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Hijo de Mascara defeats Hijo de Dos (sort of), TripleMania

IWRG (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena Naucapan [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel b Kaling Black & Matrix Jr.
Matrix Jr. & Kaling Black replaced Atomic Star & Hijo de la Bestia.
2) Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Celestial, Freyser, Metaleon
Freyser replaces Latigo.
3) Imposible © b Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible is champion and kept it by taking falls 2/3. Fourth defense. Emperador pretended to congratulate Imposible, but then attacked him and vowed to take his mask.
4) Pantera, Relámpago, Toscano b Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Veneno
Veneno reluctantly replaced X-Fly, working as a tecnico on the wrong side. Tecnicos took 1/3, Toscano beating Veneno.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © COR Hijo De Dos Caras [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Seconds were Pantera and Universo 2000 Jr. Dos took fall 1, Mascara took fall 2. Cien Caras Jr., Mascara’s second, started interfering in the third fall. Pantera, Dos’s second, started brawling with him. That allowed Universo 2000 Jr. to sneak in and foul Dos while he and Mascara were fighting on the outside. Mascara made it back in, Dos did not, and Mascara kept the title. Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 fourth defense.

Hijo de Dos Caras isn’t losing in the ring? Can’t wait for Alberto to get here.

AAA’s TV this weekend was interesting in what wasn’t shown. TripleMania is only six days away, and there’s been zero on screen mentions of the Myzteziz, Dr. Wagner Jr., Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. four way match. That looks to be the biggest drawing match on the show on paper and you would not know it’s happening if you only followed AAA on TV. It’s appeared AAA produced weeks of TV from Ecatepec at the same time and also appeared a did not have a full TripleMania card to promote as recently as two weeks ago.

Even if AAA was late to figure out the card, they had to know they’d have a press conference about the show by last week. They could’ve replaced some empty space in the show* to show highlights from the press conference or just something as simple as someone putting up a graphic for the card. Instead, the first time AAA’s TV will promote a four way featuring four of the biggest stars of the last decade will be one day before TripleMania takes place.

(* – It was an AAA three match show, so there was plenty of empty space. Those entrances kill me. Protip: best time during TripleMania to make a run for food is the relevos AAA or the Cruiserweight ten way, because both will take 10 minutes to get started.)

Let me turn this discussion on it’s head and defend AAA for a second. (!!!!!!) The TV build really has totally been about Psycho Clown and Texano Jr. Only that match and the Taya/Faby match have been built up on TV, and the Taya/Faby one is more a midcard feud (though one they’ve done well with given it’s role.) Others feuds continue on TripleMania, but you wouldn’t be certain about them if you only followed TV – the big TripleMania video package teases both a Suicide/Pentagon mask match and Psicosis appearing, neither of which is happening. There are other ways for AAA to reach potential fans – they’re doing a lot of media in the lead up to the show and so those other matches will get hyped there – but if follow AAA by only watching the TV show, the only big match on TripleMania is Psychlo Clown versus Texano Jr.

I’ve been skeptical (to underplay it) of AAA’s ability/interest in creating new stars, but they’ve backed their way into proviing it. Texano/Psycho might have been intensely boring for the long stretches but TripleMania drawing 20,000 fans would be a pretty good indication that it worked. The TripleMania name in Mexico is very strong and that would still be the #1 draw for this show, but those two young guys would be #2. If this works out, it’s a credit to those two guys and to those who trusted them with that position.

On the other hand, Perro Aguayo Jr. says the show should be renamed PerroMania because he won last year. A solid point. Perro’s also not thrilled about Wagner being there but promises he has a surprise (as always.)

Polvora defeated Dragon Rojo last night in Guadalajara. It’s blurry, but there doesn’t appear to be any other results on the rest of the article. CMLL is back to posting Guadalajara reports on it’s website, so it may turn up eventually.

Sombra faces Ultimo Guerrero in the main event in Puebla tonight. Seems like Ultimo Guerrero is going on a hot streak leading into the Anniversary show.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from two days in Tulancingo: a Saturday show with Black Terry and Skayde and an AAA spot show. He’s got video highlights from the later show.

Myzteziz joins Averno and Blue Demon Jr. as being announced for the ColiseoMania show. I assume someone named Coliseo won the last one.

A week after LA Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. had a great match (which did not air) in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, their kids and Silver King Jr. had a poor one in the same building.

Metalico says he’s not retiring from CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo, Rey Misterio Jr, La Parka, Octagon vs Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Psicosis, Pentagon.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/10 REINA: Estrellita b La Comandante [MEX WOMEN] – sixth defense.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 08/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Sky Ángel vs Matrix Jr. 
2) Dragón Celestial & Seiya vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man 
3) Emperador Azteca & Relámpago vs Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera 
4) Golden Magic © vs Canis Lupus [IWRG IC WELTER] 
5) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Metaleon vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza [captains hair, captains mask, mystery captain]

The last time they did this main event, they put drew the captains names, put them in the envelope and then pulled the names out to reveal who’s hair/mask was on the line at the end. I assume the same thing here. AULL has been pretty dominant in this feud up until now.

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer vs Relampago Azul
2) El Ídolo vs El Acertijo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Esfinge & Exterminador vs Espectrum & Maléfico
5) Lluvia vs Zeuxis
6) Atlantis, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Terrible

That seems like a fun main event.

ChilangaMask (SAT) 09/20/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Astro Rey Jr. vs Dorado Jr., Reggae Boy, Sangre Fria Jr., Draego, Aero Extreme
2) Chik Tormenta vs Estrella Explosiva, ?
3) Belial & Impulso vs Arez & Psico Kid
4) Masada vs Aero Boy, Kaientai, Makabre
5) Black Terry & Tony Rodriguez vs Trauma I & Trauma II

Full lineup for the show. Mystery Guadalajara woman has long hair, judging from her photo.

Metalico unmasked on poor CMLL show, AAA (?) US plans

Metalico/photo via Terra

CMLL (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena México 
1) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3. 
2) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. Angel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3. Sagrado and Angel continued to feud, and Sagrado beat Angel. Misterioso mistakenly hit Sagrado during the match. 
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky b Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
The mystery debutante was first given the name Lucifer, but it was changed to Hombre sin Nombre days later. He was wearing an outfit a lot like Ephesto’s old Hombre Sin Nombre old outfit. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when HSN fouled Panther. 
4) Oro Jr. b Metálico [mask4) Oro Jr. vs Metalico,  mask vs mask, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Seconds were Misterioso & Plata. Metalico won a quick fall one, Oro won a quick fall two. Crowd turned on the match a bit during the third fall, which Oro won on his second try at the armscissors submission. Crowd got louder after the match. Metalico was revealed to be Salvador Munguia, 44 years old, from DF, 22 a luchador. 
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Mascara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took the first by DQ (excessive violence) and the second clean in a nothing match. This set up a rematch to trios title match. 
6) Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Escorpion, Ultimo Guerrero, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Diamante Azul replaced Maximo (head injury). Rudos took 1/3. Rush did not get along with his partners. Rush was having trouble with his left leg near the end of the match, which seemed to cause the lackluster finish: Rush missed a limping dropkick, Ultimo Guerrero covered him, and got the ropes for the win. Rush seemed to be walking better after the match.

Really disappointing show. Oro did not show much in his big opportunity and may have locked himself into a lifetime of working the first half of the card (a lot like Metalico.) Super Halcon Jr. and Hombre Bala Jr. had a better big apuesta match and they’re no farther; there are dozens of more promising guys than Oro looked today. Rest of the card just fell apart from there, with the semimain being almost a joke (and hurt the interest in the trios title match next week instead of helping it just by the booking), while the main event had some laughably short falls and a short circuited finish.

Hombre sin Nombre didn’t look like Hechicero. He didn’t look like anyone in particular, except a guy wearing Ephesto’s old gear. He didn’t look like the mask CMLL posted on Facebook, which suggests that was the Lucifier gimmick and they just dug out something from closet when plans changed there.

The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Twitter was quiet today.

On the latest MLW Radio podcast, Konnan mentions the plan was to tape AAA El Rey show at the end of August over 3 days. That plan may change to early September, because they want to use guys who are working PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles and they would be unavailable. That tournament starts 08/29. The El Rey tapings will take place in Los Angeles at a building El Rey owns, but Konnan was not allowed to say where. That suggests it’s a closed set (a building they’re filling with extra and not fans, as with previous LA based wrestling projects.)

Pushing the tapings back to the following weekend would mean a conflict with the AAA tapings in Mexico, but that may actually be an issue. (It may be pushed back later than that, as everything has been so far.) I don’t have the rest of this information confirmed, it’s very second and third handy, but it’s also clearly word that’s gotten out to various people the last few weeks based on bits and pieces which have turned up elsewhere: my impression is that the El Rey show will heavily use wrestlers from the US and not be built around those from AAA Mexico. There was a plan all along to bring in some US indy guys to augment the roster and to work as the evil lucha hating opposition. It’s going to be more than now. My impression is people in charge somewhere along the line decided those watching the show wouldn’t be able to tell the ethnicity of the people under the mask and gear, and then also decided it would just be easier to use Americans. And so it’s a show now waiting to tape based on the availability of the Southern California indy guys and not so much the Mexicans. This would not be an AAA call – they don’t have the reigns here – but more likely a Mark Burnett decision since he’s producing.

(I’m completely unclear if this means there will be a whole bunch of new characters for AAA US or if they’ll be “US” versions of the existing AAA characters. I don’t even want to think about it much, honestly.)

If this is right – and again, this is unconfirmed but based on what I’ve heard the last few weeks – that would also greatly harm if not killed the greater idea of a touring promotion. The US Indy guys can get work on their own, aren’t tied to AAA in the same way the Mexicans are, and really just playing a role on a TV show than working on a wrestling gimmick. I’ve also heard vague notions about the show being way out there in a way where it might not translate well to a traveling promotion. PWInsider alluded to that. It was asked elsewhere if this show would be like the “Power Rangers”, and I’m not sure I can rule that out. The little I know suggests the show is more an active adventure stage show than a sports event; people do travel around doing those shows (occasionally On Ice), but that’s a lot different product than AAA is presenting in Mexico. At any rate, the TV show is being produce like a TV show, and not something supposed to lead to AAA touring the Southwest or any of the big ideas they had when this project started

This El Rey show, whatever it’s called, may actually turn out to be good. The guys in PWG put on a really great shows and the knowledge about the concept is so thin that I don’t want to knock it before I’ve seen. It also may yet turn out successful in itself; El Rey doesn’t really have much reach on it’s own, but there’s been consistent talk about the show eventually reairing on Univision and that’d be a difference maker.

At the same time, this would be a complete disappointment in terms of what AAA planned and promoted for this project. They might get their name out to the US, but even that’s not a sure thing – they might call it something else. What AAA has for sure is credit and some money for coming up with the idea, but they may be legally bound to a product that doesn’t have much else to do with them and prevents them from making a better deal elsewhere. (AGAIN.) AAA loudly declared they were coming to the US. Something which credits AAA at the end of the show may be coming to the US, but the promotion itself does not appear to be expanding out of Mexico.

Rarely have I wanted people to start yelling at me about getting a story wrong than this one. It’s depressing. I have a lot more thoughts about this, but the story’s more interesting than anything I think.

Rob has video of AAA 05/17/14 and late November 2001 CMLL.

Dorada has video of 06/24/14 CMLL.

Super Libre had Edgar Alejandre in studio and many taped interviews.

Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis will have a singles match two weeks before their mask in match in Monterrey.

Masada, Kaientai, Aero Boy, and Makabre in a four way super libre match has been added to the 09/20 ChilangaMask show.

Rocky Lobo & Jinzo’s final Junior Tag League match.

Taya explains how to order the TripleMania iPPV.

Miguel Fonseca argues TripleMania is the bigest lucha libre show because it draws in so many fans who don’t watch lucha libre often.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena México 
1) Flyer & Metatrón vs Cholo & Inquisidor 
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Oro Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Metálico, Okumura 
3) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Máximo vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado 
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas © vs Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente [MEX TRIOS]
Peste Negra are champions. Second defense. 
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero

Ingobernables versus Gran Guerrero is your lure to not go to TripleMania. Good luck with that. Thinking there’s a really good shot of Rush/UG happening here as well before the Anniversary show; the finish might have been botched but it probably was where they were going in the end.

Mr. Niebla won’t be in the Universal tournament (with Volador, who’s name I couldn’t remember Saturday) until after his title match here. They’ve done title matches during the Universal tournament prior and usually the champion just wins. Assuming the same here, but Niebla probably keeps his spot regardless.

Sagrado not fighting Angel de Oro is good, Sagrado being stuck with those two lunkheads is bad.

Dragon Rojo keeps his title, CMLL Universal tournament

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/08/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Shockercito & Stukita 
2) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3 
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis 
4) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3. 
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. © b Rey Escorpión [CMLL MIDDLE]
Rojo took 2/3 to keep his title, escaping Escorpion’s piledriver and giving him the Dragon Bomb for th ewin. Dragon Rojo’s 8th defense. Rey Escorpion’s title was not on the line. 
6) Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Casas snuck in a foul on Rush.

Usual bit of the big match show loser getting some revenge on those who defeated him in the main event. Not so much in the women’s match, which ended with Seductora getting medical help.

Hechicero had crazy new entrance gear, which may or may not be meaningful. Similarly, Cancerbero had new black on black gear which matches Sagrado’s rudo outfit.

Super Nova is in England. WWE should be looking to add more Latinos to their roster in the wake of firing Alberto Del Rio; you don’t wwnt to put it all on Kalsito and then have no one else if something goes wrong. Nova’s been wrestling as much in Europe as in Mexico the last half decade and would seem to be a logical guy to go after.

Sexy Star teaches you how to buy the TripleMania iPPV.

This week’s Tercera Caida has lots of coverage of the TripleMania press conference.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews CMLL on LATV Workrate Report 6/22/14.

AAA luchadors visited a children’s hospital as part of a personal hygiene campaign.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/08 REINA: Maki Narumiya b Silueta [CMLL-REINA International Junior Championship] – new champion.
La Comandnate won her tag match elsewhere on the card.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/15/2014 Arena México 
1) Pegasso & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr. 
2) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Skándalo, Virus 
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Hombre Sin Nombre, Vangellys 
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero 
5) Negro Casas vs La SombraShockerTerribleMephistoRey EscorpiónFelinoEuforia [CMLL Universal, semifinal
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

The Universal tournament is back for another year. Blocks on 08/15 and 08/22 with the final on 08/29. That would allow CMLL to use the final to set up another Anniversary match with plenty of time to announce it.

Weird to have a group of (more or less) all rudos. I did one more counting after realizing the luchawiki mistakenly still listed La Mascara as light heavyweight champion, and the remaining champions are Virus (CMLL Light), Dragon Rojo Jr. (CMLL middle), Ultimo Guerrero  (CMLL trios), Niebla Roja (CMLL trios), Diamante Azul (NWA LH), Titan (Mex Welter), Mr. Niebla (MEX Trios) and Mistico (CMLL Welter.) I store at the champions list for about 15 minutes last night concerned I’m missing one, and I’m still not totally sure if I am or if I should avoid trying to figure out CMLL champions at 2AM.

That’s seven healthy champions for eight spots. Mistico’s not due back for two or three months. The empty spot seems like a NJPW spot, and probably Tanahashi since he won this tournament last year. NJPW and CMLL haven’t confirmed that yet. NJPW would normally make that sort of announcement either on a big show (like the G1 Final in a few hours) or the day after a big show, so confirmation should be coming in a day or two.

La Sombra versus Volador Jr. is the most likely outcome. Rey Escorpion and Dragon Rojo is the only high profile feud which could also meet in the final. Negro Casas and Tanahashi are important enough to make the final, but have no obvious opponents in the other block; La Sombra versus Tanahashi would be an event, but it doesn’t work how they’ve used either guy most recently and it doesn’t give CMLL a new Anniversary match. If this tournament final was meant to be end to itself, CMLL would’ve held it off for a few more weeks and done the final on the Anniversary show. It’s booked here as a stepping stone to something else.

Hombre sin Nombre makes another appearance – and so does Guerrero Negro Jr., which eliminates him as a suspect. CMLL posted a teaser of HsN’s mask on Facebook, which doesn’t give much away. The top guess in the comment section is Alberto del Rio. It will not be Alberto Del Rio. Hechicero is the best guess, but far from certain – maybe a 25% chance? Hechicero being in that spot would be great, but being there as another character would be less than ideal. Either Hechicero would have to stop using his many trademark spots to conceal his identity or everyone would immediately figure out it’s Hechicero and the character change would be diminished. I’m leaning towards it being someone no one’s thinking about, but I have no idea who that would be.

Whoever it is, the first half of that card looks pretty good. Wish the ex-Terra stuff would turn up somewhere.

DTU (SAT) 08/23/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 
1) Joven Maravilla & Maremoto Jr. vs ? & Vengador 
2) Billy Tonink, Lacandon Jr., Powre Boy vs Jimmy, Kevin, Tony and ?, ??, ??? 
3) Saturno vs Gremlin (Queretaro)Kalibus (Mexico City)LanzelothCastigador (Queretaro)ArtikusEclipse (Mazatlan) [Copa Gran Cochisse] 
4) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs Ángel del Misterio, Jhonky, Príncipe Halcón 
5) Roberto Paz Jr. & Shiryu Dragon vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Chica Ye-Ye & Estrella Divina 
6) Crazy Boy, Hacker, Relámpago vs Makabre, Rayman, Slayer Pack 
7) Septimo Dragon © vs B-BoyDrastik BoyAero BoyTony RodriguezBlack Fire [DTU AI]
Septimo Dragon is champion. First defense.
8) Violento Jack vs Willie Mack

Last of the four DTU cards.

Rey Escorpion/Dragon Rojo, unhappy minis, AAA in Pachuca

Today’s CMLL show is main evented by the Ingobernables versus Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas but the biggest match is Dragon Rojo defending his middleweight title versus Rey Escorpion. It’s the first ever singles between the two men who had been partners the last few years. Dragon Rojo hasn’t clicked yet as a tecnico, but Rey Escorpion is a pretty great rudo and should be able to make this work.

The title match is happening under the looming specter of the Universal tournament, which should be happening any week now if CMLL plans on squeezing it in prior to the Anniversary show. There are currently 16 healthy champions (plus Mistico II, who won’t be participating unless they bump this tournament to October or November.) Rey Escorpion is already light heavyweight champion, so him winning tonight would open up a spot for a guest from NJPW. It’s not necessary CMLL does that, since they’ve just bumped Virus from the tournament in other years. It would hurt Dragon Rojo to lose so early in his tecnico run, though it might make sense if there’s a greater plan for a mask versus hair match with these two next month. Rey Escorpion doesn’t need to win for either of those thing to happen, but it definitely means there are more moving pieces if Escorpion becomes a double champion tonight.

Mini Abismo Negro went off on AAA last night on Twitter. I didn’t even know he had a Twitter account, but he used it for the first time in two months to complain he’d only been booked 6 to 8 times in the last couple months, he felt he deserved more than that, but the executives were favoring other people. (We have him list in nine matches since June, though it’s tougher to tell because AAA’s pretty much stopped posting spot show lineups again.)

Sunday is the (celebration of) the 22nd Anniversary of the start of the CMLL minis division. Pierrothito, Demus and Mercurio celebrated by noting the division has lost it’s luster and has not gotten a deserved amount of attention – they’d like to be on the big shows. Not sure about them having the best match every time, but the years CMLL goes in between holding title matches in Arena Mexico is a pretty obvious clue the older guys are out of favor. They’re still doing plenty of apuesta matches with the lesser guys in the division. The whole division seemed to get less attention after Dragonicto, Pierrothito and Pequeno Olimpico started pushing in the press for the three way mask match. Talking about these things to the press (while hyping the promotion) may not be an optimum strategy. Demus, who was in the main division for a brief time, notes how most countries don’t have minis division and broaches the subject of folding the minis in with everyone else. That’s not as absurd as it might have been at a time, as the taller minis are about the same size as the smaller main roster guys. There can’t be more than a few centimeters of height between Stigma and Electrico.

AAA’s TV this week announced the first post TripleMania taping on 09/07 in Pachuca. That means AAA will have to get four weeks out of the taping in Tezitulan and TripleMania, so TripleMania is probably three weeks of TV again. It also suggests AAA’s not taping in the US on the 09/07 weekend.

The Arena Xalapa Facebook mentions Vengador Radioactivo, Zafiro, Peligro and Corsario de Fuego had a dark match on Wednesday’s night AAA taping in Teziutlán. Vengador has impressed in previous appearances elsewhere and he and Corsario wrestled on a AAA dark match match back in 2012 which ended up airing on TV anyway.

The Arena Lopez Mateos show with Sin Cara has been moved back to 08/24. The undercard has been shuffled and Flamita is no longer listed.

El Hijo del Santo’s Record column this week is about it being his final column for Record. Santo talks about all the other places he’s worked and his favorite columns and suggests he may work on putting out collections of his columns in books next.

Looks like Silueta lost the CMLL-Reina Internaional Junior championship. Haven’t found official results. (Haven’t looked that hard.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Satanico & Averno vs Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero.

Blue Demon Jr. and Averno are on the 09/28 ColiseoMania show.

DJ Spectro is giving away old lucha magazine Espectacular 16 & Halcon 138 to anyone who likes his Facebook page.

Oro Jr. and Metalico threatened each other on Cadena3’s morning talk show. It’s part of a media tour which also included a radio appearance.

Blue Panther is among those listed as working in Chicago on 08/31.

Important news: there’s already a Pequeno Bengala.

Lineup

DTU (WED) 09/17/2014 Teatro del Puebla, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? vs ??
DTU Kids
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs ?, ??, ??? and Cruz Infernal, Destructor, Loco Estrella
3) Chica Ye-Ye & Estrella Divina vs Artikus & Lanzeloth
4) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dement Extreme & Paranoiko
5) B-boy & Crazy Boy vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Ángel del Misterio & Jhonky
6) Willie Mack vs Hacker, Pesadilla, Drastik Boy, Septimo Dragon, Black Fire
7) Violento Jack © vs Slayer Pack [DTU]
Violento Jack is champ, second defense.

Show #3 on the DTU tour.

08/09-10 lucha times

box – actually uploaded this week.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as starting 15 minutes early this week. Should air the remainder of Ecatepec: Psycho Circus vs Consejo/Zorro, grab bag midcarder match and mixed opener. The Thursday replay appears to be off the schedule next week. The show’s already up on YouTube.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: En Tu Tele lists the show as a 30 minutes, but Dish is saying it’s actually 90 minutes, from 3:30 to 5pm. That would easily allow three matches in or maybe four slightly edited four. They had four which would make sense to air: Rush/Casas, Volador/Sombra, women’s tag, and UG/Atlantis announcement (which was a short match), so four seems more likely.

This schedule means AAA and Fox overlap, so it’s impossible to get both.

Edit: Fox Sports 2’s listings actually say the show is on at 9AM, while another listing has it at just an hour. I hope it’s just the Dish TV schedule but it’s very confusing this week.

52MX: Maybe the Blanca/Sugehit lightning match, but it’s fourth from the time so it may be skipped. (Which would mean the long time tag partners would have zero TV matches after their split.) Main event is more set up to UG versus Rush, with a Felinos/Panthers semimain and the build to Brunetti/Disturbio underneath.

Claro: Top 3 from Sunday, including Silueta/Zeuxis.

C3: Random trios. The beginnings of a Starman/Okumura feud?

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Not listed on the schedule anywhere, which may mean they sneak it in somewhere. Hope it does air, because it’s the Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center mask match, and whatever’s going on with Espiritu Maligno.

Lucha Azteca: Top 2 plus women form a couple weeks ago.

Terra Sunday: ORO JUNIOR VERSUS METALICO.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Dr. Wagner vs LA Park, most likely.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s show? Hope so.

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Alberto Del Rio fired from WWE, becomes most interesting free agent in Mexico

Yea, that happened. The word going around is Del Rio slapped someone who works for the website. There’s no word why he slapped someone. You should probably not slap someone at  your workplace.

Alberto Del Rio (we’ll use that this time for convenience) suddenly has a lot of options – except the one he probably would’ve liked to kept. Del Rio, his immediate family and his parents all live in Florida now and he’d probably prefer to keep working in the states. Del Rio would probably be headed to TNA if it was a viable option, but it does not appear to be until/unless they get a miracle TV deal. There’s no telling how financial secure Del Rio is – he worked near the top of WWE for four years, but never the top guys and never in a spot where he would’ve been expected to sell a lot of merchandise. I definitely don’t expect Del Rio to work anywhere in Mexico full time, and it’s a matter of if he wants to work at all and where he’d like to do it.

I don’t think the incident which got Del Rio fired will have any effect on how he’s used in Mexico. Myzteziz has managed to whitewash his WWE stint and ADR will be no different. Del Rio can’t really go back under the Dos Caras Jr. mask, but that connection will still mean a major deal. Del Rio’s WWE stint was ultimately disappointing (though not Myzteziz level disappointing) but he can still be a top tecnico or rudo in Mexico without the promotion needed to do much. Alberto Del Rio is immensely valuable.

If Del Rio is going to come back to Mexico, the best fit appears to be CMLL. Del Rio left on good terms and seems to have spoken well of his time there since he left. There’s a clear void at the top coming – guys like Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Atlantis could all take a step back at any time, and the Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Mr. Niebla group is not far behind them. Del Rio has an obvious feuds with Rush and Terrible (heavyweight champion) on day 1. He could also use the NJPW connection to get work there (assuming that connection is still going.)

It appeared Hijo de Dos Caras would all along eventually get at least a chance to come to CMLL. His big brother coming in would guarantee that. (It’s notable that, unlike with Argos & Argenis, AAA hasn’t appeared to bring in the brother of the WWE star as a lure – but then no one saw this coming.)

The problems here are CMLL hasn’t brought in a guy to use part time since Hijo del Santo a decade ago, and it seems a stretch to imagine Del Rio to be working random shots in Guadalajara for what CMLL is paying people. CMLL’s pay scale appears to be so low that Del Rio might even be out of the price range on all but the biggest shows. There have definitely been times where CMLL would’ve benefited from flying in an (any) ex-WWE guy for a while to freshen up the matchups, but CMLL’s hasn’t really been interested in flying someone in.

AAA, of course, already has a guy who lives in Florida, works his own schedule, and flies into AAA TV occasionally. That’s Blue Demon Jr. AAA hasn’t been totally content with that relationship, unable to get Demon all the times they’ve wanted him (and Demon being conveniently unavailable at times where he might be asked to lose.) One of the reasons Demon has been used is because he’s a known quantity in both Mexico and the United States, which would also be true for Del Rio. Del Rio would be useful for the AAA US project – at least in theory, maybe not in fact as more is leaked about that show – but it’s unclear if Del Rio’s termination allows him to appear elsewhere immediately or if he’s stuck with a 90 day compete which would keep him off TV for a while.

AAA has a lot of top guys already, to the point where some of those top guys are just being left out in the cold for months (Zorro) or being downgraded quickly (Averno, Black Warrior). Del Rio would start at the top immediately – there’s a logical feud with Texano for the Mega title – but would be battling for screen time with Mesias, Cibernetico, La Parka, Perro Aguayo, maybe Dr. Wagner and definitely his old nemesis Myzteziz. AAA’s stressed keeping a happy lockerroom and someone would have to do a lot of work to keep it that way if included Del Rio and Myzteziz. There’s money to be made, but there’s also migraines to be made.

These aren’t the only two options. There’s plenty of ex-WWE guys who work on random US and foreign shows with other ex-WWE guys. There will be indy guys in the US who will want to bring in Del Rio as a hopeful latin draw. Myzteziz appears to be making a killing working for random promoters around Mexico the last few months. Del Rio might find that same success and probably could just that for a long time, though he also might find the some of the same shaky promoters. (No idea who his Averno would be.) Japan would be an option if there was anyone besides NJPW who could afford him. I don’t think he’d go back to MMA fighting, but he could be useful as an even just a UFC spokesperson in Mexico.

There’s so many ways this could turn out and no certainty about any of them. Myzteziz always seemed very likely to return to AAA. There’s no very likely situation for Del Rio. I’m guessing he’ll eventually go back to CMLL, but it’s far from a sure thing.

This week has been crazy. And I haven’t even gotten around to talking about AAA USA…

Update: So, TNA’s already offered Del Rio a contract and the World Title. If they can also offer a TV deal (and if there’s no Emma-like unfiring), I think that’s the now the most likely option.

Update 2: Meltzer also says it’s believed Del Rio will have a 90 day no compete. That would mean no AAA US taping unless they’re pushed back to November. It may mean no TNA at all.

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AULL defeats IWRG (again), Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis, Oro/Metalico, Ringo Mendoza

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 08/06/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Matrix Jr. b Omega
Matrix Jr. replaced Muerte Infernal.
2) Atomic Star & Matrix Jr. b Black Niko & Seiya
3) Cristal & Látigo b Hip Hop Man & Sexy Girl
Straight falls. Poster and recaps don’t agree if the new woman is Sexy Girl or Sexy Girls.
4) Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, X-Fly b Golden Magic, Relámpago, Veneno
Tony Rivera & Dany Casas replaced Hijo de Pirata Morgan (off to AAA) and X-Fly (?). Canis defeated Golden Magic and asked for a title match. Magic agreed if Canis Lupus put his title on the line. Canis agreed. Canis has a title billed CROC Welterweight championship (though the belt says national heavyweight championship).
5) Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza b Black Terry, Metaleon, Power Bull
Team AULL took fall 1. Yakuza gave Power Bull a piledriver, which led him out of the match. Alan Extreme, in street clothes, begged the commissioner to let him sub in for Power Bull. Commission said okay, and Alan helped turned the match around. Yakuza beat Terry with a foul in the third, helped by referee Reyes Rosas slow counting Terry many times.

Pretty harsh when your own referees are siding with the outsides. Canis/Golden should be good.

Last night’s CMLL Informa included Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero and Panico. They talked about the mask match, but mostly they emphazied it would be one on one. They (mostly JCR) acted a little surprised people would believe it could be anything else, but it’s came off as clear they have a credibility problem and were trying to fix it. It’s really not the people who are watching CMLL Informa that they need to fix, but the people who stopped watching CMLL or only pay attention once a year who they need to reach.

Oro and Metalico also signed for their mask match yesterday. KeMonito has video of Metalico making fun of Oro’s mask quality again.

Myzteziz says he’s more interested in a mask vs hair match with Averno than Perro Aguayo Jr. The people who run AAA probably feel quite differently. Presumably that means Myzteziz is trying to sell the Averno match to an indy promoter.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and top 70 thru 60 on the best of 2013 list.

Rob has highlights of 05/16/14 CMLL

Flamita is listed as defending his Brave Gate title in Tokyo on 08/17, which is going to make it hard for him to also be in Arena Lopez Mateos the day before.

Silueta says today’s defense of her CMLL-REINA International Junior championship will be the only on her tour. That match was supposed to happen earlier today, but I haven’t seen any results.

Kcidis draws someone left out of TripleMania.

The plan to invade the DF Metro with everyone wearing lucha libre mask is still on for 09/21.

+LuchaTV has video of Traumas vs Oficials from this past Sunday.

Nahual beat (Curenavaca’s) Fenix for the Morelos Welterweight Championship.

Canek and Head Hunter fought each other in the main event of Tuesday’s Arena Aficion show. The only problem is they were on the same team. Head Hunter is in Mexico, who knew?

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 08/16/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Rey Escorpión
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Virus
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

This is the Ringo Mendoza tribute show. I would’ve expected something more out of the ordinary, but it’s just a normal card. Probably won’t air anywhere but highlights.

08/06 AAA TV Results (Teziutlan)

AAA TV (WED) 08/06/2014 Plaza de Toros El Pinal, Teziutlan, Puebla [AAA]
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum b Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
Hamburguesa Splash onto Fresero.
2) Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Demon Rocker, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taya Valkyrie
Faby submitted Taya. Taya said that wouldn’t happen at TripleMania.
3) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago b Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Súper Fly
Bengala defeated Fantasma.
4) Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans
Hijo del Pirata Morgan replaced Steve Pain. (Unclear if he’s meant to be in the group.) Daga submitted Suicide. No mention of Pentagon interference.
5) Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown b Averno, Black Warrior, Texano Jr.
Myzteziz submitted Black Warrior. Texano and Psycho challenged each other to a one fall match to follow up, but everyone ran in before it went anywhere.

Air Date: 08/09, probably. They’ve used the pre-TripleMania show to run full shows of highlights packages and interviews to build up the show before, so that’s somewhat possible this week as well. More likely they’ll just air this show.

No surprises or much of note. They did get a Psycho/Texano brawl to end the show – that’s the main event for TripleMania based on TV.

Next show is the big one, ten days away. They haven’t announced any post TripleMania tapings yet.

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Ultimo Guerrero defeats Rush, Herodes out of CMLL, Azteca out of action

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena México [Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Akuma & Cholo
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr.
Arkangel replaced Herodes (who has left CMLL). Rudos took 2/3.
3) Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
Okumura beat Starman via unseen foul. Sangre Azteca was taken to the hospital taking after Hombre Bala landed on his knees on a moonsault.
4) Stuka Jr. b Pólvora [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Match was originally Titan/Cavernario. Titan was pulled on Monday (foot), while Polvora replaced Cavernario unannounced.
5) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Super Porky
Atlantis replaced Maximo. Rudos took 1/3.

Four subs, only one announced a head of time. Another doesn’t seemed to be out of CMLL’s hands. Herodes, in the friends only section of his Facebook, said he decided to leave CMLL yesterday. Box Y Lucha reposted his statement here, where Herodes said he was leaving because of his own personal issues and not anything to do with CMLL.

Raul Jimenez from (soccer team) America and the Mexico national team was with Shocker.

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Brillante b El Acertijo
2) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola & La Seductora
Amapola replaced retiree Princesa Blanca. Tecnicos took falls 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Olímpico, Virus b Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Smaker
Rudos took 1/3, only losing the middle by excessive violence. Gallo needed medical help. Disturbio challenged Omar to a hair match for next week.
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Felino, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3, Terrible fouled Marco in the third.
6) Último Guerrero b Rush
UG took 1/3.

Not sure the best follow up to spending the last few months trying to get Rush & Sombra over is to have them lose to Ultimo Guerrero for no reason. At least it’s happening in Guadalajara (and Puebla, probably Monday.)

AAA tapes tonight in Tezitulan. This show will be the last which airs prior to TripleMania, though it’s oddly short on star power. Psycho Clown and Texano Jr. do face off in the main event and Myzteziz is there, but no one else from the Copa TripleMania is scheduled. Averno is the only person from the cage match on the card. The underdcard is more well represented – Taya/Faby face off, and many of the cruiserweight participants are around – but that seems more chance than a plan. It’s not a big stretch to imagine one of those missing top guys to make an appearance on the card, but this seems like a low key end to a low key build to TripleMania. The biggest news out of this show might be finding out what next for Anarquia; AAA hasn’t announced a replacement for Steve Pain.

After the TripleMania conference, Myzteziz again declared CMLL needs to change the programming people to restore the company, because a bad Arena Mexico is bad for anyone. Myzteziz, who quit CMLL with so little notice that the people in charge did not know he had quit, said he left CMLL thru the front door on great terms and only wants the best for them. Myzteziz says he’s happy with people chanting Sin Cara and Mistico, because it shows he’s made multiple names famous while guys like Wagner and Aguayo are living off their father’s names. Myzteziz also believes they fans are chanting “Sin Cara” and “Mistico” because “Myzteziz” is too hard to pronounce. (YES.)

Psycho says the match with him and Texano will just be them alone. Not sure why he’d say that since they’ve never addressed the referee issue. Texano noted he’s beaten Psycho’s father, he’s beaten Psycho’s brother and now he’s going to be a rare man who beats a masked man with only putting his hair on the line.

+LuchaTV has video of Dr. Wagner Jr.’s appearance at the TripleMania press conference. Tercera Caida is bumped to Friday again this week, but the show was posted to YouTube a day or so early today.

The CMLL Anniversary show is not the most expensive ticket for a combat sports even in Mexico City the next few months. UFC 180, taking place November 15, announced they’ll be charging from 7000 for closest ($527 USD), 350 ($26) cheapest. (That doesn’t appear to count handling charges.) WWE’s stop in Arena Ciudad de Mexico will charge 7668 for a VIP ticket ($576 USD), 5112 ($385) for a normal front row, 256 ($19) cheapest. Both those top prices outdistance the crazy CMLL prices.

Segunda Caida reviews Satanico, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero vs Villano IV, Villano  V, and IWRG Mr. Niebla. Also, the best summary of what it feels to watch IWRG at any point in time.

I have no context, no idea what the story was here or really what role either team played in IWRG at the time, or the nature of the TV show, or anything at all.

Today’s CMLL Informa will include words from retiree Princesa Blanca, as well as Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis, and Oro Jr.

SuperLuchas points out Dr. Wagner Jr. has never lost at TripleMania.

Juarez’s Astro Boy II has passed away.

Negro Navarro & Black Terry face Zoom Driver & Karisma on the Lucha Memes show. Impulso will face Fuego Latino on the 09/16 Queretaro match.

Los Nerds’ Kevin writes a column about what it takes to be a DTU luchador. He suggests every DTU wrestler is licensed, though I’m sure I’ve seen of them mentioned in licensing exams after they’ve appeared on DTU shows.

Fuego en el Ring visits the Talavision shirt store.

A column on La Matraca says CMLL’s anniversary show will sell out if they convince the people Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis will actually happen this time.

Lineups

DTU (SAT) 08/09/2014 Arena Aficion
1) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, Angel Suicida, Corazon Latino
2) Ángel del Misterio vs Príncipe Halcón, Black Fire, Lanzeloth, Artikus
3) Paranoiko vs Jhonky, Miedo Extremo, Dement Extrem
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Jimmy, Kevin, Tony and Calibus Frescura, Chica Ye-Ye, Estrella Divina
5) B-boy vs Cíclope, Septimo Dragon, Slayer Pack, Hacker
6) Willie Mack vs Drastik Boy, Violento Jack, Aero Boy
7) Ángel o Demonio © vs Ovett [DTU CONSGRADO]
fourth? defense for Angel o Demonio

DTU starts it’s next run of shows this weekend so it’s nice they’re announcing cards. They’re going to do a title match on each show, starting here with the Porros facing each other. It’s supposed to be a different title on each show, except there are more show than DTU titles.

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Camorra & Ramstein
2) Leono, Robin, Sensei vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Black Panther, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Puma, Ripper
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Tiger

Lightning match isn’t happening as listed. Sangre Azteca posted on Facebook that he’s getting knee surgery today at 4pm.

The Starman/Okumura feud may be ongoing? Lower midcard feuds are the new market inefficiency?

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Sky Kid vs Évola & Sádico
2) Esfinge & Leo vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga
4) Omar Brunetti vs Disturbio [hair]
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone vs Terrible

Marco gets a singles match! Marco still can’t get a title match.

Disturbio is the new Loco Max.

Dr. Wagner Jr. returns to AAA for TripleMania, Rey Escorpion king of the air, adios Lucifer

CMLL (MON) 08/04/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno b Astral & Eléctrico
Rudos took 1/3, Espiritu beating Electrico.
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Pegasso & Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Center, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Black Panther, Cachorro, Tigre Rojo Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, with newly unmasked Center getting a little bit of revenge by beating Rojo in the third.
4) Rey Escorpión b Máscara Dorada, Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr., Gran Guerrero, Misterioso Jr., Puma, Ripper [Reyes del Aire]
Rey Escorpion beat Mascara Dorada to win. No other elimination order is known.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush DQ Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Ingobernables dominated the match, and UG pulled off Sombra’s mask in anger.

Negro Casas still missing shows suggests he was injured last week, worked the hair match anyway and is still hurt. Don’t know that for a fact, but it looks that way.

There’s no better King of the Air than Rey Escorpion. He should brag about this for the next 365 days, but it’ll never be mentioned again. Should be good on TV!

@luchalibreaaa

AAA held their TripleMania press conference today. The big news was the return of Dr. Wagner Junior, who slides into the mystery spot in the four way match. Wagner made a surprise appearance as they were talking about the match. (You can’t tell from the picture, but the design on the mask was the TV Azteca logo – the network airing the El Isla show Wagner is currently appearing on, and who owns Arena Ciudad de Mexico.) Joaquin Roldan has said the fourth man was not yet signed but would be a big star and then Wagner walked out. Cibernetico spoke out against the idea of Wagner, while Perro repeated an earlier decleration that they should just make it a four way apuesta match. Joaquin dismissed that idea and put Wagner in the match over Cibernetico’s objections. The match – Myzteziz vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Cibernetico vs Wagner – now includes four of the biggest stars of the last decade.

Dr. Wagner returns to AAA with a lot of baggage. He was a big asset to AAA when he first jumped there in 2009. The TripleMania that year and the one in 2012 (mask match) were largely built around Dr. Wagner matches, and he also main evented the 2011 show. Wagner’s impact lessened the last year he was there, as it seemed he and LA Park were pushed to the side a bit because of the backstage headaches they were causing. Dr. Wagner is not a team player, he’s in it for Dr. Wagner, and AAA expects everyone to be team players.

Wagner didn’t even work in AAA for the last few months of his last stint due to disputes over his contract. The strife didn’t even end when Wagner was free and clear; when Wagner was attacked and cut by an assailant near his home, Hijo del Santo loudly claimed AAA had sent men after his friend Wagner for speaking out against them. Wagner himself backed away from those statements, but the distrust and mutual animosity between AAA and Wagner head already reached that level.

Cibernetico objecting to Wagner being brought back was part of the press conference, but there’s no doubt people working for AAA have or will voice the same objections. Konnan’s specifically said on his podcast that Wagner will never be back. Wagner said he wouldn’t be back. He’s back. At least for now. It’s at slightly possible TV Azteca ‘encouraged’ this decision, but it’s not one AAA would’ve been forced to make.

We don’t know the length of Wagner’s contract. It’s possible he may be in for one show, and he’s expected to keep working indy shows regardless of what’s going on in AAA. (LA Park will be fine.) Wagner wrestling in TripleMania hurts the apparent angle Monterrey was running about Wagner being out of action of weeks – I would suspect he worked that show on Sunday without telling the promoter what he was doing on Tuesday, which is a Wagner move. Hijo del Dr. Wagner appeared with his father at the press conference and figures to be around AAA at least as long as his father lasts.

The rest of the press conference was going over the main matches on the card for the press. Only the top four matches were talked about. I didn’t expect anything on the Relevos AAA, but AAA’s flying in a guy because they think he’s an awesome wrestler and didn’t even mention his name here. The Texano/Psycho match was treated as the semifinal here but had to be since they wanted the Wagner appearance to be the big story at the end of the conference.

AAA said they’d put two people in the Hall of Fame (after putting zero people in the Hall of Fame last year.) They also announced they will have both English and Spanish announcing. Leonardo Riano and Jesus Zuniga will handle the Spanish announcing and it appeared Hugo Savinovich and Vampiro (also somehow back again!) will handle the English announcing. I presume the iPPV people are only getting English but that’s not clear. Vampiro does not appear to follow wrestling or AAA much and does not seem like a guy who will bother to prepare, so that seems like it’ll be a comedic disaster. Hugo came off as professional but not totally informed on the product last year. It’s really a waste of time to do a second feed for English this year, since they’re going up against SummerSlam, but maybe it can be just a practice time for down the road.

AAA’s two best announcers are Bernardo (who’s hasn’t done announcing for them) and Andres (who’s the regular guy getting pushed aside.) Neither appear to be working this show. No Arturo Rivera either. AAA’s gone out of their way to include him on other years and it’s possible his name just got lost in the coverage of the press confernece. It’s also possible he’s simply one of the Hall of Fame inductees.

TripleMania’s PPV prices
iPPV: 198/$14.95 USD
SD: 229/$17.28 USD
HD: 298/$22.49 USD

The TV versions are only available in Mexico, of course. Haven’t been able to find the SummerSlam price, but I don’t think anyone’s picking one or the other based on price. Dragon Gate is also on iPPV for $24.95 that day.

Ephesto & Mephisto’s new partner on Sunday has been switched from Lucifer to Hombre sin Nombre (literally Man without a Name.) Ephesto used that name when he was transitioning from Safari to his current identity. Maybe there was some issue with the Lucifer name? I didn’t see a trademark for the name in the Mexico Trademark Search. Maybe the Mexico City commission objected since there was another person using Lucifer already? (This would be unusual.)

The 08/07 Lucha Memes show will have a 20 man royal rumble,

Rob has highlights of 05/13/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has Poster-Mania for the week and KrisZ’s news update.

Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero are #1 on CMLL’s top 10 list.

Movie trailer featuring Black Terry!

A (semi-annual?) licensing exam was held in Puebla. 43 luchadors tried out and results are to be announced in a couple of weeks.

Kcidis illustrates the Juicio Final result.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about Negro Casas, El Satanico, Bestia Salvaje vs El Dandy, Ultimo Dragon, Apolo Dantes from August 14, 1992.

Rey Infierno took Fantasma del Espacio’s hair in Xalapa.

Cosmos Negro took Hacha Infernal’s mask in Arena Cuautepec.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 08/11/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Molotov, Paris, Star Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
2) Eléctrico vs Espíritu Maligno [lightning]
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero

Only five matches and one of them is a lightning match. This is going to be a short show unless UG and Sombra have a 20 minute third fall (following a 2 minute first fall and a 30 second second fall.)

I’m pretty sure this is not the idea, but I would totally endore Shocker being the new Revolucionario. Shocker wearing a sombrero, Shocker dancing, Shocker mock shooting muskets, these are all great ideas (and then Zavala can still get the spot next time Shocker takes time off.)

Electrico and Espiritu Maligno is an actual feud and possibly a title match on the 18th – Electrico is the still the national lightweight champion, which was a Puebla title for a brief time.

Tercera looks great.

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