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Really. Why not? Dark Angel’s comments planted the seed of this idea in my head. It’s not exactly what she seemed to be looking for, but it’s a step in the direction of getting more attention for that division.
Good wrestling programming, whatever language you do it in, is a lot of making the best hand out of the card you’ve been dealt. CMLL’s big picture landscape is without a lot of excitement, and of a fanbase disinterested in the status quo. The smaller picture is they have a national women’s championship, but not a healthy champion to defend it. They’re going to run a tournament to decide it eventually. Why not make it an interesting one?
To cut off the first complaint, CMLL can still run a men’s En Busca de un Idolo too. There’s plenty of CMLL shows which don’t currently have any reason to exist that can be pushed out for something with more effort. It wouldn’t make sense to run them both at the same time, but there’s no urgency to run the men’s one right now. (I’m concerned that any next edition of that tournament will have trouble following the last one; inserting a women’s version and pushing back a men’s one will only help fix that.)
The best En Busca de Un Idolo competitions have focused on breaking out newer wrestlers. That wouldn’t change with a women’s one and shouldn’t change. CMLL’s women roster is old by any comparison. It feels rude to post go luchadora by luchadora to post ages, but most everyone who’s an important regular is over 35, and many are closer to 45. Some can still go and hopefully will keep on going, but it seems like a safe assumption that of the women who are around today won’t be around five years from now, or won’t have the same prominence. CMLL’s got to decide now if they want to introduce a new wave of women to carry on the division, or if they rather wind it down. CMLL’s gotten benefit out of their luchadora’s being in secondary apuesta matches on big shows. I tend to believe there’s more value in women’s wrestling than CMLL’s gotten out of it, but there’s unquestionably value in keeping it at least viable, and they need young people to keep it viable.
There’s not nearly as many women to choose for such a project as men, but they can be found. There appears multiple troupes of luchadoras who work on indy shows but never together, for whatever reason. The WWS women don’t work with the Leyendas Inmortales women who don’t work with the women on IWRG and the Moreno sisters seem to have their own opponents and so on. They’d likely get past those differences if it meant a chance to tryout for CMLL. There’s probably a few hanging out in training classes waiting for a chance to debut, and there’s plenty of capable women away from Mexico City who’d be qualified. And throwing in women already in CMLL but not used much as ringers is totally acceptable: Vaquerita and Isis and whoever else are ready made for this. CMLL can find eight women for this tournament if they put the effort in. (Trying to figure out would be best fit is probably the biggest reason not to do it next – casting is vital, you want time to figure out the best possible lineup.)
The biggest risk is the matches may not be any good. It’s definite possibility when using people who don’t have as much experience, are on a much bigger stage than usual, and may be wrestling unfamiliar opponents. The great news is CMLL does not seem very concerned about people having bad matches. I watch their TV every week, I’m pretty sure match quality is not the management’s biggest concern. Even if some of these matches will be worse than usual, they also won’t be the usual matches. CMLL luchadors suffer from over exposure and an over-reliance on the same routines in every appearance. Just replacing them routine matches for a few weeks with anything else, even a disaster, will help everyone seem fresher.
There’s an added benefit outside of possibly creating a new star: giving more attention to the existing ones by making them judges. CMLL doesn’t give any time to traditional promo time, but these sort of judging appearances have been a useful replacement. Dragon Rojo Jr. turned tecnico mostly because the reaction to his super polite judging style, and Tirantes is second only to Rush in the negative reactions he can get from the crowd thru his comments. CMLL’s current women are usually only heard at shows when it’s time to urgently create a title or apuesta match, but they’ve shown more ability when allowed to be guest commentaries on the TV shows. Putting Tiffany or Amapola or Dark Angel on the panel would help them and the competition. (Thinking back on, it’s very strange that a woman hasn’t appeared on the judging panels for the men’s competition so far.)
The best possible scenario? CMLL (and the commission) would frown on a unknown or a barely known woman walking off with a title in a reality show competition, so fall back to the status quo and simply give the winner a shot at the vacant title. The winner of this En Busca de Un Idolo would earn a place in the decision match against the former champion – Estrellita, who would then also be a permanent member of the judging panel. Esterllita’s capable of that role, and you’ve got the added drama and intrigue of her having a role in selecting her opponent. CMLL creates a new star in the winner of the competition, they’ve got a built up title match to follow up on it, a logical next title match with Zeuxis returning to face the winner, and possibly some other new stars based off the competition.
That’s the point. Make people interested in new stars. Simply seeding them into matches once every six weeks isn’t going to do it for anyone. This would be a big gesture, and big gestures are needed to accomplish big things.
CMLL (TUE) 03/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Évola & Exterminador b Índigo & Virgo
Indigo replaced El Brillante. Exterminador replaced Infierno
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Jocker b Flyer, Omar Brunetti, Pegasso
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther b Okumura, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos toko 1/3. Esfinge surprised Okumura for the win.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky b Mr. Águila, Ripper, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush b Negro Casas, Shocker, Terrible
Ingobernables took 1/3. Marco beat Shocker & Rush beat Casas to set up a title match next week.
This’ll air next weekend on 52MX. It occurs to me that there’s almost never any two fall matches on that show. No reason why.
Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show appears to be a dry run for next week’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Tonight’s main event has the same four in next week’s double hair match (Maximo, Volador, Rey Bucanero and Terrible), plus Atlantis and Terrible to make it a trios match. Next week’s semimain is this week’s semimain – La Sombra, La Mascara, Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Thunder. Next week’s fourth match is this week’s fourth match, only this time Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee will have a lightning match instead of a three fall mask match. The tercera has the first official trios match for the new Los Hijos del Infierno; Luciferno is so lowly ranked that he can’t team with Ephesto & Mephsito on a big show, but this week is not a big show so they’re all together. Cheap finishes to build up next week’s show (for the live audience only) are probably the rule of the day.
Variety has an article on El Rey after one year. The channel is 40 million homes and earns $0.08/month per subscriber. The big idea for year two is more original material, including viewer submitted material. The channel is skewing older than they’d like, but Lucha Underground is specifically cited as a show attempting to balance that out with a younger fanbase. That’s about as positive sign as anything so far that the show is getting picked up for another season.
CadenaTres and Grupo Radio Centro were awarded new licenses to broadcast television nationwide over the air in Mexico. CadenaTres, which currently airs the CMLL Tuesday show, is currently available in 3 million homes. They’d be free to reach over 100 million after this deal. I’m unsure when the roll out will actually start – this license came with the promise of a lot of investment which has to be done first – but this would greatly increase CMLL’s visibility when it takes place. They won’t be quite as seen as they were on Televisa, because Televisa will still be better known, but it’s a improvement. In the big picture, this means there’s more channels that’ll be available without a cable/satellite subscription, channels looking for programming, and lucha libe can be programming. Lucha libre can end up on new channels, or have more leverage to use against their existing homes.
Mr. Niebla says he’ll definitely be back in CMLL the first week of April. That date continues to change, though he’s more sure of it this time.
Fenix believes he has what it takes to beat Hijo del Fantasma, would like to team with Rey Mysterio and has enjoyed wrestling in Lucha Underground.
An AAA interview of Myzteziz continues to tease a mask versus hair match with Perro Aguayo Jr.
Sombra says he’s in Los Angeles, Reynosa, and CaraLuchas this month, and El Paso next month.
Segunda Caida continues the Sin Salida 2010 review.
The +Lucha crew was interviewed on Teleformula about their new Teleformula show. It’ll air every Sunday. Their YouTube channel has Oficial AK47 explaining why he missed his battle with Policeman, and Super Nova and Fuerza Guerrera building up an unscheduled match.
AAA’s channel has Taya explaining how to order the iPPV.
Blue Demon and La Parka will be signing autographs at Blue Demon’s Guadalajara store prior to Sunday’s show.
SuperLuchas look back on a past March 12th includes a NWA title change and a double mask/hair match, but my favorite part is the announcement of the 1981 Mexico City lucha commission awards. The best match of 1981 was Negro Casas versus Fuerza Guerrera. They fight again Saturday.
ChilangaMask has a 05/17 Coacalco show, featuring the Chairo Army they’ve teased the last few months.
MedioTiempo has a Battle De Mascaras, where you can pick the winner of a 16 person AAA field.
R de Rudo looks back at Rey Mysterio’s early AAA feuds.
AYM interviews with Psycho Circus.
Teddy Hart, wanted by the Canadian police last I recall, is wrestling on a lucha show in Fort Worth on the 29th (maybe.)