The show was built around Chavo’s title challenge. He asked for it from Dario earlier in the night. Dario offered Chavo anything he wanted in appreciation for his earlier help, and Chavo really took Dario up on it: no DQ, Crew at ringside, and Puma would lose the title if Konnan interfered in anyway. Catrina and Mil Muertes confronted both luchadors, threatening to beat the winner at Ultima Lucha. Prince Puma seemed a little more disturbed than Chavo, but Konnan warned Puma not to let Catrina play mind games. Konnan was busy himself, recruiting an off screen character to get revenge on Chavo on behalf of Mexico and Blue Demon.
It all built to a big main event, but it didn’t turn out to be much of one. Chavo pulled his hamstring bending over for Puma’s roll over backdrop escape. He was pretty much incapable of going on, so the Crew jumped in and did spots with Puma for about 90 seconds before laying Puma out for the frog splash. Chavo very slowly climbed the ropes, while Konnan signaled for help – which turned out to beTexano, laying out all therudos and allowing Puma to get in his 630senton.Texano declared HE wa Mexico.
The show ended with Chavo in the locker room, still in pain. Blue Demon confronted him, mostly to mock Chavo’s failure while promising not to attack an injured man. Chavo took the moment to get in Demon’s head, saying Texano was the real Mexico rep and Blue Demon was a washed up guy who lived in Miami. Demon did not take this well.
Texano had a busy show, seemingly ending his feud with Davari via clean win. Texano charged Davari, but Davari got some help from Big Ryck in fighting back. Ryck again didn’t look totally thrilled with Davari ordering him around. A Ryck lasso punch missed, Texano superkicked him off the apron, then beat Davari with the powerbomb.
Hernandez and Drago met, following up on the recent fights. This one ended as an echo of the last, with Hernandez taking a belt from a fan, strapping Drago with it, then choking him out to get DQed. Hernandez declared dragon’s weren’t real and fans are dumb for cheering for him.
Alberto quickly squashed Marty the Moth. Striker speculated that Dario is trying to run Marty off by feeding him to the top guys. Alberto was aggressive in the match, then declared Mundo had woken up his evil side. Alberto said he’d damage Mundo’s face much like Mundo tried to do him by putting him thru the glass.
Ultima Lucha Card so far
Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
Johnny Mundo vs Alberto el Patron
There’s been better shows. There was nothing bad on the show, but there wasn’t anything great either. There’s a little bit of things being played out a slower to peak on Ultima Lucha, and obviously the main event had some really bad luck.
Texano/Davairi was the best match of their feud, but also hopefully the last. Announcing have a lot of words to pound home Texano as the working man’s hero. I’s still such a leap since how he was introduced with nothing other than the necessities of the plot to explain it. They’re playing the Ryck/Davari issues much quieter.
Drago/Hernandez didn’t seem to have much chemistry. Drago probably should’ve been more ticked off than Texano, given how much more Hernandez has cost him, but it felt just like another Hernandez match.
Alberto/Marty was a really good squash, and Alberto’s promo was strong.
Chavo/Puma didn’t seem like a thrilling idea, but it really never had a chance. They edited so it just kept going, and the announcers tried to ignore the injury for the most part. (The Demon/Chavo skit was clearly an after the fact addition.) Just a bad fluke.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena Coliseo Monterrey [LuchaMania Monterrey] 1) Gato Fantasma & Mortifero b Hijo Del Guerrero Negro & Tempestad and Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo De Centurion Negro and Ronaldiño & Tequilita Gato Fantasma replaced Ciber Payaso, who was still around and hit Centurion Negro with a bottle to set up the pin. 2) Dralion b Flamita, Alas de Acero, Lince De Oro Lince de Oro was added to the match, took the loss to Dralion’s 450 splash. 3) Tigre Universitario b Jeque 4) Impulso & Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Corazon Adicto & Silver Star Silver Star & Corazon Adicto replaced by Divo & Obesion. Silver got pinne,d but with his foot on the ropes. 5) Hator & Mini Hator DQ Difunto I & Mini Difunto Hator faked a foul 6) Caifan b Aero Boy, Ultimo Ninja [submission] Announced as a submission match, ended by pinfall. Caifan beat Ultimo Ninja. talked about facing Hechicero on a future ChilangaMask show. 7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Black Terry & Mr. Niebla Traumas won when Niebla went for a casita three times in a row and Trauma I just reversed it on the third try. 8) Pagano b Nicho el Millionario Usual extreme match between the two (which confirms the local commission has not banned it.) Pagano continues to win almost all the time between the two. The two built up their hair match in Tijuana next month.
CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Metatrón, Soberano Jr., Starman Rudos took 2/3
3) Esfinge b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Esfinge won with his tricky cradle in about 5:30. Guest judges were Felino & Atlantis (replacing Shocker, weirdly put in a position to judge both his tag team partners.) Esfinge scored a 10 (Felino), 10 (Atlantis), 8 (Gladiador), 7 (Tirantes). Maya scored a 8, 9, 8, 7 and 32. Match was good, though not nearly as good as it was scored.
4) Disturbio b Delta [En Busca de un Idolo] Referee Pompin blew the finish, counting one for Delta when he got a casita, then continuing the count for &3 when Disturbio reversed the cradle for his own pin. Delta looked better than previous matches, but match was just OK. Judges called the finish controversal, but might have just been talking about Disturbio grabbing the rope on the pin (though he couldn’t do it in time since Pompin only counted two.) Disturbio scored a 10 (Felino), 9 (Atlantis), 7 (Gladiador) and 6 (Tirantes.) Delta scored a 1, 9, 7, 5, which Felino being aggressively anti-Delta.
5) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Titán Invasors took 2/3. Tecnicos took Olimpico, but Ripper bat Titan for the win.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora Tecnicos won clean with an Mascara casita and an Atlantis rana.
The first two matches were so forgettable that I recorded them and forgot to put them up.
After En Busca W4 matches, before fan poll:
BP Jr. 156
Delta & Blue Panther aren’t eliminated yet, only because there are three matches left. It’s not looking good. The fan poll is going to help Flyer a lot, and it needs to if he’s going to have a chance: Disturbio and Esfinge seem to be doing better in the results and the judges votes. (Canelo does really bad in the fan poll and will fall back once those are added in.)
Today’s Lucha Underground is episode 34, “Gold and Guerreros” There are 6 episodes remaining. Matches taped for the show
Delavar Davari vs Texano Jr.
Drago vs Hernandez
Alberto el Patron vs Marty Martinez
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Prince Puma (c) in a no DQ match for the Lucha Underground Championship
They’ve announced the first two on Twitter and the main event is announced by the title of the show (and the description.) The third match might go the way of Famous B/Super Fly depending on what else is going on. No video teasers this week.
Goya Kong says she was happy AAA fans gave her a good reception, because she was concerned people wouldn’t remember her since she hasn’t been on TV much. Goya Kong had 10 televised matches this year. Taya has had 6 televised matches in AAA. Anyway, the AAA interview plays up the feud with the Villanos; it seems like there’s more Villanos coming soon and Goya says the AAA locker room is a much happier place than the quiet one she used to be in.
CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Leono, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Boby Zavala vs Esfinge [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Flyer [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora
This will be the end of week 5 of En Busca de un Idolo, with two matches left.
Volador Jr. is slumming it in that semimain, and they have to be setting up something with Dragon Lee (versus Kamaitachi or maybe Polvora), or Angel de Oro (versus Mephisto) for Volador not to be in the main event.
Leono is back from where he went. Probably filming movies.
CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Metatrón vs Évola & Exterminador
2) Magnus, Starman, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
Guadalajara getting a match I’d like to see (fourth) right after TV might be inaccesible seems about right. Vaquero Jr. is making a quick jump to TV matches.
CMLL announced the 07/17 Rey Escorpion vs Ultimo Guerrero will be called Sin Salida. Ticket prices are on Tickemaster already, running from $587 down to $149 (for the lower bowl, nothing higher up on sale yet.) That’s $37 to $10 USD. That’s cheaper than usual for a big show and should help them fill the building, though it won’t be a big gate. CMLL says more info on the card will be released soon.
Lucha Underground filed for a few new trademarks last week. There’s no news, though it is a little bit of a spoiler if you don’t know the matches happening on Ultima Lucha. (Also, Dario’s brother’s name is officially ‘Monster Matanza Cueto’.) It seems like a good sign that they’re still filling for these things. On the other hand, they usually file for these a few weeks before they debut, which seems like just about when they’re finishing production on episodes. These are final episode things, so I kind of see this as a sign that that production is almost done. Optimistic side says they’re still spending (small) money on this, pessimistic side suggests that if they’re done, this is one of the final acts. Let me do this clearer: it’s really good that things are still being done, but it’s outweighed by yet another day passing with no real news on a renewal.
CMLL (SAT) 07/04/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Magnus vs El Rebelde
3) Starman vs Akuma
4) Flyer vs Raziel
5) Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero
6) Pegasso & Tritón vs Sangre Azteca & Virus
7) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Niebla Roja, Shocker
Main event is a rematch from last week, where Shocker fouled Atlantis.
IWRG (SUN) 07/05/2015Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, X-Fly vs Eterno, Halloween Jr., Heddi Karaoui
4) Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Danny Casas & Veneno and Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova and Coloso Chris & Principe Orion and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
Main event is a supposed to be a family tag team match, though I’m not sure how Dos Caras & Super Nova are related. There was a video posted last week of Halloween introducing a new masked Halloween Jr., who I assume is the same guy in this match.
Reyes del Atlantida defending against the Invasors was inevitable as soon as they became champions. It’s what they do. This show, with Lee/Kamaitachi, may or may not air on 52MX, and may or may not air on any random CMLL YouTube stream.
Lestat & King Jaguar are in the tercera.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 07/19/2015Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Ironía vs Hijo Del Angel
2) Electro Boy & Saru vs Fly Star & Toxin Boy
3) Pantera I vs Aero Boy
4) Caifan & Dr. Cerebro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) ?, Reggae Boy, Sangre Dorada vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Iron Kid
6) Rafy & Teelo vs Dragón Celestial & Emperador Azteca (IWRG) and Freelance & Mike Segura and Ophidan & Silver Ant and Alas de Acero & Aramis and Impulso & Juana La Loca
7) Ray Rowe vs Bárbaro Cavernario [submission]
That’s an interesting main event, an exciting tag team tournament, and some good undercard matches too.
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.
IWRG (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena 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.
CMLL (SAT) 06/27/2015Arena 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.
CMLL LLB (SAT) 06/27/2015Arena 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 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 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.
ALL ELITE (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena 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.
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) 07/05/2015Arena 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.)
CMLL (FRI) 06/26/2015Arena 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
4) Canelo Casas b Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] 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] 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.
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.
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.
IWRG FILL (WED) 07/01/2015Arena 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) 07/03/2015Arena 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) 07/03/2015Arena 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) 07/04/2015Arena 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.)
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
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.