Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
(8:32 [3:09, 3:56, 1:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero beatTerrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(11:47 [2:18, 3:01, 6:28], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event set up a tag title match the following week.
The micros had a one fall match. Atomo & Guapito worked as the rudos in this match between four micros who aren’t working as mascots.
The tercera didn’t fire on all cylinders. Templario screwed up a trip spot early, then totally lost on a torito later. In between, he mostly just put a hand on his head on shock over what had just happened repeatedly. Maya had two dives where he seemed to stop flying at the point of impact, and the impact itself wasn’t all that much. Fuego was very popular, but everyone involved has had better matches.
The Micros match showed they’re going to have trouble having good matches in this concept without the principal people involved. The crowd was the match and rooted for Gallito, but the action was a lot shakier than the previous micro matches. MicroAngel seems to get lost at times and was clumsy at other times. He may turn out fine. For now, he seems like a guy rushed to the ring because they needed one more people. Guapito looked rough too. It really didn’t matter to this crowd how good the match was, and maybe it’s just going to need CMLL picking their spots well.
The crowd reacted huge to Ares and Asturiano exchanging simple chops. It makes me wonder how they would’ve gone if there were a lot of energy in the match. Millenium did a few impressive things, but there wasn’t a lot around them. These rudos will go with those moves but aren’t interesting on their own.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 05/13/2018Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), MedioTiempo, R de Rudo]
1) Avisman b Eragón
2) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Alas de Acero & Iron Kid goodmatch
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana b Arez & Low Rider Low Rider took a bump off the canvas roof, and was hurt.
4) Último Gladiador b Aramis good match
5) Corsario Negro & Drako b Aeroboy & Demasiado good match
6) Romano García b Keyra
7) Virus b Súper Crazy
I think the idea of the Low Rider bump was he was going to fall off the low roof onto chairs. He totally missed the chairs. I’m not sure the chairs would’ve helped. Low Rider is crazy, hope he’s OK.
Show sounds good but there wasn’t one singular match people were raving about after. With everything going on around Iguana and Memes and vetos, I was surprised to see him win on this show.
IWRG (SUN) 05/13/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Arquero
2) Atomic Star & Leroy b Shadow Boy & Toto Shadow Boy betrayed Toto. Atomic Boy invited Shadow Boy to join the rudos.
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly b Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances, Lunatic Xtreme Gallo Frances betrayed Lunatic Xtreme (so the sons of Ovett had partners attack them in two straight matches)
4) Aramis, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo de Sangre Chicana b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Ovett Hijo de Sangre Chicana made his debut, replacing The Tiger.
5) Freelance, Ricky Marvin, Súper Mega b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro many fouls leading to the finish.
6) Emperador Azteca & Imposible b Trauma I & Trauma II straight falls in a “polemica” result – excessive violence or a countout depending on the recap.
Main event might be setting up the return of Negro Navarro for a trios title match.
Today’s Puebla show seems not so great. Maybe the main event will be good, but it’s not a promising lineup otherwise. The semimain, a rematch of a not good match last week, looks particularly not good. The end product will probably be a Rush/Kraneo match on 05/21, but today’s match is a waste of time.
This is about the time of year where this building starts building a local feud for a July apuesta match. They’ve been lately doled out as a reward for long service, not as something that might be an interesting match. 2015 had Lestat/King Jaguar, 2016 had Black Tiger/King Jaguar, 2017 was Espiritu Maligno/Ares. Espiritu was flipped over to the tecnico side to make that feud worked (and flipped back to the rudo side when it was done), which makes it especially noteworthy that Sauron is suddenly listed as a tecnico in the second match. He’s been a rudo in this building for a decade, so either the likes of Lestat & Tigre Rojo Jr. were surprisingly unavailable tonight, or something is up.
Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja & Mistico versus Cuatrero, Sanson and Mephisto has the best chance of being good, though random trios main events don’t have a great track record in Puebla. Amapola, La Comandante and La Seductora take on Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, and Lady Maravilla in a women’s match. Maravilla is scheduled to appear, and the indications are she’s staying in CMLL at the moment. The show opens with Astro, Black Tiger & Meyer taking on Ares, Perverso and Rey Apocalipsis.
CMLL (SAT) 05/19/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs Akuma, Apocalipsis, Inquisidor
3) Magia Blanca, Robin, Star Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Audaz, Blue Panther, Flyer vs Felino, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla vs Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr.
One day after the Gran Alternativa final, Flyer is in a semimian. It may be just that the tecnico side is a little soft on this show; Robin working a tercera is odd too.
Invasion Indy (FRI) 06/01/2018Arena Neza
1) Torito vs Dinamick Flay
2) Chico Che, Estrella De Oro, Sky Man vs Motocross, Punker Bizarro, Tony Cirio Jr.
3) Keyra & Toro Negro vs Quetzal & Yoruba
4) Aramis, Neza Kid, Toxin vs Centurion, Fly Warrior, Látigo
5) Black Taurus & Carístico vs Hijo de LA Park & Volador Jr.
6) LA Park vs Rush vs El Mesías
A more star powered Invasion Indy show than usual, with the Park/Rush/Mesias match coming to Mexico State.
Tortas Super Astro (SAT) 06/02/2018Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Jalapano Lopez vs Alfa Jr., Miss Gaviota, Séptimo Rayo
2) Montana & Sayrus vs Colosus & Yoruba and Astro Infernal & Lucifer
3) Cinthia Moreno & Mima Shimoda vs Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
4) Alas de Oro, Divino Boy, Kalibus, Magnético vs Dr. Pólux Jr., Maravilla, Maremoto Jr., Murciélago Plateado
5) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje vs Douki & Musashi
6) Demonio Infernal, Karonte Jr., Tackle vs Ángelus Fly, Imposible, Samoano
7) Baronessa vs Ludark Shaitan, Quetzal
8) Ciclón Infernal & Dragosth vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Ricky Marvin
9) Laredo Kid vs Alberto el Patrón vs Xtreme Tiger
the Super Astros affiliated group is headed back inside for a show headlined by Alberto. Going to be a busy weekend for YouTube people.
I added 1998 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio 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. This time, I wrote this post before diving into the next year. It looks like I went fast, but it was actually a lot slower.
(I did 1999 three years ago, because I originally thought I was going to do this backwards and then I just didn’t.)
That’s the most events in a single year. Again, it’s probably not that there were more events, but that the paper was listing lineups for more shows – maybe because of space, maybe one person was just motivated to include them. That’s the highest count to this point, though even more lineups would start turn up later in the decade.
The results for big matches are slightly up too. There’s a lot of previews that mention [X] got his head shaved last week or such the following week. It may just be that the word count on lucha libre stayed about the same overall though, because the news articles have virtually disappeared at this point. The national column is gone, the local column is long gone, and there’s only a handful of other articles. The positive news is the ones that were posted are interesting.
On March 18th, Brillante retires. It’s explained as his son asked him to retire weeks ago and he decided to do it, complete with Brillante writing a touching letter to his son. His son Christian, not Manuel (Sombra) – I didn’t remember he had a brother. It’s lucha libre, so Brillante is back in early 1999, asked to defend a title he never actually gave up and then picking up a second one. He disappears for a few more months, then wrestles under a new mask as Black Ninja for a little while before losing it and continuing back onto this day. I hope Christian got over it.
The end of the year has a big profile of one Ultimo Guerrero. He was not around home much this year, busy elsewhere: this is the year where he took Mr. Aguila’s mask, after jumping from Promo Azteca in 1997 when he was slated to lose his mask. That turned out to be a great call. Guerrero credits Blue Panther for helping him jump to CMLL. Panther previously got him, Pantera del Ring/Ephesto and Ultimo Rebelde/Lucifierno into Promo Azteca and didn’t seem to leave Promo Azteca on the best terms, so he had some stakes in making sure a protege of his made the jump. Ultimo Guerrero had gone to Japan for the first time this year, as part of a CMLL Japan tour, and talks of possibly signing a two year deal with NJPW in 1999. Guerrero says that if that doesn’t work out, he might instead go to the WWF. This interview took place early on in the of the WWF Super Astros run, which included future partners Tarzan Boy & Rey Bucanero among others. It’s possible Ultimo Guerrero really did have a chance to go to WWF at one point, though I wonder if they would’ve asked him to unmasked like they did with Bucanero & Aguila.
This may be the last one of these for a while. I have some 2006 clean up to do, but probably not going to do a post about it. I was able to do half the work for the 1979 one, but the pre-1985 ones don’t have much to them and I might do something like post the 70s in two stacks. I should get back to the magazines I was looking thru for a while, but moving over the luchadb is the next free time priority.