AAA in Monterrey, IWRG, Puebla

AAA (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mr. Olimpo b Red Flammer, Demonio del Caribe, Lethal, Mercenario, Solovino, Orquídea Negra, Koko Viper, Gato Fantasma, Infinito, Silver Geminis, Tigre Veracruzano, Red Fury [Copa Hijo del Perro Aguayo]
2) Corazón de Barrio, El Divo, Panthro DQ Memo Valles, Potro Jr., Vaquero Romo
Koko Viper ran in for the DQ.
3) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito DQ Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Charly Manson
The undercard wrestlers had complained the ropes were too tight, but nothing was done until top rope broke early in this match (causing a delay.) Mini Abismo stripped Sagrada’s mask and Copetes (who had been favoring the rudos) called the DQ.
4) Faby Apache, Mary Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
Mary Apache & Lady Maravilla replaced Pimpinela & and the mystery woman. Pimpinela is out due to a knee injury but appeared to apologize.
5) Parka Negra & Pentagón Jr. b Angélico & Jack Evans
Pentagon came out with Taya to the Perros del Mal music before the match, and that led into a Perro Aguayo tribute with Alberto, Cibernetico, Mesias and Blue Demon. Pentagon used a Perro Driver to beat Angelico.
6) Averno, Chessman, Cibernético b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Cibernetico snuck in a foul Psycho Clown
7) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, La Parka b El Mesías, Texano Jr., Zorro
Mesias switched sides to replace Perro Aguayo, with Demon taking Mesias’ spot. Alberto beat Texano.

LuchaMania Monterrey notes there was an increased medical presence at this show too, even extending to matches being paused when it looked like someone might be actually hurt (but never turned out to be.)

IWRG (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Hip Hop Man b Araña de Plata, Atomik Star, Alas de Acero, Aeroman
Hip Hop Man beat Arana de Plata.
2) Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota b Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk [lumberjack strap]
Diva snuck in a foul on Liderk in revenge for a previous match.
3) Chicano & Danny Casas © b Rayan & Spector [IWRG IC TAG]
Rayan & Spector previously won a #1 contenders match. Champs took 1/3, with Casas beating Rayan & Spectro after Chicano was eliminated. Chicano & Casas’ 2nd defense.
4) Veneno b Hijo de Pirata Morgan © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Veneno took 2/3, winning clean with a top rope senton. Pirata falls on his 4th defense. Money thrown in.
5) Negro Navarro & Pirata Morgan b Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada
Rudos took 2/3, despite Navarro & Pirata not getting along early. Navarro submitted Dos, wants a title shot.

Hijo de Pirata losing his title in preparation for being with AAA more often, I’d guess. Veneno is an odd person to win but he’s over and IWRG titles don’t really matter so why not.

CMLL (MON) 03/30/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor b Asturiano, Paris, Rey Samuray
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Syuri b La Seductora, Skadi, Tiffany
Skadi’s randomly a ruda now (or at least for this match)
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón b Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Blue Panther b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
Blue Panther replaced Dragon Rojo Jr.
5) Rush, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Rush and Volador did not get along, but Rush still beat Casas. Kraneo replaced Thunder.

At least according to this picture, they’re now letting any kid under 8 into Arena Puebla free with a paying adult. There’s a sign in Puebla indicating kid’s get in free, but they’re apparently not actually allowing that.

I’m confused about what’s going on with Alberto and Cage in San Luis Potosi. A newspaper story on the AAA press conference said the missing singles match from Rey de Reyes would take place here. The headline for AAA’s article says that thing, but the body of the article says Cage is in the trios match and implies Alberto is not wrestling. (The versions of that article sent to other sites changed the headline from “Alberto versus Cage” to “Alberto and Cage”.) They’re both on the show, that I know. AAA’s trying to do things for this show they wouldn’t have otherwise done because it’s now honoring Perro Aguayo Jr., and maybe wires are just crossed about what they’re adding.

CMLL’s preview for tonight’s Arena Mexico has La Mascara in Dragon Rojo’s spot. Also, Guerrero Maya is mentioned in Dragon Lee’s spot in the semimain. That match – Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton vs Tiger, Puma and Kamaitachi – has the most promise of any match on the card.

Mr. Niebla isn’t coming back quietly; CMLL’s promoting his latest return from their secret suspension list. Mr. Niebla says he’s been in the gutter for a long time, so he’s back smellier than ever. Niebla’s interview focuses on CMLL suddenly having a lot of four man teams – Peste Negra, Ingobernables, Guerreros Laguneros and TRT. That would seem to suggest Tiger is still in TRT according to the press department, even though the programming department seems to think differently (he hasn’t teamed with them since August.) Niebla accurately notes CMLL doesn’t actually book atomico  (4v4) matches.

Mr. Niebla & Toscano also appeared on video to denounce a promoter in Zapotitlan for advertising them for shows they never agreed upon. Niebla says he and Toscano are professionals and would not miss shows they’ve actually said they’ll attend.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and Monday’s KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has this week’s show and the latest Leyendas de la Lucha Libre.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the Ingobernables mocking the Esto es Lucha chant.

CMLL starts a three part look back at Arena Coliseo, plus has highlights of 03/27 and stellar moments from the previous week.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solitario/Guajarado, a weird mask match situation due to the commissions, and a Bestia Salvaje bio.


IWRG (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial © vs Hip Hop Man [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
First defense
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy
3) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, Ricky Cruz [Rey del Ring]

As common with the IWRG Rey del Ring, the actual list of participants aren’t announced ahead of time. They did announce Ricky Cruz as coming back for it, so I’ve put him in there.

That title is the one Dragon Celestial won from Hip Hop Man back in August. I don’t think he’s defended it since, but he’s worn it to the ring a few times.

CMLL (MON) 04/06/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Hijo del Signo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs King Jaguar, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Marcela vs Syuri [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Marcela is the ruda Syuri’s defending against? My unwavering belief in Marcela causes me to be sad there’s no chance we’ll see it. Main event is Sky Team vs Guerreros/Shocker.

Aguayo notes, Lucha Underground tapings

No IWRG results this morning. Not much news.

AAA officially announced Alberto el Patron would appear on Wednesday’s TV taping, which will now honor Perro Aguayo Jr. Rey Misterio Jr. has said to be appearing previously. Update: an article on the press conference to announce the show says Alberto vs Cage will now take place in San Luis Potosi. Mesias will take Perro Aguayo Jr.’s spot in the main event; he figured to be the mystery guy in the main event, and they’re not saying who the mystery guy is. They also did not officially announce Rey Jr. as appearing on the show, but hinted he would be there.

El Sol del Toluca talks to Kahoz, who was in the ring with Oro when he suffered his fatal injury. Kahoz is Mephisto’s father, though that’s not mentioned here. They do say he’s driving a taxi now. Kahoz says Oro’s death was the beginning of the end of his career, as it hurt him mentally badly. He complains about luchador being under paid – even telling a story about being brought to Veracruz for a show and the luchadors going fishing since they had no breakfast – but also said he’d do it again.

Another version of the previous interview with Dr. Zavaleta of the Mexico City commission mentions Perro Aguayo Jr.’s license test specifically includes a EKG and laboratory tests. Those would check for heart conditions but not necessarily neck damage.

El Miktlan of el Pancracio observed that there was an increased medical presence at lucha libre shows in Mexico City this weekend.

Terrible took part in a moment honoring Perro Aguayo Jr. on a show Puebla this weekend.

Lucha Underground’s announced their April taping schedule: they’ll be filming the 11th & 12th, and the 17th and 18th. That will finish off the first 39 episode for the first season and take them thru August. It’s likely they won’t be taping again until September (assuming they get picked up again.)

Black Terry Jr. has a lot of photos of last night’s CaraLuchas show. He’s also got highlight of Rayo Star vs Skystar.

AULL has a video explaining who their champions are, which puts them one step ahead most every indy promotion.

Matt D of Segunda Caida watched the first Rey Hechicero/Charles Lucero singles match.

CaraLucha, Dragon Lee/Virus, CMLL weekend results

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Piraña b Explosivo
Explosivo was hurt and needed medical help
2) Demonio Rojo & Relampago b El Tapatío & Meteoro
3) Metatrón & Virgo DQ Pitbull I & Pitbull II
Pitbulls unmasked Metatron for the DQ.
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum b Great Eku, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Sádico L Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo, Javier Cruz Jr., Jocker, Maléfico, Leo, Évola [hair, cage]
Everyone in for five minutes. Match came down to Omar, Saidco and Jocker, with Omar escapring and leaving a rudo vs rudo match to everyone’s surprise. Jocker used a piledriver variant to beat Sadico and take his hair.

Pepe Aguayo didn’t figure into the finish.

CMLL (SAT) 03/28/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Leono DQ Cholo
Cholo fouled Leono
2) Akuma b Robin
3) Metálico b Soberano Jr.
4) Nitro b Star Jr.
5) Arkángel de la Muerte b Tritón
A Reyna Isis distraction set up the win.
6) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther b Sangre Azteca & Tiger
7) Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Mistico
Ripper pulled Mistico’s mask and cradled him for the win.

The Sabado Retros shows do not have intro music for the wrestlers. It doesn’t even look like they have the speakers next to the entrance door as they did before, but they still have the small end tables where the speakers sat before. Ripper attacked Mistico prior to the match and gave him a face smash into one of those tables. It doesn’t amount to much, but it struck me as weird after CMLL made sure to say they don’t allow weapon usage in their matches this past week.

Slow motion clip of Star Jr. doing a moonsault on that show.

CMLL (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Acero, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito DQ Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
Nitro fouled Shockercito
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri b Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Star Jr., Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Virus
Niebla Roja replaced Virus on Monday, but then Virus ended up in the match instead of Hechicero. Star Jr. replaced Dragon Rojo Jr. Dragon Lee beat Virus again and demanded a title shot. Virus gave in.
5) La Máscara, Titán, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
Gran Guerrero replaced Barbaro Cavernario. Volador and La Mascara turned on each other for the 50th time, but won anyway.
6) Mistico b Negro Casas
Mistico took the first with a huracanrana, Casas took second with a STF, and Mistico surprised him in the third with a cavernaria. Casas endorsed Mistico after the match.

Casas has endorsed more young luchadors than a newspaper on election day at this point.

The Volador/Mascara stuff is the peak of CMLL running in place for the about six months. It won’t be a great singles match and I’m sure it won’t advance anything, but they can’t even be bothered to run it.

CaraLucha (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Terremoto Negro & Tornado b La Roca & Toro Negro Jr.
2) Sky Man b Rayo Star
Sky Star vs Sky Star. They went to a DCOR in the third fall, but the fans wanted another fall and the promotion said okay. SKy Man won with Spanish Fly. Great match. Perro Aguayo Jr. was honored after the match.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Andy Boy, Chica Ye-Ye, Demasiado, Toxin Boy
4) Danger b Impulso
Danger got some help from Guerrero Mixitco, which lead to a hair match challenge. Somehow, this enveloped all of La Resistanca, Neza Kings, Sky Star, Indystrongtibles, and Kriminal Boys in a cage match for the next show.
5) Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Team Indy took falls 2/3, the last when Trauma I fouled Rush and Rush took Trauma I’s mask, but referee Rafael el Maya only saw the mask pull and gave the indies the win. Ingobernables didn’t care, as is their style.

It didn’t occur to me until just now how weird it is to have a CMLL vs Indy match refereed by an AAA referee. That is very weird!

Ovett lost his hair to Pesadilla in DTU’s show at Arena NezaSlayer Pack & Black Fire kept the DTU titles over Los Gemelos Fantasticos.

Sucii Love lost her mask to Lady Jaguar in Arena Femenil Monterrey.

Rey Cometa announced he’s going to be out five to six more months after knee surgery. He wrestled on that at the end of that FantasticaMania tour, including the big match with Cavernario. He’d be back just before the Anniversary show if everything goes right

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from Saturday.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Violento Jack & Aero Boy vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla vs the Vipers, Dinastia Crazy vs Neza Kings, a five way from that DTU show, the three way tag match, Los Nerds vs Los Indystrongtibles and the two title matches: Greshman/Drastick and Paranoinko/Mega/Demente Xtreme

Fuego en el Ring had Torito on as a taped guest.

Super Libre reviewed recent Guadalajara shows.

Star Fire says she’s heading back to Japan for six months at some point in the near future.

Video of Flamita’s title challenge in Dragon Gate against Akira Tozawa.

One legged luchador Abogado del Diablo won a title match. Rey Cometa clearly a slacker.

El Universal has a story about business continuing on out in front of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows on March 28, 2003.

Quick bio of Coahuila luchador Juventud Latino.


CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brillante & Linterna Verde Jr. vs Relampago & Satara
2) Nube Roja & Toro Negro vs El Chakal & Gitano
3) El Divino, Frezzer, Virgo vs Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Évola
4) Leo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo vs Gran Eku, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
5) Forastero & Gallo vs El Cuatrero & Sansón and Flash I & Flash II and Exterminador & Maléfico

Toro Negro hasn’t been here since 2005. (Assuming it’s the same one.) Linterna Verde is a name in from Arena Jalisco.

CMLL (SAT) 04/04/2015 Arena Coliseo
Arena Coliseo 73rd Anniversary
1) Bengala vs Súper Comando
2) Flyer vs Canelo Casas
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro
4) Syuri vs Dalys
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pólvora & Vangellys
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente
7) Mistico vs Ripper

To say this is not the level of anniversary shows of the past is an understatement.

CMLL (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Acero, Astral, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Dark Angel, Skadi, Syuri vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Virus © vs Dragon Lee [CMLL SL]
Virus’ ninth defense.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Máximo, Titán, Volador Jr.

He’s back! He was also exactly right about being back in early April, though he was saying he’d have a meeting around then. Maybe he already did. It’s an 80 day time out this time. This at least Mr. Niebla’s fourth chance since the last time he was fired, maybe this will be the time it just works out. Maybe he’s just back long enough to lose the trios titles.

Virus match isn’t airing until the 11th. I’m doubtful I’ll be able to get it. I wrote that right here and still expect to be asked about this 8 times in the next two weeks. Virus is the underdog in that match, since Lee’s on the ascendancy, it’s his second chance in a short amount of time, and they could get more Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee matches out of a title change.

Syuri wrestled today, and is on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s shows. Probably doing Informa on Wednesday too, FWIW. That’s a heavy schedule for anyone. Japanese women’s wrestlers don’t seem to wrestle that frequently (probably more because the lack of shows than any other reason.) Hope she makes it.

Rush vs Thunder, Perro Aguayo press conference notes

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena México
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Eléctrico
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stigma
3) Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas b Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr.
straight falls, with Kamaitachi using the ropes to pin Dragon Lee.
4) Titán b Vangellys [lightning]
Titan won in 6:54.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr.
6) Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rush and Thunder continue to feud. Rush went to pull off Thunder’s mask again, but Thunder stopped him and fouled him, getting away with it for the win.

Rush/Thunder is happening at some point.

Jocker took Sadico’s hair in the Guadalajara cage match.

Today’s AAA show will be a Perro Aguayo Jr. special. They’re show his matches from the 2012 Rey de Reyes, his hair match with Cibernetico, and a recent match with Myzteziz. They also will have other clips of his career, which mostly seem to be on the YouTube channel already.

El Fantasma, Dr. Orozco (Perro’s doctor) and Perros del Mal promotion representative Kahn held a press conference mostly to dispel rumors about Perro’s death – the usual things affirming the medical treatment was fine and the Perro family supports Rey Misterio and he’s not retiring. The commission showed Perro Aguayo Jr.’s license, insisting he was completely fine when they checked him out earlier this month. The doctor made special mention of Perro Aguayo Sr., saying Perro Sr. has suffered normal physical problems from a career of wrestling, but denied anything worse and said no one should talk of such things without medical reports. Kahn said they’re not authorizing any commemorative t-shirts or shows besides the next AAA TV taping on 04/01. (Rey Misterio Jr. said he’d be on that show, which came as total surprise to the local promoters. Some of these things are just communication issues.) The final statement at the press conference was heavy criticism of Hijo del Santo. Santo has been telling the press of a rumor that Perro had a neck injury, and they denied that. They also said Santo had not talked to Perro or his family since January 2011, is lying about how close he is to the family, and should stop giving statements.

WWE held a moment of silence for Perro Aguayo Jr. before the start of their International Media Day interviews on Friday. Also, Bad News Barrett professed to be a big fan of Super Porky.

TV Announcer Leonardo Riano claimed on Twitter than Rey Bucanero punched him at a private show. No other details or Bucanero’s side.

Aeroboy vs Solar is the first match for the on 04/28 ChilangaMask show, also in Coliseo Coacalco.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Jonathan Gresham vs Drastick Boy

+LuchaTV has an interviews with Impulso, Danger, and La Sombra, Rush explaining LA Park is a dream match (for LA Park) (Ingobernables are interested in humilating them), Danger talking about showing how good the indies are, Psicosis vs X-Fly vs Ovett highlights and Psicosis and Ovett fighting after their DTU match

Jose Luis Feliciano was announced as being part of a lucha libre seminar in Japan on April 18th and 19th.

SuperLuchas looks back to March 27th, 2009.

A short interview with Alas de Acero of IWRG.

A bio of Sombra de Ecuador.


CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Syuri vs Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Valiente vs Rey Escorpión [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) La Sombra, Negro Casas, Rush vs Thunder, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

They’re stretching out the build to Rush versus Thunder because there’s absolutely nothing else going on. Video preview here.

Rey Misterio Jr. not retiring, Mexican politicians have many ideas

Rey Misterio Jr. is not retiring. He said this repeatedly last night, including as part of the recording of MLW’s WaleMania event, saying he believes this is what Perro would’ve wanted him to do. (There’s a video clip here.) Rey indicated he’s very close to signing with Lucha Underground.

A Mexican senator has proposed dissolving all the lucha libre commissions and replacing them with oversight from department of fitness and sports to standardize everything on a national basis. That would displace most of the people who are currently in charge of lucha libre commissions, set a series of rules which would be applied everywhere (which might change/end extreme wrestling), and cover areas which don’t have active commissions. It would also seem to end up with either new people unfamiliar with lucha in charge, or those displaced commissioners just being brought back under a different umbrella.

Another pair of senators want a hospital that will focus on luchadors, boxers and MMA fighters. This is an idea that’s floated around for years; here, it’s said the concept was actually approved last year, but no funds were allocated to it and they’re hoping to change that.

Fuego en el Ring talks to indy promoters HUMO (Hugo Montemayor) and Fusion Ichiban (Giovani Frias) about the struggles about putting on shows. Both tend to promote in Mexico State, outside of Distrito Federal. Montemayor says most shows lack an ambulance or medics qualified for emergency treatment. He also notes it’s hard to sit out stars who show up in non-condition, because the wrestlers may not show up until during the event, and then the fans have been expecting the match for a while. Frias notes the legal requirements for promoting a show in Merida were different than in Mexico City and the need for consistency.

The next show in Auditorio de Tijuana is tonight, with Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Oriental versus Nicho, Damian, and Halloween as the main event. Halloween was part of the Thursday press conference, saying the show must go on but his trio would abandon plans for a Familia de Tijuana reunion to instead be Perros del Mal for one night. Tony Casanova, the wrestler who was said to suffer a back injury this past week, is off the card and replaced by Huichol.

Nicho, Halloween, and Rey Misterio Sr. expressed support for Rey Misterio Jr.

Rafael el Maya complains the referees today are under trained or not at all trained.

I’m big fan of Japanese wrestling blogger enuhito, and even more so after he got a sit down interview with Dorian Roldan. Most of the interview is occupied with corrected the mistakes in reporting on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death – facts wrong, translation issues – wanted to make it clear Misterio had nothing to do with Perro’s death. (Dorian believes it was the impact on the apron which caused most of the damage.) In the Japanese version of the post, it turns out Dorian happened to already be in Japan, because he was meeting with Japanese wrestling offices on the 25th in 26th to bring in wrestlers for the Lucha World Cup trios tournament coming up in May. No groups are named.

On Voices of Wrestling, Rob Barry writes about five of his favorite Perro Aguayo Jr. matches.

CMLL (TUE) 03/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer b El Chacal & Sádico
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Starman b Disturbio, Espiritu Negro, Maléfico
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Gitana, Reyna Isis
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Ripper
Angel de Oro & Rey Escorpion feuded, with Oro winning in the end.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Mistico, Titán
Rudos took 2/3, Mephisto getting away with a mask pull on Mistico.

CMLL’s show today is built around Thunder, so it’s still boring around here. The preview mentions his problems with Rush and Marco, but it’s mostly been Rush.

TKD has notes from visiting three different shows on his visit to Mexico last weekend.

LuchaWorld has Thursday’s KrisZs news update and the latest LuchaWorld Podcast

+LuchaTV has highlights of Latin Dragon, David Star, Keria vs Belial, Arez, Chik TormentaAeroboy vs Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero vs Black Terry, ACH vs Xtreme Tiger and Pagano vs Masada, as well as interviews with Guerrero Maya Jr., Aeroboy, Pagano, Masada, who suggests ChilangaMask wrestlers come to Texas. There’s also CaraLuchas focused interviews on the Impulso/Danger King match, some Traumas vs Ingobernables back and forth, La Mascara on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death

Segunda Caida wraps up Sin Salida with Taichi vs Maximo.

ClaroSports has a 10 minute video feature on Hechicero.

Soberano Jr. vs Aero Boy vs Alas de Acero has been added to the 04/12 Coliseo Coacalco ChilangaMask show.

Reyna Isis talks about debuting in lucha; her family aren’t fans of this career.

SuperLuchas looks back at the March 26th show.

Periodico Enfoque interviews Zaeta Roja Jr.

Black Terry Jr. has video of an XMW dance party.

03/28-29 Lucha Times


Normally, this would be the first week of Rey de Reyes. (They aired the missing segunda match from DF on UTDN; the only match not to air is the one where Mesias turned, which is very strange.) AAA’s already said this show will be dedicated to Perro Aguayo Jr., which may mean the whole show on him. AAA will have more info on their website tomorrow.

CMLL Fox Sports 2 is listed as one hour, so lots of editing will need to be done if they plan on airing three matches. Maybe even with two. There’s also a small chance something strange happens and expected matches don’t air because of the Cinepolis deal.


Perro Aguayo autopsy, Rey Misterio possible retirement

Perro Aguayo Jr. fractured three vertebrae and died on the way to the hospital. They tried to revive him for 90 minutes. That’s according to the autopsy report from the Baja California Attorney General’s office. They’re still investigating the death and have said they plan on talking with everyone in the match, the lucha commission members on hand, and the medics who worked on Perro. A longer (and Spanish) version of the same article specifies it was the first, second and third vertebrae fracturedThe report believes it was a combination of the two different impacts which caused the fracture and no level or speed of medical treatment would’ve changed the outcomes

Dr. Gustavo Zavelta, of the Mexican City lucha libre commission, says Perro Aguayo Jr. was examined “15 days” prior to his death and checked out fine. I’m unsure what those tests actually include, but it’s likely to have taken place on or around the March 6th taping in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. Both Zavelta and head of the commission Fantasma backed the Tijuana’s commission’s actions after the injury. Zavelta noted Konnan moving Perro was not medically sound, but understandable under the circumstances, and theorized the referee might have simply believed Perro was selling (not using that word.) Zavelta said it was impossible to be sure exactly when the injury occurred.

A survey conducted by El Universal said 26% of Mexican people consider themselves lucha libre fans, and 98% of all Mexicans had heard about the death of Perro Aguayo Jr.

Universal also has an article of various luchadors being interviewed about medical conditions for a luchador, with those in the front offices of the promoters insisted that injured luchadors are always taken care of, and luchadors saying different. The complaint about no health insurance for luchadors is brought up, but they find an insurance company which insurances bullfighters and race car drivers who say they’er open to anyone. (It’s not cheap.) El Hijo del Santo deplores how promoters treats wrestlers and urges more active oversight by commission and luchador uniting together. (It’d be pretty powerful if he explained how things were different when he was running Todo x el Todo, but he suspiciously never makes those claims.) Tirantes sums it up: “If I start pointing at someone, I’ll just uncover a sewer, because we’re all culpable.”

Rey Bucanero told La Aficion that he’s talked to Rey Misterio Jr., and Misterio Jr. does not want to fight anymore and is leaning towards retirement. People who know Misterio have indicated the same things to me.

UPDATE: Rey Misterio Jr. has said he will not retire. More tomorrow.

As of last notice, Rey and Konnan were still supposed to be part of tonight’s WaleMania event near the site of WrestleMania. The original idea included Rey talking about his departure from WWE and future plans. I don’t know what’s going to happen, don’t think anyone can be 100% sure, but it’d be both men’s first public statements after Perro’s death (outside a few posts on Twitter.) Rey Misterio Jr. is still also billed as signing autographs at WrestleCon.

Apolo Valdes has a good column about the reaction to the death, in Mexico and the world: “everyone talks about lucha libre, but few seem to understand it.

Rey Misterio Sr. talked about his nephew Rey Misterio Jr. and the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. on TV Azteca Baja California. Marco Corleone talked about Perro Aguayo Jr. on PRI radio.

CMLL Informa started out with a tribute to Perro Aguayo Junior.  They still had the Leyenda de Plata plaque he broke, starting his rudo turn, and displayed on the show as a way of memorializing Perro.

There are rumors all shows in Tijuana have been canceled for the time being, but CMLL’s Mistico was still flying out there today for a press conference. He’s scheduled to wrestle on show Friday, in the same building where Perro died but for a different promotion.

The 04/03 AAA TV taping in Xalapa is now billed as honoring Perro Aguayo Jr. He was scheduled to be in the main event, and will be replaced by a mystery man from the US. Given Alberto is on the the tecnico side, this would make sense for another Brian Cage appearance.

On Twitter, Octagon alleged multiple people from AAA staff bus accident are still hospitalized, with some in comas and one person who lost a limb. Octagon does not come off as the most trustworthy source – it’s simply his vehicle take shots at AAA whenever possible, even if it’s not true or sensible – but there’s been very little information about the other injuries on staff and he cares about them. I hope everyone is okay or gets there.

All Elite has announced Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Rush on 04/19 in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. That match would do 10K+ if promoted halfway decent in Arena Mexico. They’ve also announced a 05/03 show in Monterrey, with no venue attached.

Super Nova says he’s getting surgery next week, so he’s off the AAA TV tapings. This was mentioned before, but Nova agreeing to take that Spanish Fly thru a table to the floor when he’s just finally gotten a foothold in AAA seems a very poor decision. It’s not that you have to take it easy, but maybe not put yourself at great risk. (Laredo Kid doing crazy stuff while being in line for a WWE tryout also seems dumb.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s +LuchaTV.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the IWRG vs XMW match from last week’s XMW show.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Traumas vs Mr. Maldito & Platino plus interviews with Mr. Maldito & Platino, Trauma IIDavid Starr & Latin Dragon and Keira.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Fantasma, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Ray Mendoza, Okumura, Taichi and Negro Casas vs La Fiera.

DJ Spectro looks back at Enigma de Oro vs Betmen, El Santo mask wins and  Satanico losing his.

A video promo with Skadi, Reyna Isis and Gitana aired on the REINA show, indicated they’d all be coming to Japan soon.

SuperLuchas looks back at past shows from March 25th.

Sangre Azteca says he’s going back to France soon.

La Sombra doesn’t care if you go to the CaraLucha show this Sunday, he’s going to humiliate people either way. Trauma II suggested the Ingobernables try to learn a hold besides the campana.

Texano Jr. says winning Rey de Reyes proves his loses in 2014 (especially TripleMania) were just flukes.

Los Colisenos writes about the emptiness of H2L; in past years, people would be up in arms, but CMLL’s reached the point where few even care.

A column wonders what adding Marco Corleone will do to the overall make up of the Ingobernables, since he’s not as annoying as the other three. (That’s not how they write it.)

Lucha Underground 1×20: The Art of War

Angelico corner tope con giro

the matches

Son of Havoc b Angelico (6:39, shooting star press, good)
Alberto el Patron (c) b Texano Jr. to retain the AAA World Mega Heavyweight Championship (8:22, armscissors over the ropes, great)
Prince Puma (c) b Son of Havoc to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (12:13, 630 senton, great)

the developments

Ivelisse, in an angrier mood than usual, spent the match yelling at Havoc (and occasionally the referee.) Announcers pushed that Havoc was showing marked improvement and wondered if Ivelisse’s behavior was causing it. Son of Havoc didn’t think so, pausing to dump Ivelisse before hitting the shooting star press for the win. Ivelisse couldn’t believe it, and took out her anger with a kick to Angelico when he tried to flirt again after the match.

table explodes

The rules for the bullrope, as explained by Striker, were victory by pinfall, submission or touch all four corners. Neither man attempted to touch the corners, but they did take advantage of the lack of disqualification. Texano brought a chair and table into play, and both men used the cowbell in the center of the rope on each other. Alberto won by using his cross armbreaker while hanging backwards over the ropes, a move which would not be legal in a normal match.

In his office, Dario signed Hernandez to a deal and noted he would not be limited to a tag team in Lucha Underground. Dario also told Hernandez that Konnan convinced Dario on the merits of Hernandez. Hernandez seemed satisfied but not completely on the same page as Dario. Later, Hernandez happened on Puma and Konnan while they were warming up for the title match. Konnan greeted him warmly, bringing up their time to get as part of LAX, but Puma seemed a little wary. Hernandez watched the main event from the front row. (Striker and Vampiro were surprised to see him and not sure why he was there; it’s clear they haven’t been seeing the vignettes.) Dario presented a new Lucha Underground championship belt before the match.

crazy SSP (and great angle too)

Cage and Puma brawled and used weapons in the street fight main event. Puma impressed, but missed the 630 senton. Much like their last match, Cage powerbombed Puma into oblivion and rained punches from the mount. Konnan did not throw in the towel, but could not as Cage had knocked Konnan down prior. Cage could’ve gone for the pin, but instead beat up Puma more, and seemed to pick a fight with Hernandez. (Hernandez had not gotten involved in anyway, Cage just saw him and challenged him too.) Herandnez got on the apron, allowing Konnan to sneak in and hit Cage with the new cane as he turned around. Puma recovered, landed the 630 senton, and remained champion.

Stray Thoughts

No tribute to Perro.

I actually read the Art of War last summer. Figured I’d heard enough wrestling promos about it, might as well just read it myself. It’s not that long; it’s the background pieces and scholarly discussion about what the words actually were supposed to mean at the time that take forever to get thru. It’s all about convincing your army they have no choice but to win, and put it in the best position to win. Putting Prince Puma and Cage in a street fight didn’t figure to be the best situation for Cage to win a street fight, but maybe Konnan figured all along that he’d eventually have a shot to use that cane at a key moment. It seemed like Cage beat himself in the end; Hernandez wasn’t going to get involved until Cage prompted him.

The dynamics of the Angelico/Son of Havoc/Ivelisse triangle seemed very changed even to start. Son of Havoc was an underdog cult favorite tecnico from the start of the match, and only solidified by dumping Ivelisse and winning. Ivelisse was much more antagonistic than in past matches. Angelico was neutral, but kind had the rudo role in the match.

Puma goes a long way on the springboard 450 splash

Alberto and Texano was good and different than the other matches they’ve done in Mexico. One constant in Lucha Underground is the stipulation matches always emphasis the aspects making it different from other matches. The bull rope match had a ton of rope spots (Bruce Dickinson would be happy with the amount of cowbell) and a finish that wouldn’t happen in a normal match. Kind of the same thing in the street fight too.

Announcers pushed the finality of the matches – the two title matches were going to settle the issue. They gave the impression that Havoc and Ivelisse were done with each other too. And sure enough, next week is something slightly different…

CMLL results, Lucha Underground notes, Mexicans losing in Japan

CMLL (TUE) 03/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Rebelde & Espanto Jr. b Metatrón & Molotov
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Skadi
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Misterioso Jr. b The Panther [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Blue Panther Jr. was listed as replacing his brother, but The Panther ended up in the match. Panther slipped on a springboard and was beaten by Gori Specail.
5) Blue Panther, Tritón, Valiente b Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Luciferno
Valiente replaced Super Porky on Monday.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Dragon Lee, La Sombra, Stuka Jr.
Dragon Lee replaced Dragon Rojo (still injured). Casas cheated to win.

CMLL would have a better case about how great they are about taking care of their wrestlers if they weren’t knowingly advertising injured Dragon Rojo in matches all week. (Also, the commissions would have better cases about how serious they are about things if they weren’t letting it go.)

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara had a moment of applause for Perro Aguayo Jr.

Rey Bucanero said Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death was an accident, but better ring conditions and medical help is needed.

El Hijo del Santo, who got himself into a dumb controversy when he posted a photo of himself and Perro Sr. from the wake and then was offended people were critical of him for taking the photo for the purely altruistic reason of “I needed a photo for my column” (that’s actually his defense), has also been on news shows complaining about promoters (CMLL) forcing wrestlers to work thru injuries and not protecting luchadors himself. I can only assume this means Santo is never wrestling again, by his own reasoning.

Apolo Valdes writes a column about changes that should be made: referees should be trained in first aid, there should always be a doctor at ringside (no matter how many other people are injured) and there should be better regulation.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s the 20th show, the midpoint of the first season. The matches scheduled

  • Alberto el Patron (c) vs Texano Jr. for the AAA Heavyweight Championship in a bull rope match
  • Angélico vs Son of Havoc
  • Cage vs Prince Puma © for the Lucha Underground Championship in a Boyle Heights Street Fight

They’ve posted a commercial for the show, as well as Dario making a new signing: Hernandez. Tonight’s the debut of the new Lucha Underground Championship; it’s a decided improvement.

Other News

IWRG has no Wednesday show this week, and this IWRG article says they only Sunday ones these two weeks.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Hechicero & Belial vs Okumura & Centviron vs Skyade & Fly Star vs Valiente & Fly Warrior, which he said was one of the best matches he’s seen this year.

RobViper has a music video of 11/28 & 12/05 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has a lot of ChilangaMask highlights: the Aerial AssaultImpulso vs Jason Gory and Violento Jack vs Herodes Jr., plus interviews from Draego, Jason Gory, Impluso and Herodes and this week’s Leyendas Inmortales and this week’s +LuchaTV TV show.

Segunda Caida stumbles upon Sangre Chicana vs Satanico.

Rudy Valentino was remembered in San Luis Potosi.

The Xalapa show included a mixed trios match where a woman (Karina Duval) teamed with her son (Vengadorcito Radiactivo). Can’t think of that happening much if it at all.

SuperLuchas looks back at past March 24th shows.

Kamaitachi still wants to be the best Japanese luchador ever in Mexico.

Terra has an bio of Marcela.

Lucha Libre in Japan

03/24 Dragon Gate: Akira Towaza b Flamita [BRAVE GATE]
Flamita loses in challenging for the title he never lost.

03/25 REINA:
Narumiya b Amapola (c) [CMLL REINA INTL] – title change
Syuri (c) b Silueta [CMLL WOMEN]

With Zeuxis out hurt, that title change means CMLL’s roster has zero active champions. (Correction: Silueta is still REINA Junior Champion.) Syuri’s coming to Mexico soon to fix that. Amapola and Silueta are still in Japan thru the 04/05 REINA show (and Silueta is working an 04/04 Ice Ribbon show.)


CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Titán vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Delta, Dragon Lee, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Hechicero, Negro Casas, Vangellys

Dragon Rojo is going to be healthy one of these days.

Semimain could be very good.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Bengala & Robin vs Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno
2) Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) The Panther vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Sky Team versus Hijos del Infierno.

Lightning match might mean four matches make TV.