What happened: Fenix, Aerostar and Drago defeated the trios champions and asked for a title shot. They were told no. Joe Lider & Pentagon Jr., attempting to do the same with the tag team titles, instead loss. Pentagon blamed Lider for the loss and they came close to fighting.
ALSO, I managed to get the AAA recap up on the first weekday after it aired, a miracle.
What was good: I enjoyed the minis match and the trios match.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s YouTube channel.
Previously: Taya & Daga challenged for a Mixed title shot, which put them in the sights of Pentagon Junior. Daga threw a chair very hard at Australian Suicide. Taya & Daga got that mixed title shot. Blue Demon Jr. got a spot on Rey de Reyes due to issues with Psycho & Demon.(more…)
DTU Cara Lucha (SUN) 02/21/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Erwin & Irving b Mazisito & Porrito [lightning] DTU Kids, 10 man time limit. Money thrown in.
2) Wasson b Lokillo
3) Kilvan & Yoruba b Jimmy & Kevin
4) Látigo b Guerrero Mixtico, Drastik Boy, Adrenalina Fly, Johnny Idol, Dragón Celta, Tony Latigo beat Tony. Latigo and Toro Negro made apuesta challenges after the match.
5) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo b Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Toxin extreme match
6) Jinzo, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo b Magnífico II, Rayo Star, Sky Man The Cara Lucha trio wanted to be called Los Magnificos Sky Stars, then lost.
7) Crazy Boy, Flamita, Súper Crazy b Danger, Joe Lider, Toro Negro Jr. Team DTU (kind) won the last three matches, evening the night at 3-3.
Flamita was a late sub for Ricky Marvin. They switched around the match from a 3 way tag to a trios so they could do the 3v3 face off. Not a great turnout for this show; I wonder if the other indie shows this weekend hurt of the promotion versus promotion bit was not as big a deal as people thought. Not sure about the lineup in the fourth match, FWIW.
No IWRG results. They’ll turn up at some point.
Tonight’s Puebla show has Atlantis, La Mascara & Rush taking on Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero and Vangellys. (Vangellys is against the Ingobernables on Monday and teaming with them on Friday in CMLL’s usual style.) Last week’s semimain ended with Bucanero fouling Rush, so perhaps they’re heading to a singles match between those two. It’s undercard of matches which might be good if everything breaks right, including Dragon Lee, Titan and Maximo versus the Hijos del Infierno. Locals opener has Asturiano & Milenium versus Espiritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana, which should be fun. Show starts at 9pm, there will be a link on CMLL.com
LuchaRama (FRI) 02/26/2016 Deportivo 18 de Marzo, Gustavo A. Madero, Distrito Federal
1) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico vs Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba CaraLucha match
2) Ursus (Queteraro) vs Demente Extreme, Erick Oritz, Core
3) Terremoto Negro, Tornado, Tromba vs Arceus, Corsario Negro, Drako ILLM match
4) Cáncer & Skayde vs Mimo & Turbo and Criss Boy & Toxin Boy and Benji Marverick & Gremlin Kamikazes del Ring/TAO match
5) Pyrot & Séptimo Rayo vs Máscara Celestial & Shura
6) Erwin & Irving vs Mazisito & Porrito DTU Kids
7) Ángel Jr., Anuro, Kunay, Príncipe Aéreo vs Destructor De Galaxias, Factor Miedo, Infinity, Zandor Lucha Tlahuac vs NERW. End of Block 1.
8) Cíclope vs Totan Lucha Mutante match
9) Adrenalina Fly vs El Exótico, Tony (DTU) DTU Suicidas match
10) Dave The Clown vs Dance Boy, Ángel o Demonio Tao match
11) Dante (AULL), Euro, Filder vs Alastor, Spider Boy, Súper Terry AULL
12) Mini Peligro vs Vengador Radioactivo ZEX (Xalapa) promotion match
13) ? vs ?? battle royal of new wrestlers. End of Block 2.
14) Metaleón & Mr. Leo vs Centvrión & Látigo XMW match
15) Drastik Boy vs Lokillo, Johnny Idol DTU Alto Impacto match
16) Kastigador Jr. & Vengador (Querétaro) vs Magnífico II & Templario and Alas de Acero & Dragón Celta Tao vs Cara Lucha vs Sensacional de Luchadores
17) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje vs ? & Kuzuri and Hellboy & Steel Boy WMC match
18) Skai vs Felina Metálica, Sexy Maron, Keneisha, Diosa Quetzal ILLM match
19) Corsario De Fuego & Poseidón (Veracruz) vs Explosivo (Veracurz) & Zafiro (Veracruz) and Ángel del Misterio & Triple X Jr. and Fantasma (Veracruz) & Samurai (Veracruz) ZEX (Xalapa) match. End of show.
The marathon show is back. It feels like every DF area indie luchador is either on this show, or will be replacing someone they no show for this show.
CMLL (SAT) 02/20/2016Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Universo 2000 b Acero Pequeno Univeso via senton
2) Apocalipsis b Leono Apocalipsis win via pulpo variant
3) Inquisidor b Flyer Inquisidor Storm gave the rudo the win and the tecnico a stretcher ride.
4) Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio
5) Canelo Casas b Hijo del Signo Hijo del Signo replaced Esfinge.
6) Puma & Tiger b Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther Puma snuck in a foul on Panther without the ref seeing. Said to be a very good match.
7) Rey Bucanero, Ripper, Terrible b Esfinge, Titán, Valiente Esfinge replaced Super Porky. Rudos took 1/3.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 02/21/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Príncipe Diamante b Astral & Eléctrico Rudos took 1/3. Diamante wants a title match with Electrico.
2) Cinthia Moreno, Esther Moreno, Rossy Moreno DQ Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela CMLL team took 1/3, the last when Rossy unmasked Lluvia.
3) Fujin, Heddi Karaoui, Okumura b Jinzo, Metaleón, Rocky Lobo Rudos took 1/3. Jinzo looked good in a loss.
4) Dragón Lee b Extreme Tiger Dragon Lee won in a one fall (maybe lightning?) match via Dragon Driver , though it appeared Tiger was under the ropes and Terror Chino missed it.
5) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada b Euforia, Hijo de Lizmark, Mephisto Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Felino & Negro Casas b Súper Crazy & Volador Jr. straight falls. Crazy was DQed in the first, beat clean with a Felino casita in the second. They meet in a hair match next week.
Felino is probably not winning in two falls next week. It’s unclear if the fourth match finish was something protecting Extreme Tiger or the usual screw up by Terror Chino. Alexis Salazar praised Jinzo & Rocky Lobo on Twitter.
MDA ELITE (SUN) 02/21/2016Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellsa del Ring] 1) Mini Hator b Mini Difunto 2) Chocolata & Dulce Kanela b Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda 3) Gallardo & Golden Boy b Gato Fantasma & Último Sombra 4) Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja b Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Quinto Elemento 5) Carístico & Mistico II DQ Cibernético & Sharlie Rockstar Rudos unmasked the tecnicos for the DQ 6) Máscara Sagrada, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Mascara Sagrada replaced Atlantis in late January. Rayo beat Cien. Tecnicos took 2/3.
Not a sell out, but a good turnout for the show. They announced they’d be back on 03/20 with Canek versus Mil Mascaras. Presumably that’s actually at trios match with the guys from this semimain or anything but a singles match.
On the CaraLucha/DTU show tomorrow, the two groups split the six contested matches three to three. Flamita worked as a replacement for Ricky Marvin. More details tomorrow.
IWRG FILL (WED) 02/24/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Bambino & Canario vs Skanda & Último Caballero
2) Ángel Del Al Muerte I, Mimo De Cobre, Osiris vs Conde Negro, Guerrero 2000, Vampiro Metálico
3) Acero, Crisis Boy, Troll vs Fireman, Galaxy, Picudo Jr.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Rayman, Spector
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II, Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid [Copa Higher Power] Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Toluca (Astro)
FILL show this week, against a group of Toluca luchadors. Astro being the teacher is odd, but I guess maybe the Gemelos wanted to get in the ring for this one. Los Kamikazes (Alas de Acero, Aramis and Iron Kid) are on opposite sides of the match.
CMLL (SAT) 02/27/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus vs Apocalipsis
3) Flyer vs Akuma
4) Oro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo
5) Soberano Jr. vs Nitro
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG] second defense
7) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
That seems like a bigger main event than usual, and the tag title match will be great. It’s also the third Coliseo Tag Team title match in just over two months, which is definitely some sort of record. The rest of that card is no bueno, but the tag title match is going to be worth the price of admission alone. Maybe bring a book.
Infierno Elite, which is planned to be the last Sunday show for now. They’re going out with a really good card: beyond the apuesta match, the fourth and fifth matches are pretty interesting.
CMLL (SUN) 02/28/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra vs Diplomático
2) El Alteño & Linterna vs Demonio Rojo & Gitano
3) Cosmos & Frezzer vs Carlos Rogi & Mr. Apolo
4) El Divino, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Niebla Roja, Puma
Atlantis working the Sunday Guadalajara show is unusual. The two locals in the main event are the two who were in the recent tournament final, so maybe a rematch is coming up.
The Pentagon Jr. story doesn’t hang together in text for me. Pentagon decided at the end of the night he could no longer be tag team champion since he had no partner, but he had no partner at the start of the night and he kept the title anyway. The counter point is he’s Pentagon Jr., Cero Miedo, and so he can never back away from a fight, but he’s backing away from a fight at the end of the night by giving up the titles. The Perros fighting and still being all friends at the end of the night is what the Perros del Mal are supposed to be about, but the stated goal of the rudo units in AAA has been to control all the AAA titles and yet they just gave one up when Pentagon could’ve just handed it to Taya & Daga. Maybe this all comes off better when you see it live on TV.
Realistically, it was probably just AAA’s best stab at getting out of an ugly situation. They didn’t want Pentagon (and Sexy Star) still to be champion, but maybe they didn’t want him losing again. Maybe they were okay with Fantasma & Taya being champs but didn’t want Daga & Taya because of some plans they had. Maybe the plans were to vacate it all along (though it would make Sexy Star’s reaction odd) or maybe they decided along the way to get rid of it. AAA knew they wanted to belts vacated and just appeared to be trying their best to find a pather there.
If the end result is Pentagon Jr. isn’t tied to Joe Lider as a tag partner, isn’t tied to Sexy Star as a tag partner, got an impressive TV win in the process and the Mixed Tag team title goes away until they have a real purpose for it, that’s a very positive outcome.
Also, it’s a positive outcome that all this happened on this Queretaro taping, because there’s not much else to talk about. It’d be kind of a quiet show without the massive drama.
As best as I know, Sexy Star is out of AAA. It’s uncertain where this will leave her for Lucha Underground. It should be very clear by the time those first tapings take place next month. With giving away a spoilers, Sexy Star ends Season 2 in a storyline which would make it hard to write her out appearing again (but one more appearance would be enough to end her story.)
Psycho Clown losing (apparently?) clean to Zorro is equally surprising if less dramatic. I’d guess AAA didn’t just want to pay Wagner just to do a run-in and at least Zorro’s getting a slight push at the moment. Jack being the first guy out in his group and having no obvious spot on Rey de Reyes is a strong argument for never doing podcasts.
working Rey de Reyes lineup
Mesias versus Texano Jr. for the AAA World Mega Heavyweight Championship
Blue Demon Jr. vs La Parka vs Villano IV vs TBD for the Rey de Reyes championship
Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown???
Aerostar, Drago, Fenix versus Zorro, Dark Scoria, Dark Cuervo for the AAA Trios Championship
at least two more matches
They actually probably have to announce this soon. This week’s TV has a Fenix promo setting up that trios title match. The Suicide/Daga issues seem to be happening on every taping, but there’s no clear sign they’re doing the mask match on this show.
That last Rey de Reyes block is Fenix versus Fantasma versus Pentagon versus a mystery person who may be Fireball. That should still be great, but winning seems like a punishment given the match you’re being sent into. It’s almost the case where I hope the mystery person is someone I’m not interested in and they win, so I can just tune out for the entire match.
Next taping is 03/04 in Toluca, though that’ll air after Rey de Reyes takes place on 03/11. It’s possible the Rey de Reyes lineup will come out this Wednesday.
Today’s the first CMLL Coliseo show in two weeks. They were off for boxing and then canceled late due to the Pope last Saturday. The main event of the show is Super Porky, Titan, Valiente versus Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Ripper, but the most interesting match is Puma & Tiger against local tag champ Guerrero Maya Jr. & the Panther. It’s the only match being repeated from last week’s canceled show, and seems like the set up to a title program. Tiger will also be hosting the Turiluchas bus tonight.
CMLL (FRI) 02/26/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Marcela vs Dalys [lightning]
5) Mistico, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) La Máscara, Rush, Vangellys vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy
Vangellys, full time third wheel, is quite the character role. The real news is here is the feud might cause CMLL to consistently book Mascara & Rush on the rudo side, which will improve everything. There’s no hints about a third man for either side, though that seems like something which might come down the road.
Super Parka is back, for some reason. That Casas/Volador match isn’t going to be this Casas/Voaldor match.
Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi continue facing each other despite no title challenge being made or even strongly hinted at. A Homenaje a Dos Leyendas with a top three of Volador/Casas, Mascara/Rush vs Marco/Maximo and Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee is a really fun card, but it’s not clear if that’s where they’re going. Marcela & Dalys seem to also be setting up a title match, and I guess Rush/Maximo is possible too at some point. (That’s going to be so good.)
Second match is a really good tag match with Blue Panther and Skandalo getting in the way.
What happened: Los Ingobernables kicked Marco Corleone to the curb after sided with Máximo over Mascara and Rush. Marco & Máximo are reunited as a unit and challenged their former friends to a double apuesta match. Volador has the same challenge to Negro Casas, and might be getting closer to it actually happening. Mascara Dorada kept the CMLL Welterweight Championship, but the crowd did not embrace him.
What was good: Both the fourth match (Casas trios) and the fifth match (title match) are strongly recommended. The angle in the main is worth seeing. Skip the undercard.
Negro Casas is pretty set on winning a Welterweight championship: first Volador, now Dorada. Barbaro Cavernario has the third one, hope he tries for that one too. This upcoming week’s Tuesday main event is Marco, Dorada and Volador versus Casas, Cavernario and Niebla. The title match will likely be the week after that (03/01).
Before it can happen, Mascara Dorada has to remain champion tonight. He’s defending the CMLL World Welterweight title for the first time in this reign against Mephisto. They’ve met quite a few times before (this is the fifth time they’ll battle for this title, Dorada winning the previous four), including a 2011 match where Dorada just did every crazy high spot he could try and then won with a submission. That 2011 match as the last title match to make TV, so it’s a bit fresher matchup than those numbers would indicate. Dorada’s almost certain to win, and this is more how he does with the crowd in his first big match since returning from Japan. Dorada is very skilled, but the criticism on him is not connecting with the crowd as well as others. Tonight’s a night to change that.
That’s the one sure high quality match on the show, but it’s probably not the only one with implications from tonight. The fourth match has Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., and Volador Jr. taking on Kamaitachi, Negro Casas, and Gran Guerrero, in something that might finally set up a match for Dos Leyendas. CMLL typically will have a main event for their big March show sometime in the next ten days, and Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi and Volador/Casas are two of the most likely options. (Ultimo Guerrero/Thunder is conspicuous by it’s absence.) Volador has been all about making the hair match challenges to Negro Casas, who did accept Monday night in Puebla. Lee/Kamaitachi has had no challenges, including for the title rematch, but it’s obviously going to happen at some point.
Neither of those important matches are the actual main event. Instead, Los Ingobernables (Mascara, Marco and Rush) taking on Atlantis, Maximo and Valiente. Rush and Maximo had slight issues last week, CMLL plays that up in the preview and that also might be something for down the road. It’s also possible a teaser for the incredible pairs tournament, which usually takes places at this point on the CMLL calendar. It would have to start next week to get the final in before the Dos Leyendas show; the preview for next week is more important than usual.
The full card is here; the tercera has a chance to be good but also weirdly has the return of Olimpico. The show starts at 8:30pm CT and will air on ClaroSports.com. (Don’t worry if there’s a location warning on that link; they don’t switch it over to CMLL until this afternoon.)
AAA is also in action tonight, taping a show in Queretaro. While CMLL still has plenty of time before it’s March show, AAA show is a week earlier and their taping schedule means tonight’s show will be the last to air before Rey de Reyes. (The following taping will debut a day after the Friday night Rey de Reyes show.) It’s unclear how much this matters – much less so if this card also won’t be on PPV – because the major match is already made, but it might inspire AAA to figure out the rest of the card.
AAA has Mesias versus Texano set for the title match on Rey de Reyes, and they’ll make big progress on the tournament itself tonight. Blue Demon Jr. advanced to the final on the previous taping, and there’s two more blocks tonight. Group 2 is Villano IV, Electroshock, Chessman and Jack Evans, and Group 3 is La Parka, Psycho Clown, Averno and Zorro. They’re both random groups of individuals with no particular feuds. There are a few people to round out. Psycho Clown is probably going with Dr. Wagner at Rey de Reyes, Dr. Wagner isn’t in this tournament, so he can be ruled out. Zorro will likely be in a trios title match. Averno & Chessman could defend their tag titles, but that’s less certain the other things. La Parka seems like he’ll advance to give him something to do but Group 2 is more up in the air.
The most intriguing match on the show is the third match. It is scheduled to be Pentagon Jr. & Sexy Star defending the AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship against Daga & Taya. I’m unsure what it’ll actually be. Back in early February, late one night, Sexy Star posted an angry message on Twitter that she was going to give up these titles rather than defend them. It appeared Sexy had been told she was losing, did not agree with that idea, and was attempting to find a way out of it. By the next morning, everything was deleted. AAA’s acted like nothing had occurred, while Sexy Star has stuck to mostly writing about her child and boxing on Twitter. AAA continues to promote the match, but then they’ve also promoted people who they were aware weren’t going to appear over the last six months (only revealing the change locally as to avoid commission issues.) I’m skeptical the match will happen. I’m not the only one.
Tomorrow, La Reina Sexy Star is scheduled to defend the AAA Mixed Tag Team championship. What will she do?
The thing is – it’s the Mixed Tag Team titles! No one cares about these titles now, won’t care when they change hands tonight, and won’t care three months from now. The people who hold them may be the only exception in the world. There’s hasn’t been as much drama put into them on the screen recently as there apparently is going on behind the scenes. This match only matters if they build something out of it, because there’s nothing there right now.
The big onscreen angle in that title match is the possible dissolution of the Perros del Mal. Pentagon is facing his stablemates Taya & Daga, after previously having a falling out with Joe Lider. Lider’s also on this card, and could play into the finish. If there’s a breakup coming, it probably makes more sense to do it at the bigger Rey de Reyes card, but tonight’s show might push it more in that direction.
The full card is here. Bell time is 8:45pm, which means the actual card will probably start around 9:15 after a dark match. There’s no live video, but AAA’s social media accounts will have results. Jesus Zuñiga also will occasionally post video during the show.
Chairo (SUN) 03/06/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara Dorada vs Extreme Tiger [falls count anywhere]
2) Súper Muñeco vs Máximo
3) Atlantis vs Caifan
4) Hijo del Solar vs Solar I
5) Rey Horuz vs Dragón Lee (CMLL)
6) Zoom Driver vs Karisma
7) Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez), Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I, Rocky Lobo
8) Último Guerrero vs Pagano
Ultimo Guerrero versus Pagano in a rematch was announced a couple days ago. That match doesn’t interest me as much as some of the others but should be an easy match to sell. This seems like another really good card.
Mascara Dorada vs Mephisto on ClaroSports.com seems like the best bet to be being match of the week. Aerostar, Drago and Fenix vs the new trios champs on the AAA show got good reviews live. And Zeuxis/Silueta on CMLL Tuesday Mexico could be pretty good if they can make it thru in one piece.
AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-13
taped Auditorio Bentio Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México, 02/06/2016
What happened: Blue Demon Jr. advanced to the Rey de Reyes final, thanks to Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner issues. Daga & Taya earned a mixed tag title match. Pentagon Jr. wasn’t angry about his (so called) allies challenging for his titles, but he said he’d beat them. Daga also broke open Suicide’s head.
What was good: I liked the opener and the mixed tag.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel.(more…)
This week’s Wrestling Observer mentions all financial issues between Rey Mysterio and AAA and Mysterio and Lucha Underground have been resolved. They also say their information has Rey Mysterio signed for season 3, with options for two more season after that (unless the deal has been breached in some way – catching up on money takes care of the most obvious breach.) They also say LU would like to produce a movie in 2018. That would both be amazing, perplexing, and something consistent with looking at this show as a scifi/fantasy genre show even more than a wrestling show.
There’s also the usual back and forth about LU finances that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere: Meltzer says Lucha Underground is losing all the money possible, Eric Van Wagenen says no we’re not, we’re in our budget, we don’t learn much. It’s impossible to figure out how LU, on it’s own, is making any money. (Not even turning a profit, just revenue at all.) It also seems to be unaffected by not making money. Both things are weird, but as long as the show goes on, it’s hard to care a lot about it.
Actually, the only thing I got out of this is figuring out how much Dave believes TNA lost in his first ten years.
According to one company source, the amount of money lost thus far is, after two seasons, slightly less than half of what TNA had lost after ten years in business
Dave’s said many, many times that he believes LU S1 lost $20 mil. (Again, LU publically heavily disputes this number every time it comes up.) S2 was less episodes, less tapings, no start up costs. Let’s say $12.5 mil to pick a number. So we can guess TNA lost more than $65 mil in 10 years, and decided to go for year 11! That’s a lot of money. $32 mil is a lot of money! Please, someone feel free to give me some of this money.
Moving on. Even though the money situation has been fixed with AAA and Rey, it’s said he has no return to date to AAA. He might be used on a show on the level of TripleMania, but otherwise the devaluation in the peso makes him too costly to use beyond that. It’s not said but I’d guess this might have been the same situation for Alberto had he not gone back to WWE; he had great foresight to take the WWE deal when he did.
The WON also has news on the AAA US TV show – mostly that it’ll be tough to have a AAA US TV show. Lucha Underground holds the exclusive rights to AAA wrestlers in the US, so AAA TV is a no go unless something changes. The new plan is to be selling the TV to other English speaking countries. The idea is Hugo Savinovich and Chris Cruise doing commentary in AAA’s studios in Mexico, but Konnan can’t because he’s signed to Lucha Underground even though he’s not on the show any more, which makes it hard to figure out how anyone else on LU can be on the AAA show. This doesn’t completely make sense to me how it works.
Elite held a press conference yesterday, though it doesn’t sound like they gave out all their news. The big item was Super Crazy and Felino signing to do a hair match on February 28th, so one of the many feuds they’ve built up since starting these shows in November will have a payoff. Felino, because he’s the regular here, is the favorite to win but he has a weak track record in apuesta matches and isn’t a sure bet by any means.
It sounds like that also may be the last Sunday Elite show for the time being. The Wednesday Elite shows would start that following week and will be a change of days, not a expansion show. Sunday Arena Mexico show would revert back to normal CMLL shows. The Wrestling Observer reports all of this, and says those Sunday shows would air on ClaroSports TV/Titanes en el Ring. That’d probably mean they’ll also be the LATV shows.
Sunday’s a much easier day to draw than Wednesday, a day CMLL hasn’t run in Mexico City for a long time if earlier. (In the old weekly loop of generations past, Wednesday was the show in Arena Coliseo Acapulco, which is why there are Wednesday shows in Acapulco to this day.) However, Sunday’s a much easier day to draw everywhere. Elite seems to be doing well on shows away from Mexico City at least at this moment, and it’d be easier to do more of those if they had Sunday free. Adding another day to the Arena Mexico schedule is over exposes CMLL’s wrestlers more – this would make more sense as replacing the Tuesday shows – but this otherwise makes sense.
Those Wednesday shows will be home to relaunched of the Liga Elite, the confusing league format Elite tried in it’s original incarnation. I’m fairly certain that I was the last person who cared about the standings for that thing, probably also including the people who were participating in the tournament. It seemed entirely unsuccessful, but they’re trying it again. 12 people will be involved, but the names and any format changes haven’t been announced.
The press conference also introduced the Moreno sisters, making challenges. Cinthia mentioned she’s no longer with AAA; her last match there appears to be March 2015. Rossy Moreno is they’re targeting Estrellita. Jinzo & Rocky Lobo also talked about their match against Okumura and Fujin this weekend.
Caristico says he has no plans to go back to WWE. That he’d even need to say that makes him sound dumb, but it may be more on whoever asked the question. He says nice things about Rey and Alberto but also says WWE didn’t really want a Mexican to get over. To be fair, it’s sometimes unclear if WWE wants to get anyone over.