AAA & Impact announce alliance, AAA creative crew, CMLL weekend results

photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 03/18/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) La Comandante, Metálica, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón
Forastero replaced Okumura (still out due to injury). NGD took 1/3, only losing the second by excessive violence DQ.
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Angel de Oro defeated Dragon Rojo, asked for a(nother) title shot.
5) Matt Taven, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper

That would be Angel de Oro’s fourth shot, and second this year. Four was the magic number for Princesa Sugehit.

CMLL (SUN) 03/19/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Robin b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Inquisidor
2) Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Astral, Pegasso, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Soberano Jr., Stigma
4) Dragón Lee b Niebla Roja
Dragon Lee took 2/3 in an intense match
5) Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Terrible fouled Taven

Lee/Roja sounds pretty good. I don’t know this would do better numbers than H2L on iPPV but, if the buzz was strong enough for that one match, I think it’d do pretty good for a show wiht nothing else on it.

There’s no time tonight, and there’s a lot to talk about Rey de Reyes. This is one of those times where I feel like getting the official recap will add a lot, so look for more tomorrow. There’s two big outside the ring stories:

Impact Wrestling and AAA did announce a partnership in ring about halfway thru the show, as Impact had teased on Twitter earlier this weekend. Afterwards, Jeff Jarrett made a point of noting they were allied with both AAA & The Crash – as far as they see it, Impact wants to deal with both and isn’t leaving The Crash for AAA. That makes sense for them, Impact’s goal here is just to get their guys booked right now. AAA must’ve at least told Impact they were OK with The Crash being involved for it to get this far. Impact should’ve let The Crash know about this in advance if they were going to make a deal with AAA if they wanted to maintain the relationship, but we haven’t heard anything from The Crash side yet. It seems inevitable one of the Mexican promotions will have a problem with the other and pull out, but everyone’s putting a good public face on it right now.

As a secondary thing, this is a deal which helps AAA have enough outsiders for a Lucha World Cup. It wasn’t mentioned in the announcement tonight, but Impact people started following that Twitter account so it must’ve come out. They may have made more announcements, but both Jarrett and Dorian Roldan were pretty heavily booed, which should’ve been no surprise. Jarrett was not in evil AAA foreigner mode, but the AAA fans have no reason to see him as anything besides that, and the Monterrey fans were booing Dorian six months ago even before the latest wave of negative publicity.

Dorian Roldan’s interview with ESPN about LU/Netflix got posted a little bit later than the others, but does mention AAA was talking to ‘other promotions’ about bringing in people for TripleMania.

Rey de Reyes, like the prior TV taping, had a notable change in creative direction. There were many things happening, even if some of them felt completely random; it’s a total change from the filler TV shows of AAA 2016. It may feel a little bit like Lucha Underground, and for a reason. Not only is Vampiro helping put together the show, so is Lucha Underground head writer Chris DeJoseph. We don’t know exactly when he started, but there’s difference has been obvious. Lucha Underground has been better at getting over AAA luchadors than AAA has the last few years, it makes sense you’d want as much of the creative process involved in that as you could in AAA. Lucha Underground is also presenting a much different product to AAA, not something AAA fans would see as their brand of lucha libre (for better or worse) and it’s going to be a challenge to change those expectations from afar. There seemed to people who liked all the chaos and twists of tonight’s show, and some who were put off by all the changes in the card.

There’s a sense – and I know I’ve helped propagate it – that all the LU people are with The Crash and not AAA and I don’t think that’s quite right now. Vampiro & DeJospeph are here. They’re planning in Mundo sticking around, and Taya probably is too. Kevin Kross, who’s signed by LU but probably won’t appear in-ring this season, started tonight. Everyone’s got their own feelings about things and it makes it hard to paint one group as the good guys or bad guys.

AAA posted this week’s TV show.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

RobViper has highlights of 07/07/16 Elite.

Psycho Clown did an interview to promote his appearance in Atlanta’s Mucha Lucha next Sunday.

Durango luchadors talk about why there’s no good Durango lucha libre. This seems like an article we get once a year.

It looks like Negro Navarro & Black Terry have an Arena Coliseo Tag Title defense on this loaded indie show on 05/25 in Veracruz, though obviously things could change with the titles before then.