2009 Tapatia Awards are coming soon


This week, we’ll begin voting for the sixth annual Tapatia awards. The votes will based on the 2009 calendar year. The voting has NOT started yet. This post is only for discussion of the setup of the awards.

I’m looking at opening the voting between 02/17 and 03/02, though I may have problems totaling them up that week. (By the same token, I’m open to suggestions about easier way to do the voting.)

Awards on the ballot in past years

1) Best Wrestler – top wrestler over the last year.
2) Best Match – please include dates, location where possible
3) Best Tecnico – greatest good guy
4) Best Rudo – for the entertaining evil-doers
5) Best Female – women only. Sorry, no exoticos.
6) Best Unit – tags, trios, atomicos, other groups – must’ve been a team in 2009
7) Best Promotion/Territory – CMLL, AAA, Perros del Mal, IWRG, DTU, – specific enough so we can identify a group
8) Best Rivalry – most interesting/exciting/entertaining feud. Can be person vs person, or people vs people.
9) Most Improved – wrestler who stepped up their game the highest from 2009
10) Most Underutilized – wrestler who’s deserving of more attention from both the promotion and the fans

Best Mini will be added to the ballot; it must be someone who regularly competes as a mini. Anything else?

Best Wrestler and Best Match will be top 6, everything else will be top 3. Is that too much?

Do you want some candidates to choose thru, or would that bias things too much? Either way, you’d be able to vote for whoever you wanted.

Mistico/Volador III, Strong Man

CMLL (SUN) 02/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Cerveruz & Templario b Flyer & Metalik II
2) Hooligan & Nitro b Diamante & Starman
3) Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Atlantis, Shigeo Okumura, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Rouge, Valiente
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero b Brazo de Plata, La Sombra, Máximo
6) Místico b Volador Jr.

CMLL was running against the WWE (Rey Misterio/Batista on top) here, but this was billed as the anniversary show for this building and apparently drew well, though no number. The WWE show drew 11,000.

Mistico brought the belt, but refused to give it to Volador. Guadalajara seems to be behind Mistico. Sombra does not – he seconded Voldor and went face to face with Mistico at one point before the referee got involved. Mistico took the first fall, Volador won the second with La Mistica. Mistico used a food tray during the match. It sounds like Sombra got it, swung it at Mistico, and ended up hitting Volador. Hmmm. Mistico fouled Volador, covered for the win, and walked off with the belt again.

Maximo fell at the feet of Mr. Niebla to give him the fall. Super Porky was angry with his son.

NJPW announced Strong Man will be participating on their March tour (03/14 – 03/22), including facing Tanahashi in a first round match up of their New Japan Cup. Winner of that Cup usually gets a IWGP Heavyweight title shot, though I don’t think that’s much of a concern here. Strong Man is teaming up with Manabu Nakanishi for the other matches (including one against No Limit.) Strong Man was previously working in Japan for the IGF, so I’m not sure if this is a CMLL deal or just a jump between groups. Strong Man has been best as a caricture for comedy matches, I’m not sure how well he’ll do here. Hopefully it’ll be great and someone can get into the junior tournament later this year.

Box Y Lucha #2961 has a headline indicating a TNA/AAA alliance, which has been the rumor for the last few weeks. Even longer than that has been the idea of TNA sending Hernandez to AAA for a while to get footage of him as a Mexican star and I suspect we’ll see that soon. There’s also a headline of Juvi forgiving Konnan, so Juvi really must need a job.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of 02/14 IWRG.


indy (TUE) 02/16 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Desafio vs Twister
2) Gemelo Muerte I & Gemelo Muerte II vs Dranser & Scravos
3) Angel del Silencio & Virtual X vs Azteca Warrior & Sangre Negra
4) Angel Dorado Jr. & Sky vs Lover Boy & Simbolo
5) Gato Fantasma, Hijo del Ninja, Misterioso Jr. vs Furor, Galactar, Sergio Romo Jr.

I guess we find out if Rob’s right about 2 Misterioso.