CMLL (MON) 04/22/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana b Astro & Asturiano
rudos took 2/3
2) Magnus & Rey Samuray b Toro Bill Jr. & Tyson La Bestia
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Metálica b Marcela [lightning]
Metalica won a sub 5 minute match, setting up a world title match next week
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Templario b Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Titán
rudos took 1/3. Titan was unmasked
5) King Jaguar DQ Policeman [hair]
Jaguar took 2/3, the last by fouling Policeman and faking a foul.
6) Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansón [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Voaldor took falls 1/3, Mephisto unmasking Caristico to help Volador win. Rematches challenges.
Policeman vowed revenge. I know that just means never ending trios matches opening up these shows but I’m still good at passing. Match/show didn’t sound good. They’re running Metalica/Marcela for 04/29 but it doesn’t seem like the Caristico match since.
Tae Honma is listed back in Japan on 04/30, so she’s finishing up after Friday.
Titan, Dragon Lee, and Bandido were announced for the 2019 NJPW Best of Super Juniors. The names announced were exactly as accidentally revealed by NJPW’s Line account a few weeks ago. Blocks were not yet announced. Dragon Lee should finish towards the top but is unlikely to be the overall winner by virtue of being champion. Titan might finish near the bottom; I’m fearful he might finish last in a block. I think Bandido will be in the middle somewhere, but there are a lot of people and it is hard to figure out how everyone is going to do.
AAA sent out two new lineups to their local promoters, though they’ve not announced them on their own yet. These are the fifth and sixth shows from now. It’ll be hard to keep them in mind that long, but might as well take a look at them now:
AAA TV (SAT) 05/18/2019 Palenque de Tuxtla, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
1) Aztroluxe & La Hiedra vs Dragón Bane & Halcón 78 Jr.
2) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla & Villano III Jr.
3) Flamita & Myzteziz Jr. vs Australian Suicide & Daga
4) Faby Apache & Lady Shani vs Chik Tormenta & Tessa Blanchard
5) Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Puma King vs Chessman, La Máscara, Sammy Guevara
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
Killer Kross has been off since Rey de Reyes. He’s back for this weekend, though it is as unclear as ever what he is meant to do. Semimain seems to continue the Laredo/Sammy matches.
This is the first time Impact’s Tessa Blanchard is listed as appearing in AAA match, though she did appear previously at the AAA MSG press conference. There’s also a possibility she might be seen in AAA earlier. Chik Tormenta is teaming with a mystery person on the Friday Mexicali taping, Chik Tormenta is teaming with Tessa here. Impact has a PPV on Sunday which might make it difficult, though not so difficult to stop Cage and Taya from working both Mexicali and Toronto. Daga, Tessa’s partner, is working in Mexicali as well.
The third match should be great. The second match is a repeat but maybe good. I was under the impression that Astrolux had quit AAA when he worked the 03/03 The Crash show under the name Astro Aereo. Perhaps the quitting didn’t stick; he hasn’t been on a The Crash show (or much of anywhere) since. The spelling is horrendous.
AAA TV (SUN) 05/19/2019 Teatro Al Aire Libre Del Parque Tabasco Dora Maria, Villahermosa, Tabasco
1) Big Mami & Dragón Bane vs Halcón 78 Jr. & Lady Maravilla
2) Flamita, Myzteziz Jr., Niño Hamburguesa vs Australian Suicide, Sammy Guevara, Villano III Jr.
3) Aztroluxe & Faby Apache vs ????? & Chik Tormenta
4) Pagano vs La Máscara vs Chessman [TLC]
5) Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Laredo Kid vs La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Psycho Clown, Puma King vs Blue Demon, Daga, Killer Kross
Tessa will be with Daga
This confirms AAA will be running tapings back to back days, the first time in many years. They’ve run weekends with tapings on Friday & Sunday and a house show on Saturday. This is a little more intense. This show will start something like 18 hours after the last show ends.
Blue Demon joins up with the tour on Sunday. La Hiedra being in the semi-main is strange, even as a Mercenario. Tessa seconding while La Hiedra is wrestling is also weird. The TLC match exists just to produce GIFs of Pagano & Chessman doing something clumsily. The second match should be good, though strange to see Nino Hamburguesa outside of the mixed tag now. Switching him and Dragon Bane seems like it would make those better.
05/02 Guardians: Liga de la Campeones in Fronton Mexico, Mexico City
- LA Park (ELITE) vs Pagano (AAA) vs Fatu (MLW) vs Taurus (AroLucha) in the heavyweight (98K +) tournament
- Lucha Brothers (AAA) vs The Cats (Bengala/Puma King, ELITE) vs The Rascalz (Wentz/Dez, Impact) vs Los Mercenarios (Texano/Escorpion, AAA) in the tag team tournament
- Imposible (ELITE) vs Ace Austin (MLW) vs Flamita (ELITE) vs Draztick Boy (AroLucha) vs Emperador Azteca (ELITE) vs Rich Swann (Impact) vs Arez (AroLucha) vs Super Fly (AAA) vs Zumbido (ELITE) vs Argenis (AAA) vs ? vs ?? in the middleweight tournament
- Golden Magic (ELITE) vs Eddie Edwards (Impact) vs Hijo del Pirata Morgan (AroLucha) vs Averno (AAA) vs Steve Pain (AroLucha) vs Eterno (ELITE) vs Daga (MLW) vs Dr. Karonte Jr. (ELITE) vs La Parka Negra (AAA) vs La Mascara (AAA) vs ? vs ?? in the light heavyweight tournament
- Villano III Jr. (AAA) vs Ciclon Ramirez Jr. (ELITE) vs Relampago (ELITE) vs Hijo del Vikingo (AAA) vs Dragon Bane (AAA) vs Myzteziz Jr. (AAA) vs Ultimo Maldito (AAA) vs Aerostar (AAA) vs Demus (AroLucha) vs Laredo Kid (MLW) vs Aramis (ELITE) vs Drago (AAA) vs Mirage (ELITE) vs ? in the welterweight tournament
Mirage worked an AAA/ELITE combined show in 2018 in his home area of Tijuana. He seemed to be on Team AAA then. He might be one of those guys signed by AAA but never used. ELITE need to have some people now. (Kind of surprised guys like Metaleon & Mr. Leo aren’t being used for this as Elite reps; maybe politics?) Laredo Kid has worked a single match for MLW and I’m not sure if he’s working anymore, but they needed an MLW name as well. There’s a lot of people in the matches, though the only foreigners being flown in are Fatu, Steve Pain, the Rascalz, Ace Austin and Eddie Edwards. I guess that’s a decent number.
The +LuchaTV En+Carados podcast says that heavyweight tournament is a round robin, everyone facing each other. I think the tag team tournament must be the same thing. Perhaps everything else is single elimination. It is great +LuchaTV is explaining it. It probably needs to be explained by the promotion. I guess they have 9 days. The matche should be pretty good if they make any sense.
Plenty of tickets still available; I could get a run of 10 tickets in the front row this morning.
This appears to be an Elite run show. Do not count on this streaming on AAA’s Twitch. It doesn’t fall under AAA”s policy of streaming everything if it is not an AAA show. This might be something that is just saved for TV (which means handhelds right away and pirated TV later if we’re lucky.)
CMLL (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Magia Blanca, Magnus, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Sagrado vs Tiger [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Kráneo vs Dark Magic, Kawato San, Olímpico
5) Flyer, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Mephisto, Templario
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
That seemed to be a unique lightning match, though it turns out it was one they just did three months ago.
IWRG (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. vs Celestial Boy
2) Atomic Star, Saruman, Shadow Boy vs Avisman, Dragón Fly, Marado
3) Máscara Sagrada Jr., Multifacético, Torito Negro vs Fly Warrior, Mosca, X-Fly
4) Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme vs Ángel Tormenta, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, International Pantera, Ovett vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Sinn Bodhi
6) Aramis & Imposible © vs Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus [IWRG IC TAG]
Maine vent sounds good. I am not paying enough attention to IWRG to know about the rest.