1960s Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1960s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database earlier this month. This covers every year from 1960 to 1969. They’re integrated in 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.

Events per year:

year events
1960 9
1961 11
1962 3
1963 11
1964 11
1965 41
1966 40
1967 81
1968 43
1969 8

Again, that’s an inflated number, including events found from other sources (including the old magazines that I should’ve gotten back to by now but no.) There’s actually 133 posters in this batch, down from 274 in the last group. That’s why this one is a turnaround.

The events included are mostly ones at Plaza de Toros Torreon. Posters/reports from the period confirm there were other buildings holding events, but they’re not advertising in the paper. It’s also for certain not all the events at the Plaza de Toros, though the bullfights themselves seem to happen more often in this time period. There are fairly regular event listings from 1966 to 1968 and rare information otherwise.

That poster is maybe the most useful stuff I found.  It’s the September 25, 1966 lineup and appears to be a title change that’s usually been reported as being in November. It’s a small correction, but we can give Polo Torres an extra 40ish days for his title reign.

There are very few articles mentioning lucha libre in this decade in the paper. It’s almost never about the lucha libre itself; it only makes the paper when something goes badly and fulfilling the expected stereotypes. In 1962, two arenas are closed for not being properly licensedA car gets robbed outside of an arena. There’s was a protest about card changes in 1965. Gonzalo Gomez gets in trouble for his foreigners not having work permits in 1966. Los Espinos get into a fight with fansNeighbors complain about the noise from the late-running lucha libre show in 1966. And again, and a few other times, saying the same thing. There’s also the basketball players complaining about luchadors messing up the floor at the Auditorio article, something that gets repeated just about every year until they build a new Auditorio and don’t let anyone but AAA TV run in that building.

There are a few serious crimes that get mentioned. The most serious are the murders of Espanto I & Misterio Negro II in Monterrey, a shocking enough story that it makes Espanto’s hometown paper. Both are shot in a bar by the owner. The police note it happened so suddenly that they didn’t have time to defend themselves.

Karloff Lagarde misses shows with a spine injury in 1961, though there’s no lineup ever mentioned. Lucha libre from Guadalajara airs on TV at times during this decade. Santo wrestles a few shows during this time but also shows up on a variety show at the end of the decade.

At this point, I only have to do the 1950s (where there seems to be more), and probably not a lot in the 1930s & 1940s to be done with this part forever.

LA Parks defeat Munozs in IWRG, Kraneo/Rush in Puebla, Aro Lucha

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/17/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Avisman b Atomic Star
2) Black Dragón & Zatura b Demonio Infernal & Hijo Del Mosco X-Fly
3) El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno, Golpeador b Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Olímpico, Mano Negra Jr.
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Guardia, Oficial, Xibalba and Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mega, Omega
Hijo de Canis Lupus filled in for Super Mega.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Maniacop b Internacional Pantera, Star Boy, Veneno
6) El Fantasma, Mano Negra, Olímpico DQ Coco Rojo, Enterrador 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Mano Negra, Olímpico y el Fantasma vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr, Coco Rojo y el Enterrador 2000 (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Mascara 2000 Jr. replaced Scorpio Jr. and fouled Mano Negra. Mano Negra was honored on this show.
7) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Dragón Lee & Rush L.A.  PARK  SU HIJO RUSH Y DRAGÓN LEE FESTEJARON EL DIA DEL PADRE DÁNDOSE EN LA MADRE LITERALMENTE (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) Rush y Dragón Lee vs L.A Park e Hijo de L.A Park en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
A street fight of a match, with mask ripping and blood. Munoz got visual pins with the referee out, then got cradled for the win while arguing with the referee.

Main event was said to be pretty good. Regular guys lost to the guys back in for one night a lot, but it’s IWRG.

Do you remember last year, when Fantasma had a scary heart issue and nearly died and was said to be retired from wrestling forever? This isn’t the first match he’s had this year. It’s weird if not entirely unexpected that he’s wrestling.

Aro Lucha (SUN) 06/17/2018 Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville, Tennessee [PWInsider]
1) Trey Miguel b Nate WingsMyron Reed
2) Austin Theory b Séptimo Dragón
3) Arez b Gringo LocoLow Rider
4) Demus & Kylie Rae b Máscarita Divina & Thunder Rosa Facebook video (posted by )
5) Jack Edwards b ACHDarby AllinPuma King
(Jack Edwards is Jack Evans.)
6) Fénix, Rey Mysterio Jr., Sammy Guevara b Black Taurus, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack

Turnout seemed pretty well for this show. They did a lot of local promotion, including a fan fest earlier in the day with Mexico’s World Cup game playing. Top 3 matches were all noted to be good in that recap. It’s possible they may turn up thru Aro Lucha’s social media, but this seemed presented simply as a house show. No next date was announced.

Draztick Boy was advertised and miss the show, but everyone else was there. PW Insider says Aro Lucha ran the show to sell the concept to potential sponsors. Those probably included Modelo, who’s logo was plastered around the building. Modelo is also sponsoring this season of Lucha Underground.

Rush moves from LA Park back to his previous feud against Kraneo tonight in Arena Puebla. Kraneo pulled the upset in the blowoff to this issue back in April. It probably should go Rush’s this way now since he’s facing LA Park next, though the result of an Arena Puebla show probably won’t make much of a difference.

The main event has Flyer, Soberano and Volador against Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Titan, which should set up Titan/Soberano for the national welterweight championship next week. Mascara 2000, Universo 2000 and Okumura take on Esfinge, Fuego and Stigma in an odd mix of the fourth match. Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit take on Amapola & La Seductora. Acero, Astro, Asturiano and Stigma face Joker, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pierrothito, and Sauron in a minis/locals atomicos. That might set up a quick apuesta match. Black Tiger & Meyer take on Guerrero Espacial and another wrestler in the opener.

The show will start at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

CMLL says their next big show is the 07/13 Atlantis tribute show. They ended the Sunday show by reminding the viewers that similar shows to honor Negro Casas & Blue Panther are coming this year. (They mentioned a Mascara 2000 one previously, might have slipped their mind.) I think they’re also running the Gran Prix at some point this summer as well.

After retaining the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship earlier tonight, Hiromu Takahashi suggested Dragon Lee as his next challenger. We know Dragon Lee will be in the area of NJPW’s Cow Palace show on 07/07 (he’s booked in the King of Indies the night before.) So is Titan, which normally would mean it’s more likely a Dragon Lee/Titan vs Hiromu/BUSHI tag match. However, what I didn’t remember is BUSHI is already scheduled in a match. So are the rest of Los Ingobernables. That sort of leaves it as having to be Dragon Lee/Hiromu.

San Diego is declaring tomorrow (6/19) Rey Mysterio Jr. day.

AXS announced they’ll start broadcasting WOW (Women of Wrestling) events in September 2019. This is (barely) relevant because MGM owns part of WOW, and also owns part of Lucha Underground. Perhaps owning two TV wrestling shows will allow them to pool resources if you’re optimistic, perhaps they’ll decide to only own one wrestling promotion if you’re pessimistic. September 2019 is a long way away either way.


CMLL (SAT) 06/23/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Cholo, Grako, Inquisidor
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

No sign of Hechicero & Mascara 2000 so maybe we’ll have to wait for the next Pura Raza show for that match. Semimain might be setting up a trios title match and probably will be pretty good.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-06-12 

Guerreros making Angel de Oro’s life miserable

Recapped: 06/14/2018


Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(12:01 [4:45, 3:40, 3:36], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Robin
(16:06 [6:10, 3:51, 6:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus beat Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma  
(12:04 [5:40, 3:50, 2:34], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone went to a draw with Audaz in a lightning match
(10:00, time limit draw, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Shocker, Templario beat Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
(14:04 [4:09, 2:59, 6:56], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Rush  
(9:26 [3:06, 6:20], 1/2, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Raziel makes Tirantes miserable

Rey Bucanero jumped Atlantis. Rush decided to watch from the outside as his partners got beat up. The rudos eventually dragged him in for him to get beat. Rush participated in the second fall like a normal técnico for the most part. When Bucanero reversed a ‘rana on Atlantis, Rush reached in the ring to help hold Atlantis down. That seemed more like Rush screwing around than a designed part of the finish. Bucanero challenged Atlantis to a title match next week. Atlantis wanted a mask vs hair match. Bucanero said no.

Misterioso took Oro’s mask after his match. He pointed at (guest commentator) Tiger too, who’s had a problem with Misterioso stealing his mask in the past.

Signo is a sub in the second match for Arkangel de la Muerte, who was later explained to have missed this match due to feeling ill. Arkangel passed away later this night from a heart attack.

Raziel and Tirantes have a reoccurring argument thru the first half of the match. I’m not even sure when it starts, maybe even as early as Tirantes saying something during an opening Raziel handshake spot with Tirantes. Whatever it is, Raziel keeps finding ways to walk over to Tirantes and have an angry word with him. This is highlighted by Raziel going for six straight pinfalls of Robin specifically to make Tirantes have to get up and down repeatedly.


the landing could’ve been better but the setup is great

Los Guerreros are really enjoying finding ways to make Angel de Oro’s life miserable. Otherwise, the main event had about as use to me as it did Rush. He was laughing while half heatedly brawling with Gran Guerrero after something went wrong, and he seemed to be fooling around on the finish. Atlantis and Bucanero were involved with the finish despite not doing all that much. I am going to force myself to watch the title match without much hope.

Shocker doing middle rope elbow drops while Templario meanders around the ramp is not an ideal use of talent. Shocker was in for a lot of this match, while Templario did little of what makes him interesting out of his finish. Everyone else kept it relatively simple. The Panther/Hechicero mat exchange to start was fun, and there wasn’t much more on that level. Templario/Cometa would be fun if they ever did the lightning match.

The lightning match was the expected combination of fun moves between Drone & Audaz, and it was enough to outweigh not having an ending. That match itself could’ve used a better structure – Drone superkicking Audaz off the apron to set up his dive twice was silly – but Audaz does a lot of tricky stuff. The novelty of getting to see him in this environment, and see that he has plenty more he can do than he even could show in ten minutes, was a good sign. I think Drone could’ve done more than he did here too, and it felt like a pace to kill ten minutes rather than either guy trying to win. And yet this was still the match I liked the most from this show.