01/31: Mexico

CMLL (FRI) 01/30 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Ovaciones]
1) Astro Boy, Hijo del Faraon, Tony Rivera b Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Pólvora
2) Máscara Púrpura, Máximo, Rey Cometa b Felino, Vangelis, Virus
3) Princesa Blanca b Marcela [MEX WOMEN]
4) Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Último Guerrero DQ Averno, Mephisto, Villano V
5) Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr.

Rudos won the main event when Niebla and Negro yanked Sombra and Volador’s masks and pinned them. Sounds like a tag title match.

Laguneros took the semimain in straight falls when V3 ran in to attack Panther in the second.

Princesa Blanca is the 16th modern champion, and only 2nd since CMLL started using the belt again. Marcela held the belt for near 21 months. There seems to have been some cheating, involving both Mima Shimoda (as Blanca’s second) and even the commission representative, but I’m not clear on what.

Rey Cometa apparently had a quite great dive on his match.

Lineups later, maybe.

Lucha Listen-In Podcast #5: Marco Corleone!

My sit-down interview with luchador Mark Jindrak/Marco Corleone of CMLL Fame, we discuss a series of topics, among them: The prospects of two Koslov(s) in WWE, his awesome ramp and the genesis behind it, Rellik~!, if Perro will ever come back to CMLL, Blue Panther being the older lady’s man choice and QUE MONITO (the midget blue monkey of guerrero kicking fame) all thanks to thecubsfan @ luchablog.com

You can find the show here, and it should be added to the podcast feed. We thank Marco for coming on. We live for comments, so please let us know what you think of the show!

01/30 quick links

SoloLucha via KrisZ has Super Crazy officially saying he’s starting in AAA in March, which had been rumored for a while and picked up when Arturo Rivera said it’d be at Rey de Reyes.

– Both Perro Aguayo Jr. and Marco Corleone appeared on the same Solo Por Muerte celebrity male stripping show. Apparently CMLL said it was okay, since they weren’t wrestling.

Negro Navarro video promo for shows he, Solar and Kendo are doing with some of the CHIKARA crew in March, in Delaware (03/08?) and Philadelphia. This sounds like an awesome idea.

Lucha VaVoom is running in LA tommorow, and gets good press as usual.

Octagon sings on Erendira’s fifth album, “La Pareja Ideal”. I think that’s the album name and Octagon is singing on La Bamba.

– Even Sombra is surprised he’s done so much so quick.

Latin Lover is talking about backing off of wrestling to avoid injury again. This is listed as a new article but may not be.

– SoloLuchas catches up to Black Power and Águila Venezolana (aka Hijo del Diablo)

– El Sol del Hidalgo looks back at 57 years of Arena Aficion. The article notes the arena is old, the first main event was a singles match (Sugi Sito vs Cavernnario Galindo) because tag matches hadn’t been invented yet. Local promoter is blaming recent drops in attendance on TV.

– Over on LuchaWorld, Robert watches bad MVS shows from 09/15&16/07 and a mixed bag of an IWRG show from 09/27/07

Random Lineups for 01/30 (SLP, DTU)

indy (SUN) 02/01 Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi [SLP]
1) Bello Willy, Danys Boy, Orus vs Coyote Azul, Morvity Black, Sepulturero I
2) America, Breack Demon, Cachorro vs Mr. LLamas, Oro Azul, Pantera Silva
3) Apolo Star, El Dandy, Lover Boy vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Septiembre Negro, Veneno
4) ?, Head Hunter I, Head Hunter II vs Bogar, Demencia, Warrior

Normally, I skip the lineup from here becuase it’s all local guys (and there are never results), but DF Metro guys have been showing up here the last couple months.

(Naturally, I write this and find – results for last week. Oops.)

DTU (SAT) 02/21 Auditorio Gral. Artega [DTU]
1) Flamita & Hormia vs Black Fire & Masivo
2) Demente Xtreme & Fuego Latino vs Lince & Muerte Bucanero
3) Dinastia & Drastick Boy vs Black Master & Talaxys
4) Pesadilla & Trauma I vs Super Mega & Trauma II
5) Dark Finder vs Toxico AAA, Paranokio, Dance Boy
6) Ragde vs Money Pack [DTU]
7) Aeroboy & Nicho el Millionario vs Crazy Boy & Lord Byron and Kaientai & Violento Jack

So the Traumas are in…facing each other. Also, apparently Joe Lider is too big for this group now. Joe Lider!

01/25 & 01/27 GDL (full) Results

Crosschecking with KrisZ on these because I’m fading quick.

CMLL (SUN) 01/25 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) In Memoria b Principe Leon
2) Boomerang & Virgo b Angel del Mal & Milenio
3) Ephesto & Toxico (GDL) b Casanova (GDL) & Leon Blanco
4) Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori DQ Amapola, Medussa, Princesa Blanca
5) Carlo Roggi b Ebola [hair]
6) Mascara Dorada, Místico, Volador Jr. b Averno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

DQ in the women’s match was for Princesa Blanca breaking a framed picture over Marcela’s head. (What the ??) In Memoria is a strange name.

As mentioned earlier, Volador pinned Rey here sets up a title match this weekend.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro b Quazar
2) Samurai b Plata
3) Metatron b Rafaga
4) Amapola & Medussa b Marcela & Sahori
5) Dark Angel, Goddess, Lady Apache b Hiroka, La Nazi, Princesa Blanca
6) Marco Corleone & Shocker b Averno & Mephisto

Marcela had Amapola beat in the final fall, but Medussa distracted her and Amapola rolled her up for the win. Dark Angel used the ropes to beat La Nazi.

FILL Roll Call of Champions

FILL is back to promoting Arena Coliseo Monterrey shows, and announced it’s recognized champions

Super Heavy: Pancho Tequila
Heavy: vacant (Rayo de Jalisco Jr. no longer champ)
Light Heavy: Hator
Welter: Huracan Ramirez Jr.
Light: Angel de Oro
Tag: Diluvio Negro I & II (though later in the thread, it’s suggested to be the Difuntos instead)
Female: La Bandida

The idea is, from now on, only title matches in ACM will be legal – they’ve been turning up elsewhere (including in La Laguna), but now they’re going to be serious, or at least as serious as they get around here. Those who keep track of Monterrey title changes are still recommended to find better uses of their time.

(myself included)

01/30 CMLL Arena Mexico Preview

CMLL (FRI) 01/30 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy, Hijo del Faraon, Tony Rivera vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Pólvora
2) Felino, Vangelis, Virus vs Máscara Púrpura, Máximo, Rey Cometa
3) Marcela vs Princesa Blanca [MEX WOMEN]
4) Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Último Guerrero vs Averno, Mephisto, Villano V
5) La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Previews: ESTO, Ovaciones

Previewing a show that’s already in progress: always awesome. I have no idea what’s going on, in case it matters. (I mean on that show, though perhaps in general too.)

Princesa Blanca beating Marcela for the Mexican National Women’s Championship would be a miscarriage of justice, for sure. Blanca has been more interesting as a ruda (though, with the women’s matches all being cut down to about 4 minutes, it may seem that way just because they’re showing a short match instead of a long angle), but Marcela is still awesome and may prove that again if this match is any good. But…if they could promise me dropping the title frees up Marcela for more title matches with Amapola, I’d be okay with it. (Until the first time Blanca has to defend it against someone not named Marcela.)

I expect the title change, because this bit has had six weeks of build behind it. It may not be over even with this; Princesa Blanca is pretty clear on wanting a hair match. In that interview, Blanca also hits on her other goal – a more important role in the women’s division – and the ruda turn has certainly helped achieve that already.

The Panther/V5 feud and the Laguneros team ups appeared to be draw badly, but they’re not responible tonight – that’s on the golden tecnico trio and their rivals. I don’t suspect it’ll be this group of rudos that’ll be able to stop their winning streak.

I’m wondering if the semifinal will go the way it’s been built; maybe it’s time for a left turn, with Panther ending the night feuding with his teamates more than V5. I just don’t think they’re doing this only to give us more V5/Panther.

Box Y Lucha Roundup: Freelance audio, Dos & WWE, fights on the way to Monterrey

In the never-ending saga of “Freelance said what about Bam Bam and Mascarita Dorada?”, Box Y Lucha retorts Freelance’s retort by posting the audio of the interview! That’s the way to do it. I wish I still cared about this enough to listen to it.

Other Box Y Lucha Articles
Rosa Negra talk about her return to CMLL. I like to think I am fan of Rosa Negra, and I had no idea she was actually gone. She was, for three months and says she went back to the gym to get better to make a bigger run in 2009. Rosa Negra mentions she’s maried to Enemigo Publico, who was a CMLL undercarder in the late 99s and early 00s before retiring due to an injury in training. Rosa also mentions she had a different name long ago but doesn’t want to reveal it. One of my favorite weird stories about the luchawiki is we actually had this identity on there, on Rosa Negra’s profile, because she mentioned in an interview with (the much missed) el Halcon net web magazine. Except, months later, I went to look it up for something else, and that information had vanished. So weird.

Dos Caras Jr. wants it clear that only HE was offered a contract by WWE. How he would know this is beyond me; Dos is probably correct (except they did give tryouts to others), but WWE wouldn’t necessarily tell him this. Dos reveals he can speak English and Portuguese and mentions he had two offers from NJPW last year (which I would imagine is more coming over for a tour than full time, but who knows.)

– Following up on that piece, Box Y Lucha also has a good piece asking why are there no Mexicans left in WWE?. These type of articles tend to be “well, WWE sucks and Mexico is clearly more awesome (and also we’re not counting Misterio as Mexican this week)” bits, but this one is more serious, talking to Super Crazy and Juvi about their issues there. Crazy says the problem for him, and the problem Dos probably had, was that it’s tough to be a top guy in Mexico and then be slotted at the bottom in WWE. Crazy would advise people to go, but if they don’t like how it’s going in a year’s time, it’s time to get out. Juvi emphasizes that you’ve got to speak fluently English, or you won’t have any security.

Black Warrior talks about his rough upbringing.

– newly retired referee Fresero talks about meeting Andre the Giant

Villano III talks about accidently instigating a huge fight by using the women’s bathroom (the men’s one was broke and it’s a fun story.)

AAA: Circus Circus results, upcoming tapings

AAA (THU) 01/29 Circus Circus, DF [AAA]
1) Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Pimpinela Escarlata, Sexy Star b Fabi Apache, Mini Psicosis III, Polvo de Esterllas
2) Jack Evans & Teddy Hart b Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero
3) El Elegido & Mesias b Kenzo Suzuki & Zorro

Night club show, much like Bucanero’s a few weeks ago. Elegido had home turf advantage.

AAA’s site list these taping sites for February. They don’t list when the shows are, but might as well put them here
02/?? – Palenque de la Feria, Tlaxcala
02/?? – Centro Civico de Ecatepec, EdM
02/?? – Celaya
02/?? – Cuernavaca

While I’m thinking AAA and it’s website – does anyone else find it strange that they never actually seem to talk to any of the AAA wrestlers? There’s history pieces (10 years ago, Charly Manson was slightly more of an impersonator than he is today), there’s lineups and there’s show reports, but that’s all the same stuff *I* could do if I had access to AAA’s press releases too. Or anyone could, if they had that access and the time. CMLL (and other promotions) sites don’t have that kind of access, but the modernization of AAA’s site makes the lack of content more apparent and CMLL does all of the up-close/angle promos on Ras de Lona.

My theory is they outsourced the website. Either a bunch of fans are running it (which would explain an odd article or two) or to a professional group that’s just in charge of receiving the information from AAA and putting it up. Either way, it seems like a one way communication deal and missed chances. I shouldn’t be going to Box Y Lucha to read a story about Picudo’s job as training the hopefuls, AAA should have that first. Same thing with the Estrellita injury – AAA’s site put up an article a couple days after the outside press had already reported on the injury, being scooped on a wrestler in their own company. And that’s not even to mention the promos and storyline stuff that could/should be up there. Even if they’re trying to save most of that for the magazine, they need to do a far better job of selling people on reading it.

BTW, first person who can figure what happened to the RSS feed for events or what I can do to simulate it gets a gold star.

Vampiro documentary on screens this weekend

As teased, I’ve been really busy today (though less than expected tomorrow), and really just now getting around to reading and writing lucha posts. I’m going to break stuff up in to lots of little posts to get it up quicker and we’ll see if I catch up or pass out first.

I’ll have a full post on this later on (so it catches the podcast feed then), but you don’t need to wait for that – go listen to Tony’s interview with Marco Corleone right now. Here, I’ll even embed a link for you, so you have no excuses.

The documentary on Vampiro – “Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero” – which had to be filmed a couple years ago by now, got a couple mostly favorable reviews in the Canadian press today; it’s part of a film festival this weekend. From reading the reviews, it does seem to capture the genuine Vampiro, instead of just being a puff piece. It’s also good timing, since they can spin it as ‘the real life The Wrestler’. And, it produced perhaps the greatest line in the history of headlines:

Vampiro: He’s the wrestler who can spot a phony a mile away

I think even Vamp would gleefully spend 15 minutes coming up with hilarious punchlines to that setup. Feel free to add your own in the comments.