separate post on the press conference a bit later
CMLL’s roster is unhappy, and unhappy enough to let the press know. There’s a big article on Record (not on their site, but there’s a partial scan here.) It’s really two different stories, and hopefully I’m understanding them correctly.
Edit: Record now has the Mistico article up on it’s website. It includes a part clipped out from the scan, which changed the meaning of a few things.
In one, Mistico – who notes you get in trouble if complain to the press, and one wonders if that’s actually stopped him ever – complains about the business of CMLL. Mistico says people think he’s a favored pet of the promotion, but he gets no favors – this week, he’s only getting to work one the Friday night match and have nothing else. Mistico is upset with the promoters for not doing the big matches the fans want to see (Volador vs Mistico for the masks) and because they’ve focused too much on the Indepedents and the young wrestlers instead of “us”. Since they’re the young guys being pushed, it sure seems like he’s saying CMLL is doing too much with Mascara Dorada & Sombra. Anyone else have a different read?
The other article mentions a meeting of about 50 luchadors (including Mistico) with Paco Alonso, talking about reduced attendances. The problem is blamed on the economy and specifically not the luchadors themselves or the programming. Averno is quoted talking about everyone needing to work a little harder. This not the first meeting they’ve had of this exact sort – the WON had a mention of one a few months ago – so the interesting thing is they’ve made this public. Maybe there’s a feeling that empty arenas are breeding empty arenas, and they feel the need to get the message out to the people that the shows are still good.
Whatever it is, it’s not a good sign that people are concerned about attendance being down right after what should be their biggest business of the year. If this wasn’t the turnaround, it’s a long way off.
Random video I saw last night
Everyone makes the Santo joke, but someone on that writing staff took it a step beyond. Which was neat.
CMLL has partnered with the United Nations “1billion hungry” campaign. They’re trying to create awareness of the 925 million people who are chronically undernourished by signing a petition on their website. CMLL will be promoting the campaign at the Friday shows the next three weeks; guess it’s not as much an issue on Sundays and Tuesdays. Here’s a funny picture of Rey Bucanero for this serious issue.
the Wrestling Observer Newsletter announced it’s annual Hall of Fame voting. Lucha related results
(60% is the cut off) Rey Mysterio 75% Chris Jericho 64% ---- Dr. Wagner Sr. 55% Dr. Alfonso Morales 43% Atlantis 39% Karloff Lagarde 35% Blue Panther 33% LA Park 31% Villano III 31% Vampiro 27% Perro Aguayo Jr. 25% Cien Caras 24% Huracan Ramirez 15% ---- under 10% (off ballot) Cibernetico Dr. Wagner Jr. (for the second time?)
The one thing that bugs, so much that this is the third or fourth time I’m writing it the last 24 hours, is LA Park and Dr. Wagner Jr. are similar level stars to me and I can’t understand how one can get 31% and the other can’t get any. Maybe it’s because no one watches AAA TV and that’s really changed my impression of Wagner’s ‘fame’, but he’s been clearly the biggest star in that company over the last year and a half, and there are guys on the list who were never the top guy in the company for tha tlong.
I also think that if we had loads of attendance figures for El Toreo, Villano III would be in already. It actually helps that he’s not wrestling as much (or at least not as visible), so the depressing present doesn’t shadow his past as much, but the results sure seem to indicate that he was booked as a lighter version of Canek and Canek is in. We’re just missing the proof that it worked for Villano 3.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
- El Siglo de Torreon has a career retrospective interview with Hilario Martinez, who talks about wrestling as Olimpico, Mr. Violencia, Super Maquina 82, and Gran Markus II
- unbiased observer Damian 666 declares last Perros del Mal show “mission accomplished”. He says they’re in talks to bring in Carlito & Shelton Benjamin.
- AAA hypes the Militia vs Elegido/Air Force match.
- 411Mania has an interview with Elegido, Parka and Federico Beyer of Heroes del Ring.
- Hereos del Ring bio of the day: Extreme Tiger
- Princesa Sujei defended the PWR Women’s championship this past weekend
- Fuego en el Ring has 9 questions with La Maestra
- R de Rudo has bios of various NGX wrestlers.
- SuperLuchas writes about a bicentennial show at Starman’s gym.
- A new promotion is starting this Saturday in Costa Rica.
- Day 3 of A Silver King A Day (keeps the doctor wagner away)
CMLL (TUE) 09/28 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Apocalipsis & Disturbio
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Tzuki vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rotoporky, Toscano vs Héctor Garza, Olímpico, Ray Mendoza Jr.
5) La Máscara, Místico, Strong Man vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.
2/3 matches look pretty good. More Mistico/Volador. Mascara appears still to be on Shocker replacement duty, since he usually teams with Strong Man in that spot. Part of that is because Shocker speaks English, just like Mendoza has teamed with No Limit for a while because he spoke some Japanese. Dos La Mascara speak English?
CMLL (TUE) 09/28 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Angelo & Thunder Boy vs Acertijo & Templario
2) El Divino & Idolo vs Ángel del Mal & In Memoriam
3) Black Metal & Leo vs Drago & Ebola
4) Blue Panther, Máximo, Sagrado vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Último Guerrero
5) La Sombra vs Mr. Águila
Sombra has Lyger on Monday, Aguila on Tuesday, and hopefully a good nap on Wednesday. This’ll be the first singles match between the two. Black Metal seems to have ascended the cards rapidly.