Alberto skips Heroes Inmortales, CMLL Sunday results

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 10/02/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Akuma & Apocalipsis b Flyer & Sensei
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi b Amapola, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso b Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. DQ Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3. Shocker fouled Marco.

Usual Sunday show, far less noteworthy than other stuff going on.

I’ll do the full AAA post tomorrow, after the dust settles a bit, but the obvious big story is Alberto el Patron not appearing in his match. About an hour after it happened, AAA sent out a press release blaming Alberto. They claim to have confirmed Alberto as coming as recently as Sunday morning and blame him for his lack of professionalism. Alberto had been promoting the show as recently as two days ago, and has said nothing as of this writing. AAA’s press release phrasing suggests Alberto did not get lost or disappear, but willfully decided to not appear. There had been rumors today of Alberto showing up in TNA instead, but he did not appear to be there either tonight. (TNA will be taping all week in Orlando, so it’s still possible he could appear with them later on.)

No one’s saying exactly what happened. The only clear thing is whatever AAA was offering to Alberto, it wasn’t enough for him to actually come to the show, because he didn’t appear. I don’t know if Alberto and AAA had a disagreement over money at the last second, or if Alberto just decided there were other things he’d prefer to be doing. Whatever the reason, it’s pretty glaring that he didn’t have his own side of the story ready to put out there when he decided not make it to this show. Alberto’s asking a lot of money to work shows now, and it’s going to be harder for him to find that money if promoters believe he might just choose not to show up.

Alberto is currently being advertised for AAA’s 11/20 taping in Ciudad Juarez, and figured to be on the early December Guerra de Titanes card. AAA’s shown a willingness to continue to do business with Alberto in the past and six weeks is plenty of time for things to get fixed again. I would not count out everything getting fixed and Alberto working those shows.

Lucha Memes has a 10/23 show in Coacalco (Chairo Bill Vol 2)
1: Titan (or a replacement vs Sammy Guevara
2: Impulso vs Mike Segura
3: Alberto Dos Rios vs Negro Navarro

Toro Bill Jr. unmasked Grunier in Tlaxcala on Saturday. Full results box here.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Vandal Drummond was a guest on the most recent edition of the Winter Palace, talking some lucha libre.

Ultimo Guerrero keeps title over Valiente (again), Heroes Inmortales preview

CMLL (SAT) 10/01/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Cancerbero, Inquisidor, Raziel b Bengala, Metálico, Star Jr.
Metalico replaced Bandido. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi
Vaquerita replaced Estrellita. Rudas took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Titán DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3. Niebla caused the DQ, still wants a title shot against Maximo. Maximo accepted.
5) Último Guerrero © b Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]
8th defense. UG took 2/3 to beat Valiente yet again. Money thrown in.

We’ve seen UG/Valiente a lot, and it sounds like it went well. We haven’t seen Niebla/Maximo in a title match – it’d be Niebla’s first challenge for the heavyweight title in five years.

Hard to understand a) how Bandido was listed on this card if he’s been exiled to Elite, b) how no one figured it out by the time it was time to write the preview and c) how they didn’t have a tecnico guy there ready to replace Bandido.

Today, with a listed 6pm start time, is AAA’s tenth Heroes Inmortales. I didn’t end up writing a preview for this show when it turned out not to be a PPV, but it’s still going thru the matches quickly:

7) El Patrón Alberto & Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pagano 

Alberto sent in an instagram promo where he didn’t mention anyone else in the match. There’s a decent chance the first Pagano match he’ll see is the one he’s in. That’ll be a treat. Alberto’s advertised in Juarez, so he’s probably going to be on Guerra de Titanes as well, and this should be about setting up a match for that show.

6) Australian Suicide vs Daga [mask, hair, street fight]

The outcome will be no surprise. It’s really just a chance for these two guys to have a memorable match. It’s hard to move up here even with an impressive outing, but there are spots opened higher up on the card and maybe this will help one of them get there.

5) Garza Jr. vs Johnny Mundo © [AAA LA]

Probably heated and definitely with a lot of Monterrey silliness. AAA could make Garza a much bigger deal nationally with a win, but it seems too early in Mundo’s run for him to give up this title. I’d like to see Pentagon get the rematch too, though Alberto challenging next would give him an opponent he likes and a possible title win without messing with the top match.

4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Parka, Texano Jr. vs ??, ???, El Mesías 

A match! It’ll be alright. I think we’re going to look back and figure out this show should’ve been blowoff to the Team Trump stuff, but it’s tough to do when half the Team Trump is (apparently) not going to be there. (Cage is in the UK, not sure where Hernandez is going to be.) AAA’s done nothing to set up this match. As much as I like Fantasma & Texano, it’ll probably be OK if they skip it for TV.

3) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin

The OGT were surprisingly strong in the first match and should continue to be so; they’re going for the trios title next judging by the lineups. The only question is if the Apaches will squeak out a win to make it a three team feud.

2) Zorro vs El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 [Copa Antonio Pena] 

This seems like one of the more interesting matches live, because I have no idea who can show up (and it’s the one time where I’d be disappointed not see Konnan Big.) Marty the Moth is in town, as is Vampiro, so there’s probably some Lucha Underground participation. Note that even their match at TripleMania didn’t air, so there’s no reason to suspect those guys will be any more over this time and I’m not sure throwing them out there with no build in a battle royal will help their situation. AAA just needs bodies, I suppose.

1) Aerostar & Drago © vs Laredo Kid & Súper Fly and Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG]

There’s no great reason for Aerostar & Drago so quick, unless AAA is determined to have rudo/rudo-ish challenges for Jack & Angelico whenever they return to challenge. There is, however, a balancing act going of trying to build up the people who aren’t in LU by having them get big wins. The Clowns don’t seem like they’re going to LA any time soon and have been a bit out in the cold with Psycho Clown moving up. They could end up with the belts to keep them going.

This week’s AAA TV is up. The show has a new graphics package starting this week. They also announced a 11/04 taping in Aguascalientes. 11/20 Juarez is already announced, so they’re just missing the December tapings to close the year.

CMLL posted photos of Dragon Lee in Ring of Honor. Dragon Lee defeated Bobby Fish in a non-title match on Saturday’s taping (which looked to be for week 3 of the set), so he’ll be owed a title shot at some other occasion.

El Grafico catches up with Sepultura, who says he’s been held in jail 13 years for a kidnapping he didn’t commit.