Elite jumped back to the first episode ever, so no need for that. There are a few episodes that haven’t aired in the US but, if they’re just repeating the same episodes over again, there’s no point in recording it. It says something if CMLL can’t get back on the air in the US over now twice warmed over repeats.
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-24 @ Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Dragón Lee vs Niebla Rojain a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rushin a relevos increíbles match
AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-19 @ Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs El Mesías & Paganoin a Number One Contenders Match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship and in a cage match
2) Faby Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Ayako Hamada, Goya Kong, Big Mamiin a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Number One Contenders Match match
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
4) Argenis vs Averno, Chessman, Bengala, El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, Joe Lider, La Parkain a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-03-25 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-13 @ Arena Puebla
1) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
2) Drone, Esfinge, Lestat vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
3) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-26 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-22 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Diablo Jr. vs Black Dragón
2) Cadilac, Emperador Azteca, Kanon vs Avisman, Eterno, Ovett
3) Pantera vs Demonio Infernal
4) Freelance, Golden Magic, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago
All matches taped at Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on 03/05/2017
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker defeatedLanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum(9:02, Carta Brava hanging double stomp on Máscara de Bronce, good, video link)
Angélico & Australian Suicide defeated Dark Cuervo & Joe Lider and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morganto (possibly) earn an AAA tag team championship match(5:39, Angelico Fall of the Angels on Joe Lider, OK, video link)
Texano Jr. defeatedDr. Wagner Jr. and Psycho Clown to keep the AAA Heavyweight Championship (7:43, Texano backcracker on Wagner, OK, video link)
What happened: Texano Jr. is still the AAA heavyweight champion, despite being forced into defending the championship in a three way match with Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner. He got a little help. Mystery assailants kidnapped Psycho Clown prior to the match. Psycho made it back about six minutes into the match, just long enough to get a near pinfall on Texano via a destroyer (Wagner pulled out the ref) and then distract Dr. Wagner into a loss. Psycho claimed not to know who had attacked him.
Angelico & Australian Suicide may have won a tag team championship match. The announcers mentioned the three way match as for a title match, but it wasn’t mentioned in the graphics and may have been quietly dropped. Joe Lider took the loss after he and Cuervo had a miscommunication, and Cuervo & Scoria beat up Lider for his mistake after the match. Lider is now 0-2 since the Perros del Mal have left and has been humiliated by his partners after both matches.
Mary Apache revealed her injury is a skull fracture and talked about her history of head injuries. A previous injury kept her out for three years. It’s unclear when she’ll return.
Aerostar & Super Fly argued some. The show ended with the Lucha Underground trailer for Netflix.
There were 22 minutes and 24 seconds of action on this show
They broke the AAA formula. The matches came off not as regimented as usual, or at least with new ideas and didn’t feel as much like the different people being plugged into the same setup. The openers are usually a brief tecnico warmup, a sub two minute beatdown, tecnico dives and that’s it. This opener had a little of that, but it kept going back and forth between the two sides for the last few minutes, to the point where even the final sequence between Bronce & Carta Brave could’ve gone either way. The tag team title match was in the mold of the really fun matches from Angelico & Jack Evans tag title run, with a fast pace and lots of pinfall breaks ups. It didn’t have the time or the quality of the others ones, but the effort was there. The main event felt more like a CMLL lightning match, with Wagner & Texano rushing into get pinfall chances (and not just aimlessly brawling for eight minutes before they did the ‘real’ stuff.) There’s no one right way to have matches, but it gets numbing if you have them the same way all the time. Shaking those things up is an obvious positive of the creative change. I didn’t think the matches were great (and I’d still like to see one get time) but it feels like they’re trying to get there.
There was still a lot of Vampiro on this show, but it didn’t feel like the show was about Vampiro this week. It’s hard to know what the show was about; they spent some time on the Rey de Reyes show and it was impossible to miss how nothing on this show had anything to do with that lineup. But it still feels more like something is happening here much more than before.
The other obviously immediate change is the return of vignettes. There were the Apaches discussing (and reinforcing) what had happened last week, Psycho & Wagner both taunting poor Texano about how they were going to take the title away from him, Psycho getting stuffed into a van. AAA’s felt like they were mostly just rolling out matches for the last year, and now it feels like there’s more effort in making them matter.
The changing matches thing is still something to wait and see about. It’s a normal US thing and not as much in Mexico. The crowd was very unhappy when they didn’t think Psycho Clown was going to wrestle in the main event as scheduled. He got a big reaction when he turned up, but only showing up for about 90 seconds might have left people disappointed.
That opener was really good. Soul Rocker struggled a bit, but everyone else was really good and Mascara de Bronce’s tornillo looked great. They’re still having trouble catching all the dives these guys do, but they looked spectacular when we saw them.
Sounds like a good show, with all the matches sounding like they went well. Guevera missed his flight. There’s a video from the promoter explaining it on Facebook, but Facebook privacy settings are awful and confusing. It sounds like Demonio Infernal did well in his spot and that’s a match I hope we get to see. Lee & Soberano wore matching outfits and would be a good tag team if CMLL had a tag team division. Puma/Tiger & Corsario/Drako looks good in the photos
Attendance was down a bit, I could actually see the bleachers in the upper section.
Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 03/26/2017 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fire Man b Thonder Stromm
2) Sonic & Stukita b Icaro & Pequeño Olímpico
3) Hijo del Signo & Piel Roja b Platino & Skerman
4) Jorge Kebrada, OT Fernandez, Súper Ciudadando b Black Thunder, Douki, Patán Black Thunder replaced Daisuke Hanaoka.
5) Rey Bucanero & Sam Adonis b Argos & Último Dragón Adonis snuck in a foul on Dragon for the win.
I wonder if they’re doing Adonis/Dragon in May.
Do you want more Pierroth versus Diamante Azul? You’re getting it anwyay. Los Ingobernables face Azul, Terrible and Mr. Niebla in a rematch of last week, which is probably setting up a singles match next week. The semimain looks much better, with the Guerreros (UG, GG and Euforia) versus Marco Corleone, Matt Taven and Volador Jr.
The undercard includes Princesa Sugehit defending her championship against Zeuxis. I’m not going to again make the mistake of saying there’s no chance of a title change happening, but just that it doesn’t seem to make sense at this point in the story. It should be a good match. The early matches don’t look as promising. Fuego, Pegasso & Soberano must deal with Misterioso, Skandalo and Toro Bill, which should at least continue the Soberano/Misterioso issue. Black Tiger, Espiritu Maligno and Millenium face Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman in the never progressing Espiritu/Policeman issue. The show opens with the Centella Rojas versus Perverso & Sombra Diabolika in a tag match of all recent additions to these shows.
CultIcon also previews the show. The show starts at 9pm local, but still 1 hour later if you’re on Daylight Savings Time. This is the final week of the time difference issue; Mexico’s clocks will switch late Saturday night. (Which will mean it’ll be off an hour for people in Japan and others places who don’t do DST.) It’ll air on YouTube as normal.
CMLL (SAT) 04/01/2017Arena Coliseo
1) Astral, Flyer, Príncipe Diamante vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
2) Pegasso, Robin, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Forastero, Metálico
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol
5) Carístico vs Euforia
There’s no title on the line, he’s going in with a loss, it’s Euforia – if Caristico can’t get a singles win here, it’s jut not happening and he should just give up and take Flyer’s place in the opener with Astral & Principe Diamante.
Pierroth still listed as Pierroth. Metalico in a tercera is weird.
CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Fuego, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Vangellys
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ripper
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto
Dragon Lee isn’t sticking around much past the ROH show, at least if he’s going to make this booking. (They have to get him out of Orlando before WWE grabs him.)
CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
4) Flash II, Mágico, Neutrón vs Évola, León Blanco, Pitbull I
5) Metatrón, Smaker, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
Third match is a rematch from this past week. Evola & Magico were a rematch.
DTU (SUN) 04/16/2017Arena Actopan, Actopan, Hidalgo
1) Hardy Boy, Masizito, Toto vs Drolux, Luigi, Químico Torres
2) Lokillo vs Niño De Cobre, Moria
3) Deluto III, Deluto IV, Deluto Jr., Deluto V vs Monje Solitario Jr., Poético, Príncipe Gladiador, Rey Tormenta Jr.
4) Jimmy & Kevin vs Ángel o Demonio & Camuflaje
5) Marcela & Zuzu Divine vs La Magnifica & Lady Maravilla
6) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Halloween & Ovett
7) Crazy Boy, Hormiga, Mistico II vs Paranoiko, Pesadilla, Psicosis II
There’s nothing to this show but I just needed an opening to point out Mistico is working quite a lot of DTU shows.
I forgot to put this up! I don’t really think about how these shows stack up until I put this list together, but I absolutely did like Cometa/Cavenario better than anything on that iPPV, so good cal me. The iPPV was well worth $3, but an iPPV should have a match you have to see and there really wasn’t one of those.
Dragon Rojo’s title reign coming on a barely advertised show in Arena Coliseo to a guy who gets nothing from the win is not the worst way to do it, but it’s pretty underwhelming. I have no idea why they bothered, or why I bother. Dragon Rojo seems sad. This is the second title change in Arena Coliseo in two months, you’d have to go back years to find CMLl doing that again.
Lucha Memes (SAT) 03/25/2017Arena Coliseo San Ramón, Puebla, Puebla [+LuchaTV]
1) Astrolux b Black Metal (Estado de México)
2) Toxin Boy b Arkalis Money thrown in.
3) Virus b Prayer
4) Black Terry b Impulso Black Terry replaced Sammy Guevara. Money thrown in.
5) Hechicero (CMLL) b Centella de Oro money thrown in
Main event sounds like it went pretty well. Guevera’s Twitter offers no reason of why he missed this show (and the Sunday one, which will be mentioned tomorrow), it looks like he was planning on being on them.
The Crash (SAT) 03/25/2017Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, R de Rudo, The Crash]
1) Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito b Mirage, Oraculo, Súper Caló Jr. Super Calo Jr. & Jonathan were added to the match
2) Séptimo Dragón b Máscarita Dorada
3) Arkángel Divino & Black Boy b Flip Gordon & Mr. 450
4) Bestia 666, Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid b Dezmond Xavier, Famous B, Shane Strickland
5) Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan b Black Taurus & James Storm James Storm replaced Bobby Lashley on Friday, with Impact sending a video saying The Crash wasn’t worthy of Lashley but might get him if Garza could win. Prior to the match, Konnan announced that if Garza beat Storm, Impact would have to either give Garza a title match next month or the alliance is off. (Sami pinned Taurus, not sure if that counts.) Garza and Storm teased a singles match but were both attacked by Familia de Tijuana, upset that Rebelion is getting all the talk.
6) Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson b Daga & Rey Mysterio 619 Rey suggested the Young Bucks return to face Fenix & Penta
Said to be another sell out with a lot of good matches. I had multiple people explain to me the semimain storyline and I’m still not sure if I’ve got 100% sure I’ve got it right. The larger idea is The Crash has set up a storyline reason to part ways with Impact – they either get the title match, or they can explain the breakup to their fans by Impact going back on the world. Familia run in seems to set them up as main event heels if it doesn’t work out. I think they’ll probably figure it out, Impact sent that video to explain the Lashley->Storm change and sent Jeremy Borasch, so they’re still trying.
CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany La Jarochita replcaced Estrellita (still recovering from her fall?). Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Pegasso b Disturbio, Raziel, Sagrado tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente b Máscara Año 2000, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Matt Taven, Mistico, Rush Rush and Matt Taven could not get along as a team.
Weird how Sunday has become the fourth most important show right now.
Rayman took Indio Cherokee’s hair in Arena Roberto Paz.
AAA’s second La Llave de La Gloria was Saturday. They brought a lot less people in, 20-30. My guess is that’s probably a choice and not a lack of candidates; it had to be hard to evaluate people with as many as they had last time. Record has an interview with trainee Lirio de Plata, who’s a cabbie by day.
CMLL (FRI) 03/24/2017Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Eléctrico & Shockercito 15:52. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta 18:05. Rudas took 1/3, Zeuxis defeating Sugehit again.
3) Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán 11:44. Rudos took 1/3. great match.
4) Niebla Roja b Dragón Lee [lightning] 6:49. Niebla Roja won with a modified Canadian Destroyer
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas 8:54. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] 6:32. Straight falls. Pierroth was DQed for unmasking Diamante Azul in the first. Taven snuck in a foul on Rush in the second. Those two agreed to a match next week.
I really liked the third match, it was strong all the way thru. Roja/Lee had a good match but it still felt like a taste of what they could do. Taven/Rush for next week was a surprise. Zeuxis is winning all the matches but the big matches.
Didn’t look like as good attendance as the December show but the last two matches sound like they went well.
Ultimo Guerrero beat Wotan in the main event of the Ancla show last night in Arena San Juan. Separately, Herodes is behind the OMLL promotion, and says they’ll be back in Arena San Juan on 04/01. WMC ran two shows their last month. Arena San Juan seems like it’s getting up to a show a weekend, and not as much Cara Lucha.
The Crash returns to Tijuana. The main event is Rey Mysterio & Daga versus the Young Bucks. The Bucks are said to be coming back in about six weeks, so there may be an angle out of that. It’s a big main event for Daga, who’s the mostly unknown guy in the US and could start to change that with a good night.
The semimain on a loaded card is scheduled as Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan versus Black Taurus & Bobby Lashley. However, last night Impact released a video with Karen Jarrett pulling Lashley from the show. James Storm will replace him. The video plays this up as a storyline where Garza Jr. will get a shot at Lashley and his title if he can get a win over Storm. That would be a logical main event for a Crash/Impact PPV, and probably would be announced tonight if it is happening in three weeks. Amusingly, this video paints Impact as an evil promotion messing around with The Crash, which certainly plays into the deal with AAA. This might be the opposite; Impact being helpful by explaining Lashely’s absence from this card (for whatever reason) and giving them a storyline to build to whatever match they were going to do anything.
Lucha Memes returns to Arena Naucalpan for Chairo9. Atlantis vs Ultimo Vampiro is listed as the top match on the card, but they also have a flyers match of Dragon Lee & Soberano Jr. versus Sadico & Sammy Guevera, a tag title defense by Navarro & Terry against Hechicero & Virus, and much more. Lucha Memes’ promoter was on the Winter Palace previewing this show.
Today’s AAA TV show will air the Reina de Reinas elimination match, Mesias & Pagano vs Cuervo & Scoria, Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner vs Murder Clown & Monster Clown and the Rey de Reyes torneo. That means next week will have two titles matches and the mask versus hair show, one of the bigger AAA TV shows in some time.
CMLL (FRI) 03/31/2017Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush
Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr.defeatedLa Máscara, Pierroth, Rush(técnicos straight falls, 6:32 [2:45, 3:47], ok)
Matt Taven used a distraction and a foul to beat Rush in the main event. It was a straight fall win, after Pierroth passed up the first fall win to unmask Diamante Azul earlier. Taven challenged Rush to a rematch of their September match next Friday, and Rush accepted.
Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit again. She got a little help from a trip from the outside to land her big dropkick.
Niebla Roja also picked up a pin on Dragon Lee. It felt like build to another match, but there were no challenges.
The ring announcers and edecanes did live skits to promote the Boing apple drink/cup giveaway
The tercera was the match of the night, a match which looked good on paper and was much better in reality. They started off with a dynamic Titan/Hechicero battle and kept a fast pace throughout. Maximo’s kiss spot was clever, and slamming a big guy (and falling down) alwayss gets over. Titan might have cleared a new height record on his moonsault and was part of a really good moonsault. Even the rudos winning didn’t deflate the crowd much.
Dragon Lee & Niebla Roja was good while it lasted, it just didn’t last as long as I hoped. They showed good chemistry here, with Niebla Roja looking as good as he’s ever looked opposite of Dragon Lee. They left it really unclear if this is meant to go anywhere, but any Dragon Lee singles loss should go somewhere at this point.
The crowd enjoyed the semimain and the finishing sequence was well done, but it felt more routine and less to it than the earlier men’s trios. I didn’t realize how short it was until checking the clock, but it explains why I didn’t see as much in this match. Still fun to see Negro Casas do Negro Casas things and he was in good form here.
The women’s match was shakey. It’s good to see Silueta still exists; she can be an average luchadora and that’s better that most people here. She might have been above average here, because she managed to have a problem free exchange with Reina Isis to start. Reina Isis later messed up a handspring back elbow, if that was what it was. Sanely did not have a great match either. Sugehit/Zeuxis was the fulcrum of the match, but it didn’t feel as strong as before, not like a pending big mask match.
The minis match wasn’t those guys “A” game, with the rudos not really into it (the more biting, the less Demus cares) and Shockercito seeming invisible until the third stretch. They had a lot of time, too much for what they were going to do.
The main event was the usual Diamante Azul/Ingobernable thing. Diamante Azul did his double clothesline, Volador had a nice tope con giro, but I’m tuned out on this now. Taven winning via foul was an actual surprise. Seems unlikely he’s getting the win next week, but it’s obviously positive indicator about how much CMLL loves Taven. They don’t give two singles matches in three Fridays to pretty much anything; it’s a timing issue here, but also an endorsement.
IWRG (WED) 03/22/2017Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Omega
2) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Atomic Star & Lunatic Extreme no Shadow Boy or Arana de Plata.
3) Diablo Jr. b Black Dragón
4) Avisman, Eterno, Ovett b Cadilac, Emperador Azteca, Kanon They’ve turned Ovett’s sit down senton into a deadly move now (after he left Vortize bloody last week.) He took out Emperador Azteca in thi smatch.
5) Demonio Infernal DQ Pantera Pantera accidentally hit the referee. Challenges followed.
6) Freelance, Golden Magic, Imposible b Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago Golden Magic beat Relampago, challenged for a title match.
If you’ve been in withdrawal over not seeing Diamante Azul fight Pierroth for a whole four days, CMLL’s got you covered today. The usual spate of mask matches rematches continues tonight in Arena Mexico, with the two people in last week’s mask match meeting in the main event. Azul teams with Matt Taven & Volador Jr. against the Ingobenables.
The best match of the night is Dragon Lee versus Niebla Roja in a lightning match. They’ve had two singles matches off of TV already, which were probably pretty good considering their interactions in trios matches. The time limit will reduce what they can get in, but it still should be pretty fun.
The only other important match on the show is the women’s match, where Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit also continue to fight. It’s Sugehit, Sanely, and Sileuta against Dalys, Reina Isis and Zeuxis. Zeuxis & Sugehit have a title match Monday in Puebla, but the feud seems like it might be more than that. CMLL’s about four weeks away from a medium sized show in celebration of the Arena Mexico building’s anniversary, and they’ll usually have at least one important match for it. It’s still too soon to tell, and they have time to come up with something new tonight, but Sugehit/Zeuxis seems like the strongest pushed match (especially with Soberano & Misterioso disappearing for a couple weeks.)
Ther rest of the card includes Peste Negra taking on Angel de Oro, Mistico and Valiente in the semimain. Maximo, Stuka, Titan and Hechicero face Hechicero, Kraneo & Ripper. The show opens with Electrico & Shockercito versus Demus & Pierrothito. All these matches could be good, but nothing’s a standout card.
CultIcon previews the show. The show starts 8:30 local, which is still one hour later than usual if you’re on Daylight Savings Time. We’re almost thru this period, just nine more days. The show is back on ClaroSports tonight.
It’s a busy Friday night elsewhere. DTU has a big show in Arena Aficion with Daisuke Masaoka & Takashi Sasaki in from Japan’s FREEDOMS promotion. (Ayako Hamada is booked but no CMLL luchadors are; this makes more sense now that we know Ayako’s back in AAA.) This was going to be an iPPV at one point, but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. The main event is Ciclope vs Masasoka. It’s listed as a non-title thumbtacks/extreme match right now, but Masaoka says he’s defending his King of Freedom’s title in Mexico and this is the only singles match he’s announced in, so it’ll probably be changed tonight.
+Lucha has a bunch of interviews from Rey de Reyes, including one with Vampiro. At about the five minute mark, Vampiro talks about the long announced Wagner/Psycho mask. Or, more accurately, he says “if the match happens”, suggesting it might. That’s not a good thing to suggest when you’ve been selling tickets for two months by promising people are going to see that match. The comments jump all over Vampiro for saying if, mostly because everyone’s just anticipating AAA backing it’s way out of a match they swore up and down they’re going to have. It’s probably still happening.
SuperLuchas’s article on the AAA/Impact/Crash situation clarifies the situation with a show being canceled in San Luis Potosi on Wednesday. The show was scheduled to have Penta & Daga versus Aeroboy & Violento Jack. The luchadors got to the building, the fans got to the building, but the building itself was closed by local government. It turns out the local lucha libre commmission also just happens to be the local promoter for AAA, and it sure seems like he used that power to keep a rival promotion out.
LuchaRama has started announcing shows for their 04/08 return in Mexico City
AAA TV (WED) 04/12/2017 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Bronco González, Concord, Octagoncito vs Guerrero De Plata, Hijo Del Vikingo, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Big Mami, Lady Shani, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Goya Kong, La Hiedra, Mamba
3) Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago vs El Mesías, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pagano, Súper Fly
5) Argenis, Ayako Hamada, Hijo del Fantasma vs Johnny Mundo, Kevin Kross, Taya
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown
Air Date: 04/22 & 04/29
Wagner/Psycho as normal on top. They had a singles match back in October that had no finish. I wouldn’t count on a result here either.
Everything underneath is the new abnormal. If I told you six months ago that there would be a trio of Argenis, Ayako Hamada and Hijo del Fantamsa, you wouldn’t believe me. You also wouldn’t believe me if I told you six days ago. Trust issues aside, they are following up on the big issues of Rey de Reyes here. You can see some of those reflected in the 03/31 Neza card too, so we’re definitely onto the new creative team by this point and we’ll soon have an idea if the card charges are going to be a regular thing or just part of a transition.
Taya loses her title but gets an actual feud, so it’s not a loss. Fantasma and Kross are doing promos back and forth on Twitter. Argenis would be the #1 contender to the cruiserweight title if he wins the four way in Neza, so that match may be building an Argenis/Mundo match. That is a real sentence.
If Argenis winning the Rey de Reyes sword means the trio that formed of Argenis, Drago, and Aerostar will never actually get around to teaming. That was an old creative thing, may be out the window already with the person who trapped Faby Apache in a room. Aerostar & Drago found good replacement partners in an atomicos that might actually be good. Aerostar/Super Fly feuding seems like the only reason for that match but it still seems like they’re telling a story with Pagano & Mesias. They’re teaming here and back in Neza.
OGT versus the kid also a plot line. The trios match here seems like it builds on Averno & Chessman vs Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce back in Neza. Averno was really good at working with young high flyers in CMLL and Chessman’s done that in the past in AAA, they just haven’t been used in those roles here of late. Ricky is back after not appearing at Rey de Reyes, which suggests the surprise trios title change wasn’t about any of the OGT members leaving. Maybe the reason was just the surprise, a shock title change to fit the feeling of a lot of shocking things going on and a way to blow off the Apaches/OGT feud which seems to be downplayed or going away. It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to make the Mary & Gran Apache champions if they’re not going to be around any time soon and those titles might have been useful with the OGT with wherever they’re going with the kids, but I can’t totally object to a lucha title being taken out of play.
Shani seems to be starting as a tecnica in Neza. Pimpinela and Mamba get grouped in with the women.
I think that opener’s airing, even though it’s mostly non-AAA people. They have to get two weeks of TV out of this taping. What’s notable is those are not San Luis Potosi locals either. Concord is from Pachuca, Bronco Gonzalez usually wrestles in Mexico State, Guerrero de Plata & Hijo del Vikingo mostly work Puebla. These aren’t people who advanced in La Llave de la Gloria; there’s some other scouting/recruitment going on.