CMLL Puebla: 2016-02-29 

Astro & Millenium
Astro & Millenium

Recapped: 02/29/2016

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero fouled Caristico in the main event. Princesa Sugehit defeated Zeuxis clean. Both outcomes may set up singles matches.

What was good: Nothing. This was a boring show you can easily skip unless you’re nostalgic for Caristico & Ultimo Guerrero but only want to watch it in HD.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube Channel and will air on 52MX in about 12 days. (more…)

Karaoui/Solar, Crazy/Felino, Konnan Big, Puebla preview

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

IWRG (SUN) 02/28/2016 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Galaxy & Kanon b Acero & Power Bull
2) Dragón Fly & Freyser b Nimrod (Costa Rica) & Picudo Jr.
Nimrod’s debut. He’s the Costa Rican luchador of the same name (and seemingly not the Nimrod who was here a couple years ago.)
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno b Danny Casas, Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo
Eterno replaced Negro Navarro
4) Mr. Águila, Trauma I, Trauma II b Negro Navarro, Súper Nova, Veneno
Negro Navarro replaced Dos Caras (who did not make it back from Puerto Rico in time.)
5) Heddi Karaoui b Solar I [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
First defense. Wasn’t listed as a title match, but ended up being one, and a one fall match. Second match of the night for the 59 year old Solar, who wrestled in Arena Mexico earlier.

I guess they forgot to list the title match on the poster? I dunno. 50 year old luchadors wrestling twice in one night seems like a bad idea in general.

Add to the list of well attended show this weekend: AAA’s show in Ciudad Juarez, which looks full or close to it.

Super Crazy talks about his big win, and Felino his big loss. The result makes a lot of sense in the big picture: if you’re going to do something where the indie guys are supposed to be on the same level as the CMLL ones, the indie guys need to get a big win. (At the same time, it shows Elite still is working with a decent amount of money if they’re able to give Felino a payoff big enough for a hair loss.) I still think they should’ve run this on the first Wednesday to get people to the new day, though I’d guess it probably drew better being on a Sunday.

Llaves y Candados has highlights of the Rush/Cibernetico/Konnan Big match. The finish is just Cibernetico & Rush beating up Konnan Big until the ref called a DQ (maybe for the shove too.) Just prior to that, Rush nails Konnan Big with a dropkick; Konnan Big says he has a fractured nose. He’s back

Caristico returns to Arena Puebla – in an actual match this time, not a surprise run-in as he did last week. Tonight’s main event is Atlantis, Caristico and Mistico taking on Euforia, Rey Bucanero, and Ultimo Guerrero. They’re probably not having a singles match next week – Princesa Sugehit and Zeuxis meet in a lightning match which seems more likely to set up a title match given Zeuxis’ impending absence – but the main event focus will be on UG & Caristico. Semimain has the fun trio of Dragon Lee, Stuka, Titan versus the sometimes fun Hijos del Infienro. Espiritu Maligno and Rey Samuray are in the segunda, but so is Arkangel.

The show starts at 9pm CT and will be streamted from CMLL.com and CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Segunda Caida reviews the Blue Panther & Negro Casas versus Solar & Black Terry match.

LuchaRama says they plan on presenting another marathon show on the last Sunday of December. If you look at a calendar, that’s December 25th, so I wonder if they’ve looked at a calendar. This weekend’s show was originally scheduled from December last year.

This week’s Box Y Lucha has bald Felino on the cover, which is a good turn around.

The Ciudad Juarez museum is hoping to open by the end of March.

Ayako Hamada thanks the fans for their support in her match against Marcela.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 03/02/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Adrenalina vs Ángel De La Muerte II
2) Black Dragón & Osiris vs Fire Man & Galaxy
3) Blue Monsther, Crisis Boy, Zatura vs Acero, Picudo Jr., Troll
4) 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, Príncipe Pantera Jr.,Psycho Kid [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Toluca, rematch from last week
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Rayan, Spector

Ninja Turtles main event!

Zatura is back again, or the name is being recycled again. IWRG can’t decide if his partner is Criss Boy or Crisis Boy.

CMLL (SAT) 03/05/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Robin vs Espanto Jr.
3) Magnus vs Raziel
4) Lluvia vs Reyna Isis
5) Esfinge vs Sagrado
6) Fujin & Raijin vs Blue Panther Jr. & Fuego
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Mistico vs Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Fujin & Raijin’s Coliseo debut. Magnus/Raziel had issues months ago in Arena Puebla.

CMLL (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Metatrón & Reycko vs Gran Kenut & Relámpago
3) El Divino, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
rematch
4) Gallo, Magnum, Nautilius vs El Chakal, Joker, Ráfaga
5) Blue Panther Jr., Omar Brunetti, Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Puma

Espectrum/Vaquero is probably the 03/20 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event at this building.

No card for next Sunday in Arena Mexico yet.

Super Crazy takes Felino’s hair, Maya & Panther remain champion

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CMLL (SAT) 02/27/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus b Apocalipsis
3) Flyer DQ Akuma
Akuma was DQed for excessive violence, still got the Canadian Destroyer in.
4) Oro Jr. DQ Hijo del Signo
Signo unmasked Oro Jr. for the DQ.
5) Nitro b Leono
Leono replaced Soberano sometime during the week (poster was up at the arenas but change didn’t make it online.) Nitro won with La Roca.
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther b Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Tecnicos took 1/3 to retrain, with Maya beating Puma with Sacrifico Maya for the win. Second defense. Money thrown in.
7) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

The two match feud for the tag titles has been said to be very good. Maya & Panther being champions makes sense for the inevitable Fuijin/Rajin challenge.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 02/28/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Cinthia Moreno & Rossy Moreno b Lluvia & Muñeca De Plata
Muneca was seriously injured and taken the hospital, but returned to the building by the end of the show.
2) Eléctrico © b Príncipe Diamante [MEX LIGHT]
Electrico took 1/3 to keep the title. Second defense, first in 18 months.
3) Golden Magic & Metaleón b Argos & Karonte Jr.
Straight falls. Team Karonte were DQed in the first for throwing Golden Magic over the top rope. Karonte Jr. left on a stretcher after a Spanish Fly to the floor
4) Blue Panther & Negro Casas b Black Terry & Solar I
Casas pinned Solar. Money thrown in.
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico DQ La Máscara, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Caristico blocked a foul from Mascara and threw his mask to him for the DQ.
6) Súper Crazy b Felino [hair]
Crazy took 2/3. Tiger interfered to help his father in the third but it wasn’t enough.

Super Crazy/Felino is already on YouTube. Super Crazy says he wants to unmasked Tiger next. Hey, dream big.

It was a good weekend for crowds at shows. The Elite crowd seems better than usual. The Shocker/Pato Soria show drew well. Full results here, Estrellas del Ring has video of what turned out to be a three way main eventArena Neza drew well for Perros defeating Psycho Clown in a cage (a trophy, no masks or hair on the line.) Arena Coliseo Monterrey drew well for Cibernetico vs Rush vs Konnan Big (with Konnan Big winning by DQ.) The LuchaRama show seems to have gone well – Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Centviron/Latigo versus Mr. Leo/Metaleon.

Hijo de Dos Caras beat Ray Gonzalez in WWC with help from Konnan, so that feud must be going on. Rey Mysterio Jr. beat Mr. 450 in a non title match, and he’s returning to challenge for the title at some point too.

The full length F1/AAA commercial is now on YouTube.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had Cosmos and Super Estrellas as in studio guests.

Crazy Star talks about her career in lucha and her fascination with death.

There’s a proposal for a Blue Demon statue in Mexico City.

Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi next week, Casas takes out Super Parka this week

Fuijin walks the ropes
Fuijin walks the ropes

CMLL (FRI) 02/26/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Stukita
14:04. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo b Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón
15:48. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. b Boby Z, Kamaitachi, Okumura
14:29. Tecnicos took 2/3, including Dragon Lee beating Kamaitachi in the third fall.
4) Dalys b Marcela [lightning]
8:06. Dalys pinned Marcela while holding onto the ropes.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Mistico, Súper Parka, Volador Jr.
5:52. Rudos took 2/3. Negro Casas gave Super Parka a martinete (or at least attempted to), Volador tried to do the same to Casas, Tirantes broke it up, and Volador attacked him for the DQ. Parka was strechered out (maybe out of CMLL for the time being) and Volador angirly vowed to get revenge on Casas. Super Crazy came out afterwards to go back and forth with Felino about their hair match on Sunday.
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy DQ La Máscara, Rush, Vangellys
8:53. Tecnicos won in straight falls. Rush fouled Maximo in the first, then Maximo faked a foul in the second.

Third match was the best match on the show, though they tried to do a good job of building up the big Homenaje a Dos Leyendas matches on the rest of the show. The martinete spot looked poor.

In Tijuana, Rey Misterio Heredero defeated Nicho in the main event trios match, setting up a ladder match between the two. Nicho earlier suggested he’d quit if the newest Misterio beat him. Konnan previous said Nicho’s looking to get knee surgery at some point.

This week’s AAA TV reveals AAA has a new taping on 03/11 in Naucalpan. That replaces Tampico on the schedule and takes care of the missing TV weeks. The lineup for that show should be announced shortly. AAA is also hyping an announcement/partnership today with MexicoGP, an auto race held in the fall.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show has Guerrero Maya Jr. & the Panther against Tiger & Puma for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship. Tiger & Puma talk about the match here. A title change is possible; maybe the biggest reason there wouldn’t be is Fuijin and Rajin are clearly getting a shot at some point.

The LuchaRama shows have started by the time you read this, but the show is a marathon so you’ll still have plenty of matches to check it out. The full scheduled card is here.

Pro Wrestling Revolution also has a $10 iPPV/$15 iPPV+VOD tonight at 9pm, with Silver King & Juventud Guerrera.

Arena Neza has a Perros del Mal/Psycho Circus cage match tonight. The show is being billed at a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute.

Black Fire told DTU that his learned the style is different in England after his first match there, but there are plenty of people willing to help him adjust. Black Fire will be back in Germany on April 2nd, taking on Axel Dieter in WXW.

Aerostart has been added to WrestleCon.

Pentagon talks up his chances of winning in the Rey de Reyes block in Toluca, while Texano talks about the main event bull terrier match.

Plantilla Deportiva has interviews with Rush and Gran Apache.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 03/04/2016 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee [CMLL SL]
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

If Volador actually has a surprise, next week is probably the time for them to appear.

There was no announcement of Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee on last night’s show, but it’s nice to see it happening. Not sure Dragon Lee is winning it back; with all the matches building to Homenaje a Dos Leyendas last week, it’s possible the finish is more of the same.

Rey Escorpion is back, just in time to be Thunder’s replacement again.

Guessing the women’s title match is next week.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 

Monito!
Monito!

Recapped: 02/26/2014

What happened: Máximo outsmarted Rush in the main event to win in straight falls. Negro Casas gave Super Parka a tombstone (or tried to, anyway), and Volador attempted to do the same to Casas before it was broken out. Parka was stretchered out, and this came off as if it might be the last time we see him for a while. Both Dragon Lee and Dalys beat champions in what came off as the build up to title matches, but neither made challenges. The lineup given for next week suggested there isn’t a women’s title match planned (or they’re running two of them.)

What was good: Third match was the best match. I have a lot of stuff marked as OK, but it was all generally watchatble; the opener and the lightning matches are the ones most worth skipping.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on ClaroSports’ website (eventually, not yet.) I’ll have the show up Tuesday. It should air on Azteca on 03/26.

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great match roundup, week of 2016-02-13

This was supposed to get posted earlier this week but never went up. Oh well.

I feel like I overrated Puma/Pentagon. It’s a very low Great.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
great Prince Puma vs Pentagón Jr. Lucha Underground: 2016-02-17 2015-11-15
great Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
great Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
good Australian Suicide & Fireball vs Parka Negra & Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-13 2016-02-06
good Daga & Taya vs Bengala & Faby Apache and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Lady Shani for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship and in a Number One Contenders Match match AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-13 2016-02-06
good Asturiano, Robin, Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
good La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-13 2016-02-06
ok Arkalis & París vs El Malayo & King Jaguar CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
ok Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
ok Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
ok La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-15 2016-02-15
ok Astral, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
ok Delta, Fuego, Pegasso vs Nitro, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
ok Silueta vs Zeuxis in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
ok Carístico, Rey Cometa, Súper Porky vs Boby Z, Felino, Mr. Niebla CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
ok Chavo Guerrero Jr., Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco vs Angélico,Ivelisse, Son of Havoc Lucha Underground: 2016-02-17 2015-11-15
ok Joey Ryan vs Cage Lucha Underground: 2016-02-17 2015-11-15
ok Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
ok Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
below average Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-16 2016-02-16
below average Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-19 2016-02-19
watch later Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-14 2016-02-10

Maximo vs Rush & Volador vs Casas in trios tonight

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With CMLL announcing the Homenaje de Dos Leyendas lineup earlier this week, the next three Friday nights are kind of relegated to building up the matches we already know are happening. That starts tonight with Maximo teaming with Marco & Mascara Dorada versus Rush, La Mascara and Vangellys in tonight’s CMLL main event. This seemed like simply the first match between the former friends, but now it’s one of the few matches before Rush & Maximo meet in a hair match. Likewise, the semimain has Volador & Negro Casas on the opposite side of a trios match before their own hair match, with Super Parka, Mistico, Mr. Niebla & Felino.

CMLL’s not completely on autopilot for it’s big March show. Marcela and Dalys meet in a lightning match following up from last week’s Dalys trios win. A Dalys win would likely set up a title match next week. Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee continue to face off in trios before an inevitable title match in the tercera. Fujin and Raijin make their first appearance as a team on a streaming show in the segunda. And the minis match will have Demus dropping someone on their head again.

Full CMLL preview is here. Show starts at 8:30pm CT and will air on ClaroSports.

Lucha Underground is coming to France’s Action channel according to this magazine scan. Start date is not listed.

Drago has been added to WrestleCon.

Ex-Nerd Tony appears to now be Tony “Iron” Ortiz.

Black Terry Jr. has an updated list of videos he’s selling.

RobViper has a music video of CMLL 8/14/15

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa. Zeuxis did post her US itinerary: 03/11 in New Jersey, 03/12 in Connecticut & Brooklyn, 03/13 in Philadelphia, 03/18 in Indianapolis and 03/20 in Chicago. This sounds like the Hijo del Fishman/Canek Jr./Super Comando loop, and they got more info out as they got closer to the show. There’s also a new news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Terry, Chico Che, Dr. Cerebro vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco

Proyecto Suplex writes about Virus versus Dr. Cerebro.

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 27th

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This list is getting gigantic and unwieldy. I’ll have to rethink it soon.

I’ve added the CMLL MegaSports show, mostly just to force me to remember the Tuesday shows are no longer airing ClaroSports TV. I think the Friday shows are – there’s not much else that could be, but I’m not sure.

AAA has aired the even number matches of their tapings on the first week so far this year, so I’m guessing both Rey de Reyes matches air this week. That doesn’t sound right, but a guess is a guess.

Both CMLL on Claro (Friday) and CMLL Puebla (Monday) have women’s lightning matches. Two in one week is a rarity.

Lucha Underground is a three match show this week, which should help the two big matches get plenty of time.

03/23 AAA TV Lineup (2016 Rey de Reyes)

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Rey de Reyes
AAA TV (WED) 03/23/2016 Plaza de Toros Monumental El Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
Rey de Reyes 2016
1) ?, Faby Apache, Máscarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taurus, Taya
2) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro [AAA TRIOS]
first defense
3) Averno & Chessman © vs Daga & Joe Lider and Australian Suicide & Jack Evans [TLC, AAA TAG]
first defense
4) Blue Demon vs Villano IV, La Parka, ? [AAA Rey de Reyes]
final participant will be determined on the Toluca TV taping.
5) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) El Mesías vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]

Air Date: maybe 03/26 and 04/02?

It happened again. 2016 Rey de Reyes, like 2015 Guerra de Titanes, was announced for Tampico and then pushed to the next TV taping instead. This time, the next TV taping was a few days later. San Luis Potosi’s show moves from Auditorio Miguel Barragan to the 7000 seat bullring.

I don’t think we’ll see another show announced in Tampico any time soon. I also tend to believe this is not AAA’s fault (except maybe for giving it a second try.) There’s only been one other lucha libre show known to be scheduled in Tampico this year, a CMLL show that was quietly canceled and moved to Queretaro. You have to go back to November to find a show, in what had been a pretty active area for indie lucha. It’s also been an active area for cartel activity this decade, and my educated guess is the violence has made it unsafe to run a show in the city. It certainly would explain why AAA hasn’t wanted to talk about the cancellations. Maybe they’ll give it another try again later, but it seems like it’s not working.

It also would explain why AAA had another TV taping scheduled soon after a major show. It doesn’t quite fit their pattern, they only do that with the Hard Rock resort shows, but perhaps this was a little bit of insurance in case Tampico fell thru again. It does still leave them a TV gap. AAA can (and probably will) add another match to the Toluca taping next week to stretch it for an extra week of TV, but would still either need to air this show on Saturday (a quicker turnaround than usual) or make up a TV week anyway. This SLP event was is scheduled to have a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute element, and perhaps that’s done in a different way to also account for the missing week of TV.

A Wednesday night show is doubtful to be a PPV and unlikely to be an iPPV either. Again, I’d prefer to see it live, but it’ll turn up on TV rather quick anyway.

The local promoters seem to have known of this change for maybe just 24 hours. They were still promoting the normal TV taping on Tuesday, then started vaguely promoting a big event at the bullring on Wednesday night. Wednesday is all big AAA decisions seem to be announced, so they can be part of that week’s TV show. They were just waiting for the actual poster to announce it today. (The whole Wednesday TV thing is why getting this show on TV in time is going to be tricky.)

I guess I should talk about the matches! Rey de Reyes looks not far different from Guerra de Titanes: the same three titles which were on in play will be on the line again on this show. I kind of like the idea of focusing on a few titles, rather than having them disappearing for half a year. I’m not sure these are the ones I would’ve picked, but better than nothing.

Mesias has not been on a taping since he won the main event title shot and maybe turned tecnico. Neither has Texano. They’ve had them on NotiAAA to do promos, but this is the strangest build to a main event title match I can recall. They’ll both be on the Toluca show – which now will air BEFORE Rey de Reyes and becomes relevant – but they’ve been lost in the mix and a couple of disconnected matches isn’t going to make this feud click. Especially when both characters were coming into cold. I advocated for the Rey de Reyes tournament to double as a AAA Heavyweight Championship Tournament this year as a way to make both more meaningful. What didn’t occur to me, but seems obvious in retrospect, is doing the title tournament and Rey de Reyes separately meant one was going to be pushed into the background. The Rey de Reyes has a higher volume of matches, so the Heavyweight title was always going to be stuck in the background. As is, Mesias/Texano, the titular main event for the biggest championship in AAA, is either the fourth or fifth most important feeling match on the show.

Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner is not for Psycho’s Latin American championship, but Psycho probably has the same chance of winning with or without a title on the line. (It’s not a good chance.) This’ll be interesting to see how well they mesh and what direction they head next – a longer Wagner/Psycho feud probably helps Psycho, but I’m not convinced that’s the direction until it happens.

Fenix, Pentagon, Fantasma and ??? are in the Toluca Group. Fenix has a spot, and the ??? is probably booked in the opener. That means either Fantasma or Pentagon is sitting this show out. Comedy voting schemes aside, I tend to believe Pentagon is advancing to the Rey de Reyes final and has a half decent of winning: all the effort they had for him with the Mixed tag title storyline makes more sense the context of bigger plans. It would require AAA’s impression of Pentagon to have greatly changed in the last few months, but going thru those three guys to win the Rey de Reyes would be the perfect way to start to move Pentagon up. (Giving the Perros a big win on this show makes sense.) That leaves Fantasma as off the side, weirdly.

The TLC is usual AAA show randomness and there’s no real reason for the two challenging teams to be getting a title shot, but at least there’s feuds between the people involved. Joe Lider doesn’t like Averno & Chessman, Daga doesn’t like Suicide, Jack Evans doesn’t like three way matches. This will be something, something probably involving really cheap looking ladders. Angelico’s knee is going to appreciate being in Europe.

Trios title match should be good! (Really, everything but the Rey de Reyes final should be OK to much better than OK.) I am a big fan of the challengers, but would understand the champions keeping the titles to give someone momentum. This feels like the title less likely to change of the two.

I hope I live long enough to see another AAA major show without a Relevos AAA atomicos opener, but I fear I may not. Everyone involved seems like perfectly wonderful people and I wish them much health and prosperity, but I don’t want to see that match any more. Please stop. (The underlining issue is AAA won’t book more than six matches on these shows, so they’re keep needing to do that match to get everyone represented instead of doing actual different matches.)

Next taping makes sense as being on the 04/03 weekend, but, uh, that may not be a great day to run a show. AAA people are announced as appearing in Dallas on 04/01 and 04/02. Your guess is as good as mine.