AAA TV (SAT) 04/29/2017 Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
1) Niño Hamburguesa vs Bengala, Australian Suicide, Joe Lider, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
2) Faby Apache vs Big Mami, La Hiedra, Goya Kong, Lady Shani
3) Máscara de Bronce & Venum vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
4) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba
5) Carta Brava & Soul Rocker vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
6) ?, ??, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Kevin Kross
Air Date: 05/20 and 05/27
I’m willing to give out advice and not as good at taking it, but I’m going at taking it. I’m going to try to be a bit better here: until AAA starts actually running shows that resemble the cards they announce, there’s no point in writing previews. It’s just a list of people announced, and those matches probably won’t happen as listed. I’d like to be interested in La Secta versus Bronce & Venum but there’s no telling if it’ll happen.
Here’s some solid things we can work with
AAA’s overloaded on TV content by this point. I had this penciled down as one show taping, but that looks like two weeks of TV. Every taping before looks like two shows too. I think the 05/26 Queretaro taping has been quietly canceled/rescheduled, which gives them a second week for this taping. They’d only have one week for Pachuca (05/16), but they’re also short a week before TripleMania so maybe it’ll work out.
Mamba attacked Pimpinela Escarlata at Rey de Reyes and I totally forgot because there was 500 things going on and it’s not like they haven’t been feuding for five years anyway, but this was a really convenient point to bring it up.
AAA needs to get some Kevin Kross photos to use for their posters
The mystery team must not be the Traidor Clowns and seem unlikely to be the Apaches working the semimain, even with the OGT on the other side. Maybe Ricky Marvin has a new partner? Maybe they’re trying to get people to come in as a team?
Or maybe they’ll just quietly disappear when the card changes. I should stop here.
Next taping is 05/16 in Pachuca. Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown has been announced locally as the main event.
CMLL (MON) 04/03/2017Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon]
1) El Malayo & Joker b Arkalis & París
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Asturiano & Rey Samuray
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso b Disturbio, Policeman, Sagrado Sagrado replaced Skandalo. Espiritu finally beat Policeman – in straight falls (first by DQ), second by roll up. Maligno decided to press his luck and ask for a hair match next week, and Poiceman accepted.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora good match
5) Diamante Azul DQ Pierroth in the third fall, Diamante Azul had Pierroth in a waistlock for his German suplex, spun him around to knock down the referee, sat Pierroth down to foul him, and tossed his mask to Pierroth. Ref gave match to Azul.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] Atlantis and his partners didn’t get along. Atlantis had Volador up in the Atlantida, Tirantes knocked Atlantis over (Tirantes was shoved by La Mascara?), Rush and La Mascara fouled Maximo & Marco, Ingobernables got the pins.
You can kind of see La Mascara shove Tirantes if you look for it, but CMLL shot in a way that made it look like Tirantes turned heel. Well, more heel than usual.
Important Note: if you go back to watch the show from the beginning, turn down or mute the sound. There’s loud sound feedback for the first few minutes and it’ll surprise you with how loud it is.
Arena Mexico tonight has more Los Ingobernables. They team as a trio against Caristico, Marco Corleone and Valiente. The semimain had Guerrero Maya Jr., Maximo and Rey Cometa versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys.
The middle matches are more interesting. Negro Navarro & Black Terry make their first CMLL appearance since winning the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship on Christmas Day. They team with Sangre Azteca to take on the Panther family. Some combination there could produce a title match. The lightning match has Astral getting his first singles match as part of the main division, facing fellow ex-mini Virus. Astral’s probably going to continue to not win but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the opportunity.
The guys who are still minis are in the segunda: Electrico, Fantasy and Shockercito versus Demus, Pequeno Olimpico, and Pierrothito. Flyer & Sensei face Camorra & Espanto Jr. in an unappealing opener.
The show is at 7:30pm, returning to it’s normal time in the US. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube.
Guadalajara has Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and Volador Jr. versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas. Last week saw Casas foul Volador, so that’s probably a singles match as soon as next week. That show also has Triton’s last match in Mexico until December; he teams with Soberano and Esfinge against Disturbio, Misterioso and Sagrado. He’s wrestling in GALLI outside of Chicago this Sunday. It looks like Mr. Brisa, who’s been wrestling as part of the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara locals for the last couple years, is coming with him for at least this week.
CMLL made a couple card changes. Ephesto was listed on shows but isn’t ready to come back. Lucifierno replaces him in the Reyes del Aire and Hechicero is now in the main event on Saturday. They also added a Sam Adonis/Rey Cometa lightning match to Friday’s show.
The lucha libre event which probably will get the most attention tonight won’t be a show, but the The Crash’s press conference tonight at 7pm at Plaza de Estrellas. They haven’t said exactly who will be there, but some people on tomorrow’s show are already in town and they’ll be looking to get attention for their Mexico City debut. They need some; the expensive floor seats look like are moving very slowly.
LigerFever has a translation of this week’s Lucha Libre Boom with Konnan. They say the tickets for the shows are selling well, but also say that it wouldn’t be a big deal if they didn’t sell out. That’s some frame of expectations. Konnan believes there are more hardcore fans now and those are the ones to market to, and the casual fans will come in if they hear it’s a good show. I think he’s might be right, but it does take a few shows for that to build up that buzz. (On the other hand, it’s still hard to figure how they’re going to make money off this show in itself even if they did sell it out, so maybe it’s immaterial.)
Konnan does mention the idea of running a PPV with Impact in Tijuana is off; it cost too much money for Impact to transport and insure their equipment to Tijuana. They thought about just moving it to Mexico City, but it was too late to happen. That’s another reason why tomorrow’s show is big: Tijuana is going to stay The Crash’s home, but establishing Mexico City is a big deal for TV reasons. The podcast mentions plans for The Crash to get their own TV show and put their content on the internet, but they’re as vague and slow as ever.
Toro Road Entertainment announced they’d be holding a tryout on August 20th, hosted by Vampiro, where one winner will get a guaranteed tryout with AAA and Puerto Rico’s WWC. Two runner ups will get a tryout match with Lucha Underground. You can sign up here for $200.
The tryouts are listed as “Guaranteed” is in caps and bold, but it’s still just a tryout match for either promotion. I wonder what story’s being told to whom that the chance to wrestle for AAA or WWC is a bigger prize than a chance to wrestle for LU. Mr. 450 is a great example: he was a top guy in WWC and on TV in a better spot than a guy who wins a tryout, and the thing that might have actually really helped him was being a job guy on NXT. There’s probably a reason this contest is done it like this (maybe you’ve got a better shot of actually getting past the tryout if you get the WWC or AAA one, maybe they’re not as sure the LU is going to go anywhere)
The tryout costs $200. I don’t pay close attention to those things to know for sure, but my impression is that’s way more expensive than usual for this sort of things, a price that seems less about weeding about the dreamers and more about making sure everyone involved makes some money on this thing. It also may take you some time to make that 200 back for a person who wins a tryout and wins the lowest spot on the totem poll for either WWC or AAA. Still, it’s not like you can shop around for better prices on major promotions tryouts. If I was a wrestler, I’d be kind of sure most of these are fishy – the people in charge always might have decided who’s winning before the tryout started for all you know – but maybe it’s wroth it for the possible competition and the chance to open someone’s eyes
It is notable that all the new Lucha Underground event stuff have included Vampiro in a prominent role, when Vampiro really wasn’t doing anything before he could put in that position.
CMLL (MON) 04/10/2017Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs El Joker & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Espíritu Maligno vs Policeman [hair]
5) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] rematch
Espiritu is a slight favorite. It’s Espiritu & Policeman, neither man can be much of a certainty. Niebla Roja isn’t with the Guerreros, and the match could be good if he gets along with these rudos. Main event isn’t as clear about it’s direction – it might end up Atlantis versus one of the Los Ingobernables
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-31 @ Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush