IWRG (WED) 08/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Capitán Muerte b Sky Ángel
2) Anubis Black & Matrix Jr. b Galaxy & Látigo
3) Dragón Celestial b Hip Hop Man © [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
First? defense for Hip Hop man. Dragon Celestial won the title, though it appeared he used the ropes to win. Hip Hop Man demanded a rematch. Dragon Celestial agreed – as long as it happened in Argentina! Money thrown in.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © b Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno [EdM Trios]
5th defense for the Gringos. Mutual respect after the match.
5) Alan Extreme L Relámpago, Golden Magic, Tony Rivera, Ciclon Black, Metaleon, Yakuza, Chucho el Roto [cage, hair, mask, prison fatal]
Order of escape went Ciclon Black, Chucho el Roto, Yakuza, Golden Magic, Relampago, which left Tony alone with Metaleon and Alan Extreme. Ciclon Black came back in to help. Tony and Metaleon left, then Tony threw white powder at Alan to blind him and allow Ciclon Black to escape. Alan’s first hair loss, about nine months after he lost his mask.
Poor Alan Xtreme. The Neza Boys got him this time.
Hip Hop Man apparently (?) won that championship in Argentina, so Dragon Celestial going there for a show may actually be the plan.
El Rey announced the taping schedule for Lucha Underground yesterday afternoon. It’s a two weekends (Saturday/Sunday) on, one weekend off schedule for September and October. Tickets are free if you send in your info and are willing to sign a non disclosure agreement. It’s possible they could be taping beyond that and just don’t want to worry about taking tickets for November yet. As it is, one episode per taping would give them twelve episodes, enough to air thru Christmas Eve. If the show is a success and meant to be weekly programming, a second set of tapings in December and January work make sense.
AAA also posted the press release for the show, so whatever disconnect I thought I was seeing is not there. They took out Sexy Star’s FILL championship reign in that one, but left in the mention of the luchadors being announced during TripleMania (which I still don’t think actually happened, but whatever.) I’d assume Dorian and others would be in Los Angeles for the first set of shows (09/06 & 09/07) and not Pachuca for AAA Mexico’s taping. It sets up the odd scenario of one of the biggest matches AAA could run (Myzteziz vs Perro Aguayo Jr.) taking place on a show where the internal AAA focus is primarily going to be elsewhere. They’ll have less to actually do in Los Angeles since other people are running the show, but it’ll be a little bit of a challenge to manage two situations in different countries at the same time.
AAA’s next Mexico taping is on the 19th. That’s an off weekend for the El Rey show so there won’t be the same set of problems. There’s likely to be more double booked weekends the next couple of months though, because there’s not enough weekends for both (unless AAA starts taping more often mid week.) Even beyond that, I’d guess the five AAA luchadors working El Rey (Demon, Fenix, Pentagon, Sexy Star, Drago) would not appear often in Mexico while the tapings are going on even when the schedule works out, to avoid injuries and burning them out.
This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter adds female wrestlers Candice LaRae and Ivelisse Velez to the list of those working the El Rey show, probably as opposition for Sexy Star. Sexy Star and Pentagon Jr. being on the show opens up the possibility of AAA doing something with the mixed tag titles on El Rey, but I’m doubtful the titles are going to be carried between promotions. Lucha Underground seems like it’s just going to be a totally separate product.
The WON also mentioned WWE has taken no action towards Alberto del Rio, Rey Misterio Jr. or AAA for everything which happened on TripleMania. That’s totally unlike WWE. They’ve recently gone after promotions and former recent wrestlers for being billed as their WWE characters on indy shows in the United States. It was said WWE did the same when Myztzeiz started wrestling as Sin Cara in Mexico, though I don’t know that it had any effect. It’s possible WWE just doesn’t feel they can get anything done in Mexico, it’s likely WWE believes going after Del Rio or Misterio right now will just shine a brighter light on their own questionable behavior in both situations. After the Twitter messages, WWE has gone with the idea that if they just stopped talking about Del Rio, it will all eventually get forgotten – and it might, if they weren’t coming to Mexico in October.
UFC almost sold out Arena Ciudad de Mexico on the first day tickets were on sale to the public (though they might have done their usual fanclub presale.) Those tickets are significantly more expensive than the much derided CMLL Anniversary ticket prices. If the product is hot enough, tickets can move at those prices. (CMLL’s not hot enough.)
Last night’s Tercera Caida included the people running the lucha libre seminar. They talked about how they got into lucha libre on the after the show video. AAA luchadors will be guests during the run of the seminar; waking up for a 9AM class on Saturday is tough enough, but seems rough if you’re wrestling the night before.The show included a Flamita promo from Dragon Gate, where he said he’d be on DTU shows on 09/27 (Tulancingo) and 09/28 (Veracruz).
Last night’s CMLL Informa included interviews with Cachorro, Dragon Lee and Ultimo Guerrero. The Guerrero one was interesting for the message they were pushing. Ultimo and JCR emphasized that the match with Atlantis would happen this year for sure, with no tag match or four way or any out similar to last year. Ultimo was asked who his second would be and said he hadn’t decided, going on to say it might be Gran Guerrero but implying they wouldn’t pull any sort of switch – Guerrero insisted he’d wrestle the match clean (limpio!) and not use any tricks to win. This might sell tickets, if anyone saw the show at all. (It would be better to show clips of this than the same promo literally ten times every week on 52MX.)
They also mentioned that, as of this moment, the CMLL press department has been told the Anniversary show will not be airing on Terra. There’s always the hope of an expanded CMLL on Fox show the following weekend, similar to Juicio Final, but even those matches were edited down to fit the time. The two undercard matches CMLL’s announced so far – Dragon Lee/Cachorro vs Puma/Tiger and the women’s cibernetico – are likely to be the first two on the card and unlikely to air unless there’s a total change in how CMLL does TV. There’s always the chance CMLL could change it’s mind if tickets sell well going into the show, but maybe the best chance is to keep letting CMLL know (on Facebook) that you’d like to see the show somehow.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Mexican diver German Sanchez, who’s been a guest of honor at past CMLL shows, talks about his love of lucha libre and friendship with Averno.
Nitro, Angel de Oro and Dragon Lee are among CMLL luchadors going on a tour of northern Mexico this weekend. They meet up with Puma in Monterrey on Sunday.
This photo of the Ultimo Guerrero/Mr. Aguila contract signing proves Aguila has always had a unique fashion sense.
AULL starts their own Gran Alternativa this weekend; the poster indicates it’s four blocks of eight teams. This’ll be going on for a while.
AAA (SAT) 08/30/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Faby Apache, Ludxor, Octagoncito, Venum vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie
2) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
3) Cibernético, La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, Parka Negra, Texano Jr.
AAA’s finally back in Juan de la Barrera! This is the third show of the ten they indicated they were running this year. It’s a sponsored show for Helados (ice cream), who’ve been running a ticket giveaway contest the last few months. (So, it’s last minute news to us but may have been announced somewhere else for a while. It’s a free show anyway.)