AAA , Capital (WED) 11/28/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, Lucha Central, Record, thecubsfan]
1) Averno b Angelikal
10:09. Averno won via Super Devil’s Wings
2) Lady Maravilla b Lady Shani
4:43. Shani used a bridging cradle.
3) Pagano b Aerostar
6:68. Pagano beat Aerostar with a rebound reverse suplex.
4) Máximo b Niño Hamburguesa
7:28. Maximo kissed Nino Hamburgesa three times and craldes him.
5) Pentagón Jr. b Golden Magic
14:29. Pentagon won with a package piledriver. Fenix was on commentary.
Pentagon & Golden Magic is worth seeking out and the opener was really good too. This was the longest show yet and these are still better when you can skip thru the filler, but it was still an overall enjoyable show.
Next week looks like it should have matches with Australian Suicide, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr., La Hiedra, Taurus, Taya and Murder Clown unless they change their minds on his match again. That’s an even eight, so they could just eliminate Fenix by not mentioning him again. It might cause an odd number of people for the wild card show but that thing is going to be a mess anyway.
Advanced: 1st Astral (4th win in division), 2nd Espiritu Negro, 3rd Angel del Amor
Women: 1st Dalys, 2nd Lluvia, 3rd Avispa Dorada
Novato: 1st Dragon Rojo Jr., 2nd Triton, 3rd Niebla Roja
Principantes: 1st Fugaz, 2nd Sangre Imperial, 3rd Halcon Suriano
Male Students: 1st Thor, 2nd Hercules Negro, 3rd Emperador Azteca
Female Students: 1st Emily Rose, 2nd Senya Ruth (they were the only 2)
Micros: 1st Micro Angel, 2nd Atomo, 3rd Microman
It seemed to me like there were less people participating in the higher men’s levels than past years. (This post about Fugaz’s win mentions there were 44 people.) I think it’ll keep going as long as they have a sponsor for it, but it does not seem to as influence CMLL booking as much as it once did. Astral has won the overall contest multiple times and he’s still about the lowest ranked guy on the CMLL main roster.
On Informa, Dragon Rojo said his bad performance on Tuesday was due to his preparation for the bodybuilding contest. Also on the show, Dalys said Negro Casas was out due to a surgery. It was not said what it was, just said it was not serious and he’s taking a break to recover.
Dragon Lee posted a message on Instagarm teasing a return on December 25th. That doesn’t quite fit with Cavernario saying the Universal touranment is happening soon, unless they’re running it on the holidays.
MLW announced Rush vs Shane Strickland on 12/13 and Rush vs Rich Swann on 12/14. The 12/14 show will air live. Noted man of scoops Jacob Cohen says MLW is also running DJZ versus Dragon Lee. I think that means it has been posted by MLW somewhere or was on an audio show but I’m not sure where. Sounds great though.
Arena (Ciudad) Juarez looks like they’ll be the first people to use Angel o Demonio after his brick attack to Cuervo. They’ve been taling him coming for Sunday’s show all week and announced the lineup with him on it last night. They’re bringing in because of the infamous notirety, picturing him with bricks on the poster. These are the local promoters for AAA TV shows and would think they wouldn’t want to do anything to damage that relationship, but they’re also the same people who wanted to promote a Black Skeller versus Zafiro match after Skeller had his own infamous brutal virual moment earlier this year. (Pagano also may be involved with the promotion; he was introduced as their ‘padrino’ back when the promotion kicked off a few months ago.) Most of the people responding on their Facebook have been negative on bringing in Angel o Demonio.
Leo Riano, in his Record column, writes that he believes extreme lucha isn’t worth the risk to luchador’s health. That’s interesting for an AAA announcer, since they’ve been doing a lot of that style match of late and will probably be doing another one this weekend.
AAA held a press conference in Xalapa for the 12/08 taping. The minis in the opener were all said to be new characters, outside of Mini Psycho Clown. Hijo del Tirantes challenged (non-present) Vampiro to a singles match on local promoter LG’s first show of the year.
AAA has added the 12/25 AAA vs ELITE taping to their own listing. Tickets run from 200-600 pesos.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter explained the Espectro & Kahoz situation as “one side” wanting to put the young wrestlers under characters AAA owns, and “others” not wanting to have wrestlers use Antonio Pena characters. It’s phrased oddly and it’s a WON scoop on AAA, so the reflex is to assume Konnan is one of those two sides. I’m thinking it might actually be Dorian Roldan and Marisela Pena having opposite viewpoints. This paragraph also includes Dave accidently calling Black Danger “Danger Boy”, which really is a better name.
Konnan is mentioned by name about wanting to use the Rascalz (Trey Miguel, Dezmond Xavier, and Zachary Wentz) and LAX from Impact in AAA. I think they all worked for The Crash when Konnan was there; Miguel maybe not, but he did work the Arolucha taping. With their connections, AAA could put on a great all cruiserweight action show one day if they wanted.
Hijo del Octagon says he is still owed money for appearing on the previous season of reality show Exatlon. There had been a rumor that AAA threatened TV Azteca (who air Exatlon) over the use of the Hijo del Octagon name they say they own. Hijo del Octagon is accusing Azteca & Exatlon of taking the money owed to him and sending it to AAA get them to go away. He feels he owns the name and is owed the money.
Lucha Underground’s Chris DeJoseph and Chris Roach were on the TwitWow podcast talking about Lucha Underground Season 4. They’re much more upbeat about the future than Erik Van Wagenen but also note that’s out of their hands. One of the questions people have had elsewhere is wondering how Chelesa Green ended up in NXT before her stint on Lucha Underground as Reklusa even aired. On this show, Roach explained Green was offered a LU deal, was “apprehensive” about signing it, and the LU group decided she was talented enough to use anyway. I think a lesson of the current wrestling landscape is that if you have value, you should make sure to hold out for a favorable deal.
There’s a few storyline details on there. If Dante Fox had been healthy, the start of Aztec Warfare would’ve been Antonio Cueto telling the trios champions that only one of them could be in the match and Killshot taking the spot without asking the other two to start his heel turn. Vibora’s beheading was a spur of the moment thing when he got injured – they had planned on Crane joining the Reptiles trios and thoughts of spinning Vibora out to a feud with Mil Muertes – and that might not be the end of of the character if there is a Season 5. In the most tragic scoop, there was a Vinnie Massaro storyline scheduled for Season 4 that was cut for time. The short length of the season (both in taping time and number of episodes) was one of the struggles they had writing that season’s show.
An article on Cuernavaca’ Dragon Chino says he’ll be among legends honored Friday on Arena Mexico’s show. They haven’t mentioned honoring additional legends but it would make sense. They mention Mil Mascaras, Dr. Wagner, Espector, Jerry Montes, and Anibal as among 15 others who will be honored.
CMLL (MON) 12/03/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Meyer, Sonic vs Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker, Sombra Diabólika
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
3) Stigma, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero
5) Rush & Terrible vs Diamante Azul & Volador Jr.
That main even would be a good build to a tag title match if Rush & Terrible still had them. Odd they’re doing 2×2 main event otherwise.
Sonic makes his first trip to Puebla. This is Sombra Diabolika’s first match in a while. Maybe the tercera will be good.