1996 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb


I added 1996 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio (and an increasing amount from elsewhere), to the luchadb database a few weeks ago. 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, where the slowest part is me actually writing this post.

Events per year:

year events
1990 169
1991 175
1992 181
1993 151
1994 113
1995 144
1996 114
1997   4
1998   9
1999 235
2000 288
2001 158
2002 196
2003 189
2004 267
2005 291
2006  77
2007 226

I do that list for my own sanity. I’m creeping thru 1997 now, which will take longer than usual due to issues. I have 1998 to do. I should look thru 2006 to clear that out, and then I’m done? Or I go back to the 70s, which should at least have a lot less of these and move quicker.

The lineup count is back down again; the scene is still Arena Olimpico Laguna and maybe one or two other arenas. The non-Torreon/Gomez Palacio lineups are now virtually gone. The names on these shows are greatly reduced to; there’s few AAA & CMLL talent visiting, and Monterrey isn’t sending people. It’s mostly local luchador, with no TV or any avenue to grow the star power of those local wrestlers. This is pretty much the local scene as it stands two decades later.

The one exception is the existence of PROMELL as the third promotion. Blue Panther introduces the third group to readers early in the year. He claims PROMELL is not a promotion, rather a wrestler co-op where the wrestlers own it owners. Panther objects to fans believing luchadors are simply products of TV and AAA’s work. His guys are upset about Antonio Pena getting both the credit and most of the money in AAA. The economic crisis has cut everyone’s money, so they’ve struck out on their own to see if they can get more that way. Panther does the usual bit of positioning the group as Lucha Libre The Way It Ought To Be: stipulations will be adhered to, those who lose a mask or hair will lose in the ring, no rudo (Tirantes) referee affecting outcomes, no dancing or drunk wrestlers, instead a dignified spectacle. Panther argues fans are tired of watching lucha libre on TV and would return to going to shows instead. Later in the year, Atlantis is less anti-TV but also makes the case for the live experience.

The list of wrestlers mentioned as being on the PROMELL roster include Hermanos Dinamitas, Angeles Azteca, Dragon de Oro, El Signo, Los Destructores, Lizmark, Solar and locals Pantera del Ring, Super Punk, Flanagan. Those last three are who we know today as Ephesto, Luciferno and Ultimo Guerrero, getting their first national break via PROMELL. Pantera del Ring has been traveling for years. Punk & Flanagan seem to leave the arena in January, but don’t get regular work in Mexico City for months. They make their first appearances back in Gomez Palacio as Ultimo Guerrero & Ultimo Rebelde in June, with the paper seemingly unaware of their previous identities. They do figure it out by the next time.

PROMELL doesn’t stay PROMELL or off TV long. The paper covers the October press conference of Promo Azteca, with the TV network creating it’s own lucha libre show and promotion to rival Televisa. In an attempt to make the PROMELL story work, that’s explained to be a separate live event group from the TV promotion, but most people just think of it as Promo Azteca only when it lasts. Konnan is announced as being in charge of the TV product. He infamously had some harsh things to say about Antonio Pena in announcing his new project. The newspaper project seems to ignore them. They focus more on Mascara Sagrada being upset with Pena over control of his name and the guys who’ve replaced him in AAA (who are outed as Kraneo & Aguila de Acero.)

The other national story that resonates locally is Pentagon (Jesús Andrade Salas) near death in a match in Aguascalientes. It comes off as no one fully understanding the extent of it at first, with both AAA and people close to him trying to keep the specifics quiet until they have a falling out over money. The injury happens on March 6th, and the big story on the situation shows up on March 30th in one two parts. Pentagon was in a coma for three days, and spent two weeks in the hospital before being transferred to a recovery center back to Torreon. His injury is described as a temporary loss of blood to the brain due to a spine/nervous system trauma, with any connection to drugs being obviously kept quiet. Joaquin Roldan, Octagon and AAA’s doctors are mentioned as visiting Pentagon in the hospital in Agusacalientes.

The article mentions other unnamed wrestlers unhappy with how Pentagon was being treated, and with the match being shown on television. The situation escalates when AAA says Pentagon will return in a couple weeks, while PROMELL says he’ll never be able to return from this injury. What’s probably really going on is AAA getting ready to just put someone else under the Pentagon mask, as they’ve already done with other characters. The press over the situation might have contributed to AAA holding off until 1997 to actually do it. It doesn’t do much for Pentagon himself, who’s later said to have $13K in expenses and living in private hospital. He never does return to the ring, though he appears at shows to talk about this injury thru this day.

The Pentagon name being passed along is a familiar situation to people who keep up with lucha libre today, and there’s an Espanto Jr. in CMLL today. One more of his names also was reused: “Santo Negro” pops up on shows after the Pentagon injury. A Santo Negro is listed on a show in March, on a PROMELL show in May, and an local show a couple weeks later. There’s no attention being paid to it, though the luchador is treated as if he’s the same national star from a couple years ago, before Jesus Andrade Salas had to give up the gimmick due to pressure from the El Santo family. Laguna versions of the AAA Power Raiders are also around with no explanation. Brillante, Zafiro and Diamante are back full time in the area in 1996, so my hunch is they just sold their AAA gimmick (and maybe Espanto’s gimmick) and gear to other people and AAA was busy with a lot of more important things.

Las Gemas del Ring are the part of the most coherent build to a big match in a while. Another one of their brothers, Atlantic Jr., faces Stuka Jr. early in the year in a mask versus mask match. Atlantic Jr. appears to be the luchador eventually known as Kevin, claims he was a Power Ranger Rojo, and disappears soon after losing this mask (probably to one of his many other gimmicks.) The Stuka Jr. bio leaves me still confused if this is the same guy as now or a previous person using the same name. At any rate, this Stuka Jr. takes Atlantic Jr.’s mask in August, then he and Stuka I take the masks of Espanto IV & V in September. Meanwhile, the three Gemas brothers split up and have an apuesta match in October, where Diamante takes Zafiro’s hair. Diamante takes Stuka I’s hair a couple weeks later, with Stuka Jr. sticking up for his brother to set up the ultimate match. Stuka Jr. defends his mask and takes Diamante’s hair in November.

The Espantos losing their masks might have been because of other things going on. They disappear for months, then return in early December with the explanation that they’ve been working in Ciudad Juarez. A few days later, their father Espanto III passes away. He’d been living in Ciudad Juarez, so I suppose his sons knew it was coming and moved up there for a time. This is a big story locally, with a second day story on the national star’s his passing and coverage of his funeral.

That’s all the big stuff. The commission stuff is a lot less than usual: luchador/promoter Lee Roy complains about the work it does, and it doesn’t seem like it’s actually doing much work at this point. The Satillo luchadors revolt against their commission, a battle between older luchadors who expected the union to help them in their later years and young luchadors who aren’t seeing much benefit to the group with the decline of lucha libre scenes. Lerdo forms it’s own commission, with the idea it’ll help them run more shows in the city. There’s not other news about Lerdo, so it’s hard to tell if it works. There’s bio of luchadoras Shira and Mariposa Negra, and luchadors Silver Line and El Cazador, around a charity show. Satillo promoter Mario E. Garibay Ortiz is honored for twenty years of promoting. An article building up the Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera car versus car match slips into the paper; the paper is clearly getting national lucha libre articles from El Universal but is only usually running the Super Dioses column. Those include Hector GarzaSuper MunequitoSuper MunecoBlue DemonLos Cadetes de Espacio (and again)Emilio Charles Jr. ,El Duende (again), Hijo del Santo, not wrestling muchDos Caras to Japan, Fuerza GuerreraCentury 2000Negro CasasRey BucaneroMano Negra and one about Vampiro, saying he’s trying to do too much (wrestle & sing) at the same time. Some things don’t change.

Kobayashi beats Dalys, Magia Blanca vs Flyer in final tonight, Revolucha baseball stadium show

Kaho wins

CMLL (MON) 04/16/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito b Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Kaho Kobayashi b Dalys [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Supposed to be a tag match with Sanely & Comandante, changed to a singles match when one couldn’t make it. Kobayashi won and asked for a title match next week.
3) Felino, Puma, Stigma, Tiger b Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Pantera Blanca, Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Supposed to be a trios match, changed to an atomicos putting the Panteras on the same side and adding Puma & Felino. Team Felino took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas b Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador’s took team 1/3 with no particular story coming out of it.

I saw very little of this show.  Sanely appears to be in Georgia right now for her other job, so why she was booked to wrestle in Puebla is strange, and why CMLL couldn’t find one of their other tecnicas to replace her is also confusing. Tiger just happens to be challenging Pantera Blanca Jr. for a title in Houston this weekend, which is probably both why the Panteras are here and why they decided Blanca & Tiger couldn’t team.

The women being missing didn’t change much: they were headed to Kaho’s tour concluding title match either way, and Dalys and Kobayashi got an extra week to get ready for it. It’s just CMLL being sloppy.

Tonight finishes up the Torneo Nuevo Valores with Flyer & Magia Blanca meeting in a tecnico/tecnico match of aerial luchadors. Flyer has slightly better position on CMLL cards and has been around the promotion for longer, which makes him the favorite. Magia Blanca has improved from when he came into CMLL, but still seems not to be ready for a bigger role. Blanca is an Ultimo Guerrero trainee, which does seem to help guys move along a little faster.

We shouldn’t make too much out of the meaning of this. At most, the winner might move up from the Astral/Raziel pool of guys who get nothing to do to the Fuego/Sagrado pool of guys who get almost nothing to do. Still, it’s an occasion for two guys who haven’t been given big singles matches chance to show what they could do given the opportunity.

Today’s CMLL main event is Carsitico, Dragon Lee & Rush versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Rush is replacing Soberano, because it took until Tuesday for CMLL to both realize they had Soberano and Euforia on opposite sides of a match and then decide they couldn’t have that match.

Drone, Esfinge and Triton face Kawato,, Okumrua and Sagrado in the fourth match. Super Astro Jr. has his first normal match in CMLL, teaming with Audaz & Star Jr. against Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr. and Virus. Cancerbero & Raziel team with Metalico to face Robin, Magnus and Electrico; will one of Flyer’s trios partners second him later on? Are they still trios partners? Acero & Aereo face Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Violencia in a match among the four lowest ranked CMLL minis. It feels like it’s happened a million. It has only happened 9. The tecnicos are 8-1.x

CultIcon previews this show. It’ll start at 7:30pm. The tournament final should be around 8:50.

Guadalajara has Valiente & Volador defending their tag titles against Cavernario & Negro Casas. The Peste Negra team would make a lot of sense as a team. Cavernario’s more likely to stay healthy and useful than Shocker did as Casas’ partner, and Casas could be in big matches without always needing them to be 1v1. It’d still be a pretty big surprise if Valiente & Volador lost the titles on their first defense.

CMLL luchadors are also supposed to be working the annual Puebla fair tonight. There will be some changes; Valiente can’t quite be there and in Guadalajara at the same time.

The US Ambassador, Roberta Jacobson, to Mexico was at Friday’s CMLL show. She met Utlimo Guerrero, Princesa Sugehit, Caristico and Atlantis. No word about how many stars she gave the semimain.

La Presna interviews La Seductora, who says she’s training with Ultimo Guerrero now. She wants to retire while she’s still in good health, but wants to wins some apuersta matches before she does.

Kraneo wants to fight bullying against overweight children. He sees Atlantis as an inspiration for what he wants to be as a tecnico.

CMLL’s April press conference is tomorrow. I’ve got something going on tomorrow afternoon, so I may not have much about it until later.

Revo Lucha says they drew 6,500 people to Gimnasio Nuevo Leon Unidad on Sunday. (Capacity of the building seems to be 5000, but maybe that’s the basketball configuration without seats on the floor? The building looks packed.) My guess is that’s the biggest non-AAA/CMLL show of the year. They’re going for a bigger one on June 29th: Revolucha is running Monterrey’s baseball stadium. I know they’re planning on loading that card up and the baseball team is helping advertise the show.

Heroes of Lucha Libre put tickets for their 06/02 show on sale. Tickets run from $16 US (for kids) to $190 for VIP. Floor tickets are $80. They’ve got Dr. Wagner Jr., LA Park, Tinieblas, Bestia 666, Sam Adonis and Tineiblas on the poster. It’s hard to see how they’re going to draw 10,000 people with just those names, expensive prices and no matches announced. It’s hard to see how they’re going to draw half that much, honestly.

MVP said he and Alberto el Patron didn’t get paid for a show they worked in Culiacan this past week. The only thing Alberto has posted about it was his entrance on the show.


FULL held a press conference for a show in Arena Xalapa this weekend. There’s nothing too interesting with that, but the post conferences interviews had something. Vengador Radioactivo told the press he was headed to CMLL to train for “two seasons.” This is not the original Vengador Radioactivo, who briefly made some waves in Mexico City with good performances and now is known as Dragon Dorado, but a second one using the name (and being sponsored by local wrestler Dr. Radioactivo.)

LuchaWorld has the week’s Poster-Mania.

Puma King has a new video up.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

In Coliseo Chihauhua on Saturday, Khaliel unmasked Vertix, who was revealed to be Esteban Dominguez, 6 years a wrestler.


IWRG (WED) 04/18/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Orus, Fireman, Fly Tiger vs Biosfera, Carnicero, Dinámico
2) Ángel Oriental, Dranzer, Hijo Del Bombero vs Black Puma, Chicanito, Voltar
3) Arquero, Konan, Mexica vs Adrenalina, Picudo Jr., Power Boy
4) Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Demonio Infernal, Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme
5) Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Chef Benito, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Drago, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy, Toto vs Aeroespecial, Divino, Dragón Bane, Fandango, Hausser, Hijo Del Brazo De Platino, Ninja de Fuego, Tekno and Ángel Estrella Jr., Cremosito, Death Metal, Guero Palma, Hijo De La Bestia, Klivan, Marduk, Taurino [cage, hair, mask]
Gym FILL (Atomic Star side, Eterno instructor) vs LLB (Tekno side, Fantasma de la Opera) vs Gym Zeuz (Death Metal side, Oficial 911)

There was a IWRG vs Zeuz feud going on, and maybe this cage match was set up last week – but IWRG didn’t put out results for last Wednesday’s show as far as I can tell. Probably will get some this week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/22/2018 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Okumura
4) Titán vs Tritón [lightning]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Terrible
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
4th defense

This seems like a show worth seeing. (We won’t be seeing it.) Beyond the title match, the fourth match is the first Titan/Triton singles match between the friends since 2009. It’s also Leono’s first match in 10 months, after suffering a knee injury on an Arena Coliseo show. It seemed reasonable to assume he might just not come back, since he’s stuck on the lowest level of CMLL, but it appears he’s giving it another try.

IWRG (SUN) 04/22/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Toto
2) Dinamic Black, Diosa Atenea, Diva Salvaje vs Dragón Bane, Lili Dark, Reina del Sur
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Factor, Liderk, Spartan, Spector
4) Imposible © vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino [IWRG Rey del Ring]
5) Aramis, Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Ovett
6) Mr. Electro, Rey Wagner, Veneno vs Capo del Norte, Dark Magic, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Normal Smiley was a talented and popular wrestler in Mexico under the name Black Magic, so IWRG has found someone a similar color and is calling him Dark Magic. I think this might be the same guy who was wrestling in Tulancingo a couple weekends ago but I’m not sure.

new lucha videos for the weekend of April 13, 2018

Nuestra Lucha Libre Part 1 – YouTube/Mega. I don’t know if I’m safe to put that up, so it’s going up on a secondary channel.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-04-14
taped 2018-04-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Drone, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
2) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship
3) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-15
taped 2018-04-06 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Valiente vs Stuka Jr. in a lightning match
2) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
3) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-16
taped 2018-04-15 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Toto vs Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno
4) Trauma II vs SpectorTortuga MikeEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackCapo del NorteDiablo Jr.Machine Rocker in a cage match and [loser advance]
5) Trauma I vs Hijo del PanteraTortuga TeeloImposibleHijo de Canis LupusAramisSúper Brazo Jr.El Hijo del Medico Asesino in a cage match and [loser advance]
6) Mike vs Teelo in a cage match and for the mask