This is the Negro Casas weekend. CMLL taping schedule works out so his Leyenda de Plata match with Dragon Lee and his Welterweight title match with Voaldor Jr. should both air – though Mexico and US each only get one of those.
with Terra back on the schedule, I’ve moved around the CMLL shows so they’re in chronological order. Not that anyone can actually see all of them in one location.
this might be the weekend CMLL changes everything around. Or they might not do it ever.
first time IWRG has had a weekend show they might air. Or they might just rerun the last one. Feed is back to being horrible.
really nice of Lucha Underground to name an episode after a guy who’s gone forever and surely won’t be appearing again. That’s Bengala’s debut.
The Naito match is one which hasn’t been put on njpwworld
It’s the missing taping! Everything makes a little more sense now. It does confirm Verano is airing quickly after it takes place.
What’s not confirmed is half these matches. The semifinal is the easiest to decipher: AAA keeps listing luchador surprise in what should be Kronos’ spot. It’s hard to believe that’s an miscommunication if it’s happening for weeks. Maybe it’s just a name change (can they just use “Bane”?) but whatever is up should be clear by Verano de Escandalo.
The mystery spot in the opener is for a luchadora. The only two tecnica luchadoras who’ve been used this year are Keira. who’s seems unlikely to brought to Veracruz, and Faby Apache, who would be listed here if she was here. Expect something random, with the returns of Jennifer Blake or Ivelisse (if she’s healthy by this point) even possible.
The mystery spot in the main event is by far the most interesting. It’s a spot that requires a big name at a point in time that requires a big name. (Still no idea what the TripleMania match will be.) It’s someone to work across Mesias, since Myzteziz and Averno should be locked back up. I dunno.
The matches we do know look generally pretty good. Mini Psycho Clown and Dinastia have been really good in their lead up matches; if they get 8-10 minutes without a ton of interference, they’re going to have a great match. And the fourth match looks like it could be one of the best AAA trios matches of the year. This should be an interesting taping, both from matches and from storyline progression.
CMLL (TUE) 06/02/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Furia Roja & Thunder Boy b El Tapatío & Metatrón
2) Magnum, Robin, Sensei b Camorra, Cholo, Ráfaga
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico Tecnicos took 2/3. Shockercito submitted Demus.
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. Rey Bucanero cheated to help Terrible beat Atlantis.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3. Mistica on Ultimo Guerrero for the win.
TRT versus the Atlantida repeats into next week. Not sure if they were following up on the Shockercito/Demus feud or it if it was simply usual noise.
IWRG FILL (WED) 06/03/2015Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring] 1) Soldado De La Muerte b Vardeus, Canario, Magic Dragón, Demonio Imperial 2) Cheyene, Guerrero 2000, Magnum 44 b Chicanito, Estrella Oriental, Voltar 3) Acero, Adrenalina, Hijo del Alebrije b Blue Monsther, Super Jack, Vampiro Metálico 4) Espada de Plata, Kaiser Dragon, Toxin Boy b Aztlán, Engima, Vortize Kesier Dragon’s team is from Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911) vs Gym Skayde 5) Alas De Angel, Aramis, Black Angel, Black Drago, Desgarrador, Kanon, Shadow Boy, Sniper b Aeroman, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Imposible, Matrix Jr.,Power Bull [Torneo FILL XLII, Copa High Power] Black Terry trainees vs Eterno trainees. Atomic Boy betrayed the Black Terry team and Aeroman in particular, helping Aramis win. Eterno declared he wanted to now be the main trainer for IWRG and challenged Terry to a singles match next week.
An Eterno coup! Atomic Boy wore an Eterno t-shirt for years, so Black Terry probably should’ve seen that one coming. He’s lucky Electro Boy didn’t turn too.
Verano de Escandalo is officially an iPPV. This price this time is $15USD. I think this is end up doing worse the Lucha World Cup, because it falls on the same day as WWE’s Money in the Back and so the casual outside of Mexico viewers who sampled that probably won’t be back for this one. Still should be a good show, just happening on a tough date.
This week’s Observer talks about some of the politics of the Lucha World Cup teams. When ROH announced Moose & ACH as their reps, it seemed strange AAA couldn’t get bigger stars for the promotion (though both ended up doing well.) The WON explains there was an issue with ROH even sending people at all, because NJPW wants ROH to only work with CMLL in Mexico. That’s also why ROH never promoted their participation on the show. AAA actually asked for AJ Styles (for the World Cup and other shows), but were turned down because of AJ’s deal with NJPW. It’s not said if AAA asked for anyone else, but it seems likely anyone else in ROH who’s worked for NJPW (like ReDragon) or expects to (like the Briscoes) would’ve also have similar issues. That’s how you end up with ACH and Moose, though it’s also a reason it might be tough for AAA to bring those guys back. It seems kind of an unfair imposition on ROH, because CMLL hasn’t booked American outsiders from a different promotion in about a decade and there’s no sign of that changing. Still, of all these interpromotional talent sharing, it’s likely the most money is made on those CMLL-NJPW FantasticaMania tours and NJPW’s not going to jeopardize those.
The newsletter also mentioned Victoria was “thrilled” with how the reaction to Lucha World Cup. The plan is still for it to be a yearly event. My thinking is Victoria would have to stay on board to make it happen, so them being thrilled sounds like it may.
Apolo Valdes has a great column about the struggles for young wrestlers: the difficult start into the lucha libre, the injuries, and dealing with veterans who are more interested in protecting their own spots rather than helping young people. He cites Atlantis, Shocker, Negro Casas, Blue Panther, Black Terry, Solar and Negro Navarro among those veterans who are the expectation and try to raise up the young wrestlers.
Both are eliminated from advancing, though they’re both going to finish with decent point totals.
NJPW also has put up last Friday’s main event, with no commentary and much longer post match than we’ll likely see on Azteca. (The match is only about half the running time.) The Ingobernables lose, but it’s really Thunder who’s totally humiliated in the end.