"Bobby Villa aka Bobby Zavala, La Mascara, and Maximo have been fired from CMLL. and Both The CMLL Heavweight, and Welterweight Title are vacant. There will be a tournament soon to crown a new champion." With a hat tip to Christian Orozco from the facebook group International Lucha Libre Fans, CMLL has fired three of it's stars for an incident that involved Mascara and Maximo destroying the car of Ultimo Guerrero. For a more detailed account of what happened and why, please click here. Speculation is that the trio could head to AAA, which has recently lost much of it's talent to The Crash and CMLL. Some are even speculating that La Mascara would be an excellent fit with WWE's 205 Live.
Flip Gordon signs with Ring of Honor. Gordon was making his name on the East Coast Independent Wrestling Scene working for promotions like Combat Zone Wrestling, Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling, and had recently debuts in Mexico working with The Crash Lucha Libre. Gordon is a former Chaotic Wrestling New England Champion.
Dave Meltzer and F4FWonline is reporting that Io Shirai has signed with World Wrestling Entertainment. This really shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who's been following the developments of the WWE Women's Tournament set to kick off this summer. Meltzer reported on May 6th that "Shirai was brought to Orlando not that long ago to train, which was not supposed to go public but due to a communications issue, was briefly mentioned on the WWE website."
Shirai has been the ACE of World Wonder Ring STARDOM, holding the Goddess of Stardom Championship, Artist of Stardom Championship, the SWA World Championship, Wonder of Stardom Championship and the World of Stardom Championship (which she's currently still champion). This announcement coming off the heels of another top Stardom Star KAIRI HOJO leaving Stardom, could spell trouble for the Joshi Promotion as two of their top stars are now out of the company. Io Shirai has built a reputation in Japan and Mexico and formerly competed in Lucha Underground as "Hitokiri".
According to f4wonline.com, Kairi Hojo will be reporting to the WWE Performance Center shortly, quietly signing with the WWE back in March. Making her debut January 7th 2012, Kairi Hojo quickly became one of the top wrestlers for World Wonder Ring Stardom. While apart of Stardom, Hojo won the World of Stardom Championship, the Wonder of Stardom Championship Goddess of Stardom Championship (Tag Team Titles) and the Artist of Stardom Championship (Three Woman Tag). Although most of her career was spent in Japan with Stardom, she wrestled in Shanghai for Inoki Genome Federation and made her North American debut in 2014 when she would represent Stardom in DragonMania 9 and Lucha Fan Fest 8 Events. She would make her debut in the United States when Stardom ran shows in Southern California in October 2015. She would later go on to work for Lucha Underground as Doku and would debut for Sabatoge Wrestling also in California.
According to Wrestling Inc. former TNA Impact Wrestling's Gunner maybe headed to the WWE. Raj Giri is reporting that Gunner is set to take a WWE Physical Soon. Gunner was a former TNA Television Champion TNA World Tag Team Champion with James Storm and worked at Impact from 2010 to 2015. Prior to signing with TNA, Gunner was a mainstay of the National Wrestling Alliance and a product of NWA Anarchy while competing as Phil Shatter, he was a former NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion, the NWA National Heavyweight Champion, and a perennial challenger for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
411Mania is reporting that last week, Keith Lee opted to sign with WWNLive instead of with Ring of Honor. "Lee and former tag team partner Shane Taylor were each offered contracts at the same time. Taylor signed immediately while Lee told ROH that he had other offers on the table. Lee informed ROH that he was going to sign with WWN at the Atlanta TV taping and ROH told him they would finish him out in Texas against the Briscoes to close out that angle." Lee would go on to tell 411Mania “It was very difficult. ROH made an offer at the very end of 2016, not long after that, maybe a week then Evolve made an offer. I took probably around three weeks of thinking, chatting, talking, brainstorming, talking to mentors and whatnot, weighing pros and cons. Considering Shane of course, and in the end after talking to mentors, friends, family and whatnot, it just felt like Evolve’s interest was way, way more fitting in my interest. They were looking to give me a chance to showcase Keith Lee, and that’s all I wanted was a chance to deliver and to be something that can build a company, and I think that I’m doing that.”