Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Rush beat Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerreroin a relevos increíbles match (9:03 [2:47, 2:32, 3:44], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
I scanned thru most of this show, only stopping for the main. I was rewarded with a short mostly aimless match. The unique sides really didn’t become interesting, with both Atlantis and Diamante Azul just wrestling like normal members of those teams. Atlantis insisted on going thru his normal offense on a show where most people didn’t. Diamante Azul and Gran Guerrero looked not so great to end the match.
There was no news on this show outside of Flyer suffering a leg injury in his match, but eventually returning to it. The main event didn’t set up anything. The second match seemed the most watchable match on the show, though still off at points. The third fall all cradle finish would’ve been good with some better timing, instead of Sangre Azteca walking and then standing in place until he got beat. Rey Samuray’s performance waking up a sleepy if packed crowd. I wonder how much help he’s getting with his flying; he hasn’t gotten the refinement he ends but is obviously talented.
CMLL announced the full 10/05 Gran Prix teams yesterday
Rest of the World: David Finlay, Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe, Dark Magic, Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Gilbert el Boricua, Matt Taven
Mexico: Sanson, Cuatrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Diamante Azul, Caristico, Hechicero, Euforia, Terrible, Voldaor Jr.
Michael Elgin replaces Volcano on Monday in Puebla.
This headline says “LA Park has decided when the date he’s going to retire.” He’s not really decisive if you read the article, literally saying “I do not know when I will retire, only God knows.” The date the headline is pointing towards is “two years”, but even then he’s just going to see how he’s doing by then. He could go longer, he could go shorter if he gets hurt. “Two Years” is the standard lucha libre length of time that seems close enough to be real but far enough away that you don’t have to actually do anything about it.
That article also includes LA Park taking credit for business going up this year in CMLL & AAA and saying business would go up if more talent could go back and forth. I think he’s right in the short term, but wrong in the long term. There’d be no long term planning, everyone would just be running thru the ready made big matches, and then there’d be less interest than ever when those matches are exhausted. The article also has interviews with Rush & Psycho Clown, and had a great design in the newspaper version.
Alberto says wrestling is not serious enough now, with too much interference in title matches. He praises Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park as those who maintain the respect of wrestling. No one does more interference and shenanigans in title matches and all matches than Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park.
Tirantes explained the great conspiracy against himself and the wrestling fans of Xalapa is Arena Xalapa raised the rent after their first show. Tirantes was going to promote four shows in Xalapa with CMLL talent. He ran one, it went well, and then the owners of the building (listed as Martinez Aguilar family) raised the rent “four fold.” A lawyer representing the family says they had agreed to the amount in a contract and they had not signed one for the second and third dates. Tirantes says he still wants to run the shows and the project – despite not having a building or firm dates – is more alive than ever. If you know of a building Xalapa which wants to host CMLL events, his number is listed in the article.
CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
5) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Gran Guerrero [NWA MIDDLE] 1st defense
The main event should at least be fun.
Tiger and Blue Panther Jr. are going back and forth on Twitter, which is good since they seem stuck facing each other once a week with zero resolution for the next decade.
Raziel will go at least 112 days without a match. It has to be a serious injury or a retirement, but I’ve dropped him off the active CMLL roster at this point because he’s definitely not active.