AAA TV (WED) 04/12/2017 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Bronco González, Concord, Octagoncito vs Guerrero De Plata, Hijo Del Vikingo, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Big Mami, Lady Shani, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Goya Kong, La Hiedra, Mamba
3) Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago vs El Mesías, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pagano, Súper Fly
5) Argenis, Ayako Hamada, Hijo del Fantasma vs Johnny Mundo, Kevin Kross, Taya
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown
Air Date: 04/22 & 04/29
Wagner/Psycho as normal on top. They had a singles match back in October that had no finish. I wouldn’t count on a result here either.
Everything underneath is the new abnormal. If I told you six months ago that there would be a trio of Argenis, Ayako Hamada and Hijo del Fantamsa, you wouldn’t believe me. You also wouldn’t believe me if I told you six days ago. Trust issues aside, they are following up on the big issues of Rey de Reyes here. You can see some of those reflected in the 03/31 Neza card too, so we’re definitely onto the new creative team by this point and we’ll soon have an idea if the card charges are going to be a regular thing or just part of a transition.
Taya loses her title but gets an actual feud, so it’s not a loss. Fantasma and Kross are doing promos back and forth on Twitter. Argenis would be the #1 contender to the cruiserweight title if he wins the four way in Neza, so that match may be building an Argenis/Mundo match. That is a real sentence.
If Argenis winning the Rey de Reyes sword means the trio that formed of Argenis, Drago, and Aerostar will never actually get around to teaming. That was an old creative thing, may be out the window already with the person who trapped Faby Apache in a room. Aerostar & Drago found good replacement partners in an atomicos that might actually be good. Aerostar/Super Fly feuding seems like the only reason for that match but it still seems like they’re telling a story with Pagano & Mesias. They’re teaming here and back in Neza.
OGT versus the kid also a plot line. The trios match here seems like it builds on Averno & Chessman vs Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce back in Neza. Averno was really good at working with young high flyers in CMLL and Chessman’s done that in the past in AAA, they just haven’t been used in those roles here of late. Ricky is back after not appearing at Rey de Reyes, which suggests the surprise trios title change wasn’t about any of the OGT members leaving. Maybe the reason was just the surprise, a shock title change to fit the feeling of a lot of shocking things going on and a way to blow off the Apaches/OGT feud which seems to be downplayed or going away. It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to make the Mary & Gran Apache champions if they’re not going to be around any time soon and those titles might have been useful with the OGT with wherever they’re going with the kids, but I can’t totally object to a lucha title being taken out of play.
Shani seems to be starting as a tecnica in Neza. Pimpinela and Mamba get grouped in with the women.
I think that opener’s airing, even though it’s mostly non-AAA people. They have to get two weeks of TV out of this taping. What’s notable is those are not San Luis Potosi locals either. Concord is from Pachuca, Bronco Gonzalez usually wrestles in Mexico State, Guerrero de Plata & Hijo del Vikingo mostly work Puebla. These aren’t people who advanced in La Llave de la Gloria; there’s some other scouting/recruitment going on.
The Wrestling Observer mentions there’s a plan on the table to hold a Impact vs The Crash PPV that would be on 04/15 in Tijuana. The WON is very clear this is not a done deal right now, with the details not finalized. It’s unclear if this was something that was worked on prior to the Impact/AAA deal or how that would impact it.
If it happens, the show would be one of Impact’s One Night Only shows, which Impact uses as almost non-canon shows to fulfill worldwide TV contracts left over from the time where they were running monthly PPVs. (They’re usually $25 and available on Fite.TV in addition to normal PPV.) It probably would not air live; Impact has a different ONO PPV already announced as airing on 04/14, and these are usual taped and aired some time later.
The Crash hasn’t announced a 04/15 date yet, but the Auditorio is not something you can book last minute. Dates are managed by the local government, purposefully split between the different promotions to make sure no one group controls the building. If there’s a chance they’re running a PPV, they would’ve had to lock in the date and we’ll hear about it on Saturday’s show. It would means The Crash is planning on running three shows in six weeks – the WON also has them back on 05/05 with the Young Bucks – and that’s both something not usually allowed by the people who manage the building, and something that puts a lot of stress on the promotion. The Crash is running dream match shows, and it’s tough to keep coming up with dream match cards when you’re running so often.
The advantage of running a PPV on 04/15 in Tijuana is AAA is coming to the same building for a TV taping six days later. This is The Crash trying to blow AAA out of the water again. I just hope they’re not damaging themselves doing so.
Again, it’s not clear how the relationship between AAA & Impact might change these plans. The WON implies Konnan was not given a heads up that deal was happening and now is caught in the middle a bit here. I missed this when it happened, but Slam noticed Konnan did address the situation in a Twitter reply. He says he’ll have nothing to do with AAA’s business, AAA will have nothing to do with his, and LAX & AAA wrestlers will not wrestle on Impact. (It’s not said if that applies to Garza & Laredo as well – we probably can assume it will be the same but we don’t know.)
The WON also sources people who know Lucha Underground/LLFMV contracts as saying that company would have exclusive rights to any AAA character. My guess is that would only apply to characters AAA owns. When AAA & Impact tried this before, during the early days of Lucha Underground, AAA sent Argos over there. Argos used that name briefly as a CMLL opening match guy, so it would seem like something AAA didn’t own. Argos is long gone from AAA, but there’s other AAA wrestlers who had their characters before coming to AAA. I’m not sure if that actually the dividing line though; if Dorian Roldan and Vampiro are truly in charge of Lucha Libre FMV and deciding where people get booked, it would seem like they would have the power to send people wherever they wanted. I’m also not sure it matters much.
I think this deal, at least from the Impact side, is really just about getting booking fees for it’s wrestlers by sending them out to various promotions. Impact will take a Garza Jr. or a Laredo Kid or someone from AAA as a mutual respect thing, but these are not ROH/NJPW deals where Impact expects to make their money bringing these guys in. The problem of not being able to book AAA guys with Konnan’s guys or not being able to use LU owned guys is not an issue if the real plan is just to bring in people for token appearances (which is what Argos turned out to be) and mostly it’ll be Impact sending people the other way. There’s probably going to be less drama about AAA & The Crash people being in the same promotion than we think now, because they’ll barely be used in the same promotion. That doesn’t mean I think it’ll last, no one but Impact wants this situation to last as is, but it’ll be less exciting than it seems.
The Crash will have a press conference the night of April 4, the day before it’s Mexico City show. It’s kind of too late to get much newspaper edition, but in plenty of time to say something to annoy AAA.
The much bigger story in the wrestling world is the possible acquisition of ROH by WWE. It doesn’t seem it’s close to happening, and it may not happen, but it’s at least being talked about. This wouldn’t have much impact on short term impact on the wrestling promotions in Mexico; I think CMLL likes Matt Taven but hasn’t been enthusiastic or aggressive about learning about ROH and is only involved because NJPW urged them to do so. It would hurt the CMLL luchadors, who don’t otherwise have routes to (relatively) well known US promotions and can not reach beyond the smaller US lucha libre promotions without an outlet like Ring of Honor. I don’t know that ROH’s done a great job with Dragon Lee, but it’s helped him a bit in getting his name out there and maybe he get booked a decent amount elsewhere if ROH went away. (Hasn’t really happened though.) It’ll be tougher for the next Dragon Lee to get that boost without a (relatively) well know US outlet.
Leo Riano’s column is critical of Vampiro changing matches around on Rey de Reyes, unsure why he has the power to change the matches people expect. It’s unusual for Riano to be critical of anything in AAA, even from a storyline perspective.
Full card for what’s being billed as Rey Mysterio’s only appearance in Monterrey. Semifinal could be really good
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 04/23/2017Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Caifan III, Maldito Jr., Shiryu Dragón vs Fly Star, Hijo del Solar, Terremoto Negro
2) Freelance vs Niño De Cobre, Diablo Jr., Inmortal, Ryan Kidd, Novasonic
3) Centvrión, Dragón Fly, Impulso vs Lokillo, Mr. Leo, Próximo
4) Dave Crist vs Aero Boy
5) Masada vs Miedo Extremo vs Wotan
6) Raymond Rowe vs Hanson
7) Xtreme Tiger vs Rey Fénix, ?
8) Solar I vs Makabre, Trauma I, The Platino, Trauma II, Black Terry, Mr. Maldito [ruleta de la muerte]
Full card for the show a month from now. It’s a good card – the seventh match should be good no matter who they put in the semimain, I’m more excited for Crist/Aeroboy now that I’ve seen Crist in AAW, the third match should be good. It also has War Machine facing each other, because Mexican indie bookers love tag teams facing each other.
I would be more excited for either of these shows if I felt slightly confident I would be able to see them.
CMLL (TUE) 03/21/2017Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, MedioTiempo]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Bengala & Leono
2) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Magia Blanca, Sangre Imperial, Starman rudos took 1/3
3) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther, Drone, Tritón NGD took 2/3
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Virus [lightning] Guerrero Maya defeated Virus with Sacrifica Maya 9:59 (seemingly with only a couple tenths left)
5) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Luciferno, Mephisto, Pólvora
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone Guerreros took 1/3, Gran Guerrero beating Dragon Lee win.
This seemed like a good show from the parts that I’ve paid attention to. The timing on the lightning match was incredible. It looked like they were going for the time limit draw and yet finished the match just barely in time, with the referee making exactly the right speed count. Or maybe the wrong speed – it is CMLL, they may have meant it to be a draw. (Everyone reacted like it was supposed to go just like it did, I dunno.) You should watch the semimain.
Impact Wrestling officially announced their partnership with AAA in a press release. The press release doesn’t say much – there’s some mention of talent sharing – and is more interesting for what it doesn’t say. The Crash isn’t mentioned, sort of alluded to as an ‘other’ group they have a deal with but specifically not mentioned by name. Impact never issues a similar press release with that relationship.
The Crash & Konnan have been unusually quiet about this situation. Maybe something will come out when the WON comes out tonight, but it’s odd they’re not upset about this. Maybe they’re getting something out of it, or Konnan doesn’t want to jeopardize his return to Impact.
AAA says invites went out for the second La Llave a la Gloria tryout. They haven’t publicly said when that will take place, but do say people who haven’t heard back should not worry because they plan on having more.
At a press conference for Friday’s DTU Arena Aficion, Crazy Boy and DTU officials explained the talent search contest they’ve been doing. They want to continually find & add new wrestlers to their promotion, and they’re building to a tournament to be held at the next DTU Anniversario show (December.) They’ve also gotten a sponsor who will pay for the tournament winner to go to Japan for a month and train with Dragon Gate. At the press conference, Crazy Boy said they’re trying to get other international promotions involved as well.
Lucha Underground is airing another four episodes today – and four more episodes this week. El Rey’s schedule shows two episodes airing Thursday and Fridays, continuing the order they’ve had so far. The numbers on the repeats aren’t blowing anyone away, but El Rey must be happy with them if they’re expanding the number they’re airing. They’ve never aired this many episodes a week outside of marathons. One advantage of Lucha Underground over traditional wrestling program is it seems easier to repeat. The much disputed cost of each episode is mitigated a bit if El Rey’s airing those episodes many times. (It’d be mitigated even more if they were selling BlurRays of the show, but baby steps.)
This new LU airing plan means Season 2 ends on this Friday, instead of next week (or weeks from now if they were still airing two a week.) El Rey will be thru Season 3 in about three weeks. It seemed like the last plan was to repeat the episodes in order so they’re caught up right before airing the new episode next week. Maybe that return has been changed, or maybe they’ll air so many to do another complete cycle prior to May 31st.
IWRG (WED) 03/22/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Omega vs Power Bull
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Lunatic Extreme
3) Diablo Jr. vs Black Dragón
4) Cadilac, Emperador Azteca, Kanon vs Avisman, Eterno, Ovett
5) Pantera vs Demonio Infernal
6) Freelance, Golden Magic, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago
IWRG announced this card last night for a show today; I had just assumed they weren’t doing a Wednesday card this week. Ovett broke Vortize’s face last week, and seems unfair he’s back when Vortize isn’t back (though I’m sure it was an accident.) Both singles matches could be good.
CMLL (TUE) 03/28/2017Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Grako
2) La Vaquerita, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Skándalo, Virus
4) Titán vs Bobby Villa [lightning]
5) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy vs Puma, Terrible, Tiger
6) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Matt Taven is never going home. Titan/Bobby should be fun. Fifth match could be as well.
CMLL (TUE) 03/28/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. vs Frezzer & Furia Roja
2) Cosmos, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Demus 3:16, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Ripper
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
No follow up from the DQs this week. Main event could be good but not much going on here.
Diamante Azul unmasked Pierroth, who was announced as Arturo Munoz, 48. Pierroth took the first fall cleanly, then lost the second by unmasking Diamante Azul. La Mascara tripped Diamante Azul as he ran in the ropes in the third (not that he was any close to winning.) Maximo went after La Mascara, and Marco, Terrible and Rush all got involved in a very brief but intense scrum. Commissioner Rambo, with no help from anyone else, got all five guys to walk to the back. Azul & Pierroth froze to watch this, restarted as they were leaving, and Azul had German suplexed Pierroth for the win before they actually got to the back. Pierroth went after Azul after the match, their feud must continue.
Zeuxis and Princesa Sugehit had issues thru the match, with Zeuxis unmasking Sugehit for the DQ. Zeuxis was wearing a Navarro/Trauma mask and walked out to their music as a tribute to her original maestro. Estrellita slipped climbing the ropes for a dive and fell hard on the floor on her hip (but reported no major injury in the following day.)
Rush stole a pin on Marco Corlone with outside help from La Mascara (not eliminted, but using the ropes.) He and Atlantis had minor issues.
Niebla Roja & Dragon Lee slightly feuded in their match, though you’d have to be looking for it to even notice it was there.
There’s nothing much to note about the title matches, there were no stories or controversy to the results (except the Sky Team briefly forgot Mephisto was the captain.) Fans threw in money after the UG/Taven match. Mephisto dressed in pink, with a pink mask and robe, as a tribute to Villano III.
Villano III was honored prior to the main event, joined by his two sons to accept a plaque. He seemed touched by the fans reaction and his son’s praise, and was moved to tears after removing his mask.
CMLL again cut out the dance segments, showing the Villano III autobiographical interviews instead. We appeared to miss a Pink Panther themed dance before the main event.
There’s nothing must see here, with the big title matches falling a little short and nothign really surprised it. You’ll miss nothing that’ll show up on anyone’s MOTYC list if you skipped it becuase there was a price attached or because Azul/Pierroth annoyed you.
The main event was not as terrible as it could be, and not as destructive as Volador/Yoshitatsu, but not at the level of Volador/Ephesto in matches that probably shouldn’t have happened. Pierroth’s offense looked as horrible as usual, Pierroth sucked at catching dives as much as usual, and their best attempt at hiding it was doing a shorter version of a normal CMLL main event. It didn’t work, and Diamante Azul wasn’t great shakes either. The fans whistling came thru much louder on the periscopes I was watching than live, and there was a bigger reaction for the finish than I would’ve thought, but it wassn’t close to the level of a big show main event. My favorite part, also clear on the periscopes than the VOD, is how both men missed top rope moves by so much that the other person didn’t really even have to roll out of the way (maybe because they didn’t trust it happening.) The brawling outside the ring came across as much better than anything did in the actual match.
Sky Team vs Hechicero/Mephisto/Luciferno was good, but sloppier than usual. Hechicero & Mistico started off really well together, and then didn’t come finish well with a couple of noticable spots. They haven’t worked a lot together, and the big show fans were all over Mistico for existing. The Sky Team did all sorts of dives, and this was as much an exhibition for them as all the Sky Team matches are on big shows, but there’s now been quite a lot of those and this one didn’t quite meausre up to the intensity of those. They went as far to have Volador eliminated in the third fall to tease the title change, but then rushed the match over so quick that the rudos never even got a near fall before Valiente took the win. They could’ve gotten more of that sequence and of this match. It did mean Valiente got another big win on a big show.
Ultimo Guerrero vs Matt Taven was just Taven plugged into every UG match. The first two falls were not much at all. It picked up in the third fall, with Taven using some offense (headlock DDT, neckbreaker) that’s at least novel in this part, but otherwise looing not quite as impressive as his match with Rush last September. Crowd got into it because they love Ultimo Guerrero and they billed it as a Mexico vs USA thing, but the quality of the match was just average for this type of match. CMLL really needed one or both of these title matches to come up big to make this show worthwile. Both were good, but neither were special.
first two fall really not much, third fall totally the UG special with Taven’s offense plugged in. Taven looked better close to the end, but rarely came close to winning and ddin’t really stand out. Can’t believe they threw monye in, but that’s part of the bit.
The Ingobernales put together a better match for the big show and the crowd reacted to the big moments (mostly Atlantis related), but the match itself wasn’t really all that memorable. Rush was the star of this match, both on offense and selling dramatically for the técnicos before getting the pin. He made Marco look great before stealing the pin. Caristico sliding in a second too late for a countout and complaining about it was a great Caristico moment.
The segunda was both good and disappointing; I didn’t realize it short than usual (and shorter than opener) until adding up the times, but it did feel like they didn’t get to go as far as usual. What they had time for generally went well, though I was surprised to see Euforia help Dragon Lee with his ramp springboard headscissors rather than let him climb or jump himself. Guess they wanted to make sure that didn’t go wrong on a big stage. I wanted more out of Nieba and Dragon Lee, but the big stuff they all did near the end worked well and the dive counters in the third fall. Still, no near falls, they were just doing the normal midcard match. I was not a big fan of the Guerrero fashion. Neon green and Niebla red don’t work well together, and Gran Guerrero going with plain trunks under the battle skirt feels imcomplete.
The effort was up on the women’s match, but the results were not. Amapola & Marclea looked like they’re getting ready for their ROH matches with better work here, and Sugehit & Zeuxis had a fun last minute (especially the smart way they did the mask pull), but Tiffany struggled as usual and Estrellita wasn’t much good before her blown dive at the end of the match. Zeuxis’ mask looked great and I enjoyed the other rudas being totally supportive of Zeuxis’ decision to unmask Sugehit.
IWRG (SUN) 03/19/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy b Araña de Plata
2) Kanon b Skanda
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma b Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago, X-Fly Nigma & Relampago made challenges.
4) Demonio Infernal b Black Dragón Eterno attacked Demonio after the match
5) Acero, Eterno, Hip Hop Man, Keshin Black b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo [lumberjack] Acero replaced Vortize (injured on Wednesday)
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King Jr. b Pirata Morgan Jr., Killer Jr., Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Bobby Lee Jr., Argos, Diablo Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rebelion de los Juniors, seeding battle royal] winner gets a shot at the IWRG Junior de Juniors title, held by Herodes Jr. Rules were first to have a seeding battle royal, with the last two going to getting a bye and immediately having that match. Silver King Jr. and Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. advanced.
7) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Silver King Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, semifinal] first show for (a) Silver King Jr. since 2013.
8) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Argos [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f] first Argos appearance since last June
9) Hijo del Alebrije b Killer Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
10) Pirata Morgan Jr. b Diablo Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
11) Danny Casas b Bobby Lee Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f] first IWRG show for Lee since November.
12) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Hijo del Alebrije [Rebelion de los Juniors, quarterfinal]
13) Danny Casas b Pirata Morgan Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, quarterfinal]
14) Danny Casas b Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rebelion de los Juniors, semifinal] Hijo attacked Danny right after he defeated his brother, but it didn’t work out for him.
15) Danny Casas b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, final] Third straight match with Danny, not with a bad knee, but he took advantage of a distraction to beat Mascsara with a casita. He’s earned a match with Herodes Jr.
Kind of glad no new IWRG aired last night because editing that TV into matches late last night would’ve been rough. I wish I could see what IWRG sees in Danny Casas.
I watched only the title match live, which came off as a slightly lesser version of their Arena Mexico match with a strange looking finish. It didn’t come off as a finishing spot at all, but I think that was more bad design than the plan going wrong.
Today’s Arena Mexico doesn’t have anything important, but has a lot of matches which could be good if they go for it on a Tuesday. Guerrero Maya and Virus have had great matches before and reunite tonight in a lightning match. The Dinamtias face Drone, The Panther and Triton in what should be an exciting match (though the outcome is not in a lot doubt; Triton seems to be losing ever Arena Mexico match since announcing he was leaving soon.)
There’s also a special rudo/rudo trios, with Mephisto, Polvora and Luciferno versus Negro Casas, Tiger, and Puma. Knowing what we know now, I wonder if this was actually and truly meant to be the trios title match we won’t shut up about. Only, Polvora’s in there because Ephesto is out for a month and that’s something they would’ve known when putting the card together last week. We’ll see if they say anything about the title shot situation or Ephesto’s status in this match.
The main event is Caristico, Dragon Lee and Marco versus the Guerreros (UG, GG, Euforia), which could also be good. The segunda is Starman, Sangre Imperial and Magia Blanca against Nitro, Skandalo and Sangre Azteca, which probably won’t be. The show opens with a Leono & Bengala vs Inquisidor & El Cholo match; you should probably just skip the first 45 minutes.
CultIcon previews this show. It starts at 7:30pm local, which is still one hour later if you’re on Daylight Savings Time.
Guadalajara has it’s own Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show tonight, honoring Ringo Mendoza. The big title match is Hechicero defending the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship against Stuka Jr., where the rudo is expected to retain. The main event is another Ingobernables versus Diamante Azul match, with Volador & Matt Taven filling out the tecnico side.
Perro Aguayo Jr. passed away two years ago today. AAA & Perros del Mal are holding a mass in his honor. ESPN talks to Dorian Roldan & Monster Clown on their thoughts, and many luchadors are sharing their remembrances on Twitter. Record interviews Damain 666, who’s insistent Perro would not have picked another way to die.
+Lucha’s podcast has Puma, Argenis, Chik Tormenta and Dragon Fly as guests. Dragon Fly’s interviewed because the mystery Japanese promotion he was going to turned out to be a tryout with Dragon Gate. He debuted on their 03/19 show in Aichi. He wasn’t on the next show and isn’t listed on other cards, so it might have just been a one day thing. I bet I’ll know more if I listen to the podcast.
Aerostar talks about reaching 10 years of wrestling AAA and sounds very happy to be there. He says the company has an infinite amount of talent. Infinity sounds like a lot.
Main event is a rematch. The one part of the story that’s moved on H2L is now it seems like most everyone (tecnicos/rudos) against Los Ingobernables. I keep thinking every show Taven appears on is going to be his last, but he’s staying around longer. This will be the the third Sugehit/Zeuxis title match in the last month or so, and the first actually taped.
First half of this card looks very iffy. Toro Bill gets a rare tercera without his usual partner. Apocalispis & Inquisidor make rare appearances in Puebla at all; Apocalipsis hasn’t been here since December (only twice last year) and Inquisidor since October.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-03-18 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-06 @ Arena Puebla
1) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca, Virus
2) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
3) Rush vs Último Guerrero
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-18 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-15 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Lunatic Extreme, Odín, Ovett vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Araña de Plata, Keiser Drago, Power Bull
3) Black Dragón, Cadilac, Danny Casas vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
4) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Pantera I vs Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago
Tonight, Caristico meets Mephisto once again in the main event of Arena Puebla show, for Mephsito’s welterweight championship. They ran this match two months ago in Arena Mexico, where it was pretty good. It should be about the same in Puebla, probably with the same outcome. The show also has a Zeuxis/Princesa Sugehit lightning match, as the women continue to feud after their title change. CMLL usually runs an Arena Mexico Anniversary show on the last Friday of April (04/28 this year), and it’s at least possible Zeuxis/Sugehit or Soberano/Misterioso could be headed to an important match on that show.
The rest of the show is trios. The semimain is a Azul/Pierroth rematch, with Niebla, Terrible and Los Ingobernables filling the other spots. Lestat continues his travels into the midcard, teaming with Rey Cometa & Stigma against Kraneo, Luciferno and Morphosis. This would be Morphosis’ first CMLL match since losing his mask, but he lost his mask as Histeria. I wouldn’t think he would wear the mask as Morphosis either (after experimenting with a new mask, he was basically wearing his Histeria mask for the last couple years), but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Or if he wasn’t on the show, which seems to happen with him. Espiritu & Policeman continue their one sided feud in the semimain, with Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja as tecnicso and Cancerbero & Raziel as the rudos. Meyer, Paris, Vega versus King Jaguar, Rey Apocalispis and Toro Bill Jr. open the show.
CultIcon has a preview. The show starts at 9pm local, which is still one hour later than usual in the US. It’ll be on YouTube as normal.
El Tijuanese, writing about The Crash, says they’re “close to reaching a deal” with Moody Jack Melendez. Konnan has been saying nice things about Melendez recently. The article says they’re in talks for a TV channel to broadcast their network.
ROH announced Volador Jr. & Will Ospreay vs Dragon Lee & Jay White for their 04/01 show Florida. Volador & Dragon Lee have been in ciberneticos against each other, and there was a Arena Xalapa show with a Parka family vs Munoz family trios match (that may not have happened), but this would be the first time those two are on opposite sides of a recorded match.
I don’t think it’s going to work for Angel de Oro this time either, but good on him for never giving up.
CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Raziel, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Máscara Año 2000, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Matt Taven, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Taven around all week. It’s like they’re building to match with him and Terrible, but he can’t be in next Sunday (unless he’s flying back?)
CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
2) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) El Difunto vs Mr. Trueno
4) El Alteño, Mágico, Neutrón vs Évola, Gran Kenut, León Blanco
5) El Divino, Flash II, Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Pitbull I
Difunto & Trueno were matched up this week, so that’s an odd rudo/rudo feud.
(AAA & Impact/Anthem also announced an alliance. The recap has no more details on it.)
Air Date: 03/25 & 04/01.
The building looked full. It might have not been capacity – AAA always cuts off some of the seats to fit in the entrance – but they probably sold as many tickets as they could. Arena Coliseo Monterrey with CMLL luchadors did not do nearly as well. (Calling this show Rey de Reyes helped. If there’ anything to take from this weekend, it’s that branding events will help over the course of a few years.)
Like we saw in Apizaco, the card announced and the matches which took place changed. It was a lot more in order than content tonight, though changing how they were doing the Rey de Reyes tournament was pretty noticeable. It’s still going to take time to figure out how much of this is a purposeful attempt to make the shows feel more unpredictable and how much of this is AAA announcing lineups and then changing the creative process behind them. Neza might have been done before the change, but nothing past that has been announced (so there shouldn’t need to be more reshuffling after that, unless reshuffling is just supposed to be part of the feel of the show.)
My first impression was that it’s good to be known to the LU crew. Mundo won, Aerostar won, Argenis won (?!?!), Kevin Kross debuted. Kross is working LU dark matches and is signed so may show up in vignettes, but AAA hasn’t been bringing in many foreigners so someone had go to the back to him, probably off that Lucha Underground experience. (Kross might be getting a new name. I wonder if Vibora is next?) On the other hand, Mundo beat two other people on LU, Aerostar wasn’t losing his mask and Argenis – well, I can’t explain Argenis. And there’s other non-LU people who had a good day: Ayako Hamada isn’t on LU, and I can reveal that Carta Brava, Soul Rocker and Mocho Cota Jr. do not show up in the Temple in Season 3 to cause havoc.
Maybe the LU idea is that everyone gets something to do, and everyone gets a chance to be stars. AAA’s biggest hole is in upper level guys, and they gave big moments to a lot of people. I don’t know if the fans are going to accept Carta Brava, Soul Rocker and Mocho Cota as a faction taking on Dr. Wagner’s mask, but AAA is more interesting with them trying to do instead of just wrestling 40 straight weeks of openers in slightly different combinations. Argenis as Rey de Reyes winner is going to look so strange in the list of winners for quite a while, but there might be a bigger plan here – he’s in that Cruiserweight title match in Neza, assuming that it doesn’t change.
Mundo being both heavyweight and cruiserweight champion at the same time is sorta goofy but, as person who hates pretty much every single title belt in Mexico, I don’t have a problem with having less champions. None of the belts have been treated in a meaningful way, reducing the number of champions might help, Mundo’s the most close to being a big deal of the three right now, and it’d be a big moment if they spent five months building to Fatansma or Texano winning the titles back at TripleMania. They could do Texano/Fantasma vs Kross/Mundo in between as build up. Long term, I’d like to see the Latin American title dumped because there’s not enough TV to make three different singles titles useful, and something changed with the cruiserweight title if there’s not going to be any meaningful difference between it and heavyweight. It’s Mexico so I’m sure we’ll see those belts split apart at some point.
Mary talked about the skull fracture this week on TV. She was out for years before with a head injury, and the recap makes it sound like she might not be back any time soon from this one. The injury appears to have happened before Faby won the trios belts – maybe tehy didn’t realize how bad it was? Maybe something else is going on? Ricky Marvin took the loss to Faby and hasn’t been in AAA since, including not being on this show when AAA was getting everyone on the show. I dunno. Faby was the surprise first person out of the Reina de Reinas match, but Ayako Hamada being champion opens the door for Faby to go back to challenging to that title, which helps if she doesn’t have a healthy family member to team with.
These tapings are now a lot harder to judge just based on results and photos since things are actually happening. It’s going to take actually seeing it to have an idea about how all these things are working.
EDIT: things I thought about too late
all the AAA photos show Super Fly with a short hair cut, not bald. Hmmm.
main event seemed set up to give Vampiro a hero moment, which is not so great. But he appears to no longer a mysterious person off stage and an actual person who is seen.
CMLL (SAT) 03/18/2017Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) La Comandante, Metálica, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Skadi Rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón Forastero replaced Okumura (still out due to injury). NGD took 1/3, only losing the second by excessive violence DQ.
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora Angel de Oro defeated Dragon Rojo, asked for a(nother) title shot.
5) Matt Taven, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
That would be Angel de Oro’s fourth shot, and second this year. Four was the magic number for Princesa Sugehit.
CMLL (SUN) 03/19/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Robin b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Inquisidor
2) Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Astral, Pegasso, Tritón Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Soberano Jr., Stigma
4) Dragón Lee b Niebla Roja Dragon Lee took 2/3 in an intense match
5) Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Terrible fouled Taven
Lee/Roja sounds pretty good. I don’t know this would do better numbers than H2L on iPPV but, if the buzz was strong enough for that one match, I think it’d do pretty good for a show wiht nothing else on it.
There’s no time tonight, and there’s a lot to talk about Rey de Reyes. This is one of those times where I feel like getting the official recap will add a lot, so look for more tomorrow. There’s two big outside the ring stories:
Impact Wrestling and AAA did announce a partnership in ring about halfway thru the show, as Impact had teased on Twitter earlier this weekend. Afterwards, Jeff Jarrett made a point of noting they were allied with both AAA & The Crash – as far as they see it, Impact wants to deal with both and isn’t leaving The Crash for AAA. That makes sense for them, Impact’s goal here is just to get their guys booked right now. AAA must’ve at least told Impact they were OK with The Crash being involved for it to get this far. Impact should’ve let The Crash know about this in advance if they were going to make a deal with AAA if they wanted to maintain the relationship, but we haven’t heard anything from The Crash side yet. It seems inevitable one of the Mexican promotions will have a problem with the other and pull out, but everyone’s putting a good public face on it right now.
As a secondary thing, this is a deal which helps AAA have enough outsiders for a Lucha World Cup. It wasn’t mentioned in the announcement tonight, but Impact people started following that Twitter account so it must’ve come out. They may have made more announcements, but both Jarrett and Dorian Roldan were pretty heavily booed, which should’ve been no surprise. Jarrett was not in evil AAA foreigner mode, but the AAA fans have no reason to see him as anything besides that, and the Monterrey fans were booing Dorian six months ago even before the latest wave of negative publicity.
Rey de Reyes, like the prior TV taping, had a notable change in creative direction. There were many things happening, even if some of them felt completely random; it’s a total change from the filler TV shows of AAA 2016. It may feel a little bit like Lucha Underground, and for a reason. Not only is Vampiro helping put together the show, so is Lucha Underground head writer Chris DeJoseph. We don’t know exactly when he started, but there’s difference has been obvious. Lucha Underground has been better at getting over AAA luchadors than AAA has the last few years, it makes sense you’d want as much of the creative process involved in that as you could in AAA. Lucha Underground is also presenting a much different product to AAA, not something AAA fans would see as their brand of lucha libre (for better or worse) and it’s going to be a challenge to change those expectations from afar. There seemed to people who liked all the chaos and twists of tonight’s show, and some who were put off by all the changes in the card.
There’s a sense – and I know I’ve helped propagate it – that all the LU people are with The Crash and not AAA and I don’t think that’s quite right now. Vampiro & DeJospeph are here. They’re planning in Mundo sticking around, and Taya probably is too. Kevin Kross, who’s signed by LU but probably won’t appear in-ring this season, started tonight. Everyone’s got their own feelings about things and it makes it hard to paint one group as the good guys or bad guys.
Impact has a talent exchange agreement with The Crash, bringing in Laredo Kid & Garza Jr. for the last set of tapings in exchange for Jarrett and others working The Crash shows
Impact has had a a similar agreement with AAA in past years, most recently sending talent to the Lucha World Cup
Impact pretty much just wants to book their guys out as much as possible to anyone credible who will take them, becuase it’s a revenue stream for them
The Crash & AAA don’t want to work with each other, and would prefer their partners don’t work with the enemies
Anthem works with Impact – the only place airing the AAA English language show that we know of is Fight Network in Canada. Anthem has had a relationship with AAA longer than they’ve owned Impact. We have no idea how well the AAA shows does, but AAA does have a show and The Crash does not.
Anthem’s also managed to work deals to air both CMLL and AAA shows despite both of those promotions probably preferring the other one wasn’t around.
if AAA still plans on running a Lucha World Cup, they probably needed to make a deal like this (but there’s been no mention of a LWC this year so far)
and then on a much lower importance scale
Rey de Reyes is going to draw the same with or without a not-advertised Jeff Jarrett, though maybe a surprise will help next time
oh no is this another Jarrett angle that goes either nowhere or to a lame match at TripleMania, those are the only two options they seem to have
Jarrett is probably not the mystery person in the Reina de Reinas match. (Probably not Karen either.)
Maybe Anthem/Impact has figured out something where they can make everyone happy in Mexico without being upset that other people are happy? That’s not how understand the lucha libre business to work, it seems like the priority is usually make someone else ad over making yourself happy, but who knows.
Rey de Reyes starts at 6pm Monterrey time, which means 7pm Central/Chicago time, 8pm ET, which means I’ve got plenty of time to take a good nap and hope this makes more sense when I wake up.