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It was belltime once again for Rey de Reyes 2015. Just like Sunday, belltime didn’t mean matches, but instead the entire roster coming to the ring to announce the show was not going to happen. An impromptu press conference was held in the ring to announce the show would not happen again. The show is currently scheduled to instead take place Wednesday night at 8pm local at this same indoor venue.That’s two hours later than these last two attempts. (Time conversion table is here. It’s starting 1 hour after the first run airing of Lucha Underground ends.)
I was otherwise busy and did not get to see this press conference. AAA claimed there, and also on social media, that they were unable to secure the permits to run Rey de Reyes in that venue. Today was a national holiday in Mexico, celebrating Benito Juarez’s birthday. (AAA’s show just happened to be in Auditorio Benito Juarez.) It meant that a lot of people would be free to come to the show, but it also meant governmental offices were shut down and it was impossible to get those permits. It appears AAA had been working on this situation all day, but realized they could not find a solution in time. AAA’s Twitter stopped promoting the show sometime in the last couple hours prior and rumors started about the cancellation at least a half hour before the show. Unlike Sunday, no fans ever made it into the arena, so AAA must’ve been turning people around and word spread from there. Judging from the pictures, AAA had everything ready to go to put on a show, and were just solely missing the legal permission to run one.
It will not be the full card on Wednesday. Alberto el Patron versus Brian Cage has been canceled. AAA said they were “otherwise busy.” My hunch is Alberto has surgery scheduled for tomorrow back home and everyone agreed it didn’t make sense for him to put it off. Alberto’s been pulled even from non-wrestling appearances on WrestleMania weekend, so someone’s under the impression he’s not going to be moving around much any time soon. There’s no reason for Cage to stick around without Alberto and one less person to put pay for is best for AAA’s bottom line. This has to be the most expensive Rey de Reyes ever, just between the costs of a second venue, transferring all the equipment, all the extra man hours involved, and finding room and food for everyone for these extra days. It reads like AAA implied they’d make up for the missing match somehow. I’d expect the Cage/Patron match also happens whenever Alberto is back.
As long as they’re talking make ups, AAA needs to offer refunds for both the live tickets and for the iPPV to anyone’s interested. That’s not going to help the financial situation any, but it’s the smart move to keep goodwill for the product. AAA doesn’t need to do it this moment – if they’re bringing in a name match to replace the Cage/Patron one, it’s perfectly fine to wait to announce that at the same time as extending the refund offer. Still there are people who bought tickets to a Sunday show and can’t go to a Wednesday one, or who just wanted to see Alberto, and keeping their money only guarantees it’s the last you’ll see of them.
AAA should have no trouble getting everything sorted out, but they really don’t have much wiggle room. Lucha Underground tapings are this weekend, which blocked any Saturday or Sunday reschedule (and even running this on a Friday night would’ve been rough.)
Everyone looked pretty bummed about the situation. It stinks for everyone involved, from the people working on it, to the people who traveled to Guadalajara just to see it.
DTU (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Tercera Caida]
1) El Chato, El Junior, El Nene vs Danny Latino, Kid Lobo, Lokillo
2) Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo b Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico
3) Septimo Dragon b Kalibus, Hormiga, Dr. Cerebro, Dowki
4) Arez, Belial, Impulso b Jimmy, Kevin, Tony
5) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II b Black Fire & Slayer Pack and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
Gemelos want a tag title shot.
6) Jonathan Gresham b Drastik Boy © [DTU AI]
7) Super Mega b Paranoiko ©, Dement Extreme [DTU CONSAGRADO]
Dement Extreme was added to the match. Super Mega won the title.
8) Crazy Boy & Pesadilla b Histeria II & Psicosis II and Aero Boy & Violento Jack [TLC]
Los Porros and Los Masizos got involved, and Psicosis suggested a multiman cage match. They’ll come back in two weeks for that match.
That next show is on 03/29, with the cage match (field TBD) and Fire/Pack vs Gemelos tag title match. Fourth match was said to be very good. Attendance was nothing special, along the lines of the Fusion shows here a couple years ago.
No IWRG results yet. I don’t know if general attendance was down, but the reporter types who might normally go to that show seem to have either headed to Guadalajara for Rey de Reyes (and probably had an unpleasant day of rescheduling hotels and transportation) or went to that DTU show. IWRG will post their own results tomorrow.
Today’s show in Puebla has Sky Team versus the Guerreros, which seems to be setting up a title match next week. Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi face off in a trios match, the last time before their mask match this Friday.
No lineups for CMLL next weekend on their site; the Friday one was already done, and only results have been posted yet. (Paris looks cool tho’.)
The AAA show today in Nuevo Laredo is pushed back to Tuesday because of the Rey de Reyes wash out. There’s also a Tuesday show in Coahuila, which is probably getting moved or canceled since it’s got the same lineup.
Usual deal for Rey de Reyes tonight: show starts at 6pm local (8pm Eastern time), the iPPV is still on, I’ll be doing live coverage on Twitter, and results will turn up on this site. The Tuesday video post may be a little delayed as a result.
Tickets are on sale for the Cinepolis showing of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’s 60 pesos a ticket, about $4 US. At that price, it’s hard to see how CMLL is making any money from this. I’m wonder if this maybe wasn’t CMLL’s inspiration – these theaters used to carry WWE shows, there’s less value in doing that now with the WWE Network available, and this is another wrestling thing they could try. This being a Cinepolis idea would explain why there’s no other (internet) option.
Segunda Caida reviews Panthers vs Puma, Tiger and Virus from earlier this month.
Mascara Dorada challenges Kenny Omega for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on their 04/05 show. That show will air on NJPW World, though they’ve been airing those level of big shows on tape delay as of late. From my experience, NJPW World charges on the first day of the month regardless of when you sign up; if you’re thinking of resubbing to get that match, you may want to wait until just a few days prior.
CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Meteoro DQ Demonio Rojo & Relampago
Meteoro replaced El Brillante. DQ for Relampago reentering after being eliminated.
2) El Alteño & Frezzer b El Piraña & Gran Kenut
Pirana replaced Satara.
3) El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Reycko b El Chakal, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
4) Évola, Exterminador, Sádico b Hijo del Calavera, Leo, Metatrón
Debut for Hijo del Calavera, who took the loss to Exterminador.
5) Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo DQ Demonio Maya, Jocker, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Great Eku, Sadico, Evola and Exterminador attacked the tecnicos. Leo and Xavier Cruz made the save.
Main event seems to be setting up a multiman cage match, the last refuge of lucha programmers out of ideas.
CMLL (SAT) 03/14/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Nitro
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Angelito, did not get knocked out this time.
2) Akuma b Robin
3) Disturbio b Hombre Bala Jr.
4) Sangre Azteca b Esfinge
5) Tiger b Tritón
6) Dark Angel & Estrellita b Amapola & La Seductora
7) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
CMLL (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
Pequeno Violencia was originally announced, but subbed for Pequeno Universo.
3) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Tritón b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro b Hechicero [lightning]
Angel de Oro won in 9:29.
5) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán b Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
6) La Máscara, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker
Negro Casas fouled Mistico. Mascara did not get along with his partners.
Also a show! They haven’t posted a recap – Alexis Salazar is on vacation and I’m surprised CMLL hasn’t completely fallen apart without him – so maybe there’s some angle that wasn’t reflected on Twitter.
other Rey de Reyes notes
Nothing new about the delay.
The Rey de Reyes poster mentions “2 luchas mas”, but AAA’s never said what those mas matches would be. I had assume they were local dark matches, but there definitely were enough AAA luchadors there and without a match to fill out two matches:
Joe Lider was also present. He could fit in with one of those other matches or get involved some other way. 6pm (8pm US Eastern) is still the scheduled start time but, if you’re interested but not going to be around until a little bit later, there’s still a good chance you’ll see the entire announced card.
Perro Aguayo Jr. and Rey Mysterio Jr. showed up late to the in-ring announcement for dramatics and Brian Cage lingered near the back, but they were all there by the end. Everyone on the card appeared in the ring except for Alberto El Patron. If he was healthy, it would’ve made sense for him to walk out and look healthy. If he’s got a leg injury that’s going to be hard to hide while walking, that may be why he didn’t do much walking. It’s a little bit shady.
Stream looked great. It’s going to be in a different building tomorrow, so who knows, but they had it going thru a bad rainstorm so it seems like a good sign. 3D even worked when I tried it briefly (though it didn’t add much to the crowd shots.)
Today’s +LuchaTV caught up with a couple months of apuesta matches and included an interview with Dragon Lee. They also have Silver King & Hijo del Ninja building up their match in Monterrey, and Hijo del Ninja saying he answer critics with his wrestling.
Jonathan Gresham picked up the DTU Alto Impacto championship tonight in Arena Neza
Black Terry Jr. has photos of Saturday’s Arena Lopez Mateos show. That didn’t draw anything special despite Myzteziz being on top.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Fuego en el Ring had Rafa el Maya as guest.
Super Libre talked to Silueta and previewed Rey de Reyes.
DoradaFan has a music video of 12/30/2014 CMLL.
SuperLuchas looks back at a women’s main event on March 14th, and a super detailed (and a bit analytically creative) recap of a title match on March 15th.
Guardian Puroresu looks back at Dos Caras winning the champ in 1984.
Sombra and the Shadow Driver are getting cards in the KOPW game.
Tonight’s Rey de Reyes was washed out. Guadalajara got hit with a rain storm this afternoon, one which was to pick up in intensity right around the start of the show and go into the night. The iPPV stream came on the air about a half hour before the show, and showed pools of water on the tarp covering the ring. It was a thin, late arriving crowd as the show approached bell time.
At 6pm local, the announced start time, AAA luchadors and Joaquin Roldan came to the ring together. Most everyone was in street clothes, which tipped off the show not starting as scheduled. Joaquin officially announced the show would not be run that night – citing safety issues with the rain and the electrical equipment – and instead would take place tomorrow in Auditorio Benito Juarez in nearby Zapopan. All tickets for this show will be honored tomorrow, and all people who bought the iPPV will also be able to see it tomorrow.
Rey Misterio Jr. spoke to the crowd, thanking them for coming out and encouraging them to come to the show on Monday. The show will start at the same time on Monday, 6pm local, 8 pm US ET.
EDIT: The show will be at Auditorio Benito Juarez, an indoor arena. Forget the rain.
CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Canelo Casas & Metálico b Esfinge & Starman
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente
Hijos del Infierno win their debut match as a new trio (a rarity in CMLL)
4) Dragon Lee DQ Kamaitachi [lightning]
Kamaitachi DQed for excessive violence.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
Rush fouled Thunder when he had a hold of La Mascara
6) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Shocker snuck in a foul on Atlantis.
Shocker & Atlantis determining the main event finish is odd.
Rush sort of feuding with Thunder is interesting. Rush does keep talking about how he wants to win a mask. Those matches probably wouldn’t be any good at all but could still be entertaining.
The Vamper Revolution show is tonight Juan de la Barrera. That’s the show with the Fuerza Guerrera vs Negro Casas. Fuerza continues to insist it’ll be a different match (and a different outcome) away from Arena Mexico. The actual main event is Canek & LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rayo de Jalisco. (Canek feels confident, as always.)
Tinieblas’ FULL promotion has a show tonight in Toluca with indy luchadors and a few from CMLL. (Casas is supposed to be in the semimain here too.) Main event is Atlantis, Tinieblas vs Solitario & Mr. Niebla. Some of the undercard matches look interesting. The show is being taped for small public TV network TV Mexiquense; Tinieblas seems to believe it’ll actually be airing live tonight. The channel’s listing doesn’t mention it (which may or may not be accurate), but I’ll record it and check later.
AAA has Rey de Reyes on Sunday. I have a preview going up on Voices of Wrestling later today. I’ll be doing live coverage on Twitter and a write up here later Sunday night. I’m actually working on watching the show in 3D, just to see what it looks like. The short version of the preview is it’s a really strong looking show. If Alberto was/(is?) healthy, every match would have a reasonable chance to be at least Good. The only real problem is AAA’s less than stellar iPPV track record, but hopefully all goes well here and then it’s not as much an issue when they try it again for TripleMania.
DTU has a show tomorrow in Arena Neza. Main event is Histeria/Psicosis (Invasors) vs Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla in a TLC match. The normal DTU wrestlers are the favorites here, but future DTU shows seem to be setting up the Invasors challenging for the DTU NEXO tag team titles; perhaps they’ll win here to start that movement. +LuchaTV has a promo from Jonathan Gresham for his title shot against Drastick Boy for the Alto Impacto championship. The show also has a Nerds vs Indistrongibles trios match.
IWRG’s Sunday show is their annual Guerra de Golfo show, where the losers of two cage matches have a third cage match where the losers face off in a third cage match. There’s a whole host of IWRG regulars who are capable of losing such things (and IWRG makes it easier to figure out the losers than the winners.)
Monterrey has another Wagners/Ninjas tag match, this time for new tag team titles. The last match between the two sides did surprisingly well and they’ll try to do it again on Sunday.
CMLL’s Sabado Retros show has Mistico, Dragon Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero in the main event, as Mistico faces the Guerreros in every CMLL building. Sunday’s main event is Mascara, Mistico and Volador Jr. vs Barbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Shocker, which probably means Mascara and Volador betray each other again.
Fuego en el Ring talks to a confident Terrible & Rey Bucanero about next week’s hair match and looks back at Villano IV vs Tigre Canadiense.
RobViper has a music video of 11/18/14 CMLL.
SuperLuchas looks back at a Mexican Heavyweight Championship change on a past March 13th.
Pictures of last weekend’s Expo Mascaras, which honored Hombre Bala/The Monsther.
Segunda Caida reviews Bestia 666 vs Rey Horuz
IWRG (WED) 03/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Torneo FILL XL
1) Adrenalina, Chicanito, Vardeus vs Guerrero 2000, Soldado De La Muerte, Último Caballero
2) Aramis, Shado Boy, Zumba vs Anubis Black, Magnum 44, Vampiro Metálico
3) Alas de Acero vs Black Angel, Black Drago, Voltar, Muerte Infernal
4) Blue Monsther, Galaxy, Marduk vs Freyser, Payaso Extremo, Picudo Jr.
5) Metaleón vs Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Alfa, Omega, Sky, Power Bull, Toxin Boy, Komachi, Atomic Fly, Fly Warrior, Kasier Drago, Skiller, Mini Zumbido, Demoler Xtreme, Super Pinocho 3000, Mara Salvatrucha, Mr. Zebra, Centinela Azul, Tigre Nahual, Gato Aladana, Vengador Galactico, Manchas [cage, mask, hair]
That’s 3 way trainee main event, with the FILL luchadors vs the Gym Metropolitano vs the Gym Zeus (Oficial 911) ones. Back to back shows with cage matches for IWRG.
CMLL (FRI) 03/20/2015 Arena México
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, 2015 (El Faraon)
1) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dallys la Caribeña, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Vangellys, Virus
3) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
4) Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi [mask]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Máximo & Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero & Terrible [hair]
Really. Why not? Dark Angel’s comments planted the seed of this idea in my head. It’s not exactly what she seemed to be looking for, but it’s a step in the direction of getting more attention for that division.
Good wrestling programming, whatever language you do it in, is a lot of making the best hand out of the card you’ve been dealt. CMLL’s big picture landscape is without a lot of excitement, and of a fanbase disinterested in the status quo. The smaller picture is they have a national women’s championship, but not a healthy champion to defend it. They’re going to run a tournament to decide it eventually. Why not make it an interesting one?
To cut off the first complaint, CMLL can still run a men’s En Busca de un Idolo too. There’s plenty of CMLL shows which don’t currently have any reason to exist that can be pushed out for something with more effort. It wouldn’t make sense to run them both at the same time, but there’s no urgency to run the men’s one right now. (I’m concerned that any next edition of that tournament will have trouble following the last one; inserting a women’s version and pushing back a men’s one will only help fix that.)
The best En Busca de Un Idolo competitions have focused on breaking out newer wrestlers. That wouldn’t change with a women’s one and shouldn’t change. CMLL’s women roster is old by any comparison. It feels rude to post go luchadora by luchadora to post ages, but most everyone who’s an important regular is over 35, and many are closer to 45. Some can still go and hopefully will keep on going, but it seems like a safe assumption that of the women who are around today won’t be around five years from now, or won’t have the same prominence. CMLL’s got to decide now if they want to introduce a new wave of women to carry on the division, or if they rather wind it down. CMLL’s gotten benefit out of their luchadora’s being in secondary apuesta matches on big shows. I tend to believe there’s more value in women’s wrestling than CMLL’s gotten out of it, but there’s unquestionably value in keeping it at least viable, and they need young people to keep it viable.
There’s not nearly as many women to choose for such a project as men, but they can be found. There appears multiple troupes of luchadoras who work on indy shows but never together, for whatever reason. The WWS women don’t work with the Leyendas Inmortales women who don’t work with the women on IWRG and the Moreno sisters seem to have their own opponents and so on. They’d likely get past those differences if it meant a chance to tryout for CMLL. There’s probably a few hanging out in training classes waiting for a chance to debut, and there’s plenty of capable women away from Mexico City who’d be qualified. And throwing in women already in CMLL but not used much as ringers is totally acceptable: Vaquerita and Isis and whoever else are ready made for this. CMLL can find eight women for this tournament if they put the effort in. (Trying to figure out would be best fit is probably the biggest reason not to do it next – casting is vital, you want time to figure out the best possible lineup.)
The biggest risk is the matches may not be any good. It’s definite possibility when using people who don’t have as much experience, are on a much bigger stage than usual, and may be wrestling unfamiliar opponents. The great news is CMLL does not seem very concerned about people having bad matches. I watch their TV every week, I’m pretty sure match quality is not the management’s biggest concern. Even if some of these matches will be worse than usual, they also won’t be the usual matches. CMLL luchadors suffer from over exposure and an over-reliance on the same routines in every appearance. Just replacing them routine matches for a few weeks with anything else, even a disaster, will help everyone seem fresher.
There’s an added benefit outside of possibly creating a new star: giving more attention to the existing ones by making them judges. CMLL doesn’t give any time to traditional promo time, but these sort of judging appearances have been a useful replacement. Dragon Rojo Jr. turned tecnico mostly because the reaction to his super polite judging style, and Tirantes is second only to Rush in the negative reactions he can get from the crowd thru his comments. CMLL’s current women are usually only heard at shows when it’s time to urgently create a title or apuesta match, but they’ve shown more ability when allowed to be guest commentaries on the TV shows. Putting Tiffany or Amapola or Dark Angel on the panel would help them and the competition. (Thinking back on, it’s very strange that a woman hasn’t appeared on the judging panels for the men’s competition so far.)
The best possible scenario? CMLL (and the commission) would frown on a unknown or a barely known woman walking off with a title in a reality show competition, so fall back to the status quo and simply give the winner a shot at the vacant title. The winner of this En Busca de Un Idolo would earn a place in the decision match against the former champion – Estrellita, who would then also be a permanent member of the judging panel. Esterllita’s capable of that role, and you’ve got the added drama and intrigue of her having a role in selecting her opponent. CMLL creates a new star in the winner of the competition, they’ve got a built up title match to follow up on it, a logical next title match with Zeuxis returning to face the winner, and possibly some other new stars based off the competition.
That’s the point. Make people interested in new stars. Simply seeding them into matches once every six weeks isn’t going to do it for anyone. This would be a big gesture, and big gestures are needed to accomplish big things.