Friday notes, Santo on the Dark Underworld of Wrestling

CMLL (FRI) 06/26 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Molotov vs Artillero & Zayco
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pierrothito [lightning]
4) Maximo, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
5) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Toscano vs Ray Mendoza Jr., Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro
6) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Preview: Bobby Bonales, notimex

A down show in terms of news as compared to the last three weeks. Main event should still be about Negro/Mistico. Thought maybe they were setting up a tag team match, but they’re already doing that in Puebla on Monday (and hopefully they push that a bit here.)
They’re honoring Bobby Bonales on the show. He passed away 15 years ago today.

Dark Angel is apparently 3 weeks from debuting in TNA.

An article titled “The Dark Underworld of Wrestling” sounds pretty interesting, but probably will disappoint regular readers for a while, as it just repeats the recent stories about Billy, Hijo de Tirantes, Mesias, and Abismo Negro (and not even in great detail there.) It gets better later on, as Hijo del Santo sticks up for Mistico while feeling sorrow for him, as he sees Mistico getting more and more beat up and will eventually be left broken with little money to keep from it. Santo confirms what’s been talked about before – CMLL (and presumably AAA) keep all revenue from TV, telling the wrestlers that just getting to be on TV is payment enough.

There’s also a good section about required health commissions; Mexico City requires bloody testing and a heart exam, serious stuff. Unfortunately, since all commissions must accept licensing from all other commissions, everyone who thinks they might be blocked from getting one goes to a state where the commission is either corrupt or inept, and there are more bad ones than good ones. Santo singles out Tijuana, Morelos and Chihuahua as good commissions, and Reynosa, Matamoros, and Leon as bad ones. Lots of talk about people using steroids, no one actually mentioning names.

Quick notes from the latest WON
– AAA is planning on bringing Gronda 1 in to feud with Gronda 2.
– Billy & Hijo de Tirantes got two weeks suspensions (so the bits on the TV tapings that looked like them being written off were just that.) They’ve decided Mesias is innocent so he won’t be suspended. Unsurprising. AAA has an article on Mesias doing work with Make A Wish.

Cesar is back to rating CMLL wrestlers: Rayo Tapatios, Starman, Stuka Jr., Hooligan, and Dark Angel.

Colorado Daily has story on a Denver lucha libre promtoion, running a show tommorrow. Although that’s not really mentioned in the article, this show has Santo, Super Porky, Solitario and Pirata Morgan.

LuchaWorld has footage of Jorge Mendoza, silver haired Guatemala luchador

CMLL (MON) 06/29 Arena Puebla
1) Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Osama vs Black Tiger, Blue Center, Centella de Oro
2) Artillero, Polvora, Super Comando vs Hijo de Ultraman, Metalico, Starman
3) Mascara Dorada, Maximo, Mictlan vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Mistico vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Felino & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]

Second match is listed as Trios Femeniles. I had no idea!

411mania’s Q&A has someone saying Dos and UG were CMLL’s #1 and #2 draws. No. Very much no.