IWRG (SUN) 08/29 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 b Pikachu
2) Jack & Super Halcon Jr. b Comando Negro & Epidemia
3) Magia Negra & Mr. Power b El Simbolo & Miss Gaviota
4) Black Terry & Cerebro Negro b Avisman & El Hijo del Diablo and Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro and Chico Che & Suicida
5) Dr. Cerebro, Freelance, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Oficial 911, Veneno b Chris Stone, Decnnis, El Brazo, Ozz, Último Gladiador [cibernetico]
Team IWRG won in what’s said to be the least of the recent IWRG/AAA cibernetico matches they’ve done lately. Before the match, Decnnis invited El Brazo to be in the Militia again. El Brazo, showing he’s learned absolutely nothing from being beat up in this very arena 10 days ago, said no again. This time, everyone on team AAA just got along anyway. Eliminations went Freelance, Decnnis (who complained about an IWRG unfair count), 911, Ozz, Brazo, Veneno, and Hijo de Pirata Morgan. With Chris Stone and Cerebro left, AAA tried to win the match by convincing Dr. Cerbero to join their side. This also worked as a distraction, but Dr. Cerbero caught Chris Stone in a submission (and held on to it, despite Decnnis running back in to attack.)
After the match, Team AAA invited Dr. Cerebro to leave IWRG and join them in AAA. Dr. Cerbero said no, but left the possibility open later. Uh oh.
Four way tag match came down to Terry & Cerbero defeating the Oficials, which starts that feud again. There are only three possible trios feuds in IWRG at any time – Oficials vs Terry/Cerberos, Oficials vs Gringos, and Gringos vs Terry/Cerberos – and we’re back to plan A. Chico Che was hurt during the match and replaced by Angel.
“El Simbolo” appears to be a guy with no shirt and wrestling in jeans and sneakers. I think we’ll see him again right after we see Mini Skandalo.
Pikachi = Guizmo with new pants. These are the updates this this website exists to provide.
On Sunday in Arena Solidaridad, Pantro lost his hair to Tigre Universitario, and Orquidea Negra lost his hair to Chica de Arabia.
In Arena Neza on Sunday, Psicosis beat Averno by a sneaky foul in the main event trios. The semimain built a Ramstein/Fantastik feud. The attendance was typically horrible for that building; the only group who’ve drawn there is AAA. The Gladiatores has a video interview with the Invasors on that show.
El Siglo de Torreon has a detailed article about the lucha libre business in La Laguna. Attendance has fallen 50% over the last three years, with the bad economy and the lack of security. Jose Acero, promoter at Deportivo Lee Roy, actually lists his budget:
550 to the Department of Events & Alcohol
50 to the Civil Protection department
200 to the Box Y Lucha commission
unlisted costs for flyers and other advertising
1000 for rent
3200 ($243US) for a the entire lineup of 22 wrestlers, if they’re all local (50 for those in the opener, 80 for the 2nd, 100, 150, and 200 for main eventers); the luchadors know the pay are low, but know it’s because the economy
between 15,000 and 35,000 for national wrestlers, plus travel expenses (so no national wrestlers)
Attendance is between 80 -100, with about 40 people getting in free by being invited by a luchador. Javier Dipp, promoter at Arena Olimpico Laguna, says that lucha promoters survive “by a miracle”, because they’re not drawing enough now. (Both Deportivo La Rosita Vicente Guerrero and Plaza de Toros Torreon no longer host shows; no miracle for them.) They’d like those governmental fees lowered. The commission would like to see the shows end earlier, so people would be less fearful of going out into a late dark night.
El Siglo de Torreon also has an Espanto II obit. Their listing for Thursday’s show at AOL has Super Punk in the main event, so either Ultimo Rebelde II has changed his name or Hooligan has two sons wrestling here now. I didn’t know, or I forgot, that they have a website too.
Judging from these posts – Angel o Demonio on LuchaMania, a follow up on LMdLL – no one working Sunday’s Arena Coliseo Monterrey show got paid. The promoter took the money and disappeared.
Silver King & Mesias will be on Motel Diablito on Wednesday, and Mesias will be on Glam Show on Friday. Kind of surprising, since those are shows on 52MX, which has all that CMLL programming. You’d think CMLL would get their own guys on other shows, or at least prevent AAA guys from being on them.
Headline: “Olimpico hopes to save his mask in the cage match.” No way!
There’s talk of creating a female version of 100% Lucha. I believe that’s GLOW. Or WOW.
Cronicas Y Leyendas has video of Alushe vs the Giant Rudos, from 1992. He’s been doing this for a long time.
Hablando de Catch returns to talk about Payasos in lucha libre.
Fuego en el Ring speaks to a Huracan Ramriez, a music teacher in his other job.
Hereos del Ring bio of the day: Aerostar. They mention the Dormilona, so I’d guess that’s in the game. Also, the Super Fly bio mentions his repeated destruction at the hands of Electroshock, so that’s great. There’s a video of a three way match over at GameTrailers, and the flow of the game looks a smoother to me than the videos they’ve been posting on their official site; maybe it’s having two CPU players instead of one (or none?) The game designer explains it’s the part of the rudo campaign mode – 22 stages! – and we learn Scoria and Brazo are all the way at the bottom of the ladder (and Brazo looks surprisingly fun to play as.) There’s another video interview about the game on the site.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.