Perros, Mascarita Dorada, Coliseo, Valiente/Dorada to NJPW

indy (SUN) 03/28 Deportivo Pavon [Luchas2000, SuperLuchas #358]
1) Black Lord & Black Sabath b Parkita & Terry Boy
2) Azteca de Bronce, Cosmo Negro, Monstruo b Blue Rider, Bull Rider, Manbis
3) Oficial AK47, Suicida, Yakuza b Coco Amarillo Jr., Cocolores, Robin Maravilla
4) Juan el Ranchero & Super Panda b Epitafio & Iron Love
5) Cien Caras Jr., Huracan Ramirez, Kung Fu, La Rata, Oficial AK47, Olímpico, Super Muñeco, Súper Nova, Veneno b Cerebro Negro & Fantasma de la Ópera [ruleta de la muerte]
6) Fantasma de la Ópera b Cerebro Negro [hair]

It’d been a whole year since Cerebro Negro lost his hair. Must’ve been feeling itchy.

PdM (SAT) 04/03 Plaza de Toros de la Feria Ciudad Valles, SLP [PdM (Tumbler)]
1) Estrellita & Mascarita DoradaMedussa & Mr. Aguilita
2) Nova & OrientalCelestial & Histeria II
3) C. MansonX-Fly
4) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, HalloweenGroon XXX, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Lizmark

Perro pulled Park’s masked and pinned him for the win. The other guys made mask/hair mask challenges, since they’re all in that cage match.

Recap says Charly gets a shot at X-Fly’s title or hair with a win; which he got cleanly. Since the hair match is already announced, I think I may have a guess.

Celestial replaced Cerebro Negro and worked as a rudo.

Mascarita Dorada was quite literal when he told Ras de Lona that he’d in CMLL today and who knows tomorrow. He’s apparently planning to work out his agreed upon independent dates (including the Perros ones), and this week’s SuperLuchas says he’s still negotiating with CMLL about his control of his outside bookings and getting better places on the card for minis wrestlers. The Gladiatores have their own interview with the mini.

CMLL (SUN) 04/04 Arena Coliseo [CMLL Magazine (twitter)]
1) Artillero & Súper ComandoAstro Boy & Sensei
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Apache, LluviaAmapola, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
3) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Fabián el Gitano DQ Dr. X, Euforia, Pólvora
4) Máscara Dorada, Metro, ToscanoMisterioso II, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, ShockerNegro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) MísticoAtlantis

As long as we’re getting live results from @cmllmagazine, I guess I should post these on Sundays. In the main, Mistico pulled Atlantis’ mask and got away with it for the pin. Atlantis demanded a super libre rematch, and Mistico agreed – as long as it was mask vs mask. Yea, no.

In the tercera, the tecnicos took the match in straight falls with Polvora unmasking Fabian in the second for the DQ. Mask challenges followed. Rob guessed this is leading to a cage match – there’s a lot of these sudden and underneath mask feuds popping up – and we are expecting some sort of special main event for the Arena Mexico Anniversary at the end of the month.

(via Strong Style Spirit) NJPW announced the participants and matches up for it’s 05/08 Super J Tag Tournament. The CMLL representative are Mascara Dorada & Valiente, and I could not be more thrilled. They definitely deserve the shot, and are likely to put on a great show. Their bigger problem is facing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champs in their first round match (Taguchi & Prince Devitt), and it seems highly doubtful that the champs would lose in the first round of a tournament for their division, and definitely not to a outside/occasional team. My guess is Dorada & Valiente are one and done, but as long as they get to be awesome for 8 minutes, I don’t really mind them losing. (My other guess is Davey & Tiger winning the whole thing over Apollo 55 to establish Davey as a strong contender for the singles Super J and cause a million angry message board posts.)

Reports from Saturday’s ROH Charlotte show say Cassandro broke his tibia. Obviously, he’s going to be out a while and miss the CHIKARA King of Trios. Hope his recovery goes great.

Ovaciones says a British reality show was taping this week with Shocker. I presume this is the show mentioned on Ras de Lona a couple weeks ago. Reality/travel shows doing a bit with lucha libre is nothing new, but between this, Dhani Jones, and the other English show with Princesa Sujei, there’s a lot of them lately.

Cesar has his take on this week’s lineups. DJ Spectro looks at a card with Ring Fujinami vs Canek and Tiger Mask I vs Fishman and notes the upcoming Solitario anniversary.

SuperLuchas #358 has WrestleMania 26. Inside, there’s good interviews with Apolo Dantes and Black Terry. Terry says Cerebro Negro’s status with IWRG is uncertain – he no showed, and never gave an explanation. Also, he’s teaching two classes for IWRG; a noon class for kids who just want to be in shape, and a four o’clock class for early match guys.

Luchas2000 515 has WrestleMania 26, Mascarita Dorada and LA Park.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 04/08 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Epidemia
2) Daga & Héros vs Comando Negro & Hijo del Signo
3) Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Zatura vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma II
4) Chico Che, el Ángel, La Roca vs Barba Roja, Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro
5) Trauma I vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan [AMERICAS LH]

Hijo de Pirata gets his shot. He’s not on this card, but SuperLuchas says the Goleador here last week is a new one.

04/03 GALLI in Melrose Park

GALLI ran a show on April 3rd, in Melrose Park, IL, a few miles west of Chicago. The ring was set up in a pizza place (Poochies), in a building so new that google maps still has the picture of the construction in progress. The ring was squeezes in between the building’s poles, with seats all around and booths a bit farther back, back where I was hanging out. It was a tight fit, leaving only room on a couple sides for dives (even then, an Asai moonsault went into the crowd), but it was comfortable, loud, and my seat gave me a good view of the ring and the TV with the NCAA basketball semifinals on, can’t ask for much more. Attendance seemed around 100, give or take 20.

I went to this show in large part to check out returning hero Gringo Loco, back for IWRG in one of the promotions he had worked in before going to Mexico. I figured, on the 1% chance I could corner him into a conversation after the match, I’d do the internet a favor and ask all the questions they wanted to know about everyone’s favorite tiny Mexico independent promotion, like what Chico Che is like in real life, and how Hijo del Diablo keeps his lightweight figure.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get that chance. After the second match, GALLI promoter/ring announcer Carlos Robles explained Gringo Loco had gotten paid in advance,  but had not shown up and was banned from the promotion unless he came back for a public apology. Gringo had been advertised in the main event, and it seemed like he probably would’ve been getting a title shot on the next show, so this changed pretty much the entire card. Personally, I thought it was generous to allow Gringo to come back under any circumstances; I think I’d be a more vengeful/grudge holding promoter.

Even though I didn’t get to see the guy I came to see, I was really happy with the show. The matches were fun and didn’t over stay their welcome, the crowd was into the show, and the characters were amusing. It was a fun time.

The results, and we’ll see what names I actually get right. I’m the worst person in the world at understand names at an indy show, but I am smart enough to check other results for corrections.

All matches were una caida, sin limite de tiempo. Ref for all matches was El Vaco. Show was not taped.

1)Furia Roja (rudo) beat Valentino (técnico) in about 4 minutes with a shining wizard. This was your basic opener, with no big flaws.

2)Billy Star (rudo) won a six way match with Thomas St. Clair (rudo), Demencia del Muerte (rudo), Negro Thunder (técnico), Cameron Salem (técnico) and a guy in a blue and orange mask I can’t identify (técnico) with his similarly masked manager. Billy Star and his manager demanded a title match before the match, so Robles made this match for a shot at the  International title. Billy pinned Salem with a flatliner (Kanyon was awesome) in a 6 minute match that kept moving. Negro Thunder, the disco dancing wonder, is very fun. After the match, Demencia beat up Star for reasons I could not understand

3)Venom (rudo, with Mini Venom as always) defeated Joey Marx (técnico) to win a shot at the GALLI Title. This was right after the Gringo Loco announcement, and Joey Marx was the exact right guy to send out, at least for me. He’s still the Chicago indies version of Jack Evans, and this was an exciting high flyer vs big man match (even though both are about with a couple inches of each other.) This was the match with the Asai Moonsault, with Joey going into the front row and nearly into the kitchen. Venom won with a swinging neckbreaker n 9 minutes; it didn’t feel like a big enough move for the finish given what Joey was doing, but the match was still good.

Intermission. I had cheese pizza, popcorn, and orange soda. Also, I saw Butler win, while setting back college basketball 20 years. I love my Horizon League beating everyone, but college basketball 2010 is a ugly, unappealing game.

4)Demon (rudo) defeated Mason Conrad (técnico). Conard, Salem, and Valiento are “Victorous Salem”, more or less doing the exotico gimmick. They were rudos last year, but they are great at the characters, enough so that it makes a lot of sense that they’re técnicos now. Demon is a guy wearing red with a pitchfork, but no mask. Eight minute match, with Demon taking down Conard and pinning him with the feet on the ropes. This was the least interesting match of the night, just missing something. After the match, Demon won me back by putting his pitchfork in a invisible sheath, and marching off.

In between matches, Robles held a voice vote to determine if next week’s show would be on Saturday or Sunday. Sunday was louder, so Sunday it is. Indy wrestling is so great sometimes.

5)Chilango & International Champion Emperador Azteca (rudos) fell to “Negrotistico Fantastico” Bryce Benjamin & GALLI Champion Golden Star (técnicos). Before the match, Chilango (accompanied by Chilango’s Grilfriend) explained to us that the peak of GALLI was the six minutes where Chilango was champion, and he hasn’t gotten the respect he deserved since then, especially from Bryce & Joey Marx, nor the rematches for the title he deserved. Bryce Benjamin remains 12 oz of charisma in a 10 oz glass, just overflowing with it, but Golden Star was the big surprise to me. I’ve just thought he was OK, but he was superb on this night. Highlight was pulling off the Mascarita Dorada like double rotation headscissors on Azteca, then following with a tope into an armdrag. Both técnicos came off very well, and the rudos were helping. Golden Star picked up the win with a La Mistica on Azteca in 12 minutes, champion beating lesser champion. Rudos laid out the técnicos after the match, but Azteca forgot his belt as he left for the back, allowing Bryne to pose with it after they recovered.

Show was over in under two hours, but I saw all I needed to see.

Next show is 04/11 in the same location, with the Azteca/Star International title match, as well as Golden Star defending against Venom. Should be a good time, and I’d totally go if it was possible. (Same thing applies for next weekend’s SHIMMER show, but I’m not going to make either. Go for me!) You can find out more about GALLI at http://www.galli.ws

I took a few pictures, but stopped because the flash was annoying. (After it got dark, not even the flash helped, anyway. Better ones will turn up elsewhere, I’m sure.)

Billy Star's manager talks to Carlos Robles
Billy Star, Cameron Salem, Negro Thunder, ? and ?'s Manager
Billy Star, Cameron Salem, Negro Thunder, ? and ?'s Manager
La Vaca, Golden Star, and Bryce, after the main event
La Vaca, Golden Star, and Bryce, after the main event