What happened: La Mascara took out Dragon Lee with a kick to his bad leg, angering Pierroth into challenging Mascara to a mask match. (Pierroth also plainly explained he’s the father of Rush, Mistico and Dragon Lee, which might not yet have been clear to the most casual fans.) It didn’t seem to be official yet, but it’s obviously coming. Mascara cleanly defeated and unmasked Mistico in the main event.
And that’s it as far as angles. They continue to heavily promote the Gran Prix, which would fit as a semimain with that mask match.
What was good: Lot of borderline stuff. I liked the Panther match the best, and not some of the others as much as other people, but there was no standout match. The three minutes of the main event angle were really the only standout moments.
Where can I watch it:It’ll be on my channel, and Claro has the main event.
This was a weak semana. Nothing great this week, and a lot of grudging ‘good’ grades. Even grudging OK grades – I’d be very unhappy about how Octagon Jr. was used if it wasn’t totally irrelevant by the time I got to writing about it.
Casas & Hechicero is clearly the best match of the week, but I haven’t rewatched it yet.
(yea, the bit I do for headlines doesn’t work well there.)
Tonight’s CMLL card is headlined by Mistico, Maximo Sexy and Stuka Jr. versus La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. There’s no storyline to it – there might have been one with Mascara & Dragon Lee, but he’s out due to injury and Stuka is in.
There’s really no obvious ongoing storylines on the show as a result, just five random trios matches and a lightning match. Marco, Diamante and Titan team against two of the Invasors (Ripper & Kraneo) & Rey Bucanero, which also keeps supposed tag partners Maximo & Marco in separate matches. Current trios champions Hijos del Infierno are teamed up again the Panthers, though it’d be hard to have them on the card without putting them together. (It’s got a good chance of being the best match of the show.) There’s a woman’s trios with the return of Sileuta, and an opener with Oro & Soberano probably not doing much against Raziel & Cancerbero. The lightning match is Guerrero Maya versus Felino.
The latest edition of Podcast Boom was up yesterday, though it appears to be down now. (It might be due to the sound quality rather than the content.) Alfredo translated it and put a lot of notes in the Lucha Report. Konnan outed Copetes as a serial sexual harasser. Copetes is one of the people who decide the luchadors working each show, and Lady Maravilla said Copetes demanded sex to get booked more. This was told to Marisela Pena, who said she’d look into it, but simply asked Copetes and was satisfied by him denying. Konnan obviously didn’t believe the denial, saying Copetes had stalked Teddy Hart’s girlfriend, X-Pac’s girlfriend, Christina Von Eerie (who ended up leaving for that reason) and was interested in Goya Kong.
These are really serious charges. If true, it’s terrible behavior – both both Copetes and the Roldan’s seemingly turning a blind eye to it. Konnan’s comments on this podcast have been getting some traction in Mexican lucha media, and this could be significant trouble for AAA if it gets picked up beyond that. (It’d probably take one of the women speaking about it, and you’d understand why they would prefer to stay to far away from it.)
Konnan also said he had tried to book Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr. mixed tag matches in the past, but the cards had been changed every time (by the Roldans.) He mentioned Faby thinks little over the other women, feeling they’re not any good, and would be rough with them in matches. And Konnan said Jennifer Blake was kept around longer because Dorian Roldan liked her.
Yesterday was Lucha World Cup press day for the Mexico based luchadors. Lady Apache, Psycho Clown, Canek and Mary Apache were there. Lady Apache seems to have made the most news: she said was retiring soon, and wanted to win the LWC before doing so. It’s a retirement in lucha, so it can’t be too serious, but Lady Apache says she’ll reach 30 years of wrestling on June 30th and it’s time to give way for the younger generations. She says only contracted to work with AAA for this show and will return to indies after.
Psycho Clown told the story of how he ended up qualifying despite not being scheduled in a match. Interviews with the others haven’t surfaced. Canek, talking to El Pancracio, noted the final will be held in the same place he debuted (41 years ago) and reminded people how he’d faced Antonio Inoki, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, so he has much experience taking on international stars for this competition. Canek felt his team was the best, and vowed to bring all the flying guys down to the mat and see how they respond. I haven’t read a Mary Apache interview yet but the Gladiatores have a short video one with her, along with Canek, La Parka, Taya, Psycho Clown and Lady Apache
Winners Black passed away. He’s one of the luchadors who’ve used the name Black Shadow Jr., but is not the most well known one (the one also know as Pequeno Solin.)
AAA writes about Hector Garza, who passed away three years ago yesterday.
05/27 NJPW: Volador Jr.  defeated Jushin Liger  in the BOSJ. Volador joins a big tie at 4, right in front of an equally big tie at 2. There’s little separation; the playoff odds give him 27.1% chance of winning his block, but it’s smaller than that in wrestling reality.