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
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. a 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.
- 1991 awards!: Atlantis beat tecnico, Fuerza Guerrera best rudo, Mascara Sagrada best mini, Lady Apache best women (despite not holding a title), and Roberto Rangel best referee.
- Hijo del Santo & Octagon coming on 02/02, and the writer would rather see more guys their size (not the heavyweights) on top for better matches. That includes the local guys who aren’t getting a chance.
- The columnist complains about too much brawling and is still hoping for better spots for local wrestlers
- Report on old timer’s show
- Another Auditorio Municipal (Elizoando) card has last minute changes
- Juan Manuel Limones Cervantes is about to give out his 1991 awards, which makes the columnist wondering why a private citizen has to be doing this out of his money and where the commission licensing money goes if it’s not for this sort of thing.
- they’re adding music and lights to Plaza de Toros shows, and an autograph signing earlier.
- A lucha libre photo exhibition in Gomez Palacio
- Natalia Rodriguez has been going to lucha libre shows for 40 years in Torreon, Satillo and Monterrey.
- Satillo luchadors are no longer allowed to brawl outside.
- Chamuco Trevino threatens to retire Indio Chirikawa on 07/12. Chirikawa fires back
- ex head of Satillo box y lucha libre commission talks about why he quit
- licensing exam on 10/24, with Black Charly, Indio Chirkiawa and maybe Pequeno Halcon as judges
- 1992 recap: CMLL ran a show where half the main event didn’t show up, AAA shows all over the place
- A winter (late 1992) season of shows in Auditorio Municipal
- Satillo may get it’s own belt in 1993!
- Hijo del Santo seems to be moving from UWA to CMLL
- Konnan is busy with lots of projects, but wants to be a heavyweight championship
- Espanto II teaching greco-roman wrestling
- Issues with the Lutteroth Boxing promotion come up over late 1991 and early 1992. In one, they’re required to lower prices to a show as punishment of irregularites (“techincal and medical” defaults)
- Mexico State Box Y Lucha says they’re going to start testing for HIV
- A look book back at El Enfermero
- Mascarita Sagrada wins new mini title
- A look back at Rayo de Jalisco
- Are (TV) Luchadors or actors or gladiadors? (part 2)
- 6 year anniversary of El Soltiario’s death
- CMLL says they’re bringing in women from Japan and Deciding their own women’s championship.
- CMLL Women’s Title coming soon
- Parents, don’t let your children run into the ring to play
- Brazo de Oro talks about the big enemy of the luchador: the fanatico. Another luchador clarifies that aficionados are good, fanaticos can be dangerous, and there’s talk about wrestlers being hurt by thrown objects.
- Zuzuka & Yumiko, Japanese women training in Arena Mexico. That’s actually Yumiko Hotta and Suzuka Minami, who were in Mexico July/August (and the article doesn’t show up until September, so the wire stories are now one month behind.)
- CMLL tournament for new heavyweight champion
- AAA talking about going to Spain
- Blue Panther and Love Machine feuding
- a group of luchadors go on a tour of the middle east
- hype for a mid October CMLL branded show; Mascara Magica is said to be from Oklahoma!
Luchador of the Week type short bios/interviews
- Babe Face
- Trio Fantastia
- Octagon & Santo as the idols of the moment
- Signo and Texano were friends, now enemies.
- more rapping luchadors (Kung Fu!)
- Martha Villalobos says she’s the #1 luchadora
- Luchadors in movies
- Tinieblas & Tinieblas Jr. in films
- La Muneca Oriental says wrestling is not fake.
- Love Machine
- Konnan and Perro feuding
- Konnan, TV actor
- Cien Caras
- Blue Panther
- Los Infernales
- Villano V
- Pirata Morgan
- La Venus
- Jaque Mate
- Rene Guajarado
- Irma Gonzalez
- Villano III
- Vampiro loves Mexico
- Pirata Morgan does not love Vampiro
- Pantera Surena profile
- Dos Caras, international star
- Kaloff Lagarde & Rene Guajarado
- Love Machine loves lucha
- Titan, billed as from Guadalajara
- Los Head Hunters
- Mano Negra
- Rey Mysterio Jr.
- El Pandita
- Black Magic
- King Haku
- Bestia Salvaje