AAA TV (TUE) 05/16/2017Arena Aficion
1) Concord & Guerrero De Plata vs Bronco González Jr. & Hijo Del Vikingo
2) Lady Shani & Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Hiedra & Mamba
3) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker
4) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
5) Aerostar & Drago vs El Mesías & Pagano
6) Argenis, La Parka, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.
Air Date: 06/03 & 06/10. There’s over two weeks between this and the previous taping (Tlaxcala on the 29th) but the busy run of tapings in late March and April will stack up a big backload. As a result, this show won’t finish airing until 25 days after it tapes. This is the one and only taping in May, so that gap will shrink back down a bit.
It’s also a partial lame duck taping. AAA could still set up things on this show, but the first half of it won’t air until the day prior to Verano de Escandalo and the other half won’t air until after. There’s no real exceptional matches on paper, making this feel like a taping that’s going to be quickly forgotten.
Of course, the matches on paper are likely not to be the exact matches which happen. There are matches which flow into the current storylines – Ricky Marvin joining the tecnicos to fight OGT, Pimpinela and Mamba matched up – but there’s no telling if they’ll be changed. Cuervo & Scoria and Mesias & Pagano could be picking up wins before their match in Juarez, but then they could all end up in an atomicos for what we know.
The four guys in the opener are the same exact four guys as in San Luis Potosi, so they could be regular additions to the crew. Maybe we should give them one more appearance to be sure.
Next taping is June 4th in Ciudad Juarez for Verano de Escandalo. It’s still a long way from happening, but we may have a good idea of what’s the plan after Friday night’s show in Tijuana.
The main event got good reviews. The semimain is watchable at least for the finish, where Ultimo Guerrero is a little amazed at Niebla Roja’s behavior; the Guerreros are going to tear Roja to shreds some day soon.
Medio Tiempo has an interview with Dorian Roldan up from yesterday’s press conference. Dorian says not to rule out Lucha Underground wrestlers from appearing in Impact Wrestling. That fits with what was presented yesterday, but does not fit with how Lucha Underground has handled this situation in the past.
Infamously, Hernandez tried to leave LU to rejoin Impact in 2015, told Impact he had gotten a release from LU, wrestled on their tapings, and then was fired (and all the footage deleted) when LU legally informed Impact that Hernandez was still under contract to them and not allowed to appear. This would be more a willing copromotion than that, for sure, but I’m not sure the situation has changed all that much. Eric Van Wagenen, in recent podcast appearances talking about Pentagon and other’s situations, said everyone is welcome back for season four just as long as they do not appear on another US TV show. He was more emphasizing the welcome back part of that equation, but we’ve got one person in a position of power saying there’s just one rule, and another person saying they’re going to break that one rule. I dunno.
The one thing that has changed since the Hernandez stuff is Dorian Roldan is now VP of all the wrestling side of Lucha Underground, so maybe that gives him more power in making these decisions? Or maybe it’s only covering live events and MGM and other investors would still have power over TV appearances? Remember, the other Impact/LU incident was Marty Elias getting blurred out on Impact when they showed part of a The Crash show. That wasn’t really an AAA issue, and I don’t think AAA wanted it to be an issue since they were working on their own deal with The Crash, but there wasn’t much AAA could do about it. AAA hasn’t seem to be able to make all the LU decision in the past. Maybe there’s some deal here – AAA doesn’t get in LU’s way of using Pentagon/Sexy Star/etc, LU gives AAA a pass on doing minor stuff with Impact – but it’s AAA, so I default back to not believing they’ll be able to actually do these things they’re talking about doing until it actually happens.
I have very limited interest in going to C2E2 this weekend for the Lucha Underground panel – it’s $35 and parking to hear stories I’m pretty sure I’ve heard on podcasts already – but one reason to go is because Van Wagenen & Roldan are both on the panel and maybe they’ll figure this out in real time on the stage. Or maybe they won’t and that’ll be fun too. (That panel will actually be people asking Rey, Mundo, Taya, Melissa and Vampiro why they’re so awesome and they will thank the fans for calling them awesome.)
Dorian said the alliance between Impact & AAA isn’t competition to LU. He sees LU as a TV show and a different product. The Dorian interview also mentions AAA (or maybe LU?) will soon be airing in parts of Africa. No specifics there, but just an example of how they’re trying to expand around the world, in addition to their efforts in the US.
Both Luciferno and Hooligan are scheduled in the main event of tomorrow’s Arena Olimpico Laguna, which is a little odd since Luciferno is the former Hooligan. Maybe he gave his son the Hooligan character.
No Wednesday show this week. The Traumas beat the champs back on the 5th so an IWRG title match makes some sense. Imposible in a title match is probably good news.
CMLL (TUE) 04/25/2017Arena México
1) Flyer & Magnus vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr.
2) Oro Jr., Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) The Panther vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys vs Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Niebla Roja repeatedly beating Dragon Lee while breaking up with his partners would be an amusing development. Lightning match could be good. Magnus & Stigma booked on a Tuesday means they’re probably not wrestling on Friday (and so aren’t winning their Copa Junior block.) at least Magnus made the Copa Junior, Flyer couldn’t get even get that.
CMLL (TUE) 04/25/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Joker & Sádico
2) Acero, Cosmos, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Forastero, Puma, Tiger
4) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Sam Adonis
5) Diamante Azul vs Rush
I’m OK with missing the main event. The tercera sounds good except for The Panther having to be in two places at the same time. I wonder if it’s a Blue Panther Jr. sub (and so he’s not actually wrestling Friday) or if they just put in a name for Triton.