Arena Mexico preview, AAA in SLP


AAA JUNIORS (WED) 01/13/2016 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [Radio Deportes FM]
1) Aero Fly, Efecto, Vagabundo b Conde Bartok, Mini Maniaco, Mr. Marca
2) Goya Kong & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba & Taya
Mini Maniaco challenged Aero Fly after the match.
3) Drago & Electroshock DQ Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Joe Lider
Originally scheduled as Drago, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Joe Lider, Mamba, Taya. Hijo del Tirantes himself fouled Electroshock to give the rudos the win, but the commission overruled the result and gave it as a DQ to the tecnicos. Tirantes continued to referee the rest of the night.
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr. b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Rudos took 1/3. Texano beat Psycho Clown and asked for a Latin American title shot. Psycho said OK.
5) Chessman, El Mesías, Taurus b Dr. Wagner Jr., Fénix, La Parka
Mesias pulled Wagner’s mask to beat him.

The show is an AAA spot show, completely unnotable for the results, but there were a few things around the show of interest. The card looks like it was sold out (and this was a paid ticket event, not a government sponsored show like the big one over last weekend.) The promoter announced AAA would return on 03/23 for a TV taping. That’s the first taping to come out after next week’s DF show. It’ll be two days after the one year anniversary of Hijo del Perro Aguayo’s death, and they’ll be honoring him on the show. That’s about the time we’d expect Rey de Reyes to occur, but follow up messages suggested it’s just a normal TV taping. A Wednesday major show would be very unusual anyway.

Today’s the first ever Caristico versus Rush match. Rush’s rise in CMLL came after Caristico left the promotion; they may have been on the same side of tag matches on spot shows before Rush left, but he wasn’t really Rush at that point. The story now is Rush is dismissive of Caristico, calling him “a star of the past” and “Mil Nombres”, and also dropped Caristico on his head last week. The usual story is Caristico proves he’s a start of now by getting the win, but Caristico’s results in CMLL have been inconsistent.

There’s nothing else must see on the show. The semimain is walking in place, with the Guerreros (Gran Guerrero in for Ultimo Guerrero) taking on the Revolucionarios. They set up a Euforia/Thunder match last week and it might actually happen next week. The reduced roster might explain why Super Parka is back in the fourth match, a trios teaming with Mascara & Valiente versus the Niebla/Felino/Casas combination of Peste Negra. Marcela, who hasn’t been seen for about six weeks, is listed as working the second match. Stukita hasn’t wrestled on a TV/internet show in two months, but returns to work the opening minis match tonight.

The CMLL show starts at 8:30pm Central. It will stream on, and the show has not been region blocked in many weeks.

I’ve mentioned this on the podcast and on Twitter, but the finish beating a dead horse: I don’t think anyone from CMLL is going on loan to NJPW for a year as Mascara Dorada did this past year. There was a line mentioned this would happen in the original NJPW press release about the tour, but I do not see it there any longer. Neither CMLL or NJPW has mentioned it as happening in recent weeks. The two people we thought might be going, Cavernario and Dragon Lee, have both been announced for bookings in the US in February: Cavernario (and Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero) will wrestle in Memphis in 02/21, and Dragon Lee will be part of Lucha Va Voom’s February shows. Titan is another name guessed, but he’s booked on the Ultimo Dragon show at the end of the month.

There’s definitely always a chance I’m missing something and Guerrero Maya Jr. or someone else will suddenly get a red jacket, but, as someone who’s spent a lot of time thinking about this the last couple months, this doesn’t seem like much to be thinking about going forward.

Shocker, who’s been missing away from CMLL since 12/18 (though he has done it on indie shows), says he’s undergoing surgery on Monday.  I don’t see any explanation of what he’s getting surgery on, though he’s had a long history of knee problems.

Psycho Clown isn’t thrilled with the idea of teaming with Dr. Wagner, given Dr. Wagner turned on Rey Misterio Jr. last time he was on an AAA TV match. (That was November 2nd, it’s been a while.) Psycho hopes Wagner will be professional given the Mega championship match is on the line. Psycho notes everyone in the match besides him has won the championship at least once, but that’s in the past and he’s focused on the future.

IWRG is having a create a new character contest, where the winner gets a laptop and a free pass to all IWRG events for a year. You need a name, a backstory, and a look. They’re going to close the contest in February, not said which day. A previous contest ended up with Canis Lupus, though I believe there was some suspicion the outcome of the contest may have been predetermined. That also ended up with a young guy stuck in the first half of the card elevated into a rare IWRG based main eventer.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa, including Caristico being Caristico.

Segunda Caida reviews Solar I vs Blue Panther.

Lucha Underground posted an eight minute  season 1 recap. Of note, Matt Striker says he hasn’t seen Vampiro since Ultima Lucha.

There’s a new ~$25USD iOS app which will guide you thru making a Rey Misterio Jr. mask.

The Lucharama promotion appears to be returning on 01/31.

2015 watch later catch up, part 14 of ∞

Dralion’s going after that chair as much as Rey Horuz

Matches reviewed in this post

  • Alberto Dos Rios vs Belial
    Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 10/03/2015 
  • Dralion vs Rey Horus
    Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 10/03/2015 
  • Máximo © vs Terrible for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
    Arena México, 10/18/2015 
  • Diablo Jr. I & El Hijo del Diablo vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno
    Arena Naucalpan, 12/16/2015 
  • Imposible © vs Pantera I for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
    Arena Naucalpan, 12/20/2015 
  • Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada & Eterno for the hair
    Arena Naucalpan, 12/20/2015 

Alberto Dos Rios vs Belial
Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 10/03/2015
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