04/29: Cancellations, Santo vs Deportes Martinez

Today’s list
– Canceled: Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, until the anniversary show on May 8th. Apolo Dantes uses the opportunity to hype up that show! (Cesar compares this show to the Perros.) This is only the 3rd suspension of shows in that building – once the arena was shut down for a while because of a riot at a boxing show, and the other time was in the aftermath of the Guadalajara sewer explosions of 1992.
– Canceled: Tijuana lucha libre, until May 6th
– Canceled: Lagunera Lucha Libre; only confirmed for the next couple days, including the Wagner show Friday. They’re not yet prohibiting the Sunday shows, but they’re telling people not to go to them.
– Canceled:
Psicosis and Histeria’s DF show, scheduled for today.

Other news:

RFC notes reaching 9 years of writing about lucha libre. Congrats.

AAA wants it clear that it’s only canceling spot shows thru May 6. The May 18th date is their next TV taping, but other shows from the 7th to 18th are still on at the moment.

(Reforma via SuperLucha) Hijo del Santo is threatening a lawsuit against Deportes Martinez for selling Santo gear without permission (or paying Santo.) Most masks and other merchandise sold in Mexico appears to be unauthorized, but it’s a situation that’s been the norm for decades. It’s not a surprise Santo is fighting this, because he’s been so protective of his image and brand, but the twist here is Santo is inviting in CMLL, AAA and independent wrestlers to join in the lawsuit. If Santo was successful here, it’d could be a big change in the status quo, changing the way both stores like Deportes Martinez and the mask vendors outside of buildings do business. So much so that I kind of wonder why Deportes Martinez didn’t try to get this quietly settled (Santo asked for too much? That seems like Santo’s move.)

Ovaciones also has a interview with Toscano about his rehab (he’s about six weeks out), and a generic profile of Dr. Wagner Jr. (old enough that it doesn’t mention anything about AAA.)

Jornada talks to Chritian Cymet and Orlando Jimenez, the writers of the Viva La Lucha magazine series, which was supposed to start Monday but who knows this week. Here, it’s said each edition will come out every second week, so this is going to be a long run. Cymet apparently has a crazy huge Santo collection.

Informador interviews Satanico, who says he saw Dr. No about 30 times before he used the name. He also tells the story about sneaking into to debut without his trainer’s permission, being awful, and being forced to train two more years. Satanico is proud of facing El Dandny in five hair matches in Arena Mexico, and that record is not getting broken any time soon.

SuperLucha says Dark Phoenix is one name under consideration for Dark Angel in TNA, and confirms that she’ll continue in CMLL. HOORAY!

The San Fran Decider writes about Lucha Va Voom’s show there. It must be fantastic to be Tom Kenny right now; you’re Spongebob, and occasionally you get to be a wacky lucha announcer.

Cesar rates Hector Garza.

Lucha y Box En Aztecas catches up with Mini Dracula.

SegundaCaida has their 26-100 most enjoyable wrestlers of 2008. They’ll be breaking down 25 to 1 day be day.

OJ watches the 04/23 version of Terrible Cerebros vs Navarros.

Wrestling Observer has their AAA recap.

Anyone notice that CMLL’s news page links to SuperLuchas’ tag page. That’s something that’d happen if they just cut and paste from SL.

5 thoughts to “04/29: Cancellations, Santo vs Deportes Martinez”

  1. OH-OH! Someone’s going to be replacing me in Rob’s doghouse as Mascarita Dorada’s ranked #98 in the most enjoyable wrestlers of ’08 list! Thanks Phil!

    RFC’s been doing this for 9 years and you know the funny thing, whenever I see Roberto Jr. in videos or pics, I feel old. I remember him when he was a kid. How things changed in those 9 years of Spanish lucha coverage online. Back then, you had Lucha Libre Mexico (or whatever that site was called that always seemed to have IWRG covered), Roberto’s site, Joker’s site (which he use to trade tapes from), IWRG’s site, and one page of Luchas 2000. There were some forums (I think SatanicoManson’s board was around back then) and some fan sites. Roberto and son use to have a magazine covering the Monterrey area as well. Congrats to them for not only being around this long online, but for being die-hard fans and for being even better people.

  2. Lists are lists. No reason to bitch about them. I mean I could ask what Pimpinela did in 2008 that was better than what Mascarita Dorada did but it’s just a list of wrestlers two fans happen to enjoy. There is no incorrect ranking.

    With that said though…

    I take issue with your list b/c you obviously discriminated purposely against both Tzuki and Mascarita Dorada. I guess you wanted to steer attention away from your feud with Marco Corleone but I’m onto you!

    I will retract one statement I made about 2 years back – we need Diana La Cazadora back in CMLL rings. Especially if Dark Angel is leaving. That division is losing all its eye candy.

    I’ll also toss in a congratulations for Lo Mejor De La Lucha! I feel old too when reading it’s been 9 years. We used to get Monterry results the same days shows occured and get lineups in the middle of the week. This was back when if cmll.com didn’t update (and they usually didn’t) – we’d have to wait for the new Observer or a Dr. Lucha e-mail to find out what was happening in Arena Mexico that week! The site keeps getting better too. Have you guys seen the video recaps? No? Well you should. They are awesome! I’ll admit it’s tough watching a full ACM show (even for a diehard like me) so those 6 minute clips do just fine.:P I *strongly* urge the people who run that crappy Fuego Del Ring site to visit Lo Mejor De La Lucha and take notes on how to properly run a site covering a certain area where Lucha Libre is taking place.

    In new Swine Flu news – the pandemic alert has been raised to a 5 out of 6 which is pretty serious business. Unless you’re this guy:


    Massive Flu outbreak is not a good reason to cancel events. Come on Mexico,get with the times.”

    I’m thinking even when the official government restrictions end there still won’t be many shows. The government will probably discourage large gatherings and CMLL/AAA/other groups will probably still book shows but I expect attendance to be horrific and it will then turn into a situation where each promotion has to decide whether it’s financially worth it to run shows for the time being.

    This really is going to end up being one of the biggest wrestling stories of the decade. More important to get covered before the RAW recap in the new WON though?

  3. Apparently the TNA morons weren’t impressed with Sarah Stock. I don’t know what they were expecting but this is a company who’s best women wrestler barely wrestles while they regularly put bad workers like Velvet Sky, Sojorner Bolt and RuPaul… err Rhaka Kahn in the ring.

  4. Glad to see some news on Dark Angel. I’ve been looking for anything about her and have found nothing. I think the wrestling in CMLL is better than TNA. so here is a second HOORAYYYY!!!

  5. Too many girls in TNA. Sadly, they’ll make Stock “pay her dues” before really pushing her ahead of those who have seniority.

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