(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

CMLL announced a Torneo Increible de Parejas for it’s miniestrellas will take place August 21 in Arena Mexico. That’s a Sunday show, the usual one big Sunday show for the summer. Minis tecnicos and rudos will be teaming up, with the losing team facing off in an apuest match that night. Teams have not been announced, but the minis entered are tecnicos Pequeno Maximo, Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito, Electrico, Bam Bam and rudos Pequeno Violencia, Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Universo, Pequeno Olimpico, Pequeno Warrior, Pequeno Pierroth and Pequeno Halcon.

That’s an odd list for a couple of reasons. It’s 7 tecnicos and 7 rudos, which does not divide into a tournament well. First team eliminated gets bumped all the way to the semifinals, perhaps, or they could recount and add Aereo and Mercurio to round out the numbers. (Or Demus 3:16 and Mascarita Dorada, the two big names conspicioually absent.) There’s also the matter of Pequeno Halcon being listed on the rudo side, since he’s been a tecnico all to this point.

Early hunch: Fantasy.

Anyway, this news is probably connected to SuperLuchas news from last night: Dr. X has left CMLL. CMLL hasn’t said anything, though they have removed from his remaining listed match (the 08/19 GDL, which now includes Vangelis on the rudo side of the tercera.) Dr. X has been a regular rudo in CMLL since 1997. He started under the “Dr. O’Borman Jr.” name before losing the rights to the name (he’s not related to Dr. O’Borman) and switching to Dr. X in late 2000. SuperLuchas was uncertain if Dr. X can continue using his own name elsewhere, and no one’s quite sure where elsewhere he’s going. Dr. X doesn’t seem to have an obvious role in AAA, and is more likely to be traversing the IWRGs and IWLs of independent lucha libre.

SuperLuchas’ post says Dr. X was unhappy about never being treated like the great wrestler he clearly was (which is a debatable.) More substantially, Dr. X surely is unhappy that CMLL decided to do a random minis apuesta match with absolutely no build as this cycle’s major show, instead of following thru on the Fuego vs Dr. X feud that’s been going on for months. It’s at least the second time that match (and the Tapatios/Gen11 feud) has been displaced by other CMLL priorities. There had been plans for a cage match back in June, but the events around Averno & Mascara overtook them and understandably so. Being thrown over the side for a minis match, with maybe another promise to do the match down the line (if at all) might have understandably been the breaking point.

Back when I heard about the cage match, neither Dr. X or Fuego were to lose their masks in the match. However, that was not very settled then, very much something that was still being debated, and it’s certainly possible that Dr. X thought he was getting the pay off for a mask loss. I’d imagine he’ll still be trying to do that, just elsewhere. Hopefully he figured that out before leaving CMLL.

Other News

Wrestling Observer says Sin Cara returns on Tuesday, which is not exactly 30 days (but probably means they’re in a hurry to get him on SummerSlam, which means they still seem as rather important.) There are a lot of WWE people being cut today, but he seems to have escaped the ax just in time. I suggest he lose the Record’s phone number and email address.

Ultimo Guerrero doesn’t want us to make too much of him and Atlantis feuding at the Lucha Libre Expo show; there was just a little friction there, things got a bit heated, he did whatever he could to get the win and Atlantis cheated first so he was totally justified in fouling him. UG hopes they can stay professional tonight and be friends, but he’s ready to fight Atlantis for the heavyweight title or the masks if need be.

That’s really the only thing of note storyline going into tonight. It’s a pretty generic card (almost as if they’re making sure the main event gets all the attention…)

SuperLuchas notes the AAA title belt has a different face plate when it’s shown in TNA, blocking out the AAA name/logo. SuperLuchas has been saying for a while that TNA is not allowed to mention the AAA name, which never seemed to make much sense given how they’ve mentioned WWE so many times, but this would sure seem to fit with that. AAA’s name being obscured on US TV would sure seem to hurt their expansion into the US, if they actually still had TV in the US.

LuchaPOP announced they were bringing in Thomas Dubios. If you search on Google for Thomas Dubios, you get photos of the lawyer character (Tom) from the Boondocks, which would be awesome. It turns it Thomas Dubios they’re bringing in is actually a Quebec based wrestler who I’ve never ever heard of. No one really knows Samurai del Sol outside of Chicago and that’s turned out okay, but I hope they’re not paying for a plane ticket.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and last week’s Ras de Lona. I’m pretty sure that if anyone on the Ras de Lona staff wears a black shirt in to work, everyone else immediately asks him if he’s turning rudo.

Rob has the second part of Cruiserweight showcase and late March/early April 1999 AAA highlights.

CMLL in NJPW

08/05: 1) La Sombra b Strong Man (6:48, cradle)

With all due respect to Pirata Morgan, Sombra es el mejor del mundo! Sombra is 2-1, in a big tie for first, while Strong Man has yet to get a decision in his first two matches.

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