DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS IN THE US ON SUNDAY. ALL THE CMLL STREAMS (and other less time sensitive material) WILL BE ONE HOUR LATER. If you’re in the US, it’s one hour later until the first weekend of April. If you’re in a place that doesn’t ever change times, it’s this way until October.
This week starts the Apizaco taping on AAA TV, where a lot of strange happened. Maybe it’ll work better when it airs.
CMLL Martes has Barbaro Cavernario vs Rey Cometa, which is a match you probably shouldn’t miss.
ELITE USA is down to six weeks of TV. At least they may have reduced the entire lag if Elite actually starts running TV again – or maybe they’ll lose the slot?
In an interview with ESTO, Mephisto, Ephesto and Luciferno say again they’re giving up the national trios titles before challenging for the world ones on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. The story now is the commission says they can’t have both, but plenty of people with one singles titles have challenged for another one and a few have held multiple ones at the same time (Mascara Dorada, La Sombra.) This feels like the rudos are working their own angle with the idea that it’s selling their confidence in winning the world title. Hopefully the Panthers beat them on Saturday, possibly there’s going to be a trios title tournament to come, and it’s unlikely the Casas family will ever get a shot.
ESPN Lucha Libre continues it’s CMLL interviews with one with Carisitco. It’s basically his usual Informa career interview, right down to pretending AAA doesn’t exist. (CMLL’s Miguel Reducino is listed as the photographer; this is CMLL PR.) Caristico talks about making four names into big deals and also talks about how he came back from WWE straight to Arena Mexico, not quite sure how those two ideas work together. (Maybe he means Mistico 2.0.) Caristico emphases how humble and free of ego he is, while explaining he doesn’t want to feud with Mistico II because he’d just easily destroy him.
The WON mentions Yoshitatsu was slated to return to CMLL on May & June and the match with Volador might have been an attempt not to be invited back. A return fits with Tatsu specifically challenging Maximo in the post match interviews.
The WON also says Io Shirai & Kairi Hojo appear headed to WWE. Hojo is for sure going, Shirai seems to be. Both appeared on Lucha Underground this season as part of the Black Lotus Tribe. (The third member, Mayu Iwatani, is said to be retiring at year’s end.) Their only in-ring action has all aired. It’s possible they may have taped backstage material which will air later in the year, but nothing more has been suggested. Normally, no one on Lucha Underground would be able to show up elsewhere until their season ends, but I suspect those three had special contracts since they were only in for one weekend (and were in demand.)
CMLL never bothered to give Cometa a title defense despite many obvious people to challenge him. Cavernario probably shouldn’t win, he should be challenging for bigger titles, but it seems like he’ll just get the title back. Undercard looks more iffy than usual.
CMLL (TUE) 03/14/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Sky Kid vs Joker & Rey Trueno
2) Oro Jr., Star Black, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Hechicero
5) Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Main event is a rematch. Maybe they’re doing a Mephisto/Caristico title match here instead of the trios title match, especially since the Hijos del Infiernos won’t be national trios champions by the Tuesday after that.
Luchando Libre (SUN) 03/26/2017Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Jimmy Victoria & Mr. Chivo vs Black Dombra & Zagma
2) Concord & Sokar vs El Sable & Fresyer Black
3) Hormiga & Rocky Lobo vs Black Fire & Cíclope
4) Douki vs Low Rider vs Pesadilla
5) Daisuke Masaoka & Takashi Sasaki vs Aero Boy & Violento Jack
Full lineup for the last stop on the Freedoms weekend shows.