CMLL (FRI) 05/11 Arena Mexico
1) Brillante, Leono, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
2) Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
3) Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Jr., OlÃmpico, Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Ãšltimo Guerrero vs Alex Koslov, Hirooki Goto, Jushin Liger, Marco Corelone, Minoru Suzuki, Pierroth, Shigeo Okumura, Ãšltimo DragÃ³n [Gran Prix]
It will be a one on one tournament â€“ Ovaciones kinda tries to explain this, but you can assume by no one saying â€œciberneticoâ€, and what’s going on next week. No main event gives them more time, but if you break that up by match, that’s just an extra minute or two. I don’t think it’ll be broken up by match, though â€“ maybe one long final after 14 short matches.
You’d think they’d push some tecnico really hard, with no Mistico around at the moment and no Perro needing a win. I’d guess Bucanero, Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Wagner, Liger and maybe Suzuki have a shot, though the Triple Crown champion has gotten absolutely zero hype to the point where I’d mistakenly think this is Minoru Tanaka again and perhaps some people do think that. Too bad Hajime Ohara isn’t here instead of Okumura, because we’d have like every top Japan wrestling promotion but NOAH in one match and like five people in Mexico would care. (I guess Dragon counts? Dragon counts as his own personal universe.)
Lots of talk about Liger and Wagner doing a NJPW Juniors re-enactment society for the final. I’m rooting for Ultimo, as always â€“ maybe they’ll force another big Rey/Ultimo match on the fans since people won’t show if they knew it was coming. (I’d be happy.) Something should start ticking towards a hyped match for June here.
CMLL announced lineups for Leyenda de Plata today, and it’ll start next week. They must’ve had these in the plans previously, and didn’t want to do cibernetico tournaments back to back. (Dunno why they wouldn’t just wait to do these a little alter in the year, but maybe we’ll figure that out later.)
05/18: Maximo (returning from injury?), Mascara Purpura (ditto), Stuka Jr., Volador Jr., Alex Koslov, Mephisto, Tarzan Boy, Felino, Negro Casas, Perro Aguayo Jr.
05/25: Averno, Ephesto, Valiente, Mr. Aguila, Loco Max, La Mascara, Leono, Heavy Metal, Virus, Mistico (returning from injury?)
Mistico’s injury is not addressed in this announcement, so I wouldn’t take it as proof that he’s going to be fine, but they’re planning with him in the picture. I’ll wait to preview this later, but there’s some surprising names in there. No Ultimo?