CMLL (TUE) 06/14/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex,thecubsfan]
1) Metatrón & Sensei b Akuma & Camorra
13:39. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Starman b Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Nitro
16:51. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma
12:00. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Euforia, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
13:30. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. © b Guerrero Maya Jr. [CMLL MIDDLE]
16:39. Dragon Rojo took 2/3 in a good match, the last with an inverted Gori Stretch. 14th defense. First TV defense since February 2015.
6) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión b Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán
10:57. Rudos took 1/3. Pierroth replaced Ripper.
The title match was interesting and you should watch it. The rest of the show wasn’t that interesting. Attendance was low.
There was no mention of Mascara Dorada being announced as part of WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic. Apolo Valdes did talk to Dorada about the situation, and he says he asked CMLL’s owner Paco Alonso for permission before he agreed to be part of the tournament. He did the same before joining NJPW for a year, and Alonso gave his approval for that. This time, Alonso didn’t say yes or no, and left it up for Dorada. Dorada was recruited to the tournament by his friend Finn Balor, and feels he’s going as a representative of Mexico and CMLL – he says he’s still with CMLL and only working those dates. Dorada wanted to use his original name of Metalik, but WWE wanted to add Gran to it and he was OK with that. He’d like to face Ibushi during the tournament. (Dorada also talked to +LuchaTV about these things after last night’s main event.)
WWE’s expected to offer deals to those who do well in this cruiserweight tournament. Should Dorada have no problem adjusting to WWE rings, he figures to do well enough to earn that offer. It’ll be another crossroads when Dorada reaches that points – Dorada himself said everyone wants to go to WWE when talking about Anderson & Gallows joining a few months ago, but I believe he was sincere when he explained he didn’t stay with NJPW because he missed his family too much. Joining WWE would mean he’d be away from them again, or they’d have to uproot to a different country for an uncertain future.
Lucha Underground tonight is episode 21 of the season. Matches announced:
- Sexy Star vs Johnny Mundo vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix vs Taya vs Ivelisse in a Six To Survive match (elimination match) where winner gets title match with Matanza at Ultima Lucha 2.
- and nothing else. Hmm.
There’s a clip of that match up already.
AAA & Boing held a press conference announcing Bonig’s sponsorship agreement. Boing’s been around since the start of the year – they’re the advertisement on the video screen with the fruit characters, and they market fruit drinks mostly at children. Instead of using their Boing characters for each fruit, the new advertising campaign will use AAA luchadors. Here’s a list of each AAA wrestler matched with their fruit:
- Bengala: Pineapple
- Drago: Orange
- Elegido: Mango
- Chessman: Strawberry
- Mini Abismo Negro: Guava
- Pentagon Jr.: Apple
- Psycho Clown: Grape
- Fenix: Peach
- La Parka: Soursop/Guanabana
- Mascarita Sagrada: Tamarind
I was totally unfamiliar with the last two until I wrote the last section.
AAA posted the complete Mesias versus Dr. Wagner Jr. from TripleMania 17 (2009), one of the best matches in TripleMania history, as a preview to their match Thursday in Naucalpan.
Still trying to figure out the Elite International tournament. Slightly different names are showing up in different places, which suggests some of these names may not be right (and it’s Elite, so they probably will change.) This recap of the press conference adds Sabu to the list, listed as a participant from Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Arabia is because Jinder Mahal is already the India guy, I’d guess) Sabu’s been in Mexico before, working for AAA, XL-AW and other groups, and this would be his Arena Mexico debut. I hope Titan gets a photo with him.
That site usually posts press releases, so it may be accurate. This site I don’t believe I’ve linked to before, but they list participants from Italy and Guatemala, which would get us to 16. Marco always works as the guy from Italy, but it’d be weird to hold that back as a surprise. Guatemala is much tougher to figure, though CMLL does have an occasional relationship with the FMLL promotion based out of Arena Guatemala Mexico.
Carxyus says CaraLucha will have an Arena San Juan anniversary show on June 24, with Volador Jr. participating. He’s surely be running into Flamita again.
RobViper has a music video of 05/18/10 CMLL.