AAA Rey de Reyes postponed a second time; Alberto el Patron/Cage match canceled

It was belltime once again for Rey de Reyes 2015. Just like Sunday, belltime didn’t mean matches, but instead the entire roster coming to the ring to announce the show was not going to happen. An impromptu press conference was held in the ring to announce the show would not happen again. The show is currently scheduled to instead take place Wednesday night at 8pm local at this same indoor venue.That’s two hours later than these last two attempts. (Time conversion table is here. It’s starting 1 hour after the first run airing of Lucha Underground ends.)

I was otherwise busy and did not get to see this press conference. AAA claimed there, and also on social media, that they were unable to secure the permits to run Rey de Reyes in that venue. Today was a national holiday in Mexico, celebrating Benito Juarez’s birthday. (AAA’s show just happened to be in Auditorio Benito Juarez.) It meant that a lot of people would be free to come to the show, but it also meant governmental offices were shut down and it was impossible to get those permits. It appears AAA had been working on this situation all day, but realized they could not find a solution in time. AAA’s Twitter stopped promoting the show sometime in the last couple hours prior and rumors started about the cancellation at least a half hour before the show. Unlike Sunday, no fans ever made it into the arena, so AAA must’ve been turning people around and word spread from there. Judging from the pictures, AAA had everything ready to go to put on a show, and were just solely missing the legal permission to run one.

It will not be the full card on Wednesday. Alberto el Patron versus Brian Cage has been canceled. AAA said they were “otherwise busy.” My hunch is Alberto has surgery scheduled for tomorrow back home and everyone agreed it didn’t make sense for him to put it off. Alberto’s been pulled even from non-wrestling appearances on WrestleMania weekend, so someone’s under the impression he’s not going to be moving around much any time soon. There’s no reason for Cage to stick around without Alberto and one less person to put pay for is best for AAA’s bottom line. This has to be the most expensive Rey de Reyes ever, just between the costs of a second venue, transferring all the equipment, all the extra man hours involved, and finding room and food for everyone for these extra days. It reads like AAA implied they’d make up for the missing match somehow. I’d expect the Cage/Patron match also happens whenever Alberto is back.

As long as they’re talking make ups, AAA needs to offer refunds for both the live tickets and for the iPPV to anyone’s interested. That’s not going to help the financial situation any, but it’s the smart move to keep goodwill for the product. AAA doesn’t need to do it this moment – if they’re bringing in a name match to replace the Cage/Patron one, it’s perfectly fine to wait to announce that at the same time as extending the refund offer. Still there are people who bought tickets to a Sunday show and can’t go to a Wednesday one, or who just wanted to see Alberto, and keeping their money only guarantees it’s the last you’ll see of them.

AAA should have no trouble getting everything sorted out, but they really don’t have much wiggle room. Lucha Underground tapings are this weekend, which blocked any Saturday or Sunday reschedule (and even running this on a Friday night would’ve been rough.)

Everyone looked pretty bummed about the situation. It stinks for everyone involved, from the people working on it, to the people who traveled to Guadalajara just to see it.

DTU sets up cage match in Neza, CMLL movie theater prices

DTU (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Tercera Caida]
1) El Chato, El Junior, El Nene vs Danny Latino, Kid Lobo, Lokillo
2) Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo b Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico
3) Septimo Dragon b Kalibus, Hormiga, Dr. Cerebro, Dowki
4) Arez, Belial, Impulso b Jimmy, Kevin, Tony
5) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II b Black Fire & Slayer Pack and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
Gemelos want a tag title shot.
6) Jonathan Gresham b Drastik Boy © [DTU AI]
title change!
7) Super Mega b Paranoiko ©, Dement Extreme [DTU CONSAGRADO]
Dement Extreme was added to the match. Super Mega won the title.
8) Crazy Boy & Pesadilla b Histeria II & Psicosis II and Aero Boy & Violento Jack [TLC]
Los Porros and Los Masizos got involved, and Psicosis suggested a multiman cage match. They’ll come back in two weeks for that match.

That next show is on 03/29, with the cage match (field TBD) and Fire/Pack vs Gemelos tag title match.  Fourth match was said to be very good. Attendance was nothing special, along the lines of the Fusion shows here a couple years ago.

No IWRG results yet. I don’t know if general attendance was down, but the reporter types who might normally go to that show seem to have either headed to Guadalajara for Rey de Reyes (and probably had an unpleasant day of rescheduling hotels and transportation) or went to that DTU show. IWRG will post their own results tomorrow.

Today’s show in Puebla has Sky Team versus the Guerreros, which seems to be setting up a title match next week. Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi face off in a trios match, the last time before their mask match this Friday.

No lineups for CMLL next weekend on their site; the Friday one was already done, and only results have been posted yet. (Paris looks cool tho’.)

The AAA show today in Nuevo Laredo is pushed back to Tuesday because of the Rey de Reyes wash out. There’s also a  Tuesday show in Coahuila, which is probably getting moved or canceled since it’s got the same lineup.

Usual deal for Rey de Reyes tonight: show starts at 6pm local (8pm Eastern time), the iPPV is still on, I’ll be doing live coverage on Twitter, and results will turn up on this site. The Tuesday video post may be a little delayed as a result.

Tickets are on sale for the Cinepolis showing of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’s 60 pesos a ticket, about $4 US. At that price, it’s hard to see how CMLL is making any money from this. I’m wonder if this maybe wasn’t CMLL’s inspiration – these theaters used to carry WWE shows, there’s less value in doing that now with the WWE Network available, and this is another wrestling thing they could try. This being a Cinepolis idea would explain why there’s no other (internet) option.

Segunda Caida reviews Panthers vs Puma, Tiger and Virus from earlier this month.

The Traumas (& Pirata Morgan Jr.) defeated Tiger, Puma and Stigma on Sunday’s Lucha Libre Boom show.

Mascara Dorada challenges Kenny Omega for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on their 04/05 show. That show will air on NJPW World, though they’ve been airing those level of big shows on tape delay as of late. From my experience, NJPW World charges on the first day of the month regardless of when you sign up; if you’re thinking of resubbing to get that match, you may want to wait until just a few days prior.