The first of CMLL’s two Dia de Muertos shows takes place today. Luchadors and edecanes will dress in makeup and costume to fit in with the traditional Mexican celebration of the dead. The entire arena will have a special look for the next couple of days. And, they’ll also be having wrestling matches – Volador versus Sombra once again, this time for the NWA Welterweight Championship
This will be the 24th known Volador/Sombra match since they started feuding in 2010. Volador leads 11-10 with two ties. It’ll be the 21st to air on a TV show. It’s their third match this year: Volador won in April in Arena Mexico and August in Arena Puebla. Volador has won the last five matchups. He’s coming in as champion and seems likely to win again. This is the signature feud of this last decade of CMLL. I wish CMLL had gone with something fresh for an iPPV, but if only hardcore fans are going to buy this (and only some hardcore fans are going to buy this), then maybe you go with the one match you know will work for those fans.
The rest of the show has, at best, middle chapters of ongoing feuds. The semimain is Maximo, Valiente, and Super Parka versus Rush, La Mascara and Marco Corleone. CMLL’s preview teases Rush and Super Parka may continue feuding. The fourth match was scheduled to have Ultimo Guerrero versus Thunder, but Ultimo Guerrero is out of action (and believed to be injured). It’ll instead just be a random trios match with Thunder, Boby Z, and Dragon Rojo facing Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Mr. Niebla. The best undercard match of the night will probably be The Panther, Esfinge, and Oro Jr. versus Super Comando, Raziel and Skandalo, continuing the Panther/Comando feud.
The show is on iPPV for a listed price of $6 USD. It was actually $7.62 when they added in fees for me this morning. If you did not change your clock for daylight savings this past week (if you live in the US or Japan), the show will start one hour later than usual. It’ll start at 10:30pm in New York. You can find the time where you live here.
I haven’t checked this out thoroughly, but I believe today’s iPPV is the only wrestling one where the winners will go to a heavenly paradise and the losers will be dragged to hell.
Speaking of hell, there’s no update on the Alberto situation. The Monterrey (Sunday) and Reynosa (Monday) promoters continue to advertise Alberto on the show. If AAA sent an updated lineup to Juarez, they probably also have one for these shows – or maybe not, if they really believe (believed?) Alberto is working those shows.
Random German TV segment on lucha libre includes the host trying to learn lucha libre from Guerrero Maya, though it’s mostly him getting beat and falling badly. There’s a few trainees with masks I’ve never seen and Canelo Casas turns up as a mask maker.
There’s a lucha libre exhibit at the Museo del Objeto del Objeto in Mexico City.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Segunda Caida watches Atlantis vs Emilio Charles Jr.
NJPW would like to tour Mexico. I would like some ice cream. I’m going to get that ice cream at some point. Not sure about NJPW.
Eric Mutter writes about Aerostar.
AAA MM (THU) 11/05/2015 Gimnasio Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Charly Manson
2) Goya Kong & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba & Sexy Star
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Taurus
4) Fénix & La Parka vs Cibernético & Pentagón Jr.
first of the weekly Thusday Guadalajara shows. First match for Sexy Star since TripleMania (and her injury.) Their Twitter account says they’ll be announcing news on airing the show soon.