AAA to debut on El Rey on October 8

Not kidding.

El Rey held a press conference as part of the summer Television Critics Association press tour. Among the announcements was a new Wednesday night of “original unscripted content”, to start on October 8th. AAA is one of two hours of programming.

The title of the show is “Lucha: Uprising”, though it’s noted in the press release to be a working title. (It’s not far off the name Pro Wrestling Revolution uses for their TV show.) There’s no mention of how many episodes, while the companion show (about eccentric barbers) is listed for an eight episode run. Here’s the blurb in that press release

Long a fan of Lucha Libre, a Mexican franchise that has an 85% market share on television, El Rey is banking on American television viewers being drawn in by the high-flying antics and colorful world of freestyle wrestling.  Each week “Lucha: Uprising” (WT) will bring drama, excitement and action as the masked heroes and villains battle it out in the ring for wrestling supremacy.  The weekly, one-hour series from the producers One Three Media serves as a foundation for a new sports entertainment business, with which Burnett has partnered with El Rey Network, its founder, Robert Rodriguez, Lucha Libre AAA, FactoryMade Ventures and Antonio Cue Sanchez-Navarro.

I don’t know where 85% of market share comes from but I really would like to know.

There’s not much else new here, not even an air time. Still, finally getting a start date for the show is a pretty big deal. This seems to point even stronger towards AAA will starting taping on this show right after TripleMania. AAA won’t need to tape again in Mexico for nearly a month and they’ll be able to completely focus on the US. (Some may suggest they’ve already pretty much been focusing on the US and that’s why the Mexico product has been doing a lot of coasting this year.)

Being on Wednesday is pretty important too. There’s wrestling programs on every other day week, but this gives AAA a night to themselves. That’s a good start.

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IWRG, Steve Pain, Pequeno Warrior

IWRG (WED) 07/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG Facebook]
1) Electro Boy b Vampiro Metálico II
2) Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog b Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
3) Rayan & Spartan b Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo
main show debuts for the Payasos, who promptly lost in straight falls.
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Metaleon DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
Tecnicos took 2/3. Dibalo fouled Golden Magic in the third, which went undetected by one referee but was belatedly caught by the other.
5) Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno DQ Canis Lupus, Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera [lumberjack strap]
Apolo ran in and fouled Veneno, but again a ref figured it out after the fact.

Way to run the same surprise finish twice in a row.

Steve Pain says he’s going to win the Cruiserweight championship at TripleMania if he gets a chance, figuring it’s all good as long as the the title stays with a member of Anarquia. (Daga’s plan to add his buddies was really kind of dumb.) Pain mentions in the interview that it’s possible more luchadors will be added to that match.

Pequeno Warrior was interviewed on Tercera Caida, looking for indy bookings. The after the show video is here. Pequeno Warrior mentions he’s available to be booked as Mini Psicosis or Mini Winners too. We’ve never heard him being associated with the later name before. There was a Mini Winners in 1992-1993 AAA who never made TV, though Pequeno Warrior has said he only started wrestling in 1995. That name popped back up in 2006 (when he was just about done with AAA) and 2008 (when he was starting in CMLL.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa (which you can see here) and KrisZ’s news update. In addition to the press conference info, CMLL Informa mentioned that the plan is to start uploading the non-televised Tuesday lightning matches and link to it on CMLL’s video page, and JCR said Thunder was still with CMLL but recovering from an undisclosed injury in Australia. Even if that’s not a cover story, I would be surprised if Thunder’s seen again.

Segunda Caida adds the En Busca de un Idolo trios to their best of the year list.

Dragon Azteca, a luchador for Salamanca, is in a coma after banging his head on the floor. The promotion is running a benefit for his hospital expensive. The link includes a clip of the incident.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches some recent lucha.


IWRG (SUN) 07/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ciclon Black & Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Látigo & Metaleon vs Anubis Black & Hijo De La Bestia
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Veneno vs Relámpago, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Diva Salvaje, Súper Nova, Toscano vs Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, X-Fly
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada vs Demon Clown & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

So they are running Sunday, but not with any match I’d like to see. And I have no idea what’s going on in the tercera. Is Veneno a rudo? Is Relampago?

great match roundup, week of 2014-06-21

Great/Excellent matches

AAA on Televisa: 2014-06-21
taped 2014-06-07 @ Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
Aerostar, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Súper Fly: GREAT.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-21
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-21
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-06-21

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-06-22
taped 2014-06-09 @ Arena Puebla
La Sombra vs Shocker:


CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-06-14


taped 2014-06-06 @ Arena México
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07/27 AAA TV Lineup (Ecatepec)

AAA TV (SUN) 07/27/2014 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Eterno & Steve Pain and Sensacional Carlitos & Tommy Diablo
4) Australian Suicide, Drago, Fénix vs Daga, Dark Cuervo, Pentagón Jr.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Zorro
6) Electroshock, La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, Black Warrior, Chessman

Air Date: 08/02 and 08/09. That pushes Teziutlan to 08/16 and TripleMania takes over from there and everything makes sense now. I’m relieved.

That also means that anything left which needs to be set up for TripleMania ought to be set up here, and there does seem to be a decent amount of stuff left. That main event should be busy.

Tommy Diablo is from Puerto Rico’s WWC and Carlitos was last seen there. I have no idea if they are good or bad, but there are probably people who are reading this who can give their opinions in the comments. They’re a random inclusion at this point. The match should be good with or without them, but it would only make sense to debut them here if they also had some role on TripleMania.

Fourth match could be very good and the minis match has a strong chance as well. Semimain continues Texano/Psycho, second has Taya/Faby.

Oddly enough, there was already a show promoted for that building on that day. It probably got booted to a different date or canceled altogether. Emo Extreme is going to be even more Emo.


CMLL Juicio Final 2014: Casas vs Rush, women’s double apuesta match

The main event for August 1st CMLL Juicio Final event will be the long awaited Negro Casas versus Rush hair vs hair match. The two agreed to the match last year but (in storyline and maybe real life) CMLL could never decided when to do the match. Rush, Casas and CMLL agreed to the date today.

It’ll be a night of (at least) two hair cuts and one mask being lost. The main event apuesta match will be joined by a tag team women’s double apuesta match. Rudas Princesa Blanca (hair) & La Seductora (mask) will face tecnicas Marcela (hair) & Princesa Sugeheit (mask). Both losing team members will lose their hair and mask and Princesa Blanca also vowed she’d retire if she lost this match.

This press conference will air (or at least be discussed) on CMLL Informa at 5pm tonight on

Tickets go on sale 07/14. The matches from this event should air on Fox Sports 2 Mexico on August 9th and in the US on Azteca on August 16th.

Rush is the heavy favorite to defeat Negro Casas, but that may be one of the best matches of the year. Blanca & Seductora are heavy underdogs in their match despite being the rudas.

Other news mentioned at the press conference.
– Cavernario will get a spot on the FantasticaMania 2015 tour for winning En Busca de un Idolo, and will get a shot at a welterweight title. CMLL has three Welterweight titles, somehow, but this is easy enough to figure out. Mistico’s (CMLL champ) still hurt, so that means the title shot is either against Sombra (NWA) or Titan (National) and they’ve already set Cavernario up against Titan. Mistico/Cavernario would’ve been frustrating. Edit: CMLL’s news update confirms it’s Titan vs Cavernario.

– Dragon Rojo has left the Revolucionarios after having problems with them the last few weeks and has joined the tecnico side. That means Sunday’s Arena Mexico main event will be a peculiar tecnico vs tecnico match with Rojo and Volador Jr.

– Marcela, Estrellita and Sileuta are headed to Japan (for REINA in August.)

– Diamante Azul is said to be vacationing taking a three week tour of France.

Polvora vs Dragon Rojo, Mascara vs Shocker

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/08/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Akuma & Cholo
2) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Star Jr. DQ Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Rudos were DQed with Metalico took Oro Jr.’s mask again.
4) Puma b Black Panther [lightning]
Puma won with a foul.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Blue Panther, Cachorro, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Pólvora
Polvora replaced Rey Escorpion (out a week with a stinger) on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3. Polvora and Dragon Rojo had all sorts of problem and were fighting each other after the mask, with Polvora taking Dragon Rojo’s mask.

Dragon Rojo continues to be sad and confused on Twitter. He’s like anyone else trying to understand CMLL programming. (Juicio Final announcement today.)

The semimain repeats next week, so Cavernario’s title match may be ending up against Titan.

Great moments in the CMLL press department: the recap lists the rudos as winning the third, right above a picture of Tirantes raising Oro Jr.’s arm. (Trust the Twitter account.)

In addition to the Rey Escorpion injury noted above, states Pequeno Violencia will need surgery after tearing his patellar tendon last week. That recovery can take six months, so he may not be back until 2015. That leaves CMLL with only six healthy rudo minis: Pierrothito, Pequeno Olimpico, Pequeno Nitro, Demus 3:16, Mercurio and a very part time Pequeno Universo. They were probably bringing in someone to take Pequeno Warrior’s spot, and now definitely will.

CMLL (TUE) 07/08/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Metatrón & Virgo b Ráfaga & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Gallo & Leo b Artillero & Súper Comando
Gallo replaced Esfinge (double booked). Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca b Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker
Rudos took 1/3, Zavala pulling Sky Kid’s mask to set up the win.
4) Máximo, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth
Ephesto replaced Polvora on Monday. Super Porky replaced Diamante Azul with no announcement. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Indeseables took falls 1/3, La Mascara sneaking in a foul on Shocker.

Where do you think Diamante Azul went this year? I’m thinking World Cup. Meanwhile, I’m going to recap a Shocker versus La Mascara match in a few weeks. Some people make better decisions than others.

El Rey Network, a new cable network in the US, posted a lucha libre teaser on Twitter yesterday. What could it mean? Oh, right, that thing we all know it means. My hunch has been we’d get more firm info from the network on the AAA show sometime after the World Cup, and the World Cup ends this weekend. This teaser suggests they’re at least going to start talking about it soon.

AAA posted the minis and Pentagon Jr. dark matches from Queretaro on their YouTube channel.

LuchaMania Monterrey has a review of the LuchaMania Monterrey show (which they had an outsider actually write.)

Rob has highlights of 04/18/14 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews the disappointing En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico and Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Virus vs Olímpico, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero.

R de Rudo has a video interview with Los Nerds.


CMLL (TUE) 07/15/2014 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Inquisidor & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Rebelde, Hooligan, Metálico
3) Dragon Lee, Sagrado, Starman vs Okumura, Skándalo, Virus
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kamaitachi [lightning]
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
6) Cavernario, Euforia, Mr. Niebla vs Máximo, Titán, Valiente

Titan/Cavernario and maybe Euforia/Valiente continue their feuds. Maximo and Niebla continue their affair.

Vangellys is not quite Negro Casas but semimain should still be good. 2/3/4 al have chances.

CMLL (TUE) 07/15/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & El Divino vs Acertijo & Magnum
2) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga
3) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) La Máscara vs Shocker

Mascara Dorada returns! Maybe.

Maybe, after all this time, Mascara will be great and totally change my opinion on him. (It’s more unlikely than 7-1.)

Tercera is a rematch.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-14


taped 2014-06-10 @ Arena México
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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-14


taped 2014-06-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

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08/06 AAA TV Lineup (Teziutlan)



AAA (WED) 08/06/2014 Plaza de Toros El Pinal, Teziutlan, Puebla
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
2) Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Demon Rocker, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taya Valkyrie
3) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Súper Fly
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain
5) Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Black Warrior, Texano Jr.

Air Date: 08/09 – which means they’ll have to tape again before TripleMania? Which is a surprise because why not just make this two tapings and focus on the major show the next 11 days? Maybe there’s just another taping soon after?

Again, there’s something weird with the schedule. AAA taped three weeks of TV between Xalapa and the Hard Rock Hotel show, and there’s four weeks of TV. I guess they’re being pre-empted one week? Or there’s another taping in between to be announced? Or Mytzteziz won’t have his match announced on screen until 8 days before TripleMania unless they insert something? It’s all very strange, but AAA’s going to go four weeks without a taping unless another is announced.

This show is not strange. Third and fourth matches should be really good and other matches have chances. There doesn’t seem to be much news here – Texano and Psycho continue facing off, as do Aerostar and Super Fly and Faby and Taya – but it could still be a good matches.

Next taping is TripleMania?

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