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Certain matches in AEW are OFF LIMITS due to promotional hatred

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Professional wrestling is a world of alliances, partnerships, and, sometimes, intense rivalries. A recent development in the wrestling world has highlighted the complexities of promotional relationships, particularly between AEW (All Elite Wrestling) and two major Mexican wrestling promotions, CMLL (Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) and AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración).

AEW, a major player in the wrestling industry, has been expanding its reach and forming partnerships with various promotions worldwide.

A significant update has emerged regarding AEW’s working relationship with CMLL. This collaboration will be evident in the upcoming edition of Rampage, where a special match between Mistico and Rocky Romero is set to be taped for the October 20th show.

Tony Khan, the president of AEW, has confirmed ongoing discussions with CMLL, hinting that the Mistico-Romero bout is just the tip of the iceberg. This match signifies the commencement of a deeper partnership between the two promotions.

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The Delicate Balance of AEW and Mexican Partnerships

While AEW’s budding relationship with CMLL is noteworthy, it’s essential to understand the broader context. AEW is ambitiously trying to maintain partnerships with both AAA and CMLL simultaneously. This endeavour is challenging, given the well-documented animosity between the two Mexican promotions.

Dave Meltzer shed light on this situation during Wrestling Observer Radio. He highlighted that numerous potential matches in AEW would be “off limits” due to the existing tensions between AAA and CMLL.

For instance, while CMLL wrestlers might participate in AEW events, they won’t be allowed to face any wrestler associated with AAA.

This restriction has implications for dream matches that fans might be hoping for. Imagine a scenario where Mistico performs exceptionally well in AEW, leading fans to anticipate a showdown with the likes of Rey Fenix or Andrade. Unfortunately, such bouts will remain a fantasy due to the promotional differences. Even if a wrestler hasn’t been associated with AAA for years, like Andrade, they would still be off-limits for any CMLL talent in AEW.

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Past Restrictions and Implications for Future Collaborations

This isn’t the first time promotional rivalries have influenced match bookings. Wrestlers associated with AAA have faced restrictions in participating in AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door events in the past, owing to NJPW’s (New Japan Pro-Wrestling) working relationship with CMLL.

These dynamics raise questions about the future of inter-promotional collaborations. While partnerships can bring fresh matchups and exciting storylines, underlying tensions can also limit the potential of such collaborations.

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  • What is the recent development between All Elite Wrestling and CMLL?
    • AEW is forming a deeper partnership with CMLL, with a special match between Mistico and Rocky Romero set for the October 20 edition of Rampage.
  • Why are certain matches in AEW “off limits”?
    • Due to the animosity between CMLL and AAA, wrestlers from these promotions won’t face each other in AEW events.
  • Can CMLL wrestlers face AAA-associated wrestlers in AEW?
    • No, even if a wrestler hasn’t been with AAA for years, they are still off-limits for CMLL talents in AEW.
  • Have there been previous restrictions due to promotional rivalries?
    • Yes, AAA-associated wrestlers faced restrictions in AEW X NJPW events due to NJPW’s ties with CMLL.

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