Rey Misterio Jr. is not retiring. He said this repeatedly last night, including as part of the recording of MLW’s WaleMania event, saying he believes this is what Perro would’ve wanted him to do. (There’s a video clip here.) Rey indicated he’s very close to signing with Lucha Underground.
A Mexican senator has proposed dissolving all the lucha libre commissions and replacing them with oversight from department of fitness and sports to standardize everything on a national basis. That would displace most of the people who are currently in charge of lucha libre commissions, set a series of rules which would be applied everywhere (which might change/end extreme wrestling), and cover areas which don’t have active commissions. It would also seem to end up with either new people unfamiliar with lucha in charge, or those displaced commissioners just being brought back under a different umbrella.
Another pair of senators want a hospital that will focus on luchadors, boxers and MMA fighters. This is an idea that’s floated around for years; here, it’s said the concept was actually approved last year, but no funds were allocated to it and they’re hoping to change that.
Fuego en el Ring talks to indy promoters HUMO (Hugo Montemayor) and Fusion Ichiban (Giovani Frias) about the struggles about putting on shows. Both tend to promote in Mexico State, outside of Distrito Federal. Montemayor says most shows lack an ambulance or medics qualified for emergency treatment. He also notes it’s hard to sit out stars who show up in non-condition, because the wrestlers may not show up until during the event, and then the fans have been expecting the match for a while. Frias notes the legal requirements for promoting a show in Merida were different than in Mexico City and the need for consistency.
The next show in Auditorio de Tijuana is tonight, with Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Oriental versus Nicho, Damian, and Halloween as the main event. Halloween was part of the Thursday press conference, saying the show must go on but his trio would abandon plans for a Familia de Tijuana reunion to instead be Perros del Mal for one night. Tony Casanova, the wrestler who was said to suffer a back injury this past week, is off the card and replaced by Huichol.
Nicho, Halloween, and Rey Misterio Sr. expressed support for Rey Misterio Jr.
Rafael el Maya complains the referees today are under trained or not at all trained.
I’m big fan of Japanese wrestling blogger enuhito, and even more so after he got a sit down interview with Dorian Roldan. Most of the interview is occupied with corrected the mistakes in reporting on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death – facts wrong, translation issues – wanted to make it clear Misterio had nothing to do with Perro’s death. (Dorian believes it was the impact on the apron which caused most of the damage.) In the Japanese version of the post, it turns out Dorian happened to already be in Japan, because he was meeting with Japanese wrestling offices on the 25th in 26th to bring in wrestlers for the Lucha World Cup trios tournament coming up in May. No groups are named.
On Voices of Wrestling, Rob Barry writes about five of his favorite Perro Aguayo Jr. matches.
CMLL (TUE) 03/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer b El Chacal & Sádico
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Starman b Disturbio, Espiritu Negro, Maléfico
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Gitana, Reyna Isis
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Ripper
Angel de Oro & Rey Escorpion feuded, with Oro winning in the end.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Mistico, Titán
Rudos took 2/3, Mephisto getting away with a mask pull on Mistico.
CMLL’s show today is built around Thunder, so it’s still boring around here. The preview mentions his problems with Rush and Marco, but it’s mostly been Rush.
TKD has notes from visiting three different shows on his visit to Mexico last weekend.
+LuchaTV has highlights of Latin Dragon, David Star, Keria vs Belial, Arez, Chik Tormenta, Aeroboy vs Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero vs Black Terry, ACH vs Xtreme Tiger and Pagano vs Masada, as well as interviews with Guerrero Maya Jr., Aeroboy, Pagano, Masada, who suggests ChilangaMask wrestlers come to Texas. There’s also CaraLuchas focused interviews on the Impulso/Danger King match, some Traumas vs Ingobernables back and forth, La Mascara on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death
Segunda Caida wraps up Sin Salida with Taichi vs Maximo.
ClaroSports has a 10 minute video feature on Hechicero.
Soberano Jr. vs Aero Boy vs Alas de Acero has been added to the 04/12 Coliseo Coacalco ChilangaMask show.
Reyna Isis talks about debuting in lucha; her family aren’t fans of this career.
SuperLuchas looks back at the March 26th show.
Periodico Enfoque interviews Zaeta Roja Jr.