LA Park still wants Rush’s hair, more notes from TripleMania press, AAA upcoming schedule

CMLL (TUE) 06/05/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Leono, Magnus, Starman b El Coyote, Hijo del Signo, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 1/3.
Hombre Bala replaced Rey Cometa.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, the last with Bucanero pulling Atlantis’ mask to beat him.

I’m planning on starting catching up on CMLL B-shows tonight but an Atlantis/Rey Bcuaenro feud is not exactly getting me excited to do it.

Post-match interview: Cholo & Apocalipsis (see themselves as tests for the new kids),, Amapola (like Mephisto, was in Guatemala this weekend) Esfinge (says 2018 is important for his career) Hijos del Infierno (building up the trios title match in Puebla) & another with Mephisto (support for Guatemala), Rey Bucanero (building up a feud with Atlantis)

CMLL (TUE) 06/05/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Guerrero de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Sádico b Black Sugar, El Alteño, Micro
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Vaquero Jr. b Akuma, Grako, Metálico
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Carlo Roggi b Difunto [lightning]
Carlo Roggi replaced Freezer. Roggi won in 9 minutes but was unhappy with the decision for unspecified reasons.
4) Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Valiente DQ Cavernario, Furia Roja, Shocker
Niebla Roja replaced Diamante Azul on Friday. Tecnicos took 1/3, Furia Roja fouling Niebla Roja. Niebla Roja challenged for a hair match.
5) Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Rush b Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Mistico took 1/3, the last when Mistico used the ropes to beat Caristico. Singles match challenge followed.

I’d doubt they’d do both big singles matches on the same week. Mistico/Caristico seems more likely for the 12th. CMLL usually announces Tuesday Guadalajara on Thursday.

CMLL specifically cites Furia Roja winning the Occidente Heavyweight Championship from Diamante Azul as the start of this run. That seems to suggest they’d been planning this feud since that title change in March, and that Diamante Azul didn’t give them much heads up about leaving since he was originally in this feud.

Rey Fenix is still appearing on CMLL Informa tonight at 4pm. It should be fun.

Most of the news today is from TripleMania post-press conference interviews.

LA Park said CMLL always knew already knew he was going to be part of TripleMania and the door is still open for Park to work in CMLL. Park explained that he would’ve accepted the match with Rush, but CMLL has never offered it. He’s still hopeful that match will happen. Park decided to enter the match to face Psycho Clown, to show him he wouldn’t lose like Wagner did. Park feels AAA & CMLL are opening things up because the public demanded new rivalries. Park off handily confirmed that Penta will also be coming to CMLL at some point this summer, which is still supposed to be a surprise even though everyone’s put that one together. It’s also clear Park plans on doing the match with Rush but can’t confirm it at this point.

Konnan explained his return to AAA as Dorian Roldan making the offer and Konnan only agreeing to come back on his conditions. Konnan believes having the leverage to set the conditions is why Fenix, Penta and Park are currently able to work both AAA & CMLL. Those guys were doing fine without working for either promotion, so those two promotions know they have to give the wrestlers what they want or they’ll just happily go back to what they were doing.

At the end of the MedioTiempo article, Konnan is mentioned as being the match programmer and in charge of recruiting new talent. This was brought up to Vampiro on Twitter, and he insisted he still had that role. My impression is Konnan is the one actually in charge but Vampiro is still involved on a lesser level.

Penta says he’s back in AAA to show how much he’s grown and improving by fighting the best wrestlers all over the world. Everyone on Twitter looked at the list of four names and seen Fantasma as the fourth most important person, the most likely to lose his mask. In AAA storylines, Penta is sort of the fourth most successful person. He was getting way over by the end of his AAA run, but he never actually won the big matches Fantasma did.

Still, in reality, this looks like Fantasma is most likely to lose his mask, with an outside chance of Psycho Clown instead. This match is just going to do a better than just a Fantasma/Psycho straight up singles match would’ve done. The bigger mystery is who will get the winning pin – I’d assume it’s Psycho Clown, but we’ve seen elsewhere that there can be a negative blowback if you push a guy a little bit too hard.

Yesterday, Vampiro announced he had returned to Canada because Killer Kross’ back suplex had broken his neck and caused him to retire. This is his second career ending injury in the last three months, following the martinete he took in Monterrey that no one remembers at this point. I’ve lost track of the number of retirements. This bit was successful in getting Vampiro attention on a busy wrestling day, as intended.

If you’re looking for what’s next with AAA, you may have a very long wait. According to the most recent TV show, the next TV taping is not until July 13th, 37 days away. It’s crazy to think AAA will have zero tapings in the entire month of June, but it checks out with their TV backlog. The second half of Verano de Escandalo will premiere on Space on July 14th. The upcoming schedule, courtesy of @PitachoOnline on Twitter and as aired on Televisa version of the AAA show:

07/13 FRI 8:45pm CT Queretaro
07/21 SAT 8:00pm CT Mexico City (Juan de la Barrera)
07/29 SUN 6:00pm CT Ecatepec
08/04 SAT 8:30pm CT Cuernavaca
08/10 FRI 8:45pm CT Veracruz
08/18 SAT 8:00pm CT Valle de Chaclo
08/25 SAT 8:00pm CT Mexico City (Arena Ciudad de Mexico, TripleMania)

Note that those are live event start times. The first match won’t hit the ring until at least 30 minutes later. Tapings have been known to disappear without mention before.

That schedule doesn’t make a lot of sense. AAA is currently taping two episodes of TV per taping. (They went as far as doing a second show open on Verano de Escandalo.) Taping two episodes every week creates another huge backlog. AAA could take TV off for two months after TripleMania because they’d have enough TV to last until far into October if they keep doing things they’ve done them. Something has to be changing. Either some of those AAA tapings are not going to happen, or some of those AAA tapings are AAA-ELITE tapings for a second TV show.

Martin Amaro Torres, who promoted the IWL wrestling promotion from the early part of this decade, passed away. That promotion includes a lot of indie luchadors who became bigger stars later, and was way ahead of anyone else in Mexico by doing iPPVs for a couple of their shows. SuperLuchas, which was close to the promotion when they’re running, mentions Amaro Torres was a civil engineer who had saved money from his career and decided to use it on a wrestling promotion. It certainly seemed like a non-wrestling person with a lot of money running shows for fun at times.

Puma King will be wrestling for AroLucha on 06/17. He’s the new name listed for that show who wasn’t on the taping. The other people on the show were generally The Crash people and now are sort of AAA people.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida writes about the Gran Alternativa final.


CMLL (MON) 06/11/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto [MEX TRIOS]
5th defense. Pushed back a week.
4) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Kráneo, Niebla Roja
5) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Second try for the title match. Second try for the main event, which probably means it was meant to go somewhere. Flyer gets another main event.

Star Jr. is lower than usual, maybe because of the rudo/rudo tercera

Torta Super Astro (SAT) 06/23/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Divino Boy, Kalibus, Magnético vs Dr. Pólux Jr., Maremoto Jr., Murciélago Plateado
2) Ciclón & Dragosth vs Demasiado & Musashi and Astro Infernal & Lucifier
3) Montana, Syrus, Tackle vs Maravilla, Perro Negro, Terremoto
4) Lady Apache vs ZeuxisQuetzalCinthia MorenoRossy MorenoMima ShimodaEstrellita [G21 WOMEN]
5) Ricky Marvin & Silver King vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Steve Pain and Huma & Samoano
6) Imposible & Laredo Kid vs Demonio Infernal & Golden Magic and Ángelus Fly & Diamante
7) Baronessa vs Muñeca De Plata [mask]
8) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs La Máscara & Xtreme Tiger

The usual overstuffed card. They held a press conference to build up the Baronessa/Muneca mask match. Munca isn’t wrestling a lot and she’s a Brazo, so she’d be my guess to lose. Not really sure about it.