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CMLL Roundup: Volador Jr.’s new posse, Japanese wrestlers crossover, more!

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CMLL is preparing for two major events in September. Let’s catch up on the news from one of Mexico’s big two promotions.

CMLL had been stagnant during the pandemic, however, they seem to be trying a new angle with Volador Jr. and his posse of Depredadores. It started with Volador being joined by a group of masked man. Masks are nothing new to lucha libre, but these men had masks on top of masks. Maskception, if you will.

Since the crew didn’t bust out breakdancing moves, it was safe to assume they were luchadores. That notion was confirmed when Volador revealed Magia Blanca and Diamond as two of the members. Volador’s mission is to take his group to the top for everything in CMLL.

Volador also clarified that the numbers could expand to ten or more. His requirements are to be an athlete of high quality, respect for lucha libre, and dedication to being a part of the experience. It’s not entirely clear yet whether this will become a major angle to create new stars or if it is more like Volador as a symbolic mentor to the next generation. Either way, there is potential to create interest.

Catching up on some big matches, Jarochita and Dark Silueta survived a torneo cibernético to compete for the Campeonato Universal de Amazonas. Silueta controlled with submissions and German suplexes, but Jarochita rallied with a running kick in the corner for victory.

La Copa Independencia is also up for grabs via torneo cibernético. The first phase for the men included the team of Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero, Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente, & Gemelo Diablo I battling the team of Cancerbero, Star Jr., Mephisto, Dragon Rojo Jr., Mistico, & Volador Jr.

Volador outlasted Hechicero and Ultimo Guerrero in the final three. Guerrero flattened Hechicero on a super reverse suplex. Volador superkicked Guerrero to steal the pin on. The final duo had a hard hitting climax with Volador scoring a super hurricanrana on Guerrero to advance.

The second phase included the team of Euforia, Stuka Jr., Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Dark Panther, & Gemelo Diablo II against the team of Virus, Fugaz, Atlantis Jr., Rey Cometa, El Terrible, & Angel de Oro.

The final two were Gran Guerrero and Terrible. The physical affair terminated with a fireman’s carry driver off the turnbuckles for Guerrero to advance.

CMLL’s next major show will be Homenaje a Dos Leyendas headlined by Barbaro Cavernario and Felino in hair versus hair. The grudge match will take place Friday, September 17. Volador Jr. and Gran Guerrero will compete in La Copa Independencia final. The honored legends are Salvador Lutteroth and Sangre Chicana.

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The 88th Anniversary show follows on Friday, September 24 with a night of champions. That show will include all title fights as voted on by the fans. Polls are still open (here) if you want to voice your choices.

Kazuchika Okada sent his well wishes for the anniversary and looks forward to returning to CMLL in the future.

The director of NJPW, Naoki Sugabayashi, affirmed his desire to continue Fantasticamania and trading talent once COVID permits.

CMLL announced a renewed relationship with Ice Ribbon and Ladys Ring. Tsukasa Fujimoto, Tsukushi, and Nao Ishikawa are expected to arrive in Mexico for future dates.

In other Japanese news relating to lucha libre, Los Perros del Mal de Japon faction was born with NOSAWA Rongai, Eita, YO-HEY, Kotaro Suzuki, and Ikuto Hidaka in the NOAH promotion.

Los Perros del Mal were a famous faction headed by Perro Aguayo Jr. Kahn del Mal was in charge of authorizing the use of the name to the new group. The connection between the past and present is Eita, who accompanied Aguayo’s crew during a visit to Mexico in 2014.

In free agent news, Vangellys has parted ways with CMLL after 14 years with the company. The former Mistico (brother of Rush and Dragon Lee) revealed his new name to be Dralistico.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!