Heroes of Lucha Libre on Crackle, AAA still on Space, ROH

CMLL Informa today has Cuatrero, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, Cancerbero, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ephesto, and Vangellys. They’ve said they’ll announce the full Leyenda de Azul field (this week for sure), so some of those names are in that match. Last week’s CMLL on AMX show set up a Rey Cometa/Raziel match; perhaps that’s been changed to Rey Cometa/Cancerbero but the preview still says it’s Cometa/Raziel.

VOD service Crackle announced Heroes of Lucha Libre will debut on their platform on November 25. It is possible you have a vague recollection of Heroes of Lucha Libre, a short-lived Los Angeles based promotion. They booked large buildings with the hopes of drawing near 10,000 crowds with a lucha libre show. They did draw what would be considered a great indie crowd – SoCalUncensored had 2,500 for the first show and 3,000 for the third show – but probably not enough for their business plan. They ran three (10/01/17, 12/09/17, 06/02/18) shows, produced the show for TV, and then just posted vague messages about coming back occasionally. A fan cam of the main event out, but we’ve never seen more than clips of the final product. Crackle is free in the US, so anyone with some time over Thanksgiving can check it out.

I don’t expect this to be some hidden gem. The main event scene was built around Sam Adonis and evil Trump parody characters against Mexico, a feud blown off a couple of weeks ago. There are some undercard matches that may interesting, and the third show has a Rey Misterio singles match prior to returning to WWE. Dragon Lee & Mistico also appeared on the one show we don’t have results forward (which led to this group strangely trademarking those names.) The phrasing of the press release – “an 11 episode scripted series” might be PR speak or could mean the wrestling portion will be the backdrop for some skits.

Space (Mexico) has updated their guide and put AAA back in their normal spots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That was weird. AAA actually leads directly into AEW on Sunday. On Mas Lucha’s podcast, Jose Manuel Guillen mentions Space is building around wrestling and boxing and other things (action movies) that fit that feel, which is where AEW came in.

AAA posted a Laredo Kid promo challenging Kenny Omega again for TripleMania.

Friday appears to be the decision day for 12/05 as the TripleMania date. That’s the next map update and AAA also likely needs two weeks to promote the show is actually happening. (I know I’m writing that just like a week after putting up a post about a major show drawing 20,000 on a few days’ notice, but COVID makes this even harder to pull off.) AAA can easily push the shows back if they want, it’s not like Arena Ciudad de Mexico has a lot else going on. Barring a remarkable turnaround, AAA’s ultimately going to decide if running TripleMania with fans or running TripleMania in 2020 is more important.

Ring of Honor announced their annual Final Battle PPV will take place on Friday 12/18. They did not say it was live; my understanding is it’ll be taped a week ahead of time. Rush, Dragon Lee, Bandido, Flamita, and Rey Horus are expected to be on the show to defend their respective titles. It’ll be the first matches since the pandemic for Rush & Dragon Lee. It also may be the final ROH date for some of those names; we don’t know any more about their contract situation than we did a month ago.

There’s a chance of that weekend being a busy one for lucha libre. The ROH show is on 12/18 for sure. It is possible CMLL runs their one Ticketmaster Live show also on that date; they are running the final Friday in November but may want to avoid Christmas Day in December. The next day, December 19th, is the likely 2nd choice date for TripleMania.

Danes I (Juan Estrada) passed away Monday. Danes I was a Tabasco based luchador. He’s known more nationally as one of Canek’s brothers.

Hijo de Octagon has COVID-19. This is the non-AAA “son” of Octagon, who announced this. (R de Rudo noticed this first.). Hijo de Octagon said he experienced mild symptoms but it still threw him for a loop. He believes he got it from his brother, who got it at work. (Hijo de Octagon, the only currently acknowledged son of Octagon, would probably not like you think to think too much about him having a brother.)

The Mr. Iguana/Tlaloc match looks really good in highlights.

Dr. Wagner Jr. says he’s one signature away from coming back to CMLL. This seems unlikely as long as CMLL is going out of their way to edit him out of old Leyenda de Azul matches.

Trauma I missed wrestling on a show in Chiapas on Sunday with a shoulder injury. He still appeared, with Villano III Jr. taking his place in the match.

AAA posted a Lucha Fighter recap of the shows earlier this year. I’m not sure if there’s a purpose to it; all those episodes are already up on YouTube. AAA possibly might need to run empty studio tapings again before things get better but there’s no other indication that’s coming. This paragraph just serves to embarrass me later if this was actually something.

Welcome To Mi Barrio says they’ll return with new episodes on 11/27.

Cinta de Oro & Magno versus the Colons and Demus vs Mascarita Dorada headline a show in El Paso on 11/28. All non-essential businesses are meant to be closed to December 1st in El Paso.

Mas Lucha has a new episode of En+Carados.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 11/22/2020 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito vs Halcón Galáctico
2) Mexica vs Sobredosis [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
3) Baby Xtreme vs Baby Star [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
4) Toxin vs The Tiger
5) Hijo del Alebrije, Puma King, Veneno vs Capo del Norte, Capo Mayor, El Hijo Del Espectro Jr.
6) Estrella Divina & Tiago vs Big Chicoche & Big Ovett and Jessy Ventura & Pasion Kristal

The tag team main event reminds me of the still incomplete IWRG Tag Team eliminator. The final was meant to be Traumas versus Demonio Infernal & Fresero. IWRG’s poster confrims they’re running a big show on 12/06, likely when either the tournament final or the resulting tag title match was intended to happen. (Maybe the winner of this match gets inserted in the final instead?)

Still guessing Capo Mayor (ex-Mascara 2000 Jr.) versus Dr. Wagner as a main event for that 12/06 show. Toxin and The Tiger have been feuding here as well but that seems like a title match. Maybe the lightweight semfinals and finals on 12/06, or maybe later – IWRG often has multiple big shows in December.

Everyone very excited about Komander’s spot in IWRG gets no Komander next week. They do get the flying chef.

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