06/28 AAA TV Results (Orizaba)

AAA TV (SUN) 06/28/2015 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Australian Suicide & Goya Kong b Machine Rocker & Taya Valkyrie
Psycho Clown introduced Goya Kong, his sister, as the newest member of AAA and the mystery luchadora in this match. Suicide beat Machine. Villano IV interrupted the celebration to declare his family was better than the Alvarado family.
2) Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Niño Hamburguesa
Aerostar replaced Argenis on 06/17. Super Fly beat Aerostar with a double powerbomb.
3) Dinastía © b Mini Psycho Clown [AAA MINI]
Dinastia’s sixth defense (fourth official, two off TV) was said to be a techinical match. Dinastia won with the Tulancingo Special.
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Joe Lider b Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans
Drago & Joe Lider replaced Fenix & Pentagon Jr. on 06/17. La Secta got a revenge win. Tables were used.
5) Electroshock & Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Averno & Chessman
Originally a Holocausto vs Psycho Circus trios match, Chessman added to the show and Averno moved down a match on 06/17. Electroshock & Pirata beat Monster for the win.
6) Psycho Clown & Rey Mysterio Jr. b El Mesías & Hijo del Fantasma
Rey Mysterio took the place of a surprise wrestler. Psycho Clown was moved up from the semifinal to replace Myzteziz and Texano Jr. replaced Averno. Fantasma replaced Texano, who had an arm injury and blamed it on Psycho Clown. Rey beat Mesias, has not lost since returning.

Air Date: 07/11 & 07/18

Outside of Goya jumping, this was a pretty quiet taping. No TripleMania announcement, no real hint at any new Triplemania matches. A lot of existing feuds are brought up, but this seems more like a placekeeping show than one of the last few before the biggest show of the year. (Maybe it’s not.)

Texano’s injury was left pretty vague. It would seem like it had to occur in the last couple weeks, since they wouldn’t have moved him into the main event during the shuffle if they knew he was hurt, but it’s not clear when. Texano hasn’t been recorded as wrestling since June 1st and was strangely left off the Verano de Escandalo card (though he did do a run-in), so it could also be something he’s been working thru for a while. Not sure when he’ll be back, though it seems doubtful he’ll have any big role on TripleMania. The rudo side is really weak.

I wonder if Goya is Mascara 2000 Jr.’s mystery admirer?

This was the first of three straight weekends of taping. They’re taping again on Friday in Tampico.

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Americans beat Dos Caras, Keira defeats Marcela

IWRG (SUN) 06/28/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Blue Monsther & Hijo del Alebrije b Enigma & Picudo Jr.
Blue Monsther’s first main show IWRG match after five years of trainee shows. He won!
2) Dragón Celestial, Mr. Leo, Vortize b Aramis, Atomic Star, Super Jack
Mr. Leo replaced Skayde (moved up a match)
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Oficial 911, Oficial AK47 b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Skayde
Skyade replaced Golden Magic (double booked with All Elite). Oficials and Cerebros challenged each other after the match.
4) Eterno, Negro Navarro, Universo 2000 Jr. b Danny Casas, Solar I, Súper Nova
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión b Hijo De Dos Caras, Pantera, Veneno
Coloso Chris is likely Calfironian Chris from the XMW; he and Orion and the Crazy Americans. He beat the usually unbeatable Dos Caras clean.

The Americans winning in the first match makes sense if they’re being built up for a loss later on, but no outsider seems to stay around here that long.

In a ten woman CMLL versus indie women match in Salon Citali, Keira defeated Marcela. That sets up a rematch on their next show.

Today’s Arena Puebla show has Gran Guerrero versus Sombra for the NWA Middlweight championship. It’d be shocking if Sombra lost.

Naito’s returned to NJPW, but he’s continued on with his character change from Mexico – he’s still an Ingobernable member, he’s not getting along with faces like Tanahashi and talking about how much he liked Mexico and teaming with those guys (Sombra’s mentioned specifically.) The next tour is the G1, so teaming with people won’t be much of an issue, but perhaps Sombra will be heading over after that.

Silueta is heading back to Mexico. Reina Isia, La Gitana and La Comandante are still in REINA; Comandante is challenging for a title on their next show.

Segunda Caida reviews Atlantis, Black Warrior, Felino, and Mr. Niebla vs Damain 666, Halloween, Psicosis and Satanico.

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LA Park beats Rush, Octagon returns to Arena Mexico, Goya goes to AAA

CMLL (SAT) 06/27/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Robin b Cholo
Robin replaced Leono on Monday.
2) Soberano Jr. b Inquisidor
3) Disturbio b Súper Halcón Jr.
A slight upset, though Disturbio used the ropes to beat Halcon.
4) Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora
5) Fuego b Raziel
6) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. b Ephesto & Tiger
7) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, Mistico DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Niebla Roja, Shocker
Shocker fouled Atlantis.

A show.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL LLB (SAT) 06/27/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Mano a Mano]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina b Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Shadow, Yoruba
2) Mike Segura b Jinzo, Drastik Boy, Dinamic Black, Cíclope, Freelance, The Rotation, Golden Magic Ciclope vs Draztick vs Jinzo vs Golden vs Dinamic vs Axel Rotation vs Freelance vs Mike Segura (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Segura replaced Flamita (double booked) and beat Freelance to win. Golden Magic and the Rotation (from Germany’s WXW) were added to the match.
3) Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Platino, Mr. Niebla b Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera
Loco Max replaced Mr. Niebla. Brazo de Platino replaced Brazo de Plata. Los Porros ran in to cost Secta Negra the match, then challenged them to a match on the next show.
4) Crazy Boy, Pesadilla, Super Crazy vs Felino, Negro Casas, Puma King
Casas family beat the Crazy Dinastia
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Mr. Niebla & Rush Rush y Mr. Niebla vs L.A. Park e Hijo de L.A. Park, Lucha Libre Boom. (posted by +LuchaTV)
Posted listed this as Rush vs LA Park, but it became Park & Hijo Park vs Niebla & Rush. Rush bled; LA Park said this was first time Rush had bled (which it was not) and compared it to another first time someone might bleed. Park won after he and Rush exchanged fouls.

Main event looks fun in the videos. Building was full or close to it. LA Park said Rush is good and he respects him which is the most incredible thing to happen. Maybe now Rush can broker a peace between Park & Sombra

ALL ELITE (SUN) 06/28/2015 Arena México [@furiatitanes, MT]
1) Emperador Azteca & Imposible b Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther
2) Rayman & Sagrado b Ángel de Oro & Golden Magic
3) Hechicero & Super Crazy b Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi
4) Hernandez & Juventud Guerrera DQ La Máscara & Marco Corleone
Juventued Guerrera was the mystery person (listed to be Extreme Tiger at one point.) Ingobernables got annoyed and fouled the oppositon.
5) Atlantis & Octagón b Fuerza Guerrera & Último Guerrero
Fuerza & Octagon did their usual match (Octagon was tied to the ropes). Money thrown in and match was more or less treated like the main event, though the match itself wasn’t that good and relied a lot on nostalgia.
6) Big Ryck & Volador Jr. DQ Rush & Shelton Benjamin
Rush fouled Volador. Big Ryck was said to be very slow, and Shelton seemed to be mailing it in.

Attendance had to be disappointing given the heavy hype about Octagon’s big return. Seemed like maybe 6 or 7,000 in pictures. That’s a good number, a very strong number for an average CMLL Sunday show, but this was probably quite a big more expensive than a normal CMLL show. The fans of Octagon’s generation just aren’t fans or aren’t fans of him anymore, I’d guess. Time moves on, even when luchadors try to pretend elsewise.

Big Ryck wasn’t really strongly advertised as working the show; the only way you knew was if you visited the promotion’s Facebook account or follow lucha libre news (and those people probably had made up their mind on going prior.) I don’t think those guys in the main event really meant anything for this show as far as attendance, but it might be a signal about Big Ryck’s future plans – this might be his last match as Big Ryck if he’s now out of Lucha Underground. His character doesn’t as clearly reach an end point as Hernandez does on the last episodes, but he did end up significantly injuring someone in his last match and it’s not impossible both sides could’ve previously decided to part way.

While Octagon was making his big return to Arena Mexico, Goya Kong was heading out the door. She showed up  Orizaba as the surprise luchadora in the opening match (and presumably the one in that spot for all the cards going forward.) Goya’s booked Monday in Puebla, so it didn’t seem like CMLL was aware this was happening.

Goya, especially when she’d wrestle on those dead Tuesday shows, seemed like one of the most over acts in CMLL. She sometimes just seemed to be doing a lot of her father’s routines, but she also comes off as someone who having fun being a luchadora and someone who recognizes there’s a crowd there to be entertained. It didn’t seem like CMLL had plans for her (and probably could’ve gotten more mileage of the Sexy Team trio than they ever tried.) AAA doesn’t seem to have big plans for any women right now, and the inevitable Taya/Goya match will not be good for anyone, but Goya will be perfect for AAA’s mixed opening matches.

This is actually a return to AAA for Goya. She and her sister (wrestling as Dinah) wrestled a few house shows for AAA in 2008. Their lack of bookings was one of the complaints Brazo de Plata citing for leaving AAA later on.

The other big news from the taping is Texano Jr. is out indefinitely due to arm injury. They didn’t say exactly what had happened, only blamed usual rival Psycho Clown.  Still no TripleMania date.

Ultimo Guerrero compares Rey Escorpion to a young Shocker, says he’ll have a surprise for his apuesta match, and would be willing to face Thunder next or go to a cage match. Everyone always says they have a surprise, don’t read too much into it.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

LV reviews all the Lucha from this week.

The Herald Tribune has an atmosphere story on the Dr. Wagner/Silver King headlined show in Florida. Elsewhere, the main event was said to be what you’d expect out of those two guys, with it feeling more like a US indy show underneath.

SuperLucha looks back to Anibal winning the middleweight title.

Rey Escorpion: “if you want to see Ultimo Guerrero without hair, come to the show on July 17th to cry with him, because I’m going to retire him and send him home bald.”

Ultimo Guerrero wants Rey Escorpion first and Thunder second.

Diamante Azul challenges Rush and Sombra to matches. Note that in that interview, Azul’s said to be away due to “personal problems” and not “wrestling in Europe.”

Super Libre had a 7th anniversary special.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/05/2015 Arena México
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Hijo del Signo, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Máximo, Super Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Mephisto © vs Stuka Jr. [MEX LH]
Mephisto’s 13th defense, 3rd straight against Stuka
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

I have no idea why Stuka is getting a title shot. It’s so random that it kind makes me think Mephisto is busy in a couple months and this is a Universal tournament situation, but who knows.

Dark Angel is back! Maybe. Probably?

CMLL (SUN) 07/05/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & El Alteño vs Quca & Relampago
3) Frezzer, Metatrón, Nautilius vs Black Sugar, Évola, Gran Kenut
4) El Divino, Neutrón, Vaquero Jr. vs El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
5) Gallo, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo vs Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

These cards are getting more and more random. There doesn’t seem to be a set local crew. Neutron would be making his first appearance here in four years. Ex-AAA wrestler Black Abyss used the name Nautilius prior; I don’t think this is him but I rule nothing out. (Micro used to be the name of a drawf wrestler, pre-minis division, and I kind of rule that being him out.)

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Escorpion/Guerrero, En Busca de un Idolo, All Elite, PWG

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 06/26/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito
Mercurio was wearing a Demus like outfit and facepaint. Rudos
2) Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón
3) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper (posted by luchablogdos)
4) Canelo Casas b Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta Temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Canelo win clean in about 5 minutes. Blue Panther was the guest official. Canelo scored a 8 (Panther), 7 (Gladiador), 6 (Shocker), 6 (Tirantes) for 27. Panther Jr. scored a 0, 7, 6, 5 – the 0 came when Panther refused to put up a score for his son, and so Panther Jr. received a 0 for an 18.
5) Flyer b Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta Temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
best tournament match so far. Zavala landed his top rope splash for a 2 count, argued with the referee, and was inside cradled by Flyer for the win. Flyer’s first win in the tournament. Flyer scored 8 (Panther), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 4 (Tirantes) for 28. Zavala scored 8, 8, 9, 7 for 32.
6) La Sombra, Rey Bucanero, Rush b Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Ingobernables/Rey took falls 2/3, though Sombra & Rush turned on Bucanero as soon as the match was over.
7) Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Thunder b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
straight falls, Rey Escorpion foul on UG for the win.

Terra matches, outside of Flyer/Zavala, were all pretty bleh. Crowd was really good. Porra Fresa, the tecnico support group from Puebla, made the trip in for the show and kept the building loud where it otherwise would’ve been quiet. Canelo/Panther in particular would’ve been death in front of a normal crowd. Tirantes score to Flyer didn’t really make much sense. If there’s any logic there, it’s that Tirantes punishes mistake spots more than he credits guys for trying something.

Current En Busca de un Idolo standings:

283 Boby Zavala
236 Guerrero Maya Jr.*
181 Flyer
177 Canelo Casas
164 Esfinge*
158 Disturbio*
156 Blue Panther Jr.
130 Delta*

Blue Panther gave everyone else an 8, so he probably cost his son 8 points. Whoever’s figuring out the fan voting totals tried to help him out: instead of giving people 3s and 5s and such for finishing far behind, the lowest finishers received 15 and 17s. The top guys still got big leads from being on top, but it’s keeping the pack all close together. Still, if they really wanted to help Panther, they wouldn’t have him lose to Canelo Casas. It’s not looking good for him.

That Delta/Disturbio is a really interesting outcome on Tuesday. It’s Disturbio’s first match since his promo, and it’s match that could catapult Delta right back into the middle of things with a win and a good performance. We would’ve easily figured Delta to win coming into this contest. Things are less clear now. If Disturbio actually lives up to his promo and goes all out from the start, maybe it’s a match that deserves a good judging number. Maybe the judges don’t give him one out of spite!

It took 423 points to make the top 4 last year. The judging point totals are down from last year: average first round judging panel score was 7.3 to 5.9 this year. That’s trending up as the contest goes on, but no one’s in danger of getting all 9s or all 10s. I’m not sure 4 will reach 350.

At the All Elite press conference, Juvi said he wouldn’t be working the show if he wasn’t in the main event. He appears not to be in the main event: it’s now announced to be Shelton Benjamin & Rush vs Volador & Big Ryck of Lucha Underground. That’s a bizarre match. If the rule really is that no one can work both All Elite and AAA/LU, then that would mean Ryck would also be out of Lucha Underground. I’m sure All Elite is a nice payday, but it’s hard to imagine people would take that booking if it cost them a regular job, unless they’re under the impression that regular job is going away (either they’re done or the show is done) or they don’t believe that’s an actual problem. Juvi likely slips down to the card to take Extreme Tiger’s spot.

Meanwhile, Fuerza Guerrera says Negro Casas is better than Octagon. Yes. Yes. This is a correct statement.

+LuchaTV also posted video of the the Disturbio rant.

PWG announced their full Battle of Los Angeles field yesterday. AAA regulars Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Drago, Angelico, Jack Evans and Aerostar will participate in the 24 man 3 night tournament, joining Brian Cage in the previously announced field. This continues the AAA invasion of the US indies this summer. Not sure if it’ll be the last date. The leaked then denied Angelico & Jack Evans versus the Young Bucks match may be back (or still) on. The Bucks said it was off because they weren’t working in PWG, but perhaps they only meant they weren’t working at that specific moment in time – they showed up last night as a surprise.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

SuperLuchas writes about the time Super Porky became heavyweight champion of the world.

Steel Chair Magazine has articles on the Santo in London show and the AAA in London show.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/01/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Fly Tiger vs Demonio Imperial, El Teniente, Sardito
2) Centella De Oriente, Chicanito, Voltar vs Magnum 444, Metálico, Rey Terco Jr., Vampiro
3) Guerrero 2000, Picudo Jr., Troll vs Acero, Adrenalina, Hijo Dele Alebrije
4) Aeroman, Dragón Celestial, Dragon Fly vs Araña de Plata, Electro Boy, Power Bull
5) Caballero De Plata, Dr. Letal, Fiero, Maquiavelico, Meteoro, Sonic, Villano III Jr., Voraz vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Ángel, Chapulin, Kanon, Rayo Star, Super Jack
Gym Hip Hop Hop (Voraz) vs Gym Fill Eterno (Aramis)

Eterno is listed as “Technical Director 2″. Maybe there’s some dispute over if control of training school changes hands on disqualification?

CMLL (FRI) 07/03/2015 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Robin vs Espanto Jr. & Metálico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro
3) Canelo Casas vs Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Delta vs Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto
6) Gran Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión
7) Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Rush, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]

No real idea where they’re going with the relevos. I can picture CMLL going with Rush versus Diamante Azul and they did battle in last night’s match, but I’m not sure if that’s meant ot be a thing.

Don’t like Gran Guerrero’s chances in the semimain, but then they’ve already pulled the UG/GG switch once. Kamaitachi returns to Arena Mexico; he seems to start up Monday in Puebla again. This match should be a pretty fun.

En Busca de un Idolo has the big Delta/Maya match, which seems like it should’ve been saved for a bigger show. The following Tuesday will have Blue Panther Jr. versus Flyer and Esfinge versus Boby Zavala

DTU (FRI) 07/03/2015 Arena Pavilion del Norte, Saltillo, Coahuila
1) Masizito vs El Porrito, Chiqui Nerds
2) Galactico Dragon & Negra Luz vs Perro Negro & Speed Demon
3) Cruz & Destructro vs El Chato & El Nene and ? & ??
4) Tempestad vs Lince De Oro, King Rap
5) Jimmy & Kevin (DTU) vs Joven Maravilla & Maremoto Jr. and Angel Azul & Kronos
6) Lokillo vs Vengador, Lanzeloth, Chica Ye-Ye, Destello
7) The Rotation vs Drastik Boy, Septimo Dragon, Jinzo, Rocky Lobo
8) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Black Fire & Demente Extreme and El Recio & Galaxy
9) Crazy Boy & Pesadilla vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

First show of the three day trip to northern Mexico. Fourth match featuring the locals.

DTU (SAT) 07/04/2015 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Masizito vs El Porrotio, Chiqui Nerds
2) Galactico Dragon & Negra Luz vs Perro Negro & Speed Demon
3) El Chato & El Nene vs Epidemyus & Ultimo Ninja and Angel Azul & Kronos
4) Angelica, Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin (DTU) vs Alicia, Destello, Joven Maravilla, Maremoto Jr.
5) Jinzo vs Septimo Dragon, Lokillo, Vengador, Kratoz, Lanzeloth
6) The Rotation vs Drastik Boy, Rocky Lobo, Pesadilla
7) Black Fire vs Crazy Boy, Demente Extreme, El Recio, Galaxy
8) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

DTU’s Monterrey stop is at the home base for LLF.

LLV (SAT) 07/25/2015 Salón Tecate, Minatitlán, Veracruz
1) ? vs ??
2) Aero Power & Ángel Azul vs Kronos & Sepultura
3) Emperador Azteca (IWRG) & Súper Nova vs Electro Boy & Jinzo
4) Flamita vs Dragon Lee (CMLL)

Dream match happening in a random Veracruz promotion. (Pushed back a week from the original date.)

 

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figuring out the date for this year’s TripleMania

AAA has a big show coming up soon. How soon? AAA won’t say. This year’s TripleMania date has been kept quiet, been treated as a top secret, which is a bizarre way to build up to the biggest show of the year. This is usually a show AAA tries to break records with, but this year it’s a show they don’t want to advertise. Perhaps it’ll finally be announced tomorrow on AAA’s TV show, but maybe we can figure it out on our own first.

Let’s start of with some rules

  • TripleMania can’t be happening in the next few weeks. They’ve waited too long to announce the show, but they’re not insane. It’s not happening tomorrow. It’s not happening the day after tomorrow. It can’t be happening until some time after the UK tour (07/11). AAA has TV tapings up to the 10th, so I’m pretty sure TripleMania would’ve been brought up by now.
  • TripleMania is likely happening in July or August. It’s always possible they could sneak in to early September, but they start running into a short turn around before Heroes Inmortales (middle of October) the longer they stretch this out and they run into competition. CMLL may have it’s own problems with their big show of the year, but it wouldn’t be optimum for AAA to run the same weekend, or even the weekend prior. This show can’t really be later than 09/06.
  • TripleMania is not on a weekday and probably a Sunday. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but TripleMania has been on Sundays four of the last five years, and most every AAA big show is on a Sunday.

Let’s just go with Sundays while acknowledging Saturdays could still be possible.  (It’d be harsh to send people back on the road the next day after a long night for TripleMania anyway; AAA probably needs both Saturday and Sunday clear regardless of which day the show is run.) Here’s the Sundays left

July 19
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16
August 23
August 30
September 6

AAA has announced a house show on the 19th with too many people that can’t miss TripleMania. Same thing on the 26th; it’s a little less star power, but they wouldn’t have OKed that card if they might need those guys.  And today, they added a show in Juarez on 08/02 with Myzteziz and Alberto is booked on an indy show on 08/02, so that’s a safe no. Alberto & Rey are booked in Bolivia on August 15th & 16th, cross those off. (At least seven different wrestlers who’d be on TripleMania have been announced for the Battle of of Los Angeles from 08/28-08/30, so that’s a no. CHIKARA King of Trios is on September 4, 5, 6; while Fenix, Aerostar and Drago could be eliminated early and sent home, AAA would probably want them in Mexico for most of the weekend if they were booked on the show. How’s this looking?

August 9
August 23

August 23rd turns out to be the same day as SummerSlam. That’d normally be easy enough to scratch that date off too but we just saw what happened with Money in the Bank and Verano de Escandalo. And I’ve got nothing to cross off August 9th. I think that’s as far as we can go, but it’s pretty far: if TripleMania is on a Sunday, it’s either August 9th or August 23rd. 

Speculating has been pointing towards an early August date and I’d bet on August 9th if I had to choose between the two because of that WWE conflict, but I don’t any hard proof to cite one or the other.

(Did I miss a booking? It’s strangely hard to track down upcoming Alberto & Rey dates, so maybe there’s more conflicts out there. There’s a 50/50 chance someone’s going to immediately knock off one of those dates after I post this, and I’ll update if that happens.)

This is the other thing: there’s got to be a big hold up to not announce the date. If it’s that August 9th date, we’re talking about it being six weekends away: you’d abosultely want to start promoting a card that close. Even if it’s August 23rd, that only 8 weeks for a card normally hoping to pull in 20,000 (including a far chunk of people who will be traveling in.) It’s obviously a determent to the whole thing to hold off announcing the show at this point, so there’s got to be an even bigger reason not to say anything. Maybe they’re still negotiating with a big name to come in, maybe they’re not sure they’ve got a card to run Arena Ciudad de Mexico are looking for dates on other buildings. There’s something going on, and that’s an even bigger mystery than the date.

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CMLL Friday preview, En Busca de un Idolo, All Elite main event

Today’s CMLL show follows up on Wednesday’s confusion and match making with a Guerreros versus Revolucionarios main event. That should end up with Rey Escorpion and Ultimo Guerrero repeating their challenges. Hopefully only those two, or I want my Wednesday back. That show – Juicio Final? – probably needs a good semimain. This show has a random relevos incredibles with Sombra, Rey Bucanero & Rush versus Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, and Volador Jr., which could provide a lot of different possibilities for a big show semimain match. En Busca de un Idolo matches are Flyer/Zavala (promising) and Panther Jr./Casas (promising doom).

LuchaWorld reviews Tuesday’s En Busca de un Idolo matches. The voting isn’t final yet, but Zavala & Maya will be way ahead of everyone else. They’re doing good in the results, slightly better than everyone else in the judging, and just blowing everyone else in fan poll so far. Everyone else will be within 40 points of each. If any of the others turn it around in the fan polling, they’ll make it to the top 4 quick.

El Pancracio’s recap of Thursday’s Liga Elite press conference has Juvi saying he’ll be teaming with Rush, so it must be Volador Jr. & Shelton Benjamin as the other team. Juvi called Volador a bad clone of him. Fuerza Guerrera and Octagon are still teasing their mask match; that feud started in 1991 when Octagon was still in EMLL. +LuchaTV has video of the press conference, so you be weirded out by seeing Octagon in front of the CMLL logo.

The Lucha Dragons were in Mexico City this week to promote the WWE’s November tour. A WWE official said they’re planning a lucha libre themed movie, and “expect to” tape TV in Mexico in 2017. The WWE TV in Mexico often comes off as a carrot on a string.

Virus says he enjoyed his match with Avisman at ChilangaMask, and also Pagano/Hechicero. (The Peridico Enfoque Arena Puebla reporter was very busy this week, this is his fourth article.)

Vice Mexico visited the DTU show at Arena Aficion to write about extreme luchadors. It’s a familiar piece – luchadors insisting they do extreme wrestling right and it really hurts – but it’s still well done. Rich Swann makes a great cameo.

A TV special on Okumura & (still masked) Kamiatachi aired today in Japan. I’m not sure what show it was on, only that there were a lot of kanji messages about it on Twitter.

Cassandro has an interview win the Guardian, talking about El Paso, to promote his upcoming UK tour.

Hijo del Fantasma was actually in London to promote the completely separate but overlapping AAA shows there.

+LuchaTV had an interview with Los Ingobernables.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of XMW Tag Team tournament.

SuperLuchas writes about an injury that ended Alberto Munoz’s career, Flama Azul winning a mask, and CMLL honoring Bobby Bonales.

CMLL & AAA have free shows this weekend in Tuxtla Guiterrez.

Segunda Caida reviews Oro Jr. versus Metalico. I forget exactly when Oro broke his jaw in that match. Metalico’s really come out much better from that feud (since he came up with the new character and wasn’t out for months), but they’re still about in the same place. There doesn’t seem to be that sort of midcard apuesta feud going on this year.

Voices of Wrestling has a review of this week’s Lucha Underground.

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lucha TV preview for week of June 27

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  • LATV lasted one week. Alas.
  • AAA starts Verano de Escandalo. No preview yet (and last week’s show hasn’t been put up), so there’s no telling what’ll air.
  • Lucha Underground is skipping around a little bit again; they’ve aired the second taping on Saturday and now the first taping on a Sunday. Not an exciting show on paper.
  • Blue Panther versus Canelo Casas could be the worst match of the tournament. Tuesday’s matches look much stronger.
  • Casas & Shocker versus Sombra & Naito could be very good.
  • AULL should start to air their anniversary show

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Eterno beats Terry, Guadalajara results, Busca de un Idolo, All Elite

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 06/24/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Mano a Mano, The Gladiatores]
1) Pequeño Puma & Sexy Angel b El Teniente & Sardito
Sardito & Teniente are a military themed couple. One fall opener.
2) Adrenalina, Centinela Oriental, Hijo del Alebrije b Blue Monsther, Guerrero 2000, Super Jack
3) Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Power Bull b Aztlán, Enigma, Vortize
Power Bull replaced Dragon Celestial. Aeroman beat Aztlan with a Canadian Destroyer.
4) Maquiavelico, Sonic, Voraz b Espada de Plata, Keiser Dragon, Toxin Boy
Gym Hip Hop (Sonic) beat Gym Zeuz (Toxin Boy) after Espada de Plata’s mask was pulled without the ref noticing.
5) Eterno DQ Black Terry
Bloody match. Atomic Star & Electro Boy ran out to help Eterno, with Aeroman & Power Bull making the save. Terry tried to use that distraction to foul Eterno, but the referee caught him and called for the DQ.

is the DHC 342 a music thing or a lucha thing? The t-shirt style is modeled after the RUN DMC ones, but Eterno’s guys all appeared to be wearing those shirts.

CMLL (SUN) 06/21/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Tapatío & Star Black b El Gitano & Relampago
2) Explosivo & Frezzer b Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
Gran Kenut replaced Infierno
3) Joker, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Espectrum, Exterminador, Maléfico
Pitbull I snuck in a foul on Malefico to give Pitbull II the win. Malefico & Exterminador are feuding with the Pitbull in a Guadalajara versus Tala feud.
4) Esfinge & Magnum DQ El Yaqui & Nube Roja and Linterna Verde Jr. & Toro Negro and Furia Roja & Furia Roja Jr. and Centella & Évola and Ráfaga & Ráfaga Jr.
father and son tags. Debut of Rafaga Jr. here – he’d been in a 2013 indy version of this match (with the Javier Cruzs, Centellas, and Esfinge/Magnum) Furia Roja Jr. and Centella are also making first appearances (or first appearances in a long time.) Match came down to Rafagas vs Esfinge/Mangum, only Centella attacked Malefico when it appeared as though he was about to win for the DQ.

Centella is on the card next week, so it looks like they’re running a feud with him and Magnum.

CMLL (TUE) 06/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, R de Rudo]
1) Espectrum & Sádico b El Divino & Frezzer
2) Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Oro Jr., Stigma
3) Puma b Maléfico © [OCCIDENTE LH]
Exterminador was listed as champion, but Malefico was the actual champion and the guy who defended the title. Puma took 1/3 to win the title. Malefico fell on his third defense.
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Sombra, Máximo, Rush b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Revolucionarios took 2/3, the last when Rey Escorpion snuck in a foul on Maximo

to recap: CMLL didn’tk now who was held a belt, and would like us to care about someone else winning. Exciting times.

CMLL had a press conference yesterday, then sent out press releases on it. Of course, since the Rey Escorpion/Ultimo Guerrero hair vs hair match wasn’t set up on that show, the press release teases the team versus team match that didn’t happen. (It doesn’t come across like the person writing the press release was sure about what match was going to be signed.)

They also brought out the En Busca de un Idolo participants, apparently to make it clear to everyone that isn’t going well. That may be a little bit of my cynicism, but it reads like those in the tournament feel the same way or even stronger. Tony Salazar started off the segment by criticizing all the luchadors performance so far. That apparently angered Disturbio (though another report says Salazar actually praised Boby and Disturbio.) Disturbio ripped Tirantes for complaining about the physical fitness of luchadors when he hasn’t wrestled in years (and is in worse condition) and mocked Shocker for doing the same Shocrates quote bit before each segment.  (Hijo del Gladiator was not mentioned by name in the CMLL recap, but it was said he was against all the judges.) Disturbio complained that the judging comments didn’t make any sense. Disturbio ridiculed the judges for pushing the competitors towards mat wrestling, saying the fans are used to a more exciting style and boo when they keep it on the mat because the expectations have been raised so much. And Disturbio accused the voting form of not registering votes correctly, with votes sometimes not counted at all. (Imagine if someone told him how easy it was to vote a 100 times for someone.) Disturbio said he was tired of being in the openers, tired of being told ‘a luchador should be content with any position on the card’, and he’s going to just smash anything that’s in front of him. Very few other luchador comments were recorded, outside of Delta blaming his knee injury on his performance and Zavala & Maya being happy with their position.

Pretty much everything Disturbio said has been said by people watching the tournament, almost point by point. In almost any other promotion, this would likely be part of a reality based angle. In CMLL, Disturbio probably was actually really angry, picked an interesting time to air his grievances, but it may not publicly go anywhere (outside of maybe now getting trashed by the judges.) Intentionally or not, angle or not, Disturbio positioned himself as an anti-establishment choice, and 2015 is a pretty good year to be anti-CMLL establishment.

The same press conference announced a 07/10 luchadora cibernetico, in honor of ten years of the the current incarnation of the women’s division. The lineup was said to be a twelve person match with Amapola, Zeuxis, Seductora, Tiffany, Dalys, Estrellita, Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Silueta, Dark Angel and Goya Kong. The last three weren’t at the press conference. It does mean Dark Angel is expected back next month.

We know a little bit more about the All Elite mystery person situation. Shelton Benjamin (or Benjamin Shelton as listed on the poster) has officially been added to the card, though All Elite hasn’t said which match he’ll be in. Likewise, they held a press conference today and announced Juventud Guerrera would be on the show.

It also appears Davey Richards & Bobby Lashley were actually booked for the show at some point; the Wrestling Observer confirms Davey got himself double booked but will be working the TNA show. Lashley is also on the TNA PPV so he won’t be in All Elite. All Elite not announcing the mystery men might just be because they haven’t figured them out quite yet. Hernandez will be working the show: the same newsletter says AAA/LU wrestlers are (now?) prohibited for working for Liga Elite because AAA sees that as competition and so Hernandez must’ve no longer be working with LU.

Tigre Uno won TNA’s X Title last night. That’d indicate he’s also working the TNA PPV this Sunday (and not All Elite) and probably also that they’re not hoping to get Rey Mysterio Jr. and are going with someone else as their latest big Latino star.

I don’t know if this is a YouTube error or something weirdly related to the TNA/GFW thing, but the Jeff Jarrett/Johnny Mundo/Cage/Averno attack on the tecnicos from the Lucha World Cup TV show is now marked private on YouTube. You can still see it on my channel.

NJPW World has video of the 06/19 Marco Corleone, Naito, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible. That’ll air on Azteca next weekend. Maybe they haven’t gotten to Sunday yet? I guess I have to hold on for a couple more days.

The All Elite Guadalajara show airs again tonight. If you’re Guadalajara, I’d love to get a copy.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Aero Boy & Herodes Jr. vs The Traumas and the Indystrongibles versus the Kriminal Boys from GIW

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Caifan vs Virus and Rey Hechicero vs Pagano.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a recap of a good interview with KeMonito.

Mini Psycho Clown is excited for his big title match this weekendDinastia says the AAA mini title is the most important mini title in Mexico, and he wants to leave Orizaba with it.

The lucha libre commission and the Mexico City education department announced a program to help luchadors finish their primary and secondary education.

Lestat, Rey Samurai and Arkalis want to be a a regular trio.

Kcidis draws Rey Escorpion vs Ultimo Guerrero.

Lucha libre in Bogota.

Lucha Libre In Japan

06/23 REINA: Makoto, Rina Yamashita b Silueta & Reina Isis [X] [REINA TAG]

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Flash II & Magnum vs Furia Roja & Joker
2) Meteoro, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vsMercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vsCancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión

A show.

DTU LLC (SUN) 07/05/2015 Cancha de Futbol Rap, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) El Porrito & Masizito vs Chiqui Nerd I & Chiqui Nerd II
2) Galactico Dragon & Negra Luz vs Perro Negro & Speed Demon
3) Ángel Azul & Kronos vs Galaxy & Vengador (Querétaro)
4) El Chato & El Nene vs ? & Black Fire
5) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin vs Destello, Joven Maravilla, Maremoto Jr.
6) The Rotation vs Drastik Boy, Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth, Lokillo, Jinzo
7) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Demente Extreme & El Recio
8) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

This is the last show on the three day DTU swing, though the first to turn up. The Rotation arrives from Germany’s WXW.

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