photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 05/02/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Dragón Celestial b Seiya
2) Mr. Leo & Saruman b Fulgor & Picudo Jr.
3) Factor, Rayan, Spartan b Chico Che, Freyser, Golden Magic
4) Centvrión, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Veneno b Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, Yuriko
Dinamick Black replaced Centvrion.
5) Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., X-Fly b Danny Casas, Pantera, Pirata Morgan
Team X-Fly won falls 1/3. Pantera and Danny Casas had problems in the third fall, leading to Danny Casas laying down to get pinned. Pirata attacked Danny Casas, Eterno made the save, and they both beat up Pantera & Pirata Morgan until Hijo del Pirata Morgan made the save. Eterno & Danny Casas, friends for the last minute and rivals for the last month, challenged for the tag team titles.

The guy who makes up the Sunday lineups must be psychic to already know the new Eterno & Danny Casas partnership. Or maybe they tipped the programmer off!

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is Atlantis’ 30th Anniversary show, but it’s also the least newsy Friday show in some while. Atlantis celebrates thirty years by facing new champion Averno in a rare non-title, non-tournament CMLL three fall match. The main event is the Guerreros vs the noted high flying trio of Mascara Dorada, Titan, and Thunder. The Fiebre Amarilla vs Rey Cometa/Stuka/Fuego and Shockercito/Violencia feuds continue.

One feud which won’t be continuing any time soon is the Shocker vs Mr. Aguila one. No problems here. This is for positive reasons: Shocker is part of TV Azteca’s La Isla 2, a Survivor like reality show which mixes famous people and regular people. The cast press conference was yesterday, and the show actually starts taping today in the Dominican Republic for two months, so no Shocker matches until July. CMLL knew enough to stop booking him; Tuesday’s Kid’s Day match was his last listed for the time being. The show itself starts airing in September. Shocker being on a TV Azteca show means he’s possibly not allowed, and probably not available, to be on any third season of El Luchador unless it’s already finishing taping. (It still hasn’t been confirmed by A&E that a third season is happening.)

If you liked Titan wrestling in singles match tournaments the last two late Springs, you’re in luck: Titan is the sole CMLL representative in NJPW’s 20th Best of Super Juniors tournament. The story is Titan was under consideration going into FantasicaMania and did well enough for NJPW to give him the invite. The tournament runs from May 24th to June 9th (there’s a pre-tour show on May 22nd that he may also be on.) It’s an 18 wrestler, 2 block tournament, and the blocks have not been announced. Namajague is not in the tournament and will continue being pulled into the splits in Mexico for the time being.

The track record of CMLL luchadors in NJPW tournaments is well established by now, and I’ll probably roll out that chart later, but I’d rather focus on a fun opportunity regardless of the outcomes. Between Titan in this tournament and the return of Busca de un Idolo in the next couple weeks, there’s going to be a lot of fun singles matches involving CMLL regulars over the next few weeks. And, hey, NJPW could use some new people involved in both it’s junior singles and tag division, who knows what could happen? Titan got here by winning another tournament he was set up to lose in anyway.

(You can actually fashion this into an explanation of why CMLL did what it did with Titan’s title – he’s gone for a while and can come back at a higher level – but that may be more wishful than believing Titan will do well in this tournament. It’s not like CMLL needed the title for anything.)

Estrellas del Ring, MedioTiempo, Todo x el Todo, and R de Rudo all have articles about LA Park and Dr. Wagner’s challenges, and R de Rudo has video. ESTO’s article about the show adds more of the talent list for the 05/11 show: Villano IV (one day before he’s on the AAA Durango taping), Atila Jr., Rayman, Hijo del Solitario, Angel Blanco Jr., Medico Asesino Jr., Poseidon, Bobby Lee Jr., Imposible, and Maquina Infernal. There are some random names there. Atila is feuding with Solitario on other shows, which probably continues here. El Hijo del Santo was not at the press conference and is not mentioned as appearing on 05/11 yet, so it’s possible he’s sitting this one out. He’s still mentioning the shows, and is teasing a match with Blue Demon Jr. on the 06/22 show.

El Hijo del Santo did mention last week that TxT airs this Sunday and next on Cadena3. Will I get around to watching the last show before this one airs? (“Ask Again Later”.)

AAA announced the TripleMania start time is moving from 6:00pm to 6:30pm starting time. If AAA was doing a PPV, announcing a 6:30 show to do a pre-show and start the actual show at 7 would make sense, but there’s no mention of PPV in a few weeks. The actual news here is AAA announced the show is starting half a hour later, instead of just doing it and not telling anyone ahead of time.

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