Popitekus, Mask Matches, Santo in Dallas (and not Chicago), sound ideas



Kurt Brown has a great remembrance of Popitekus. Segunda Caida reviews the Brazos/Popitekus match linked to the other day.

Dos de Tres posted a video of Chessman in a cast, which is the first time AAA’s acknowledged he’s hurt. Looks like he’s making spot shows still, or at least that one.

Ovaciones has a preview of today’s Arena Mexico show, which is good even besides the parts read from the luchawiki CMLL Tag Team Championship page. There’s also an article about the impending debut of Mercenario Jr. SuperLuchas is picking the champs in the title match.

Seuxis has a big plan to win her mask match on Sunday: she and Silueta have learned from the same trainers, so the ruda knows everything the tecnica knows, but Seuxis also knows ruda tricks to give her the edge. Makes sense to me.

In the other mask match, Dr. X says he’d like to stay to the end, just to get his hands on Fabian el Gitano and settle it one on one. That’s the psychological problem with lucha de apuesta en cage problems: if you hate this other person so much that you’re willing to put your entire identity, your life, on the line just to get a shot at theirs, why do you ever leave the cage and give up that opportunity? You’d have to be a liar or a coward to want to leave, and I guess rudos are closer to the former, and it’d only make sense to leave as a tecnico if you rival has already gone, but that’s not usually how it works.

The latest WON says Sexi Star contacted WWE about getting in. Meltzer says she doesn’t speak English, clearly exposing how little AAA TV he watches. (Okay, she doesn’t speak English well.) I can’t imagine it’s going to work out, but it says something about the promotion when the most important woman in AAA over the last year or so is looking for a place elsewhere. I wonder if she’s under contract.

Hereos del Ring says there will be a mystery legendary luchador to unlock in the game. Alliens?

Yesterday, AAA had an article about getting back on Gaora TV in Japan this year. Dorian tweeted a similar message earlier and Dos de Tres echoed on Facebook. Today, that article is mysteriously missing, so why don’t I just post it:

Triple A está iniciando acuerdos de trabajo con al televisora deportiva japonesa Gaora, con la cual empezará a transmitir los eventos magnos de la tres veces estelar a partir de ya.  El primer evento en ser transmitido en las pantallas japonesas será el ya muy próximo Verano de Escándalo, que tendrá lugar en la ciudad de Orizaba, Veracruz.    Triple A está abriendo nuevos mercados también en el aspecto TV, con lo que la presencia de la lucha libre mexicana se cotizará todavía más en el mundo.

AAA also catches us up on the biggest issue in the promotion at the moment: Billy Boy’s thoughts on teaming with Tiger Cota & Decnnis vs the Air Force in Toluca. Spoiler: he thinks his teammates are good and his opponents are not.

For R de Rudo, Brazo de Plata introduces Brazo de Plata Jr., Brazo Metalico, and Goya Kong as his newest debuting sons and daughters.

Shocker, Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata and Camorra visited ill children in the hospital.

Local Articles

El Hijo del Santo is listed on a show in Dallas on Sunday. El Hijo del Santo is also listed on a show in Chicago on Sunday. That is a bit problematic! Santo says he’ll be in Dallas, which is all the excuse I need not to go to Congress Theater. This is actually a fine defense of Twitter.

El Pancracio has info on some of the guys on their Lucha Libre Expo show, and hypes up their main event.

Sportimes previews Puebla’s anniversary show.

In Guadalajara, local wrestler Leo says replacing Toscano in the semimain Sunday with the regular CMLL wrestlers was a dream come thru. He’s only been wrestling for three months, and sometimes it pays to be the replacement guy.

Dos de Tres teases a feature on behind the scenes of TripleMania. Surprised they’d show La Parka and LA Park within arms reach of each other, even in this context.

Hidalgo Sports interviews Fuerza Minera, who is apparently sponsored by the local mineworkers union.

Cronicas Y Leyendas write about San Luis Potosi legendary local wrestler Carnicero Grimaldo.

People are (predictably) complaining about the bad condition of the floor in Auditorio Municipal de Torreon after the return box and lucha events, including an AAA taping. This is what got those events kicked out of that building again.

In Oaxaca, the town council is reviewing local laws passed in 1986 which ban women’s wrestling and prohibit parents from bringing infants to the shows. That 1986 date means they put in the women’s wrestling ban just as Mexico City was lifting theirs, probably in response to other ruling.

There’s a restaurant in Tulsa, Oklahoma – Elote Cafe and Catering – with lucha libre wrestling every other Thursday. KTUL has a story about the luchadors, and I think have a new favorite gimmick: La Princesa De Cerveza. How did she come up with that identity?

La Princesa’s image was a simple matter of taste, “I love beer, absolutely love beer. So I figured why not be the princess of beer?”

Why not!

Good Stuff Elsewhere

DJ Spectro has more video from Pavillion Azteca.

Segunda Caida has another threesome of Black Terry matches.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


CMLL (TUE) 07/20 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Pequeño Halcón, Pequeno Maximo, Último Dragoncito vs Cisne, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Fabián el Gitano vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Skándalo
4) Máximo, Rotoporky, Sagrado vs Charly Manson, El Alebrije, Olímpico
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

Charly Manson (spelled “Charlie”, but that may just be CMLL.com’s random spelling generator) starts here as an Invader, though how long he lasts is anyone’s guess. This is his first match here, but maybe not his first appearance – he was one of the AAA guys who invading to set up the AAA vs CMLL show if I’m remembering right. Two more of the four minis introduced recently actually make their debut.

Beside the debuts, they’ve also got the current trios champs versus some possible contenders, plus the tercera has some Infierno en el Ring fall out. It’s the first appearance for an unmasked Fabian/Dr. X, or maybe those two both still have their masks but are setting up a one on one encounter soon. (And the opener is the quintessential opener.)

CMLL (TUE) 07/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal vs Titanio
2) Angelo & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Acertijo & León Blanco
3) Leo & Palacio Negro vs Ebola & Ráfaga
4) Fuego, Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr. vs Exterminador, Máscara Mágica, Pólvora
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Metro vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero

Less interesting. Mascara Magica just returned last week after being out of the ring for weeks, lined up against Metal Blanco then, and is lined up against Metal Blanco now. Take a guess where this one is going.

DTU (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex
1) Dement Xtreme vs Chica Tormenta
2) Tacubo vs Muerte Bucanera, Disturbio, Flamita, Ciclope, Hormiga, Skrash, ?
3) Tribal vs Black Fire
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Paranoiko & Psicosis III
5) Crazy Boy & Daga vs Drastik Boy & Iron Love and Eterno & Low Rider
6) Aeroboy vs Joe Lider, Kaientai, Violento Jack, Murder Angel [DTU]

Another updated card for LLExpo. Show name is “I [heart] DTU”, which I believe is a trick to force me to type those words. Devilish.

All the AAA-specific guys – Electroshock, Dark Family – are off this card, as is Negro Navarro and Skayde.The last two might be someone realizing no one was allowed to work doubleheaders last year and adjustments being made (which means the NWA card might lose the Traumas.)

The only AAA guys left are part of the usual pack of guys who were working these sorts of shows before they were in AAA. At the same time, MedioTiempo has an interview with Crazy Boy talking about this updated lineup. Crazy trips over himself talking about how much the fantastic relationship he has with AAA even though he hasn’t been on TV in quite a while. Crazy Boy says it’s Violento Jack and Aero Boy and Paranoico who take care of DTU when he’s on tour with AAA.

The Disturbio guy in the second can’t be the CMLL guy, or it won’t be the CMLL guy.

Masked Warriors debut notes

Which video sent from MTV should I use here? Let’s go with History of Lucha Libre, that’s always going to be entertaining:

Decent amount of press for Masked Warriors going into tonight’s show. A Marco Corleone interview in the Miami Herald includes this money quote:

take Jeff Hardy for instance, a great wrestler, a good friend of mine, everyone considers him to be a great high-flyer, but honestly, we have three, four guys who make him look very unathletic.

Mascarita Sagrada, Super Nova, probably the PR Flyers, other people I’m forgetting. That sounds right. There’s another interview with Alex Marvez of Scripps News, including the story of how Mark Jindrak became Marco Corleone (though omitting that month where Mark Jindrak did not know he was Marco Corleone). On the differences between this group and the two he worked for previously:

“CMLL is a little more traditional so you’re not going to see as much WWE-type stuff. AAA has a little too much of that. It’s like a bad copy of WWE. I believe we’re going to be giving people a very happy medium.”

Group mind think of the luchablog comment section at work! If he’s quoted talking about Billy Boy or Super Fly, we may have to teach him the secret handshake.

Diva Dirt interviews backstage interviewer/color commentator Reby Sky on her work for the show. I mostly include this link so I can award her profile page on the wiki the most obviously self or friend edited page of the month. (Or maybe just taken from a bio from her radio show?) 

07/15 IWRG Results (AAA vs IWRG, Yoshino)

IWRG/Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 07/15 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry (flickr), DJ Spectro, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Comando Negro b Tonatiuh
2) Dinamic Black & Eragon b Impostor & Magia Negra
3) Eterno, Gringo Loco, Hijo del Signo b Freelance, Hijo del Pantera, Miss Gaviota
4) CIMA, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Nosawa b Masato Yoshino, Pantera, Veneno
5) Crazy Boy, Electroshock, Extreme Tiger b Dr. Cerebro, Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Pirata Morgan

Yamato Yoshino had the Dream Gate championship with him. Estrellas del Ring says this was his first match here, but there’s a record of him being part of a Higher Power match three years ago here. CIMA & Nosawa worked over Pantera after the match, and Dr. Cerebro ran in to run them off.

AAA won the main event (again), and Nosawa & CIMA ran out to beat up Dr. Cerebro. Poor IWRG. Cerebro challenged Extreme Tiger and CIMA to matches, and maybe he’ll win one of those.

07/12 Arena Puebla results (Centalla/Loco hair match challenge)


CMLL (MON) 07/12 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Blue Center & Crazy Black vs Ares & Toro Bill Sr.
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Pequeno Maximo b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Nitro
3) Centella de Oro, Rush, Stuka Jr. b Cancerbero, Loco Max, Raziel
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Máximo, Sagrado b Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Vangelis
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Ray Mendoza Jr. b Blue Panther, Shocker, Super Porky

Only real story of the night was the continuing Centella de Oro/Loco Max feud. This time around, Centella snuck in a foul to pin Loco, and both agreed to the hair match for next week.

This is Mini Maximo’s return match. He’s the same ex-Atomo/ex-Ultimonito de Guerrero as before. Regular Sized Maximo was this show’s fill in for Toscano. CMLL’s removed him from Sunday’s Guadalajara show (Hijo del Fantasma in instead), the last match he’s scheduled on for the time being. Still no idea if he’s out with an injury or out with Mr. Niebla.

Recap says, in the main event, Felino pinned Shocker and Negro got Porky with a casita, which I think I need to see in gif form. Rudos going over slightly sets up the trios title match for next week; only two people in that match are involved, but at least those were the people who won.

CMLL.com didn’t post results for the opener. Create your own finish! I’m going with time limit draw, that sounds very plausible.

Friday preview: Arena Mexico, Masked Warriors on MTV2

With all the excitement from Monday night, and the cage match this Sunday, today’s activities may be overlooked. This is a mistake, because there’s a couple of big events taking place tonight.

CMLL: This is the first Friday night show in over a month where CMLL’s fanbase won’t be thinking more about the World Cup than the matches. CMLL’s taking advantage of this with a loaded card. There’s a lightning match between two of the best women in Mexico, and there’s multiple matches with exciting tecnicos against rudos skilled at making them look good. On top of all of that, CMLL probably is setting up some of it’s top matches for the anniversary show.

Sombra & Volador will defend their CMLL World Tag Team championships for (at least) the ninth time. This tag team title run, eighteen months long, has been the best stage of both of their careers. Volador was a guy with a half dozen start/stop pushed and damaged from them. Sombra was destined for the top, but in a company that sometimes stops short of getting their guys there. Both were seen by the fans as lesser Mistico’s. Neither have the equal of Mistico’s fame now, but they’re stars on their own footing. Like with all championships, it wasn’t simply holding the belts that made Volador & Sombra stars, it was the people they beat: Averno, Mephisto, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero, Felino, Terrible, Texano, Ephesto and Mr. Niebla. There’s not to many other people to beat, and the champs were beating them in the big arenas in important matches, and now they’re top guys. There are complains with what CMLL’s programmers have done, and the rate they do it, but this tag team championship reign has indisputible success. Credit should go to the chefs.

Friday night is probably the end. Volador appears headed to the rudo side. As a member of the nomadic Parka family, he’d even fit in greatly with the guys he’s facing, the Independents. Last Sunday’s main event was a reminder Volador & Mistico still do not like each other, even if it’s been ignored by everywhere else, and recent Friday night shows have teased Sombra being forced to make a choice between his Super Sky Team partners. It may not end up being an active decision by Sombra; a few things go wrong in the title match, the challengers become the champions, and Volador could make the decision for him. Back when Niebla vs Shocker was the proposed Anniversary main event, everyone agreed CMLL would need a strong semimain. Even with a different main event, Sombra vs Volador for the first time, or for the National Light Heavyweight championship, would definitely qualify. It could start Friday night.

That does bring attention to the problem of CMLL holding the Anniversary show eight weeks from now, and currently having no particular match to headline. That may be solved by the semimain, which has a lot of possibilities. Rayo/Universo has been teased already. Mistico taking Psicosis’ mask might work, if he’s losing he mask because he can’t use the name. Mistico vs Jushin Lyger, with either mask stips or the welterweight title, would work too. (That’s during NJPW’s G1 tour, which Lyger wouldn’t be much needed in-ring.) The Anniversary main event doesn’t have to be any of these, but it is time for them to be heading in some direction.

There’s also the X% chance Dr. Wagner might show up and cause the internet to explode again. I have no idea if X is 50, .00005, or something in between (though I’m believing the lower number), but anything is possible with Dr. Wagner.

Masked Warriors: the first show airs 10pm EST on MTV2 tonight.

Program guide says an hour – I thought it was a half hour? Not complaining. This is most likely footage from their 06/06 Palm Springs show, and should include the return to TV of guys like Marco Corleone, Tieniblas Jr., Charly Manson/Malice, Oreintal (still masked!), Mascara Purpura, Hijo del Lizamrk, Super Nova and Neutron, plus Mascarita Dorada being Mascarita Dorada and assorted US indy guys.

More people in the United States will see this show than any other lucha libre TV this year. Maybe combined; Galavision’s shows get very low numbers, and I’m always surprised people outside of this blog even know the other shows exist. People know Masked Warriors exist, they’ve been running ads for it all over the place. Most people in the US don’t know lucha libre outside of the broad outline of masked Mexicans doing professional wrestling, and most United States wrestling fans would be hard pressed to name five luchadors (and four of them would be ex-WCW guys.) These guys have a chance to become the popular identification of what lucha libre is, and who the important luchadors are. It’s a tremendous opportunity; no matter what the odds of them succeeding or failing are, it’s a chance all the major promotions in Mexico have not made for themselves, and are paying the price.

I haven’t had the highest perception of this group since they started TV, but the perception going in doesn’t matter much once the show airs. This is a TV promotion, so they’ll make it or not based on the quality of the TV show. We’ll start to have that answer tonight.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #241 (07/03/2010)

Valiente crushing Vangelis always works

Arena Coliseo, 06/27/2010

Dalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Luna Mágica vs La Seductora, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca: A generic not good match. Not a horrible match but not one that needed to be recorded or shown.

Hijo del Fantasma, Toscano, Valiente vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi: And this was a generic OK match.

I’ve seen very little, but Yoshihashi (in his Masada starter gear) seems like a more intersting wrestler than Taichi, but Taichi is much of a character. Still, very happy there’s not a third straight “NJPW rudo youngster(s) is dominant in CMLL until he loses his hair” story in less than a year.

Toscano is now on the same level as Okumura. And Vangelis. (And now MIA, which may be the call to make.)

If Volador is headed to the rudo sign, that means Vangelis’ window to get his belt back has closed shut once again! Things just don’t break right for the Nazi.