about Abismo Negro’s death

Gawker asks “Did Steroid Panic Kill Ex-WWE Wrestler?” Well, yes, probably, but why are we talking about Chris Benoit?

The article actually turned out to be about Abismo Negro (Abismo working in WWE – and apparently as Maniaco when Maniaco was Abismo Negro; AAA is confusing, ask Dr. Lucha) and not only pushes the steroids idea and the drug violence. It’s tough rule out anything with what’s being made public here, but both seem unlikely at this point

I only bring this up because Dave wrote a detailed story – explanation? educated guess? it’s just stated as is – about Abismo’s death. Might have this out there if everything else is going to be guessed:

Abismo Negro’s last match was not Rey de Reyes on 3/14 in Guadalajara, but a house show on 3/16 in Mazatlan. He was described as despondent at the show, complaining, even though he had just returned, that he wasn’t being used well enough or paid well enough. Others felt he was lucky that he was even taken back after all the no- shows and drug problems. He wasn’t booked on another show for a few days, so he stayed in Mazatlan and went on a cocaine binge, and ended up no-showing the cards on 3/20 and 3/21, and then, apparently having run out of cash, he took a bus back home to Mexico City on 3/22 instead of going to Monterrey, where he was booked. The current belief is he suffered a heart attack, collapsed, and fell into the river where he drowned.

It is not news that Abismo Negro had a cocaine addiction, and it’s not a surprise it led to his death (just that end result was heart attack/drowning instead of the more conventional overdose.) AAA was not surprised he died a drug related death, just that he died one that particular day.

AAA’s spoken their condolences to Abismo’s family and honoring his professional career by not using his name again. What they haven’t said yet is how they’ll work to prevent this happening again. If Abismo Negro was the only one abusing drugs as he did, AAA wouldn’t have allowed it to continue. That he got away with it, and kept coming back despite continual problems with it, indicates it’s common enough in AAA where everyone’s allowed to do whatever as long as they make the next show.

I don’t run a wrestling company, so maybe I’m not seeing a lot of what they see. Thankfully, I don’t also have to console grieving widows either. AAA said anything about the underlining problems here, treating this death like a random occurrence. I hope they’re proved to be correct, but every underlining indicator suggests Abismo Negro’s passing will not be remembered as a unique moment, but as the first in a depressing trend.

03/28: IWRG, Neza, Mexico

IWRG (THU) 03/26 Arena Naucalpan [Al Filo del Ring, Proyeccion Luchistica]
1) Garra de Aguila b Keshin Black
2) Carta Brava Jr. & Mixteco Jr. b Galactik & Mascara Magnifica
3) Chico Che, Freelance, Turbo b Black Terry, Black Thunder, Capitan Muerte
4) Head Hunter I, Head Hunter II, Veneno b Arlequin, Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Pierroth II
5) Fuerza Guerrera b Oficial 911 [IWRG IC WELTER]

Fuerza retains the title. The Pierroth/Arlequin alliance fell apart, and a green Arlequin (Arlequin Verde?) showed up to set up a tag feud.

indy (FRI) 03/27 Arena Neza [proyeccion luchistica, Mr. Reyes]
1) Dr. Trauma & Iron Black b Lider & Super Chiva
2) Furia Roja & Motocross b Dragon Extreme & Rey Neza
3) La Parkita & Mascarita de Oro b Espectrito I & Mini Black Cat
4) Hermano Muerte II & Hermano Muerte III b Coco Verde & Cocolores
5) Head Hunter I & Head Hunter II b Fuerza Guerrera & Scorpio Jr.
6) Damian 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween b Dr. Wagner Jr., El Hijo Del Santo, La Park

Santo had Perro in the camel clutch, but the Perros broke it up and fouled him for the win. Muertes and Cocos agreed to a mask match.

CMLL (FRI) 03/27 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, SuperLuchas, ESTO]
1) Sensei & Trueno b Inquisidor & Semental
2) Flash, Leono, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skandalo
3) Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Violencia [lightning]
4) Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara
5) Dos Caras Jr., Mascara Dorada, Shocker b Averno, Mephisto, Terrible
6) Texano Jr., Villano IV, Villano V b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero

Villano V (announced here as Rey Mendoza Jr.) beat UG clean. Tecnicos took the second in straight falls, DQ in the first for throwing Dorada over the top rope (that only seems to happen to Averno & Mephisto teams) and Shocker & Dos got submissions in the second. Dorada is said to have looked good. Pseudo Poder Mexica won again and demanded a title shot next week.

Ultimo Guerrero tells el Siglo de Torreon he was satisfied with the mask match and wants Villano IV next.

Remember that WWA Middleweight Title match between Angel Blanco and Olimpico, which didn’t seem to make much sense because Mistico seemed to still have the belt. Well, Olimpico is upset, because he won and never actually got the belt. WWA belts = jokes.

WWE’s Rikishi talks about wrestling in Chile.

Terra TV has been running clips from interviews with Santo on their site all week: on Todo x el Todo, indepedent wrestling, CMLL, why he loves lucha libre, and tougest mask matches.

Proyeccion Luchistica also has an interview with female indy wrestler Corazon de Fuego Jr.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 10/13/07 CMLL and Arena Coliseo Monterrey 2004.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov, Sombra de Plata, Trueno vs Artillero, Inquisidor, Super Comando
2) Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, Sensei vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Vangelis
3) Shockercito vs Fire [hair]
4) Maximo, Mictlan, Shocker vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

One week build to hair match. That’s IWRG-rific.

CMLL (FRI) 04/03 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
3) Valiente vs Virus [lightning]
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., Mephisto
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Everyone not here is in GDL. They probably should put the title match in the main event, but I don’t think they see anyone besides Garza as a star.