CMLL on Marca: 2020-01-03

Super Astro Jr.

Recapped: 01/03/2020


El Coyote & Grako beat Sonic & Súper Astro Jr.
(15:30 [6:23, 4:17, 4:50], 1/3, ok)

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Marcela beats Amapola, Dalys, La Metálica
(13:21 [7:41, 1:45, 3:55], 1/3, ok)

Atlantis, Esfinge, Rey Cometa beat Misterioso, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:56 [4:25, 2:48, 3:43], 2/3, ok)

Soberano Jr., Titán, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Forastero, Templario
(15:00 [3:51, 4:03, 7:06], 2/3, ok)

El Bandido beat Cuatrero
(13:08 [3:33, 9:35], 1/2 DQ, good)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja
(8:49 [1:37, 3:10, 4:02], 1/3, ok)

What happened:

Cuatrero unmasked Bandido to prevent the moonsault bodyslam.

Avispa Dorada replaced Estrellita.


The main event was the formula main event you’d expect from these two teams. It worked. It’s not a problem that it worked, but it is a problem that the most successful stuff in CMLL is the least creative stuff. The fans seem to go home happy and I felt like I need to watch a lot less CMLL in 2010 and we’re both probably correct with our feelings.

Cuatrero versus Bandido was disappointing. The action was good, it felt like they were trying to have a good match, but the Arena Mexico fans were rejecting it. It didn’t even seem like they were rudo fans who wanted to see Cuatrero win, the fans who did make a reaction just didn’t want to see the match at all. The booking didn’t do the match any favors either; CMLL didn’t have strong confidence in Bandido if they weren’t going to give him a win, and the mask pull came off as flat. Cuatrero & Bandido had fine if not great chemistry, this was just the wrong day or wrong place for it.

Volador was in the fourth match in name only, which was probably the biggest determent to the match being a bit better. The other two tecnicos were trying, including Soberano coming back after taking a bad fall on a spot gone wrong with Templario. This was done to form for the most part but did look pretty sharp.

Brillo Cometa

There were some occasional good spots in the tercera and a lot of nothing. This was a weird night for Cometa to break out the Brillo Cometa but it looked great. Atlantis is far ahead of Esfinge. These rudos didn’t do much but the difference between their basing and the guys in the opener was noticeable.

Nothing so interesting in the women’s match outside of Dalys suddenly losing a lot to Marcela. Those two still do their best work against each other. There still seems to be something going on where Avispa Dorada isn’t allowed to do much. She made the most of the three spots she got to do.

Coyote & Grako were rough in the opener. The timing seemed off on some sequences and Sonic didn’t get much help. Their offense has improved and Sonic & Super Astro looked good when the match could get going. It just couldn’t stay smooth for long.

New Year’s Day results (Kawato bald, Espiritu Negro unmasked), Bandido/Cuatrero tonight, AAA/Octagon continues

CMLL (WED) 01/01/2020 Arena México [CMLL, EL UniversalFuria de TitanesHeraldo de MexicoMarcaNJPWOvacionesR de RudoSuperLuchasThe Gladiatores]
CMLL Sin Piedad, 2020
Attendance: 16800
1) Black Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. FUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Felino, Hechicero, Mephisto b Audaz, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. FUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
3) Bárbaro Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas b Atlantis Jr., Kráneo, Soberano Jr. FUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
4) Príncipe Diamante b Espíritu Negro [maskFUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Principe Diamante took 2/3 to win the mask. Espiritu Negro is Juan Manuel Gonzalez Olade, 38 years old, 20 years a wrestler.
5) Carístico & Místico © b Cuatrero & Forastero [CMLL TAGFUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico & Mistico took 1/3. First defense
6) Dulce Gardenia b Kawato San [hairFUNCION ESPECIAL DE AÑO NUEVO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dulce took 2/3.

CMLL promos: Hijo del Villano III (completed his first year), Atlantis Jr. (same), Espiritu Negro (unmasked), Principe Diamante (kept his mask), Mistico & Caristico (happy with tag defense), Dulce Gardenia (kept his hair) and Kawato San (did not keep his hair.)

Post-match interviews: Espiritu Negro (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores), Principe Diamante (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores), Caristico & Mistico (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores), Dulce Gardenia (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores), Kawato San (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores)

The reviews on this one aren’t strong, with no must-see match and Diamante/Espiritu being a bit weak. The stipulations and the holiday date meant this was still a sell-out anyway.

Kawato San specifically said this was not his last match and he plans on getting his revenge on Dulce Gardenia after Gardenia returns for FantasticaMania. Kawato continues to be listed on upcoming lineups. It’s always possible everyone’s just doing a bit but, if we believe what CMLL & Kawato are saying, he’s not finishing up in Mexico any time soon.

Espiritu Negro said that other people in CMLL nicknamed him Machete, because his looks remind them of Danny Trejo, and perhaps he’ll change his name. It’d be helpful to not get Espiritu Negro & Espiritu Maligno confused.

CMLL’s used the first Friday of the year as a Best Of Last Year show in recent years. That’s tougher with certain people (Dragon Lee, Rush) no longer being around and Sanson being out hurt. They’re calling this card Viernes Espectacular VIP instead, “with the most featured people of 2019.” It’s not quite the same. Or accurate.

The spotlight match tonight is Bandido versus Cuatrero. They’re not quite the featured CMLL people of 2019. Bandido’s just barely made it into CMLL late in the year. Cuatrero was featured, but not really as a singles wrestler. They’re also under some pressure here. Either they have a great match or it’s going to be a disappointment. Either their singles match draws well or that’ll also be a strike against Bandido for some CMLL loyalists. CMLL has been up a lot late, though it seems mostly due to the holidays. If they’re up or down tonight depends more on if this is still a vacation week than the drawing power of Bandido & NGD, but it may not be perceived that way.

The rest of the card is sort of killing time before the NJPW tour starts up next week. Carsticio, Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja take on Los Guerreros Laguneros in the main event, which should at least get a reaction. Volador, Titan and Soberano versus Cavernario, Templario, and Forastero are in the fourth match, all lower than usual due to Bandido/Cuatrero match. Rey Cometa, Atlantis Jr., Esfinge versus Polvora, Misterioso and Vangellys don’t seem to fit on a show of “the most featured people of 2019” but it’s CMLL. Marcela & Dalys rematch in the women’s trios, with Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Metalica and Amapola rounding out the match. Dalys & Jarochita’s own matches in Japan aren’t for a couple of weeks but it’s possible Dalys may just go with Negro Casas early and be off Friday nights for a while. Super Astro & Sonic open against Coyote & Grako. The show airs at 8:30 pm and I’ll stream it on YouTube.

CMLL will run a tribute show to Mr. Niebla on 01/24. That’s the Friday after everyone returns from FantasticaMania. CMLL has not previously run shows honoring luchadors who’ve recently passed away; Mr. Niebla’s passing has hit everyone hard.

El Siglo de Torreon has a near-annual interview with Ultimo Guerrero, though there wasn’t much insight in this one. He does confirm the Fantastica Mania crew is leaving directly after next Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show, as Caristico also notes in an interview with Marca.

Segunda Caida writes about Mr. Niebla’s matches.

CMLL posted a video recapping January to April and May to August. They did not post a video recapping the rest of the year. That is perfectly CMLL. It is interesting that whoever did these was using footage off of TV than the video CMLL theoretically has in the house (and so doesn’t have access to Guadalajara footage.) Rush & Dragon Lee were not mentioned in the videos which did go up, though Rush can at least be seen in the second video.

There’s no lineup out for Monday yet, but there is the Tuesday Arena Mexico show

CMLL (TUE) 01/07/2020 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Audaz, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
3) Dulce Gardenia vs Okumura [lightning]
4) Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Luciferno, Pólvora
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Fuego appear to be only three people booked for FantasticaMania who aren’t on this card. It’s one last match before everyone gets on the plan for FantasticaMania. It is likely we will not know a match for FantasticaMania until this day.

Sanson is just making it back in the ring just in time for the tour. Hope that’s a good thing.

Other New Year’s Day Results Of Note

IWRG (WED) 01/01/2020 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Ketzal L MaradoAuzterDinámicoTorito NegroLegendarioDick Angelo 3GSpider Fly [cage, mask] IWRG Lucha Libre (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Legendario took Ketzal/Quetzal’s mask. He’s Ismael Castillo, 21 years old, 5 years a wrestler.
2) Rocket L Ángel TormentaÁngel Estrella Jr.Noicy BoyChicanitoÁguila OrientalCanival [mask, hair, cage] IWRG Lucha Libre (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Rocket lost his hair to Chicanito. Neza Kidd (Jr.?) didn’t make this match.
3) Death Metal L Hijo de Canis LupusTrauma ICapo del NorteDiva SalvajeBig Chico CheBlack DragónFly WarriorJessy VenturaBig OvettOficial FierroOficial AK47 [mask, hair, cage] IWRG Lucha Libre (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Black Dragon took Death Metal’s mask. Death Metal is Martin Maurilio Moreno Angel, 22 years old, 4 years a wrestler. He’s the son of Jeque.
4) Toxin b Lunatik XtremeDragón BaneTrauma IIRelámpagoPuma de Oro [cage, Ladder, IWRG MEXICO] IWRG Lucha Libre (posted by Internetv Deportes)
title originally intended to be handed out on 2019-06-19 when a tournament final between Aramis & Metaleon had no finish due to Metaleon injury (and Aramis rejecting the win that way.) Returned here for no apparent reason.
5) Demonio Infernal b Fuerza Guerrera Next GenerationPasion CristalAve RexEmperador AztecaHijo del Alebrije [cage, briefcase, IWRG IC MIDDLE] IWRG Lucha Libre (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Earlier, the former Imposible (Fuerza Guerrera Nueva Generacion) announced he was vacating the middleweight championship by order of the commission. That title and an underexplained briefcase was on the line here with Demonio Infernal winning both.

This show was exactly as good as you’d expect with all cage matches and people you’ve never heard of losing their hair or mask. (Too bad Death Metal couldn’t get a bigger spotlight for his loss though.)

Imposible talked about his name change. The idea was he and IWRG were ok with him keeping the title while changing his gimmick but for the commission got involved. This doesn’t seem like something the commission is helping anyone by getting involved.

AAA (WED) 01/01/2020 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV]
1) Estrellas De Oro, Máscara Virtual, Sky Man b Canibal Jr., Montana, Punker Bizarro Estrella de Oro, Sky Man e Imperial Jr vs Caníbal Jr, Montaña y Punker Bizarro (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Faby Apache, Lady Shani, Vanilla Vargas b Keyra, La Hechicera, Lady Maravilla Faby Apache, Lady Shani y Vanilla Vargas vs Hechicera, Keira y Lady Maravilla (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
3) Dinastía, Eclipse, Niño Hamburguesa b Comando Negro Jr., John Tito, Neza Kid Jr. Niño Hamburguesa, Eclipse y Dinastia vs Jonh Tito, Neza Kid Jr y Comando Negro Jr. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
4) Aerostar, Drago, Octagón Jr. b Abismo Negro Jr., Súper Fly, Tito Santana Octagon Jr, Aerostar y Drago vs Tito Santana, Super Fly y Abismo Negro Jr. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
5) Súper Nova b Neza Kid [mask] Super Nova deja sin máscara a Neza Kid en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Super Nova vs Neza Kid ¡¡¡ MÁSCARA vs MÁSCARA DESDE LA ARENA NEZA !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Neza Kid’s is Freelance, which was known to all.
6) Joe Lider L PaganoTexano Jr.Mr. ÁguilaMáximoMocho Cota Jr.ChessmanCarta BravaAverno [cage, hair] ¡¡¡ 9 CABELLERAS EN JUEGO EN JAULA DESDE LA ARENA NEZA !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Chesman vs Joe Líder !!!CABELLERA vs CABELLERA !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Joe Lider lost his hair to Chessman.

No one reported Freelance’s age and experience, just that he’s been Neza Kid for 10 years. The dual identity has never been a secret; he wrestled his first match under the mask in a shirt with no sleeves, showing off all his tattoos. Everyone pointed it out and he’s been wearing long sleeve shirts since even though it was a bit too late. He’s expected to still be masked as Laredo Boy, the Neza Kid was a mask he didn’t need any more.

Vanguardia (WED) 01/01/2020 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV, Funcion Estelar]
1) Amo de la Noche b MunraJeff KillerLobo Blanco Jr.
2) Zuzu Divine b Símbolo AztecaMr. Chivo [VANGUARDIA 4×4]
3) Caballero De Atena, Dragón Boy, Falcón Fire, Jitsu, Rey Dragón b Cíclope, Lobo Blanco Jr., Miedo Extremo
the full Odaiba Squad (Rey Dragon, Caballero de Atenea, Falcon Fire, Jitsu, Dragon Boy) interfered and kidnapped Miedo Extremo.
4) Cobre & Shun Skywalker b Draztick Boy & Gasparin Jr.
good match
5) Aeroboy © b Jimmy [Rockstar PRO CHAMP]
Vanguardia announced Jimmy would be a full time roster member going forward. Very good match.

Looked like this one was taped. My only problem with this promotion is the results assume I can remember who is the Odaiba Squad and that is not happening yet. It is good they’re trying to run storylines here; the results read as if this promotion is doing a lot to help the local guys develop into bigger names. (It is a distant cousin of AEW’s strategy.) This is a lot of thought about a promotion I barely watch.

Lucha Memes (WED) 01/01/2020 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Box Y Lucha]
1) Black Out & Perro de Guerra b Instenso & Kaito
2) Dr. Cerebro b Toxin
3) Multy & Prayer b Jeque & Judas el Traidor
4) Manchas b Rugido
5) Demus b Neptuno (Hidalgo)
6) Aramis & Iron Kid b Alas de Acero & Arez
Solar & Los Ministeriales were all missing (blocked?) so this was the main event instead. Said to be very good.

Lucha Memes seems to have relaxed their “no video, shows are only for the fans in attendance” policy. Box Y Lucha’s Facebook has brief clips of Toxin/Cerebro and highlights of other action. Both Box Y Lucha & +LuchaTV had results. The show looks like a shockingly low turnout for a Memes show, which may have caused the promotion opening back up to media again. Recent Lucha Memes seems like they’ve drawn better, so it may just be a function of having not having a strong enough lineup and Memes having reduced interest on a tough day to run an indie show.

Over in Mexicali, Principe Negro Jr. took Mr. Tempest’s mask in a triangle match also including Estudiante Jr. Mr. Tempest is Manuel Gonzalez, 45 years old, 28 years a wrestler, from Tijuana.

In Queretaro, Halcon Negro Jr. saved his mask and took Hijo de Picudo’s hair. Zarpa de Tigre Jr. saved his hair and Traidor lost his mask. Traidor is Rafael Lopez Garcia, 13 years a wrestler.

In Puebla, Tiger Fly took Baby Rock’s hair.

AAA Notes

On Konnan’s podcast, he mentioned there are plans for an MLW/AAA show in Tijuana in March. That would fully replace what MLW was doing with The Crash and probably be a TV taping just for the US promotion. Konnan would like to bring in MLW wrestlers but there are few open spots at the moment. Rey Horus was mentioned as being back in AAA in February and Konnan seems him as the last big-name indie guy who hasn’t been with either major promotion yet.

Octagon posted a video on YouTube saying that he won the exclusive rights to the name “Octagon” via Mexico’s IMPI trademark service. This seems like the third or fourth time where Octagon has stated he has definitely won the name and it hasn’t changed AAA’s usage. The AAA trademarks for Octagon still appear on the IMPI’s website but Octagon shows off official-looking paperwork from IMPI, so your guess is as good as mine. Octagon says anyone besides those approved to use the name (Hijo del Octagon, Octagoncito/Mini Rey Mysterio) will be jailed. I’m not sure if that’s how trademarks work.

Dorian Roldan responded this morning, saying Octagon and derivations of that name are 100% still owned by Lucha Libre AAA. Octagon’s threats of fines or jail probably have made the local promoters a little bit leery of using Octagon Jr. and getting caught in the middle of something. Octagon’s gone back at Dorian Roldan on Twitter, which is almost certainly just playing to his fans since I’m sure Octagon’s blocked Roldan long ago (and maybe likewise the other way.) Octagon may be in the right and have the legal paper to prove it, but this also barely seems worth paying attention to until either AAA stops using the name or Octagon does something to prevent Octagon Jr. or AAA’s Octagoncito from wrestling. Octagon Jr. is scheduled on the 01/25 AAA Mexico City taping, so maybe that’s the date to watch. Impact did use Octagon Jr. (then as Golden Magic) on their last set of Mexico City tapings and it’s possible he could work there, though that might also be an instance where Impact just wants to say out of this fight.

AAA talked a bit about their eSports team with La Vanguardia (reposted from Reforma?) They partnered with Arena GG to find the talent. There’s currently two Super Smash Brothers players and two Street Fight players signed with AAA. The promotion is happy with the growth in interest and has plans to expand in 2020.

Other Notes

There’s another Satanico/Hechicero match this Sunday in Guadalajara.

Lucha Memes vs MexaWrestling 02/03 @ Coacalco

This is another concept show of promotion against promotion (where most of the guys aren’t strongly connected with one wrestler or the other.

A Rossy Moreno tribute show will take place on 02/14 in Arena Naucalpan. +LuchaTV’s podcast mentioned Moreno suffered an injury in December which may have ended her career.

+LuchaTV has a video recapping every mask and hair match loss in 2019.

2010s Lucha Libre Trends: Lucha Underground & FantasticaMania bridges a chasm between lucha libre and the rest of wrestling

third in a series. Previously: 

The 2011 NJPW/CMLL FantasticaMania tour was an excuse to bring in Mistico for more than one date. He’d become a figure of interest in Japan over the preceding year. NJPW was reviving the concept of Mexican wrestling tours in Tokyo as a context to spotlight Mistico, augmented with other names from Mexico. NJPW didn’t believe the brand name of Mistico or CMLL would fill Korakuen Hall by itself but still gave it a try. (The second show instead had a Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi versus Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi main event to help out.) the two shows would not have occurred if Mistico hadn’t been so popular, and even Mistico alone didn’t seem a sure bet. The shows were successful, but Mistico also left CMLL immediately after. Without him, it would’ve been reasonable if NJPW returned to regular tour shows in late January.

The first set of Lucha Underground tapings ended the weekend of October 19, 2014. The show was months behind schedule – AAA was telling people they’d be on the air six months – and everything remained tentative. The El Rey Network had ordered 13 episodes as a trial run, with the rest of the season dependent on the response. The early response was not healthy. Wrestlers went on Twitter to ask fans to show up after the first weekend of tapings was sparsely attended. Visa issues delayed some wrestlers from appearing that first weekend. Almost no one working on the show understood what it was going to look like when it aired. It wasn’t going to AAA, but it also wasn’t going to be WWE either. The few clues dropped created more skepticism than hype. The word from the taping improved as that first set wrapped up, but the first episode wouldn’t air until ten days later, and few had seen the finished product. El Rey was a network without a lot of properties, but also one with few shots they could take – it could’ve said 13 were enough and passed.

NJPW did keep running FantasticaMania without Mistico around, focusing on other stars who would become frequent guest players in their promotion over the decade. El Rey liked what they saw, picked up the rest of that first season, and agreed to a more over the next few years. Both FantasticaMania and Lucah Underground were highly visible attempts to export the Mexican style and aesthetics of wrestling in other countries. Neither presented lucha libre as in Mexico, but both did a tremendous amount to showcase specific Mexican wrestlers as stars in countries where they had were ignored.

Mexican wrestling did make it into the US and Japan before this decade. There were plenty of lucha libre shows in the US in the 00s too; I saw LA Park in and around Chicago plenty of times in front of a big crowd before he’d end up doing the same for MLW to end the decade. Ricky Marvin had a prosperous run in NOAH, and there were other attempts at reviving lucha libre tours before FantasticaMania. Those all felt like isolated events from the rest of the landscape, a separate world where lucha libre was taking place in the US, but the rest of US wrestling culture was ignorant of its existence. It took putting Mexican wrestlers in the same rings as wrestlers from other places to get fans from those other places to notice them and notice how good they were. The increase in Mexican wrestlers booked outside of Mexico doesn’t happen without people seeing them first on a native language broadcasted show. It’s a series of events to like Fenix & Pentagon Jr. from US unknowns to the most in-demand indie stars in just a few years. The exposure of NJPW took a guy like Mascara Dorada from a guy who only Mexican fans saw to an unlikely WWE signee. It’s cracked open the door wide enough to give opportunities even to those who weren’t part of those boundary-breaking shows.

The increased access to lucha libre, from places like +Lucha and the official promotions, helped Mexican wrestling expand outside of its usual territories. I’ve written about the effect that increased access has meant internal Mexican wrestling, but it’s also woken up the outside world to it. When it’s easy to pass around a link or a GIF of Hijo del Vikingo’s latest crazy highspot, it becomes easy for him to become a highly sought after star without even stepping foot in the US. It’s gone both ways too: this decade has seen a lot of Mexican wrestlers adapting moves and ideas they’ve seen elsewhere for their purposes.

That’s also been a consequence of Mexican wrestling becoming less of an island. Both FantasicaMania and Lucha Underground featured some modifications of the style. Lucha libre, as a style, has lost a bit of its own identity as it has moved closer to some merged common form. Fond concepts like piledrivers being illegal in Mexican wrestling died a death of a million Canadian Destroyers in the 2010s. The stigma of lucha libre being “different” and “wrong” still exists even while more of lucha libre than ever seems like an attempt to replicate a cool indie match seen elsewhere, just because it’s now easier to see those matches from abroad.

The business of lucha libre hasn’t kept up with the internationalization of the style. AAA’s attempts to export to the US, through both Lucha Underground and their shows, did not succeed. CMLL’s expanded little to the US outside of a sometimes strained partnership with ROH (which did not see the same benefit from brining in CMLL stars in the last part of the decade as NJPW had earlier.) The reality of Mexico based promotions not getting US Dollars as an additional revenue source (or much money from any other countries) has meant AAA & CMLL can’t compete for their top talent. The internationalization of Mexican wrestling has led to top stars once again getting offers for work from US promotion. The Mexican groups can’t outbid for their homegrown talent, and can only compete on prestige and location. The best and brightest Mexican talent generally was ignored by the rest of the world in the 00s, but have begun to be plucked away in the 10s. AAA & CMLL haven’t lost everyone, but it’s led to increased reliance on the people they’ve wanted, have relied upon both aging names with less US appeal while hoping to find and develop new stars. It’s a replenishment of talent tough to maintain; CMLL showed hints of not being able to replace everyone they lost by the end of the decade.

The demand for Mexican wrestlers elsewhere figures to increase in the 20s. There’s no big sign the Mexico based promotions will be any more able to keep them next decade. The Lucha Brothers’ return to AAA is the counterexample, which gives a little hope. The overall talent base seems deeper in Mexico than it was last decade, and the numbers leaving don’t are relatively few. There’s no immediate fear of a Mexican scene decimation like Europe was at the end of the decade. The fear instead is of the Mexico wrestling becoming second class in the eyes of their fanbase. If Mexico is just a feeder system for the very top names to go to WWE or elsewhere after they establish themselves, then perhaps foreign promotions will relegate Mexico in its market.