LuchaWorld Weekly Ramblings 12/1/11
L.A. PARK & LA PARKA TAG TEAM…TOO SOON?
In 2010, L.A. Park vs. La Parka was a hot feud for AAA. It was one of the big matches at that year’s Triplemania with the stipulation that one of the guys had to drop the La Parka gimmick. The end result was that L.A. Park put on such a major beatdown on La Parka that he decided to keep his own name and likeness and didn’t care if La Parka kept his. The original had thoroughly destroyed the second version.
Tonight, AAA will team up these rivals for the first time ever at their TV tapings against Dr. Wagner Jr. & Electroshock. Is it to soon? Yes. Pretty simple and to the point. Why team them up leading into their last big show of the year. They’ve already set-up their top two matches at Guerra de Titanes. Couldn’t they just have had Octagon teaming with LA Park in this throwaway match. This tag match is all about Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. LA Park. Who they team with isn’t the big story and that’s where the problem lies in putting the two Parkas together at this show. Its possible they just have a clusterfuck early on and the two don’t technically team up, but they made a mistake.
Just look at the last month the two Parkas have had and tell me that their issues that they are having wouldn’t at some point force them to team up. L.A. Park is having issues with everyone from Los Perros Del Mal to Konnan to Dr. Wagner Jr. He doesn’t trust anyone. La Parka turned on AAA because he doesn’t trust them and feels they turned their backs on him. Both guys have been hands down the best rudos of late. They’re careers will forever be tied together. L.A. Park for years resented the fact that Antonio Pena created an imitation of the character he made popular. La Parka lived off the character, including getting awards based off L.A. Park’s success in the early 2000s (something that bugged L.A. Park at the time). Two bitter rivals forming a tag team not because they like each other but because they hate and feel disrespected by everyone else. That to me is something that should be huge. Their first time teaming should be a bigger deal than just having them on a TV taping this soon. Their first time tagging up should be the lead storyline to start 2012.
L.A. PARK VS. DR. WAGNER JR. HEADLINES GUERRA DE TITANES:
AAA’s final big event of 2011, Guerra de Titanes, will be headlined by two title match-ups. The bigger one, at least as far as its been booked, is the L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. match for the Latin American Title. The title hasn’t really been brought up during the storyline. This match has been built from the moment L.A. Park returned to AAA since the L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. feud goes for several years and has spanned AAA, CMLL and several independent shows. L.A. Park has wanted to face Dr. Wagner Jr., but in story, he feels he’s been held back by Konnan, Los Perros Del Mal and the rest of La Sociedad in favor of using him to stop their other AAA rivals. Konnan, when confronted by L.A. Park about finally getting his match with Dr. Wagner Jr. was always side-stepping the answer by pointing out how El Zorro (who had left La Sociedad) had cost him a match. In a recent TV show, Konnan got L.A. Park off his back by telling him if he could get rid of El Zorro, then he’d get his match with Dr. Wagner Jr. Rather than continue to keep from this match, Konnan and the rest of La Sociedad obliged and now the two will meet.
As far as my thoughts on how this match will go, that’s difficult to say. On paper, they should have a match worthy of Match of the Year votes. However, looking back at some of their previous match-ups, they’ve had some misses. In CMLL, the two never really had good chemistry in singles matches since they wanted to have a hardcore match and that’s not something CMLL is really big on, so they’re matches didn’t come off as great. Dr. Wagner Jr. has been rather disappointing in 2011. Last big event, he wrestled Rob Van Dam in a match that wasn’t very good. L.A. Park has been the teflon man since joining AAA. Nothing he gets thrown into has been bad. He and El Mesias have become the promotions big show performers. I’d expect both will try their damnedest to have a great match.
The other big match will be for the AAA Mega World Title currently held by Jeff Jarrett. He will defend against El Mesias. A few weeks ago, they started an angle were Jarrett placed a $50,000 bounty on El Mesias. Only Gunner showed up and somehow they didn’t have the match and the explanation given was the El Mesias was injured by none other than Gunner…So doesn’t that count? Shouldn’t Gunner be $50,000 richer now? Then again, El Mesias is listed to wrestle, so eh, who needs logic nowadays! Jarrett has been disappointing in this latest run in AAA. In the past, he had been pretty good in the ring and being a gringo was enough to get him heat. This time around, he’s been pretty disappointing in the ring. Some of it could be attributed to his opponents and how the matches were laid out (mainly storyline-driven), but Jarrett needs to have a good showing at this show to justify any reason to keep bringing him in. Just like L.A. Park, El Mesias has been great on big events and I expect him to show up big for this match. I think Jarrett vs. El Mesias should be a fun match.
Guerra de Titanes wil be airing on PPV in Mexico on the Sky Network. No other matches have been mentioned yet.
CMLL’S UPCOMING LOADED FRIDAY SHOW:
There’s a lot to complain about when it comes to pro wrestling and how much bad is out there. CMLL isn’t alone in that department. This time, lets bring some positive CMLL news by pointing out how GREAT the 12/2 Arena Mexico show looks. Its stacked. The best part about it is that we might end up seeing at least 4-5 of the matches make their way onto TV! WOO HOO!!! Let’s see Galavision try to rain on my parade by adding 30 more commercials!
Let’s break this down…
1. Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Hombre Bala & Super Halcon Jr.
WHOA! The Rayos vs. Gen11 guys appears as the opener of this show. Remember when Guerrero Maya Jr. was part of this feud early summer? We’ll probably never see this match, but I’d expect these teams to pop-up again in like the 2nd match of an Arena Coliseo show to continue their feud. Rayos win.
2. Pegasso vs Loco Max [lightning]
I wouldn’t be shocked if this ends up on either show. More likely the Fox Sports show. Wonder if they’d use this match to set-up a mask vs. hair match because I could totally see Loco Max cash in his hair in time for Christmas gifts for the family. Why not? I would do it. Ends in a time limit draw because I think Loco Max is gonna cash in his hair! They come back with a trios match the following week were Pegasso throws out the mask vs. hair match challenge somewhere.
3. Diamante, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger
I would like to think that this match was booked before Tiger was announced as the new member of Fuerza TRT and the other 3-4 members of Los Cancerberos were not available for this show. I’d like to believe that. The tecnico side is perfectly okay. Fuego and Stuka Jr. are a semi-regular tag team and Diamante is a young high-flyer. Tiger really should be moved out of this match and his next match should be teaming with Rey Bucanero and Terrible. I’m sure they could get Euforia, Virus, Polvora or Nosferatu to step in. Tecnicos win.
4. Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Olímpico, Psicosis, Volador Jr.
THIS IS THE MATCH I can’t wait for. The Atlantis-led trio has been pretty fun. Los Invasores were given a new life when Volador Jr. joined them. By the way, talk about the 2 things that have really helped CMLL as far as match quality in 2011 would have to be the Atlantis-Ultimo Guerrero break-up (elevated 3 new luchadores) and Hector Garza’s (badly planned) tecnico turn putting Volador Jr. with Los Invasores. Volador Jr. has been a better fit with this faction. He’s been having fun changing his gear on an almost weekly basis. He’s been one of the more consistent workers in CMLL. He’s joined up with the hard-working Psicosis and the reinvigorated Olimpico. Seriously, Olimpico dropping his mask and getting this new “Jersey Shore” type gimmick has been great. Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Volador Jr. should be fun and its a fresh match-up. I expect this match to lead to a title match-up between these two trios and perhaps as part of the undercard for the Felino vs. Blue Panther card. Tecnicos win and demand a shot at the National trios titles.
5. Jushin Lyger, Máscara Dorada, Rush vs Averno, Ephesto, Último Guerrero
This match probably sets up a Lyger-Ultimo Guerrero singles match because we’ve already had Ultimo Guerrero costing Lyger his title, so I assume that’s were they are headed. Everyone else feels like they’re just there to fill out the match and to load up the card, which worked. They could have gone with Ultimo teaming with his regular teammates. Should be a good match. Rudos win via foul. Lyger demands a mano a mano with Ultimo Guerrero.
6. Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Blue Panther, La Sombra, Shocker
Another match that could be good if they don’t do too much comedy (Mr. Niebla!) and let Felino and Negro Casas continue their feud with Blue Panther. I think they’ll probably need Felino to get the win because right now I’d imagine most people are disappointed that they went from Negro Casas vs. Blue Panther to Felino vs. Blue Panther in a hair match. Also, what will Zacarias El Perico and Mr. Niebla wear at this show!
Looking over this card, they continue building the Felino vs. Blue Panther match. They also could be getting at least 2 more match-ups for that show with Invasores vs. Titanes del Atlantida (team name subject to change) and Ultimo Guerrero vs. Lyger in probably a trios match on that show with a future singles match. I can’t see CMLL putting that singles match on the same card.
LUCHA TWEET OF THE WEEK:
CMLL decides to keep Fuerza TRT alive and kickin’ by moving Tiger up to the group. No idea if they’ll do a skit or angle on TV, but the way CMLL has been building up groups or storylines, maybe a press conference is in the horizon. So now you’ve got Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Tiger. Tiger comes off of turning on his father, Felino, and siding with Rey Bucanero, who has since then taken him under his wing.
Don’t hate me for saying this, but I kind of like this trio a little more than with Texano Jr. The group just didn’t feel right with those three. They were never really booked the way they should have been given that Texano Jr. was pretty much a guy who everyone had pegged as star in the promotion. Instead he was just another guy and you don’t want to be that when you are in your mid or late 20s. Now you kind of have Rey Bucanero or Terrible as the leaders and a younger, less experienced guy to round out the trio. If only CMLL doesn’t book their first match with two-thirds of the team together, they might have something. Also, it would be fun that this led to a Peste Negra vs. Fuerza TRT feud that really just has been on and off since Rey Bucanero left that group.