Ultimo Guerrero’s car was torn apart by members of the Alvarado (Brazo) family. About a minute and a half of the incident was captured on video. The video is from this morning and took place in the Arena Mexico parking garage.
The video includes Maximo, La Mascara, Brazo de Platino and what appears to be an unmasked Psycho Clown among others, though some of them appear to be only watching during the incident. Maximo is watching the incident for the video, and then reaching inside Guerrero’s car as the video ends. Ultimo Guerrero is never seen. Whoever shot the video appeared to be hiding while recording it, at least not giving the impression that they’re part of the attackers. The parking garage is a public area, and it’s at least plausible someone might have happened and saw what was happening. The video started to be passed around privately by midday and leaked out onto Facebook soon after.
No one directly involved in the attack has talked about what or why it happened. The story going around, unconfirmed, is the issue stems from the thorny issue of who will take over CMLL’s wrestler’s union after the passing of Brazo de Oro. His family members felt someone from their family should inherent the position. SuperLuchas said the position was instead given to Ultimo Guerrero and the Alvarado’s attack on the car was in response to it not being handed over to one of them. The scattered reports on this have some differences: Ultimo Guerrero’s daughter on Facebook bemoaned the attack on Facebook and claimed her father didn’t even want to be head of the union, which would make it confusing why the Alvarados would attack his property. We really don’t know even if know for sure if Guerrero is head of the union or just potentially in line for that position and being warned to back off – we don’t know a whole lot here.
I don’t have the confidence we have the full story, or if we’ll get the full story. The video is compelling and weird but we really don’t know exactly what happened before it or after it. It’s only 90 seconds. It does not look good for the people involved. This also has all the making of being something like the Trauma II story, where it’s a big thing for one day and then we never hear about it again.
This took place in Arena Mexico’s parking lot, a facility connected and adjacent to the building. SuperLuchas says CMLL security did not get involved to stop it. There’s no sign of security in the video and it looked like the Alvardos had been working on the car for a few minutes already. Security on a Friday morning isn’t going to be what it is when a show is running, but someone probably should’ve been in the picture unless they were choosing to not get involved. CMLL should be involved now, but there’s no telling if they will and we may not even hear about it if they are.
Maximo and Ultimo Guerrero are both scheduled for tonight’s show (as is Ultimo’s brother Gran Guerrero but not La Mascara), though in separate matches.
Today’s CMLL show is another collection of random matches. Last week didn’t seem to set anything in particular for this week. There are a few decent matches. The main event is Mephisto, Ephesto, Negro Casas versus Maximo, Mistico and Caristico (who has a busy night ahead of him.) That should be a good simple match. The semimain will be more complicated, as Niebla Roja once again reluctancly teams with Gran Guerrero & Utlimo Guerrero and Atlantis, Valiente and Angel de Oro. UG told ESTO that he’s just confused by Niebla Roja – Roja talks about wanting to be a tecnico, but he did unmask Angel de Oro on Monday so maybe he just has a problem with Los Guerreros Laguneros.
The best match will probably be Titan & Cavernario in a lightning match, bringing back their good feud. The third match might be good too: Los Revolucionarios versus Stuka, Guerrero Maya and Drone. The lucahdoras return to Friday shows with Silueta, Jarochita and Princesa Sugehit against Amapola, Dalys and Zeuxis, which might again be built around Sugehit & Zeuxis. Magnus & Sensei taking on Akuma & Espiritu Negro in the opener.
Caristico’s double booked in Arena Mexico and Arena Naucalpan on a Friday night again. He main events the Lucha Libre Boo show, teaming with Black Taurus against Hijo de LA Park and LA Park. That show is supposed to start a little bit earlier than Arena Mexico, but it’ll probably go longer just so Caristico can work both places. The whole show is the usual mix of indie names. It’ll probably not air on TV, but will turn up in YouTube in some form.
Volador, Dragon Lee, and Titan were announced for NJPW’s US shows in Long Beach, California on July 1st and July 2nd. They’ve announced a lot of people and they won’t have IWGP Junior championship defense, so the CMLL guys may not have a big role on the show, but it’s a nice chance for them. It’ll be Titan’s first US match.
Tonight’s also the start of the five show FULL/Alberto el Patron/Distromania tour. They kick off in Puebla with Alberto, Hijo de Dos Caras and Tinieblas Jr. versus Jack Swagger, Roy Knight and Zak Knight (Paige’s brothers.) They’ll be in Toluca on Saturday and Mexico City on Sunday. Tinieblas and others have done a lot of press, and a fair bit in the mainstream, to sell these shows. I’m skeptical about how well these are going to do, but it comes off as if they’re trying hard to get people to notice them.=
Alberto said he’s going to retire in two years. A year ago, Alberto said he was retiring in two years. He’s going to be on a soap opera soon. Like a scripted one on TV, as opposed to the unscripted one he seems to be living in.
Dorian Roldan talked about AAA/LU business with El Economista, as he does from time to time. As an aside in the article, Roldan mentions the possibility of taping season four in Los Angeles, Austin, Mexico or Colombia. I don’t think they’ll end up taping any place except LA and would not be too concerned with that at this point if it somehow affects you. I think this – just like the LU/Impact thing – is including unlikely possibilities just to talk up the potential. The article is the usual bit of unchecked hyped: some Pentagon, Drago, Fenix, Angelico and Vampiro appearing on a single WXW show is said to be a Lucha Underground tour of Germany here.
Top half of the card for the Nicho benefit show. The tag match is a unique and interesting match, and Flamita/Rey Horus should be really good. Wish they were selling this show.
LI (SUN) 06/04/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Estrella Explosiva & Súper Estrella vs La Pantera & Princesa Tiger
2) Avispón Negro Jr., Flash I, Flash II vs Évola, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr.
3) Payaso Cocolores, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Canek Jr., Hijo del Fishman, Villano III Jr.
4) Hijo del Lizmark, Rayman, Súper Astro vs Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Águila
5) El Fantasma & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Canek & Máscara Sagrada
Leyendas inmortales is back with the usual names. That second match is kind of an Antrax memorial match.
Ultimo Dragon versus Ultimo Guerrero is the last added match and that’ll get over great.
The one big change here is Jeff Cobb is off the card and Hechicero will face Satanico instead. Lucha Memes posted emails indicating Cobb was booked for the show, Lucha Memes booked a flight for him, and then Cobb backed out of the show because he only belatedly realized it was a CMLL thing and he didn’t want to risk losing any bookings with The Crash. In a video, Lucha Memes promoter said he tried contracting both The Crash promoters to see if they would OK it and contacting Cobb to post a video apologizing for not making the show, and didn’t hear back from either. This went on a week before they decided to book Satanico (who will have a different but still interesting match with Hechicero)
The Crash, via the WON, has said CMLL’s not allowing them to book CMLL wrestlers, but implied they’d not have the same issue going the other way. Cobb obviously thinks there’d be a problem if he took that date, it’s just unclear if he’s right or wrong since no one’s talking. I assume we’ll hear about this on a podcast sooner or later, but lucha libre politics are confusing.
I’d still like to be able to see this show complete without traveling to Puebla.
MDA (SUN) 06/18/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mystique & Súper Estrella vs Chik Tormenta & La Pantera
2) Joker & Sádico vs Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
3) Esfinge, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs El Divo, Galactar, Vazco Jr.
4) Mr. Águila & Rey Horus vs Hijo de LA Park & Xtreme Tiger
5) Atlantis, Máscara Sagrada, Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera, Mr. Niebla, Satánico
6) Carístico & LA Park vs Rush & Último Guerrero
The woman’s match was the last one added to the show. This is an interesting match even being all tag matches.
AAA TV (MON) 06/19/2017 Poliforum, Nuevo Laredo, Texas
1) Máscara de Bronce, Soul Rocker, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Lanzeloth, Mocho Cota Jr.
2) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Estrella Divina, Mamba
3) Aerostar & Drago vs Australian Suicide & Bengala
4) Killshot & Marty The Moth vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
5) Pagano vs El Mesías
6) Argenis, La Parka, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Faby Apache, Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Kevin Kross, Taya
Air Date: 07/15 & 07/22
Previewing this lineup – a lineup three tapings down the road, after a major show – is probably a waste of time. I have no understanding why they’re advertising matches and not just only the people who will be on the show
What we can learn from this: Killshot & Marty are coming back even though they were too hot for TV. I wonder if Killshot will wear his mask this time. Johnny Mundo, the guy who holds every title in AAA, appears as if he’ll miss five straight TV tapings and counting. (And I’m not sure it matters, which says something about something.)
Next taping after this would be on 06/30 in Puebla.