Tonight’s Puebla broadcast mentioned the annual CMLL Anniversary show would now take place on September 4th. This is a major surprise: CMLL had quietly listed the show as taking place on September 18th
25th as part of their story writing contest. Recently, a reliable source had said the show would be moved to September 18th 25th, but I couldn’t get that confirmed.
September 4th is the earliest anniversary show since 2010, when Sombra beat Olimpico in a hastily assembled cage match on September 3rd. That seems like the most likely template for this year as well: this show is four Fridays away and there’s nothing remotely resembling an Anniversary main event being put together. The only thing CMLL’s set up is Ultimo Guerrero versus Thunder, which would die as a singles match. They do better with a cage match, but not at the same ticket prices as past years and they’re unlikely to fill the building. It’s also possible CMLL will run the Universal tournament final on that show, though it would have to overlap the En Busca de un Idolo final to work. There’s no strong options and the Anniversary name is going to have to carry the day.
This would be the only second first week of September anniversary show since 1963. That year saw EMLL run a second show on September 27th. They didn’t run a second anniversary in 2010, but they did have the Volador Jr. versus Mistico (I) Copa Bicentenario final, which was about an event in itself. Not sure we should expect anything extra this year.