CMLL (FRI) 05/17/2019Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentral, Marca, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. COR Magia Blanca & Star Jr. 11:33. Rudos took 2/3. Magia Blanca was counted out after Akuma’s dropkick.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany 13:09. Tecnicas took 1/3. Kaho hyped the hair match.
3) Felino, Hechicero, Tiger b Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón 13:50. Rudos took 1/3. Hechicero was hurt in the third fall, got himself pinned by Esfinge, and hurried to the back. (Hand injury?)
4) Negro Casas b Soberano Jr. [lightning] 8:43. Negro Casas won with a Canadian Destroyer and a casita.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero DQ Ephesto, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto 8:52. Guerreros took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled UG.
6) Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón b Carístico, Místico, Valiente 6:33. Straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him to set up a singles match next week. Valiente replaced Volador.
AAA has two days of TV this weekend. Saturday’s show, at 8 pm CT, is from Tuxtla Guiterrez, is scheduled to have Wagner, Pagano & Psycho against Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Killer Kross. It’s probably going to change and most of the card is always likely to change with AAA, so maybe just some things to watch
Tessa Blanchard debuts with AAA on this show. She’s on every taping going forward.
Sammy Guevera should be back, but who knows who he’ll team with since La Mascara is still listed here. La Hiedra is on the card and might get moved up to base for Vikingo.
Flamita & Myzteziz Jr. vs Suicide & Daga sounds fun if it happens.
Astrolux (spelled Aztroluxe) is supposed to be on this taping but did show up at Crash show. I’m not clear if he’s still in AAA.
AAA’s back again on Twitch on Sunday in Villahermosa. This one will start around 6:30 CT. AAA has not run back to back days of tapings since the early 2000s. They’re doing it a bit coming up and we’ll get an early read how that is going to work out. Notes
This is the show with the La Mascara vs Pagano vs Chessman TLC match that obviously isn’t happening that way. A Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match is extra punishing to the body and it seems like a casual disregard of the luchadors bodies to have them doing it with no feud or build up. On the other hand, we probably shouldn’t assume AAA made this decision because it fits Pagano’s thinking.
There’s a mystery person teaming with Chik Tormenta who is probably Hijo del Tirantes, assuming AAA brought enough referees.
Blue Demon is on this show, to the excitement of all.
CMLL (FRI) 05/24/2019Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Estrellita, Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Místico vs Cavernario
CMLL has never gone as hard with Mistico as it originally seemed they had planned. Most of his biggest matches have come in trios, he’s never had the big apuesta win, and he’s not had many Friday night solo main events. Like none. The only other full length 1v1 match I can find for this Mistico on a Friday is a title match with Averno in 2013. That was the semi-main. The Munoz family seem as if they get a lot of benefits working in CMLL but this is something the middle brother has not gotten before.
No Matt Taven here means he’ll be replaced on Tuesday’s Guadalajara card (and that lineup should have not had him on it.) My theory is CMLL was going to run Taven/Volador in some fashion on 05/24 instead and Mistico/Caristico was just the replacement match.
AAA is happy to give you the same matches over and over again. When Hamburugesa & Lady Maravilla meet in the opener, it’ll be the 11th time they’ve been in the same TV match this year already. It’ll be the second time in three tapings that they’ve done the same match, assuming it doesn’t change again.
Hijo del VIkingo won a title shot back in Mexicali. Jack Evans won a four-way in Sonora that was originally for a title shot, then not mentioned as one with some card changes. Guess they’re still going with it anyway. It’s a rare AAA bit to actually go someplace so I’m not complaining.
CMLL has a couple of Friday nights of build towards matches already announced, starting with tonight’s show. The two announced hair matches lead into trios matches tonight. Mascara 2000 teams this time with Mephisto & Ephesto to face Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia in the semi-main. Kaho Kobayashi and Amapola meet in the segunda. Sanely, Marcela, Tiffany, and Metalica round out the match.
It’s otherwise a placeholder card, though there’s some change for decent matches. Matt Taven was supposed to be in the main event, is no longer, but Cavernario makes a good replacement. The caveman teams with Sanson & Cutarero versus Caristico, Volador, and Mistico. Soberano & Negro Casas meet in a lightning match. Casas is going to work a short match anyway at this point, and they might put together something quick that’ll work. Felino, Tigre, and Hechicero face Rey Cometa, Triton, and Esfinge in the usual midcard trios match. Star Jr. & Magia Blanca open against Espanto Jr. & Akuma, which might not be good at all.
The show streams at the usual 8:30 pm start time on Marca & Facebook. They’ll probably stream on YouTube for people in Mexico, I’ll do the same.
Mr. Electro has an MMA fight on June 15th. He’s had some in the past. His opponent isn’t named. He’s hyping it towards a fight against one of the Montanez brothers, which suggests he’s pretty confident he’s going to win.
CMLL (MON) 05/20/2019Arena Puebla
1) El Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Black Tiger & Policeman
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs El Malayo, Espanto Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III vs Ephesto & Místico and Niebla Roja & Terrible and Audaz & Sansón and Atlantis & Vangellys and Felino & Valiente and Esfinge & Templario and Luciferno & Volcano [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal]
The irrelevance of this tournament means anyone can advance. Except Luciferno and Volcano, they ain’t winning.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena México
1) Leono & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
3) Star Jr. vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pólvora, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Flyer, Kráneo, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
Main event is a rematch, heading likely to Niebla Roja vs Terrible.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum, Metatrón, Micro vs Capitán Cobra, Difunto, Fúnebre
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reina Isis, Tiffany
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Kawato San, Metálico, Olímpico
4) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Matt Taven, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Main event rematch here too.
Matt Taven for real this time? Or quietly removed in a couple of days? He should be advertised tonight for next Friday if he’s really coming in because there’s no way he’s coming in just for a Tuesday Guadalajara appearance.
AAA TV (SAT) 06/15/2019 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo
1) Faby Apache & Lady Shani vs Chik Tormenta & Keyra
2) Myzteziz Jr., Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya vs Daga, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard
3) Laredo Kid & Puma King vs Sammy Guevara & Taurus and Mamba & Máximo
4) Aerostar, Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka vs Australian Suicide, Chessman, Monsther Clown
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
This is not an exciting lineup. There are vague outlines of feuds AAA might pursuee – Aerostar & Monsther Clown are back opposite each other again – but nothing is going anywhere. The third match looks the best.
Tessa seems to be a regular on AAA cards going forward.
This is a low effort for a major card. Two matches of any substance and a lot of people in random matches which don’t mean anything. This seemed like the show to move along the Lady Maravilla & Nino Hamburguesa stuff, to do the trios title match between Poder del Norte versus Jinete del Aires, maybe even to follow up on Chik Tormenta title shot. The Young Bucks are going to be of interest to people on the internet – mention them once on Twitter and just watch your replies – but Dorian Roldan just said last week how only about 5% of their audience knows of them. Maybe Rey de Reyes helps that number creep up a little bit. It’s hard to overall see what the draw is here outside of it being an AAA show with a name.
AEW’s Double or Nothing isn’t going to be much affected by AAA (possibly) giving away the finish of their tag title match ahead of time or promoting how they’re going to run it for free on Twitch about three weeks after AEW charges people $50 to see it. The number of people who care about both AEW and AAA are few in number, the people who want to see Double or Nothing are likely watching it for something beyond the match results, and the build to the match on Being the Elite has most people expecting the Bucks to use a new move to win the match. Still, Dorian Roldan did that interview once again talking about how wrestling would be better if everyone worked together and then his promotion did something that subverted a group he’s working with. It’s just rude.
All AAA had to do is leave off the text that says champions and challengers. AAA still hasn’t officially released the card, they probably won’t until Monday. A lot more people will see it then than now. All AAA has to do is scrub that text off. Will they do it? Doesn’t seem like them. Always happy to be proven wrong.
Long term question: if they’re doing the tag title match here, does this mean the Bucks aren’t working TripleMania? (I would expect the Lucha Brothers win the titles and maybe even lose them to someone else to move on.) And what happened to the Taurus/Cody thing?
Putting La Hiedra in trios matches because AAA ran out of male Los Mercenarios matches is not really good for La Hiedra. I guess Kross and Puma might still be? I guess Taya and Tessa will be? I guess none of this matters because it’ll be a different card by the time it happens anyway.
It is sort of amazing that AAA spends so much time on Faby Apache versus Hijo del Tirantes but also sees it as a near opener match on a show with nothing going on. It is very AAA.
Kobyashi & Amapola appeared to sign their contracts. Ultimo Guerrero did as well, and Mascara 2000 joined at the last moment to sign the contract.
Before revealing the card, Julio Cesar Rivera explained this was a new step by CMLL to hold a big show each month going forward. This card isn’t that great – UG/Mascara isn’t much of a match, Azul & Valiente aren’t interesting champions – but it would be interesting for CMLL to go to running big shows every month. They’ve typically stuck to just 4-5 a year, leaving long periods of nothing but tournaments around now. Maybe those hair matches on Saturday and Sunday are part of a bigger plan to make things more exciting. I would suggest waiting to see a big show every month before you believe CMLL is actually going to do it.
In addition, a Copa Dinastia tournament will start on June 7th. This is a standard three-week tournament though with fewer teams than most – just eight. That means just three matches each week, with those Friday cards looking more like normal lineups than the tournament heavy shows of recent past. Teams will be announced on future editions of CMLL Informa.
CMLL also announced a new TV deal with TV Mexiquense, a public broadcasting station in Mexico State. They’ll start airing Sunday shows on June 2nd at noon, presumably on a one week delay. Those had been airing on Teleformula, though maybe only on the Mexico feed of that station. It’s unclear if they’ll continue to air. TV Mexiquense has a video internet feed that does not appear to be regionblocked, so it is possible people will be able to watch live or record it.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Eléctrico, Retro, Súper Astro Jr. Rudos took 2/3. Super Astro was strechered out after a Nitro piledriver
3) Disturbio, Kawato San, Sagrado b Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma Rudos took 2/3. Disturbio replaced Misterioso on Monday.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Templario [lightning] 7:30.
5) El Audaz, Flyer, Kráneo b Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shocker Tecnicos took 1/3
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja Straight falls, Terrible got away with a foul on Roja.
I think I was awake long enough to watch the NBA Lottery but not enough to watch this show. LIghtning match sounds good. Terrible and Roja getting another shot seems a decent idea.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Furia Roja, Gran Kenut, Jabalí b Fantástico, Mágico, Rielero Fantastico replaced Rielero. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Explosivo, Magnus, Oro Jr. b Cancerbero, Furia Roja, Raziel Furia Roja replaced Guerrero de la Muerte, working twice. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Drone, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Pólvora, Vangellys, Virus tecnicos took 1/3
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Valiente b Cavernario, Forastero, Sansón Cavernario replaced Shocker earlier in the day. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking a foul in on Volador.
CMLL will have a press conference tomorrow at noon CT. It’ll probably but not definitely stream on their YouTube channel. We’re expecting to get dates for Mascara 2000/Ultimo Guerrero and Kobayashi/Amapola. There are usually other announcements, though there have been no hints of what those might be. I assumed it was Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday so Matt Taven could be in town for it. He won’t be there now and it’ll be interesting if CMLL acknowledges it at all.
Juventud Guerrera posted on Instagram for the first time since Silver King’s death. Guerrera indicates Silver King had a pre-existing health issue that Guerrera was not aware of until after his death. It’s not said what that is. Guerrera’s Super X show on June 1st has been postponed. Both Fantasma & the Torreon lucha libre commission say Silver King passed a medical test in February.
An interview with Satanico has him repeatedly saying he didn’t want to say what he really felt about the Silver King because it would get him in trouble. He does mention he’s in charge of the Box y Lucha commission in Zapopan now and would require more stringent medical conditions than he observed on the video.
Today is Dia de Maestro, which including teaching luchadors. Reporte Indigo interviews Ultimo Guerrero, who says he got into training much earlier than he expected and believes his students (NGD included) will be the top stars of Mexico in the next decade. Puebla’s Black Tiger talks about training Rey Samuray, Toro Bill Jr., Milenium, Malayo, Arkalis, and even Raul Mendoza.
There’s more news about Killer Kross and his Impact contract situation. It doesn’t directly affect his AAA work except he really needs to keep working in AAA to make some money because amount Impact is probably offering isn’t great.
There’s a lot of news sites producing articles on Silver King for search reasons, but there’s not a lot new. Dr. Wagner Jr. had posted a couple of video statements. There were minutes of applause in IWRG and CMLL. AAA posted a tribute video.+Lucha has done the same. NJPW will honor him before the May 22nd show. Dr. Wagner Jr. has put out statements, thanking people for their support and saying he’ll continue with his announced dates because he believes that’s what his brother would want him to do. Juventud Guerrera, who has normally is pretty active on social media, has been quiet since the incident. He and most of the wrestlers from the tour are believed to have returned home.
El Fantasma says he’ll get criticized for saying it, but deaths like Silver King’s are “bonita” for them – he died fast, he didn’t suffer, and he did it in a match. El Fantasmas’ role as head of the Mexico City lucha libre commission seems primarily concerned with wrestler safety. I’m not sure I’d want someone in that role who believes wrestlers dying in the ring is beautiful. El Fantasma says Silver King’s wrestling license was renewed by the Torreon commission on February 15th. That commission normally requires yearly medical exams and Fantasma says they sent that to him, implying he passed.
Shocker tells ESPN that he’s required to get an EKG heart exam every year to get licensed, though he’s open to changing that to six months. Shocker also says every lucha libre show has a vigilant commission doctor, an ambulance and a replacement wrestler in case someone shows up unable to wrestle. This and Fantasma’s statement are what are supposed to happen in Mexico; it’s unclear what the policies were at this show in London. Obviously, there was no ambulance on site if they had to call one. Silver King’s death happening in London may have given it more attention but also gives the people in Mexico more freedom to treat as an exception that doesn’t apply to them.
Kahn-Del-Mal believes Silver King’s death is worse than when his cousin Perro Aguayo Jr. passed away in the ring because at least Konnan & Rey Mysterio quickly realized the situation and acted accordingly. Kahn does not blame Juventud Guerrera & referee Black Terry, but says it has to be a learning experience about how to prepare for events like that
Segunda Caida starts writing about some of Silver King’s matches: part 1, part 2.
CMLL (SAT) 05/11/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Angelito & Pequeño Violencia Angelito replaced Pequeno Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Robin b Apocalipsis, Grako, Yago tecnicos took 2/3
3) Retro b Sangre Imperial [lightning]
4) La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely Rudas took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja b Hijo del Villano III, Shocker, Templario
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Silver King was remembered before the main event.
Retro talking about his win and Angel de Oro wearing his old gear passed as news here.
CMLL (SUN) 05/12/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Príncipe Diamante & Sonic
2) Akuma, Espíritu Negro, Sangre Azteca b Arkalis, Eléctrico, Halcón Suriano Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Tiger [lightning]
4) Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus b Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso [Relevos Increíbles] Team Metalico took 1/3. Metalico snuck in a foul on Virus, who wanted a rematch.
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys tecnicos took 2/3
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja Rudos took 1/3.
Virus and Metalico have promos that seem to indicate that’s the next hair match. Not really sure why. Virus would be the heavy favorite. Blue Panther Jr. did the lightning match winner promo.
CMLL (MON) 05/13/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central, Porra Fresa]
1) Black Tiger & El Malayo b Millenium & Tigre Rojo Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Olímpico, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. b Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. Olimpico replaced Misterioso. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Rey Samuray b Cuatrero, Sansón, Toro Bill Jr. Tecnicos took 1/3. Rey Samuray (Volador) and Toro Bill (Cavernario) replaced wrestlers who moved into the tournament
4) Forastero & Mephisto b Stuka Jr., Stigma, Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal] Silver King was honored before the seeding battle royal.
5) Ángel de Oro & Euforia b Guerrero Maya Jr. & Shocker [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
6) Cavernario & Flyer b Negro Casas & Stigma [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] Cavernario replaced La Bestia del Ring
7) Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Soberano Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
8) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Forastero & Kráneo [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] Volador replaced Rush.
9) Ángel de Oro & Euforia b Cavernario & Flyer [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
10) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
11) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Ángel de Oro & Euforia [Torneo Increible de Parejas, semifinal] Mephisto & Volador will face next week’s winners on 05/27.
My guess is Rush got back from ROH too late to make this show, or too late to want to make this show, and La Bestia del Ring isn’t going unless one of his sons is going. Mephisto & Volador are two wrestlers I’m not at all excited to see in big matches at this point.
This show was blocked in the US for a few hours after it aired. I haven’t checked yet, but it seemed like the music issue was either Rey Samuray or Oro Jr. last time and Rey Samuray was back on this show.
Misterioso looks to be off all the shows this week; he was replaced by Disturbio for tonight’s show. Cavernario also replaces Shocker in Guadalajara tonight. Shocker’s not missing a show, he was just weirdly double booked in Arena Mexico & Guadalajara.
Tonight’s CMLL show is about normal for Tuesday. There’s one promising match – Templario and Guerrero Maya Jr. meeting in the lightning match – and a whole lot of other matches that are just sort of there. The Chavez brothers and Atlantis face Los Ingobernables in the main event. The old man trio of Shocker, Niebla, and Rey Bucanero face Audaz, Flyer, and Kraneo. The undercard includes Super Astro & Halcon Suirano Jr. appearances, as well as chance to find out if Metalico’s tecnico bit is more than just a Tuesday thing. The show streams at 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube.
There’s a strange situation with Matt Taven and CMLL. He was advertised as wrestling next Friday in the video promo, which is still up on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Taven was also listed for Saturday’s show, so he was going to be around a few days. CMLL issued new lineups Monday night, with Cavernario now in Taven’s spot on Friday. CMLL hasn’t explained the change, which is normal for them. Neither Ring of Honor or Matt Taven ever seemed to mention him appearing in CMLL this week. This seems like CMLL scheduled him without confirming the date with him, though I’m not sure that’s correct. Taven didn’t wrestle on the last night of the ROH TV tapings last night. He did do commentary and didn’t seem obviously hurt, but I guess it’s possible he just picked up a minor injury that would better handled by skipping this show. I don’t know.
CMLL Informa will have CMLL trainers Tony Salazar, Arturo Beristain, Virus, and Ultimo Dragoncito to celebrate Dia del Maestro. This also sounds like the crankiest possible segment. Mascara 2000, Kaho Kobayashi, Okumura and some of Diosas del Ring will also appear.
PW Insider says Killer Kross asked to be released from his Impact contract. He was denied. Kross asking out suggests he had a pretty good idea he could get an AEW or WWE deal if he was free to sign with someone else. A WWE deal would end his time in AAA, an AEW deal would not. Right now, since Impact isn’t letting him go, it is moot and he’ll still be showing up in AAA.
Squared Circle Sirens reported Chile’s Jessy was signed to a WWE NXT deal. Jessy was on one of the many Latin/South American wrestlers who were part of the tryout in Chile last December. On Twitter, Casey also mentions a woman from Brazil is coming in soon. Work visas and associated issues mean international WWE signings probably do not all proceed at the same pace, but this suggests WWE’s talked to people they’re interested in bringing in from that Latin American tryout. Dragon Bane, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla are the three Mexican names who came out from that group. There’s no indication of any of them finishing up in Mexico at this point.
CMLL (SAT) 05/18/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, La Jarochita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Oro Jr. vs Príncipe Diamante [lightning]
4) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Pólvora, Vangellys
5) Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Matt Taven was briefly in this main event in Sanson’s place.
Oro vs Principe Diamante is an interesting ranking match. It’d be a surprise if Diamante won but doesn’t seem impossible with how much Oro has been forgotten here.
CMLL (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Robin vs Hijo del Signo [lightning]
4) Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso vs Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. vs El Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas, Villano IV
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
The Metalico/Virus thing continues. Kaligua back for the first time since January.
IWRG (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrella & Atomic Star vs Baby Star & Shercan
2) Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Príncipe Aéreo vs Guerrero Olímpico, Marado, Mosca
3) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 [Rey del Ring]
IWRG’s annual royal rumble style match is going with “no names announced ahead of time” this year. Silver King was scheduled to be one of the 30.
The notable thing here is the main event was a TLC match and now appears to be just a match. Doing a TLC match the night before Double or Nothing seemed like an untenable risk. Rebelion Amarilla should probably win unless The Crash has future days with Fenix & Penta locked in.
Cesar Gonzalez, best known as Silver King, passed away Saturday during a match in London. He was 51.
Silver King is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack during his match with Juventud Guerrera. It was his third match of the day. He’d wrestled on the afternoon show as Ramses, his character from Nacho Libre. The evening show included a CMLL-style battle royal to determine the match-ups. Silver King appeared to have trouble getting to his feet after a pinfall attempt. He stayed in the same position long enough that the crowd started to boo the inaction. Guerrara gave Silver King a light kick to the side seemingly to cover for Silver King not moving, Silver King immediately collapsed fully to the mat, and he never moved again. Both Guerrera and the referee (veteran wrestler Black Terry) seemed more concerned about protecting the integrity of the match than Silver King’s condition. No medical personnel were present while Guerrera struggled to turn over Silver King for the win, or even immediately after as Silver King laid unmoving on the canvas. CPR was started about 5-6 minutes after the start of the incident. An ambulance was called but Silver King was pronounced dead before it arrived.
Video of the incident, from many angles, is easily available on the internet. I will not be linking to it here. Those shooting video included El Hijo del Santo’s Facebook page. They continued to stream throughout the incident as if nothing strange was happening at all, mirroring the inability to comprehend the situation in the ring.
The short time period between when Silver King started showing symptoms and when he appeared to stop moving suggests it is possible there was nothing anyone could’ve done – that, short of Silver King having this episode happen in a hospital (or perhaps near a defibrillator), it all happened too fast for him to be saved. That nothing was done, that this was immediately responded to with inaction, is going to be a lasting memory of Silver King’s death.
CMLL (FRI) 05/10/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Marca, Ovaciones, Record]
1) Magia Blanca & Stigma b Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo 13:18. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys 14:10. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Kaho Kobayashi DCOR Amapola [lightning] 6:03. Double countout as they brawled outside the ring. The two agreed to a a hair match.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Villano IV 13:03. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 8:11. Dinamitas took straight falls, Mascara sneaking in a foul on Ultimo Guerrero. The two agreed to a hair match.
6) Dragón Lee, Místico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 11:51. Tecnicos took 1/3.
Kaho Kobayashi says she’s not leaving Mexico until she takes Amapola’s hair. Amapola’s promo tells Kaho to get better. Kaho’s hair is purple now, would she purple-ize her hair if she was losing it soon? Maybe? The Atlantis and Villano Family made challenges, as did the Dinamitas and Guerreros.
A totally skippable show match quality wise. It was important in making it clear matches were going to happen, but that is dependent on you caring about those matches. Both Amapola/Kobayashi and Mascara/Guerrero were definitely agreed to on this show, which leads into a press conference announced for Thursday. CMLL should announce date(s?) for those two matches, maybe a tournament, maybe more.
Nothing big going on this weekend. AAA has this weekend off. The Saturday and Sunday CMLL have nothing critically important. Metalico maybe becoming a tecnico again is the only thing that sticks out. IWRG has a promising if not super important card. Most of the big indie promotions are off. The most interesting indie show might be the Lucha Libre London shows, with Santo, Casandro, and Fantasma. The first of the doubleheader is already done by the time you’re reading it and we’ll probably not see more than clips from it.
SuperLuchas has a wide-reaching interview with Dorian Roldan, from the TV Azteca offices. That location, and recent SuperLuchas articles reporting much lower ratings that it seemed AAA & TV Azteca were reporting suggested it be an interview focusing on that subject. It turns out those numbers really never directly come up, though a lot of other things about AAA’s TV. This is one where you’re better reading it for yourself; I’m going to summarize what I can here.
The most interesting part to me was the extended history of AAA’s TV deals. Let me try to condense it into a timeline:
1992: Antonio Pena & Televisa start a lucha libre promotion. They initially want to call it OILL (Oraganizacion Internacional de Lucha Libre) but eventually decide to use “Asistencia, Asesoria, Administracion de Espectaculos”, a name Televisa had used for other projects. Televisa pays Pena for the TV rights but gets to sell sponsorships. Televisa also takes care of production.
1995: Mexico economy craters and Televisa wants to get out of AAA. Pena creates Promociones Antonio Pena as a separate entity and it buys full control of AAA.
Somewhere in here, Televisa stops paying Pena rights for the TV but gives Pena the power to sell sponsorship rights (so he’s the one making the money off the Corona logo at this point.)
2000-ish: Televisa tells AAA that they’re no longer paying for production and it is up to AAA to pay for it. AAA rents a production unit from MVS.
2002: AAA decides to stop renting production and buy their own in-house production equipment. Televisa’s only role at this point is to air the show, and they dictate how long that show will be. (CMLL also had to pay for production by this point.)
2008: WWE comes to Televisa and TV Azteca. Things go really well for a while.
2013: things are going less well for WWE & Televisa. The ratings have tanked and Televisa decides to get rid of wrestling from their broadcast channels. All wrestling, which means AAA & CMLL need to go too, though they could continue on the TDN cable station. This decision is made around September of the year. Dorian Roldan meets with Televisa executives, tells them he’s got sponsorships thru the end of the year dependent on AAA being on broadcast TV and asks for a reprieve until December to figure something out.
2013-2016: Televisa allows AAA to buy TV time to keep their slot. Roldan says AAA was making the most money at this point by selling sponsorships for broadcast TV, so it made sense to do what they had to keep that air time. Roldan says CMLL made at least one attempt to get back on Televisa, only to find out they would be required to pay for TV time as well and pass.
2017: AAA wants to get on Univision (US), but Roldan is not confident AAA looked good enough to get picked up because their production unit is outdated. AAA decides to not only to pay Televisa for TV time but also pay them to produce the AAA show. AAA’s deal with Univision does not get done and they see no improvement in Mexico.
2018: AAA has done good numbers with their TripleMania specials for two years. This seems like a good thing. Televisa apparently is not impressed. They raise the rate they’re charging AAA for TV time. Roldan talks to TV Azteca, who with they share some prominent sponsors and decides to make the move.
2019: AAA debuts on TV Azteca. TV Azteca is paying CMLL a rights fee. Televisa reacts and brings back CMLL (and is believed to be paying them a rights fee.)
There’s a lot of other big pictures thoughts in here. Dorian Roldan feels WWE has made Mexico and Latin America a low priority and doesn’t see them as a big threat domestically to AAA. He welcomes the idea of WWE trying a NXT Mexico but does not think they’d do well, that there’s not a fan base big enough to support them without WWE being on strong broadcast TV and that an NXT Mexico show wouldn’t get that TV deal either. Roldan sees the wrestling fans of Mexico split three ways
5% are the hardcores who follow everything super closely, know the AEW guys and NJPW.
45% know the difference between AAA & CMLL but aren’t more knowledgable than that.
50% have so little knowledge that go to an Arena Mexico show thinking they’re seeing AAA
Dorian Roldan’s big goal still is the United States, feeling there’s just so much money to be made there (and holding up the Mexican National Team playing in the US as proof.) He also feels like, by going after the Hispanic market, he won’t be as directly competing with WWE as AEW might be. The Madison Square Garden show will determine how strong they go in that path forward. AAA was not expecting to sell out like AEW show, believing the Hispanic market isn’t going to buy tickets that far in advance, but feels like they’ve done well given how little noise they’ve made so far. AAA plans on making a lot more noise.
The thing that’s going to get the most noise from this interview is Dorian Roldan talking about the meetings he’s had with various other heads of companies. Roldan mentions speaking with Joe Koff (Ring of Honor), Ed Norholm (Impact Wrestling) and Billy Corgan (National Wrestling Alliance) over WrestleMania weekend. Roldan pushes the idea that even though they’re competitors, they should be building bridges to work together. “You need a talent, I have another talent signed with Lucha Underground, what are we fighting for?” In Roldan’s telling of it, he got Willie Mack to appear for the NWA and the Lucha Brothers to appear for AEW. That’s a completely opposite version of the Mack/NWA story from what’s been told by Mack and other people involved, where AAA/LU/Roldan was threatening legal action if the NWA (& ROH) continued to use Willie Mack. I tend to believe Mack’s side of this story and wonder what pieces are missing from Roldan’s side.
There’s a lot more here – you can read yourself about Roldan’s thoughts about an AAA/CMLL show, about wrestling in Monterrey (“I do not know a place in the world where promoters fright mone – there they strive to see who loses the most money”) and about egos in general.
AAA posted a Mother’s Day promo with Faby Apache and Marvin. You could watch Marvin grow up before your eyes if you watched the annual version of these interviews all in a row.
Add 07/06 in Guadalajara (Zapopan) to the upcoming AAA TV tapings. As that page notes, this would be AAA’s first taping in the Guadalajara in four years. They haven’t been since the 2015 Rey de Reyes show, which was twice delayed and included a fatal bus accident.
CMLL (FRI) 05/17/2019Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Felino, Hechicero, Tiger
4) Soberano Jr. vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ephesto, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto
6) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Matt Taven, Sansón
Matt Taven returns for the first time since the Gran Prix weekend. He’s pictured with the Ring of Honor title. It seems possible he’d defend the title here. The next Ring of Honor shows are June 1st and 2nd, so he could stick around for the 05/24 CMLL show.
Otherwise, the two CMLL feuds continue. Matches 3/4 could be good. Magia Blanca and Espanto are back together in the opener, which would be very not good.
Both Kaho & Amapola and Mascara & Último Guerrero agreed to hair versus hair matches. No dates were set. Kaho & Amapola went to a double countout of the ring in their lightning match, while Mascara snuck in a foul on Ultimo Guerrero.
This was a skipable show, on the lines of a Tuesday show
The main event was a perfectly fine Tuesday main event to send people home happy which happened to be on a Friday. A dozen people could’ve been in Dragon Lee’s spot. The sequences with him and Negro Casas wouldn’t have been as good with most people but it wouldn’t have affected all that much. Mr. Niebla did some Mr. Niebla things (and got pinned in the middle of them) and everyone went around with their normal sequences. This was inoffensive and unmemorable.
If effort along can make the Mascara/Ultimo Guerrero feud work, they showed that effort in the brawling moment of this match. It’s the rest of the moments that aren’t good. They’re doing the sensible thing by putting Mascara over strong, but putting Mascara over strong can make for some boring matches by NGD standards. I don’t know if this can work, but it is working as well it could be expected.
The fourth match focused on the kids. Like the kids, it was fine but not spectacular. Hijo del Villano III has added so much weight so quickly that it is strange they didn’t have him do it before he debuted. It doesn’t seem to have hurt his performance, and he’s going to eventually win over people by doing salida de banderas. Atlantis Jr. had a few more flashy moves, though not as flashy as those who proceeded. There’s not really the spark in the rivarly between them, at least not in a way that got the fan’s interest. Soberano really has his trios offense run down, which is good that it gets over and not so good in that he’s not feeling a need to keep it fresh.
The lightning match was strange. They got in big shots early, but they never got to near falls before the surprising double count out finish. Amapola’s spear on Kaho looks good but she doesn’t do a lot more. Both did have good energy but this didn’t really develop into anything. Maybe the hair match will be bigger.
The segunda was an improvement over the opener just for being a professional match. It was also mostly just a standard midcard match, right down to the stacked up superplex. Drone has new gear that looked good, Vangellys struggling to get over for La Guelaguetza did not look good.
The end of the first fall was so bad that the rudos were shaking their hands at it. The rudos won that fall. It didn’t get much better, with the rudos botching basing spots while still getting in their own offense. Espanto Jr. and Magia Blanca were a particularly bad combination. The finish was super flat, perhaps a cover for another messed up move.
RIOT (SAT) 05/04/2019Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Sayrus b Erick Ortiz
2) Silencio b Muerte Extrema, Hijo Del Espectro Jr. Scheduled as Muerte Extrema vs Golden Boy vs Hijo del Espectro. Golden Boy was hurt before the match (Silencio his replacement) and Espectro was hurt during it.
3) Low Rider b Madness
4) Kaientai & Lord Byron b Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana Un-Mexicans remain undefeated in RIOT, this time with the help of a Mini B(ryon). Fresero Jr. threw Mini B off the dressing room loft onto the Un-Mexicans post match.
5) Black Terry b Símbolo Terry blocked a casita into a pin.
6) Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Arez, Kratoz, Látigo, Aramis (Estado de México) Match of the night, including an Arez Spanish fly on Aramis off the loft. Iron Kid beat Kratoz with a Destroyer.
RIOT is ahead of Lucha Time and Kaoz in getting their results out there. Part of the reason you want make sure results get out of your show is so people know the exciting things they missed that they should come to see next time. The exciting thing we missed from this show seems like the main event. There’s a clip of that big spot that got a lot of attention. Maybe it’ll make it up as a full show to Pivotshare sometime in 2021.
Dragon Lee’s first match in the Best of Super Juniors as IWGP Junior Champion takes place around 6:30 AM on Monday. Dragon Lee apparently will be wrestling in Mexico City around 10:30 PM tonight. He’s got about 56 hours to fly to Tokyo, except he has less than that with the press conference on Sunday. I completely believed Dragon Lee being listed on tonight’s show would be one of CMLL’s usual routine match changes when it was announced last Friday. CMLL has made no change. Dragon Lee previously said he’d be in Japan for two months, so it is strange to see him back in Mexico. It is hard to make two cross-Pacific trips for a few days at home. I’m kind of both hoping Dragon Lee had a bigger reason to do this than a one-off Arena Mexico match and also hoping he did not really have a reason. Most of the reasons I can come up with aren’t happy reasons, so maybe this is better just figuring it as a 23-year-old kid thinking he can do everything. Dragon Lee tonight teams with Mistico & Volador Jr. against Cavernario, Negro Casas and Mr. Niebla. With anyone but Mr. Niebla, that’s probably a high flying action match. Mr. Niebla may keep it a bit more grounded and sillier.
Mascara 2000’s apparent feud with Ultimo Guerrero continues in the semi-final. The oldest Dinamita still wrestling teams with nephews Cuatrero and Sanson, while UG is with Gran Guerrero and Euforia as usual. They seemed to be setting up a singles match for 05/17 last week. Kaho Kobayashi & Amapola is the other rivalry seemingly setting up a hair match. They finally get to have their own singles match tonight as a lightning match.
Everything else is the “maybe OK” range. Atlantis & son team with Soberano against the Villanos and Rey Bucanero. Drone, Fuego & Guerrero Maya face Polvora, Vangellys, and Kawato, probably one year away from his own BOSJ matches. Magia Blanca makes his return to Friday shows by teaming with Stigma & Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo, maybe not the best guys to show what he’s got.
CMLL streams on Marca (currently Mexico only) and Facebook tonight at 8:30 pm. I will be streaming the show on YouTube tonight unless I’m secretly booked for a Guerrila Warfare match in PWG tonight. (If I am, the stream will be a couple of minutes late.)
Douki is now in the Best of Super Juniors, as a replacement for El Desperado. Desperado suffered a jaw injury. Flip Gordon is all out due to a visa issue, so the B Block is changed a bit. Douki has been in Japan – which is actually his home country, I forget that at times – working for Michinoku Pro and for a Taichi/TAKA promoted show. He’s coming into NJPW as an associate member of Minoru Suzuki’s group. A last minute replacement probably isn’t going to get many wins, but it does mean Bandido gets to face a fellow indie Mexican luchador on the 19th. They’ve never actually been in the same match in Mexico.
The reverse-Douki known as Violento Jack is scheduled for some GCW shows this August in Japan. I don’t write much about Violento Jack in Japan because anything that isn’t New Japan is more work to find out about than I’m willing to make, but Jack still seems to be doing well in FREEDOMS and just generally in Japan.
The Lucha Libre London shows are tomorrow, and the Santo/Casandro led group is doing the usual heavy promotion. There’s an interview with Independent. There’s a video segment with Santo, Casandro, and Fantasma.
IWRG trying to get a hold of Vampiro reminds me of his 2014 run, where he last five matches, won the heavyweight title and then immediately retired. I think there was an interview with +LuchaTV where Vampiro said he was a bad wrestler but the people liked him.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2019Arena México
1) Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Eléctrico, Retro, Súper Astro Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Templario [lightning]
5) El Audaz, Flyer, Kráneo vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
Maya/Templario should be good. It is going to be interesting to see what happens with Electrico for the immediate future. CMLL seemed lost as to what to do with Tiger after Puma left, and I wouldn’t complain about getting a few Electrico lightning matches.