Euforia/Caristico set up next week, Lucha Brothers/Young Bucks up

photo by CMLL/Alexis Saalzar

CMLL (SAT) 05/06/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magia Blanca, Magnus, Sangre Imperial
3) El Gallito & Microman b Mije & Perico Zakarías
Microman & Gallito keep their perfect record.
4) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely b La Metálica, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Drone b Felino, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Carístico, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Ripper, Último Guerrero

CMLL (SUN) 05/07/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Bengala & Magia Blanca
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito DQ Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Electrico was fouled by Mercurio
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Drone, Esfinge, Stigma
4) Blue Panther, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara b Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico
Euforia pulled off Carsitico’s mask to pin him.

Guess it’s Euforia singles match week, since he’s also got the one in Guadalajara with Mistico.

I enjoyed the ChilangaMask show but I’ll wait until tomorrow to talk about it to get a few things done.

LuchaWorld and Superluchas have El Apache obits worth reading. SuperLuchas also has a round up of luchadors comments on Apache’s passing.

AAA posted this week’s TV show. It’s going to be weird next week, Apache is going to come up in the present tense as part of the trios title situation even while the show will start with a graphic honoring him. Least of the problems at the moment, I’m sure.

Blue Demon Jr. told the Roman show that Lucha Underground was a great experience, but he didn’t like the creative direction of the show and decided to leave. Blue Demon sounded hopefully about working out some deal with his NWA Mexico promotion (which apparently still exists) and Billy Corgan’s NWA. Demon also mentions Pentagon & Rey Fenix as his students; they were part of the NWA Mexico group when that existed on a low level, but they don’t seem to bring up Demon as training them. It does seem like one of those things where a lot of people would like it know they had something to do with those two guy’s success.

The Crash has a new(ly updated) YouTube channel. A good thing to launch a new YouTube channel is a professional shot version of the Young Bucks versus Penta/Fenix from this past week.

NJPW World has made the Dragon Lee/Hiromu Takasahi title match free for everyone.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.


DTU XIWG (SAT) 06/03/2017 Auditorio Jose Lopez Portillo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Billy, Hard Boy, Maszito vs Erwing, Irwing, Luigi
2) Camuflaje & Toto vs Drolux & Lokillo
3) Serpentico vs Pardux, Destello, Astro Latino, Flayer Boy
4) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs D. Pólux Jr., Furia Salvaje, Ovett
5) Dezmond Xavier, Jimmy, Kevin vs Cobre, Drastik Boy, Trey Miguel

DTU continues to announce shows for the end of this month and the start of the next. On this, Dezmond Xavier teams with the Nerds.

Gran Apache has passed away


El Apache, Mario Balbuena, passed away Sunday morning. He was 58.

El Apache (interchangeably referred to as Gran Apache) was best known as a long time rudo in AAA. He started as an EMLL wrestling, starting wrestling in 1975 and wrestling in both Arena Mexico and small indie groups thru the early 90s. His height, generously listed at 5’ 6”, probably held him back from being a bigger star at that time. He was considered a talented wrestler and became a supremely respected trainer. Apache was highly regarded for his ability to teach, and he was most known as someone who was great at helping luchadoras learn the spot at at time when many trainers would refuse to train women at all. Apache trained or had a helping hand in many luchador’s careers. His second wife, Lady Apache, was a trainee who later adopt his character. Gran Aapche was the father of four daughters (and no sons); Faby and Mary became international wrestling stars and the other two wrestled a little or not at all.

Apache’s skills, both as a wrestlers and a trainer, were as respected in Japan and as in Mexico. When Mexico wrestling shrank in the mid 90s, with UWA disappearing and AAA diminishing, Apache sent Faby & Mary to Japan to learn to wrestle and came along to help teach. The family returned to Mexico in the late 90s, and they became fully entrenched members of the AAA roster. Apache became the lead trainer for the promotion, some one good at molding talent and a time where AAA was rebuilding and strongly needed someone to help. He worked with just about every luchador who came thru AAA in the last couple of decades, with some of the more exciting wrestlers in Mexico owing a bit to his work. Apache was so good at his job that he and his family were said to have jobs in AAA for as long as they wanted them and they’ve remained constant presences in AAA.

On screen, Gran Apache was the patriarch of the never ending Apache family drama. He was the sterotypical macho father who knew what was best for her independently minded daughter Faby: a boyfriend he chose and following her father’s footsteps as a rudo. Gran Apache trying to convince and manipulate his daughters into his vision for them was a reoccuring plot for many years in AAA, a telenovela style story which appealed beyond the usual lucha libre fanbase. The drama peaked with a multiyear feud between Gran Apache and (then) Faby’s husband Billy Boy. Billy & Faby had a romance which Apache very much didn’t approve of, Billy challenged Gran Apache to hair match and lost (twice!) but Faby stayed with Billy, Gran Apache tried kidnapping Faby & Billy’s son to get her to come back (didn’t work), Faby made peace with her family after a hair match with her sister Mary at TripleMania but Billy was left out in the cold in the process, Billy went crazy and was put in a psych ward, a new masked wrestler Alfa appeared in Gran Apache’s training class and won his approval, Alfa won over Faby as well and then unmasked himself as Billy for the surprise reunion. That story took place about 10 years ago, yet still remains very memorable to those who watched it then and AAA’s continued to try and mine and repeat parts of it over the years. No one could’ve played Apache’s role better than he did in that, it was more meaningful than any title or apuesta win. Apache had other storylines too, usually playing the crafty cheating veteran who would be tormenting one promising rookie or another, though in reality working to help them in the ring as part of their first big feud.

Apache’s last TV appearance was in December. He was pat of his families feud with OGT, with the idea that Apaches were united for the first time in years by the new rudo group. Even after he disappeared from TV, Apache remained a referenced part of storylines: he was awarded a share of the trios championship when Faby defeated Ricky Marvin in a singles match, and this week’s show ends with Faby told she’ll have to defend those trios titles with or without him next week. (The title switch airs next week.) Still, it had been clear something was seriously wrong for a while. Apache was not seen at either of the two Llave de la Gloria events, the sort of tryouts he’d led in the past. A recent Zona Ruda episode had included well wishes for Apache, but otherwise AAA had been silent on the situation.

Apache is the fourth important lucha libre name to pass away in the span of a few weeks, following Fishman, Joaquin Roldan and most recently Brazo de Oro.