This is the sixth Tapatia awards, designed to honor the best in lucha libre over the past year. We encourage all fans to vote, and let their voice be heard on the previous twelve months of Mexican lucha libre. This voting covers the calendar year 2009. Matches are eligible if they were TAPED in 2009, regardless of when they aired.
We’re using the same ballot as last year. You can find the full ballot here.
Voting will be held from February 3rd to February 17th, subject to change. One ballot per person. Send completed ballots to (and only to) email@example.com. Ballots sent to other addresses or posted may not be counted – please make it easy for me and send the ballots to that address.
Scoring: Categories with first thru third voting will give 5 points for first, 3 points for second, 2 points for third. Categories with first thru sixth voting will give 17 points for first, 12 points for second, 8 points for third, 5 points for fourth, 3 points for fifth and 2 points for second. TIE VOTES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
Any match in any location using the Mexican lucha libre style are eligible to be included. Shows in the US and elsewhere using this style are included. Japanese lucha libre promotions such as Dragon Gate are not included, but Japanese tours by Mexican lucha libre promotions are included. Female and mini wrestlers are eligible for all categories, unless otherwise specified.
Quick descriptions of the awards:
- Best Wrestler – top wrestler over the last year.
- Best Match – please include dates, location where possible
- Best Tecnico – greatest good guy
- Best Rudo – for the entertaining evil-doers
- Best Female – women only. Sorry, no exoticos.
- Best Unit – tags, trios, atomicos, other groups – must’ve been a team in 2009
- Best Promotion/Territory – CMLL, AAA, Perros del Mal, IWRG, DTU, – specific enough so we can identify a group
- Best Rivalry – most interesting/exciting/entertaining feud. Can be person vs person, or people vs people.
- Most Improved – wrestler who stepped up their game the highest from 2009
- Most Underutilized – wrestler who’s deserving of more attention from both the promotion and the fans
- Best Mini – top wrestler who regular wrestles as a mini
I (thecubsfan) am the sole dictator of the awards, and my decisions will be final.
Please cut and paste the ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not post your ballot in this thread.
IWRG (SUN) 02/21 Arena Nacualpan [Black Terry Jr. (photos), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Comando Negro b Imperial
2) Alan Extreme & Hijo del Signo b Eragon & Héros
3) Freelance, Jack, Suicida b Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
4) Angelico, Chico Che, el Ángel b Histeria II, Psicosis II, Veneno
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan b Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
Main event came down to Pirata Sr. and Mascara Sr. exchanging low blows. Pirata won.
Angelico pinned Veneno for the semimain win, sort of. Veneno appeared to kick out at 2, then demanded a title match.
CMLL (SUN) 02/21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Templario b Guerrero Romano
2) Nube Roja b Titanio
3) Drago & In Memoria b El Divino & Virgo
4) Neutrón & Palacio Negro b León Blanco & Mr. Trueno
5) Bam Bam & Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Warrior
6) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Strong Man b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Nothing much of note here. It was a Strong Man match.
CMLL (SUN) 02/21 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Ovaciones (PDF)]
1) Cholo & Zayco b Bengala & Principe
2) Fabián el Gitano, Guerrero Maya Jr., Leono b Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo b Ángel Azteca, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
4) Blue Panther, Toscano, Valiente b Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis
5) Hijo del Fantasma, Místico, Shocker b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
Mistico wrestled the main event without issue. The fans are booing him like he’s a rudo, even if the programmers haven’t seemed to catch on. Remember my old theory about Sunday and Tuesday booking being done by people who don’t actually talk to or watch the Friday shows? This seems like validation.
Anyway, the actual angle here was Shocker’s instant feud. On Tuesday, Shocker and Rey Bucanero suddenly remembered they disliked each other and wanted to face off in a hair match, so here we got…uh, set up for a Shocker/Ultimo Guerrero title match. Which may happen as soon as next week (but probably not.) I dunno.
Over the weekend, CMLL announced the two legends to be honored as Dos Leyendas will be Salvador Lutteroth (as always) and Ray Mendoza.
SuperLuchas has their Perros del Mal recap, noting two more pre-show matches. That should be enough for 3 weeks of TV. Probably something like this:
02/22 (TODAY!) – last matches from the 01/31 show
Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Groon XXX, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oriental
El Hijo Del Santo & LA Park DQ Blue Demon Jr. & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo
03/01 – start of 02/20
Talisman b Dinastia
Histeria II, Pesadilla, Ragde DQ Celestial, Hijo del Lizmark, Oriental
Black Thunder b Turbo
X-Fly b Charly Manson [MEX HEAVY]
Cósmico & Konami b Black Fire & Mr. Aguilita
el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Blue Demon Jr., LA Park, Super Crazy
The next taping probably should be the March 13th/14th weekend, if they’re not skipping a week or something else.
Ovaciones also has a profile on Tinieblas Sr., with his retirement coming up (at some point.) There’s also a sidebar, explaining Alushe was created because his kids didn’t want to see the same movie him. I swear I’m not making that up.
And now, a run of morbid links:
- Monterrey wrestler Black Diamond was arrested for murder. The victim was a long time wrestling fan, and the murder sounds like a crime of passion. The two had a history together and fingerprints were found on the scene.
- Matamoros wrestler Rey Universal passed away on Saturday after a motorcycle accident.
- The magazine Proceso has an expert from upcoming article on the deaths of La Parkita and Espectrito II. The family is convinced is was murder, not robbery.
Ohtani’s Jacket checks on IWRG 02/18.
Kcidis has the breakup of the WagnerManiacos.
One notable lineup
Someone’s actually got him on the rudo side, but then Volador is involved.