What happened: Pagano beat Psycho in a cage match, meaning Hijo del Tirantes would be referee for their mask match. Mary Apache refused El Apache’s request to return back to the rudo side. Garza Jr. replaced Fenix as Fantasma’s partner (who was still promoted for the TripleMania anyway.)
What was good: The three way tag match was the best match, but you wouldn’t miss much if you skipped the show entirely.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.Read More
There wasn’t huge news at the press conference. Alberto said both he had achieved everything he could in WWE, and also that he was bored and unhappy and hated getting on the plane for every show. Alberto told a story of his son hiding his bags so he wouldn’t leave for WWE and he wanted to spend more time with his family. He claimed he and WWE agreed to part ways and there is no 90 day no compete this time. He can work in Mexico starting today, and he can work in the US starting in October. Alberto did not rule out the possibility of someday returning to WWE.
Alberto says he’s talking to CMLL and AAA and would be talking to both groups tomorrow, but he expects to be paid a certain amount wherever he goes. He also mentioned possibly going to Elite, but seemed to be less sure about them and had not been contacted by them. Alberto would like to wrestle in Arena Mexico again and would like to team with his father (though he noted it’s very unlikely he’d get to do both this upcoming Friday.) Wherever Alberto goes, he does not want to sign a contract to be tied to a promotion and does not want to be full time. He plans on doing about 60 matches a year (so a couple weeks a month) for two years, then retiring in San Luis Potosi. He’s already looking at life beyond lucha, mentioning he’s in negotiations to become president or CEO of a MMA company. That’s likely Combates Americas, given his long running relationship with them. He’s also in talk about bringing a restaurant chain to the US, the same one that announced a deal with CMLL earlier this week.
Lucha Underground never got brought up (and seems unlikely given his imposed limits on dates and contracts.) The Wellness Suspension, and whatever he tested for, was not discussed. I didn’t listen to the conference, just read the comments, so it may have been a different feel live, but it came off via his comments as a guy who’s (understandable) down with wrestling after the last few years while also knowing it’s going to be the simplest way for him to make money in the short term. It may work for him, it may even work for the promotions that use him, but it did not come off as like this is going to be an inspiring run. It’s not the Cody Rhodes proving people wrong bit, it’s a guy seemingly more beaten down by life. He said 60 matches, but I suspect it’ll be end up being much less. There’s a quote in the SuperLuchas piece where Alberto says his father asked if he wants to be a top wrestler for his entire life like uncle Mil Mascaras or if he wants to enjoy his life. Alberto picked enjoying his life.
Paige was with Alberto, but was not talking to the press and did not appear on the panel. Paige is said to have quit WWE earlier this week, though that might mean much as far as seeing her. As we saw with Rey Mysterio, WWE can keep people from going elsewhere while they’re under contract.
Today’s CMLL show is scheduled to be Mistico, Dragon Lee and Caristico against La Mascara, Euforia and Negro Casas. The internal storyline is Dragon Lee & La Mascara facing off after last week’s mask match. The external storyline is if Caristico will actually be here, since he’s scheduled to be on Elite’s show in Naucalpan at nearly the same time. It’s impossible he could make both matches and it seems like CMLL wouldn’t allow their guys to work Elite anyway. Caristico hasn’t said anything, CMLL and Elite have continued to promote him as appearing. We may not know where he is until he’s spotted at a show.
Everything else is a random selection of matches in true CMLL fashion. Matt Taven debuts as part of the new relationship with CMLL. It’s a weird deal to me that his first matches after two knee surgeries are in a promotion/style he’s not worked before, but no one else seems outwardly bothered by it. He’ll be teaming with Mr. Niebla & Shocker, two guys who know a lot about knee surgeries. They face Mascara Dorada, Maximo Sexy, and Volador Junior. The lightning match is Valiente versus Felino. The opening tag matches are Astral & Stukita vs Pequeno Nitro & Pierrothito in the minis match, Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Tiger and Virus in the second, and Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa & Titan against Ephesto, Hechicero and Vangellys. All the matches have the ingredients to be good but none are safe bets.
As mentioned, Elite also runs tonight. The scheduled main event is LA Park vs Blue Demon vs Silver King. If Caristico is in Arena Naucalpan, he teams with Golden Magic & Xtreme Tiger against Magno, Sharlie Rockstar and Toscano. Octagon and Fuerza Guerrera will have a match which will end in DQ. The show starts at 8:30pm, and then airs on Azteca Saturday night.
Taurus announced he was leaving AAA last night on Facebook. He’s changed his name to Black Tauro and seems to be generally keeping the same look. SuperLuchas notes it was just a month ago where Taurus was at the TripleMania press day talking about all his big goals in AAA. He wasn’t close to getting to them; Taurus won the Copa Antonio Pena in his debut as that character (after stints as Machine Rocker & Semental), but didn’t have a meaningful match in AAA in the following 10 months and seemed to get lost in the booking change. Taurus follows Hijo del Pirata Morgan as a AAA midcard leaving AAA. Both Taurus & Pirata are listed on AAA’s taping in 09/16 (and spot shows on the other side of the countries the same day), but will instead be part of the CaraLucha four way main event with Rush & Trauma I. Taurus was not on Star Battle Japan show (though it’s hard to be sure of which decision was first.)
We’ve seen people near the top (Fenix, Cibernetico, Sexy Star) leave because they decided AAA was holding them back from what they wanted to do, and we’ve seen people near the bottom (Tiago, Mini Drago, Ludxor) leave because they felt they weren’t getting much out of the relationship. It hasn’t worked out for everyone for sure, but people in the middle leaving is new. This is only speculation, but Elite needs people now that they’re no longer working with CMLL and we know Elite’s offered deals to many people in AAA before, so that may be happening again.
Super Nova took to Facebook because there was a rumor he had quit AAA as well. He has not, but acknowledged he’s now the person under the Bengala mask. Texano Jr. had mentioned this a while back but it hadn’t gotten picked up much.
Also tonight, Lucha Underground has a panel discussion at the Los Angeles based PaleyFest. It’s part of an El Rey presentation, and they’ll be screening next week’s episode a few days earlier for the people in attendance. Fenix, Vampiro, Taya, Catrina and Melissa Santos are among those scheduled to be there. Tickets are still available at $20; this is something I’d totally go to if I was in LA.
What happened:Zumbido cheated to beat Bandido, Dragon Lee defeated Flamita, Mr. Niebla fouled Maximo, but all of that set up a match on show we didn’t see or appears to have gone nowhere.
What’s really happening is CMLL and Elite are breaking up. This is the last Elite show in Arena Mexico for the time being, a kind of lame duck show without anyone knowing it was a lame duck show. The following week was a best of episode, and a new era for the promotion will kick off the week after. There’s no indication of any of this on the TV show, but the Liga Elite tournament is noticeably missing.
What was good: Dragon Lee versus Flamita was really good while obviously not coming close to their ceiling. I liked the opener.
Where can I watch it:It’s on my channel and the Elite channel.Read More