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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Alberto del Rio went from WWE superstar to TripleMania special guest in a matter of days. Del Rio was fired from WWE after attacking a (non-wrestler) employee in a backstage confrontation. Reports say the attack was in response to a racial joke – WWE hasn’t denied it, and ADR is being portrayed as standing up to a racist in Mexico. It’s ADR’s best storyline in years and it also might be true. There’s a lot of question marks – what will be his role? is Del Rio in AAA for the long term? how can he be advertised under the WWE name? – but Del Rio appearing alone has definitely increased attention for TripleMania and probably sold a fair bit of tickets. Meanwhile, this means WWE is certainly looking around for another Mexican or Hispanic to take Alberto Del Rio’s spot (since Kalisto is more of a Rey Misterio replacement.)
  2. Dr. Wagner Jr. has improbably returned to AAA, again. Wagner made a surprise appearance at the TripleMania conference. AAA was announcing a four way match with a mystery person when Wagner (and his son) appeared to say he was back. Cibernetico ripped Wagner and Joaquin Roldan for bringing Wagner back, and others in AAA said the same on Twitter after. Wagner’s stint in AAA ended badly, with Wagner refusing work with AAA for the last few months of his contract outside of last year’s TripleMania. Both sides then made legal threats against each other and claimed they wouldn’t work together ever again, but here they are a year later. It’s unclear if this is a one match appearance or a longer return; whatever plan there was might have already changed with Alberto del Rio being available. Dr. Wagner Jr. previously suffered a bad cut in a match with LA Park, which was said to put him out of action for three weeks. He’ll be back in about half the time if he works TripleMania.
  3. The most unpredictable part of CMLL’s Juicio Final was the attendance. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise for CMLL, drawing around the same 13,000 fans they did back in March for Dos Leyendas. The outcomes were more as expected: Rush defeated Negro Casas in a one sided hair match, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit defeated Seductora & Princesa Blanca in a mask/hair match (which also marked the end of Blanca’s career, at least for now) and Volador won his title back from Sombra.
  4. AAA announced the rest of the TripleMania lineup a couple days before that press conference. The main event remains Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. in mask versus hair and the Taya/Faby title match is still on, but the rest of the card is very disconnected from anything built on TV. There’s a four way match with Mytzeziz, Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. and a mystery person (assumed to be Wagner) which has some of the biggest stars of the last decade but hasn’t been advertised on TV. There’s the Cruiserweight/Fusion title match that’s got a different lineup than they’ve set up on TV (with Aerostar notable winning a #1 contenders match but not getting a spot in a 10 man title match.) There is a cage match that’s been somewhat built up with promos added to TV, but it generally comes off like the people putting the TV together had no idea what most of the their biggest card of the year was going to be until a couple weeks before the show. This continued frustrating patterns where matches built up on AAA’s TV show just don’t happen on their major shows, and those major show undercards are just randomly thrown together matches meaning little.
  5. CMLL announced Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis in a mask versus mask match will be the main event of the 09/17 Anniversary show. They had the luchadors sign the contract for the match, and have spent some time emphasizing that it’ll be a singles match without anyone else getting involved like last year. It’s unclear if people actually believe CMLL, but they’ve got a month to hype it. Ultimo Guerrero is running thru top guys in the lead up to the match. Tickets went on sale quickly, marked up $20 from last year.
  6. Various leaks suggest the AAA USA project may not be much of an AAA project at all; the people they entrusted with the power to run the thing are said to be replacing the AAA wrestlers with local indy wrestlers, completely defeating the point of AAA being involved in this project. There’s still little official details – they may be taping in two weeks, or they may be taping at some other point.
  • CMLL announced the 2014 Universal Tournament. Blocks are on 08/15 and 08/22 with a final on 08/29. The timing indicates this is probably setting up another match for the Anniversary show. There’s no mention of any NJPW involvement so far (as has been the case all year.) It looks like CMLL is unafraid of overdoing La Sombra versus Volador Jr., as they’re the on opposite sides of the tournament and appear the most likely final.
  • AAA taped their final TV before TripleMania in Teziutlan. It still seemed pretty disconnected from TripleMania despite the lineup being announced. Only Psycho Clown/Texano Jr. was hyped (which is consistent with the rest of the shows)
  • Oro Jr. beat Metalico in a mask versus mask match. This was clearly meant to be Oro Jr.’s star making moment, but he did not have much of a match. The Arena Mexico fans sided with the rudo veteran (as they often do) but it didn’t seem to help either guy. If anything, it appeared to solidify Oro Jr. as a early match luchador, the same spot Metalico spent all of his career.
  • AAA announced it’s first post-TripleMania taping would be on 09/07. That means that TripleMania will air in complete on TV in the weeks following it airing on PPV.
  • AAA also mentioned two people would be added to it’s hall of fame on TripleMania. They haven’t hinted about who it might be.
  • CMLL debuted a new “Hombre sin Nombre”, an Averno replacement partner for Mephisto and Ephesto. The new luchador wore the same kind of outfit Ephesto did way back when he used the same name and HsN’s previous identity is not immediately clear.
  • Psicosis says he’s left AAA. He’s training guys in Tijuana (and this is not related to previous item.)
  • People who won titles: Silueta (over Zeuxis)
  • People who kept their titles: Titan (over Cavernario), Oficials (over Traumas), Dragon Rojo (over Rey Escorpion), Imposible (over Emperador Azteca), Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 (over Hijo de Dos Caras by countout)
  • Minis in CMLL and AAA complained about be overlooked by the promotion.

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top six stories of the last two weeks

It was a boring two weeks. Just go read the last one again.

  1. CMLL continued it’s build towards the Juicio Final match with Rush and Negro Casas and their various partners continue to feud. Rush & Shocker kept the tag team titles over Rush & La Sombra. Casas is still the underdog in the hair match, but CMLL seems to be teasing the idea that an angry Rush might get himself DQed and cost himself his hair.
  2. TripleMania is just around the corner, but AAA itself is in a very quiet period. This past week’s TV and this upcoming week’s seem to have little in-ring build to their biggest show of the year (though they’ve stuffed the show with a lot of vignettes and video packages to fix it.) A three week stretch without a new TV taping comes to an end this weekend, and the full TripleMania card should be announced next week. Text and video promos have started teasing a cage match with Electroshock, Jeff Jarrett, La Parka and many people yet to be named – it’s possible there will be an angle to also include Myzteziz in the match on Sunday’s taping, which would explain why he hasn’t had a taping yet. Electroshock also hinted at bringing in a surprise to counter Karen Jarrett; Electroshock’s wife Lady Apache rejoining AAA would fit well for a couples feud.
  3. AAA’s TV also revealed TripleMania will be on Sky PPV in Mexico after all – both SummerSlam and TripleMania will air on PPV in Mexico on the same night thru the same provider. AAA also officially anounces TripleMania would also be on iPPV @ triplemaniatv.com. It using a new provider no one knows anything about and the techinical info mentions they’ll only offer refunds if 95% of the show fails to air. (If 12 minutes of 4 hour show airs, they get to keep all the money – though that would be 12 more minutes than last year.) It’s $13 if you are brave enough to purchase it by the end of the month.
  4. WWE announced they would return to Mexico on 10/18 (Mexico City) and 10/19 (Monterrey). Cesaro and Rosa Mendes came to both cities for press conferences (and not Alberto del Rio or Sin Cara or Rey Misterio Jr.)
  5. Dragon Rojo’s new start as a tecnico started with a match against fellow misplaced tecnico Volador. It did not work at all. Rojo is more normally feuding with former partner Rey Escorpion. CMLL continues to tease but not announce Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero as the Anniversary main event, and a Rey Escorpion/Dragon Rojo mask vs hair match looms as the most obvious monkey wrench they could throw in.
  6. AAA’s Fenix has been missing shows with what was announced as a fractured tibia. He’s supposed to be putting his Fusion title on the line at TripleMania, but it sounds like the injury isn’t as bad as it sounds and he’ll be back in time.
  • Aeroboy beat Black Terry to tie up series of matches on ChilangaMask shows.
  • Hijo de Dos Caras won the vacant IWRG IC Heavyweight Championship in what reads like a disaster of a ladder match. They broke all the (cheap) ladders they had, and then they could get the belt untied. No one hand to do a job so the luchadors were happy, which is truly the important thing.
  • People who kept their titles Delta & Guerrero Maya (Arena Coliseo Tag, disappointing match), Virus (world lightweight), Guerreros (world trios), Daga (Cruiserweight title on an AAA spot show in Tijuana). Various Guadalajara titles changed hands, which doesn’t really matter.
  • Loco Max lost his hair in a match he wasn’t supposed to be in, which is a very Loco Max (or Monterrey) story.
  • Konnan Big had a match.

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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. CMLL announced the Negro Casas vs Rush hair match would finally take place on 08/01. There’s also a women’s double apuesta match, but it’s the men’s match which should draw one of the bigger crowd of the year.
  2. El Rey’s AAA lucha libre show will debut on Wednesday, October 8th
  3. The first of three AAA tapings took place in Queretaro on the 27th. One match was announced for TripleMania: Daga putting his Cruiserweight championship on the line against Aerostar, Bengala, Fenix (who’s own Fusion championship will be unified out of existence) and Daga’s usual allies of Steve Pain and Eterno. Jeff Jarrett and Electroshock battled in the main event and have talked up the possibility of a hair match for TripleMania, for some reason.
  4. TripleMania will be on iPPV – maybe. The TripleManiaTV.com website is advertising the iPPV. It’s being done by a company with no known iPPV history, and AAA hasn’t promoted the iPPV. The price of the iPPV is also ever changing – it’s gone from $8 to $1 to $15 to $13.
  5. Meanwhile, CMLL and/or Terra quietely canceled the Friday night broadcasts. The braodcasts came to end right after the annual internet-exclusive En Busca de un Idolo tournament concluded, which suggests it might have in the works for a while. Despite that, neither CMLL nor Terra actually said anything about the show being canceled until CMLL was questioned about it the following week. (CMLL promoted a new television show as a sort of replacement, but it doesn’t seem to actually exist yet.)
  6. AAA’s second taping took place in Xalapa, and added Taya Valkyrie vs Faby Apache for Faby’s Reina de Reinas championship for TripleMania. (It’ll be the first women’s title match ever at TripleMania.)
  • CMLL’s main feud continues to be centered around the Indeserables (or the Ingobernables if you’re Sombra) versus Shocker, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas, part of the Rush/Casas rivalary. Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero continue to feud as a tease to being the Anniversary main event, but it’s still uncertain if/when it’ll happen.
  • After Dragon Rojo beat Rey Escorpion in an everyone versus everyone cibernetico, Escorpion and Polvora turned on Rojo in their matches. Rojo has decided to switch to the tecnico side. This was a lot quicker transition than usual, so much so that they still have Rojo main eventing as a rudo this Sunday.
  • AAA ran a third TV taping as part of resort weekend vacation package. Nothing of note happened on the show. AAA’s since announced they’re taking the next two weekend off from taping, returning on 07/27. That show will have to set up the TripleMania matches for the top guys, since many of them have nothing and the card will be announced prior to the next taping.
  • Puebla regular Asturiano defeated Pequeno Black Warrior in Arena Puebla. Warrior announced he was leaving CMLL after the match.
  • People who won titles: Dr. Cerebro, Malefico
  • People who kept titles: Estrellita

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  1. Psycho Clown will put his mask against Texano Jr.’s hair at TripleMania. The match will be one of the biggest matches on the show, and is the only match so far announced. (Tickets are already on sale.) The two have been feuding since just after last year’s TripleMania, with Texano winning every meaningful singles match and is expected to come to an end at this show. It seems likely Psycho will finally get his win, in an effort to give him a big moment on the biggest show of AAA’s year, though that would also mean the Texano would lose on the biggest show of the year and still be world champion.
  2.  Cavernario won the near three month long En Busca de un Idolo tournament, defeating Hechicero in a strong final following a very good tournament. Dragon Lee finished third, Cachorro finished four, but all four looked very good through the tournament. The final of the tournament got over strong with the fans, despite the relatively low visibility of the build – the tournament does not air on TV, only airing live and available after the fact in unauthorized locations, so you’d have to be a hardcore fan to follow it, much less care – and it felt like CMLL might have created new rising stars. It depends on where they go from here, and that much isn’t clear. For now, all ten participants in the tournament will meet in a cibernetico this Friday.
  3. The actual CMLL main event storylines continues to focus on the Indeserable trio of La Sombra, Rush and La Mascara versus everyone. One week after Sombra became double world champion, Rush & Mascara lost their world tag team titles to Negro Casas & Rush cleanly. Rush and Casas are still scheduled for a hair match, but there’s been no suggestion anything definite involving the Indeserable trio is happening soon. CMLL has been pushing a Juicio Final show, but has a variety of midcard and lower feuds (Oro/Metalico & Sugehit/Blanca most notably) which could instead climax on that show.
  4. CMLL has turned up the heat on the Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero feud. Atlantis cheated to beat Ultimo Guerrero to win the Leyenda de Azul tournament. Guerrero continues to demand CMLL announce a date for their already signed mask match.
  5. AAA announced lineups for many future tapings. Absolutely nothing of note appears to be happening on any of them; the schedule suggests the rest of TripleMania might be set up on the Tehuacan taping on 07/21.
  6. Mephisto was scheduled for a title defense, but suffered a knee injury a few days prior. His return date is unknown, but they went out of their way to not strip him of the title yet so there’s likely hope he’ll be back for the Universal tournament. (Likewise, still nothing said about Mistico II’s title.)
  • Cavernario followed up his En Busca de un Idolo win by defeating Black Metal for his mask in a cage of death match two days later.
  • Asturiano and Pequeno Black Warrior, who’ve been feuding for the last month in a half, will have a mask vs hair match in Arena Puebla as that building’s Anniversary main event.
  • Los Oficials picked up the tag team titles in IWRG, and Arkangel beat Gallo to win his back the FULL (Chile) belt.
  • People who kept their titles: Golden Magic, Virus, Titan, Rey Escorpion
  • Super Crazy, Jinzo, Rocky Lobo (NOAH), Mascara Dorada, Fuego (CMLL) and La Comandante (REINA) are all out in Japan on various tours. Nieto del Santo is also in Japan w/NOAH, though still not having matches.

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  1. Sin Cara/Mistico will now be known as Myzteziz. AAA announced the name in between tapings this week, at a Thursday press conference. AAA owns the rights to the name and new mask. The luchador has said he will continue to use Sin Cara on non-AAA shows for the time being.
  2. Verano de Escandalo was another AAA ‘major card’ which were actually only a chapter in a bigger story. Myzteziz made his AAA in-ring debut after weeks of post match run-ins. Texano defeated Psycho Clown to keep the heavyweight title thanks to an evil referee again. The evil referee happened to be ex-CMLL referee Rafael el Maya, making his debut here. Bengala won a multiman match to get a cruiserweight title match at some future point. Nothing was announced for TripleMania, though Psycho Clown did challenge Texano to a mask versus hair match. The show sold out or came very close to it.
  3. CMLL continues to focus on the Sombra/Rush/La Mascara trio versus Volador and the older rudos (Shocker and Negro Casas most of all.) Sombra’s group is being billed as tecnicos but working the matches completely as rudos, including Rush dropping Volador with his finish to set up Sombra beating him last Friday and picking up another title belt. The much delayed Rush & La Mascara tag title defense against Negro Casas will happen this Friday, with Shocker in what was originally Mr. Niebla’s place.
  4. En Busca de un Idolo round two began, with every one going 1-1 in the first two matches. Hechicero continues to dominate the voting and seems safe for the final, but the fan voting is making it close between Cavernario, Dragon Lee and Cachorro. Hechicero faces Cachorro and Dragon Lee faces Cavernario on Friday, and it’s possible no one will know the final matchup until CMLL Informa next Wednesday.
  5. CMLL announced Juicio Final on 08/01. It’s much later than usual, likely due to the World Cup. Juicio Final is usually a cage match show and probably will end up this year, though CMLL has begun strongly hinting Ultimo Guerero/Atlantis and Rush/Negro Casas are coming any day now. Juicio Final and TripleMania are both scheduled for August, and Hijo del Santo has told people he will hold a retirement show that busy month.
  6. Prior to Verano de Escandalo, AAA taped in Celaya mostly to fill a gap in their TV schedule. Taya won a shot at the Reina de Reinas championship for some time down the road. Psycho Clowns beat el Consejo in a trios title match, in the upteeneth matchup between those two teams. Averno continued his winning streak in the main event, and the-not-yet-Myzteziz appeared in Sin Cara gear after the main event.

Other stuff.

  • LuchaMania Monterrey announced they’ll run a show on 07/05 with Charles Lucero/Black Terry, Hechicero/Caifan, Princesa Sugehit/Dark Angel
  • Sin Cara and friends ran into problems in Campeche, where the promoter had no money for the luchadors or just wouldn’t pay.
  • Exterminador took Evola’s hair in Guadalajara.
  • People who kept their titles: Titan.
  • Rocky Lobo and Jinzo are headed to Japan. Mascara Dorada should be wrapped up with his NJPW tour, but he’s curiously absent from lineups.

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(off the top of my head and in a hurry)

  1. an unnamed Sin Cara didn’t wrestle on either of AAA tapings in Chiapas this past fortnight, but made the save for the tecnicos on both shows. He wore his old mask and revealed a new one, seeming to set up a new identity. Sin Cara even spoke about getting a third name to the press. After all that, AAA announced him as wrestling as Mistico and pictured him in his Mistico mask on Verano de Escandalo. AAA’s also shown no concern about using the Averno or Bengala names. It seems both legally doubtfully and seemingly totally hypocritical (they’re essentially doing what they’ve spent years in court trying to get Psicosis II/Histeria/Alebrije not to do), but there’s surely a fantastic story coming about how this is possible. Haven’t heard it yet. CMLL hasn’t addressed the situation, but may get around to it tonight.
  2. The rest of Verano de Escandalo card is usual fare for a non-TripleMania major show. The nearly year long Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. feud has it’s second ever title match, with Psycho Clown getting a rematch after referee Hijo del Tirantes cost him the championship back in October. (No one’s addresses if Hijo del Tirantes will be referee again.) The Mistico trios match, with nothing on the line but Mistico and Averno back in the same ring, main events. The undercard includes part two of a mysterious cruiserweight title tournament. That tournament started when champ Daga missed a show, and was billed as for the vacant title – but now Daga’s back on the card and it’s a #1 tournament. Mysterious, I tell you. Maybe the bigger story will take place on the card – there’s no obvious TripleMania main event yet.
  3. CMLL does have an obvious Anniversary main event – Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis, this time we mean it – but is just running in place on that. They’re also running in place on a La Mascara/La Sombra/Rush versus Everyone Else feud. Mr. Niebla is supposed to be a big part of the Everyone Else but appeared to have gotten himself suspended while already serving another suspension. It’s some next level effort.
  4. CMLL’s one storyline that is moving along is the En Busca de un Idolo tournament. They’ve cut down to a final four of Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Hechicero and Cavernario. Hechicero’s overwhelming fan support means he’s almost certainly going to make the final, but which of the other three join him and who ultimately wins is a unknown. All four have been excellent so far.
  5. CMLL started to air a Mistico (II) vignette detailing his accident and injury. Should CMLL actually follow up on this and air regular new vignettes featuring Mistico on the road to recovery for the four months (his stated return date), this might actually succeed in getting Mistico II over in his return. CMLL following up on something regularly seems highly unlikely so we’re probably safe there.
  6. I’m stuck on six. DTU ran shows which went okay when the commissions would actually let them do their hardcore stuff. X-Fly lost his hair for the five millionith time (and no commission seemed to have a problem with that?) CMLL shuffled their TV shows around a bit, no one noticed? CMLL is doing a weekday night news/recap show on Terra, which maybe a 100 people will actually see? CMLL returned to doing live Twitter updates for their shows, that was nice.

Other news
- a lot of people kept titles

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top six stories of the last two weeks

Averno left CMLL to work with Sin Cara again. In a rare move, CMLL actually acknowledged Averno had left the promotion. Sin Cara, Averno and various local promoters used Kid’s Day/Labor Day weekends to run a week full of shows around Mexico. The two, teaming with AAA wrestlers or independents, drew good crowds though not consistently sold out ones. Sin Cara, Averno haven’t been officially announced as working for AAA yet, but it’s coming soon. AAA TV lineups on 05/17 and 05/24 have luchadora sorpresa spots which are holding a spot for Sin Cara & Averno.

Mistico II is out of action for an indefinite time after getting into a motorcycle accident. The accident took place Friday, and CMLL has only said Mistico broke a couple of bones in his leg. Mistico has been more forthcoming on his own Facebook, saying he had four screws put in his leg and vowing he’ll be 1000% in “a few months.”

AAA announced Verano de Escandalo would take place on 06/07 in Orizaba, Veracruz. Psycho Clown challenges Texano Jr. again for the Mega championship (the first TV defense in 7 months) will be on the card, and challenges were made for a Blue Demon Jr./Chessman Latin American championship match. The other big development from AAA’s weekend of tapings was the debut of “Bengala” – not the CMLL luchador using the same name, but Ricky Marvin under a mask. Marvin is a fine addition, putting him under a mask is a bit more mysterious.

La Sombra, Rush and La Mascara have formed a rudo outlaw group. All three are now basically doing Rush’s “most hated tecnico” character, only they’re now not getting along with any one else. The three are saying they’re not tecnicos or rudos, but they’ve been repeatedly turning on their tecnico partners and rudos have tended to work as tecnicos against them. The build here is to set up a Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla tag challenge versus La Mascara & Rush (and continue to Casas versus Rush beyond that.) The story has taken a strange turn – that tag title match was announced for this Friday, then everyone involved was abruptly pulled from the card this Monday with no explanation.

The En Busca de un Idolo tournament continues on – but to what, we don’t know. Hechicero continues to lead over all, with his dominance in internet polling passing pushing him far beyond Cavernario (who’s doing better in the other phases of the competition.) Soberano has a little bit of lead for third. Cachorro, Star Jr., Guerrero Negro Jr. and Dragon Lee are all close in a battle for fourth – which may or may not matter. The youngsters in this tournament have looked much more adept at putting together good matches than would be expected for their experience, which is the most important outcome.

El Dandy lost to Satanico in his “retirement” match, as the main event of the 04/27 Chilanga Mask show. Satanico faked a foul, causing El Dandy to lose by disqualification. The good news for Dandy is interest in the Satanico/Dandy retirement tour has grown, and he’s now got at least three more matches after what was billed as the end. In the undercard, AAA’s Eterno worked as a surprise wrestler in a four way tag match that also included CMLL luchadors, and Black Terry beat Aero Boy in a very good match.

- Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated La Park in the main event of the Masked Mania show. Negro Navarro defeated Solar in the second biggest match. The iPPV had issues during the middle of the show, but the two biggest matches got thru clean.

- Stuka Jr. won the CMLL Reyes del Aire, in what would be Averno’s final match for the promotion (for the time being.)

- Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. won the annual IWRG Rey del Ring 30 man royal rumble match.

- Mascara Dorada will be part of the NJPW BOSJ (and probably lose more than he’ll win, because JAPAN)

- Demonio Maya won the Occidente Middleweight championship from Fuego

- People who kept their titles: Escorpion, Flamita (in Dragon Gate!), Mephisto, Angelico & Jack Evans, Hijo de Pirata Morgan

- One ref lost his hair to another in IWRG.

- Cameraman does not watch what he’s filming, goes down hard.

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  • Maria del Angel and mask maker Bucio passed away.
  1. WWE announced Sin Cara was released from his contract. There’s confusion as to what this means for his ability to be on TV, but his upcoming show schedule has increased and it seems like he may show up on next weekend’s AAA TV Taping.
  2. The En Busca de un Idolo tournament got underway. This year’s format appears to be a eight man round robin format, though no one’s quite sure what happens when the round robin stops. Hechicero is off to the early lead, as expected.
  3. Blue Demon Jr. defied US immigration and/or the Gregorian calendar by appearing on the AAA taping in Ciudad Victoria. He gave Chessman his Latin American championship, as promised, and asked for a chance to win the title back. Chessman took the belt but not the challenge. Other feuds continued to run in place, though upcoming lineups suggest they’ll finally advance in upcoming weeks.
  4. Pequeno Halcon, a third tier mini in a second rate division, lost his mask in a cage match as the main event of the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show. Atlantis defeated Mr. Niebla in the semimain.
  5. Black Terry took Tony Rivera’s hair in IWRG in the culmination of a many month feud between the promotion and Rivera’s Neza outsiders.
  6. Opening match Mexico City rudo Camorra took Guadalajara local Leo’s hair, for some reason.
  • Guerreros Laguneros defeated Estetas del Aire to win the CMLL trios titles, though Mistico kept his own welterweight title a few days later.
  • Amapola won a cibernetico to challenge for the CMLL-REINA championship against the visiting Syrui.
  • Volador Jr. kept his NWA Welterweight title over Negro Casas
  • A series of Invasors versus rudos feuds took place in Arena Puebla to set up Mr. Aguila versus Mephisto, for some reason.

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  1. Shocker lost his hair for the first time in the main event of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Rush got the big win and said he wanted to finish things with Negro Casas next. Marcela defeated Dalys in a women’s hair match where Dalys was said to take quite a beating. Dalys would like a title shot anyway. Neither of those two outcomes are that surprising; the biggest upset was CMLL’s March show apparently outdrawing AAA’s March show. Atlantis continued his domination in the annual incredible pairs tournament, winning for the fourth time in five years, this time with Euforia. Maximo & Rey Escorpion fought with each other instead of Atlantis’ team and seem likely to have a hair match this summer. Cien Caras was honored (which appeared to be the favorite part for long time fans), and his two soon to be debuting sons were introduced. This show was the first CMLL Friday night show not to air at all since August 30th. CMLL and Terra spent the week avoiding answering questions about the status of the broadcast all week, until CMLL finally off hand mentioned on Facebook the show wasn’t airing about 60 minutes before bell time. This upcoming Friday’s show is back on the Terra website, so it appears it was a one time plan to not give away the major show for free and force everyone to come to the arena to see the show, only no one knew this until much too late to actually go to the show.
  2. - La Parka won his fifth Rey de Reyes tournament in the main event of the show the same name. Steve Pain lost his hair in the dome cage match and the two champions who showed up (Daga and tag champs Angelico & Jack Evans) kept their titles in four way matches. The show was notable for who didn’t show: Elegido (????), Juvi (foot injury), and Blue Demon (maybe trying to get US residency.) Demon was scheduled to defend the Latin America championship, and almost definitely keep the Latin American championship, but challenger Chessman defeated Villano IV instead with the idea of doing Chessman/Demon some other day. Attendance seemed down from the year before, which was blamed on the cloudy skies. The plan for making this an iPPV, never officially announced, did not happen.
  3. - Mistico La Nueva Era oddly didn’t appear as billed in the scheduled main event the Friday before Dos Leyendas. Sin Cara claimed his replacement was pulled for being drunk, Mistico claimed he doesn’t like to drink, the listing of him on the show was an internet typo and wasn’t at the show at all. It didn’t appear to be an internet typo at all, but maybe it Mistico actually wasn’t scheduled since Volador replaced him to kick off the latest Sombra/Volador feud.
  4. - The AAA/El Rey show will start taping in August to air in September…or that’s just the current plan, according to the Wrestling Observer.
  5. - Chilanga Mask’s first anniversary show had a bloody main event of Aero Boy, DJ Hyde, Masada and Kaientai in a death match. Aeroboy won, and was invited to the CZW tournament of death. Like with Rey de Reyes, important people didn’t make it – the Young Bucks were scheduled for a three way tag but missed the show for unclear reasons. CMLL’s Rey Cometa, also supposed to be in that tag match, ended up booked in Arizona instead, and was replaced by Mascara Dorada as part of two special singles matches.
  6. Sin Cara continues to be weird and not to wrestle much. At least one those should change about a month from now, beginning with shows in late April and early March. Shows in that timeline Sin Cara previously dismissed as fake are now being promoted by the same Sin Cara as real. (It appeared to be a WWE no-compete issue.)
  • Oficial AK47 lost his hair to Tony Rivera in IWRG’s annual loser advance cage match show Guerra de Golfo. The rudos had been trying to cost Black Terry the match but were foiled and were forced to face each other instead. Skayde, who had been wrestling here with his mask, wrestled the match unmasked.
  • Super Nova won a title in Naucalpan.
  • Stuka won a title in Guadalajara
  • Mephisto kept his title in a La Mascara in a battle of campanas.
  • Estrellita keep her title in Guadalajara, the start of a very bad week for Dalys.

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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Rush and Shocker will face off in a one on one hair versus hair match on 03/21 as the main event of Homenaje de Dos Leyendas. Negro Casas had been included in the feud, but had a (worked) shoulder injury the week of the contract signing and it was decided he’d just face the winner of this match somewhere down the road. In reality, Rush versus Shocker is the best drawing match they could make of all the possible combinations. CMLL also announced Dalys versus Marcela in a women’s hair match and the finals of the parajes incriedble tournament for that show, and appear to be building up a trios title match as well. It’s unclear if/when this will air; there’s a rumor Terra will broadcast the whole show but it hasn’t been officially confirmed, and the also rumored TV Azteca show has yet to appear.
  2. AAA also announced their Rey de Reyes card, which surprisingly had very little to do with the TV product they’ve run few months. Built up matches like Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr., Aerostar vs Super Fly, and Faby Apache & Drago versus Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. (where everyone involved agreed to do the match!) aren’t happening, despite all those people being on the card. The show does have the finals of the Rey de Reyes tournament (Black Warrior vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Zorro vs La Parka, three aligned rudos versus one tecnico), Chessman vs Blue Demon for Demon’s title, and a domed cage with the Mexican Powers, Anarkia, and other people pulled in for no obvious reason. The rest of the card has dormant titles being defended in multiman matches with no build, AAA’s standard deal for major shows. There was talk of an iPPV, but does not seem to have come thru.
  3. Octagon, one of the original members of AAA and someone who helped put the promotion together, left the promotion on March 2nd to become an independent luchador. Octagon had written frequently on Twitter about being unhappy in AAA, wanting to be used on TV much more, but it was still a surprise he actually left given his history. Octagon announced the Roldans had given him permission to use the character as an independent and suggested he might return to AAA in time. AAA has not acknowledged the situation outside of removing Octagon’s bio from their website roster.
  4. Sin Cara was listed for many more shows, including a trios in Monterrey in May with includes AAA luchadors and Averno. Averno’s shown up in other future Sin Cara cards too. Sin Cara has said these are all false bookings he’s not agreed to, though there’s some talk they may have actually been agreed to and just weren’t supposed to be announced yet. Averno, still in CMLL, hasn’t said anything about this. AAA announced TV lineups thru mid April, and Sin Cara is not listed as wrestling on any of those shows.
  5. WWL ran a couple more shows in Mexico. It was the usual mix of big names, quiet cancellations (a show in Puebla was quietly dropped, Sabu missing from the shows wasn’t mentioned until days after them), lots of of changes to the card. Both shows drew better than their last outing Monterrey, but fans seemed disappointed with the long shows and billed matches (like Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagon) which didn’t actually happen.
  6. Hijo de Rey Misterio II is no more; the man currently using that name gave it back to Rey Misterio Sr. in a in-ring ceremony on a Tijuana show. The ex-Rey II will now be known as Rey Horuz, while Rey Misterio Sr. introduced a Hijo de Rey Misterio III (the former D’Luxe) as the new person carrying the name. This is going to be vastly confusing to everyone.
  • Sin Cara’s first paid match took place in Tijuana on 03/01. It was a singles match with Black Warrior, and both men looked bad. It didn’t draw anything special either. Both things are concerning, but Sin Cara did get a huge reaction in DF. (Black Warrior also did not impress in his AAA return.)
  • CMLL announcements included a third season of En Busca de un Idolo, where the participants will be determined from a cibernetico on 03/25.
  • A yearly fan interest poll listed Lucha Libre as the fifth most popular spot in Mexico, the same ranking as last year (thought the percentages ticked up a little bit.)
  • Maximo & Rey Escorpion, who’ve been teasing a hair match since Escorpion beat Maximo’s father in their own hair match, reached the finals of the Torneo Increible de Parejas.
  • La Sombra defeated Dragon Rojo to keep the NWA Middleweight Championship in a very good match.
  • Jinzo won a Super Crazy run NOAH tryout and will be headed to Japan, at some point.
  • Mr. Niebla missed a bunch of shows with what was said to be digestive issues, but is apparently returning next week.
  • Friend of CMLL opening match luchador Camaleon posted on Facebook that the tecnico was hit by a truck and hospitalized for a few days, though he’s since returned home.
  • IWRG announced a cage match where Skayde, who’s lost his mask, will be risking the same mask. Others who’ve recently lost their hair get a chance for another hair cut.
  • Gronda II returned to AAA TV, for some reason.

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