I added 1988 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio, to the luchadb database over the last week. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. I think this is the first one of these which isn’t bigger than the last one. The link actually works this time, but no one asked me about the link not working last time so this is probably is totally unnecessary. Some day, some Google robot will come by and be lost forever.
This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results. This year, the paper not only covered lucha for the entire year, but would regularly post results of Sundays hows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Not all undercard matches were covered, but this is about as thorough information as we get today, with more hints about how well the show drew than now. Lucha libre is often portrayed as another Mexican sport, but this is a rare time it was being treated like one.
The schedule is Arena Olimpico Laguna on Thursdays, and the Auditorio most Tuesdays, and either the Plaza de Toros or Palacio de Los Deportes on Sundays. The Auditorio disappears for much of the summer, so they may have been holding bull fights there too. Or other events – there’s no usual New Year’s Day shows because boxing is running in all the arenas instead. Still, 175 events total, more than 3 a week. Again, the shows feature UWA and EMLL talent coming in, though there’s some attempt to push local talent.
This “year”, I started remembering to link to articles which seemed a little interesting.
Tony Rodriguez is DQed for excessive violence on Pequeno Halcon, his brothers hit the ring for the save, fans come to the ring, and Rodriguez uses a chain to create some room to get out of there. Tony hits a woman in the process. Not enough security on hand (and drinking) is blamed.
Blue Demon Sr., on his retirement tour, talks about his career. Can only find part 1 of these.
Attendance looks weaker than you’d expect for this show. The Crash already teased a heavyweight title tournament but they really should just stick with the cruiserweight title as their only main title; most of their guys are that size, they already have the title on a top guy, and they’ve got enough personal issues that they don’t need a third different singles title right now. They’re going to add a heavyweight title and bring back the tag titles because having titles to keep luchadors happy is what Mexican promotions do, but it’s a waste of time.
No one’s quite sure when Black Taurus joined Yellow Rebelion – if only it was a possible for a promotion to explain their own storylines to people who don’t go to shows – but he already had a yellow mask made so it must’ve been planned before this run of shows.
This is what I think the factions are, but I’m not 100%
Rebelion Red: Fenix, Penta, Rey Mysterio, Daga, Zorro…and maybe Damian, he might have joined in Mexicali
Rebelion Yellow: Garza, Ultimo Ninja, Bestia 666, Black Taurus
La Mascara, M-ximo and Rey Escorpion are their own Ingobernable thing, but allied with the Yellow group at the moment.
The Crash debuts in San Luis Potosi tonight. Main event is Blue Demon, Rey Mysterio and Fenix against La Mascara, M-ximo and Rey Escorpion. Daga & Zorro team are scheduled to face Garza & Ultimo Ninja. Zorro posted his plane ticket to the show, so he’ll be there. Keyra is supposed to face Chik Tormenta & Lady Maravilla, but I’d assume Maravilla is off the show. Rey Celestial, who won the minis division of the last AAA talent search, debuts in the segunda of this card.
This show may turn up Saturday on AYM and there’s a good chance +LuchaTV will post it. I don’t know what Indy Nation’s goals are, but it helps to be successful if you want people to get interested in you, and winning the two Higher Powers are a start. Stealing a title would be better.
AAA’s Japan office announced the return of the Lucha World Cup in Tokyo. They’ll have a Lucha Underground focused show on 10/09, then this year’s edition of the LWC on 10/10. There had been reports of the LWC happening in Japan this year going back to before last year’s edition, but not much talk this year – the last it came up in the spring, the locations were either the US or Mexico. This seems like it’ll be a scaled down competition, but we’ll know when AAA in Mexico announces it. Lucha Underground has been airing on SamuraiTV the last year, with Season 2 beginning this past Friday.
This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions Fenix & Garza are going to NOAH in October. I don’t think dates have been announced for that tour yet. NOAH usually participates in the Lucha World Cup, and would be expected to be here, even while working with other guys normally. I’m sure they’d like to have all the people who are in The Crash, but they’re all announced for a show in Torreon the day before so they’re not planning on coming.
CMLL announced King Haku is off the 09/01 Gran Prix. It reads like it’s visa problems. ROH’s Kenny King will replace him, which means ROH will now have more than 1 person on the team. Kenny King has been appearing on this season’s The Bachelorette, though it hasn’t seemed to build a bigger reaction for him in ROH.
Dhani of Lucha Memes says tickets for the Anniversary will be 100 pesos ($5.58 USD) on the low end. If right, that’s going to open the show up to people who’ve been priced out the last few years. The low end of the tickets was 300 pesos for the three big years, and down to 189 last year (including service fees, which might not be in that 100 peso price.) The other way of looking at this is CMLL is acknowledging they don’t have the kind of the card for this show they’ve had in past years and have to make it easier to get in. The high end price for Pierroth/Azul in match show was 1849 pesos, and I’d guess it’ll be the same here.
El Siglo de Torreon talks to Mano Negra about his life. Mano Negra’s story about his name is he wanted to be a masked wrestler when he was training, so he would always cover his face with his hand in photos. Lucha Libre magazine editor Valente Perez saw one of the photos, where not-yet-Mano’s hand appeared black because of the flash, remembered John Carlos & Tommy Smith’s protest from the Mexico City Olympics three years ago, and came up with the name Mano Negra. The glove, which Sanely’s since adopted as an opera glove, is a direct reference to that moment. The mask design was one sent in by fans in Mil Mascaras mask design contest. Laguna luchador New Warrior is mentioned to be Mano Negra’s grandson (and so, a fourth generation luchador.)
The Crash (SUN) 10/08/2017Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila 1) Keyra, Máscarita Dorada, Máximo vs Black Taurus (Indie), Demus, Lady Maravilla 2) Flamita vs Sammy Guevara, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja 3) Daga, Jack Evans, Zorro vs Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Indie) 4) Jeff Cobb & Keith Lee vs Brian Cage & Willie Mack 5) Penta 0M, Rey Fénix (Indie), Rey Misterio 619 vs ?, Garza Jr., La Máscara
Hey, it’s a mystery person in the main event, Mascara can start the Rush rumors and Garza can start the Pagano rumors and it’ll be like Silver King or something.
(Or the lineup doesn’t really matter since Maravilla probably isn’t working this show.)
I really liked Puma/Fox. Too bad it was a year ago. I don’t know if I’m going to cut down on CMLL as a regular thing but also I haven’t watched any of it when I was written this because I wasn’t looking forward to it, so maybe there’s a reason right there.
Prince Puma vs Dante Fox [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match
Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02
Johnny Mundo vs Dragón Azteca Jr.
Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02
Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón