Prometo Lucha Libre writes about how this weekend was a strong one for Mexican lucha libre. Amongst the usual amusing spin, he has a good point.
Last year, TripleMania and Sin Salida drew 29,000 against each other. We do not have final attendance numbers, but they should be around the same number, maybe leaning a bit higher.
Last year’s CMLL show drew 14,000 with a lesser match on top (Taichi vs Maximo), but a lot of help from Rayo and the Dinamitas in the semimain and new rudo Volador facing off against Mistico for the first time in a while in a relevos increidble trios. This year’s show, which was a day before TripleMania but nothing besides a main event where the finish was out ahead of time, is estimated to have drawn the same number. That speaks well CMLL handled Mascara vs Averno feud.
I don’t have a number estimate for TripleMania, but it did seem like close to last year. AAA pushed the TNA feud strongly, but nothing on this show was (or could be) as historically significant as LA Park vs La Parka for the name. That was a layup, this card was more work, but work that paid off if the attendance is where we figure it is.
CMLL in Japan
NJPW 06/21/11: Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA (O), Mascara Dorada b Brian Kendrick, Jado, Gedo (X) [J SPORTS CROWN, eightfinal]
Tanahashi/Kushida/Dorada have Bernard/Anderson/Liger in the quarters tomorrow. Since Bernard is getting the shot at Tanahashi next, and Kendrick attacked KUSHIDA after the match, I don’t like Team Dorada’s odds. Maybe he can steal a win from Liger. In the post match press conference, Dorada threw out challenges to both Devitt and Ibushi. Dare to dream.
LLF announced they’d be presenting two matches at the Lucha Libre Expo.
Luchas2000 #575 has Averno unmasked.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
- Maldito Jr. & Ninja de Fuego successfully defended the Hidalgo Tag Team Titles
- Bardo el Gitano took Yorno el Califa’s hair in the semimain of a show on Sunday. The main event – Garza/Bucanero vs Abyss/Aguila – didn’t actually happen due to a pay dispute.
- Cesar is able to make one really good card out of the 3 CMLL is running this week.
- Kcidis has bragging dads.
- Damian 666 thinks the Perros rivalry with Psycho Circus will continue. There’s a video interview also, which shows off Damain’s injured nose.
- Speaking of injuries, Chessman got himself a stiched up forehead.
- Tinieblas was honored at a gay night club.
CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2011 Arena Coliseo
1) Semental & Zayco vs Bengala & Freesbe
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Sensei vs Euforia, Inquisidor, Loco Max
4) Héctor Garza, Histeria, Psicosis vs Ephesto, Shigeo Okumura, Shinsuke Nakamura
5) Black Warrior, Blue Panther, La Máscara vs Averno, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
That’s probably Nakamura’s last match. The tercera is about as random as you get. Maybe Dragon Lee & Sensei can teach Rey Cometa some lucha libre karate. Mercurio’s back for the first time since early March.
CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Hierro vs Ángel del Mal & In Memoriam
2) Apocalipsis & Mortiz vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
3) Ángel Azteca, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Skándalo
4) Metal Blanco vs Tiger Kid [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
5) Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Toscano vs Naito, Terrible, Texano
I guess it’s nice Naito & Doble T can move on from their previous issues?
Metal Blanco is going for defense #3.
CMLL (FRI) 07/15/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dalys la Caribeña & Luna Mágica vs La Comandante & Princesa Blanca
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Sangre Azteca, Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
4) Máximo, Rush, Toscano vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs El Alebrije, Mr. Águila, Psicosis
CMLL was promoting this card strongly on TV. A full DF card in GDL usually means someone else is running in the area that night.