1992 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1992 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio (and an increasing amount from elsewhere), to the luchadb database over the last week. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results. We’re six weeks away.

year events
1985 150
1986 154
1987 152
1988 176
1989 189
1990 169
1991 175
1992 183

I’m really surprised the number is up, because there were problems by the end of the year. The total amount of lineups must be up, but the actual number of visual cards seemed really down. There seems to be a seasonal reductions at the end of the year, but the Thursday Arena Olimpico Laguna card stops getting posted in the lineup (and there’s rarely an article on those), and Sunday shows disappear. I’ve started 1993 already and it’s even more dim.

posters per year
1990: 114
1991: 81
1992: 64
1993: 14

Maybe I’ll probably will find stumble on a few more, but hopefully they’ll have write ups. These are always going to be missing events, but it’s going to be missing more events.

Maybe the overall total doesn’t go down because the paper is more consistently covering a wider area. The El Siglo de Torreon paper now contains local mini papers for Durango and for Saltillo among others. There’s often a weekly article for a show for Arena Oberos or another local building, though the cards aren’t listed complete.

1992 is the first year of AAA, which runs often in the area (including that Arena Olimpico Laguna lineup) and shockingly seems to have the steadiest shows of the bunch. Some shows with CMLL talent completely fall apart with people no showing, and they’re looked at having a bad year.

Curiously, the Andrade brothers – Brillante, Diamante and Zafiro – are wrestling in their new masked gimmicks prior to AAA’s existence. Unless Pena was planning on bringing them in long in advance, it comes off that they changed characters on their own to give themselves a fresh look in the area. Their father, El Moro, had changed to being the masked Mr. Atlantic sometime late in his career seemingly for those reasons. He passes away during this calendar year.

There’s not a lot of local news. The future Ultimo Guerrero & Luiciferno are tag team champions most of the year. They’re among the top local acts even at this point, and being put in matches with Mysterio & Psicosis says that people thought they were good workers at that point. There’s an alternative universe where Flanagan & Super Punck they get swept into AAA (with new gimmicks, of course) and their careers look play out very differently.

There’s disappointingly little coverage of the start of AAA. There’s not many wire stories, and it seems to catch the wrestling scene in this part of the world by some surprise. Maybe it’s because their guys had been more going to El Toreo; there’s a big story about their short lived TV deal over one, two parts.An article on a new promotion (AAA) forming mostly focuses on where this leaves the national titles. Antonio Pena’s name is not mentioned, but Juan Jose Torres Landa is mentioned as the president of the DF Lucha Commission. A long delay in wire stories turning up in Torreon leads Pena’s name to not come up until a story explaining the plan of the promotion in June. and one about Konnan’s upcoming last show until weeks after it happens. It doesn’t become a bigger locally story until Blue Panther jumps to AAA. Tickets for the first AAA show in Torreon proper sell out two days in advance of the show, though the costs of bringing in national luchadors is going up (plans instead of buses!) and other locations have to compete with local wrestlers.

Earlier, fans, and commission are angry when a 06/13 show advertised with Octagon & Fuerza has both of them no show. This looks like people being brought in thru EMLL who jumped to AAA, but it’s not clear now and it definitely wasn’t made clear to the fans. Televisa is blamed. There’s also issues with people working 3 shows on the same day.

A running story revolves around lucha union head Manny Guzman, who appears to be traveling around the country of Mexico to rally support. He visits Torreon at least once, maybe twice, meeting their local union to try and convince them to stay with him. AAA forms it’s own union which saps Guzman of money and power. The original leaders are said tobe, Secretary General Fuerza Guerrera, Secretary Interior Ice Killer, Treasury is El Magnate (haha) Records is Rambo, Honor y Justice is Halcon, General Coordinator Hijo del Diablo, Women Vicky Caranaza, Techinical Solar I, Public Relations Octagon, International Relations Dory Dixon, Work Jusiticero, Union advisor Tio Sam, and Minis & Micros Goliath. Manny Guzman says the AAA union is not valid and legitimate. The luchadors who left his union will have to pay 10 million pesos to come back into their union – except the stars will have to be 25 million. Guzman says the benefits of being in the union including 2 millions pesos per year for retirement and company support. To my knowledge, this does not happen.

Monclova luchdaor Jose Issac Cortes Martinez, 24, passed away during a match. Cortes passed away in the ring at Deportivo Mario Ayala in Monclova. Cause of death was not immediately known; he was struck in chest and suddenly fell dead in the ring. He was wrestling Baby Martinez (Jose Zaragoza Perez Tutuvieta, 22 years), who was detained by the police until they were sure it wasn’t responsible.

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