Marcela & Hiroka, IWRG/TV Azteca?, Lineups

Article of the day is the Telegraph’s story: “Love but little money for Mexico’s female fighters“. Marcela, Hiroka and Hija de Karonte are all interviewed, with Hiroka eloquently explaining the difference between  wrestling in Japan and Mexico:

“I also like the atmosphere here, because people are very cold in Japan. They remain quiet. Here they are lively and sometimes drunk”

(Sometimes?) As the article indicates, the focus is on how little the women make from wrestling. Marcela and Hiroka aren’t talking, but the LLF promoter says he pays between 100 and 5000 pesos ($7.64 to $382US). If you’ve see pictures of crowd at those shows, even those numbers seem high. There’s also a video for the article.

This year’s Lucha Libre Expo will be July 24-26. Sorry, Alan.

Volador Jr. tells Ovaciones that he’ll prove tomorrow that he’s not a man of one hold or dive, but a man of infinite resources.

On AAA’s website, Mascarita Divina says he’ll begin walking again this week, and vows to murder Mini Abismo Negro.

Black Warrior is now on a poster for 03/01 Arena Cuatro Caminos de Nuevo Laredo.

Black Terry Jr.’s pictures from IWRG Sunday feature a lot of posed pictures in front of a TV Azteca banner. Congrats on the new TV deal? (Need to ask if we can use these for the wiki.)

DJ Spectro looks back at the debut of Cibernetico.

Lucha y Box Zacatecas writes about local rudo Garra de Tigre, who had a neat look.

Segunda Caida is up to IWRG 01/24. I can’t believe I couldn’t identify a cactus.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Alfredo on IWRG 01/24.

CMLL (MON) 02/15 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Lestat vs Espiritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana
2) Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Fuego, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Pólvora, Raciel
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Valiente vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Strong Man vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

Mistico still a tecnico. Maybe they’re going somewhere with Misteriso/Panther? Arena Coliseo Tag team champions actually teaming up.

CMLL (TUE) 02/16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago vs Acertijo
2) Astaroth & Idolo vs Ángel del Mal & Exterminador
3) Hierro & Neutrón vs Asesino Negro & Mr. Trueno
4) Gallo, Metro, Rouge vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Máscara Mágica, Sangre Azteca
5) Máximo & Mr. Niebla vs Naito & Taichi

Taichi’s debut! And what a match that’ll be. I hope Naito tells him absolutely nothing about his opponents before the match (and then his reactions are recorded.) CMLL actually mentions on their website that Taichi will be arriving at 5pm on Monday at the airport, if you’d like to greet him.

CMLL’s title defense streak

This weekend, CMLL will hold two title matches. Mistico defends the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship versus Volador Jr. on Friday, and Hijo del Fantasma defends his CMLL World Middleweight Championship on Sunday. Should we expect a title change?

That last title change in CMLL was Valiente defeating Sangre Azteca on August 16, 2009.

(known) Title defenses since

  1. 2009.08.17 Ultimo Guerrero defeated Hector Garza [CMLL HEAVY]
  2. 2009.09.06 Averno defeated Blue Panther [NWA MIDDLE]
  3. 2009.09.16 Hector Garza, La Mascara, Hijo del Fantasma b Averno, Mephisto, Epehsto [CMLL TRIOS]
  4. 2009.09.25 Pierrothito defeated Electrico [MEX LIGHT]
  5. 2009.09.25 Ultimo Guerrero defeated Jushin Liger [CMLL HEAVY]
  6. 2009.10.13 Princesa Blanca defeated Lady Apache [MEX WOMEN]
  7. 2009.10.23 Averno defeated Volador Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
  8. 2009.10.30 Valiente defeated Dragon Rojo Jr. [MEX WELTER]
  9. 2009.11.02 La Sombra & Volador Jr. defeated Terrible & Texano Jr. [CMLL TAG]
  10. 2009.11.08 Mascara Dorada defeated Dragon Rojo Jr. [CMLL SL]
  11. 2009.11.19 Texano Jr. defeated Toscano [NWA LH]
  12. 2009.11.30 Averno defeated Volador Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
  13. 2009.12.01 Texano Jr. defeated Toscano [NWA LH]
  14. 2009.12.01 Negro Casas defeated Mascara Dorada [CMLL WELTER]
  15. 2009.12.04 La Sombra & Volador Jr. defeated Mephisto & Epehsto [CMLL TAG]
  16. 2009.12.07 Amapola defeated Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
  17. 2009.12.13 Mistico defeated Mephisto [MEX LH]
  18. 2009.12.13 Stuka Jr. & Fuego defeated Virus & Polvora [COLISEO TAG]
  19. 2009.12.21 Hijo del Fantasma defeated Sangre Azteca [CMLL MIDDLE]
  20. 2010.01.22 Ultimo Guerrero defeated Hector Garza [CMLL HEAVY]
  21. 2010.01.27 Mephisto defeated Valiente [NWA WELTER]
  22. 2010.02.01 La Sombra & Volador Jr. defeated Felino & Mr. Niebla [CMLL TAG]

22 title defenses is a lot, but that’s just an average of slightly over 1 title defense per the 18 active CMLL titles. Still, I’m thinking this list will be two longer by this time next week.

(I’m not counting the Mexican Trios tournament, since that was a vacant title and not a champion being defeated.)