Verano de Escandalo offical, LU preview, AAA & Santo not friends, new CMLL champ

CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr.
Disturbio replaced Arkangel. Rudos took 1/3. Magnus and Flyer had problems in the third fall leading to their loss.
3) Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Narumiya © [CMLL-REINA INTL]
Sugehit took falls 1/3. Narumiya falls on her first defense. 9th Champion.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Ingobernables refused to work with Stuka, as always, and stole the win after he landed the splash on Escorpion.
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Dragon Lee b Negro Casas, Shocker, Vangellys
straight falls. Atlantis & Panther challenged for a tag team title shot.

Can you name all the female title holders in CMLL?

CMLL Women: Marcela
Mex Women: Zeuxis (out until September, will be stripped of the title in August)
CMLL-REINA International: Princesa Sugehit
CMLL-REINA International Junior: Silueta

Four different titles is insane. Repeating the same “Japanese women comes to Mexico, loses the title” is weird, especially since a good bunch of fans probably think it’s the same woman.

Magnus has teased turning rudo before. Being a tecnico is getting him nowhere.

Sky Team kept the trios titles last night in Guadalajara.

Dorian Roldan announced Verano de Escandalo would take place 06/14 in Arena Monterrey with Rey Mysterio. That’s the date and location Copetes mentioned a few weeks ago. They’ll probably be announcing it on TV this week.

There’s supposed to be a CMLL press conference today, though it’s not been mentioned outside of CMLL Informa. I’m going to be otherwise occupied around the time it wraps up. I’ll post something this afternoon if there’s news. They have a lot of CMLL Informa level topics to discuss without actually creating news: the Reyes del Aire tournament on Friday – TGR, the two title changes (Sugehit, Reyes del Aire), two title matches coming up (tag titles, Cavernario/Titan), Naito coming in – that they could go thru an hour without really announcing anything if they wanted to do that. It seems pointless to do a press conference with no news but it can’t be ruled out.

The two news items to look for:

  • is there a big show coming up on 05/24 as opposition to the Lucha World Cup? CMLL’s thrown hints of feuds, but hasn’t focused on any single one, which could mean it’s cage match time.
  • WILL CMLL announce anyone (besides Mascara Dorada) as headed to NJPW’s Best of Super Juniors tournament next month? That lineup announcement is usually made at intermission of NJPW’s early May show – it takes place this Sunday, but perhaps CMLL will get to reveal something a few days ahead of time. There are a bunch of guys who I’d like to see leave CMLL for a month so they can get something to do

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #25 “The Way of the Drago.” Matches taped for this episode:

  • Fénix vs Killshot
  • Argenis vs Famous B vs vs Ricky Mandell vs Vinny Massaro
  • a #1 contender’s match (changed during the show, this vignette spoils it, and the preview for next week gives away the winner)
  • Drago vs Prince Puma (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship, where Drago is banned from the temple if he losses. (Dario has another chat with Drago)

I’m assuming Sexy Star defeating Pentagon has caused all his victims to heal at once, as if a magical spell was broken in a fairy tale.

In related news which may or may not matter:

  • El Rey’s only other original show on the air right now, the Cutting Crew, has been moved from it’s spot following Lucha Underground to Monday nights. That seems odd.
  • Someone left the door open at the Temple. It looks like most things were already moved out to storage between seasons. That building is rented out to different productions and LU may just not be renting it at the moment.
  • Univison’s up front (upcoming show announcements for advertisers) is set for May 12. Univison owns Unimas and part of El Rey, so any news about Lucha Underground staying on those networks or moving to Univison itself may be made in about two weeks. That date seems likely to be a hard deadline for Unimas/Univison decisions sine they’ve got more original programming to sort thru. El Rey could wait longer, and the international pickups they’re hoping for could come at any time or not at all.
  • On the Last Real Heels podcast, executive producer Eric Van Wagenen said his similar role with the Apprentice is not the hold up to taping more Lucha Underground episodes, because he’s got no shooting dates for that yet either. (It’s a fuzzy ‘whenever Trump has time to do it’ situation.) They’re on break because El Rey wants the show to be a normal TV show with season finale and a break and coming back for a season premiere a few months later. The quote on the season status:”We haven’t decided for sure when our season premiere will be. There’s still working out approvals for season 2, we’re not 100% approved, but I’d say the chances are pretty good. Like the rest of us, I’m waiting for the formal pickup and the formal announcement, and I’m hoping that will be soon, but we’re going to play a bit of a waiting game.”On other names, Van Wagenen said he’s not involved with the negiotations to get Rey Misterio Jr. but would like him to be part of season 2. They’ve wanted to use Myzteziz for a while, but he’s been too busy in Mexico to get him in long enough to work out a storyline. Van Wagenen and the hosts all agreed that it would be awesome if Steve Austin could be talked in to showing up – that would be awesome.

Victoria had a presentation last night to promote it’s summer long El Dia del Luchon lucha libre campaign. As noted before, luchadors are appearing on 50 bottle caps and 8 bottles as part of the sponsorship deal. The company brought out Blue Demon Jr. and Hijo del Santo (wearing his belt, of course) at one point, then brought out many AAA wrestlers to promote their part in the campaign. Hijo del Santo had a scripted lining saying all luchadors were friends, but the vibe was the opposite. Despite standing in the same ring together, AAA and Hijo del Santo tried their best to ignore each other’s existence, even on social media: Santo took a photo of himself framed to include the Victoria official but none of the AAA wrestlers, while AAA equally made sure not to include Santo in any of their photos. (Perhaps the silver lining is by getting this awkward meeting out of the way, Santo’s presence won’t be required at the similarly sponsored Lucha World Cup.) CMLL wasn’t there; it was said they’d be part of the campaign at a later point.

Santo told the media that he’s been given the green light by many doctors and if he gets one more from a doctor in the US, he’ll be going to wrestle in the UK in July. That’s one of the July lucha shows which has already been announced (where Magno was already announced!), and runs opposition against AAA wrestlers being brought into the UK at the same time.

There’s a show on 05/03 with a Alan Stone & Intocable vs Rayman & Silver King in a relevos suicidas. I guess Silver King is losing his mask again and just ignoring it the next day.

LV reviews this week’s CMLL 52MX and CMLL c3.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/18/15 PWR and Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Negro Casas & Hijo del Santo, which I think might be the one on the first full CMLL show I ever watched.

Chilanga Mask has added Psycho Kid vs Latin Dragon to the 05/17 Coacalco show.

Mascara Dorada’s latest NJPW match is on DailyMotion

Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill Jr. talk about their new tag team.

Niebla Roja talks about Reyes del Aire.

Tigre Hispano is opening an ice cream store on 05/09, with a Hijo de Dos Caras autograph signing.

Sombra has a new t-shirt.


IWRG (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Festival de Mascaras
1) Atomic Star vs Magnum 44, Dragón Celestial, Hip Hop Man, Electro Boy
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael
3) Golden Magic, Guerrero Maya Sr., Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Solar I vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Negro Navarro
5) Chicano, Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras vs Black Tiger III, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

Annual show with people wearing masks they already lost (so like every day for Black Tiger and Pantera II.) They’re supposed to give away the masks to the fans at the end of the show, and the kids get in free. The main event needs some Kenshi Kabuki.

The Panteras haven’t teamed or even been on the same show since Pantera I returned to the ring a couple of years ago. Pantera II indicated he wasn’t happy with his former partner, but the reasons behind that were not made clear.

Black Terry being Guerrero Maya Sr. is known, but it’s not something that’s been previously acknowledged on one of these shows.

CMLL (MON) 05/04/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Paris vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso vs Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Máximo, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero

They set up Marco/Shocker and Maximo/Mephisto matches this past Monday, and somehow end up with Dragon Rojo & Rey Bucanero. OK. This is Esfinge’s first Puebla match and Apocalispis & Toro get to team for two straight weeks.

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Disturbio, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán vs Gran Guerrero [lightning]
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Atlantis & Blue Panther [CMLL TAG]
Shocker & Casas’ 6th defense

That’s just about the oldest possible tag team match CMLL could make, as a Nuevo Valores special. Shocker is the young man in the match and there’s people in the previous match a bit older than him. Tercera could be a lot of fun, with Disturbio getting a higher position than usual. We get a Titan singles match! Be careful what you wish for.

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Meteoro vs Relampago & Thunder Boy
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Virgo vs Cancerbero, Joker, Raziel
3) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Niebla Roja
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Ingobernables vs TRT! It didn’t take long for them to accidentally team Vangellys back with the two guys that quietly dumped him. Tercera is a rematch.

Lucha Fan Fest (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Sky Fly & Super Terry vs Rey Inmortal & Rey Profeta
2) Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown vs Dr. Cirujano, Dr. Markus, Enfermero Jr.
3) Koguma © vs Sexy Angel [NEO HIGH SPEED]
4) Leo, Mike, Ray, Teelo vs El Sika, Muerte Infernal, Pancho Cachondo, X-Fly
5) Dos Caras Sr., Io Shirai, Vanely vs Brazo de Oro, Diosa Atenea, Mayu Iwatani
6) Atlantis, Mil Mascaras, Octagón vs Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, Último Guerrero

Evening compliment to the afternoon Toryumon Mexico. Dos Caras working that semimain is weird, but these shows are always weird (and usually accompanied by an autograph signing.)