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