It sounds like the trios match might have been the best, and the best at creating the dueling promotions/fanbase environment. Good reviews for the main event too. Cara Lucha isn’t really running and this seemed to be a Lucha Memes show, but they were still egalitarianism about splitting the wins 3-3. There’s a lot more that goes into promotions working together but that seems like a good start.
Attendance was way up for the Dr. Wagner appearance.
There’s two CMLL women’s singles match this week. Tonight’s Arena Puebla will probably have the better of the two. Dalys defends her CMLL Women’s Championship against Kaho Kobayashi in the fourth match of the card, which is also higher on the card than the Sugehit/Seductora hair match on Friday. Kaho’s close to finishing up her Mexico tour, though she’s booked this upcoming weekend in Monterrey so this must not be her last match. She’d be a surprise champion, not having presented too strongly to this point. Dalys matches seem often too rehearsed, which might work in the favor in creating a big singles match this time.
The main event has Caristico, Kraneo, and Ultimo Guerrero vs Terrible, Valiente and Volador. This is the second week of a Relevos Increibles, which usually sets up something when Rush isn’t involved. Maybe Terrible/Kraneo? Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas team up against Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Soberano in the semimain. Audaz & Virus meet in the tercera, with Lestat, Tigre Rojo, Disturbio and Kawato. Principe Diamante & Robin take on Malayo & King Jaguar, and Astro & Meyer face Espiritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis.
Dragon Lee is listed on a poster for the NJPW Best of Super Junior to no big surprise. It’s going to be news if he’s ever not in that tournament. There’s still no update from CMLL on what his actual health status is. He is listed on Friday’s CMLL card. CMLL typically will decide on Monday afternoon if luchadors are healthy enough to wrestle that week and quietly make changes on their website. As of 1pm CT, they hadn’t taken Lee out of the lineup and had no other updated on his status.
Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas beat Kawato San, Okumura, Sam Adonis
(11:52 [4:43, 1:41, 5:28], 2/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valiente beat Stuka Jr.in a lightning match
(5:25, seated armbar, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán
(14:59 [7:59, 1:31, 5:29], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rushin a relevos increíbles match
(5:34 [1:06, 2:11, 2:17], 2/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & Bestia ignore Kraneo early on, not letting him participate in beatings. Kraneo finally works his way in by slamming Carístico in the second fall. Kraneo refuses to pass the invisible ball back to Rush, and La Besita dropkicks him for it. That turns the match for the tecnicos. Rush & Bestia accidentally hit Kraneo in the third fall, Kraneo throw Bestia back in the ring at one point, and Rush attacked Kraneo on the outside. Kraneo splashed Los Ingobernables in the third fall to get them pinned, and then cut off Terrible with a belly bump when he tried running in.
Sam Adonis fouled Negro Casas for the DQ. This was meant to set up a singles match the following week, but it was changed to Soberano/Casas instead.
Eléctrico & Astral changed their team finish so one does a springboard splash, then the other, to prevent any more accidental head injuries when they both at the same time.
It’s probably better just to pretend the previous week’s main event was Kraneo’s turn instead of this one, because the crowd treated this one like it didn’t much matter. The third fall felt anticlimactic, with the match essentially over as soon as Rush dropkicked Kraneo. They crowd didn’t react as much to it. If I had watched this show live, I have been concerned the turn wasn’t going to get over. It did better the following week, so maybe chalk it up to a crowd that wasn’t into Los Ingobernables enough to care about this match.
There’s been plenty of variations of the semimian match before and they don’t exactly break a lot of new ground. They are incredibly fast and effective with what they do. The técnicos all getting lots of moments to shine, and the Guerreros pulled out a lot of unique moments only they seem to do. Titan seemed to get the most of this match from the técnicos, and Euforia had another strong outing. This was borderline great match, and worth going back to see if you missed this show.
The lightning match was a quick but entertaining match, working off the idea that Stuka and Valiente are similar in size and style. The outcome definitely said Valiente was better than Stuka, who got destroyed by topes and never came close to winning. They did enough to get over the idea of them being similar before it, and Valiente looked impressive on the way to winning.
The rudos/Peste Negra match was less Sam Adonis & Negro Casas feuding than I was expecting, given they were supposed to have a singles match the next week. They faced off all match, but it never got as hot as it was in the past. Felino & Kawato didn’t work together well at points, and the match never developed into a lot.
The second match was the usual level for the midlevel guys. Timing was good on moves, action was fine, but it also felt like they were just having a normal second match. I don’t understand why, but the shoulder tape makes Misterioso look even fatter. Or maybe his gut was just bigger than usual today. Fuego remains very popular.
Give Raziel, Cancerbero, Astral and Eléctrico enough tries and they’ll eventually produce a good match. The muscle minis are still wrestling robots, going thru spots with no indication there is a crowd present, but they hit all those spots this time. Raziel & Cancerbero were professionals and winners this time around, keeping the match together and getting to long strong in the end for it. This was a lot more watchable than the past attempts, though also probably as good as it gets unless they add another dimension to the match. Any wrestling move that involves one person tossing their victim to another person is a good wrestling move.
CMLL (SAT) 04/21/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Príncipe Diamante, Retro, Sangre Imperial b Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Maquiavelo tecnicos took 2/3
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman DQ Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías tecnicos took 2/3, Chamuel unmasking Microman for the DQ. Microman asked for a rematch next week, and got beat up some more. Angel’s debut.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther NGD took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Ephesto, Mr. Niebla Tecnicos took 2/3. Mr. Niebla celebrated 25 years of lucha libre.
6) Último Guerrero b Niebla Roja UG took 2/3, the last with his feet on the ropes.
Next Saturday starts the Kid’s Day shows, so the Micros working that show would make some sense. Hope they make a stream at some point; they haven’t been since September.
CMLL (FRI) 04/20/2018Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, MedioTiempo, Ovaciones]
1) Espanto Jr. & Yago b Astral & Oro Jr. 11:44. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Puma, Templario, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther 16:00. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 13:07. Rudas took 1/3, Seductora defeating Sugehit before their hair match next week.
4) Carístico b Dragón Lee [lightning] 2:45, though action had stopped a minute earlier when Dragon Lee suffered a non contact injury. Referee waved off the match and gave it to Carsitico. Dragon Lee could not stand and had to be strechered to the back.
5) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. 10:25. Rudos took 1/3
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible 4:43, straight falls, both by DQ. Rush fouled Kraneo, setting up a singles match next week.
A disappointing show. You really only need to see the second match, with everything else being not as good as you might hope. The Seductora/Sugehit feud was more over than Kraneo/Rush, though I’m not particularly interested in either one.
Dragon Lee’s injury was the biggest news of the night. Ovaciones has quotes from CMLL’s doctor, who also briefly appears in a video explaining the same thing: Dragon Lee felt a tear in his leg, should rest for a few days, and then they’ll do a further exam to see severity. A tear sounds bad, but the doctor also says he expects a full recovery so maybe not. No one exactly says where the tear is; the closet they say is it’s a muscle tear, which seems better than a ligament tear, but there’s no mention of what muscle it is.
It would be disappointing to see Dragon Lee out hurt for an extended period of time. CMLL’s not done much with him, but an injury of any length would threaten his involvement in next month’s New Japan Best of Super Juniors. The field for that tournament is usually announced during NJPW’s last big show before the tournament, scheduled for May 3rd and 4th. I’d write about how this affects CMLL, but CMLL doesn’t seem to have big plans for him (and so I wish he was taking it easy instead of wrestling with so much tape on.)
I have nits to pick about this show, but that shouldn’t overshadow that it still was AAA’s best show of the year. The best stuff was better than the Guerra de Titanes show, and it didn’t completely fall off the cliff. The opener Tijuana match is the best AAA match of the year and would get worldwide match of the year consideration if it had more visibility. Both the tag title match and the four way match would be the best match on many of the AAA Twitch shows this year. Even the TLC match, which I was predisposed to not like going in, included some remarkable spots. The show has it’s flaws, but it’s definitely worth the $5/month fee to watch it on Twitch (or the $0/month if you’re an Amazon prime subscriber.) It’s a Tijuana show, so there’s handhelds floating out there in YouTube land. Just find a way to watch that opener.
The MAD angle was good though something less than a full success. They definitely created an environment of chaos, of no one knowing what was going on. It didn’t get quite get their in menace. The only people really beat up were opening card people, and Wagner wasn’t selling much of a beating after the main event. Kross, Teddy and Juventud against an entire promotion doesn’t add up, but we probably should’ve actually seen them take out more people to get them over. This was a fair start but they need more.
The Konnan stuff was peculiar. The most effective way to get the angle over would’ve been to have Konnan on screen. AAA both when out of their way to not say his name but to make sure everyone saw a clip of what appeared to be Konnan walking thru the tunnel to the ring. Konnan hasn’t said anything about the angle, which is not like Konnan with a big angle. Even that clip was a little strange; I don’t know what his recovery is like from hip surgery, but I would guess he might still be needing a cane to get around at this point and he didn’t have one in that video. I’m a little suspicious Konnan didn’t make it to the show for whatever reason and they used some old video cover up for it. But I have no idea for sure, and AAA making sure to draw attention to the idea of Konnan being there suggests everything is all right.
Assuming everything is OK, AAA might as well keep teasing Konnan coming for now, and just make it obvious the big reveal is going to be in Monterrey. That’s the big show and Konnan with a microphone is the biggest thing they have to sell right now. The MAD group should definitely make some noise even before the next taping – they have social media, there’s a Twitch channel they could takeover for an hour – but if they didn’t do the Konnan reveal right away, then they migth as well save it for the big moment.
I’m most curious about how MDA feels all about this; no doubt The Crash is unhappy with how things have gone, but this “MAD” stable was created for the MDA promotion. They’ve used the same sort of surprise invasion bit here in AAA that they used in MDA, only now it’s part of a promotion that’ll be running against MDA in Monterrey. (AAA usually partners with KDNA promotion in that city.) Zorro & Sexy Dulce were part of the MAD group in Monterrey, and I’m not sure who they’ll end up with. MDA also recently added local El Divo to the group, something Konnan seemed strangely annoyed with on Twitter when it happened – he must’ve been planning this storyline then and didn’t want any one to mess with it.
AAA’s recap retells the main event angle as Vampiro appearing after the match to award Wagner his title. That’s not what happened, but perhaps it was what was supposed to have happened. (Vampiro was otherwise presented like nothing had changed with his job, and I have no idea what’s going on there.) Likewise, there’s probably a way for the “live” segments backstage to work, but they came off as very incongruousness with the rest of the show the way they were presented. maybe Joe Lider wasn’t originally supposed to be taken out at the end of his match, then the planned changed for him to do so, and they moved some skits that were supposed to air later in the show to earlier where they didn’t fit.
This was strangely produced shows they’ve had all year. The second and third match had the wrong entrance video playing for people. It made the Teddy Hart bit for the TLC match even weirder, because it was impossible to tell if someone had hit the wrong button again and Teddy wasn’t actually supposed to be there, or if it was part of a storyline, or if Teddy had just disappeared. Teddy’s music starting with Jack Evans’ old theme further confused things. Later, during the main event, Teddy’s music played again for a few seconds for no reason. The stream itself seemed to have transmission problems, declining in quality as the show went on and especially noticeable during the tag team title match. I expect it’ll look smoother when it airs on Space and then YouTube – but it won’t turn there until the end of next month.
Nothing was said about Verano de Escandalo the whole night. You can figure some of it – Lanzelot gets his title shot, more Alvarados/OGT – but they’re not really close to a card so far and it’ll probably end up MAD centric when it does happen.
AAA TV today listed a slightly different upcoming lineup than they’ve advertised before
05/18 FRI Tehuacan, Puebla (was 05/21)
05/28 MON Contla, Tlaxcala (new!)
05/31 THU Pachuca, Hidalgo
06/03 SUN Monterrey – Verano de Escandalo
That 05/28 week will have 3 tapings in seven days. They’re still taping too much for a normal schedule; if you don’t want Verano de Escandalo live, it’s not going up on YouTube until mid-July. Everyone’s probably figured this out by now, but you pretty need to subscribe to the AAA Twitch channel to be able to watch theses shows anything close to current.
We don’t have lineups for any of these shows, and might be able to fit in the missing pieces when we do. For what it’s worth, if you do subscribe to AAA Twitch channel to see last night show, you’ll also get see that Tehuacan show too after the fact. That’ll be a 9pm start, so you may want to watch it later instead.
Prior to the TLC match, the AAA announcers said we’d soon be hearing news about AAA going to Colombia. A tour for that country was announced earlier this year, scheduled for August/September, but we haven’t heard any more details.
The Crash put out cards for upcoming shows. We’ll probably never see this Aguascalientes lineup, but it’s notable Arcangel Divino & Ultimo Maldito aren’t working a rare show in their home state. They’re not on the next TJ show either, which certainly suggest they, Black (Boy) Destiny and Black Danger are done with The Crash for now.
CMLL (FRI) 04/27/2018Arena México 62nd Arena Mexico Anniversary
1) El Audaz, Titán, Tritón vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
2) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora [hair]
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Rush vs Kráneo
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
The women’s hair match is a little lower than usual, but La Seductora hasn’t been treated seriously as a threat before this feud and there’s no reason to accept her in a higher position than this. I thought Rush/Kraneo would end up on the Kid’s Day show because I assumed they were planning for the Kid’s Day show, my mistake.
The non-built match seem like more fun then the ones they’ve set up. Someone will have to fill in for Dragon Lee, but that should still be pretty good.
Not sure why they vacated the Cruiserweight title to have in an opener. That is the entire problem with that title, and most of the titles in The Crash: people win titles, The Crash sees title matches as not important things so the champions are slotted lower on the card than the non-title matches, and so the champions want to do whatever it is to get rid of them. It’s happened with Rey Horuz, it’s happened with Rey Fenix, and it’ll probably happen with Bandido if he wins the title next – his strong performances in PWG are probably going to get him booked higher everywhere else. It probably doesn’t matter for The Crash at this point.
Lanzelot beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Dinastía, and Máscara de Bronce,to become the Number One Contenders Match for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship (6:32, Lanzelot double stomp Mascara de Bronce, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr.beat Aerostar & Dragofor the AAA World Tag Team Championship (11:08, Rey Escorpión pin Aerostar after a mask pull, great, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Pagano beat Joe Lider, La Parka, Cuervo, Escoria, Hijo del Fantasma, Parka Negra, Histeria, Psicosis, Teddy Hart in a TLC match (13:46, Pagano pin Joe Lider, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown (9:00, mask pull and fouls, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
The MAD rudo faction, previously only seen in Monterrey based MDA, invaded the AAA show and revealed themselves after the main event. Vignettes showed opening card wrestlers laid out in the back with the MAD logo displayed on the walls. The logo as seen in the arena during the main event, and masked men representing the group attacked both the técnicos and rudos involved in the main event. The masked men revealed themselves as Juventued Guerrera, Teddy Hart and Kevin Kross, with Guerrera acting as spokesperson for the invaders. Konnan, who had lead the MAD group, was not seen in person or mentioned by name, but was teased to be in the arena and part of this invasion in a very brief video clip.
The final match on the show had been scheduled as Rey Wagner/Vampiro vs Hernandez/Hijo del Wagner. Vampiro appeared on the big screen before the match, explaining he was too busy with the (unseen) invasion to participate and changed the match to a Rey Wagner/Hernandez title match. Hijo del Wagner interfered frequently until Vampiro – suddenly not so busy? – came down to counter him after about three minutes. Rey Wagner won cleanly before the MAD angle started.
Earlier, Teddy Hart was introduced as the mystery wrestler in the TLC match but did not appear. The match started without him, with Teddy Hart only appearing in the last moment to help Pagano beat Joe Lider, then to attack Pagano with a chair afterwards. Teddy Hart was wearing an ELITE shirt for this segment, presumably to disguise the idea he was with MAD.
OGTs cheated to beat the Alvarados, and Escorpión & Texano did the same to keep the tag titles.
Faby accidentally hit Ashley during their match. Ashley stood up to Faby and walked out on her afterwards.
Hernandez & Dr. Wagner were put in an unwinnable situation. It’s a match that was unlikely to be good, a match no one had been clamoring to see, and a title match where the title was unlikely to change hands. Even if it had things going for it, it was overshadowed by the big angle obviously coming after the match, and by Vampiro running out during a match he said he was too busy to participate in. They might as well have done the angle a couple minutes into the match for all it meant.
The semimain was almost a standard CMLL match on an AAA card. A CMLL match would’ve have a finish with two guys being fouled and a third getting their mask pulled at the same time, that would be too much for even the blind CMLL referees, but the action was similar to what the Hijos del Infierno would’ve done. They started the match hot, and having a relatively normal match in the midst of a lot of abnormal stuff was a helpful contrast, but the match itself wasn’t anything special.
The TLC match had the same problems as all of AAA’s matches of this type. There’s no reason to have the match, there’s no direction during the match, it’s just a lot of prop violence with no meaning to it. The effort was there, Psicosis & Escoria trying to commit suicide mid match was a thing, but it was unclear why some guys were killing themselves and not actually trying to win the match in any way. These matches do not do much for me.
In their first real defense, Texano & Escorpion immediately found the groove as a rudo tag team and gave Aerostar & Drago a strong title match. Escorpión was the great base both técnicos have lacked of late, catching Aerostar’s craziest dives without a problem. They pulled off the Mistico catch spot just as good as Mistico & Euforia do. Texano got to look more threating and powerful by beating up the two smaller guys. Tirantes was referee, but his role was significantly played down from recent shows; it was Texano who got to look like the dangerous one this time. His powerbomb on Aerostar looked like it ended him. The finish was cheap, but perfectly fine if it sets up a rematch.
The #1 contenders match would’ve stuck out more as a crazy action match on a show that didn’t have an even crazier action opener. They packed about ten minutes of spots into six and half minutes of time. No time was wasted; there was some good planning here to keep the action going with all four guys almost all of the time, trying to maximize the opportunity. Like the opener, it was so frantic that it was tough for any one to stand out, and Lanzelot seemed like he won just because he was the last man surviving at the end. The Spanish Fly to the floor spot here seemed more risky the one earlier, and it’s amazing there were two of those on the same show.
The usual Pimpinela/Mamba tag match isn’t something I like to see in normal occasions. It was in a worse spot to follow the opener, though nothing was going to follow that. It was fine by it’s own standards, and at least they moved along the Ashley/Faby storyline (far quicker than I was expecting.)
The guys in the opener have been doing crazy matches for a while. The Crash adding foreigners and trying to move up some of these guys has meant the four core guys haven’t worked as much in the last years as they were before. Putting them back together created some incredible magic, exceeding the high expectations people had for that match. Even the stuff they’ve done before, like the doomsday tope, came off bigger here. (Getting to see it on actual cameras helps a lot.) The volume of big spots were incredible; I think Arcangel & Maldito had the best night of everyone, but there was so much stuff that I might have missed someone being even more incredible. This is a match you need to go out of your way to see.
Espanto Jr. & Yago beat Astral & Oro Jr. (11:44 [4:22, 2:56, 4:26], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Puma, Templario, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther (16:00 [5:04, 4:59, 5:57], 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL )
Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit (13:07 [3:48, 5:11, 4:08], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carísticobeat Dragón Leein a lightning match (2:45, ref stop due to injury, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. (10:25 [5:16, 1:54, 3:15], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible (4:43 [2:22, 2:21], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kraneo’s team beat Rush’s team in the main event in straight falls. Kraneo had Rush pinned in the second fall, but Tirantes refused to count for unclear reasons. Rush got up and immediately fouled Kraneo to end the match. Kraneo challenged Rush to a singles match next week.
Dragon Lee suffered a non-contact right leg injury about a minute into his match with Carístico. He collapsed in the middle of the ring and was unable to stand. The referee waved the match off and gave the win to Carístico, who made it clear he didn’t want to win that way. Dragon Lee’s leg was taped up coming into the match.
Seductora beat Sugehit cleanly before their hair match next week.
A fan tried to get in the ring during the semifinal, but was caught by ringside photographer Alexis Salazar.
The main event was nothing much. The Kraneo/Rush stuff seemed hotter when they first started it then when they’re getting to the singles match, and it hasn’t been that long of a build. It felt like Tirantes screwed up the finish so the improvised but who knows and I’m not sure it even matters. The idea of Rush throwing around Kraneo (and Mije) next week sounds fun but I don’t have confidence it’ll go that well.
This show needed a really good semimain to make up for the Dragon Lee/Caristico match being cut short. It got a semimain which was worse and shorter than usual. There were some dives, the técnicos did some of their offense, the rudos had some control, but there was just less of everything than usual. It was still entertaining but forgettable.
The lightning match was too short to mean anything before the injury. It did come off like Dragon Lee & Carístico weren’t on the same page during those first few moments, but that didn’t have much to do with the injury.
The women’s match was the usual angry brawling match before an apuesta match. It feels even more common for a women’s feud, since the brawling seems to cover up what they can’t do. Seductora can’t do much. Her feud with Sugehit works best when she’s beat up Sugehit because Sugehit can actually move around and fall down, and Seductora isn’t great on that. This women’s match had more energy than usual and the crowd reacted. It still wasn’t much more interesting, and it was disappointing when it was revealed to go three falls.
The second match stood out, even by the standards of the usual Puma/Tiger versus Panther action. I was struck by how much the Casas cats went out of their way to integrate Templario into their own usual team offense. Templario came off more as star for it, with all his big moves fitting into the flow of the match. I think this is the first match where Templario did the Sasuke Special splash in and the dive out, though not back to back. He was just as good as setting up others for big moves. The action was really fast, and felt more fresh than expected for two team who’ve fought so much. Pegasso struggled at portions during this match and didn’t seem the level of the other guys; this could’ve been even better with someone else.
I didn’t have my full attention on the opener because I was trying to get my sound to work, but it seemed better than average for that position. Yago getting the win was a slight surprise, but he looked like the best guy in the match. He worked well with Astral, his offense made more sense than Espanto. Astral was fine.
The AAA taping in Tijuana featured vignettes thru the show chronicling a violent attack by unseen mystery people. The vignettes revealed the logo of the “MAD” faction, a group lead by Konnan who had been invading Monterrey’s MDA group this year. More MAD signs were seen around the ring before the main event. After the match ended, the lights went out and a shot from behind of Konnan walking thru a Auditoro de Tijuana tunnel was shown. Three men in MAD masks were in the ring when the lights came back up, destroying both técnicos Vampiro & Dr. Wagner Jr., and then rudos Hijo del Wagner & Hernandez. Teddy Hart, who had returned to AAA earlier in the night, & Kevin Kross, who was part of the MAD faction in Monterrey, unmasked themselves. A MAD video played, and Juventud Guerrera revealed himself as the third man. Guerrera talked about wining all the titles, masks and money to a bewildered crowd. Dr. Wagner Jr. got up, seemed to shrug it all off, and talked with the crowd on his way out.
AAA’s social media made a point of showing a still of Konnan from the video. However, he was never in front of the crowd and never mentioned by name – only by the shock that he would be back in AAA. The announcers treated the whole thing like they had no idea what was going on, and the fans seemed equally confused. Juventued Guerrera had the Mega championship in his hands when the show came to an end, though it wasn’t clear if he was meant to be keeping it going forward.
In reality, it seems like Konnan’s back – except Konnan never appearing before the crowd and Guerrera doing the promo that would go to the leader of the group was odd if Konnan was actually there. Vampiro still is very much in AAA and was positioned on screen as if his role had no changed, even doing the Vampiro in a box segment early on the show before the angle kicked in. Vampiro didn’t wrestle after all, but they didn’t write him out as they have on the previous tapings. Wagner walking off undersold the seriousness of the angle. The fans seemed to better understand this was a big deal, but had no idea what to make of it as most of them hadn’t seen MAD before.
The backstage were absurdly billed “as live”, which was funny when Joe Lider was running around scared backstage one moment and then walking out for his match fine ten seconds later. There were numerous production glitches during the show; some may have been intended pieces of the story, but it was more than that. It would’ve brought down a show a lesser show.
This show did have some really good matches. The card was changed around a bit, leaving a 2v2 tag team match which would’ve been the best match on a lot of these Twitch shows. The four way #1 contenders match was also very strong. Those matches were blown out of the water by the opener. The Crash (or maybe the ex-Crash) wrestlers had one of the best match of the year. Do whatever you have to do to watch it. It’s on AAA’s Twitch channel for subscribers. The whole show was worth watching. It was AAA’s best show of the year, even if you can’t make any sense out of the big angle.
I’ll write more about this – and the other big story of the night, Dragon Lee’s injury in Arena Mexico – later on Saturday.
Both AAA & CMLL have TV tapings tonight. CMLL has a normal Arena Mexico show, with some build up to next week’s Arena Mexico Anniversary show. AAA is in Tijuana, with their only TV taping of the month. They’re not taping again until mid May, which means tonight’s the only chance they have to make a lot of news for a while.
CMLL’s up first at 8:30pm CT. Next Friday is their big show, the anniversary of the Arena Mexico building. So far, all they’ve got is a Seductora/Sugehit hair match. That’s not expected to be a big deal or the main event so they might throw in something else this week. It might come out of the main event rematch, where Los Ingobernables and Kraneo, Atlantis & Diamante Azul meet again. There were a slight focus on Rush versus Kraneo, which they might run next week or even a couple days later for one of the Kid’s Day shows.
The semimain has Volador as the third man teaming with Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja against Cavernario, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero. The Friday semimains have been among the best matches of the week for CMLL of late and this should continue them. The lightning match is a first time ever meeting between Carsitico versus Dragon Lee. They’re different styles, but both were young stars of the promotion at the time. We just wish Dragon Lee got the continued attention that Mistico got last decade; this is a rare big match for him on the big show of the week.
The women’s trios previews Sugehit/Seductora next week. It also, perhaps accidentally, previews the Kobayashi/Dalys title match in Puebla in a few days. Amapola & Marcela fill out the match. The never ending Panther/Puma/Tiger include Pegasso and Templario tonight. New rudo Templario seems like he’s been moved up a little bit already. The show opens with Yago & Espanto Jr. versus Astral & Oro Jr. There are worse opening matches for a Friday night, but that might be one easy to skip on a long night for lucha.
AAA’s taping won’t start until a few minutes after CMLL finishes, thanks to a typical late start and being in the pacific time zone. The scheduled start time is 11:00, and the show will probably go late in to the early AM. If you’re a Twitch subscriber, you should be able to watch it the next day if you don’t want to stay up until 1:00 AM to watch more lucha.
It may be worth staying up for, though I’m not sure exactly what is going to happen. I strongly suspect Konnan will be back involved with AAA, but I’m not what form that’s going to take – if it’s solely something behind the scenes, or if he’s on screen as a character as well. I also don’t know what that’ll mean for the matches; a new person in charge might rip up everything and present an entirely new card, as we saw when Vampiro took over.
The vital part might be what AAA has planned for Verano de Escandalo. That’s six weeks away but, due to massive AAA TV backlog, this taping looks like it’s the final matches which will appear before that show. Even for people who are following the live shows, there may just be two more TV tapings in May before the big summer show. AAA didn’t do a whole lot in the last set of tapings: some Wagner/Wagner stuff, and Texano/Escorpion picking up the tag titles. That means nothing besides Rey Mysterio appearing has been announced for Verano de Escandalo. That should change tonight, no matter who’s in charge.
The lineup, as it’s currently being announced, has an OGT versus Alvarados main event. Hernandez & Hijo de Wagner are scheduled to team against Vampiro & Rey Wagner, and who knows what’s happens there. There’s a TLC match scheduled to have La Parka, Pagano, Joe Lider, Hijo del Fantasma, Parka Negra and one more (originally Mesias, then a mystery person after he was removed from the lineup.) There’s no reason for it to be a TLC match and it’s unclear why you’d want La Parka to be in any sort of match like that.
The current tercera is a four way match with Rey Escorpion & Texano, Histeria & Psicosis, Cuervo & Scoria and Aerostar & Drago. The latter two have indicated this is a tag title match in interviews, though AAA hasn’t declared it so. You may recall Histeria lost his mask in Tijuana a few years ago, and the commission there is strict enough that he may not be allowed to wear it again tonight even for the big AAA show. The second match is listed as Vikingo, Lanzeloth, Bronce and Dinstia in a four way for a shot at Australian Suicide and the Cruiserweight Championship. The show is scheduled to open with Faby Apache, back from Japan, teaming with Ashley and Estrella Divina versus Big Mami, Mamba and Pimpienla Escarlata.
The lineup doesn’t look that great. Under normal circumstances, I’d tell you come in late and to check out after the third match rather than stay up all night. I don’t know what to expect from this one – I’m trying not to expect too much for a big boom that may or may not happen. It should be something to talk about either way.
If you want even more lucha libre, a Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix match will air tonight on the debut of MLW’s Fusion wrestling show. The show airs at 7pm CT on Bein Sports 1 in the US, one of those stations you may get but either you don’t realize you get it, or it’s locked in a sports package. I get it, though in SD only. Both El Rey and POP are only in SD here too, I guess it would be weird if I got to see those two guys in HD.
Fenix & Penta are booked on a NEW promotions show in Connecticut tonight, so they’re not showing up as a surprise in Tijuana.
RIOT announced their next show is on 5/26. It’s called RiotMania, playing off the Revolucha baseball stadium ColiseoMania idea. I would suggest RIOT have a baseball themed match, but at least one of the people who run RIOT is a wrong headed baseball hater.
I’ll probably repeat this during daylight, but, yes, if you’re so inclined, you can watch both CMLL Claro & AAA on Twitch complete tomorrow. I’ve got them starting right after each other, but CMLL Friday night shows have been done closer to two hours even, and AAA action usually doesn’t start until a few minutes after the top of the hour at the earliest. You should get about a 15-30 minute break between shows, enough time to go find something with enough caffeine to keep you going to 2AM.
Guadalajara has the tag title match, but the handheld is probably more complete than it’ll air on TV.
I keep listing IWRG on Saturday afternoon, though it looks like AYM has abandoned taping the midweek IWRG show again.
Rey Fenix posted a message on Facebook and Instagram last night. Some Facebook pages reported Fenix giving up The Crash Cruiserweight Championship as him also leaving the promotion. That’s not actually what he said on the show, so this message figured to be Fenix just saying he was still with The Crash. Instead, Fenix said he’s been an independent all along, will continue to work many places as an independent including the Crash, and he has big surprises coming.
That surprise? Today’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Fenix & Pentagon will be wrestling for AAA again. I’ve heard the same story, with more detail than in the story. Fenix & Penta will not be wrestling in Tijuana on tomorrow’s show, and may not be wrestling in AAA a lot. They would not be back to AAA full time and would not be under contract to AAA. The situation appears to be something similar to AAA’s current deal with Blue Demon Jr., where he’s pushed as a top guy in the promotion while only working a few dates. Demon has the freedom to work anywhere else, including The Crash. The Lucha Brothers would do the same, and would not be going back to AAA if it limited where else they could work. Instead, Penta & Fenix would continue working international indie dates, and AAA would just be another stop for them, not their home promotion. AAA would get to be correct about getting Fenix & Penta to come back one day, and Fenix & Penta would have a better situation with AAA than when they left.
This situation again points to Konnan being back in AAA, something the WON calls “a matter of when, not if.” The newsletter says other stars are expected in. No names are mentioned. I do not know all the specifics, but I do know wrestlers who’ve been in the Crash and/or Aro Lucha when Konnan has been in charge there have been talked to about coming into AAA. I also know no one’s really supposed to be talking about this until it gets announced, but it’s been sneaking on to social media already.
Konnan coming back is not official at this point. It’s wrestling, so until it happens, it hasn’t actually happened. Everything points to it happening Friday night if it’s going to happen. Tijuana is as close to San Diego as they’re going to get and Konnan making a point in the home building of the last group that cut ties with him (The Crash) are all reasons. The biggest reason is AAA says they’re not taping again for a month after Tijuana, and being stuck in a situation of making moves but not being able to talk about them for another month would hamstring the transition. This has gotten far enough along that it’s a big deal either way – if Konnan shows up in Tijuana (or otherwise makes his presence known), then we’re looking at a different AAA going forward. If not, then there’s some other weird story going on. I think he’s showing up, but I don’t know it and can’t guarantee it.
At this point, AAA is operating like nothing has changed. As recently as yesterday, the local AAA promoter in Toluca was hyping a Vampiro appearance as AAA creative director on their 04/28 show. If Konnan is back, he’ll probably be creative director by that point and it’s hard to imagine Vampiro would still be around. Vampiro’s given no indication of any change on Facebook, and Konnan hasn’t said anything as well. I keep seeing posters for upcoming AAA house shows and look to see if there’s surprising people involved, but they’re still using the same AAA roster we’ve seen all year.
AAA uploaded the Rey de Reyes TV shows in two parts: one & two. These are the Space (TV) versions of the episodes, with JMG and Hugo commentating. AAA’s always posted the Televisa version in the past. I haven’t seen a full Space episode before, so I’m not sure if the entrance music being removed is a normal decision of that channel or something going on with these two videos. You can finally see Texano getting his hair shaved off, though to a generic rock track replacing any audio. It’s a little different.
This catches AAA’s YouTube all the way up to what’s aired on Televisa, which is how they were doing it previously. It’s still six weeks of TV behind what’s been shown live on Twitch. Whatever’s going down in Tijuana won’t show up on YouTube until June at the current pace.
Those new episodes include commercial break bumpers with the some of the surprise luchadors in the tournament posing behind a flaming sword. I would assume that is the thing AAA called Mesias to the building early to film, which Mesias has said was done rudely, and that started his decision to make it his last day with AAA.
Main event is a sort of rematch from last week, when last week didn’t set up anything particular.
Women from Japan getting short title runs is the normal order of business for the CMLL women’s championship. Marcela held the this title for four and half years, except for losing it for a few months to Ayumi & Syuri each. I don’t think Kobayashi will do the same. I think I’d like it to happen to happen just for something interesting to happen with the women. It wouldn’t be interesting for long, since Kaho is back in Japan in May.
Audaz & Virus are matched up again in the tercera.
CMLL (TUE) 04/24/2018Arena México
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) The Panther vs Fuego [lightning]
4) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario
5) Hechicero, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
Both the third and fourth matches could be fun. Semimain reengages the Mascara/Bestia feud for some reason. Carsitico keeps facing Volador on Mondays and teaming with him on Tuesdays.
CMLL (WED) 04/25/2018 Deportivo Penoles, Gustavo A. Madero, Distrito Federal
1) Arceus, Magnético, Tiburón vs Crazy Man, Demsadio, Maquiavelo
2) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys & Tifany
3) Flyer vs Magia Blanca, Star Jr., Audaz, Eléctrico, Magnus, Cholo, Príncipe Odín Jr., Ulises Jr., Brazo Cibernetico, Bam Bam, Luzbel, Tanque Infernal, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
4) Brazo De Oro Jr., Brazo de Platino, Robin, Súper Brazo vs Cancerbero, Pólvora, Raziel, Tyson La Bestia
5) Diamante, Diamante Azul, Drone, Stuka Jr. vs Kawato, Okumura, Templario, Tiger
This is a show in memory of Brazo de Oro, which makes it a little weird that it’s CMLL wrestlers with Maximo pushing it on social media given all that’s happened there. That tercera includes rare appearance by Ulises Jr. and Bam Bam, who hasn’t been listed on a card I’ve seen in three years. Not a great chance he actually makes the show given past history.
Revolucha (FRI) 06/29/2018 Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Erika Sotelo vs Bugambilia, Chocolata, Epydemius, Hijo De Volador
2) Lady Flammer vs Christi Jaynes, Keyra, Lacey Lane
3) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Humberto Garza Jr. vs Damián 666, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King
4) Hommie, Máscara Dorada, Octagoncito vs Mini Bengalí, Mini Difunto, Mini Hator
5) Garza Jr. vs Mr. 450, Bestia 666, Último Ninja, Penta 0M, The King, Daga, Masada (Texas) [cage]
6) Dos Caras Sr., Octagón, Súper Muñeco vs Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Satánico
7) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr., Rey Wagner vs Alberto el Patrón, Blue Demon Jr., LA Park
This is the baseball stadium show. Alberto betrayed Mysterio this past weekend to set up the main event. They’re trying to do something for everyone to attract a huge crowd but it still feels like they’re missing a big definite match. The fifth match is listed as just a cage match, but I think it’s either supposed to be announced as an apuesta match or may eventually get there, and that would help.
It’s good planning to get this Rey Mysterio match out before whatever AAA announces with Rey Mysterio.
I think Hommie in the fourth match might be Big Homie from (the unfinished?) Lucha de Barrio.