AAA announces TNA, ROH, AJPW and NOAH as particpating in their Lucha Libre World Cup

AAA announced their international trios tournament, now officially known as Lucha Libre World Cup, will take place on Sunday, May 24th at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Tickets are on sale immediately and run between $185 to $2152 Mexican Pesos ($12 to $139 US).

The press release named the promotions participating. The Ticketmaster site also lists some names of wrestlers appearing. This is what’s known so far:

Mexico 1 (“Dream Team”): Alberto el Patron, Rey Misterio Jr., Myzteziz
Mexico 2 (drawn from AAA’s roster): winner of Fenix/Electroshock/Fantasma, winner of La Parka/Texano Jr./Cibernetico, winner of Psycho Clown/Zorro/Averno
Mexico 3 (“outsiders”): Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., TBA

US 1: a team representing Ring of Honor
US 2: a team representing TNA, including Matt Hardy

Japan 1: a team representing Pro Wrestling NOAH, including Taiji Ishimori
Japan 2: a team representing All Japan Pro Wrestling

Rest of the World: TBA

The Ticketmaster info lists Johnny Mundo as participating, so perhaps he’s on the Rest of the World. The press conference announcing this competition highlights Jack Evans (and Fantasma) as a possible participant, but there’s no obvious spot for him unless one of the US groups is not sending a full trio. I’m surprised there’s no specific Lucha Underground team.

As far as guys not mentioned, Super Crazy seems like he might fit in here – either as an other outside Mexican, or as a NOAH rep. This date is right in the middle of a NOAH tour, but would require missing only one show. It’s a few days after an AJPW tour. It’s the off weekend after the NJPW shows and before another set of events for ROH and doesn’t conflict with TNA’s schedule, so both should have many people available.

There’s always the chance that Victoria will try to force El Hijo del Santo and AAA to work together. I’d bet someone’s brought it up. It’d be hilarious for about five seconds and then just bad.

Assuming TNA runs more shows (seems likely, one never knows), this also might mean AAA wrestlers could show up there in the future. Dave Meltzer had mentioned GFW and TNA were both negotiating with AAA as part of this deal, with GFW wanting to use some of TNA’s wrestlers for their summer tour. That would seem unlikely now.

(If you’re catching this late: AAA and sponsor Victoria asked CMLL and CMLL turned it down. Out of loyalty to CMLL – and to the money NJPW makes on the FantasticaMania tour – NJPW also turned down participating.)

Palacio de los Deportes could seat up to 20,000, but it’s likely to be cut down a bit if they set up a stage. It’ll still be a big number to fill, and a trios tournament featuring international stars the fans may not be familiar with. They’re going to look for familiar to Mexico names to fill this out. Victoria beer will be helping out as well.

There’s a ripple effect on TripleMania: if they get the fans to turn out for this show, will the DF fans want to spend to come back again in three months for TripleMania, especially with AAA obviously lacking a huge TripleMania match now. Or does AAA shoot some big angle on this show specifically to set up that big match and return? I expect TripleMania to be in Mexico City every year until it’s not, but there’s at least a reason why it might not be this year. (Whatever they’re doing, this May 24th show is a hard deadline to decide it so they can announce it.)

There’s still a lot to announce here: the people on the teams, the actual format – presumably single elimination but one shouldn’t assume – and if there’s any other matches on this show. It’s only a month away now, so more info will be coming soon enough.

X-Fly wins a hair match (again), DTU, CMLL Puebla

IWRG (SUN) 04/19/2015 Arena Naucalpan[Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero b Araña de Plata Jr. & Atomik Star
2) Ashley & Lady Maravilla b Cristal & Vanely
Ashley’s debut. Vanelli replaced Kamilion.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Ciclon Black, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
4) Chicano, Danny Casas, Relámpago b Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro
Recap mentions Negro Navarro was impressed with Relampago in this match. Relampago seemed to suffer a left shoulder injury and Canis Lupus a head injury in the second fall. Both continued, though Relampago was hurt again at the end of the third fall. Chicano beat Canis for the win.
5) Eterno L Ricky Cruz and X-Fly and Veneno[ruleta de la muerte, hair]
Not just a cage match, but a cage match where they were chained to the cage for a while. Cruz & Venen fought, but escaped before X-Fly & Eterno. X-Fly continued his unlikely run of success by escaping. A referee (Rosas) was in the ring, so Eterno tried chaining him up and leaving, but the commission wasn’t having that and Eterno was shaved.

All but the main event aired (so I don’t really understand the rules.)

DTU (SUN) 04/19/2015 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [Cuadrilátero TV, Funcion Estelar]
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo
3) Hormiga & Ovett b Fantasma de la Ópera & Slayer Pack
4) Pesadilla b Drastik Boy, Lokillo
5) Crazy Boy b Halloween and Miedo Extremo and Paranoiko
No X-Fly (IWRG) or Crazy King (?). Crazy Boy beat Halloween to win.
6) Damián 666 b Cíclope

+LuchaTV has highlights of Damian 666 vs Ciclope.

CMLL (MON) 04/20/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Magnus & Metatrón b Canelo Casas & El Rebelde
2) Espíritu Maligno, Mercurio, Saurón b Astro, Meyer, Último Dragoncito
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
Pierroth knocked out Pegasso, who was stretchered out.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario, Kráneo, Morphosis
Atlantis replaced Sombra. Titan and Cavernario feuded.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Reinera on Volador for the win.

Today’s Arena Mexico show breaks up two of their big rudo groups (TGR & Peste Negra) over the top two matches. The Main event is Negro Casas, Barbaro Cavernario, Shocker versus Atlantis, Blue Panther and Stuka Junior. Breaking up the teams this way only makes sense if they’re setting up a Casas/Shocker tag title defense, but it doesn’t have to make sense in CMLL and often doesn’t. Lightning match is Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio. Guadalajara has Sky Team vs Guerreros.

Cuervo explains he and Scoria are annoyed Angelico & Jack came in to AAA and stole their spot, so they’re going to make them suffer. La Secta wants to face them in different styles (gimmick matches) to see how good they are.

Dr. Cerbero won Brazo Jr.’s Sur Championship on the WMC show this Saturday.

+LuchaTV talks to Dr. Wagner about Rush.

SuperLuchas looks back at a big EMLL show from 36 years ago yesterday.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

DJ Spectro looks at Mascara Ano 2000’s career.

SegundaCaida’s Eric R reviews the PWR episode from 04/11/15.


Polvora replaces Mr. Aguila in the main event cibernetico of Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. Okumura replaces Arkangel.

CMLL (MON) 04/27/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Meyer, Último Dragoncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mercurio, Saurón
2) Pegasso, Sensei, Soberano Jr. vs Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Tiger, Virus
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máximo, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Thunder

Ingobernables vs random randoms. Days without Rush: 16

First Rey Apocalipsis match here since October, when they still had TV. Rudo trio in the tercera is great.

IWRG (SUN) 04/26/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Atomic Star & Magnum 44
2) Lady Maravilla & Yakuza vs Dowki & Vanely
3) Freyser, Golden Magic, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada vs Imposible, Rayan, Spector
4) Chicano, Veneno, X-Fly vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo del Fishman
5) Ricky Cruz © vs Pirata Morgan [IWRG Rey del Ring]

Cruz and Morgan had issues, then they dropped it, now it’s back.

X-Fly & Fresero are apparently faces now. X-Fly at least sort of turned (in that his rudo partners got annoyed at him.)