04/04-05 lucha times


Daylight Savings Time ends in Mexico on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Hooray.

No real clue what’s actually going to air this weekend on AAA TV. It should be Rey de Reyes, but it won’t be clear what airs each week (and if they’re airing everything) until they put up the preview on Friday. Fantasma/Fenix would seem to need to air before the main event, and makes sense as airing a separate week, but they ignored all that in how they aired Guerra de Titanes. There’s at least a thought of not airing Perro Aguayo Jr.’s last AAA match, but if they were fine with showing Perro for 90 minutes last weeks, there’s no reason not to show the one more match they have to air. The awkwardness is more building up a match that won’t happen, but that’s not the first or last time a wrestling promotion will do that.

Dos Leyendas also airs this week in the US. I received the Fox Sports versions of those matches today (thanks!), which should be slightly bit longer than what airs on Azteca. I’ll have both versions up on Tuesday.

52MX is La Gitana’s TV debut. Probably some weird names in Rey del Ring. Weird how it works out to have CMLL, AAA and IWRG big shows airing on the same day.

It’s pretty hard to spoiler proof a show named “Mask vs Mask.” Tried anyway. My hunch is this upcoming week’s Lucha Underground show is going to generate some hot takes.

Karatekas beat Ninjas, Wagner 3 hurt, All Elite

UWE (WED) 04/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Gato Montes, Kaving, Rey Infierno vs Robin Maravilla Jr., Shibata, Sky Fly
Kaving replaced Rey de Oros
2) Star Fire © b Sexy Girl [WWS CHAMP]
Star Fire heads to Japan still champion.
3) Donatelo, Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael b Leo (IWRG), Mike, Rafy, Teelo
in the Ninja (IWRG) vs Karateka (AULL) battle, Rafy and Rafael ended up switching masks. Leo, Mike and Teelo were confused enough to attack Rafy, giving the AULL team the win. The IWRG turtles demanded a rematch.
4) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento b Gallego, Judas el Traidor, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
Judas el Traidor replaced Cosmonauta, was attacked by his partners for the loss.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © b Aeroboy & Violento Jack [UWE TAG]
Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. suffered a severe arm injury in the third fall: he clotheslined Violento Jack with his right arm, fell to his knees delivering it, put his left arm down to brace himself and dislocated his elbow on impact with the mat. Match was quickly stopped and stayed that way until Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. could be walked to the back. Dos won anyway, but offered Aero & Violento a TLC match for the tag titles at some future date.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pirata Morgan b LA Park & Negro Navarro
Park pulled Wagner’s mask, Wagner beat him anyway.

Strong turnout for this building, especially mid week. This week is a holiday vacation week for many Mexicans, which is why this took place on a Wednesday and probably why AAA’s running TV tapings this week.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.’s injury got some extra attention since it was the first graphic injury caught on video since Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death. Everyone did seem much quicker than usual to take him out of the match, but there was no way to mistake it for selling because of the freak way it happened. Dr. Wagner Jr. said his son is doing OK. Wagner also says he’s being wrongly billed on the 04/30 DTU branded show.

All Elite (Ernesto Santillian listed as president + Karlo Colin) and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s Daniel Cruz held a press conference to talk about the 03/19 All Elite show in that building. No more matches announeced than the two which have already been said – Rush vs Dr. Wagner Jr. and Negro Casas & Octagon vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera – but Volador Jr., LA Park, Gallo and Esfinge were all announced as appearing on the six match show. The last two are part of a locals focued tournaments. The full card will be announced next week. The other announced All Elite shows are 05/03 in Monterrey and TBD in Queretaro.

CMLL Informa was mostly hyping this Saturday’s 72nd Arena Coliseo Anniversary show. Mistico/Ripper isn’t really much of a main event, but CMLL’s fans tend to get sucked in by annual events and it should be the biggest crowd since CMLL started this concept. This week was more Sabado Retros focused than usual for those reasons, but it’s very strange to see how much CMLL focuses on the smallest show it runs a week. (They don’t go match by match on Friday’s show on Informa.) The show itself had a good interview with Tony Salazar about CMLL’s training program, which probably not enough is written about given it’s importance.

+LuchaTV has interviews with the Traumas & Eterno as a group and the Ingobernables, plus clips of their match.

ChilangaMask added Iron Kid & Aramis vs Arez & Belial to it’s 04/12 show, and says The Ninjas & Rico Rodriguez are off their upcoming shows.

CMLL has part 2 and part 3 of it’s Arena Coliseo history piece, which appears to be a repeat from the round number anniversary a couple years ago.

Crazy Boy will be teaching a seminar today in Veracruz.

Cavernario, Astral and Pierroth are listed as wrestling in Washington DC on 05/02. The fourth luchador has Mr. Aguila’s bio, but Mr. Aguila is not the man pictured or named, so there may be something funny going on here (or maybe just confusion.)

Missed this last week: Puerto Rico’s WWL shut down on March 23rd. They had a relationship with AAA at one point and was bringing in Laredo Kid and the Caras/Mascaras family most recently.

SuperLuchas looks back at Vampiro’s 2005 return to AAA.

Claro Lucha talks to Dos Caras.

04/01 AAA TV Results (San Luis Potosí)

AAA TV (WED) 04/01/2015 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [AAA, ESPN Deportes]
1) Mini Charly Manson & Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada
Mini Psycho Clown beat Dinastia, asked for a title shot.
2) Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Pasion Kristal b El Apache, Mamba, Mary Apache
Pasion Kristal replaced Pimpinela (injury.) Hamburger Splash on Apache & Mamba.
3) Aerostar, Argenis, Fénix b Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Fenix replaced Super Nova (shoulder injury) and used a new finishing move (Busca Sueños) to beat Hijo del Pirata. Electroshock threatened the rest of AAA on behalf of his new trio.
4) Daga, Dark Scoria, Súper Fly b Bengala, Drago, Jack Evans
Scoria beat Jack with help from Cuervo. Daga held up a Perro del Mal shirt after the match, which started a huge Perro chant.
5) Dark Cuervo, Pentagón Jr., Texano b Angélico, La Parka, Psycho Clown
Scoria helped Cuervo get the win over Angelico. Psycho Clown was injured by Texano Jr – Psycho ended up with an ugly bruise around his right ankle.
6) El Mesías & Hijo del Fantasma b Blue Demon Jr. & Myzteziz
Changed around after Perro Aguayo’s death. Fenix was originally on the trios side, and Mesias was probably supposed to be a mystery partner. Mesias snuck in a foul on Demon, then landed the top rope splash.
7) Brian Cage b Alberto el Patrón
Added to make up for missing Rey de Reyes. Turned into a street fight, with La Sociedad getting involved. Cage wanted a title match.

Air Date: 04/18 and 04/25 (moved back a week, at least.)

Prior to the start of the show, a tribute was held for Perro Aguayo Jr. The roster came to the ring, and there were flowers and a poster of Perro. Marisela and Konnan are both noted as talking about Perro. All wrestlers wore a tribute shirt, and various wrestlers had other tributes (Fenix wrote Perro on his hand tape.)

Building appeared to be full.

This was a tribute show and Perro Aguayo Jr. was definitely honored as part of it. The opening segment reads very emotional, for the wrestlers and the fans. AAA continued on to also present a normal taping with storyline advancement.

Alberto keeps having the bad luck to be wrestling in San Luis Potosi every time they need him to lose to set another match (he’s now 0-2.) Cuervo & Scoria are messing with Jack & Angelico, so that may be a new feud. Mini Psycho Clown has been very good and makes sense to get a singles match with Dinastia if they’re doing one.

Those are all builds to matches on an upcoming show. It’s a question of when and what show that might be. AAA ran Verano de Escandalo in June last year, but that was the first time they’ve done that in early summer and there’s no telling what they’ll do this year. This week’s TV may give some clues, since all their currently announced tapings will be complete by that point.

Next taping is Friday in Xalapa.