AAA TV (FRI) 07/10/2015Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla [@FlyDeportes , AAA, Cinco Radio]
1) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown Pimpi beat Charly.
2) Goya Kong & Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava & Taya Valkyrie Goya Kong was the mystery luchadora, is now 2-0 in AAA. Hamburugesa splash on Carta Brava.
3) Fireball & Ludxor b Daga & Steve Pain Ludxor replaced Argenis. Fireball (Flamita) was the surprise luchador. Fireball beat Steve Pain with a Spanish Fly, and Pain was stretched out.
4) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Electroshock & Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Australian Suicide & Jack Evans Cuervo beat Jack.
5) Aerostar, Drago Argenis, Myzteziz DQ Averno, Chessman, Cibernético Argenis replaced Drago. Myzteziz had La Mistica on Chessman, but Avenro pulled off his mask.
6) Brian Cage b El Patrón Alberto, El Mesías [bull terrier] Cage powerbombed Alberto thru dry wall, then touched four corners to win. Cage covered Alberto up with the American flag, and Cage challenged Alberto to hair versus hair. Alberto later accepted.
Even with that match set, Averno is still hassling Myzteziz. Secta versus Jack & Angelico is still going, and that one could actually be another TripleMania match. (They did a cage match, maybe they do a ladder match? If only they had something to hang up there.)
The Fireball thing is weird. It suggests AAA has larger plans for him than the Belial/Arez level guys who turned up earlier this year, because they’ve gone thru the effort of introducing him with a name AAA will own. (He was still wearing his Flamita gear, so the naming wasn’t any more than that.) I’m sure what it means long term. AAA wanted to bring back Flamita for at least a year, Flamita’s was still said to be going back to Dragon Gate in September at last report, so this might just be a couple shows. CMLL has appeared not to object to their luchadors wrestling those who’ve appeared just once or a few times on AAA TV tapings this year, but they’re also completely inconsistent about those things. Maybe the Flamita/Dragon Lee match in Veracruz happens (help by being a small enough town that no one will know if it does happen), but it’s probably a good thing for CaraLucha that they went to Volador/Flamita right away.
There is no next announced taping until TripleMania. It’d be a four week break as currently scheduled, so the guess is something gets announced today on TV to take place in a couple weeks.
CMLL (FRI) 07/10/2015Arena México [@therealfredo, @TKD_117, CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espiritu Negro b Magnus & Sensei Sensei blow out his knee in the second fall, leaving Magnus 1 on 2 for the loss.
2) Dalys b Dark Angel, Silueta, Estrellita, Amapola, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, La Vaquerita, Zeuxis, Skadi, Tiffany, La Seductora [cibernetico] celebrating the 10th anniversary of the restarted women’s division. Goya Kong was originally announced for the match, Skadi replaced her after Goya jumped to AAA. A longer than usual battle royal determined sides (Amapola/Dark Angel/Silueta/Tiffany/Vaquerita/Sugehit vs Zeuxis/Skadi/Dalys/Marcela/Seductora/Estrellita). Eliminations: Skadi (by Silueta), Vaquerita (by Zeuxis), Tiffany (Seductora), Estrellita (Silueta), Zeuxis (Dark Angel), Tiffany (Marcela), Estrellita (Amapola), Marcela & Sugehit double elimination, Amapola (Dalys), Dark Angel (Dalys) leaving Dalys as the winner.
3) Delta b Flyer [En Busca de un Idolo] Delta used a Buca Storm for the win. Rey Bucanero was the guest judge. Delta score a 6, 6, 6, 6 for a 24. Flyer scored a 6, 6, 6, 5 for 23.
4) Boby Zavala DCOR Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo] Both fought outside for the double countout. Zavala scored a 6, 6, 5, 10 for 27, his lowest score so far. Canelo scored a 6, 6, 5, 7 for a 24.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. DQ La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles] Polvora and Dragon Rojo ran in for the DQ. Softening up UG took priority over winning the match.
Current En Busca standings:
BP Jr. 218*
Those are the En Busca de un Idolo results you’d book if you were still hoping Esfinge advances. An Esfinge win over Disturbio will vault him over both – at least until the next poll comes in. Fan vote is going to ultimate determine the top four, as it seems to every year.
Didn’t see any of Terra, but it sounded like Delta/Flyer was the only one worth watching. I have video of the first two matches, but something was off on the frame rate and it’s really annoying to watch. I’d suspect the women’s match will turn up on Azteca in some cut down form.
The Queretaro All Elite show was canceled. Octagon and Mistico took to Twitter to blame the local promoter (not All Elite, but those they were working with) for not being able to pay the talent.
CMLL (FRI) 07/17/2015Arena México Sin Salida, 2015
1) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Delta vs Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Esfinge vs Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
7) Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión [hair]
It’s more names than usual, but really only in that they have normal tercera guys working in the opener. Semimain is Ingobernables versus tecnicos, which they don’t do a lot, but that’s not much help. The better En Busca de un Idolo matches – Flyer & Guerrero Maya and Disturbio & Boby Zavala – will be on the following Tuesday. It’s also likely the four guys on this show are the four guys eliminated from the tournament after this week.
CMLL AULL (SAT) 08/01/2015Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo vs Gato Montes & Rey Infierno
2) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento vs Dante, Euro, Filder, Herejía
3) Flamita, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Holkan, Mike Segura, Sádico
4) Hechicero, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
5) LA Park & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Pagano
Pagano continues to be on every Mexico City area show. That’s a weird semimain.
This news came as a surprise! We’ve been speculating about what AAA would do for TripleMania for months, noting that none of the ongoing feuds really felt big enough to headline the biggest show of the year. AAA’s instead put forward one match which needs no build.
Rey Mysterio and Myzteziz are two of the biggest stars in the history of lucha libre and never before had a singles match. WWE intended to build to a match between the two at WrestleMania multiple times, but it always fell apart due to timing or injuries. (There was a planned attention grabbing tie in to set a made up record of most people wearing masks at one time that drove the idea.) AAA will finally be able to put the dream match together.
That match will draw well as a main event. Alberto/Cage, in a stip match, works fine as a semimain underneath that main event. AAA doesn’t really need a lot more.
It’s Friday, and the biggest news might actually come from AAA. Dorian Roldan teased an announcement today of a dream match. It’s unclear when or how that announcement will come, but the best bet is part of the TV taping tonight in Puebla. It’s the only remaining announced taping prior to TripleMania, it’s the last TV which will air before TripleMania – if AAA actually has a main event for this year’s event, it’s announced tonight. Given Dorian’s post, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
My underinformed hunch is AAA’s doing the Myzteziz/Averno apuesta match CMLL never ran. Those two meet follow up their singles match (and Averno’s win) on last week’s taping with a trios match in the semimain tonight. There’s nothing else on the card that immediately suggests dream match. The actual main event is Alberto versus Brian Cage versus El Mesias in an odd three way bull terrier match, which might be the first chain match for Cage & Alberto. Those two also might set up a TripleMania match; this is the last chance to really do all the work on the main matches.
A press conference earlier this week confirmed Goya Kong will be the mystery luchadora in the second match (teaming with Nino Hamburguesa versus Carta Brava & Taya Valkyrie.) The mystery man in the tercera – Daga & Steve Pain versus Argenis and whoever – is still unrevealed. Flamita doesn’t seem to be booked anywhere tonight. Neither does Laredo Kid.
Today’s CMLL show is the final Friday night before Sin Salida. Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Escorpion main event in a trios match prior to their hair match. Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, Volador Jr. will face La Sombra, Rey Escorpion, Thunder in the strange partners main event. CMLL still hasn’t announced any other matches for next week, so it’s possible something else will be derived from that main event, or from the Bufete del Amor versus Peste Negra semimain.
We do know there will be two En Busca de un Idolo matches next week. This week will be round six of the first round, with two same band matches where one luchador’s fate is set and the other is very much in question. Boby Zavala is advancing to the second round, but Canelo Casas needs a win and good marks from the judges. Despite his rep, Canelo has actually been getting both of those up to this point; Canelo would be third in the competition if not for the fan vote. Delta is not going to advance, but his tecnico opponent Flyer just might. He’s been the opposite of Casas, with the worst win/loss record in the competition and by far the worst judging marks, but his recent surge in fan voting looks like it may carry him into the second round. Flyer’s status may be a question mark: he crashed and burned badly on a dive Tuesday, barely was able to continue, and today was pulled off next Tuesday’s show. No one’s yet missed a match due to injury in the four years of the En Busca de un Idolo, though some guys have definitely wrestled thru matches they might otherwise take off. Flyer may simply getting rested on Tuesday or Molotov may be getting a makeup booking, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
AAA is the first half of a double taping, so your guess is as good as mine about what will air. Thinking there might some backstage skits too. This would also be the week they announce any other taping between now and TripleMania.
The Lucha Underground lineup is incomplete. One of the matches was taped twice, with it bleeding into a bonus match on the second. Also, by the start of the following episode (37), all of the 7 Azteca Medallions are handed out, but we only know of six Aztec Medallion matches. We know who has the seventh – we just don’t know if they got in a match I forgot to write down or by other means. The show will also include a Prince Puma/Mil Muertes face off (and that might have also been taped twice.)
The CMLL relevos increibles are usually pretty good, so Azteca might be fun the next couple of weeks.
There were no reports of the AULL show, so I’m not sure if it happened. Rerun if it didn’t.
FULL runs out of TV after this week. Maybe they’re taping on their Monterrey show?
CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Évola & Exterminador b El Tapatío & Metatrón
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico b Gallo, Magnus, Starman Gallo replaced Vaquero Jr. Arkangel beat Starman.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia Zeuxis replaced Comandante (still in Japan.) Amapola beat Estrellita.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón b Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno Titan & Maya beat Hechiceor & Luciferno in the third fall.
5) Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible b Atlantis, La Máscara,Máximo Escorpion beat Maximo clean, demanded a title shot.
So much for Vaquero Jr.’s debut. Wish we got to see the semimain.
IWRG FILL (WED) 07/08/2015Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG] 1) Demonio Imperial, La Teniente, Skanda b Blue Metal, Canario, Vardeus 2) Guerrero 2000, Magnum 44, Troll b Blue Monsther, Hijo del Alebrije, Voltar 3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Electro Boy, Picudo Jr. b Dragon Fly, Kanon, Super Jack Apolo Estrada Jr. replaced Arana de Plata. 4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star b Aeroman, Matrix Jr., Power Bull One of Eterno’s team (Aramis, Alas de Acero & Atomic Star) was hurt, so Black Terry asked Matrix Jr. to sit out to make it 2vs2 5) Atomic Fly, Espada De Plata, Flyer Star, Kesier Dragon, Skiller, Toxin Boy, Wason, Yoruba b Brazo Cibernetico, Caballero De Plata, Dr. Letal, Maquiavélico, Meteoro, Solaris, Sonic, Voraz[Copa High Power] Gym Zeuz (Toxin Boy) vs Gym Hip Hop (Voraz). Match came down to Toxin Boy & Voraz. 911 fouled Voraze to set up the win, though the recap notes Hip Hop Man had interfered earlier.
Lucha Underground show runner Erik Van Wagenen appeared on Steve Austin’s podcast today. Van Wagenen also ran the Tough Enough with Steve Austin, so that’s the connection. There’s so much good Lucha Underground stuff on this show that you really should listen to it yourself. He’s asked about season 2 and I transcribed the answer. It boils down to still waiting for that phone call telling him the money they need has been approved. They do have a deal in place with El Rey for 40 episodes, even a provisional return date in October, but there’s a gap between the money they’ve got currently and what they need to do the next 40 episodes like they’ve done the last 39. Details of note: El Rey is probably only chipping in a little bit but that bit is approved, it’s sounds possible they could do the show with what they currently have but it would have to be scaled back (to the point of not feeling like Lucha Underground season 1), and it’s United Artist Media, many levels above the show, who’s probably negotiating the deals for the show on their behalf. My read of the situation, completely biased by what I’ve heard elsewhere, is they’re thinking getting on Televisa in Mexico would bridge that funding gap. (He mentions a potential audience of 10-20 million if they could get the show into Latin America.) At the same time, Van Wagenen says any and all options are on the table.
I’ve got pages of notes on this, and don’t want to just list of everything that’s said. There was an answer about the goals of the promotion – which paints the show as something not intended to go on tour, but to get to the people in other media ways. There’s a discussion about merchandise, and the lack there off. Van Wagenen sounds as frustrated about this as much as everyone on this side of the screen, and tries to explain it by the small staff (only 5 people working on the show right now) and a system not used to selling merchandise and not really expecting the demand. I’ve guessed before that the merchandise has been slow out because they want to sell those rights to help fund the production; that doesn’t seem to be an issue here, but he did mention merchandising as something they were trying to bridge the gap.
Some of the best stories surrounded those first tapings. If you were following it then, there was a lot of drama about the contracts, with indie wrestlers concerned they’d be bound to a promotion that would never get off the ground. (Early on, Van Wagenen notes that building trust was the hardest part of the job.) One of the reasons the ex-Tough Enough crew – Marty the Moth, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse – ended up aboard is Van Wagenen had that relationship with them from the previous show and called them up to recruit them personally. It took some work even with that, where Havoc wasn’t thrilled with how his time on that show ended (and more so when his early role was losing to everyone) and Ivelisse voiced objections when she didn’t like her character’s storyline. Fenix, Drago and Pentagon getting stopped at the border 24 hours before the show threw everything into chaos. They had six scripts completed, and had to throw them out. Prince Puma versus Johnny Mundo, which made the first episode work, was thrown together and Mundo signed his contract only 30 minutes before he walked to the ring. Wrestlers and staff argued about why they were doing different things a lot early on (a lot of trust issues) but, when the first episode finally got on air, everyone got what they were doing and how it worked together and it’s been much smoother.
ChilangaMask announced the first match for it’s 08/16 Naucalpan show: Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Guerrero Maya Sr.! I think neither man will be wearing much of their mask by the end of that match.
Konnan Big’s injuries include an internal hematoma, a concussion, 10 stitches around his right eye, and other injuries to his spine and knee.
CMLL has a quick interview with Star Jr., listing the injury which had kept him out for three months as a fracture of the right hand middle finger.
Diamante, as that name, is back in Coliseo Coacalco this Sunday, so he’s back in Mexico City to look for work. I still can not grasp Diamante was As Charro (and As Jr.), and I keep waiting for someone to explain how I’ve got it wrong.