1988 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

latest in a long series

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.


2 thoughts to “1988 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb”

  1. Around that time is when Santos Laguna started gaining popularity, and surely had an effect as they played Sundays at 16:00 for a couple decades, but the bullring and Palacio de los Deportes couldn’t last for long, they’re across the street from each other and (as usual) in a “bad” neighborhood with no parking at all, so they transitioned to neighborhood arenas with smaller and smaller shows before going belly up…

    Palacio is owned by the municipality so they’ve used it at times, later renamed Coliseo Laguna and even had some local tv tapings with AAA talent but it didn’t last for long. Then used as a wrestling school and held some shows by Halcon Suriano family, the tire workshop is a few blocks from there so that’s their home turf… they may be still there, but it depends on who’s running the municipal thing -which changes every few years.

    Big shows with Mil Mascaras or Hijo del Santo were 4,000 pesos for ring side which translate to 90 or 80 current pesos… or something like 5 dollars, regular shows with locals had prices at half that figure. Nowdays, nearly everywhere, even all no-names events go for 100 pesos minimum. -_-

  2. I hope to hear more of this “Dart Vander”. Did he ever work with Mal Mascara or Blur Day Man?

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