26
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-26
I liked all three matches from the LuchaMania show, but I didn’t think any of them made Great.
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-27
Golden Magic, Relámpago, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Eterno
LA Park vs Máscara Sagrada and Pirata Morgan and Demon Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hijo De Dos Caras for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship and in a ladder match
CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-14 @ Arena Puebla
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
Virus © vs Stigma for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship