Espanto II, Rayo/Atlantis, lineups

Espanto II, 78, passed away Saturday. He had heart problems and had been in the hospital on and off over the last three months.

Jose wrote a great bio for Espanto II years ago, worth reading if you haven’t already. The Espantos (I, II and III) were stars of 60s EMLL, and I & II sound like the greatest tag team of their time. The Espantos were not actually brothers, but did give the same last name after they were unmasked to pretend as if they were, and they were surely as close as brothers. I & II debuted with a 34 week winning streak, they were partners then enemies of El Santo and held the national tag team titles of that time. Espanto II lost his mask Ruben Juarez on September 6, 1963 in what may have been the anniversary main event for that year; much like what appears to be happening this year, EMLL also ran a major hair match later in September, with Espanto I avenging his ‘brother’ by taking Juarez’s hair.

The Espanto’s run was a short one by lucha standards – Espanto I was murdered in 1968, and the others scaled back their participation after, so it might have only been a 7 year peak run – but they were top stars during their time. Espanto III is still alive, and had talked to his old partner just this past week.

CMLL had a moment of applause for Espanto II during today’s Arena Coliseo show. I wouldn’t be surprised if they also mentioned him on the Anniversary show.

CMLL (SUN) 08/29 Arena Coliseo [@cmllmagazine]
1) Artillero & Súper ComandoBengala & Robin
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Brazo de Oro, Fabián el Gitano, MetálicoArkángel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Delta, Fuego, MetroEuforia, Nosferatu, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Toscano DQ Felino, Jushin Liger, Ray Mendoza Jr.
5) Charly Manson, Olímpico, PsicosisAverno, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
6) AtlantisRayo de Jalisco Jr.

Atlantis got Rayo with a small package for the win. He must’ve gotten the mask or cheated somehow. Edit: confirms it was a legal win. I still don’t believe it.

Averno had Charly set up for the Devil’s Wings and the win, but Tirantes broke it up and the Invasores pulled his mask before rolling him up.

Rey Mendoza is still in the business of fouling Blue Panther whenever he gets the chance.

I have no idea why Brazo de Oro and Arkangel were added to the segunda. Oro got Nitro with a STF – maybe it was for Nitro complaining! They didn’t forget him tonight.

Bengala and Robin sounds like a Bangladesh Batman/Robin knockoff. They still lost. Is CMLL Militia vs AAA Militia a new dream match?

Volador hypes up the big cage match by promising to be the first one out. Fantastic action! He also accuses Sombra of not earing his spot by fighting on the undercard for long enough.

Dos de Tres has photos of Cibernetico & Sexi Star in the Un Romeo Muy Juliet play.

Kcidis draws AAA’s new military. Kind of.

This is very slightly to do with lucha libre, but Black Terry Jr. posted a series of videos from the Villano gym of students of various different martial arts fighting in mixed battles – they really should think of a short name for that. Anyway, what I’ve learned is that I can’t possibly learn Capoeria. It’s not because I don’t have the discipline or ability, but because I couldn’t do the wacky arm movements with a straight face.

Luchas 2000 #536 hypes the CMLL cage match. Same idea for SuperLuchas #379.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update with more on Espanto II.


IWRG (THU) 09/02 Arena Naucalpan
1) Tonatiuh vs King Dragon
2) Dinamic Black & Jack vs Imposible & Nemesis
3) Eragon, Freelance, Hijo del Pantera vs Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, Magia Negra
4) Fabi Apache, Mascarita Sagrada, Pasion Kristal vs Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Yuriko
5) Bombero Infernal, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, La Parka Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Not so much AAA vs IWRG if Parka is teaming with the Dinamitas. Maybe everyone will turn on him?

IWL (SAT) 09/04 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Fantasma de la Ópera & Suicida vs Freelance & Naruto
2) Daga vs Eterno
3) Aeroboy & Violento Jack vs Bestia 666 & X-Fly
4) Lizzy Valentine & New York Knockout Nikki vs Flor Metalica & La Chola
5) Colt Cabana vs Adam Pearce [IWL WORLD, tournament]
6) Canek vs Gran Alebrije [IWL WORLD, tournament]

That’s what the poster says. The facebook entry right next to the poster says the women’s match is a singles match between the women, and the DTU team is actually a mystery. There will be lucha libre, I’m fairly certain of that. Even in the Canek/Gran Alebrije match.

If I was IWL booker (I don’t want to be IWL booker), I would have Canek vs Adam Pearce and Alebrije vs Colt Cabana. Cuije + Colt = $$$$. No word on Adam Pearce Shirt.

CMLL (SUN) 09/05 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Mortiz & Semental
2) Molotov, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Artillero, Puma King, Súper Comando
3) Fabián el Gitano, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Raziel, Virus, Yoshihashi
4) Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto vs Charly Manson, Mr. Águila, Olímpico

Tony Rivera’s back? I’m suspicious. Main event is a semi-rematch of this week’s semimain.

Ways you can tell the GDL show is the big show of the day: they’re having Yoshihashi wrestle in Mexico City instead.

IWRG (SUN) 09/05 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Guerrero 2000
2) Dinamic Black & Super Halcon Jr. vs Carta Brava Jr. & Epidemia
3) Eragon, Freelance, Jack vs Magia Negra, Mr. Power, Nemesis
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Oficial Marshal
5) Chico Che, El Hijo de Aníbal, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Oficial 911, Veneno vs Billy Boy, El Elegido, Escoria, Extreme Tiger, Último Gladiador

Hijo de Anibal? Main event looks like another cibernetico.

08/28 Masked Warrior show partial results & notes (Charlotte)

I have not seen a live report yet, but judging from the photos on Facebook, the matches appear to have been:

MW (SAT) 08/28 Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
1) ?a replacement Tigresa Cailente? & Chi Chi vs Azteko & Mini Park
2) Medianoche, Novillerito, Pequeño Halloween vs Mascarita Dorada, Octagoncito, Petey Williams
3) Súper Nova vs Rellik
4) Lizmark Jr. vs Charly Manson [MW HEAVY, semifinal]
5) PR Flyer, Reid Flair, San Juan Kid b Neutronic, Oriental, Tinieblas Jr.
6) Marco Corleone vs RJ Brewer [MW HEAVY, semifinal]

The 5th match is the only one with a clear picture of who won. I’m presuming those singles matches were actually the tournament matches, since that’s the brackets, but they could not be or they could just be redone during Season 2. It looks likes the Mini Park/Azteko (Rocky Romero, previously listed as Tornado Azteca) team are dancing victorious after a win.

PWInsider says they drew about 1,000 people. The building seats 9,605.

This event has so far gone from being a normal taping to a house to a show being taped for the website. The promotion is told the luchadors that show was on hiatus and not canceled. The show was still taped, with the idea that the show will air on the website. Based on the matches, it seems like they initially planned for two tapings worth of shows, though probably not in the order that they were taped. Tickets are still on sale for the 09/09 taping in Corpus Christi.

Despite their statements, I’d guess this was the last for the show. TV shows which are suddenly pulled of the air usually don’t make it back on the air. Without the TV show, this promotion does not exist. Coming back in 2011 is a great carrot, but seems unlikely This group appeared caught off guard by this week’s show being bumped to Saturday, were caught off guard by the show going on hiatus, and

If they do come back in 2011, they’ve done themselves a disservice by not getting out ahead of the story. If you’re one of the (few) people watching the TV show, all you know is the season is suddenly over, and maybe you know the website they sent you to has nothing about a next season. Those viewers aren’t going to remember this show in four months; they may not remember in two weeks. (This is where Twitter & Facebook helps, because they could start pushing out messages again if they come back, and aren’t reliant on people seeking them out. But they may no longer care at that point.)  If this promotion comes back in 2011 after vanishing for months, they’re starting from scratch.

For those scoring at home, WSX aired 9 episodes, with 1 being a DVD exclusive. Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors aired 7 in season 1.