Copa TripleMania field announced, Mexico vs World in CMLL

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CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Micro b Difunto & Furia Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Silueta, Skadi
rudas took 2/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Fuego b Hechicero, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Felino, Shocker, Terrible b Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul b Euforia
Azul took 2/3, the last with a German suplex

CMLL starts it’s build to the Gran Prix tonight. Matt Taven & Juice Robinson arrived yesterday, and will start a run of five straight shows (plus certainly an appearance on Informa on Wednesday) with the main event in Arena Mexico. Taven & Robinson are billed as tecnicos and will team with Marco against Diamante Azul, Valiente, and Volador, all on the Mexico Gran Prix team.

The two Anniversario main events also appear. Niebla Roja teams with Angel de Oro & Soberano against Gran Guerrero, Ephesto and Mephisto. I suspect the wins are about to start going Niebla Roja’s way. Zeuxis teams with Tiffany and Metalica and Marcela, Princesa Sugehit and Sanely in the third.

Stuka and Dragon Rojo are the lightning match, which is somehow a first time lightning match. Esfinge, Fuego and Stigma face Cancerbero, Raziel and Universo 2000 Junior. Those rudos seem to try a lot more when facing the guys the level of Fuego than Oro Jr.

Astral & Robin versus Cholo & Espiritu Negro is also a match which will occur. Look forward to Espiritu Negro’s old man senton con giro.

The show will air on ClaroSports & Facebook starting at 8:30pm, and will be up on CMLL’s YouTube channel a bit after it ends.

The other notable show tonight is a typically ludicrous Super Astros show. It’s not that every luchador that you know of is booked on this show, but it appears that way. The Main event is La Mascara & Rey Fenix vs Daga & LA Park vs Hernandez & Zorro in a match that will end in usual LA Park fashion. There’s way too many matches to run down, so many that they might end up being much shorter than you’d expect so the show doesn’t go to 2AM. Super Astros is putting up their own versions of their matches on YouTube.

R de Rudo says CMLL/iTV will offer both the Gran Prix and the Anniversario show for 200 pesos ($11 USD) combined as a package deal. That’s a savings of 50 pesos off buying them individually.

After taking time off for the G1, NJPW World will begin airing tape delayed CMLL events next Friday. The 08/11 show (last Friday) will air on 08/25, and there’s another broadcast scheduled for 09/01.

The ROH/NJPW/CMLL tour starts tonight in London – or just about the time you’re reading this. CMLL’s most noteworthy matches are on this show: Titan challenges Kushida for the ROH TV title, and Mistico, Jushin Liger, and Delirious challenge for the trios titles against Dalton Castle & The Boys. Both seem unlikely to be title changes. Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero face The Addiciotn on the card. The show is not an iPPV, but will eventually turn up as a $15 VOD on ROH’s site.

AAA held a media day today to talk about TripleMania. The start time is officially 8pm, which is what had been on the tickets. They talked about the TV a bit, with Dorian framing it as TripleMania airing on PPV and iPPV in the past but wanting to make the show available for everyone to watch this year. The main event (and here it was only the main event) will air on Televisa Canal 5 following Mayweather/McGregor. The entire show will air the following Sunday on UTDN (I think that’s what I heard) at 6pm. The show airing on Univision (US) and Samurai TV were briefly mentioned, with Dorian saying they’d communicate more about that next week. There was no mention of Twitch or any other iPPV, so we get a week more of waiting for that.

Diario Record posted the list of Copa TripleMania participants in a few tweets (one two three) which I believe is working off a list handed out to at an ongoing AAA media day. Numbers are not indicative of order, *s indicate non-AAA people.

  1. La Parka
  2. Argenis
  3. Bengala
  4. Australian Suicide
  5. Faby Apache
  6. Pimpinela Escarlata
  7. Averno
  8. Chessman
  9. Super Fly
  10. Bobby Lashley*
  11. Moose*
  12. Jeff Jarrett*
  13. Scorpio Jr.*
  14. Zumbido*
  15. Decnnis*
  16. Psicosis*
  17. Maniaco*
  18. Histeria*
  19. Joe Lider
  20. Mr. Aguila*
  21. Halloween*
  22. Crazy Boy*
  23. Nino Hamburguesa
  24. Lanzelot
  25. Intocable*
  26. Heavy Metal*
  27. Blue Demon Jr.*
  28. Pirata Morgan
  29. Villano IV*
  30. a mystery spot

The winner of the match will get this belt, which is a nice looking belt that I hope is never seen again after this. AAA also announced Vatos Locos (May Flowers, Picudo, Silver Cat and Nygma) and the original Payasos will be lumberjacks, so there will be roughly five million people involved.

Histeria just worked for CMLL on Monday, so either he told CMLL he wasn’t actually going to TripleMania or CMLL just didn’t care. Just a couple days ago, Villano IV said he and AAA haven’t agreed on terms (yet) to work TripleMania just a few days ago and Pirata Morgan made that video mocking the idea of working this match for how little they were going to get paid. Lucha libre is weird.

It seems like AAA is going to pay a lot of money for Jeff Jarrett, Moose and Bobby Lashley to work a battle royal (which probably means they’ll go to the end to justify it.) Halloween and Mr. Aguila were introduced as Perros del Mal members. It sounds like Copa TripleMania might be a confusing trios tournament instead of a battle royal, which should make for a longer show and worse match.

They also announced the women’s match has changed; it’d been hinted foreign woman would be added for a while (and Sexy Star pointedly said she had no interest in working with current AAA women.) It’ll now be a four way, with Ayako Hamada returning and Rosemary from GFW added. No GFW team was announced yet for the tag title match, but there still will be one; they’ll have another press conference Friday with Psycho & Wagner and announce it then and the TV stuff.

AAA’s annual pilgrimage was yesterday. The Roldans and some of the luchadors meet up, wave at fans from the top of a bus, stop a few places for group pictures, and attend a service at church. It’s usually the week of TripleMania, and perhaps earlier because they’re going to be doing press for the resort show at the resort next week. MedioTiempo has a reportReuters has an (English language) video story on it. Angelikal and Angel Mortal Jr. were among the AAA luchadors there.

Record starts a series on the history of TripleMania with a look back at the first one. Psycho Clown was out promoting it this morning, selling papers to unsuspecting people.

It looks like the AAA at Impact wrestlers are this set of tapings so far are Johnny Mundo (as Johnny Impact), Taya, Pagano, Texano, and Hijo del Fantasma. Garza is also there. The tapings are five days long and most of those people weren’t on the first couple shows taped last night, so it’s possible others could show up later on.

Psycho Clown, Mil Muertes and Sexy Star are advertised for the October AAA/LU shows in Japan. AAA itself hasn’t acknowledged this tour yet (but I’m sure it’s planned.)

Villano IV says he and AAA haven’t agreed on terms (yet) to work TripleMania. Meanwhile, Zorro’s tired of people asking him if he’s working TripleMania.

After getting ahead of El Rey last week, Canada’s TLN currently doesn’t list Lucha Underground on the schedule in it’s normal Friday slot. At this point, it’s still listed as airing not yet seen in the US shows on Saturday.

Sounds like Zacarias & Mije picked up another win, this time in Toluca.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews the latest Dinamtias vs Soberano, Rey Cometa and The Panther.

Polvora wants a mask match with Mistico and a tag title shot with Dragon Rojo against Shocker & Negro Casas. Good luck on both of those.

El Elegido says lucha libre is on the rise.

Morelos luchadora Puno de Hierro talks about debuting soon. (I too am surprised they’re interviewing someone who hasn’t debuted.)