Mexico, Guadalajara final shows of the year, Trauma I vs Eterno

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Camaleón & Oro Jr. b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Nitro, Skándalo, Súper Comando b Leono, Metálico, Pegasso
Leono replaced Angel Azteca Jr. Nitro’s return to Mexico City.
3) Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
Tecnicos took 1/3. Amapola said she wants to win Estrellita’s hair and Marcela’s title in 2012.
4) Tritón b Virus [lightning]
Triton won with a powerbomb in 5:49.
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Super Porky b Niebla Roja, Olímpico, Puma
Tecnicos took 1/3, Oro pinning Puma and Pokry sitting on Olimpico. First ended when Niebla Roja tried slamming Porky, failed, and was trapped by Porky’s weight.
6) Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Tiger b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker
Rudos took 2/3, Tiger pinning Shocker.

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Azteca de Oro & El Hippie b El Tapatío & Índigo
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Idolo & Javier Cruz Jr. b Demonio Maya & Infierno
Javier Cruz Jr. replaced Black Metal. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Sky Kid b In Memoriam [lightning]
4) Espectrum, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Gallo, León Blanco, Sagrado
Rudos took 2/3. Espectrum beat Leon Blanco (again)
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Felino, Mr. Águila, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3.

photo by Black Terry

IWRG (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, IWRG]
1) Dragón Celestial b Power Bull
Power Bull replaced Impulso.
2) Galaxie & Saruman b Araña de Plata & Yack
3) Alan Extreme, Imposible, Tóxico b Chico Che, Freyser, Ranchero
Ranchero, who appeared on the last FILL show and appears to be from La Laguna, replaced Freelance. Chico Che’s return. Alan snuck in a foul on Freyser.
4) Bombero Infernal, Carta Brava Jr., Eita b Black Terry, Dinamic Black, el Ángel
Black Terry replaced Centvrion, but turned on his partners (which they should’ve seen as coming with Bombero on that team.)
5) Golden Magic, Trauma I, Trauma II b Eterno, Head Hunter, Súper Nova
Eterno thought it would be a good idea to pull Trauma I’s mask and pin him in the first. Trauma I came back with a new mask, so Eterno tore that one up but Head Hunter splashed one of his partners by mistake to lose them the second fall. Trauma I hit Eterno with a bottle in the third, causing Eterno to bleed a lot, and Head Hunter screwed up again to give the tecnicos the win. Eterno and Truamas challenged each other to matches.

A look back at the year in Morelos lucha libre

Ohtani’s Jacket looks back at Emilio Charles Jr. vs Atlantis from 1992.

Bill has highlights of 09/18/2012 CMLL Guadalajara.


IWRG (TUE) 01/01/2013 Arena Naucalpan
***IWRG 17th Anniversary***
1) Seiya & Serpiente de Oro vs Araña de Plata & Fulgore
2) Mini Canis Lupus, Mini Cobra, Mini Multifacetico vs Oficialito 911, Oficialito AK47, Oficialito Fierro
3) Cerebro Negro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Dave The Clown, Niko, Rothen Clown
4) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Carta Brava Jr., Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Eita, Imposible, Saruman vs Flehyzer, Fuerza Guerrera, Halcon Diabolico, Jhon Crazy, King Boy, Mr. Leo, Rey Espacial, Rey Tabu [Copa High Power]
IWRG vs Konkreto
5) el Ángel & Oficial 911 vs Factor & Hijo de Pirata Morgan [relevos suicida]
6) ? vs ?? [mask, IWRG JUNIOR, IWRG RdR]
losing team puts either mask or title on the line

Tuesday show – still no Thursday ones.

Actually, the poster doesn’t make it especially clear what exactly has it’s 17th Anniversary, but the promotion “IWRG” works out math wise. The family were promoting shows in this building, and then on the building that used to be in that spot, for many decades prior – the IWRG name came in with the pre-Toryumon Japanese guys. Also: note that when the chips are down and it’s a big tiebreaking Copa High Power match Black Terry goes for the rudo heavy team.

IWRG going wild for minis is not something I would guessed.

I know I’ve pointed out how Flehyzer – spelled differently this time – is a horrible name, but really how good of a trainer is Fuerza Guerrera if did not tell that kid he might want to get a name that anyone could spell.

Always bet on title changes in IWRG relevos suicidas.

IWRG (SUN) 01/06/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxie & Seiya vs Epidemia & Fulgore
2) Dinamic Black & Saruman vs Alan Extreme & Dragón Celestial
3) Muerte Bucanera, Piratita Morgan, Piratita Morgan Jr. vs Oficialito 911, Oficialito AK47, Oficialito Fierro
4) Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Eita
5) ?, el Ángel, Golden Magic vs Oficial 911, Súper Nova, X-Fly

Another minis match, though it’ll be interesting to see if it lasts past this holiday period.

CMLL (SUN) 01/06/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Fantasy, Pequeño Olímpico, Acero, Pequeño Violencia, Bam Bam, Mercurio, Aereo, Pequeño Warrior, Pequeño Halcón, Pequeño Universo 2000 [Pequeno Reyes del Aire]
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente vs Terrible, Tiger, Último Guerrero
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky

It’s been two and half months since the last Pequeno Reyes del Aire. Cage match next week?

Today, it’s exactly 7 weeks since Mistico was injured in Puebla (though he’d been hurting for quite a while.) CMLL proclaimed Mistico would be back in 3 weeks. Maybe there was some set up back they just haven’t felt to share but it looks like they were just creating fiction so they wouldn’t have to cancel sold shows. Satanico went on a Guadalajara lucha libre show and said it’d be close to two months – those are lineups we’d start to see this week (though if he was going to be back next Monday or Tuesday, they’d rush him back a day early to work this show – and it doesn’t even look like they’ve been planning to have Mistico back with that all comedy main event.) We’ll find out more about what exactly is going on here when NJPW announces the FantasticaMania matches (probably 01/05). I still think Mistico is working that shows, but it seems like it might be the first serious in ring match he has in months.

Emilio Charles, Rafaga, Estrellita, Silueta

Emilio Charles Jr. was buried with, among other items, a photo of Los Talibanes and an Club America flag. Atlantis, Satanico, Solar, Rafael el Maya, Gusano Llanes, Fantasma and Emilio’s lucha libre trainees are mentioned as being present.

Rafaga is very proud to be champion, dedicating the win to his mother who was sick for a while. Rafaga says he’s been training at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara since he was 7 (he’s 27 now, so 20 years) and he’s finally won a title. He’d like to defend it often, and he believes he’s getting a chance in Arena Mexico in February.

Estrellita, who compares herself to a fine wine, says winning the Mexican National Women’s championship is the best possible Christmas present. Her goal for 2012 is hairs – Amapola’s and Blanca’s.

Silueta was happy to beat the thorn in her side, Zeuxis, and hopes for more in 2012.

In a piece about how lucha libre legends stay on top (synopsis: they work harder), Atlantis says the two keys to his longevity are learning how to wrestle and learning how to eat.

A lucha libre art exhibit opening in Oaxaca included a series of interviews with local luchadors. I know there’s a lucha libre scene in Oaxaca, not big but a couple promotions, but I rarely see results or even non-AAA lineups from the area, just pieces about the luchadors there.

Porra Fresa has it’s yearly looks at the most frequent appearances in Arena Puebla. Poses for women, foreigners, and Invasors are up now with more to come.

Violento Jack & Aeroboy say they enjoyed their trip to Japan, and have been invited back next summer.

Hijo de Rey Misterio (II) defeated Bestia 666 at the Extreme Rising show on Saturday.

A visit to the Lucha Libre Guatemala library reveals so many old magazines.

Puerto Rico wrestling awards.

A piece about the WAR promotion of Ecuador.

A Bolivian author talks about meeting Huracan Ramirez and other luchadors while living in Mexico City, and how being a tecnico or rudo affects the luchador.

Fenix hypes the Super X show next week.

Scary lucha figurine parts.

Invasors vs Bufete, Cometa/Namajague, new champ in Guadalajara

KrisZ has a great bio of Emilio Charles Jr.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 12/28/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLLYahoo! Deportes]
1) Molotov & Stigma b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Luna Mágica b Amapola, La Comandante, Princesa Sugheit
Amapola surprised Estrellita with a cruz nipona in the first, Estrallita surprised Amapola with a roll up in the second, and they were both out of the ring (after an Estrellita silla) when Luna & Dalis beat Comandnate and Sugheit.
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón DQ Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
Rey Cometa brought to the ring a photo of his grandfather, who passed away recently. Tencicos took 1/3, Namajague fouling Cometa in the last. Cometa challenged the Japanese demon to a match.
4) Mr. Águila b Valiente [lightning]
Mr. Aguila snuck in a foul to beat Valiente.
5) Averno, Felino, Mephisto b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Wrestlers, staff, and programming officials all came to the ring before the match for a moment of applause and a chant for Emilio Charles Jr. Those in the this match just stayed there for this match. Rudos took 2/3, Mephisto & Felino beating Delta & Maya in a match that had a lot of Averno and Atlantis interaction.
6) Kráneo, Psicosis, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Rudos won cleanly. Volador demanded an Invasors shot at the CMLL World trios titles.I’m off at least one week on my Amapola/Estrellita guess.

Rey Cometa has new music, which is good because his old music didn’t really fit him and was already being used by El Elegido. Rey Cometa’s new music is “Come With Me”, which is not good because it’s been all over AAA TV for the last year as El Consejo’s music and makes CMLL look second rate. (It’s also a rudo song.) There are plenty of other songs in the world, they should go with one of them.

CMLL (FRI) 12/28/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Acertijo & Thunder Boy b Brillante & Índigo
Rudos gain 1/3.
2) El Divino, Esfinge, Sky Kid b Évola, In Memoriam, Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Silueta b Zeuxis [REINA IJ]
Silueta kept her championship.
4) Javier Cruz, Javier Cruz Jr., Smaker b Espectrum, Magnum, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Ráfaga b Sagrado [OCCIDENTE LH]
Sagrado came in as the champion looking for first defense, but Rafaga took falls 1/3 to win the title.
6) Blue Panther & Máscara Dorada b Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas

Rafaga beating Sagrado is a surprise. The Occidente championships make more sense being on guys who would be here regularly but that only matters if they have plans to do things with them. They have used the middleweight title a bit this year.

AAA announced they’ll be airing the traditional 3 weeks of Best of Material starting this afternoon. The Acapulco taping will air on 01/19 and probably 01/26, then the Toluca taping starts on 02/02. NFL season winds down during that period, so they’ll probably be moving back to Sunday (and 2 hours?) somewhere in that stretch, but the bigger point is not much new material for a while and probably only the 1 main TV taping next month.

Informador talks to Barbaro Cavernario, Mistico, and Rush about where they are in lucha libre right now. Mistico says he must do more difficult moves than the original to get him over, and the fans are starting to call him El Kamikaze de Lucha Libre. You know, it didn’t end well for the kamikazes. Also, which fans are saying that?

Rob has highlights of 12/04/12 CMLL.

Eita is listed as possibly appearing on the 01/27 Dragon Gate show.


CMLL (FRI) 01/04/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Oro Jr. vs Herodes Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Virus
4) Rey Cometa vs Namajague [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Titán vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr.

Guerreros and Rush are back. Main event is not  a title match, yet.

Rey Cometa vs Namajague follows up on their interaction in a midcard match. Followup is just plani weird.

Amapola and Estrellita keep facing off in the segunda.

Emilio Charles, CMLL shows tonight, hair match signing, Rey Celestial

Emilio Charles Jr. links

MedioTiempo mentions the cause of death as kidney problems.

Luchaworld has an obit for Emilio Charles Jr.

R de Rudo has video of Emilio explaining how he got the Rey del Beautiful name.

CMLL has some photos of Emilio Charles from around the time of his hair match with Maximo hair match.

Other News

Today’s CMLL show does not have a lot going on in terms of the storyline. The Amapola/Estrellita feud continues in the segunda, and probably should lead to a title match next Friday. Otherwise, the CMLL preview pushes the main event as (2/3rds of the) CMLL Trios champs vs (2/3rds of the) National champs. The matches, including a Valiente vs Mr. Aguila lightning match, look good.

CMLL also has a show tonight in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara with two title matches. Sagrado defends the Occidente Light Heavyweight championship for the first time versus local rudo Rafaga, while Siluta defends REINA’s International Junior Championship versus rival Zeuxis.

CMLL held a contract signing on Thursday for the Disturbio & Bobby Zavala vs Leono & Tigre Blanco double hair match. At least, they tried to – Leono didn’t show. CMLL acknowledged Leono’s non-appearance with a quote from Disturbio claiming Leono was just scared. There’s no suggestion Leono will miss the actual match.  They’ll probably air this as part of the Televisa show this week. There’s also a commercial for the match on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Estrellas del Ring has an interview with QPPLC minis winner Rey Celestial. He says he started training under Bisonte and Cobra Dorada, but now is training with Pegasso and Loco Max. Rey Celestial is 17, and says he’s been working for this moment for 8 years (though I don’t know that means he started real matches at age 9.)

Another interview with Rey Celestial gives his age as 16. This article is much more about praising the local Puebla Box Y Lucha commission for their help.

Informador has an article about young luchadors in Guadalajara. They mention there are seven smaller lucha venues in the arena in addition to Coliseo: Arena Proyeccion 2000, Arena Olimpica, Arena Jalisco, Club Gorilla, Arena Capataz, Punto Beer and Arena Roberto Paz. I’ve heard and seen lineups for Proyeccion, Olimpico, Jalisco and Roberto Paz, but not the other ones. And those don’t seem to include Dantes shows at Bar F-Bolko.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo with a much better recap of the TerceraCaida show, KrisZ’s news update and the latest Slammin’ Stan.

Rob has highlights of CMLL February 2002

Bill has highlights of 09/08/2011 IWRG.

AAA has the first part of their interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Report from the Christmas IWL show.

R de Rudo Pirata Podcast #3 is up, as well as a column about names based on misfortunes.


CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2013 Arena Puebla
1) Dinámikoo & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs King Jaguar & Saurón
2) Bengala, Black Tiger, Metálico vs Akuma, Inquisidor, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Magnus, Pegasso vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
4) Starman vs Namajague [lightning]
5) Diamante, Rey Cometa, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Puma, Sangre Azteca
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Mr. Águila, Terrible, Volador Jr.

A show! A “we’re strapped for people on because people are still on vacation” show by the looks of the second and third match.

Emilio Charles Jr. (1957-2012)

Emilio Charles Jr., a CMLL star of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, passed away Thursday. His son posted about his father’s passing on his Facebook account.

Emilio, a second generation wrestler, was an underrated rudo in the mid 80s thru the mid 90s. He was not treated as a top guy, but an underrated well working rudo who could mesh well with young promising tecnicos. He faced Octagon and Atlantis in title matches many times as both guys were taking off in the early 90s. Atlantis was Emilio’s biggest rival for years, and the rivalry was remembered as long were both in CMLL. Emilio’s matches with Atlantis helped establish him as a career.

Emilio may have not gotten to defeat the top tecnicos often, but he did well in apuesta matches. Emilio, a rough looking rudo with long hair, lost a few times early in his career, but was protected as the 90s started and won 8 straight hair matches in Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo, including a major win over Silver King at the 1996 Anniversary show.

Emilio took on the ironic role of El Rey del Beautiful near the end of the run, in what was build up to a big hair match with 1000% Guapo Shocker. Shocker won, ending Emilio’s long streak and making Shocker a star. Like Atlantis, Shocker brought his own abilities to the feud, but two of the biggest CMLL stars of the last couple decades would not have done as well without facing off with Emilio Charles Jr.

Emilio’s early 2000s are well remembered for his trio with Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio Jr. Bestia & Scorpio were responsible for remaking the barbarian Emilio over into El Rey del Beautiful as part of a new Los Guapos trio (the other two having split with Shocker to set up the feud.) Later, after 09/11, the trio went into another direction as Los Talibanes. It was played totally as absurd comedy, as all three luchadors were being moved down the card for younger wrestlers. Emilio was still well respected after his peak, getting hair wins over Satanico and Asesino Negro after the Shocker loss because he was still considered that big of a star.

Emilio stuck around CMLL as his partners left and new luchadors came in. Emilio was winding down just as Terrible was starting his CMLL career, and the two had a joke of Terrible actually being Emilio’s son because of their similar look. Emilio’s last few years were really the same as his peak, giving young wrestlers big wins. His last two CMLL singles matches – his last two singles match of any kind I can find – was a 2006 hair match loss to Maximo, and a 2007 hair match loss to Mascara Purpura. The last one saw the crowd fiercly boo Purpura and cheer for Charles even after the match, upset their old favorite had been beaten again. Emilio still had the respect of the people.

Emilio was done in CMLL after that match. He worked a little bit more in Guadalajara, and a little bit in IWRG. He last worked there in 2009 and sparsely appeared on indy shows after. There were stories in 2010 about a lucha libre school and a class he was teaching there, but little mention of that since. He was hospitalized in poor shape in 2011 after a spider bite, and left the hospital looking unnaturally thin for Emilio, but recovered. El Hijo del Santo interviews as part of his short lived webshow earlier this year (part 1, part 2). There had been no mention of Emilio being in poor health until the report of his passing.

I’ll have more notes and links later today.

Edit: The birth year has been corrected.

12/27-28 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The next taping being pushed back to 01/18 means they have 4 more weeks before taping new TV. 2 of those are the Acapulco weeks, 2 of those have to be made up somehow. My guess is they’ll air the GdT matches which haven’t aired nationally yet – the ladder match and the opener, but they could do two weeks of Best of. If you’ve watched Fusion as well as this show, there’s probably not going to be any new material here.

AAA-Fusion: Was supposed to air part 2 of GdT, but it never went up on YouTube. That would leave part 3 here as well, and no idea for next week.

== CMLL ==

Galavision/Televisa: Estrellita/Amapola feud is set on this show. Probably also the Averno/Valiente lightning match and the main event.

FOX: Panther/Sombra/Titan vs Casas/Terrible/Tiger

52MX: The Arena Coliseo Tag Title match, plus maybe Blanca/Marcela

C3: Negro Casas vs Guerrero Maya, final build up to the tag hair match

GDL: Averno/Mephisto/Niebla vs Marco/Dorada/Maximo

TVC Deportes (Puebla): they’re 4 weeks behind, leaving this week as Atlantis/Marco/Maximo vs Niebla/Casas/UG. Euforia/Roja/Tiger vs Angel de Oro/Delta/Maya sounds like a good main event

En Busca de un Idolo: Euforia vs Diamante and Dragon Lee vs Titan, which might be my favorite Dragon Lee match of the year.

Terra: Atlantis/Azul/Shocker vs Niebla/Terrible/Tiger. Triton vs Virus in the lightning match.

== Other ==

IWRG-TVC Deportes: still not on the air.

IWRG-AYM Sports: Golden Magic/Trauma I/Trauma II vs Eterno/Head Hunter/Super Nova

ACM: Parks vs Wagner?