01/25: Coliseo, Monterrey


CMLL (TUE) 01/23 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Artillero, Zayco DQ Espiritu Maligno, Karissma
2) Luna Magica, Princesa Blanca b Medusa, Rosa Negra
3) Leono, Stuka Jr., Virus b Canek Jr., Hooligan, Loco Max
4) Alex Koslov, Pierroth, Skandalo DQ Maximo, Mictlan, Sagrado
5) Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Shocker b Mascara Ano 2000, Olimpico, Universo 2000

Pierroth got DQed for using his belt! That’s amazingly inconsistent but I’m happy about it. Skandalo is a guy who’s work with and opposite CMLL guys on quite a few house shows (most noticeable in Puebla, but elsewhere around the country as well) to the point where I was thinking he was on the roster, but he’d never actually worked Coliseo or Mexico as far as I know. Now he has.

indy (TUE) 01/23 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results
1) La Mancha b Mr. Flecha
2) Guerrero Griego b Corazon Adicto
3) Hijo de Senor Tormenta b Black Diamond
4) Pancho Tequila b Huracan Ramirez Jr.
5) Humberto Garza, Tsunami b La Bella, La Bestia
6) Axxel b Hijo del Espanto II

indy (SUN) 01/28 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup [RFC]
1) Cavernicola I, Cavernicola II vs Larry Miranda Jr., Terremoto
2) Burrito, Mini Burro vs La Pulga, Ricochet
3) La Kalaka, Ejecutor vs Black Diamond, Corazon Adicto
4) Casanova, Sky, Black Diamond vs Vudu, Enrique Vera, Red Flamer
5) Humberto Garza Jr. vs Hijo de Senor Tormenta vs La Bestia vs ? [hair, mask]
6) Konan Big vs Pancho Tequila [FILL SUPER HEAVY]

They have a super heavyweight title? According to the followup post, Konnan Big never won the FILL title back from Rayo – I could’ve sworn he did.

indy (SUN) 02/03 Plaze de Toros Monumental Monterrey Lineup [rfc]
1) Sky, Titanic vs Furor, Black Soul
2) Coco Rojo, Coco Blanco, Coco Verde vs Al Barone, Sergio Romo Jr., Hijo de Espanto II
3) Anibal el Vampiro, Diluvio Negro I, Veneno vs Ultimo Dragon, Tigre Universitario, Hijo de Fantasma
4) Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 vs Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V
5) Mil Mascaras, Hijo de Santo, LA Park vs Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Hector Garza

Tickets are from $2 to $23 US.

La Cronica de Hoy talks about the VIP show. Much to Robert’s annoyance, the author talks about seeing Turbo in the opener – and she also confused Ultimo Guerrero with Marco Corelone. Good one! If she can be belived, next show is 02/10 and it will have the Coco Rojo/Super Muneco mask match. My favorite part of this article is the author’s picture.

Police in Tijuana have been rearmed – with slingshots. (Thanks to mikeinformer)

2006 Tapatia Award Thoughts

Since this is a short day in the year in review, I thought I’d broach this topic. I wasn’t completely excited to do this, but after seeing a copy of the WON Awards, I was kinda inspired. (Please don’t take that in a bad way.)

Last year, we did
Best Wrestler (pick 5)
Best Match (pick 5)
Best Singles Match (pick 3)
Best Non-Singles Match (pick 3)
Best Tecnico (pick 3)
Best Rudo (pick 3)
Best Female (pick 3)
Best Promotion (pick 3)
Best Rivalry (pick 3)
Best Legend/Over 40 Wrestler
Most Improved (pick 3)
Most Underrated (pick 3)

(2005 Winners)

Thoughts I had at the time
– Best Singles Match/Non-Singles Match both should be dropped, and Best Match should be top 6 or 7 instead.
– Best Legend really doesn’t work; either a higher age limit or it should be dropped
– Maybe Best Promotion should be Best Territory?
– Underrated needs to be changed to Underutilized to better define it

With some more time to think about it, I’d add back Best Team (tag, trios, stable – they just have to be a unit.) And there’s always the idea of adding the different style groups: best flyer/technical/brawler

The big idea, and the thing that would cause a lot of extra work, is to make all the suggestions and nominations for match of the year accessible to all who are interested. Not only would this allow people to see highly thought of matches they haven’t already, it’d help decide on other categories. I know DVDVR’s done this sort of thing by mailing out DVDs, but I think that’d take too long. I’m envisioning it as posting videos on YouTube, but I’d be open to other easy ways to get it done, and naturally, people to help track down the matches to post (since I’m sure I don’t have most of them.)

The other big idea is translating the ballot and the information around into Spanish, and attempting to open it to all the Mexican message board people. The more voters who are interested in this sort of thing voting, the better off we are.

Suggestions? Ideas from improvements? Or making it easier on me? We’re not close to voting yet, and probably won’t this month, but we’re heading that way.

2006 Year In Review: Numbers

It’s the half way point of the year in review, so it’s a good time for a break, and a chance to throw some random statistics at you. This is probably going to be the least newsworthy actual post, but it’s stuff I wanted to write about, so that’s what I’m doing.

Elsewhere on this site, I’ve been keeping track of all the shows and match results I could track down in 2006 and plugging them into a database. You see it turned into things like the wrestler cards or event lists. There’s a lot of events included which never actually made the news updates; if I cover every indy event, it detracts from pointing out the ones that actual matter. I’m sure I only get between 20% to 60% of the actual shows going on in Mexico at any time (and probably closer to the low side), but piled together, they do bring up some interesting patterns.

The upside of all this otherwise semi-pointless busy work is, at the end of the year, I can stack all the events up and check out some totals.

As of now, I’ve got at least a partial lineup for 2201 different lucha events – most in Mexico and a handful of US events. In those 2201 matches, I counted 9833 matches. That’s 4.4 per show; dragged down by shows where only partial lineups were announced (and results never mentioned) and dragged up by shows that featured tournaments.

Counting the participants in those matches is a little bit funky in my database. 422 of the guys I’ve identified and set up profile pages wrestled in 2006, and I’ve got 5803 ‘other’ wrestlers who participated in at least one match, but haven’t wrestled enough (or in a big enough place) to be counted. Some of that 5802 count is misspellings of other wrestlers or double counting of wrestlers who’ve switched gimmicks, so I wouldn’t claim 6225 wrestlers, but then I’m sure there’s a ton of guys who escaped notice all together.

I counted 858 different arenas as well, but there’s a high amount of duplication and misspelling there, so I wouldn’t take that number seriously.

I broke this down by promotion, and put in a table to save on the paragraphs. Anything featuring AAA or CMLL stars was recorded as such unless it was clearly supposed to be it’s own promotion (think IWRG) This reaches beyond the TV tapings and includes all the spot shows. (I don’t think I ever included the teleton, in case you’re wondering which area it goes in.)

   shows  matches  IDed wrestlers  Other wrestlers   Arenas
CMLL     664    3136         287           1389            164
AAA      389    1654         208           1289            278

You’ll notice that, even including every indy show where there was a name main event and a bunch of indy guys on the undercard, less than half of the total recorded lucha cards in Mexico were indy shows. The stars of lucha libre are the wrestlers people see on TV and in huge events, but the importance of the local indy guys should be noticed – those are the people fans outside of Mexico City are seeing on a more regular basis.

While I’m on frivolous database stats, here’s some current ones from the luchawiki.
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