Lucha Libre 110-120 magazine

El Santo, 1965

There are no more Mexico newspaper archives left to go thru, at least that I know of. (Let me know if I’m missing one.) I’ve returned to going thru an archive of lucha libre magazines I received many years ago. These are harder for me. The newspapers were mostly just transcribing lineups, with occasional prose. The magazines, at least the ones I’m going thru right now, are all prose. My poor Spanish skills mean the more words, the most likely I’m making a mistake. What I’ve got for these is the best I can do, but I’m sure they’re not perfect.

I’m trying to keep this manageable for me. Doing ten issues at a time works a lot better than doing a full year of issues. When I hit a year mark, I’ll try to still do the export of EMLL Arena Mexico/Arena Coliseo results for anyone who might be interested. Here’s the 1965 export.  These magazines have much more: results from other cities and usually a couple results from the 30s/40s/50s. I can extract them if anyone cares, but I’m not sure anyone does care about more than EMLL Mexico City stuff at this point.

To make this slightly useful, I’ve got some notes from each issue.

Lucha Libre 111

  • The 11/26 EMLL show is said not to be good on top, with the young kids looking better. A common complaint here and in future issues is for new people on top.
  • Feuds at the include Huracan Ramirez vs Scorpio, though not the famous Scorpio later.
  • Ray Mendoza is debut back to return from injury soon
  • Sugi Sito is leading a campaign to vote out union leadership. Voting is coming soon.

Lucha Libre 112

  • There’s a big show on 12/03. Huracan Ramirez takes Escorpion (I)’s mask. This is said to be Huracan’s 16th mask win. Later in the magazine, there’s an article introducing the new look of Escorpion, who is now Carnicero Galindo
  • On the same show, Karloff Lagarde takes Cavernario Galindo’s hair. There are some questions about Eddie Palau’s count being slow for Galindo. This was the match of the night.
  • The show itself had a big turnout – “gran lleno” – the first of this run of winter Arena Mexico shows.
  • El Gladiador (shot four times on 12/02) has recently passed away
  • Also, Salvador Lutteroth’s wife (Armida) pass away (11/26?) This is covered for a couple of issues, but there’s no cause of death match.
  • Dr. Wagner (Sr.) & Enfermero profile
  • Ciclon Veloz Jr. introduced
  • A recap of Tuesday shows include El Greco being up to 13 wins in a row
  • Panchito Villalobos is interviewed.

Lucha Libre 113

  • The 12/10 Arena Mexico show is covered.
  • A larger article is written about “tragic destiny” of El Gladiador, following up on his death. It focuses more on pre-wrestling bodybuilding career.
  • El Greco up to 14 wins in a row!
  • Angel de Morelos I introduced. He’s a regular in Naucalpan.
  • Polo Curiel profile, playing up his Gallo Giro nickname with a rooster. He recently won Black Killer’s hair in Guadalajara.
  • Shorter sections on El Atomico (in Peru) and the lack of heavyweight stars. The division hasn’t recovered from the Medcio Asesino.

Lucha Libre 114

  • 12/17 Arena Mexico recap features a lot of complaints about the referee involvement. Rayo/Shadow vs Wagner/Galant semi-main is said to be better than the Santo/Mil vs Guajarado/Pilusso (sub for Lagarde) main.
  • El Nazi complains people don’t dress well enough.
  • Alberto Munoz article, working out for his first Mexican Lightweight title defense, on 12/26 in Acapulco against Chanoc. The title has a higher profile with Munoz as champion that it did previously
  • A reoccurring series on local champions profile Canaima, Mexico State Welterweight champion. He lost his mask to Cobra I
  • Javier Meza profile
  • Benny Galant wants revenge on Lagarde & Guajardo, saying he’s the real rudo of the bunch. Guajarado had taken his hair recently.
  • Gory Guerrero will not be wrestling in Mexico City, despite reports. Magazine blames the commission, EMLL, and the union, because there are plenty of challenges for the light heavyweight title. The Gory Guerrero situation seems half reality and half story. They’re playing up like Gory Guerrero won’t defend the NWA Light Heavyweight Champion because he doesn’t think anyone in Mexico is a worthy challenger, while the real issue seems to be he doesn’t the promoters and union is worthy.
  • A reoccuring wrestler rating column, rating on 10 different columns (1-10) give Henry Pilusso a 89.

Lucha Libre 115

  • A special Saturday Christmas Day show has Benny Galant keeping the NWA MIDDLE title over Rene Guajardo and El Santo doing the same with the MEX LH title over Espanto I in a good match. Not a good turnout. The recap uses the win to hype Santo as a worthy challenger for Gori Guerrero
  • one of the writers (Hector Valero) got attacked by an EMLL referee (Jose Jaramillo/”Pepe el Inquieto”) at a show because the 12/17 recap was too critical. EMLL and the commission took the referee side
  • The cover teases El Santo unmasked. There’s a photo gallery of El Santo getting his mask removed during a match by El Nazi, teasing a reveal on the next page – which turns out to be a Dia de Inocentes match.
  • Photos of “lovers of space” Rayo de Jalisco & Black Shadow. They mean flying.
  • Upcoming star: Cesar Silva
  • Local champion: El Monstruo, Mexico City middleweight championship
  • “Are the best wrestlers Americans?”, a long article wonders. This is mostly an excuse to introduce a bunch of American wrestlers, and the comparison is more towards European wrestler than Mexican ones. US wrestling is often including in the results and various pictures.

Lucha Libre 116

  • The big review is of the Tuesday show review, which is usually only mentioned in the results roundup. There’s no Friday review, probably due to holidays.
  • A profile on Lotario and his US exploits.
  • A Gori Guerrero interview. He’s still feuding more with the union & EMLL, blaming their offers for not returning to Mexico City. He insists he’d be happy to defend NWA LH against Ray Mendoza but not on their terms. Later in the issue, Ray Mendoza is said to be furious he can’t get a shot.
  • Local champion: Dr. Wagner, current Occidente Light Heavyweight champion
  • upcoming star: El Anibal
  • Rene Guajarado rates 100 out of 100!

Lucha Libre 117

  • The Friday review talks about a bloody Rayo/Alberto vs Nazi/Karloff match.
  • A profile of Dory Dixon
  • A profile of Cavernario Galindo
  • Columns are still down on EMLL booking, noting that 12/26 Saturday year-end show with two title matches had a gate of less than 70,000 pesos, which is disappointing.
  • Lots of look back at what happened in 1965, including the not great parts. An article near the end looks back at all the titles changes in the year, the foreigners who came, and the people who passed away.

Lucha Libre Magazine 1965 awards

Luchador: Rene Guajardo
Revelation: Mil Mascaras
Novato: Alberto Munoz
Team: Rene Guajardo & Karloff Lagarde
Trio: Santo, Rayo, Shadow
Best match: Alberto Munoz vs Rodolfo Ruiz
Blodiest: Espanto I vs Dorrel Dixon
Most violent: Rene Guajardo vs Ray Mendoza
Most spectacular ticket seller: Mil Mascaras
Outstanding prelim: El Greco
Worst Luck: Dragon Verde I & II
Best Distinction: El Santo

  • Rayo de Jalisco is rated 100 out of 100
  • Adolfo Bonales wins the election to be General Secretary of the Union. He had lost his last three tires.

Lucha Libre 118

  • Karloff Lagarde, El Nazi beat Rayo de Jalisco, Alberto Munoz in a bloody Friday night Coliseo show
  • Former luchador Tosh Togo is acting in the new James Bond movie. (This is Oddjob)
  • New star: Relampago Guiterrez, wrestling in Arena Coliseo
  • Karloff Lagarde training photos, hyping him for a big 1966.
  • Blue Demon photos; he’s been out six months after suffering what sounds like a fractured skull while wrestling in Oaxaca. These photos may not be as recent.
  • Benny Romero profile.
  • El Nazi is rated 87 out of 100.

Lucha Libre 119

  • Caveranrio Galindo, Ray Mendoza beat El Nazi, Karloff Lagarde in a rudo/rudo main event
  • Black Shadow profile
  • La Reblede profile.
  • New star: El Conador
  • Bulldog (Carlos Perez Hernandez) gets a big photo
  • A story about a New York show that needed 8 referees to control all the wrestlers.
  • Halcon Dorado rates a 78 out of 100
  • Arena KO (Naucalpan forerunner, run by future IWRG owner Adolfo Moreno) celebrates it’s one year anniversary on 01/27.

Lucha Libre 200

  • Benny Galant, el Nazi beat Ray Mendoza, Cavernario Galindo in the last Friday night in Arena Coliseo for now. Galant used a foul to win, but also Karloff Lagarde’s submission hold. It got Galant a win Karloff could not get the week prior.
  • Luchador Mishima Ota is retiring from wrestling to become a referee. He can’t get licensed as a luchador; he had an aneurysm, and it’d be too dangerous for him to wrestle with getting an expensive and delicate surgery.
  • Dark Bufalo is returning after not being seen in Arena Mexico since 1954.
  • Former luchador Jack O`Brien is mentioned as being one of the first Mexican TV cameraman. (Just as a random trivia bit, not treated as if just happened.
  • Halcon Negro is returning to Mexico rings after about ten years. The article says he was unmasked by Santo and then traveled the world (including Greece, Gemrany, UK, Canada, Spain – where he’s originaly from)
  • Karloff Lagarde defends his NWA WELTER title against Black Shadow in Acapulco
  • New Star: El Beduino
  • New Star: El Muerto. He’s been unmasked since his last appearance in the magazine and has a big mop of light hair.
  • another article about New York wrestling. Bruno Sammaratino has a challenge out to Cassius Clay.
  • Felipe Ham Lee is rated a 90 out of 100
  • An article demands a seperate commission for lucha libre, not one also managed by boxers. They’re not happy about many things I odn’t quite understand, and particuarlly wrestler la Silueta having his debut postponed by Chico Casasola

Dia de Muertos iPPV, Aro Lucha to Pop TV?, Ninja Turtle unmasks elite police officer

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 11/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
Castillo del Terror, 2018
1) Lunatik Xtreme b MexicaAlas de AceroShadow BoyPower Bull El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV)
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Demonio Infernal, Ovett, Soy Raymunda [lumberjack] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
Demonio Infernal was a surprise for some reason.
3) Pasion Kristal b Fantasma de la Ópera [hair] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
Fantasma cheated a lot, still lost.
4) Cuervo (Puerto Rico) b Último GladiadorHijo De Dos Caras [hardcore] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
5) Spector L Hijo de Canis LupusShil-KahDiosa AteneaLeoMikeAramisHijo del AlebrijeDragón BaneRelámpagoLudark ShaitanZumbi [Castillo del Terror, cage, mask] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
match came down to Mike vs Spector, with Leo & Rayan climbing in to join in. Spector was slowest escaping, and lost his mask. (Mike gets the win.) Spector is Jose Manuel Mejia, but tried to keep his face obscured, with the idea you’d have to buy a ticket to see it revealed on the next show. He’s also the former Arlequin/Arlequin Amarillo, who lost his this same match a decade ago to the day.

I only watched the cage match. It was definitely an IWRG cage match. The post match was bizarre, with Spector trying to hide his face by putting a hand in front of it, and not doing a very good job of it. It did come off more like he was doing it on his own more than a weird angle IWRG was doing, but who knows. Most of the crowd seemed like it filled out before he even unmasked for the first time, which says to me they weren’t that caring about who

Today is the first CMLL Dia de Muertos at Arena Mexico show of the year. These are themed shows using the imagery of the Dia de Muertos holiday. Luchadors, referees and ring announcers are painted up as created of the dark, CMLL edecan Gabu Bau introduces the show as Catrina, and various CMLL luchadors act as masked gods during the show. The losers of the matches, usually on the last half of the card, are taken to hell by the guardians of the underworld (usually other CMLL wrestlers in costume.) It’s a different show and sometimes a very weird show, though it usually doesn’t affect the action in the ring.

This show is also an iPPV. Internetv sent out an email announcing they’d be carrying the show for the usual 100MXP/$10USD price. CMLL did not announce it themselves until late Thursday night, less than 24 hours after the show starts. With the Gran Prix & the Anniversary show, this is the third iPPV running in about 7 weeks. (This one does not appear to be airing on ROH’s Honor Club service.) These shows have been aired freed the previous year.

In theory, these shows are on iPPV to make sure Mexico City people don’t feel like they can just stay home and watch the show for free, while still making the shows available to people outside the area. In reality, I don’t think most people are going to understand that this is an iPPV until the show starts and they can’t find a link in the usual places. They’re not going to go to this show to see it because they don’t know they have to. CMLL has consistently waited until days before to announce the last two iPPVs, but waiting until the day of is crazy.

Should you buy this show? Let’s do this like a bit on a middling sitcom and make a list of pros and cons.

why it’s worth buying

  • Templario/Sanson should be pretty good, and it’s a unique match
  • the main event should be pretty good, and it’s also a unique match
  • Micros!
  • The atmosphere of the show is usually fun.

why it’s not worth buying

  • its really annoying they CMLL waited until the last minute to announce this
  • the last two iPPVs have been ok but disappointing.
  • most of the Friday night shows of late have been ok at best.
  • the Grand Prix ended up on CMLL’s YouTube channel a week later, so maybe you’ll be able to see this legally later if you wait.
  • if you want to see the Dia de Muertos theme, you’ll be able to see it for free on Tuesday (and maybe Sunday)
  • if you’re in the US, this show is starting an hour later than usual, which is pretty late even for a Friday night.
  • if you’re in the US, they’re charging you about double the price for the show just to have a “10” number.

I’m buying it, but I am not the model for sensible spending on lucha libre. I think it’ll be alright but, if you’ve got other options, you should explore those other options.

That good main event is Diamante Azul, LA Park, and the returning Michael Elgin against Penta, Fenix and Ultimo Guerrero. Elgin is not listed on next week’s CMLL cards, so this appears to be just an unusual one night return. Phoenix & Penta got off to good starts in CMLL but haven’t been used in effective ways in their recent appearances. This is probably just a match to have a match, but it’d be helpful if something was coming out of it.

Sanson defends his once a year Rey del Inframundo championship in the semi-main against Templario. This is Templario’s new biggest match of the year, a spotlight singles match in his first full year on the CMLL roster. I think the dedicated CMLL fans know both guys are really good, and the challenge is if they can pull in the more casual fans coming for the Dia de Muertos hype. This match should be pretty good, but there’s a significant amount of pressure.

The fourth match has Hijo de LA Park, Mistico and Atlantis taking on Cavernario, Ephesto, and Mephisto. Audaz gets a Friday night appearance, teaming with Angel de Oro & Stuka against Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible. The micros get in on the Dia de Muertos show for the first time (at least in-ring), with Microman, Gallito and Atomo taking on Mije, Zacarias and Chamuel. Coyote & Grako, who’ve looked promising in few appearances, take on Super Astro & Oro Jr. to open the show. This should be a good show, but they haven’t been running good of late.

Mr. Iguana seemed to be teasing an appearance of himself and Fresero Jr. at this show.

One thing you should look for coming out of this show is if the Cl4n is back on next week’s show. They haven’t appeared on Friday night shows as a full time in five weeks. If they’re not back soon, it’s hard to believe the cage match is still on.

Grafico interviews Templario, who reveals he worked at his uncle’s funeral home when he was living in Tlaxcala. This is a device to tell a “scary” story as hype for Templario potentially becoming king of hell.

The most fascinating thing to happen yesterday was PopTV airing a commercial for Aro Lucha during Impact, teasing a debut sometime in 2019. Impact’s deal with PopTV is up at the end of the year, Impact’s ratings have been on a prolonged slide, and they recently got bumped to a later timeslot. All of that sounds like really bad news for Impact, potentially fatal news, though everyone who might be reporting on those things is more preoccupied with the problematic WWE show today.

The part we know for sure is Aro Lucha is apparently coming to Pop TV in 2019. The part we don’t know for sure is what exactly Aro Lucha is at the point. They haven’t run a show since June and haven’t done more than publically Tweet since their funding drive came to an end in August. There’s been reports of Aro Lucha meeting about TV deals, but no one connected them to Pop TV to this point, and no one’s really saying much it even today.  The promo used footage from their December 2017 taping, a moment in time where Konnan had been excommunicated from The Crash (mostly) for working on this show, but a significant chunk of the wrestlers were still working for The Crash and otherwise free to work anywhere. A lot has changed in eleven months. The Crash couldn’t really stop people from working for Aro Lucha if they wanted, but now a lot of those people are working for companies who could have some control – especially AAA, where a lot of the Mexican talent has ended up.  That includes the booker, Konnan, who has since returned to AAA while also working for MLW and has some influence in Impact. I have no idea what an Aro Lucha show is in 2019. It may not be like that December show, but I have no idea what it would be.

I’m not going to get to The MMM Show with Lucha Underground’s Eric Van Wagenen and Chris Roach today, but you should really go listen to it if you’re interested in the interworkings of that show and/or the guests expressing fear of this blog. I’ll have notes later on this weekend, but there’s some very interesting stuff.

In a recent video, Juventud Guerrera seemed to announce he was no longer with AAA. I don’t totally trust my own translation, but it appears him being pulled for Heroes Inmortales was because Guerrera is not currently with AAA. He was unhappy with how he was being used and wanted to be booked like a bigger star – he mentions wanting to be megachampion.

The Gladiatores has a video with Puma & Pentagon, who note Lucha Capital wasn’t the first time they fought: they first met 11 years ago on a Cuchillo promoted show when Penta was still Syrus.

Puma King & Barby are back with a new video, a lot from a recent show at PCW Ultra.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Lucha Report.

Argentina’s Pagina 12 has an interview with Casandro, around her new documentary.

An interview with Monterrey luchadora Tsunami, coming to Mexico City to challenge for a title this weekend.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 11/06/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Star Jr. vs Metálico & Nitro
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger
4) Cuatrero © vs Titán [CMLL MIDDLE]
3rd defense, first not against Angel de Oro.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Dark Magic, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Místico, Stuka Jr. vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

The last of the three Dia de Muertos match. I do not understand why the title match is fourth, but it should be pretty good.

CMLL Martes: 2018-10-30

Cuatrero punished for celebrating too soon

Recapped: 10/31/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:41 [5:33, 4:48, 3:20], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela beat La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
(14:54 [6:01, 3:16, 5:37], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura beat Stigma in a lightning match
(7:41, Okumura cutter, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Sagrado beat Drone, Pegasso, Tritón
(9:22 [3:32, 2:25, 3:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Negro Casas, Nitro beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa
(11:08 [3:49, 3:03, 4:16], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(9:55 [3:47, 6:08], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Titan beating Sansón in straight falls sets up a title match.

Thoughts:

didn’t seem fun

I thought the main event was a good build-up match for next week’s Cuatrero/Titan championship match. It still had enough going on this week to satisfy the fans who were there, and it had a couple of the strange touches that only otherwise seem to happen normally in Blue Panther matches. Double pins that don’t affect a finish are pretty rare outside of stuff he puts together, and Titan surprisingly turning around the first fall was an unusual twist. Titan beat Cuatrero in the first fall because the Dinamitas are (understandably) overconfident, and in the second fall just by outsmarting him, giving plenty of reason for him to win next week. The story didn’t allow for as much NGD offense as other matches but the técnicos carried that part of the match, and it felt like a full match despite only lasting two falls. It was a borderline good match.

My hot undercard take: hooray for Lluvia finally getting new gear after about a decade.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 2nd, 2018

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CMLL is not on Marca tomorrow. With a day’s notice, they’re running it as a $10/100 MXP iPPV. (If you can fool internetv into believing you’re buying the show from Mexico, you can get for about half the price.) I think it should be a good show, but the CMLL shows lately haven’t been that good. It’s also an hour later show than usual.

The final Lucha Underground episode – at least for now – is the usual two hour special. They only have 4 matches, which means either all those matches are getting plenty of time, or other crazy things are happening.

Lucha Capital will run against the final half hour of Ultima Lucha. No matches have been announced yet, but there should be four of them each show for the rest of the month.