CMLL (TUE) 11/25/2014Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Sky Kid & Smaker
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi
3) Sagrado b Gallo Sagrado took 1/3, then beat up Pollito after the match.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero Ultimo Guerrero replaced Thunder, only Thunder was still there and attacked Marco before the match. Tecnicos took 2/3, with UG fouling Marco.
Thunder hurt? Odd for him to go all the way to Guadalajara if he’s hurt (but kind of really professional.)
1: Dark Angel – 8 out of 9 years
3: Princesa Sugehit
1: La Mascara
3: Espiritu Negro
La Mascara was the over all winner. He talked about his win, also saying that Rush gave him the Papi de Papis nickname and he wants the mask match with Atlantis.
The winners were also on CMLL Informa, but the bigger news for us luchadorks was Panico announcing a new run of live events. Sabados Popular (Saturday) shows will begin on 12/20 Arena Coliseo and will feature CMLL trainees in five matches. It sounded like the main matches may have regular CMLL talent but the undercard will be one fall matches with guys who aren’t working regular. Prices will be cheap (because these trainees are working for the experience and not the check) and they’re probably running Coliseo because they don’t expect a big turnout. The first card will be announced next week. No word about TV or Terra or anything. I’d be surprised if they turned up that way. If CMLL was a completely different company, these would be perfect thing to sell for $2/show as internet downloads but now I’m just in crazy town.
This is not an entirely new concept; I can’t figure out the start and end dates, but CMLL (and UWA) have tried this concept of ‘off day’ solo trainee shows. It’s generally seemed to be at stronger times in the business than now, though now is the time where CMLL could use new stars. Just having more random guys isn’t going to help, which is probably where this is going. Still, great fun for luchadorks.
Panico was evasive about if indy guys would be on the shows, but I think that’s partially because the line between “CMLL trainee” and “indy luchador” is blurry; Hip Hop Man and Imposible were among those trainees seen at the bodybuilding contest show, and then they went over to IWRG to have a twenty minute match. A lot of guys in the indy feds were/are CMLL trainees who never got a chance to make it to the main shows. Maybe a bit more exposure will give the next group of guys more of a chance.
11/27 NJPW: Matt Taven [O] & Michael Bennett beat Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra [X] – well of course, back to normal. I’d think Taven is the lesser guy on the team, even, but I’m not sure of that. I know Maria is the star of the team and maybe it doesn’t matter past that. Sombra & Naito drop to 2-1.