Rocky Romero is doing a great job now. It’s time to put Azucar on your radar to watch out for his antics.
Last week Romero defeated rival Volador Jr. to win the CMLL World Historic Welterweight Championship. Romero has Volador’s number in the ring and, therefore, considers himself Papy Volador. Like any good father, Romero couldn’t let Volador’s birthday go by without a cake. Romero treated his son lucha libre to sweets and a song on a CMLL Friday night show. Volador seemed happy but hesitant to trust Papi. This was for good reason, because Romero smeared the cake in Volador’s face.
The moral of the story is to never trust a man who wears an eyepatch as a fashion rather than a function.
Romero and Volador proceeded to compete in a three-way action on opposing teams. The ending is played like the Three Stooges with low beats throughout. Romero was left standing. The referee noticed that everyone on the mat was holding their muscles in pain, so he concluded that Romero was guilty and awarded the victory to Volador’s team. Alliances fell apart and everyone quarreled with every person trying to get a hair-to-hair match.
Romero has been putting together one of the most interesting stories CMLL has had in years. The disagreement branches beyond the simple chirping of mask vs. mask or hair vs. hair. CMLL can make money in a number of ways by using the feud of a multi-man hair match to spark a single hair vs. hair blowout between Romero and Volador. This feud is shaping up to be worthy of being the headliner of CMLL’s biggest show of the year at the 90th Anniversary Show in September.
Romero is also making waves backstage in positive ways with a desire to defend the CMLL belt in other promotions. The relationship between AAA, AEW, CMLL, NJPW, and ROH is a complex web to navigate. Romero got a little help from Chris Jericho to use his magician powers to produce an unlikely match.
Romero would defend the CMLL World Historic Welterweight Championship against NJPW’s Young Lion Yuya Uemura at the Jericho Cruise, which sails the high seas from February 2 to February 6.
except # Four leaf clover Match announcement! with approval @employee We are excited to announce @employee against @employee to #CMLL World Lightweight Championship….only on @employee! #RockNWrestlingRager @njpw1972 pic.twitter.com/JzRCr4goAt
– Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) January 28, 2023
Get your plot board up.
The tie-in series are CMLL & NJPW and AEW & NJPW. CMLL and NJPW used to work for ROH before Tony Khan bought the Honor Company. AEW is also friends with AAA, a rival promotion to CMLL in Mexico. CMLL has been steadfast in their refusal to accommodate talent relationships in scenarios involving AAA luchadores. This stalemate allegedly forced AEW and NJPW to change plans for the Forbidden Door in order to serve the whims of CMLL. The Jericho cruise would have AAA superstars Fenix and Pentagon aboard, so there was no guarantee Romero could get approval from CMLL. Although Romero’s bout has yet to be televised, it’s still a notable move for the bout to happen in the first place.
It is very rare for a CMLL championship to be defended outside of CMLL. thanks for the @employee & @tweet I will be defending the “CMLL WORLD HISTORIC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP” in @tweet !!
“La age of azucar ha comenzado” https://t.co/6EU7PHcbpM
– Rocky Romero aka “Chico the Luchador” (azucarRoc) January 29, 2023
The era of Azúcar has begun.