In 2018, Pentagon Jr. made splashes on multiple companies outside of Lucha Underground, including Mexican promotion rivals AAA and CMLL.
The two companies, long established as the top promotions in Mexico, will have had Pentagon wrestle for them by the time 2018 is over. It was recently announced that Pentagon will wrestle on AAA's biggest show of the year, Triplemania XXVI, on August 25 when he faces Psycho Clown, El Hijo del Fantasma and LA Park in a "Poker Aces" hair vs. hair match.
The news came as a bit of a surprise since Pentagon left AAA in 2017 on not so great terms, but in an interview with Fightful, Pentagon said he now maintains a professional relationship with AAA and said he's not working for them on a full-time deal, still fully committed to Lucha Underground in the United States. Pentagon said he will work dates for the company and help AAA expand globally, but maintains that he is not tied down to just one company in Mexico.
"I still remain 100 percent independent in Mexico and everywhere else in the world while respecting my obligations with Lucha Underground and Impact and I still have a contract with Lucha Underground. For AAA, I wouldn’t really say I’m back [just yet], but more so I’ll return at TripleMania on August 25. That’s when I’ll return to wrestle for AAA. Admittedly, there had been negotiations between me and them and we talked about how to further expand the lucha business and take it global. We’ve come to an agreement that I will come in and help that global growth and help AAA have a worldwide reach just like I have been doing with Lucha Underground and Impact. It all comes down to the wrestling promotions giving opportunities and the wrestlers making the most of those opportunities and help make companies grow alongside with the necessary support. AAA approached me, we negotiated and came to an agreement and I’ll keep wrestling for them and for other companies," Pentagon said.
Pentagon then made a surprise appearance in CMLL just a few weeks ago, interfering in a match where he would attack Caristico, formerly known as Sin Cara Azul in WWE, and challenge him to a mask vs. mask match in the future.
When asked specifically if his current deal with CMLL is similar to that of his AAA deal where he would work certain dates as an independent contractor, Pentagon simply responded by saying "exactly."
The concept of Pentagon, or any big time Mexican wrestler for that matter, appearing on both AAA and CMLL while also wrestling for The Crash is virtually unfathomable. According to Pentagon, gone are the days of any real exclusivity for any company to have the full rights of a wrestler so that he or she doesn't compete or even appear on other promotions. Even WWE is slowly starting to adopt this practice for several wrestlers, allowing them to compete on the independent circuit on some occasions.
It's the same with Pentagon, who is currently one of Mexico's most popular wrestlers. Pentagon opened up about the discussions he had with CMLL and said he will work more dates for the company, though he did not specify how many dates or how long he would compete for them.
"You know, I think the wrestling business nowadays has evolved so much, from the creative mindset and of course, the wrestling styles. CMLL is like the cathedral of wrestling. It’s one of the two biggest wrestling companies in Mexico along with AAA. If any wrestler someday wants to step into Arena Mexico, [CMLL] is the way to go. The opportunity to go there was offered and I’ll be doing a few dates, but I’ll still be wrestling for The Crash, AAA, CMLL and whatever promoter wants me in Mexico and anywhere else in the world," Pentagon said.
Over in the United States, Pentagon is still fully committed to Lucha Underground, where its fourth season is currently airing on the El Rey Network, and on Impact Wrestling.