CMLL (MON) 04/03/2017 Arena 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
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.
CMLL mentioned their participation on ROH’s show last weekend, and use the photo of Marcela & Amapola I couldn’t find Sunday morning. There’s vague talk about more exchanges coming soon.
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.
AAA put up this week’s TV show. I’ve heard it’s both good and crazy, the best kind of TV.
AAA also has an interview with Cuervo & Scoria. The follow up to the Neza taping makes it clearer the idea is Cuervo/Scoria vs Pagano/Mesias next for the tag titles. Maybe in Juarez.
Dr. Wagner faces Zorro and Mr. Electro on 04/15 in Arena Neza. Wagner is doing a fair bit of outside AAA dates against people who are not on great terms with AAA.
Lucha Memes announced they’ll be back in Arena Naucalpan on 04/28 for Chairo 10, with MDA promotions also part of the show.
Alberto el Patron is off the 05/05 Pro Wrestling Revolver show due to MMA duties.
The Lucha Underground panel this month at Chicago’s C2e2 will have a lottery for autographs.
+LuchaTV’s podcast has Mini Rey Misterio, Demonio Infernal, Black Tauro and Hijo de Dr. Wagner as guests.
Segunda Caida watches some Elite & Dinamitas.
CMLL (MON) 04/10/2017 Arena 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]
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