Niebla cheats Rush, new IWRG trios champs, Puebla cage match, Sangre Azteca

CMLL (SUN) 05/27/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El OcicdentalInformador]
5) Mr. Niebla DQ Rush
Niebla took 1/3, faking a foul in the third.

IWRG (SUN) 05/27/2012 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Crosby b Matrix Jr.
2) Charly Madrid & Freelance b Alemán & Imposible
3) Chicano, Dinamic Black, Multifacético b Carta Brava Jr., Pacto Negro, Violencia Jr.
Carta Brava lost, argued the ref only counted 2.
4) Freyser, Tony Rivera, Veneno b Bestia 666, Shadow Phoenix, Súper Nova
Rivera is not bald, but buzzed very short. Tecnicos took 1/3, Veneno beating Shadow Phoenix both times.
5) Damián 666, Head Hunter, X-Fly b Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Capos came in with the belts. Cien slammed Head Hunter in the second, but Head Hunter paid him back in the third, and FdT took 1/3 to win the titles.

VO (SUN) 05/27/2012 Rodeo el Jefe [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Drako b Chapuline NegroStukita
2) Gran Cuchillo b Cyborg
3) Destello Negro, Halcón 2000, Heavy Boy b Cerebro Maligno, Herejía, Rey Krimen
Heavy Boy won this match for hsi team, sneaking a foul on Herejia.
4) Argos & Sugi San DQ Letal & Peligro and Kaiser & Latin Star and Mr. Blacka & Ztzizan [Copa el Jefe]
Latin Star had a bad landing on a dive and was taken to the hospital. He was reported as stable.
5) Sadica & Super Crazy b Joko Winterscheidt & Tinieblas Jr.
Earlier in the show, Sadica complained about Big Mama, drawing Mama out for a fight. Mama had the better of Sadica, but Yack and La Hielera helped out the ruda.
6) Chessman b DagaHeddi Karaoui
Chessman pinned Daga, but each celebrated each other post match.

Today’s the big 12 man cage match in Puebla. Porra Fresa recaps how we got there, and puts forth Espiritu Maligno, Arissma, Stigma (since he’s feuding with a lot of people), Skandalo and Super Comando as possible losers. Super Comando is actually an interesting idea; he’s talented, but rarely used past the first match due to his size…but Loco Max isn’t a big guy either, and used a bit more. Comando being unmasked and then sharing the role of the rudo who loses his hair every year wouldn’t be a bad use for him.

Still, it seems more likely it’ll be one of the Puebla guys losing in their hometown – this is the only place they can get that match, and they usually take the fall here. It’s how Mr. Rafaga more or less ended his career back in 2009, the last cage match here. On the other side, the winner seems likely to be one of Stigma, Skandalo, Dragon Lee and Lestat; they’ve been the four guys most often involved in the finishes.

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There’s also a trios title match in the semimain. Atlantida faces the Invasors again, and we’d expect the usual result.

Sangre Azteca explains the choice to return to the rudo side was all his own. He feels the fan accepted him as a tecnico, but he was missing that spark he had as a rudo and now will be a much better Sangre Azteca. Sangre’s leaving open the possibility of forming a new Poder Mexico but not sure if it’s going to happen so doesn’t want to talk it up. Azteca leaves for his annual trip to France on June 30th, and hopes to facilitate some of the French wrestlers coming to CMLL someday.

Cibernetico & La Parka fulfilled one of the wishes of a dying child by meeting him.

The entire Lucha POP show appears online: the main event and the opener.

Lucha Monterrey has interviews Lady Maravilla and Rico Rodriguez talking about their upcoming matches.

Rob has highlights of 05/11/12 CMLL.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 05/31/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Charly Madrid & Serpiente de Oro vs Matrix Jr. & The Mummy
2) Centvrión, Chicano, Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
3) Damián 666 vs Bestia 666Oficial AK47Oficial FierroOficial 911Golden MagicCarta BravaAlan ExtremeTony RiveraTrauma ITrauma IIImposibleMike SeguraOficial RayanOficial SpartanHijo de Pirata MorganX-FlyHead Hunter192021222324252627282930 [Rey del Ring]

The annual Rey del Ring match! Names are as shown on the poster and may not actually appear.

DTU (SAT) 06/02/2012 Coliseo Tulancingo
1) Matrix vs JhonkiArticusHackerRocky LoboRadicalSky Ángel
2) Extreme Boy vs Lucky BoyNino HambuerguesaSlayer Pack
3) Ciclope vs Black FirePoison [DTU ALTO]
Ciclope is champion
4) Hormiga vs Principe Halcon [tables]
5) Kaleth & Paranoiko vs Dinastía & Eterno and Lanzeloth & Pesadilla and Araña de Plata Jr. & Pequeno Cobra [ladders]
6) CIMA & Eita vs Flamita & Super Mega and Drastik Boy & Violento Jack

Not sure how many shows CIMA is working while he’s around, but it’s at least this and the Sunday IWRG show.

CMLL (SUN) 06/03/2012 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala, Black Silver, Robin vs Camorra, Ramstein, Zayco
2) Metálico, Sensei, Super Halcon Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
4) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Diamante Azul vs Último Guerrero

Azul is going to be a lot to get over on the Guerrero Special.

Fuego & Stuka only team up in this building when an Arena Coliseo tag title match is coming.

There seems to be a few different Black Silvers, including a long time wrestler in Acapulco.

CMLL (SUN) 06/03/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Azteca de Oro
2) Esfinge & Halcon de Plata vs Barbaro Cavernario & Sádico
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Leo, Smaker vs Demonio Maya, Exterminador, Tauro
4) Javier Cruz vs Èvola [hair]
5) La Sombra & Máscara Dorada vs Mephisto & Volador Jr.

The quick Javier Cruz Sr. vs Evola feud ends here.

LyC (SUN) 06/03/2012 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Ema Huevo vs Sexy Star
2) Head Hunter, Héctor Garza, Konnan, Rico Rodriguez vs Big Neurosis, Hijo del Ninja, Konnan Big, Simbolo

Konnan Big is sure wrestling a lot in 2012 for a guy who was retiring at the end of 2011.

Lucha Fan Fest, IWL/DTU, Neza, Sangre Azteca takes out Stuka, Trauma I out of action

LEGEND (SAT) 05/19/2012 Plan Sexenal, DF [SL464]
1) Epidemia b Shadow Phoenix [GALLI CHAMP]
First defense.
2) Centvrión, Chapuline Negro, Latin Star, Tritón (IWRG) b 14K, Hanaoka, Kansuke, Nihon Dragon
Elimination Order: Nihon Dragon (Latin Star), Latin Star (Kansuke), Hanaoka (Centviron), Centviron (14K), 14K (Triton), Triton (Kansuke), Capuline Negro (Kansuke), leaving Capuline Negro as the sole survivor for team Mexico.
3) Io Shirai & Keira b Chik Tormenta & La Vaquerita
Io wore a mask. Referee el Negro was honored by Canek and the promoter after this match.
4) Fenix (AAA) b Sugi SanDark DragonMagnus
Magnus looked like he’d rather be some place else, while Fenix/Dark Dragon looked great. Elimination order went Magnus (Sugi), Sugi (Fenix), Dark Dragon (Fenix)
5) Cuervo & Ozz b Sasuke Secret & Satoshi Kajiwara
Ozz Driver on Kajiwara.
6) Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya b Halloween, Trauma I, Trauma II
Miyahara pulled Trauma II’s mask and rolled him up for the win.
7) Canek & Kensuske Sasaki b Héctor Garza & Nosawa
Canek pinned Nosawa. Canek & Sasaki (as Mayan Warrior and Power Warrior) steamrolled the other team. Garza was sterchered out.

Show will air on SamuraiTV, assuming Nosawa wasn’t carrying the tape too.

AAA IWL DTU (SAT) 05/26/2012 Centro de Convenciones Tlalnepantla [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del RingR de Rudo]
1) Babel, Red Monster, Romeo b Corcel Infernal, Químico Jr., Sismo Negro
2) Arkanos, La Vaquerita, Mini Histeria b Impulso, Keira, Mini Charly Manson
Lily Fighter was originally advertised in Keira’s spot, but they mentioned the change ahead of time.
3) Eterno, Hormiga, Pesadilla b Centinela, Emo Extreme, Sepulturero I
Black Fire replaced Hormiga. Fresero joined ATM. The rest of the Masizos were out to help Eterno, but turned on him after the match. Terremoto joined up with the group and Ciclope is the new leader.
4) Tony Rivera L FlamitaFreelanceDrastik Boy [hair]
listed as a hair match, though Flamita & Drastic Boy are masked. Flamita pinned Tony Rivera to take his hair. Tony tried to walk out without getting his hair cut, but Crazy Boy appeared to stop him. They set up a match for whenever Crazy Boy is healthy. It appears Tony got his hair cut a bit, but not shaved.
5) Carta Brava (IWL) & Fantasma de la Ópera b Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG) & Dinamic Black and Aero Boy & Paranoiko
Dinamic Black replaced Black Terry. Paranokio & Aero Boy went out first. Fantasma pinned Dinamic, Carta IWRG accidentally hit the ref and Carta IWL snuck in a foul on him.
6) Cerebro Negro COR Violento Jack and Mad Man Pondo
Cerebro Negro was left in bad shape, but the other two got counted out (count out in an extreme match?) and Negro won by being half dead in the ring.
7) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett [IWL TRIOS]
Moved to the semimain. Originally AAA trios titles vs IWL trios titles, but Psycho Clowns lost the trios titles to Consejo earlier this week. FdT – Damian, Bestia, X-Fly and new recruit Eterno – ran in to attack the Psycho Circus. However, when Angel o Demonio held Psycho Clown for a shot, one of the FdT hit him by mistake, and Psycho Clown dropped Angel O Demonio for the win and title change. Challenges all around.
8) Joe Lider b Super Mega [hair, cage]
Mike Segura did not appear. Joe Lider was beaten half concious and blind, so they stopped the match and everyone was very concerned and Lider was strechered to the back. And then Lider returned and won the match anyway via escape. Unsure how much Super Mega got cut.

Your IWL talent count: 40 people in matches, at least seven more interfering. This time, turnout looks really great, full or close to it.

AAA (SAT) 05/26/2012 Arena Neza [The Gladiadores]
1) Black Lancer, Espanto Jr., Taurus b Génesis, Oro Jr., Templario
2) Black Thunder, Súper Colt, Vampiro Metálico b Centvrión, Terrenal, Turbo
3) Bazooka, Henry, Trauma II DQ Gran Markus Jr., Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío II
Samurai del Sol & Adam Cole ran in to attack Trauma II.
4) Comando Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Mike Segura b Guerrero Mixtico, Neza Kid, Skayde
Comando Negro & Guerrero Mixtico feuded, with Guerrero Mixtico demanding a mask vs mask match.
5) Cibernético, Extreme Tiger, Juventud Guerrera b Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr., Toscano
Tiger replaced Mesias, who did appear to explain his arm injury. Tecnicos took 2/3

There’s a few different conclusions you can come to about Segura opting to work a half full Arena Neza than the IWL show. (But I’d much rather see this match.)

Rayo Tapatios working an AAA headlined show looks odd, especially since they’re still wearing their CMLL gear. Their names have popped up a few times in Neza but only in Neza since the mask match, and they seem content to just to occasionally work around home.

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (SUN) 05/27/2012 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bronco & Cholo b Robin & Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Camaleón, Leono, Molotov b Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Inquisidor
Tecnicos took 1/3. Camaleon appears to be hurt in post match photos.
3) Sangre Azteca b Stuka Jr.
Moved down to third. Stuka toped Sangre Azteca at the beginning of the match, but Sangre stuck in the counter dropkick for the first fall win. Stuka had problems in the second fall, but still landed the torpedo plancha to tie it up. Sangre took the third with a crab variant. Stuka was taken to the infirmary, due to the devastating nature of Sangre’s new hold.
4) Namajague, Vangelis, Virus b Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
Moved up to fourth, with Rey Cometa replacing Angel Azteca. Rudos took 2/3, Virus beating Cometa in the third.
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Super Porky b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3. Rudos were DQed for excessive violence on Porky in the second, Shocker beat Averno in the third.
6) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo b Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Diamante beat Ultimo clean with a German. Ultimo ripped off Diamante’s mask and demanded a singles match.

Dunno what happened with Sangre Azteca that has so rapidly changed his career arc, but if he knows, maybe he should teach a class and pass on that knowledge to others. Not three weeks ago, he was in stuck in tecnico purgatory, now he’s beating people clean and sending them out on a strecher. He’s still in the same match he was before, but it seems much more promising.

Full results tomorrow, but looks like Head Hunter, X-Fly and Damian picked up the IWRG trios titles.

One of the Traumas is out a month with a knee injury, according to this post on their Facebook page. The author says “my brother” but it’s not clear who’s writing the post. Both wrestled in Tijuana on Friday, but only Trauma II made it to Neza, so it’s probably Uno out hurt.

Samurai del Sol pinned Adam Cole in the main event of the Lucha POP show. It turned into a four way with Extreme Tiger and Terremoto Negro (but no Black Terry.) It was a two match show, though they also had a DJ and a band performing.

SuperLuchas #464 has interviews with Pierroth, Juvi, el Consejo, as well as the debut of a new column on the week in CMLL by Dr. Lucha!

Rob has highlights of mid October 1997 AAA, mid July 1998 AAA, and last year’s CMLL C3 show at the lucha libre expo.

LuchaWorld has Extreme Tiger, Jushin Liger, X-Fly, and Chessman on the Top 100 countdown, and KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW 05/26: Angel de Oro b Taichi [BOSJ]

Oro starts off the tournament with 2 points. This was one of the matches that looked like a possible win, so it’s a positive to see him take it. Angel de Oro won with what they called Arras de Oro, a pinning move with the victim’s leg wrapped around Angel de Oro’s neck. Nothing I can recall seeing him use in Mexico for a finish; guess he didn’t it to be on their scouting reports! Angel de Oro was said to look good in his debut. Oro is off until Wednesday, when he faces Gedo.

NJPW announced their G1 tournament would take place the first two weeks of August. Sombra participated last year. It’s possible he might return, or someone like Rush might go. NJPW is likely to send a junior heavyweight wrestler over to CMLL during this period.

Links

Warrior/Escorpion, Goya/Seductora, Nitro/Aereo, Mesias in Tijuana?

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (FRI) 05/25/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Camaleón & Höruz b Camorra & Ramstein
Camaleon replaced Tigre Blanco. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico DQ Aereo, Astral, Eléctrico
Electrico replaced Bam Bam. Rudos took the first, tecnicos took the second, and Nitro fouled Aereo just as Aereo yanked Nitro’s mask. Referee called it for the rudos.
3) La Seductora, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany DQ Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Lady Apache
Straight falls. Seductora annoyed Goya Kong enough to cause Goya to shove the referee down for the DQ. Goya demanded a mask vs mask match. Seductora did not answer.
4) Ephesto b Stuka Jr. [lightning]
Add late in the week for TV purposes. Ephesto won in 9 minutes.
5) Kráneo, Psicosis, Rey Escorpion DQ Black Warrior, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Straight falls, Warrior fouled Escorpion in the last. Black Warrior acted more rudo to prove he could be use both tecnico & rudo tactics against Escorpion next week, and then taunted Escorpion.
6) Atlantis, Diamante, Dragon Lee b Euforia, Titán, Último Guerrero [En Busca de un Idolo] VideosOficialesCMLL fall 1 VideosOficialesCMLL fall 2 VideosOficialesCMLL fall 3
Team Atlantis took falls 2/3. Guerrero tossed Dragon Lee out of the ring, then he and Euforia turned on Titan after the match.
7) Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr., Yujiro b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada
Rudos took 2/3, Yujiro beating Dorada & Volador beating Sombra.

CMLL’s promo for Black Warrior vs Rey Escorpion. That’s happening next week, but it seems like Goya vs Seductora and Nitro vs Aereo are being set up quickly.

The video promo I posted yesterday is apparently a local promoter reusing the footage to promote his show (on June 7th.) Less exciting!

A new poster for an AAA related spot show in Tijauna on June 15 lists injured Mesias in the main event. False advertising?

This year’s Lucha Libre Expo is August 17th to August 19th.

Angel de Oro is part of the NJPW Best of Juniors press conference, speaking around 14:55. The best parts of this were Jushin Liger calmly telling Rocky Romero to shut his mouth, and everything Alex Koslov did. Tournament starts tomorrow, and Angel de Oro leads off against Taichi.

LuchaWorld has Rey Cometa & Hijo del Diablo in the top 100.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/01/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
2) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Namajague, Puma King, Shigeo Okumura
3) Diamante vs Dragon Lee [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Titán vs Euforia [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
6) Black Warrior vs Rey Escorpion [hair]
7) Atlantis, La Máscara, Shocker vs Mephisto, Volador Jr., Yujiro

Nothing particular going on in the main event, but it’s still put ahead to the hair match.

Tiger has not been around much since the trios title match last week – only a Puebla match, and working as a guest announcer once. He didn’t seem to be hurt in Puebla. Not sure what happened, though that’s not more of a disappearing act than Volador did when he was ‘suspended’.

The Busca de un Idolo matches are not specifically listed as semifinals, but the polling is definitely back starting next. It’s possible it’s everyone getting a match versus everyone else with judging and everything.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-04-14

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taped 2012-04-06 @ Arena Mexico

Easily the lesser of the two Gran Alternativa tournament shows. Triton won while having a poor night, enough to sabotage his three matches and look like a guy who shouldn’t be winning this. Mr. Niebla was in self sabotage mode, seemingly not in condition to perform. That would be more of an issue on another show this week, but it was enough here that I think they would’ve had Niebla just lose in the first round – except Super Porky really can’t wrestle two matches any day. Even Raziel vs Cancerbero was a bit disappointing, because they never as much committed to doing the tag partner matchup.

Head Hunter flattens clown, another CMLL new star teaser video?

IWRG (THU) 05/24/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
2) Imposible & Matrix Jr. b Serpiente de Oro & Templario
3) Nygma, Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas DQ Oficial Factor, Oficial Rayan, Oficial Spartan
AAA team challenged for the Comando Elite trios titles.
4) Monster Clown & Psycho Clown b Damián 666 & X-Fly
5) Head Hunter I b Murder Clown [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Head Hunter came is as the champions. All four guys from the semifinal worked as seconds here. All the seconds attacked their opponent, with the Clowns caught in the first fall for a DQ. Interference continued in the second. Damian tripped Murder off the top rope, and Head Hunter splashed him to keep his title.

This video sure looks like a teaser for yet another New Star Of CMLL. It’s the same vignette they used last year (which ended up introducing Titan & Triton, though I’m still not sure that was the actual plan), promoting a press conference on June 7th (a Thursday, about time for a CMLL press conference), and it’s already stamped for airing on Televisa. Probably this weekend. This will start the Mistico II rumors yet again, though we know it can’t be Angel de Oro since he’s off in Japan.

A missing AAA vignette explains how Silver King and Dr. Wagner ended up teaming. It does not look like the rest of the Maniacos are turning tecnico, but maybe only Silver King.

El Consejo say they didn’t have any trouble beating Psycho circus and don’t think much of the AAA trios belts, but being champions gives them power and they’ll be making their own rules. Mascara says he still wants Wagner and no one else.

Sombra & Dragon Rojo talk about their recent title match. Dragon Rojo explains his injury was a torn groin muscle (!) and he’s under doctor’s orders to continue wearing the wrap around his leg.

LuchaWorld has Mari Apache, Cassandro, Dragon Rojo Jr., and Silver Kain on the top 100 list.

Violento Jack is still not impressed by Mad Man Pondo and thinks Cerebro Negro is good but this isn’t his style.

Solar talks about his career, says El Toreo should’ve been kept as a historical monument.

05/26-27 lucha times

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=== CMLL ===

Galavision/Televisa: Back on in the US; the MLS game was bumped to Univision Deportes. The Busca TV pattern continues = opener makes TV (more Bobby Zavala) plus the Warrior/Escorpion feud. The middle match could go be swapped, but the guess here is Tuareg vs Azteca/Fuego/Pegasso on the main show.

FOX: Back on Saturday. Women’s trios possibly ens up here, and the main event of Negro/Volador/Yujiro vs Atlantis/Mascara/Sombra is definitely on this show.

C3: The Psicosis vs Dorada title match headlines, with Rush vs Yujiro battling in the semimain. Artillero & Super Comando sneak on TV in the opener.

52MX: Tough to figure with Puebla being thrown in the mix. Dragon Rojo vs Sombra definitely will air. If they’re taking Puebla main events, then there’s also an Atlantis/Azul/Shocker vs Kraneo/Psicosis/Volador trios match they should be in line for. I desperately want them to air the Puebla/DF stuff, but I’m worried it’ll fall thru the cracks.

LATV: I’ve lost track. Something I’ve posted already?

GDL: Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla, Rojo/Volador vs Mascara/Sombra

Puebla: I have no idea. It is in the schedule, but if the cameras really aren’t there than I have no idea what might be airing.

=== Other ===

AAA: main show should have Psycho Circus vs Perros del Mal (return of Psicosis), Abyss & Chessman putting up the tag titles vs Joe Lider & Juvi, and Ciber & Wagner vs Perro & LA Park. Maybe we find out why Jarrett wasn’t on this show? Regional bonus matches are Daga/Fenix vs Dark Family and a mixed trios.

ACM: rerun?

IWRG (TVC): Murder Clown vs Head Hunter! There will be clubbering.

AYM is on it’s normal spot. No chance there’s three straight new episodes.

Scouting Report: Angel de Oro

a possible occasional feature, explaining luchadors to unfamiliar people

Angel de Oro, a 22 year old tecnico from Gomez Palacio, is about to embark on the most challenging couple of weeks of his career. He’s only had fifteen high level singles matches in his three and half year major league stint to this point, and he’ll be cramming eight more of them into a two weeks span. The outcomes are not an issue, as he’s only expected to follow the great tradition of Mexican wrestlers in Japan and lose a whole lot. The quality of the matches themselves are the challenge, as Oro will be in an unusual scenario working with unfamiliar opponents.

Background

Angel de Oro begin his career at age 17, working tiny shows in the Comarca Lagunera, a Mexican metro area that crosses over two states and fifteen cities. It contains the 9th biggest population in Mexico, but it’s the 3rd most common home area for current CMLL luchadors. This unexpectedly high amount of Laguna born luchadors is credited to older luchadors who’ve made it big coming back to scout and recruit promising youngsters to Mexico City to CMLL affiliated schools. Ultimo Guerrero is often given credit for engineering the pipeline. It’s worked because so many of the young wrestlers, like Angel de Oro, have made the transition and done well for themselves.

Angel de Oro wrestled his brother, then rudo Guerrero Inca, quite often in his first few years of wrestling. The brothers were brought to Mexico City and intended to be introduced as part of a trio of identical high flying Angels to accompany Hector Garza. The trio appeared with Garza once, but then the idea was dropped before they had a match. The mysterious third Angel never was seen again, and brother Angel de Plata (ex-Guerrero Inca) broke his arm in training, causing Angel de Oro to start on his own in August of 2008. Plata joined him in December, and they formed a trio with legacy character Angel Azteca Jr.

The metallic Angels were introduced at the height of CMLL’s Mistico-clone mania. These two brothers, not actually of the same age, wrestled like twin Misticos. The Angels used the same religious imagery, and the same basic colors as Místico (white, gold, silver.) The brothers outfits matched, except for their namesake color. The Angels would do simultaneous mirror spots against their opponents in the ring, then follow with stereo Asai moonsaults onto the rudos. It was a neat idea, but in a promotion where dozen of wrestlers were using the same sets of moves, it did not impact as much as hoped. The Angels frequently wrestled against members of the Guerreros Tuareg, a veteran group of rudos skilled at working with younger wrestlers.

CMLL quickly saw promise in Angel de Oro. It often takes years of work on the undercard before luchadors were given bigger chances, but Oro came along at a time where the promotion was motivated to promote younger wrestlers. Angel de Oro teamed with inspiration Místico to nearly win the 2009 Gran Alternativa tournament (only beaten by Yujiro and Okumura, exploiting a loophole in the rules.) A year later, Angel de Oro was the surprise winner of a midcard cage match, unmasking fellow técnico and frequent partner Fabian el Gitano. As a team, Oro & Plata advanced of a #1 contenders tournament for CMLL’s secondary pairs titles, but were defeated in Oro’s first really great match. It’d be their final important match as a team.

CMLL accelerated plans for Angel de Oro starting in at the end of 2010. Oro and fellow young stars Diamante and Rush were put together, in a number one contenders tournament for the national trios titles. The three had never been a trio previously, but won the tournament and the belts. Angel de Oro also won the 2011 Reyes del Aire high flyer match, though one with noteable less star power than years past. Oro sealed his ascent by winning the heavily promoted Forjando de Idolo tournament, winning all six singles matches to earn a more important spot with the promotion. Plata, meanwhile, lost all three of his qualifying matches and stayed in aimless midcard matches. The two teamed one time after the tournament, and haven’t since.

Angel de Oro’s career since winning the Forjando un Idolo tournament has not been as trimpuh filled. He has risen to the semimain and main event matches, though he’s a seen as a lesser star when he’s on top. The trios title reign with Diamnate and Rush never went anywhere, ending after a single defense. Oro has challenged for Dragon Rojo and Negro Casas for world singles titles, but come up just short. He’s been included in the biggest CMLL tournaments, but not advanced far. Angel de Oro did repeat as Reyes del Air winner, against a slightly tougher crowd. Those wins and the Forjando un Idolo victory are his biggest so far.

Compares To

Angel de Oro is most often compared to Místico, with good reason. Oro’s been rumored to be reintroduced as Místico II, if CMLL decides to bring back the character. It’s probably not he best of ideas for many reasons, most of because Angel de Oro has developed into a slightly different brand of técnico. Oro is now close to a more athletic version of La Mascara.  Both Máscara and Oro use classic lucha libre holds as their primary finish, the campana and mecedora. Both are using names which have been used by others previously. Mascara and Angel de Oro share some of the same repeated spots (like the swinging kick from the apron), and also share the tendency to repeat the same series of moves in every match. It does make both Mascara and Oro smooth with their moves when everything is going well. They’re skilled trios wrestlers, but not always able to mix it up in longer form singles matches. Neither is great about showing emotion while they wrestle. Angel de Oro’s mask limits him in that regard, but came sometimes come off as if hes’ wrestling in an empty gym.

Angel de Oro is potentially a lot more exciting than La Mascara, willing to try moonsaults and  springboards Mascara has long given up on. Oro is not as a innovative or limit pushing as Místico, Mascara Dorada, or the other kids from Guadalajara, but does what he does well. Like Místico, and La Mascara, the finishes of his matches are usually built towards locking on his one submission hold. Angel de Oro seems to be following the Mascara path of varying the ways he get to the hold, rather than the simple repeated setup Místico used as his pattern.

Prospects

Angel de Oro’s biggest test will be varying his routine. The basic CMLL técnico formula of armdrags, headscissors and dives is not enough when you’re wrestling singles matches every other day. Oro is not that limited, but he also doesn’t have a lot to offer if an injury ever slows him down. Both Sombra and Mascara Dorada felt like they were better than Oro when they had their first league experiences in Japan, and both came with a few new ideas. Oro could use that same sort of result.

Angel de Oro’s not far off from making it. CMLL sees him as a part of their future top técnicos, but he’s got to continuing growing to reach that potential. Oro already being part of main events might give him the impression he’s already made it, so this tournament could be a good reminder of how much more he has to grow. Oro’s not going to be billed as the most spectacular luchadors much longer, with Mascara Dorada (among others) still around in front of him and flashier guys coming behind him. For Angel de Oro to succeed, he’ll need to be a complete wrestler.

3 Matches to check out

2010-10-17: Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata vs Delta & Diamante – breakout match for all four
2011-05-07: Angel de Oro vs Pólvora (fall 2, fall 3) – Oro wins Forjando un Idolo tournament, but the bigger achievement is getting a very good match out of Pólvora.
2012-04-29: Angel de Oro vs Negro Casas: the legend forces Oro to have a different match

 

Todo x el Todo, Puebla TV, Nosawa/Io arrested, REINA

At the press conference for next weekend’s Todos x el Todos show, Fuerza Guerrera and El Hijo del Santo were making mask match challenges. Fuerza claimed beating Angel Blanco was Santo’s only real win in his career, while Santo said Fuerza only had a couple wins (Gallo Tapado) himself. Santo had just said he wasn’t that interested in another mask match. Last weekend in SuperLuchas, he was talking about running a big show in October (3o years), so maybe he’s not done with mask matches yet. Santo said he’d want to take care of Hijo del Solitario first. Saurman suggested a Santo/Saurman vs Fuerza/Carta Brava mask match, but the veterans said the IWRG kids weren’t big enough stars for that. Golden Magic will replace Angelico on the card, which also has a match for the vacant WWA tag titles.

Porra Fresa notes “the continued absence of TVC Deportes cameras” at Arena Puebla in their recap. Last week, a Puebla match turned up on 52MX instead. It was this same time last year where Arena Puebla matches turned up on the Teleformula show for a couple weeks before the status quo kicked back in. Maybe that’ll happen again this year, but I hope the DF/Puebla stuff shows up somewhere.

Nosawa and Io Shirai were arrested upon their return to Japan for trying to sneak in drugs. Custom agents found marijuana in the frame of a pictures both had brought back from Mexico. Nosawa had posted a photo of a he and Io with portraits on his blog, so they’re probably it. Nosawa claims the portraits were gifts from fans and they had no idea anything was hidden in them. Nosawa was probably involved in bringing the Diamond Ring and other Japanese wrestlers to Mexico and would be restricted from leaving Japan if he convicted. Nosawa is also believed to be NJPW’s latest Black Tiger, and Tiger is in the Best of the Super Juniors this weekend (not the block Angel de Oro is in.) Nosawa’s unlikely to be involved in the tournament while under suspicion, but he’s only appeared a couple times under the identity and could just be replaced under the mask with someone else.

REINA has announced they’re now REINA X WORLD, with a tournament for the tag titles on 06/09.

Rob has highlights of 04/06/12 AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a look back at Owen Hart vs Canek.

Links

IWRG (SUN) 05/27/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Crosby vs Matrix Jr.
2) Charly Madrid & Freelance vs Alemán & Imposible
3) Chicano, Dinamic Black, Multifacético vs Carta Brava Jr., Pacto Negro, Violencia Jr.
4) Freyser, Tony Rivera, Veneno vs Bestia 666, Shadow Phoenix, Súper Nova
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Damián 666, Head Hunter, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Capos are the current champions.

Mascara Jr. isn’t around here much now, but neither is Head Hunter!