CMLL hasn’t sent out a preview of today’s show, which is just about right. They were busy with the photo exhibit openings around the country, and tonight’s Arena Mexico show is a bit of an afterthought after that and with the anniversary show next week. The main event is a special match on paper, with Caristico & Mistico teaming together with Dragon Lee against La Mascara, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero, but it’s more likely to be a 9 minute sprint with mask pulling and fouls to build up next week. (Plus, Caristico didn’t look 100% in Japan, and Negro Casas isn’t a sure bet.)
The fourth match is also just there to be a setup for next week, with Super Crazy, Sharlie Rockstar, Golden Magic taking on Rey Bucanero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia. Outside the feud, Golden Magic has better rudos to face than he’s gotten previously, but the interesting thing to watch is how Elite is mentioned. This feud has been pushed as CMLL vs Elite for the last few weeks, so Elite should still be mentioned unless something’s going on. (Elite’s Twitter turned up Thursday just to say there’s no show this week, as if this was news when the week was mostly gone, but reassured their TV would still air this week.)
For what it’s worth, Teddy Hart is apparently out of Elite (at their choice), and was telling people he was going to get into one of the other Mexican promotions. He lasted three matches, two more than anyone would’ve figured.
The other matches are just matches. There’s some worthwhile stuff in them. Los Ingobernables? (Pierroth, Rey Escorpion & Rush) take on Maximo, Shocker and Terrible in a weird match. Soberano Jr. and Hechicero meet in the lightning match, their first match since En Busca de un Idolo. Fujin, Okumura, and Raijin continue their quiet war against the Panthers, with Fuego taking the place of Blue Sr. The opener is Sensei & Starman versus Disturbio & Sangre Azteca, so at least Disturbio will wear something weird.
It’s good for CMLL to be back on ClaroSports – they make money off that deal – but I so much love YouTube better. It’s easier to get it on my TV and it’s possible to go back and watch later. It’s not especially clear if Friday shows are supposed to be available after the fact (last Fridays was pulled down, the week before is still up there), but it’s a much better experience.
I think I may not be around for this one? I have like three sets of plans and didn’t get back to people in a timely matter, so I have no idea. I am poor at time management this week (which is why the AAA & Elite recaps aren’t up.)
CMLL changed Sunday’s poster, but none of the tickets. It’s just the prices, with the closest seats going up 20-30 pesos. (Here’s the original.Here’s the new.) It also looks like they’re opening up more areas, so I guess they expect the trios title match and Niebla/Maximo to draw.
El Economista has an article on an AAA business development, as they often do. This one is about the deal with Panini for the sticker albums. Panini says they were looking to expand their line of albums, and have been surprised about how many of their distributors around the world were interested in an AAA line. For now, the 200 sticker album is only available in Mexico, but they’re working on other countries. The album will be sold until December, they’re hoping to make an annual thing, they don’t have a specific date for the next edition, but they plan to do it strategically. Maybe bet on an annual TripleMania schedule. I wonder if they can be released in US – if there’s some Lucha Underground deal that might preclude it.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 09/03/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Fiero, La Jarochita, Tiago vs Fly Star, Keira, Toxin
2) Pardus vs Maldad
3) Toro Negro Jr. vs Danger
4) Guerrero Mixtico vs Black Terry vs Heddi Karaoui
5) Herodes Jr. & Mocho Cota Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Hechicero & Máscara Dorada vs Ángel Blanco Jr. & Flamita
Mascara Dorada & Flamita has been previously announced for that show. Angel Blanco Jr. is in from the Santo shows; CaraLucha reps were at the Crash, so there may be some tieup there. A bit surprising to get Herodes & Mocha Cota on the same show as CMLL guys, but maybe they’re not counted as AAA guys to someone. Toro Negro/Danger was set up on the last show.
Cara Lucha’s schedule has been a bit ragged of late. If they continue running every two weeks, the next show would be on the 17th, the day after CMLL’s mystery show.
We knew about the mask already. The tag four way has four teams who are not regular teams, so good on that. Imposible does indeed get his middleweight shot. If he wins, they should’ve waited for him to vacate the title until he won (or at least he got the match.) If he loses, everything is dumb. Should be a fine time. This is a very loaded card for a show with pretty much only IWRG regulars.