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CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Évola & Furia Roja b Metatrón & Neutrón
2) Flyer, Magnum, Magnus b Artillero, Joker, Súper Comando
3) Canelo Casas, Metálico, Virus b Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Stigma
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
Ripper fouled Atlantis.
5) Negro Casas, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky
Original rudo side was Shocker (?, pulled off all shows), Mr. Niebla (probable suspension) and Thunder (?), with Niebla Roja, Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas all in as replacements. Maximo and Casas feuded, with Casas sneaking in a foul.
Is Thunder injured? He didn’t seem hurt on CMLL Informa, but he’s missed two shows in a row. He can’t be suspended, because he still got involved with the finish on Friday and appeared on the YouTube show. It’s a strange situation, given his feud with Ultimo Guerrero is the only one going on right now. Friday will be interesting.
The show here on Sunday is not an Liga Elite show – but done with help from Liga Elite and CMLL. CMLL seems to be disavowing the show by not even listing it on their website.
IWRG FILL (WED) 08/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Vampiro Metálico & Vardeus b Blue Metal & Voltar
2) Alfa & Omega b Adrenalina & Guerrero 2000
Adrenalina lasted one fall, got hurt, and was replaced by Power Bull in the second fall. Straight fall win.
3) Blue Monsther, Fiero, Hijo del Alebrije b Araña de Plata, Magnum 44, Power Bull
4) Aeroman, Dragón Fly, Kanon b Atomic Star, Matrix Jr., Rey Terco Jr.
Kanon beat Rey Terco with a leglock and Matrix wiht a suplex.
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Eterno b Espada De Plata, Keiser Drago, Oficial 911
FILL (Eterno) versus Gym Zeuz (911). Team Eterno took 2/3, the last when Eterno beat Keiser with a martinete. Ofical AK47 ran out to help his friend and attack Eterno. Kanon, Arana de Plata and Atomic Star ran out to save Eterno.
Secret sources at the show tell me Fiero/Fierro is a pretty good flyer. He’s not the Oficial, but a young guy who’s also appeared on Toryumon Mexico shows.
AAA held a press conference with Paramount Pictures to promote the Mission Impossible tie in for Sunday. They also went over the card order: the Psycho Circus/Villanos match will be second, trios title third, Blue Demon Anniversary match fourth, and everything else is just about where you’d expect it. The big news is the trios title match is the cage match. I’m sure everyone will try very hard and people will do spots off the cage, but that stipulation hurts the match much more than it helps it. It limits the type of match they can do and restricts the amount of space they have in a nine man match. The best multi-matches AAA has done have people hanging outside the ring to stay out of the way of the complicated spots, and they just took that option away.
AAA believes they need a cage match on every TripleMania but rarely do anything to build a cage match, so they always end up in a situation like this. A cage is thrown onto a match where it doesn’t help and often hurts. I’m not sure a single person would miss the cage if it wasn’t there – even now! – but it’ll probably be there and it’ll probably be annoying.
AAA said Perro Aguayo Jr. and Hector Garza would be added to their Hall of Fame. At the press conference, but not mentioned elsewhere, it was said Irma Osorno would also be added. She’s the woman who died in the bus accident the week of Rey de Reyes.
CMLL Informa confirmed the Anniversary lineup will be out Wednesday. The 09/04 CMLL Anniversary date was also announced as the minis anniversary, so they stand a chance of making the show. They haven’t been on an Anniversary show since 2009, and only twice since 2005.
Mascara Dorada told a fan he’s not returning to Arena Mexico until January 2016. That would mean the current CMLL Welterweight champion will not be taking part in the CMLL Universal tournament, expected to begin any moment now. The silliness of that is one subject, but a more crucial one is it means CMLL currently has sixteen champions and does not require a current champion (like Mephisto) to win an extra belt (like the national trios titles) to make the numbers work for their annual tournament. Dorada not coming back to Mexico this year means Reyes del Atlantida go from probably losing their title belts on Sunday to probably keeping them. CMLL posted their own preview of that match here.
CMLL Informa had the Hijos del Infierno arguing they would win. It’s just tough to imagine CMLL doing a lot with Luciferno or Ephesto given their level of performance. They also had the contract signing for Pequeno Violencia versus Aereo.
Cara Lucha announced Polvora is the mystery CMLL luchador to face Jinzo and Toxin Boy in a three way. Cavernario will replace Dragon Lee in the main event on the CMLL team. Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero and Cavernario face Familia de Tijuana, who have a promo and a blooper reel.
Myzteziz says he’ll humiliate Rey Mysterio.
CMLL already announced there’s a boxing event in Arena Coliseo on Saturday replacing Sabado Retros for a week, but it also reads like there’s one in Arena Mexico too.
Mascara Purpura will appear as part of CHIKARA’s King of Trios weekend in their Rey de Volador tournament. Matt Cross (Son of Havoc) was also advertised. It’s possible Fenix, Aerostar and/or Drago would end up in that tournament if they fall out of the trios tournament early. Purpura, an ex-CMLL guy who returned to Monterrey when his career wasn’t going anywhere, is a strange inclusion. CHIKARA listed him as an IWRG guy, where hasn’t been since 2014 and hasn’t really been a full time. Purpura doesn’t seem to have wrestled much this year – just listed for about five matches back in May, and then no other ones before or after this year. The best guess is he’s working low level US shows outside of the usual lucha sphere, and he has shown up a few times in Oklahoma of all places.
Ricky Cruz will be be defending the IWRG Rey de Reyes title in Puerto Rico’s WWL on their next show.
A quick interview of Satillo’s Indio Kikapoo.
Mano a Mano interviewed Principe Condor.
Lucha Libre in Japan
08/05 NOAH: Bengala defeated Super Crazy [GJHL]
Both end up with the usual lucha libre results: same amount as wins and losses, middle of the table. There’s a junior tag team tournament coming up here in September, seems likely they might team up once again. Bengala getting this spot makes some more sense given AAA being busy promoting TripleMania and sending people to Colombia this week, even besides the weirdess of all the different promotional agreements.
08/06 Dragon Gate: The Millennials were forced to disband after losing a three way match to Mad Blankey and The Jimmyz when YAMATO defeated T-Hawk.
A recent trend on Dragon Gate shows has been CIMA and others ripping the Millennials (usually specifically T-Hawk and Eita) for not working hard enough. Losing, kind of proving the comments correct, suggests it may be more than a storyline. This is not the end of Flamita in Dragon Gate; he’s said to be there thru November. (I wrongly said December this morning.)
+LuchaTV has many new videos, including a clip of Flamita, Violento Jack, Ciclope and Draztick Boy saying hello from Japan. Draztick is there because he’s headed into to Dragon Gate, also there thru November. He’s currently not listed on any upcoming cards. If this is Flamita’s last trip, there’s a chance here for Draztick Boy to take over his role, but it’s tough to believe Flamita going full time to AAA until it actually happens.
CMLL (TUE) 08/11/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Ráfaga & Thunder Boy
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Omar Brunetti, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Metálico
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Máximo vs Negro Casas
Would they have done Maximo versus Mr. Niebla? Or maybe Maximo versus Shocker.
Reyes del Atlantida starting a feud with the Invasors is another data point towards Atlantis and crew keeping the trios titles.