Today’s the second block of the annual Parejas Increibles tournament. Tonight’s tournaments teams
- Overwhelming favorites: Último Guerrero & Volador Jr.
- Reasonable alternatives: Niebla Roja & Terrible, Cuatrero & Místico
- Would be real surprises: Rush & Vangellys, Atlantis & Negro Casas, Gran Guerrero & Valiente, Hechicero & Stuka Jr., and Audaz & Templario
Hechicero versus Stuka Jr. is probably a bigger potential mask match than Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja and putting those two in the final would be a strong way to set it up for September, but CMLL hasn’t seemed interested in pursuing it. Atlantis & Negro Casas is fun in theory but putting Atlantis in a big match with Titan & Cavernario seems unwise. Audaz & Templario would be huge but they’re lucky to even be included. Maybe I’m underrating Rush’s chances but it doesn’t seem like a great fit of the final either. The interesting thing there is Vangellys mentioned on Informa that he was a sub for Diamante Azul, meaning Rush was originally in this tournament as a rudo and now is a tecnico. Valiente’s chances of winning are best summed up by this article which believes he’s teaming with Ultimo Guerrero tonight.
Ultimo Guerrero & Volador were in the final last year, lost, and had a strong match in that final. CMLL could just do that again. Niebla Roja & Terrible is recent apuesta match participants following up their feud, while Cuatrero & Mistico has one rising star in CMLL. It is still strange that star is not Mistico, though a block win here could turn that around a bit.
The rest of the show is not super interesting, but everything looks solid. Hijo del Villano III & Atlantis Jr. resume their matches in the fourth match, with Angel de Oro, Caristico, Rey Bucanero, and Sanson around them. It is unclear if CMLL is going to do anything beyond the tournament final next week. Running the first Hijo del Villano/Atlantis Jr. lightning match would be interesting, though I’m not sure if they’re ready yet.
I am definitely not sure if the people in this week’s lightning match are ready for each other. Rey Cometa will likely be fired up to do exciting things with Japan eyes on his match and always does a lot of dives. He’ll be doing it with Kawato San, infamous for his inability to catch dives or do much of anything cleanly in CMLL. This is going to be a challenge. This is also about the point where the NJPW visitor starts to get in a focused rivalry. A hair versus hair match with Kawato San & Rey Cometa makes as much sense as anything. On the other hand, Rey Cometa has changed his character around to be an undead spirit and may come a lot closer to the gimmick after this match. It is pretty exciting!
Japan’s Tae Honma debuts in the second match, teaming with Princesa Sughiet and Kaho Kobayashi against Amapola, Dalys, and Reyna Isis. I have no idea how good Honma is or will be in Mexico but that lineup seems like they’re hoping for a good match. Miruhon has an article about Honma’s week so far, which includes training at Arena Rey Bucanero.
Coyote & Grako, who need a team since they actually do team up all the time, face Arkalis & Halcon Suriano Jr. in the opener. The former Stukita seems to take a lot of his own bookings and so isn’t featured much by CMLL. This is his first Friday night match since December 14th. The four guys in the opener are capable of a good match, but just have to put it together.
The FILLM show for tomorrow in Arena San Juan, with an NGD trios title defense, has been canceled due to family reasons.
05/04 The Crash
- Lucha Brothers (c) vs Mexablood for The Crash Tag Team Championship
- Austin Theory (c) vs Rey Horus vs MJF vs Adam Brooks for The Crash Heavyweight Championship
- Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf vs Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero, winner gets a tag title shot
- Xperia, Toto, Torito Negro vs Los Haraganes (Animal, Demencia, Silver Star) in a super libre match
AAA has a TV taping in San Luis Potosi on 07/03. Taya is on the poster, though something this early doesn’t mean much. Also, there’s a Monterrey TV taping coming up in June, but they’ve made a bizarre choice to remove the day it is happening from the poster. You can see the top of either a 2 or a 9 right below the Domingo. Maybe it’s changing, maybe lucha libre is just weird.
LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.
The latest in the Fantasma losing his gym story is he and friends blocked traffic to force a meeting, but still didn’t get to see the mayor. It may happen next week. Fantasma says he doesn’t want the space back, just people to be the general vengeance of seeing someone pay legally.
CMLL (TUE) 04/23/2019 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Flyer vs Templario [lightning]
5) Audaz, Blue Panther, Kráneo vs Rey Bucanero, Sansón, Shocker
6) Carístico, Rush, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Caristico/Ultimo Guerrero as the Arena Mexico 04/30 main event? A trios title match with a very odd team? A random cibernetico?
Flyer/Templario just happened two weeks ago. (I just watched it this week.) It was fine. It probably shouldn’t be happening again.