Roldan, the brother in law of AAA founder Antonio Peña, had been involved with AAA for about 20 years. He was a lawyer and worked in that role in his first years in the promotion. Roldan took over operation of the promotion when Peña suffered an illness and passed away in 2007 2006. Joaquin, his wife Marisela (Peña’s sister) and their son Dorian became the public face of the promotion in Antonio Peña’s absence. (Joaquin is also survived by a daughter who’s helped with AAA but in a less public role.) It’s believed Marislea was given ownership of AAA by her brother, but Joaquin was person running the promotion due to social norms of Mexico. Joaquin may have had the most power of the family members, but it seemed like the big decisions were things the family made as a unit.
Joaquin Roldan is also one of the people responsible for Lucha Underground existing. He owns some part of the promotion, and is visible sitting in the crowd on the first few tapings.
Joaquin Roldan was also the onscreen face authority figure for many years, feuding with Dorian Roldan & Konnan constantly. The rudos were always kept strong for the perennial blow-off down the line, so Joaquin was often outmaneuvered by his opponents between a few victories. Roldan broke his nose when he was tripped into a turnbuckle at one TripleMania, was tricked into having his head shaved at another TripleMania, vowed La Sociedad would be gone forever from AAA really soon a few times. Roldan didn’t seem comfortable in his role at first, but grew to like it and improved in the role. He appeared much less in that role the last couple years, with AAA dropping the feuding family members after Konnan left the company. Marisela continued to sit in the front row as the face of AAA, and Joaquin appeared to be backstage helping run the TV tapings.
Joaquin had not been seen at AAA events as much in recent months. He was at the Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner contract signing press conference, and was part of the remembrance of Chavo Guerrero Senior. I’m not sure if he had been at the La Llave de la Gloria tryouts or the work AAA did on the movie, but those all fell under the idea of “new projects” that Dorian would be leading on. There was no outward sign something was wrong, but now I look back at Joaquin looking a little thinner and tired at that contract signing and wonder if wasn’t because it was a trying week, but because of health issues. (Plantilla Deportiva says a source has told them Joaquin died of cancer, which would certainly fit. Edit: Arturo Rivera also said it was cancer.) Joaquin was put in AAA’s Hall of Fame last year at TripleMania by Marisela & Dorian, something that seemed a little tone deaf at the time. Maybe they knew, and wanted to make sure he had a moment of recognition.
The Roldans are holding a wake for Joaquin Roldan today at the Capilla de Gayosso funeral home in Mexico City.
Angel de Oro won the 2017 Reyes del Aire (29:44, great)
taped on Arena México at 04/07/2017
06:14 Volador backcracker Luciferno
10:15 Cavernario mammoth dropkick Titan
12:01 Máximo rope walking plancha Gran Guerrero
14:32 Hechicero cradle Dragon Lee
14:32 Volador quebrada Mephisto
17:39 La Mascara double knee smash Valiente
18:22 Mistico Mistica on Cavernario
19:57 Hechicero conjuro Maixmo
20:25 Carístico Carsitica La Mascara
21:41 Volador backcracker Hechicero
23:41 Euforia Soberana Carístico
24:15 Niebla Roja middle Furia Roja Mistico
24:47 Volador top rope headscissors Niebla Roja
29:35 Euforia Soberana Volador
29:44 Angel de Oro mecedora Euforia
Angel de Oro won the 2017 Reyes del Aire. Yes, Angel de Oro. For the third time. He submitted Euforia a second after Euforia submitted Volador.
Carístico and Volador got into a fight with each other during the match, with Mistico trying to play peacemaker. Niebla Roja and the Guerreros didn’t seem to be friendly, but Roja otherwise fought as normal rudo. (The match had been billed as having a battle royal, but they cut it out.)
Atlantis submitted Último Guerrero in the semifinal and challenged for a NWA Middleweight Championship match next week. UG accepted.
Sam Adonis defeated Rey Cometa, using the ropes to get the pin.
CMLL announced a Copa Junior Nuevo Valores would begin next week.
Skadi replaced Sanely in the women’s match.
The main event had some incredible stretches of action, sequences as good as they’ve done in any one of these crazy ciberneticos. The pace was incredible most of the way and very compelling; I couldn’t find time to make any notes beyond keeping track of eliminations because I didn’t want to take my eyes of the screen. The lower level of the last five minutes – from Niebla Roja and Volador both nearly landing on their head on the headscissors slip thru the finish – hurts this from being a match of the year contender, and Angel de Oro as the winner also doesn’t help. Still, this is a match you really ought to see just to be amazed. Valiente looked great during his portion, Hechicero got a few big moments, there was a finisher move melody that came off fantastic, all the Misticos and Volador doing dives in a row was cool, and Carístico & Volador was a great touch that works even if they never bother to follow up on it. Endings are overaly important to me, and you may get more out of this if that doesn’t concern you, because there was about 20 minutes of incredible action in this one.
The semimain seemed super rushed, as if CMLL was mostly worried about having enough time for the main event. (They did!) Atlantis and UG is a well trod feud, so it doesn’t really matter they didn’t do all that much to build up a title match here. Diamante Azul stole the match, looking more impressive tossing around Kraneo than anything he did with Pierroth. His ramp dive at the end looked awesome too. It also felt more like build to the Kid’s Day show, with Zacarias & Mije beatup por Monito.
Their were some iffy moments in the lightning match – the Canadian Destroyer didn’t look right, Adonis couldn’t find the ropes with his other foot stood out – but I thought it was still a good effort for the first single’s match they’ve given Adonis. Adonis took most of Cometa’s offense well, had stuff he could do on his own, and the crowd was really into the match. Cometa seems to have a knack to play the heroic Mexican better than most guys in his spot, and comes off sympathetic easily.
The women’s match was messy and not up to even the usual level for these things. Metalica & Skadi worked a lot together here it and it was compelling, not always for positive reasons. Some exchanged looked bad, some looked surprisingly OK, and sometimes it looked like Metalica was really getting kicked in the face. It’s strange they trust the people who display the less skills do more dangerous spots in this second match.
The técnicos tried hard to make the opener something noteworthy. It didn’t quite work, but the first fall was pretty good for this position. The rudos did go with the big spots and Pequeño Nitro took a big bump to the floor, but Mercurio also clowned around a bit. This match mostly proved Aereo is much better than Acero and might be useful in an environment where he was allowed to do things. Acero can do things too, but he can only do them slower than average and not as gracefully. This was good on the sliding scale of openers but I think it needed a little more for me.
Tonight’s the 14th CMLL Reyes del Aire, CMLL’s kinda annual tournament of high flyers.
All Time Reyes del Aire leader board
3 Volador Jr. (2005, 2007-1, 2009)
2 Valiente (2008, 2012-2)
2 La Sombra (2013, 2015)
2 Angel de Oro (2011, 2012-1)
1 Barbaro Cavernario (2016)
1 La Mascara (2006)
1 Stuka Jr. (2014)
1 Virus (2007-2)
Sometimes you can forgot how long Volador’s been around, and then you see that he won his first Rey del Aires twelve years ago (and somehow hasn’t won another in eight years.) CMLL’s preview insists they’re just doing a normal cibernetico tonight, none of that final two go to next week. Quickly sorting out people into tiers of chances.
good chance: Místico (odd he hasn’t won yet), Volador Jr. (is Volador Jr.), Dragon Lee (is actually the best guy)
mild chance: Carístico (probably too high for a guy who never wins), Titán (good underdog story), Máximo (would make no sense, way over), Valiente (no UG to beat this time), La Máscara (would be annoying but could set up something), Hechicero (fits if they want to deal the same good working rudo steal the win story as last year)
no chance: Ángel de Oro (just got his one win for the decade), Bárbaro Cavernario (repeat unlikely), Mephisto (but a good shot at being in the final two), Luciferno (no), Niebla Roja, Euforia, Gran Guerrero (issues with the Guerreros will eliminate)
They’re going to do a battle royal to set sides, which works with the Niebla Roja situation: he can face his partners and Dragon Lee if they’re on the other team. Whatever sides they set up, this should be one of the best CMLL matches of the year.
The rest of the show looks decent. The semimain has Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Stuka vs Negro Casas, Kraneo and Ultimo Guerrero, which should be a good solid match. Sam Adonis gets his first lightning match, facing noted hero of the Mexican people Rey Cometa. The early stuff is questionable as usual. Princesa Sugehit, Sanely and Silueta face Dalys, Reina Isis and Metalica. The random minis match of the week is Aereo & Acero versus Pequeno Nitro & Mercurio.
The show will air at 8:30pm on ClaroSports. They’re back to the normal time, though you’ll only miss the less promising matches if you tune in late.
Okumura’s doctors found a fracture in the sixth disc in his neck and dislocation of six and seven discs. He’s going to have surgery soon.
Ringo Mendoza will be honored on a special Arena Coliseo (Mexico City) show on April 20th. It’s on CMLL’s site, so they’re running the show, a rare Thursday night Coliseo show. The last one of those was a tribute show to Texano back in 2005. Mendoza was honored last month in Guadalajara and there was a report having health issues.
The CMLL mascots did an interview to promote their match on April 30th, which is going to be a big deal if they’re going to promote it for four weeks. Micro Man revealed he’s actually the 18 year old son of KeMonito and will be debuting on this show. Zacarias claimed he was an exotic dancer in Monterrey before coming to CMLL. (He was wrestling in La Laguna, so that would’ve been a long trip.)
DJZ’s surgery went well. He’s going to be recovering and not wrestling in Mexico City for a while, but it reads like it could’ve gone a lot worse. Between this and the wrist injury, DJZ has has no luck of late.
I’ve taken Elite off the schedule since it’s just repeats of repeats. This feels like the fewest number of shows in some time, and the IWRG stuff is mostly hopeful than solid. AYM’s been flakey about actually airing the promotion of late.
CMLL has Reyes del Aire. And hopefully no blocks.
AAA starts the Neza taping, which looked completely weird reading the results and probably the same when we see it. Maybe we’ll get Parka Negra/Elegido or maybe the debut of Dalton Bragg. Or maybe a good match.
Lucha Underground’s dropped back down to airing only two episodes a week, which puts them right on schedule to run thru Season 3, with the last repeat episode airing before the first new episode. Not sure running episodes at times that weren’t advertised at all really served a purpose but you’ll have caught them all if you DVR a season pass.
IWRG (SUN) 04/09/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Keiser Drago
2) Aramis & Black Dragón vs Lunatik Xtreme & Skanda
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible [EdM Trios] first defense
4) Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Ovett
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Dr. Cerebro, Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.
All the Pirata waste no time into returning to IWRG (which suggest the departure was agreed on for a while.) Pirata Morgan Jr. is the real winner of his brother leaving AAA. Marichi Locos winning the trios titles owul dbe fun but unlikely to happen in the first match.
The matches sound good. Good good – the cruiserweight match might the one to see if/when it turns up elsewhere, but I didn’t see anything complete beyond the main event. The people who wrote about the show on social media seemed to have a very good time, and the Rey Mysterio entrance was crazy. The main event was about a ***1/2 exhibition-y all star trios match that was done well and got very good in the last third, with Nakajima feeling much more out of place than Rhodes. It was worked more US style, they all got in big spots at the end, the crowd went nuts for the 619 spot on everyone and Rey picked up the win. If you’re interested in just the quality of matches, they sound like they were all pretty good, and you can skip the next 2000 or so words.
Apolo Valdes guessed attendance at 60%, maybe a bit more. Estrellas del Ring says 70%. It looked a lot more empty that in the photos, with sections of empty seats and the wide ranges of the upper level completely empty. It looked like Arena Mexico on a Tuesday or a Sunday. It was tough to imagine how The Crash was going to make money running this show even if they drew a great gate, and this sort of turnout surely hurts.
The “all-star card” of meaningless matches has to go. I like seeing lot of luchadors getting work, but most of their efforts were wasted and most of the names didn’t mean much. This style of show has been proven not to be effective, especially in Mexico City, many times. Not enough has been learned from the failure of Elite. Elite brought in any big name they could, brought even more foreign stars for it’s international tournament , and drew horribly for a major league promotion. They drew great for a minor league promotion aimed at fervent wrestling fans, and so did The Crash did tonight, because all the Mexico City people who follow non-WWE international wrestling came to those shows. There’s just not enough of those people to fill Arena Mexico or fill Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, not even close.
Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera is the home of AAA because that’s how AAA hypes it. They’re not the only promotion who’s run there. FULL wanted to two shows there run there last year, got Mexico City mainstream attention doing an angle with Pirata Morgan and a clown, and sold so few tickets that one show was canceled and the other was pretty vacant. (They’re going to try again with Alberto & Distromania, and it’s likely going to end the same way.) Baracal, who has experience promoting concerts around Mexico, had the hardcore pick for feud of the year, LA Park versus Rush, and drew no better than The Crash did in this same arena a month ago. Maybe a bit worse. The Crash can take pride in outdrawing Baracal, but probably at twice the price.
And AAA, who everyone diehard fan hates, who does have that history of not delivering what they’ve promised, who were putting out really bland cards at the time, filled this same Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. And they filled much larger arenas with the same sort of cavalcade of foreign stars for the Lucha World Cup. AAA convinced people the (completely new and invented) Lucha World Cup because they got advertisers and media to treat like the competition was an important deal, because AAA had existed in the market for 20 years, and because they convinced people that winning the last match meant a lot. The same thing happened in January: AAA convinced people Johnny Mundo versus Pentagon Jr. was a match they had to see, at prices that weren’t much cheaper than these. The Crash told people they were the new alternative company, and did a great job in convince people they would have really good matches, and drew all the people who would come to a Wednesday night show to see really good matches. There’s not enough of those people to fill the building.
(aside 1: Lucha Memes should’ve also been a warning sign. Lucha Memes does great crowd, much better than the many other Mexico City area promotions who are trying to the same concept. They just had a really good card last month, have a track record of delivering on their shows, and still drew less last time. The quality of matches alone only appears to a relatively low amount of the people, important matches draw more people.)
(aside 2: PWG seems to be the cited example for The Crash, I bring it up too, but the goal should be NXT. PWG isn’t running 5000 seat buildings, and is getting friendly wrestler discounts because being there is so important. NXT is getting discounts in their own way, but their big show started in the sizeof buildings The Crash tries. NXT also made their shows easy to see for people who were not in the arena, which substantially helped spread the word about the brand. This is a horse I’ve beaten long past the point of death, but The Crash and other promotions inability to broadcast their shows isn’t just costing them the money they make from people buying iPPVs, but greatly diminishing the benefits they’d get for running good shows. In 2017, if people can’t see a professional looking version of your event, no one but the most diehard fans are going to care. Distributing their should not be something The Crash “should be trying to get to” or “aiming for”, this is something they should’ve been doing for months and everyone involved with the company should be freaking out that this hasn’t happened yet.The Crash is trying to start a fire with two rocks when there’s a convince store with matches around the corner, and it’s craziness. It’s nice of the Crash to take a cell phone into the crowd and shoot video from the 20th row, but that means nothing.)
This is not bleak. Any buzz for a good show helps. The Crash didn’t drew well in Tijuana when it started out, and worked it’s way there by being the Tijuana show people had to go to see. They started off with a Mexico City with a good show, and should draw better if they keep delivering good shows. This is not hopeless, this show is just a stark reminder of the job ahead of them. I suspect the spin is going to be that The Crash knew they weren’t going to draw well in the first try and it would always be this hard, but then it would’ve made sense to built to a show this jammed with stars instead of trying to take over night one. The Crash can still get where they want to be, but it’s going to cost them a lot of money in the short term to build their name in Mexico City. They’re going to figure out if it’s worth it.
The decision to run Wednesdays seemed to be because it was the only day they could get a lot of these wrestlers, especially Fenix & Penta. The Lucha Brothers schedule shows no sign of slowing down, and I wonder if The Crash is ultimately going to have to choose between centering around those guys or choosing more friendly days to run. The show ended live around midnight, which is a rough end time on a Wednesday. The fans were into the main event, but there were people visibly walking out before the show ended.
Hijo del Pirata Morgan actually announced he was leaving AAA earlier in the day, but word generally hadn’t gotten out before he debuted. Pirata quit AAA in the fall, but came back at Heroes Inmortales as a surprise entrant in Copa Antonio Pena. He left AAA for such a short time that most people who follow AAA probably just thought he wasn’t used on a few TV tapings. AAA didn’t have any more interesting plans for Hijo del Pirata of late, occasionally teasing a breakup and feud with Pirata Sr. (who might also be gone.) Pirata was talked up by Konnan when he was still with AAA and fits in better with the Crash. Pirata is listed on both the San Luis Potosi and Tlaxcala tapings, but AAA taping cards are expected to change anyway.
Demus 3:16 is a logical jump along the same lines. He’s already working a lot of indies, and he’s got no hope of doing anything in CMLL. CMLL’s decided most of the minis matches are going to be the first or second card, once in a great while they’ll have a title match or an apuesta match in the fourth card, but no more, and not many of those chances. Those matches pay about nothing, while Demus can make some good money by being Mascarita Dorada’s opponent in Mexico, in the US, and beyond. He wasn’t as definite about leaving CMLL, but the gig he’s taking is much better than one he has. Demus bringing up the idea of merging the minis with the regular division was reflective of this reality: the minis have no chance of earning bigger opportunities in CMLL as it’s currently run, are just dependent on the rest of the promotion getting hot and everyone being paid well. (Of course, the minis who did move up aren’t doing much better.) Both Demus & his brother Akuma were listed as working at least one US lucha indie, and in upcoming months, and I’d assume there will be a lot more.
Sexy Dulce’s suffering an ankle injury, which conveniently took her out of a title match she repeatedly implied she wasn’t doing, is suspicious. I know there’s a report saying it’s serious, but it’s the third straight Mexican title she’s lost without actually losing. It doesn’t really mean anything. Everyone Mexican promoter should’ve already been aware that Sexy is essentially the new female Mil Mascaras, someone who’s going to be forever popular but isn’t going to be putting anyone over. She has value and could be useful, but probably shouldn’t be around anything important. (The Crash’ Women’s title is not important and probably will never be, so whatever happened is pretty much irrelevant.) I’d say we’d know this is a legit injury if she misses the boxing match, but she still doesn’t have an opponent for it right now and reports about her career have mentioned plans for her debut being pushed back previously. This could be a convenient way to push it back again.
Matt Sydal posted on Twitter that weather issues caused his flights to be delayed for eight hours and he apologized for missing the show. Sydal was flying out of Atlanta and I believe man of no social media AR Fox is based out of Atlanta, so I would guess he had the same issue. It didn’t appear either absence was mentioned to the crowd. It didn’t seem to matter except for people looking for autographs before the show. Most of the roster was in the day before for the press conference.
Fenix’s name was listed as both Rey Fenix (US) and The King on the video screen. I could not tell you what that man’s name is right now.
Kind of wonder if the Carlito/Alberto thing was actually setting up the new DistrioMania main event, since that’s probably the next show Alberto is working in this building and he needs a someone to replace Drew Galloway.
La Aficion reported there were problems with the meet & greet (Rey showed up late and fans only got about 15 minutes with him) and online ticketing. There was also a paragraph about being unhappy about the media area being overcrowded which seems to have been removed during the night. They took advantage of their media access to write a story that still included Matt Sydal in the main event. (Again, Sydal can’t be that well known if people didn’t even notice he was not there.)
No next date in Mexico City was announced. Actually, the Crash hasn’t announced any next dates yet, likely because they’re were so focused on this show. They’re expected to run in Tijuana on May 5th with the Young Bucks.
Ayako Hamada defeated Taya to win the AAA Reina de Reinas championship (12:55, Michinoku Driver, ok)
Johnny Mundo defeated Hijo del Fantasma and Texano Jr. to retain the AAA Latin American Championship and win the AAA Cruiserweight & Heavyweight Championship (16:27, Fin de Mundo, good)
Aerostar beat Súper Fly to keep Aerostar’s mask & win SuperFly’s hair (8:28 + 0:03 on the restart, rana, good)
Aerostar took Super Fly’s hair, though Vampiro appeared to be 99% responsible for the win. Super Fly used concealed knuckles to knock out Aerostar. A light show and music heralded Vampiro to the ring, where he dramatically kicked out the referee responsible (Copetes) and ordered the match restarted. Before Super Fly even realized the match was happening, Aerostar cradled him for three. Super Fly tried to leave, but Vampiro brought him back to the ring to get his head shaved. The match had been no DQ and falls count anywhere up to that point.
Johnny Mundo won all three men’s singles titles, in a three way that was turned into a title match by an off camera Vampiro. (They saved his reveal until the main event.) Fantasma and Texano had differing views on how handle this match: Texano wanted to straight team up to take out Mundo, while Fantamsa wanted it to be every man for themselves. This eventually cost Texano, who relented on hitting his friend with a chair. Fantasma repaid the kidness by giving Texano a Thrill of the Hunt on that same chair. Texano was put in a neck brace and on a stretcher and that’s the end of him for now. (This came off like an angle, though perhaps one to explain an already existing Texano injury. He didn’t seem quite himself.) Mundo only won after the second ref bump, instigated by the debuting Kevin Kross. Kross wasn’t named, and the editing made it tough to tell where he came from, but he laid out Fantasma to set up the win for Mundo and presented him with the belts after the match.
Ayako Hamada cleanly defeated Taya to win the Reina de Reinas championship.
Noti AAA focuses on a childen who tried out for La Llave de la Gloria. AAA is for the kids. There does seem to be more than 30 people here but it’s hard to get idea from what they show.
AAA was part of filming for a Ni Tu Ni Yo movie. People are drinking wine at a lucha show in Arena San Juan, which is the most unlikely thing I’ve seen.
Enterances are back this week, and the new idea is to mix shots of a video of the wrestler as they walk out.
Where can I watch it:
This was the better show of the two Rey de Reyes and one where it felt like things were happen. The matches just didn’t totally live up to the occasion; two finishes were totally in service of new angles and the third match just never clicked.
Aerostar/Super Fly was great for the first eight minutes. I’m not sure how badly Super Fly was hurt – his elbow and arm had pads he usually doesn’t have and seemed to be protecting it at times – but it didn’t stop him from giving a full effort. Starting a match by diving to the floor to hit no one is the message, and he made the brawling really work well. AAA was better prepared to cover a crowd brawl than usual, and while they missed some points (like whatever wound caused Aerostar to lose 10% of his blood), it was easier to watch than usual. Notably, and very happily, this wasn’t the old AAA singles match where the rudo second took half the match and the tecnicos second stood around dumbly until getting in one dive. There were no seconds, and all the attention was on the guys actually in the match. Super Fly & Aerostar were on a great pace, they just lacked a few (maybe five?) minutes to do near falls to play off the drama of the moment. Instead, they got about one minute, a silly ref bump and Vampiro becoming the true winner of the match.
There was no confusion about who was the man of the moment. Aerostar was dead from the moment he got hit until four minutes later when Vampiro restarted the match, then dead again after the pin. Vampiro literally had the bright lights shined on him and played to the crowd, and it’s he who has the feud with Super Fly going forward. Aerostar was incidental to the while thing, and Super Fly was only involved to give Vampiro someone to foil. It’s hard to appreciate a match when it’s so obviously been repurposed to be someone else’s moment in the end.
The intention might have been to do something along the lines of Dario Cueto restarting the Chavo Guerrero versus Rey Mysterio Jr. loser leaves town match, with the match being restarted because the stakes were so high, but that Lucha Underground match continued for three more minutes. It gave time for the focus to shift back to the people in the match, and the statement there was they’d have a decisive winner in a big match. AAA already had a decisive winner in this match – there’s no explanation why chairs were legal but knucks were not – and ending it immediately after the restart kept the focus on Vampiro’s decision to restart it. Even if they absolutely had to do a spot where Vampiro does something positive to re-enforce it being a “new era”, it shouldn’t have been a weapon spot. Those are going to keep on happening anyway. It should’ve been Hijo del Tirantes running in, fast counting for Super Fly, and Vampiro declaring Tirantes’ antics were over to blow off that storyline instead of ignoring it. They had part of that idea by kicking out Copetes (who also has been a rudo at times), but they either didn’t execute it well. Or they executed it perfectly to make Vampiro the focus, because they feel like they need new top stars and decided to go with Vampiro. The original idea seemed to elevate Aerostar, but it did the least for him out of everywhere involved.
Texano versus Fantasma versus Mundo didn’t live up to it’s potential early, but got there at the end. They just seemed out of sorts at first, with Mundo blowing a springboard that couldn’t be hidden, then later doing a neat escape dive onto his feet on the floor but everyone being totally confused as to what they were supposed to do next. Even when the moves were going right, they didn’t seem to be landing well. The one part I did like early on was everyone pulling each out and into another cradle, something I’ve not see quite that way before. Still, I could’ve happily skipped most everything that happened before the first ref bump. (Lot of ref bumps on this show.)
Texano appeared heavier than usual and, while he didn’t take it totally easy, he seemed to do less than usual to the point where I was watching it trying to figure out if he had just come into the match with a neck strain and this was their way of writing him out. It flowed a lot better with Fantasma and Mundo, and Fantamsa’ tope on this show was his best in AAA in a long time. Mundo trying a half dozen times to cheat was a good character bit, and he seemed to be the most over rudo of the night. Kross looked impressive in his moves, especially the back suplex, and the extra-bit of Mundo still hitting his finish made a difference. This was a setup for a new direction but at least the direction looked promising.
Taya/Ayako didn’t work at all; it’s generous to call it even OK. They did a match heavily built around strikes while seemingly being cautious about actually touching each other. Every slap of the mat was super loud, and even the side kicks to chest were making no sound. I don’t know if they were both just concerned about being too hard with a person they didn’t know, but it just didn’t look good for most of the way, slightly picked up in the last few minutes and then still had those same problems. Crowd didn’t care about this at all, which isn’t too surprising: it’s a ruda versus someone they haven’t seen in years (and was a ruda then), and Ayako’s doesn’t play up being a tecnica strong enough to make it work. Taya’s work is not great but it’s more Ayako not being even as into the match as she was the goofy elimination match either and sleep walking in what should be a big match. It never feels that way, and Taya’s long title reign ends just quietly.
CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Micro ?? Destructor match skipped in results
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. b Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Linterna & Mr. Brisa b Fantástico & Tigre Blanco Lintera beat Tigre Blanco to set up a title match next week
4) Flash II, Mágico, Neutrón b Évola, León Blanco, Pitbull I
5) Metatrón, Smaker, Vaquero Jr. b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico Gallito was with the tecnicos. Straight falls, first by excessive violence DQ and second fall by Smaker beating Sadico.
Gallito is just random tecnicos and Gallo is working the Jalisco indie shows, so there must’ve been another fall out. Gallo hasn’t been around since the end of February.
CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Exterminador & Maléfico b El Divino & Explosivo
2) Robin, Star Black, Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Furia Roja
3) Soberano Jr., Tritón, Vaquero b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Vaquero replaced Esfinge.
4) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Titán b Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Pólvora Esfinge replaced Johnny Idol.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Negro Casas unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ. Challenges followed for next week.
No idea why the feud changed from Dragon Lee to Volador; maybe Volador had to be in Mexico City instead for some reason.
CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito tecnicos took 2/3
3) Virus b Astral [lightning] Virus submitted Astral in 6:50
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Sangre Azteca Panthers took 2/3, and asked for a titles shot. Navarro & Terry accepted.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush Pierroth fouled Valiente, unmasked him, and the Ingobernables stomped Tirantes for the DQ.
Main event appears to set up Pierroth/Valiente, which is a terrible idea for a feud on it’s own, a depressing waste of time when there’s better matches being made on every other show, and a bizarre choice 40s vs 40s? singles match as the main event for a show named Nuevo Valores. It’s one of the most idiotic things I can imagine. Hopefully they’ll just as randomly change it next week.
Porky ends the interview by saying Psycho Clown & Goya Kong resolved their issues and aren’t against each other yet. That storyline was quietly dropped after it happened (but then, it might have been dropped like everything else by now anyway.)
So many names – Alberto el Patron and Octagon will also be appearing beside the matches. So few storylines. I think the semimain focuses on the Garza Jr./Lashely thing, and maybe the title matches are going somewhere (but I’m not sure the titles mean all that much here.) There’s no ticket update; the website says they’re only sold at the venue this close. They wanted to sell out, not just to reduce their losses on running this show, but outdo AAA in their home building, and I’m not sure they’re going to do that.
There’s no sign of this show being made officially available – FiteTV teased the idea of future The Crash shows maybe airing on their service, but nothing tonight. (There’s be plenty of services willing to stream the show, it’s the cost, logistics and legality of doing it which are the issues.) It’s Mexico City, so every website and Facebook account that follows wrestling will be streaming someone’s cell phone video and uploading things to YouTube the next few days, but it’s not quite as good as getting an actual steady camera. This is a big show for the business of lucha libre in Mexico, but not really as big a deal for people who like to watch big names in big matches, since that’s going to be some level of a nuisance unless you’re there. You should go if you can, but I suspect most people reading this can’t.
Sexy Dulce did not appear to be at the press conference. I assume she’s not wrestling. I don’t know if that makes a difference either way.
Local Ciudad Juarez advertisements are mentioning a Mamba/Pimpinela Escarlata hair match for Verano de Escandalo. It makes sense locally, the two had a bull terrier match on TV last time they taped in Juarez, and a cage match back in March in the same building. It doesn’t really fit much with any TV build, except for Mamba attacking Pimpinela at Rey de Reyes, and AAA’s not very consistent about things right now.
AAA has an interview with Lady Shani which explains away her being a tecnica in Neza: it was another one of Vampiro’s decisions, Shani is OK with it because she wants to prove she’s the best, but she’s prefers to be a ruda. It still comes off as a very tecnica interview.
Hetzza debuts in Stardom on April 9th. People who watch Stardom are going to have seen a lot more of her than we are; I don’t have a single video of a match with her in the database. I’m sure they’re on there somewhere, but this is obscure.
LuchaRama (SAT) 04/08/2017 Faro de Oriente, Iztapalapa, Distrito Federal
1) Baby Camaleón & Shadow Magic vs Raptor X & Yako Jr. Magics lucha match
2) Exotico & Niño De Cobre vs Dr. Pólux & Moria and Camuflaje & Toto DTU match
3) Yoruba vs Mr. Leo, Terremoto GH match
4) Lunatik Fly vs Súper Comando, Solaris, Oro Jr., Templario Colectivo lucha match?
5) Arceus & Tromba vs Flyer & Robin and Demasiado & Diva Salvaje Kamikazes del Ring match
6) Glenn Calavera & Jerry Calavera vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako and Rayo Star & Toxin Boy CaraLucha match
7) Sagrado vs Golden Magic Lucha Mutante match
8) Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Baku, DJZ, Metaleón XMW match
Final lineup for LuchaRama show this weekend, which looks more like a conventional show than past year’s 20+ matches. In a dream world, this show would air live on Powerbomb.TV, it’s the most Powerbomb.TV show there is.
There’s a really good middle here. The fourth match should be good, the fifth match is part of the secret plan to the The Panther into a backup Blue Panther Sr. should the original not be available when Daniel Bryan is free (shh, don’t tell anyone the secret), and Sugehit/Zeuxis has been reliably good. Still no idea if that’s going to the mask match.
CMLL (TUE) 04/11/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico & Magnum vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Starman vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Dragón Lee vs Negro Casas
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
They’re doing Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas, they’re going to have it on tape, it’s never going to put online, and it’s not even the Dragon Lee singles match I’m angry about right now, what a world.
Not sure if Ephesto will be back then. Not sure if Idol will be either after missing this show.
KDR (SAT) 04/29/2017 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dr. Siniestro & Tauro vs Genex & Príncipe Aéreo
2) Tromba vs Coco Dark
3) Rayo Star & Toxin vs Ciclón Black & Solaris and Lunatik Extreme & Lunatik Fly
4) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Dr. Cerebro & Heddi Karaoui
5) Mr. Leo vs ?, Centurion, Freelance [Kamicaze Universal, torneo]
Kamicazes del Ring next show appears to be starting a title tournament.
AAA TV (SAT) 04/29/2017 Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
1) Niño Hamburguesa vs Bengala, Australian Suicide, Joe Lider, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
2) Faby Apache vs Big Mami, La Hiedra, Goya Kong, Lady Shani
3) Máscara de Bronce & Venum vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
4) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba
5) Carta Brava & Soul Rocker vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
6) ?, ??, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Kevin Kross
Air Date: 05/20 and 05/27
I’m willing to give out advice and not as good at taking it, but I’m going at taking it. I’m going to try to be a bit better here: until AAA starts actually running shows that resemble the cards they announce, there’s no point in writing previews. It’s just a list of people announced, and those matches probably won’t happen as listed. I’d like to be interested in La Secta versus Bronce & Venum but there’s no telling if it’ll happen.
Here’s some solid things we can work with
AAA’s overloaded on TV content by this point. I had this penciled down as one show taping, but that looks like two weeks of TV. Every taping before looks like two shows too. I think the 05/26 Queretaro taping has been quietly canceled/rescheduled, which gives them a second week for this taping. They’d only have one week for Pachuca (05/16), but they’re also short a week before TripleMania so maybe it’ll work out.
Mamba attacked Pimpinela Escarlata at Rey de Reyes and I totally forgot because there was 500 things going on and it’s not like they haven’t been feuding for five years anyway, but this was a really convenient point to bring it up.
AAA needs to get some Kevin Kross photos to use for their posters
The mystery team must not be the Traidor Clowns and seem unlikely to be the Apaches working the semimain, even with the OGT on the other side. Maybe Ricky Marvin has a new partner? Maybe they’re trying to get people to come in as a team?
Or maybe they’ll just quietly disappear when the card changes. I should stop here.
Next taping is 05/16 in Pachuca. Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown has been announced locally as the main event.
CMLL (MON) 04/03/2017Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon]
1) El Malayo & Joker b Arkalis & París
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Asturiano & Rey Samuray
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso b Disturbio, Policeman, Sagrado Sagrado replaced Skandalo. Espiritu finally beat Policeman – in straight falls (first by DQ), second by roll up. Maligno decided to press his luck and ask for a hair match next week, and Poiceman accepted.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora good match
5) Diamante Azul DQ Pierroth in the third fall, Diamante Azul had Pierroth in a waistlock for his German suplex, spun him around to knock down the referee, sat Pierroth down to foul him, and tossed his mask to Pierroth. Ref gave match to Azul.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] Atlantis and his partners didn’t get along. Atlantis had Volador up in the Atlantida, Tirantes knocked Atlantis over (Tirantes was shoved by La Mascara?), Rush and La Mascara fouled Maximo & Marco, Ingobernables got the pins.
You can kind of see La Mascara shove Tirantes if you look for it, but CMLL shot in a way that made it look like Tirantes turned heel. Well, more heel than usual.
Important Note: if you go back to watch the show from the beginning, turn down or mute the sound. There’s loud sound feedback for the first few minutes and it’ll surprise you with how loud it is.
Arena Mexico tonight has more Los Ingobernables. They team as a trio against Caristico, Marco Corleone and Valiente. The semimain had Guerrero Maya Jr., Maximo and Rey Cometa versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys.
The middle matches are more interesting. Negro Navarro & Black Terry make their first CMLL appearance since winning the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship on Christmas Day. They team with Sangre Azteca to take on the Panther family. Some combination there could produce a title match. The lightning match has Astral getting his first singles match as part of the main division, facing fellow ex-mini Virus. Astral’s probably going to continue to not win but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the opportunity.
The guys who are still minis are in the segunda: Electrico, Fantasy and Shockercito versus Demus, Pequeno Olimpico, and Pierrothito. Flyer & Sensei face Camorra & Espanto Jr. in an unappealing opener.
The show is at 7:30pm, returning to it’s normal time in the US. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube.
Guadalajara has Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and Volador Jr. versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas. Last week saw Casas foul Volador, so that’s probably a singles match as soon as next week. That show also has Triton’s last match in Mexico until December; he teams with Soberano and Esfinge against Disturbio, Misterioso and Sagrado. He’s wrestling in GALLI outside of Chicago this Sunday. It looks like Mr. Brisa, who’s been wrestling as part of the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara locals for the last couple years, is coming with him for at least this week.
CMLL made a couple card changes. Ephesto was listed on shows but isn’t ready to come back. Lucifierno replaces him in the Reyes del Aire and Hechicero is now in the main event on Saturday. They also added a Sam Adonis/Rey Cometa lightning match to Friday’s show.
The lucha libre event which probably will get the most attention tonight won’t be a show, but the The Crash’s press conference tonight at 7pm at Plaza de Estrellas. They haven’t said exactly who will be there, but some people on tomorrow’s show are already in town and they’ll be looking to get attention for their Mexico City debut. They need some; the expensive floor seats look like are moving very slowly.
LigerFever has a translation of this week’s Lucha Libre Boom with Konnan. They say the tickets for the shows are selling well, but also say that it wouldn’t be a big deal if they didn’t sell out. That’s some frame of expectations. Konnan believes there are more hardcore fans now and those are the ones to market to, and the casual fans will come in if they hear it’s a good show. I think he’s might be right, but it does take a few shows for that to build up that buzz. (On the other hand, it’s still hard to figure how they’re going to make money off this show in itself even if they did sell it out, so maybe it’s immaterial.)
Konnan does mention the idea of running a PPV with Impact in Tijuana is off; it cost too much money for Impact to transport and insure their equipment to Tijuana. They thought about just moving it to Mexico City, but it was too late to happen. That’s another reason why tomorrow’s show is big: Tijuana is going to stay The Crash’s home, but establishing Mexico City is a big deal for TV reasons. The podcast mentions plans for The Crash to get their own TV show and put their content on the internet, but they’re as vague and slow as ever.
Toro Road Entertainment announced they’d be holding a tryout on August 20th, hosted by Vampiro, where one winner will get a guaranteed tryout with AAA and Puerto Rico’s WWC. Two runner ups will get a tryout match with Lucha Underground. You can sign up here for $200.
The tryouts are listed as “Guaranteed” is in caps and bold, but it’s still just a tryout match for either promotion. I wonder what story’s being told to whom that the chance to wrestle for AAA or WWC is a bigger prize than a chance to wrestle for LU. Mr. 450 is a great example: he was a top guy in WWC and on TV in a better spot than a guy who wins a tryout, and the thing that might have actually really helped him was being a job guy on NXT. There’s probably a reason this contest is done it like this (maybe you’ve got a better shot of actually getting past the tryout if you get the WWC or AAA one, maybe they’re not as sure the LU is going to go anywhere)
The tryout costs $200. I don’t pay close attention to those things to know for sure, but my impression is that’s way more expensive than usual for this sort of things, a price that seems less about weeding about the dreamers and more about making sure everyone involved makes some money on this thing. It also may take you some time to make that 200 back for a person who wins a tryout and wins the lowest spot on the totem poll for either WWC or AAA. Still, it’s not like you can shop around for better prices on major promotions tryouts. If I was a wrestler, I’d be kind of sure most of these are fishy – the people in charge always might have decided who’s winning before the tryout started for all you know – but maybe it’s wroth it for the possible competition and the chance to open someone’s eyes
It is notable that all the new Lucha Underground event stuff have included Vampiro in a prominent role, when Vampiro really wasn’t doing anything before he could put in that position.
CMLL (MON) 04/10/2017Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs El Joker & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Espíritu Maligno vs Policeman [hair]
5) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] rematch
Espiritu is a slight favorite. It’s Espiritu & Policeman, neither man can be much of a certainty. Niebla Roja isn’t with the Guerreros, and the match could be good if he gets along with these rudos. Main event isn’t as clear about it’s direction – it might end up Atlantis versus one of the Los Ingobernables