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.
- A new office for the Torreon Box Y Lucha commission opened.
- The second annual meeting of all the Box Y Lucha commissions includes talking about irregularities in Torreon. Silver King is still wearing his mask after losing it (yes, in 1988), Coloso Colosetti is losing the same mask in multiple places, a luchador wrestled without a license.
- Hijo del Santo honored for being Hijo del Santo
- A fan throws a bottle at the ring, hits a three year old kid instead, the second straight week where there’s problems with (possibly drunk) fans.
- Batman insists he’ll be at a November show after no-showing one in October.
- 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.