Cruz winning makes sense if he’s returned, though it doesn’t really explain why he’s returned. It’s IWRG, it doesn’t matter. This will likely air on AYM tonight, AYM doesn’t post produce their shows at all, so they’re probably going to air a 100 minute segment without a commercial break.
Tonight’s Puebla show has a Sky Team/Guerreros main event, and the first of two Syuri/Marcela’s lightning match. Syuri’s undefeated this time, but Marcela figures to put an end to that before their title match on Friday. CMLL is doing a good job with Syuri which kind of totally exposes how bad a job they do with everyone who actually works for them. It’s so out of character, even with how CMLL normally books foreigners, that it causes one to believe something unusual is going on here. Crazy theory that’s not as crazy as I’d like: is REINA compensating CMLL to book Syuri exactly the way they’d like them? Is CMLL some sort of fantasy camp nowadays? I have zero proof of this and am just speculating, but there is definitely an effort being made here wholly different with how CMLL handles everyone else – it’s not like even this Mistico was winning every single match when he returned. CMLL has to be getting something out of this, they always appear to be looking to make money from CMLL by selling it off in many different ways (besides running a successful week to week promotion), it’s just a different form of advertising revenue.
I don’t have any problem with Syuri being used this way, none at all, it’s simply jarring for to CMLL show they’re capable of doing such things when they’re doing virtually nothing with their own wrestlers. I’m not sure CMLL is doing an En Busca de un Idolo this year – JCR interviewing Tony Salazar on Informa with neither of them even bringing up the idea was a bad sign – but CMLL not bothering to run a Gran Alterntiva or Sangre Nueva tournament feels like a specific effort to do to a little as possible at the moment. Maybe even making it about critical popular things is missing the point: the Dia de Muertos weekend didn’t make any one’s lists of best shows of the year, but they seemed to be successful in bringing people in and that sort of dramatic staging would be something logical to try again in another way but there’s no sign of it and it probably won’t unless the calendar just happens to work out.
A few new US trademarks have popped up for Lucha Underground. Unlike some of the previous ones reported, these are all characters who will appear later this season. The trademarks look to be filed a few days after their first appearances were taped. Hopefully mentioning the existence of characters is not a spoiler:
CMLL (SAT) 04/04/2015Arena Coliseo [CMLL] Arena Coliseo 72nd Anniversary
1) Súper Comando b Bengala
2) Canelo Casas b Flyer
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Nitro
4) Syuri b Dalys Syuri has now won all 5 matches she’s been in on this tour.
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora & Vangellys Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente Guerreros took 1/3.
7) Mistico b Ripper Mistico won the first with a huracanrana, Ripper the second with a tapatia, Mistico the third with La Mistica.
Attendance seemed slightly up, but the Sabado Retros format (and general programming malaise) meant it wasn’t going to be nearly as big as show as it had been in years prior. CMLL online said they treated it like a festive show, but Porra Fresa was unimpressed, feeling CMLL did nothing to celebrate the anniversary outside of mentioning in on the poster. SuperLuchas notes that on the same day, 39 years ago, the Arena Coliseo anniversary show had a title match and a hair match.
Dragon Lee getting this title shot so soon after unmasked Kamaitachi telegraphed the title change. Virus’ title reign was one of the best things CMLL had going, a likely match of the year every time he defended the championship and actually getting to defend it fairly often (compared to normal for CMLL.) Dragon Lee will have his own type of exciting matches – there should definitely be a rematch with Kamaitachi, and Barbaro Cavernario would make sense as a challenger as well – but it’d be a shame if Virus just gets sucked back into midcard stasis. They’ve got to keep using him.
Lucha Azteca (USA) is currently not listed in some guide listings for next week Saturday. It could show up later in the week, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
04/05 NJPW: Kenny Omega (c) b Mascara Dorada [IWGP JH]
Sad. This was a good match. Even better is I didn’t stay up for it and avoided the feed going down.
CMLL (SAT) 04/11/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito vs Pequeño Olímpico
2) Sensei vs Nitro
3) La Vaquerita vs La Seductora
4) Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi & Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo, Rush vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
first appearances for Rush & Sombra here under Sabado Retros format.
CMLL (SUN) 04/12/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Delta vs Pólvora [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther vs Okumura, Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Fuego, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
More Niebla. Maybe Niebla’s just been cleared to work Sundays. Segunda looks good, not sure about the rest.
CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015Arena México [@naoki909 , CMLL]
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Syuri b Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora dropped to the second match. Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus moved up to tercera. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Escorpión b Valiente [lightning] Escorpion won via Aguijon Mortal
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Rudos are now Terriblemente Guapos y un Rey and were wearing TGR shirts. Rudos took 1/3 and beat up KeMonito after the match.
6) La Sombra, Negro Casas, Rush DQ Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] Euforia replaced Thunder. Team Sombra took 1/3, the last with Sombra tossing his mask to Volador JR.
Thunder doesn’t show, so CMLL goes to it’s consent bailout move: more Volador/Sombra.
Not really sure what giving new t-shirts is going to do for Terrible, Bucanero and Shocker that the last few months of pushing has not. CMLL needs new people in the top mix but are clearly uninterested. Because this is we are in 2015, the first thing I did was search to see if there’s some supplement named “TGR”. (Not as far as I could find.) In an interview with Estadio Deportes, TGR declared they were against everyone, tecnico or rudos, making them exactly like the Ingobernables, the Electroshock trio, the Hellbrothers and every single other rudo faction to form in the last couple of years.
La Sombra vs Volador Jr. singles matches by year (in any venue)
This’ll be #20. It’s only the 12th in Arena Mexico. (Sombra leads 6-4-1)
This is the first CMLL Women’s title match in Mexico since 2013. There’s been four title matches in Japan in that time. Usual practice is Marcela wins the title back here, though that feels even more underwhelming than usual.
AAA TV (FRI) 04/03/2015 Deportivo Colon, Xalapa, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Gotita de Plata, Niño Hamburguesa, Pasion Kristal b Belial, Carta Brava Jr., El Apache Pasion Kristal replaced Pimpinela (injury). Super Fly bled from the nose from something in this match.
2) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Súper Fly b Australian Suicide & Dinastía Dinastia replaced Super Nova, but lost to Super Fly’s triple powerbomb.
3) Bengala & Drago b Daga & Joe Lider
4) Fénix b Hijo del Fantasma Turned into a singles match – Psycho Clown would later appear to explain he could not wrestle due to the injury he suffered in SLP and Pentagon Jr. was added to the main event. Fenix avenged his loss in Guadalajara by using his new Busca Suenos move again.
5) Aerostar, Blue Demon Jr., La Parka b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
6) El Patrón Alberto, Murder Clown, Myzteziz b El Mesías, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr. Texano Jr. & Murder Clown were added to the match. Alberto submitted Mesias.
Show began with another tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr., as in San Luis Potosi.
Air Date: I’m lost here. Rey de Reyes would normally be a two week show, but it may have been cut to one week. Today’s show airs pretty much every important match from the show: only the Hell Brothers vs La Parka/Jack/Angelico match didn’t air and they’ve got plenty of those. It it is one week, then this airs April 25th and May 2nd. If it’s not, it’s one week later.
Main event is a small tell about where people are ordered on the rudo side now. Alberto wasn’t going to lose two straight TV tapings and probably needed to get a win. They picked Mesias to take that loss and not Texano Jr. (Pentagon was presumably needed to catch some Myzteziz move before the finish.) It’s still early.
Fenix versus Fantasma got good reviews and seems like it should be happening one more time for the title after this result. Fenix getting a new move plays off his old move not being enough to beat Fantasma.
AAA tapes tonight in Xalapa. Two of the Dream Team, Alberto el Patron & Myzteziz, face Mesias and Texano Jr. in the main event. Semimain continues the Hell Brothers/Demon/Parka issue with Aerostar as the third wheel. The undercard is full of promising matches, including Fenix/Psycho vs Fantasma/Pentagon. Belial and Gotita de Plata make appearances in the opener.
CMLL is main evented tonight by Volador, Thunder and Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush, Sombra and Negro Casas in an incredible partners trio main event. It seems like another match building towards Rush facing Thunder in a match at some point, but incredible partner matches are often used to set up matches which wouldn’t have come about otherwise. (Or, maybe they’re just going to end up with UG/Thunder vs Sombra/Rush because Thunder in a singles match is a rough idea.) There’s not much of ongoing storylines on this (or any other) CMLL show, with the closest being Maximo and Thunder facing off again in a semimain trios.
The subject of luchadors pay also comes up deep in a Forbes Mexico interview with Dorian Roldan; when asked, he says luchadors start off at about 200,000 and some are paid just under 1,000,000 Mexican Pesos. (That’s a $13K to $67.5K US.) The article says there are 92 luchadors under contract, though they may reduce to 80. The number of luchadors in AAA is my most favorite dumb stat, because it seems like it’s useful but the concept is so fuzzy to make it practically useless. (Is Belial in AAA? Counting appearing yes, probably not if you’re just including people who get that starting salary.)
The article is primarily another piece about their expansion into the US to get some of that sweet US money; with a lot of familiar info. The useful line is when Dorian says “Our idea is to be the next Mortal Kombat or Power Rangers” – it informs the product you’re seeing on Lucha Underground.
Rey Misterio Jr. and Konnan talked to the Baja California’s Attorney’s office, giving statements about Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death. (A third luchador went with them, but his name isn’t mentioned.) Not much is said about their statements, just they were as surprised by the events as everyone else. They’re still looking to talk to Manik, Extreme Tiger and the doctor. Not sure why it’s taken so long to talk to the doctor, that would seem to be one of the first things to do.
CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 04/12/2015Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Impulso vs Keira
2) Justiciero & Magnifico vs Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr.
3) Jeque vs Herodes Jr.
4) Virus vs Avisman
5) Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid
6) Aero Boy vs Soberano Jr., Alas de Acero
7) Black Terry vs Psico Kid
8) Negro Navarro vs Dragon Lee (CMLL)
Full card for their first of two matches in Coacalco in April. Dragon Lee vs Negro Navarro in the main event is the latest announcement and a Different Style Battle – but I’d trust Dragon Lee more than most young flyers in that match. Virus vs Avisman is a sleeper excellent match.
Daylight Savings Time ends in Mexico on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Hooray.
No real clue what’s actually going to air this weekend on AAA TV. It should be Rey de Reyes, but it won’t be clear what airs each week (and if they’re airing everything) until they put up the preview on Friday. Fantasma/Fenix would seem to need to air before the main event, and makes sense as airing a separate week, but they ignored all that in how they aired Guerra de Titanes. There’s at least a thought of not airing Perro Aguayo Jr.’s last AAA match, but if they were fine with showing Perro for 90 minutes last weeks, there’s no reason not to show the one more match they have to air. The awkwardness is more building up a match that won’t happen, but that’s not the first or last time a wrestling promotion will do that.
Dos Leyendas also airs this week in the US. I received the Fox Sports versions of those matches today (thanks!), which should be slightly bit longer than what airs on Azteca. I’ll have both versions up on Tuesday.
52MX is La Gitana’s TV debut. Probably some weird names in Rey del Ring. Weird how it works out to have CMLL, AAA and IWRG big shows airing on the same day.
It’s pretty hard to spoiler proof a show named “Mask vs Mask.” Tried anyway. My hunch is this upcoming week’s Lucha Underground show is going to generate some hot takes.