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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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top six stories of the last two weeks

  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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top six stories of the last two weeks

(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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  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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  1. Sin Cara debuted in AAA – kind of. Friday’s main event included the usual post match brawl, but that was interrupted by a mystery figure posing on the stage for about a half minute before the lights went out and the mystery person disappeared. Mistico’s music played throughout. It was definitely him and he’s under contract to AAA, but his name and mask is a more of an issue. It’s said WWE threatened AAA over use of the name or mask, and so Sin Cara’s head was hidden under a hood for his brief appearance. Sin Cara’s said he’ll have the rights to the name by May but it’s unclear how that would happen, or how AAA could use him until that point.
  2. The rest of AAA’s show was busy as well. Before it even took place, it was announced to be the first of a series of “monthly” AAA events at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, though the next date has yet to be announced. Black Warrior, Sin Cara’s old rival, returned to AAA as a member of Perros del Mal and won the last spot in the Rey de Reyes final. A domed cage apuesta match with the Mexican Powers, Fenix and Anarkia was set for Rey de Reyes. A mixed tag title match and Psycho vs Texano in some form also seem likely, though AAA still hasn’t announced much of the card.
  3. Hijo del Santo’s wife has been telling people Santo has been told he can’t continue to wrestle after his scheduled neck surgery, will postpone the surgery to have a couple of matches later this year, then retire. Santo hasn’t officially said anything yet, but is expected to say something this weekend.
  4. Barbaro Cavernario and Mr. Niebla won the 2014 CMLL Gran Alternativa over Soberano Jr & Volador Jr. The tournament seemed to focus more on the veterans than the novatos, and Cavernario (who may have lost his first name) was already headed to a bigger position as part of Peste Negra.
  5. Peste Negra also won the Mexican Trios titles. It was a surprise win, since Niebla seems to be teaming with Cavernario & Herodes going forward, but it’s not as if Titan, La Mascara and Rush were frequent partners. Peste Negra are also challenging for the World Trios titles in Puebla next week. The only down note for Peste Negra was Negro Casas hurting his shoulder last Friday, which will keep him out for a couple weeks.
  6. Rumors continue to suggest CMLL will be on TV Azteca soon. The Super Libre radio show stated the show would debut in March, while talk on Facebook says CMLL will have a 4pm slot on a day to be determined.
  • Cien Caras was announced as the luchador legend to be honored Dos Leyendas. CMLL will hold a press conference to announce the entire card on Thursday, and this will be streamed to the internet (via Terra) for the first time.
  • Octagon versus Fuerza Guerrera was announced for the Mexico City WWL show, which Octagon continuing to suggest he’s leaving AAA.
  • AAA announced TripleMania would take place in Arena Ciudad de Mexico, but not until August (months later than usual.) AAA also announced a deal with a hotel chain, while will help with travel packages for some of their future TV tapings.
  • Box Y Lucha appears to have gone biweekly, joining SuperLuchas.
  • Negro Casas, Shocker and Rush continue to feud and are expected to be announced in a three way hair match for Dos Leyendas on Thursday. Dalys & Marcela also continue to weirdly feud, and may eventually get around to have another title match.
  • Mistico won the CMLL Welterweight Championship from Polovora, his
  • Puma said he tore his bicep, kept working. Matt Jackson hurt his hand, but didn’t break it and will be making his ChilangaMask show.
  • El Dandy will have his retirement match on April’s ChilangaMask show in Arena Lopez Mateos.
  • Masked Republic/Extreme Rising announced a lucha show on 04/27 in ECW Arena with LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr. on top.
  • Dr. Wagner Jr. is part of the cast of reality show La Isla, while his ex-wife had disturbing things to say about him in a scandalous magazine.
  • The latest Mr. Aguila in no condition match aired. It was amazing, in that it aired.

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top six stories of the last two weeks

  • Mini Chessman passed away
  1. Sin Cara threw a party for himself, a Sin Cara Gym first anniversary show to announce his return to lucha libre. Cara managed to get AAA (his brothers, Drago, Aerostar) & CMLL luchadors (Sombra in the main event, and unofficially Magnus masquerading as an Astro Boy in the semimain event) in the same matches, something CMLL has otherwise prohibited. The show was a free show and seemed to draw well. 1,000 and 1,500 were estimated, but it was more accurately the most amount of people who could comfortable stand near the ring. Cara, who had a new mask, seemed much more open to changing his name and suggested he might try running occasional shows similar to the Perros del Mal promotion (which is actually no longer running shows.) He’s still expected by everyone to go to AAA, but on a contract that allows him to work indy shows.
  2. AAA held tapings in Toluca and Ecatepec. Both buildings are in the 3000 rang and AAA was able to sell out both. They’ve sold out all four tapings they’ve run (though one was a free taping), but their upcoming Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera taping will be the biggest building by far.
  3. La Parka and Perro Aguayo Jr. advanced in the Rey de Reyes tournament, joining Zorro. The final member of the group will be determined at a Gimansio Juan de la Barrera. That’s the only match which has been announced at Rey de Reyes. Other matches have been vaguely hinted, but it remains tough figuring out which of the hinted matches which actually occur. AAA did announce Rey de Reyes would take place on 03/16 in Monterrey, and Konnan mentioned they were trying to get it on iPPV.
  4. speaking of vague builds to major cards, Rush and Shocker continue to feud in CMLL and seem like the best guess at a Dos Leyendas main event. Nothing’s actually been confirmed – not even the second Legend to be honored! – and the show is about a month away.
  5. Soberano Jr. (and Volador Jr.) and Barbaro Cavernario (and Mr. Niebla) advanced to the final to Gran Alternativa. Barbaro Cavernario seems to be the favorite based on getting one vignette (which is one more than almost everyone), but it’s could go either way.
  6. El Elegido will appear on a celebrity high diving competition. For some reason.
  • NJPW trainee Kamataichi joined the wave of new luchadors who’ve started in CMLL since the begining of the year.
  • El Dandy defeated Satanico in Monterrey in Dandy’s Monterrey retirement match
  • Electro Boy (& Super Nova) won IWRG’s El Protector tournament, their version of the Gran Alternativa. Electro Boy’s prize appears to be nothing at all. Maybe the journey is the prize?
  • Diamante Azul won the Occidente Heavyweight championship from Olimpico in Guadalajara.
  • Titan beat Virus in a great title match to kepe his welterweight title, and Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. kept the Arena Coliseo tag titles over Tiger and Puma (who was hurt in the match.)
  • various TV Azteca programs continue to do features on CMLL. It’s as if they’re vignettes teasing the impending debut of the promotion on the network, but nothing proceeding that orderly should ever be assumed.

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