1993 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1993 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.

This is the 10th year I’ve finished mining over this calendar year: 2005, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. That’s with dropping the project in for a few months to work on other research. I’d love to finish the 90s (94-98 left) next year and also poke around to see what 70s stuff there is. I probably should also work on the Mexico City stuff I might have, or get a life.

Events per year:

year events
1984 142
1985 150
1986 154
1987 152
1988 176
1989 189
1990 169
1991 175
1992 181
1993 151

That number is drop from the last few. The changes that took affect at the end of 1992 carried thru to this year: very few visual posters are showing up any more, which means the Torreon/Gomez Palacio shows which were only mentioned in that form (Thursday Arena Olimpico Laguna, some Sunday Plaza de Toros/Palacio de Deportes/Auditorio) shows exist out in the ether but are written about rarely. At the same time, the parts of the paper covering nearby municipalities continues to grow, which means mentions of lucha libre shows in other cities start to become more common.

Breakdown by City

City State 1991 1992 1993
Allende Coahuila 1
Ciudad Lerdo Durango 1 14 15
Durango Durango 1 5
Gomez Palacio Durango 57 62 11
Matamoros Coahuila 15
Monclova Coahuila 1 1
Parras Coahuila 5 2
Piedras Negras Coahuila 1
Saltillo Coahuila 4 18 30
San Pedro Coahuila 1 3 3
Torreón Coahuila 104 78 74
175 181 151

This data set now covers a broader area, but less in depth than it used to be. I’m not sure this is worse – there were probably all those shows in Saltillo and Matamoros in previous years too, I just wasn’t reading about them – but it makes it harder to find any in-ring stories. Flanagan, one of the reasons I’m bothering to do this, “disappears” from much of the year. Many of his matches were at Arena Olimpico Laguna, so it’s tough to tell if he was actually not wrestling, or just wrestling in a place no longer covered. These records are never going to be complete but changes in consistency make it harder to follow. I suspect this is just the new normal for the rest of the 90s.

The notable local story is a fracturing of the local scene into two wrestlers unions. It seemed like most everyone was part of a single group, and many joined a branch of AAA’s union after that started on board. (It could be a factor in why guys like Reptil, Diamante, Zafiro, and Brillante had short AAA runs around this period, but that’s never said.) It’s mentioned in the background, and there’s a late April article saying luchadors from Arena Olimpico are now part of the Laguna branch of the AAA union. At that time, it included 40 wrestlers and 30 students at the school where Pantera del Ring, Tony Rodriguez, Caballero Halcon are the current trainers. I’d guess that would mean not-yet-Ultimo Guerrero was probably part of an AAA union at one point. The AAA union is pitched as another option to the existing one, without the two actually going to war over it.

That appears how it’s plays out in public, though the coverage of the local scene is also way down. It’s mostly just stray notes about shows being canceled or people not showing up, same thing with the national scene. Atlantis & Mano Negra are schedule to rematch in Torreon after their Anniversary mask match later in Ocotber. Lots of people come out for the show, but Atlantis doesn’t appear due to flight issues.. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. gets suspended for no-shows CMLL shows, but it turns it it’s because he’s about to jump to AAA.

There’s a complaint that Lerdo fans are being defrauded about AAA. There’s lots of talk about who may be to blame, not much about what happened. Rudo Willy Rojas complains new wrestler are being rushed to the top too fast, not being forced to earn their way, something that every generation complaints about. A columnist says bad promoters are killing wrestling, another perennial. Even a column saying
41 Million pesos have been donated for a lucha libre commission? at the end of the year, but that doesn’t seem like it went anywhere.

On the positive side, the success of AAA has people starting to write the Lucha libre: displacing baseball and soccer as the second biggest sport articles and wondering if do edecanes make lucha libre feel too much like a circus? and if that is that bad?

There’s a stray article in September saying Arena Olimpico Laguna is in danger of being shut down due to issues at boxing and wrestling shows. A few weeks later, there’s a mention that one of the people working with the building and AAA is no longer working with either, but no details.

1993 is the year Oro passed away, and that’s a national story in two parts. part 1 & part 2. Soon after, Vampiro collapses at a show – either due to stress or the things he was taking to relieve stress – and a writer does some digging to find commission health records for licensed wrestlers in Mexico City. I had no idea someone was keeping track of this sort of thing, but they share the information as part of a story talking about the health condition of luchadors.

  • In 1989, there were 715 licensed lucha libre shows in Mexico City alone, with a total of 5576 matches. (This seems off, that’d be an average of nearly 8 matches per show.) There were 672 exams of luchadors.
  • In 1990, there were 489 exams of luchadors. They found 78 cases of advanced cavities (teeth?), 30 cases of diabetes (mentioned as up 12 from the year before), and 43 cases of hypertension among other issues.
  • In 1991, there were 574 exams. 119 had advanced cavities, 38 cases of diabetes, 44 hypertension, 11 eye issues, 20 with respiratory issues. A total of 219 – about 40% of exams found some issue.
  • In 1991, 42% of the licensed luchadors were over the age of 40. That went up to 45% in 1992. 11% were between 51 and 60. I’d suspect the younger people are, the more likely they’re wrestle unlicensed.

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Los Superdioses de lucha libre quick bios

IWRG mask match upset, final live Puebla for a few weeks

 

IWRG (SUN) 12/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, DJ Spectro, The Gladiatores]
Arena Naucalpan 40th Anniversary
1) Ludark Shaitan b FandangoShadow BoyLili DarkDemonio Infernal
Ludark won, but Demonio Infernal attacked her after the match.
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Freelance b Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme, Ovett
3) Dr. Cerebro b Imposible
Cerebro is still looking for a title match against Imposible.
4) Emperador Azteca & Hijo del Alebrije b Fly Warrior & Séptimo Rayo
5) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Eterno, Karaoui, Veneno
6) Ray Mendoza Jr., Rocambole Jr., Villano IV, Villano V Jr. b Mr. Electro, Sharly Rockstar, Trauma I, Trauma II
Tramuas and the Luna Brothers fought each other after the match.
7) Spector b Black Dragón [mask]
Rayan suffered a fracture in his foot during the week and was in a cast here. He was allowed to choose between his partners Liderk & Spector for who would defend his mask for him, and picked Spector. It was a good pick: Spector pulled the shocking upset. Black Dragon is Jared Anciniega Lopez from Mexico City, 18 years old, and 4 years a wrestler. Finished may have been screwed up.

Attendance was up for the mask match, but I’d guess most of the people in attendance thought they were seeing the young guy defeat the midcard IWRG centric masked character that has been totally forgotten until getting brought back for a run leading to this match. That’s what happens 99% of the time – this is the 1% of the time where the super rookie gets beat to keep people guessing. It’ll probably take more than one time to change people’s minds, and someone more promising than Rayan would’ve probably been better served getting the win.

DJ Spectro says the match was poor, with the finish being messed up and Spector not look good. That doesn’t come thru in the other recaps but would not be a surprise.

Do we give Spector the credit for the mask win or Rayan?

Tonight’s Puebla show is probably the last Puebla streaming until 01/08. Arena Puebla will still be running shows on Monday nights (though earlier than usual), CMLL will still be streaming shows on Monday (though also earlier than usual), but CMLL will be airing Arena Mexico shows instead. CMLL hasn’t said they won’t be airing Puebla as well, but that seems like a safe bet.

Also a safe bet: tonight’s main event will be a mess. Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Mephisto should get the easiest win of their lives tonight, as they face the totally dysfunctional trio of Caristico, Mistico and Volador. It’ll probably stretch out for about eight minutes because that’s the way Puebla main events work, but the Sky Team buddies are going to cost Caristico the match one way or another.

The semimain doesn’t make a great deal of sense either. Sam Adonis teaming with Pierroth & Rush has been a regular team, but they usually don’t face Sam’s new friend Johnny Idol. Idol teams with Terrible and Valiente in a match sure to go nowhere.

The third mach is the only hope on the card, with Tiger, Sagrado & Puma taking on Stuka Jr., Stigma and mystery man Pantera Blanca Junior. I have no idea what he, or the Gemlo Panteras in the second match will have to offer, so at least that’s something a bit interesting. That second match has Asturaino and Espiritu on opposite sides after they feuded last week, with Espanto and Hijo del Signo on the rudo side. The opener is Arkalis, Black Tiger, Paris vs Arez, Fuerza Chicana and Rey Apocalipsis. It’s not a strong way for Puebla to go out for a while, but it is airing on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm.

Generacion XXI has a Rey Mysterio, LA Park, and HIjo de LA Park against Penta, Fenix and Blue Demon main event tonight in Irapuato.

AAA has a vote up for lucahdor of the year. Hijo del Fantasma, Dr. Wagner, Pagano, Psycho Clown and La Parka are choices. Johnny Mundo, who was heavyweight champion for most of the year and held three different titles during a lot of it, is not an option. He is also probably wisely not included because we’d all mess with the voting so much to troll AAA.

LuchaWorld has this latest news update, including a recap of the always entertaining post show interviews. You really should read the Volador, Mistico and Caristico comments. NJPW’s gotten their characters over by including those post show interviews in their comments, and you could see how it might work with CMLL.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 12/23/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Cholo & Yago
2) Flyer, Magia Blanca, Robin vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto

Micros are back. Valiente will have to play main event mediator.

CMLL (MON) 12/25/2017 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Sam Adonis
5) Star Jr. vs NitroOro Jr.TemplarioStarmanCancerberoFieroHijo del SignoPegassoRaziel [cage, mask]

Not much helping the cage match. Negro Casas and Sam Adonis do meet one more time before their own apuesta match, but it’s a regular show otherwise. We still have no idea if this will be streamed like normal, available to watch on demand after the fact, or some sort of pay option. Maybe they’ll explain before the show.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-02 

Super Fly moonsault

Recapped: 12/12/2017

All matches were taped at Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on 11/19/2017 

Matches: 

Lady Shani beat Venus in a mask vs mask match
(7:32, backcracker, ok, via thecubsfan)

Faby Apache beat La Hiedra and Big Mami to earn a shot at AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(5:30, Faby German suplex La Hiedra, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

Averno & Súper Fly beat Aerostar & Drago and Argenis & Bengala and Carta Brava Jr. & Tito Santana
(10:02, Averno pin Carta Brava, ok, via 
Lucha Libre AAA)

La Parka beat Dave The Clown
(7:05, fujiwara armbar, bad, via
Lucha Libre AAA)

What happened: 

AAA action

Hijo del Tirantes, who’s been impartial on this show and all of them of late, helps out Dave during the main event. Dave sells the arm as if been ripped from it’s socket after the finish. Marty runs in after the fact to attack Parka. Suddenly, Dave’s arm is fine. They leave Parka laid out and take his boot.

Copetes is busy checking on everyone after some dives, so Chessman runs in and smacks Carta with a chain to give Averno the win. Somehow, Carta needs a stretcher after taking the chain to the face.

Vampiro has a sit down interview with Averno. Averno feels he’s at his best moment in his career and that OGT will be the best in 2018. Averno and Vampiro talk about Averno being part of the search for new talent. Vampiro also talks to Bengala. Vampiro asks about how he interrupts his version of Bengala, which closer than usual in acknowledging this isn’t the original guy. Bengala talks about trying to personalize the character to separate himself from all the other lucha cats. Vampiro asks what he’s needing to stick out, and Bengala is looking for a big rivalary. Vampiro asks if a feud or winning is more important; Bengala seems to note winning is the point of wrestling, but if you have a good rivalry, people are less concerned about you losing. Averno is the better talker of the two, but neither man had a lot relevant to say.

Noti AAA focused on AAA announcing their earthquake victim benefit show.

The mask match appeared only on the long version of the AAA show. Chari shots are apparently legal. Shani is apparently supposed to blade off the chair shot, but has some sort of problem. Venus takes her outside and hits here with the chair again, then Tirantes cuts Shani while supposedly checking on her (with Shani’s legs kicking around as it happens.). Shani doesn’t end up bleeding all that much, even with Venus attacking the cut. They later tease putting Shani on a stretcher for a knee injury and counting her out, but she gets off and comes back in before 20. Venus does give her name, but I can’t actually make it out.

Thoughts:

Venus spinning side slam

La Parka/Dave the Clown was as bad as expected. There are matches with more technical faults than this one, but only because they didn’t try anything at all in this match. Dave didn’t do anything. Parka couldn’t do anything. They had Tirantes going back to being a rudo just to help out the match, but what would’ve really helped him out was not doing the match. This felt a lot longer the seven minute it took because nothing much but occasional bad brawling took place. I’m unconvinced anything with Marty is going anywhere; this just felt like they needed a way to get him on the card after flying him in.

The four way tag match was all action and really good action at that, so I had no problem with it at all. It was pretty fast paced, maybe too fast to allow anything to develop and I don’t know that much sunk in with me, but I enjoyed watching it. The format also let them hide people a little better – I don’t think Bengala did all that much here, which makes sense given his one arm. Carta & Tito are really effective team. It’s too bad they have this nice giant crane camera and still couldn’t find a way to get Aerostar’s dive in the frame. (They did use it nicely for his entrance.) They did get Super Fly’s nice moonsault. This as good a match that’s come out of these four teams trios feud in a while.

The women’s match was fine for six minutes of action. Faby looked much better than the other two. The crowd enjoys Big Mami. I don’t know what happened on the Devil’s Wings almost going bad, but it did result in Faby slapping Hiedra in the back of the head. Hiedra got folded up nicely on the finish.

The mask match is the same story as the Lanzeloth/Suicide title match, where Suicide controlled most of the match and then was just suddenly pinned. Lanzeloth looked more impressive in that than this. I don’t think they did either women favors with doing the stretcher spot and the chair stuff; they were working overly hard to sell Venus was going to win, but no was going to buy it and it just made for a less entertaining match. Venus really didn’t come all that close to winning – her closest win is Shani being carried away for a knee injury, not trapping Shani in a knee attacking hold and Shani desperately reaching for the ropes – and I have no idea if this was just the most she could do. Shani could’ve used the help of a wildly seen mask win, but this didn’t feel like a big deal and it’s no loss not to make the big show. Still might have been worth cutting together 20 or 30 seconds as highlight, if only to help fill time on the rest of the show (which seemed to be stretching.)

Faby German suplex