This week’s MLW Radio mentioned the plan is for all AAA major events to be on iPPV, starting as soon as Rey de Reyes. It’s not for sure they’ll have it worked out by then but that’s the plan. Konnan was unsure which site would be hosting it or what language the broadcast will be in (but did mention El Rey will be in English). I’d be shocked if it was uStream, but I’m not sure what else there is out there. Price is unknown as well. Konnan mentioned they did better on uStream for TripleMania than they thought, suggesting that’s why they’re trying this again.
AAA feels like since everyone got their money back and TripleMania went up on YouTube, everyone is cool with the last iPPV disaster. That is not a good assumption; you do have to rebuild some confidence that AAA and whatever provider can actually provide the show you’re delivering. It’s good idea to try this for Rey de Reyes if the big plan is to get people back on board by TripleMania. That’s the one where all the casual people who’ll only check one show a year will check-in, but only if they know the steam will work, and the point where the gears really should be turning towards the AAA US show. (Just don’t expect the same numbers the first time out.)
The podcast also confirms this year’s Rey de Reyes is a 16 man tournament, which is what we were figuring. They’ve also returned to the idea that the winner gets a shot at the AAA mega world heavyweight championship after getting away from it. Perro Aguayo Jr. won in 2012 and got the shot. Mesias won last year and ended up fighting for the Latin American title instead (which is really weird thinking back, given who Texano defended the title against instead.)
AAA’s TV announced a 03/03 TV taping in Irapuato. That would follow the tapings this past week’s Toluca and this upcoming weekend in Ecatepec (both of which appear to be two week shows based on the schedule.) It’s likely that 03/03 show is the last taping to air before Rey de Reyes. Konnan has hinted about a major angle in early March. That seems the right time for, say, a big major debut. (Konnan said on the podcast that he knows AAA has talked to Sin Cara, but other people are talking to him too and he doesn’t know if Sin Cara’s signed yet. Konnan is working on ideas in case he is signed – he wants to do his best to make him succeed, but wasn’t yet sure how people will receive him. The Sin Cara Gym show reception should help with that. )
There are rules for the Super Crazy/Pesadilla sponsored NOAH tryout, including the 1500 Mexican Pesos fee. That’s about $110 US, a hefty amount. Maybe there’s a lot of overhead, but that kind of sounds like the real winner of the tryout isn’t the new person who might get to go to NOAH. It’s such a slow day that I almost wrote a 300 words about this – but if you’re trying this and you don’t already know you’re probably going to win, you’re probably not going to win (but you can still get something out of the experience and impress enough to maybe considered for other opportunities.)
Noche de Coliseo – which, in 2 hours, aired 9 minutes of new content (1/2 one match, didn’t show the finish, 30 seconds were of the guest referee dancing) – aired a commercial using Rey de Reyes 2013 footage. I was surprised, because AAA hasn’t advertised Rey de Reyes on that show in previous years, though it seems like a decent idea. It was not an AAA ad. It was an WWL ad – for last July’s WWL show! It also aired in the middle of a match. I have no idea why it was airing. Noches de Coliseo is a strange creature.