The most interesting thing in this set of issues is the La Verdad de Lucha Libre section. I’ve added the lineups & results to the database a while back, but here are some other notes on the magazines.
Lucha Libre 131 – cover date 04/24/1966
- In the Friday night main event, Santo, Rayo de Jalisco, and Mil Mascaras beat Benny Galant, Ray Mendoza, and Henry Pilusso in the main event, though Galant pulled off Mendoza’s mask. A Lagarde/Jerry London singles match was said to be the best on the show, though it also ended in DQ after two falls.
- Memo Rubio lost in the second match and that’s it for him. The magazine says he quit over pay and treatment. On the last pages, there’s a much bigger list of people who are have been shown then door by EMLL: Chico Veloz, Jorge Allende, Memo Rubio, Jean Safont, Red Man, El Capitan, Black Shadow and Raul Guerrero. This bit is more on the promotion’s side, saying the wrestlers are now getting the freedom to work for whatever promoter they want and wondering which new names will come in. Cesar Valentino is also gone, headed to Spain.
- The same Piquetes A Los Ojos column says Raul Rojas is the uncrowned lightweight champ and Rolando Costa is “mediocre”.
- A Gori Guerrero bio, which continues the pattern of talking about how awesome Gory Guerrero is.. Did you know he had a brother named Pablo? Guerrero debuted in Mexico City in 1941, originally as a tencico, against Loco Hernandez. He didn’t have much success until he became a rudo. In a 12 months period starting in 1945, Gori won the national welterweight title (over Jack O’Brien), the national middleweight title (over Bobby Bonales) and the world middleweight title (over Tarzan Lopez.)
- “Why are almost all the good wrestlers imported?” 10 foreigner wrestler are hyped.
- New stars outside of Mexico City: Mario Ramirez
- a Gori Casanova bio
- photos of El Maldito, who also works as a taxi driver.
- Sugi Sito is rated 84 out of 100.
Lucha Libre 132 – cover date 05/01/1966
- Mil Mascaras defeated Benny Galant in a mask versus hair match. This seems to come out of nowhere to me, though they did interact on the last show. On the same show, Lagarde & Guajarado lose their tag team titles – said to be the Arena Mexico tag titles here – to Santo & Rayo. Galant seemed headed to a hair match to Guajarado or Lagarde previously. He’s now headed to Spain for a short tour with El Nazi. Antonio Montoro is later also mentioned as headed to Spain. This is the final Arena Mexico show of the run, which has also not really been hinted at prior.
- Ray Mendoza is off to the Pacific Coast for a few weeks.
- Many of the people let go by EMLL last week are getting work in small arenas. Chico Veloz apparently told another wrestler that he may get a lawyer involved, feeling it was unfair for him to be let go after 13 years.
- a long bio on Relampago Cubano, which seems odd for a guy who hasn’t been around much. Maybe it was sitting in a drawer for a slow week
- there are only 32 people licensed for wrestling in Guanajuato
- Rodolfo Ruiz wants to be declared #1 contender to the lightweight title. If the magazine can will the lightweight title onto him, they will.
- a notes column includes Black Gordman heading home to Guadalajara for his brother’s funeral and Espanto I selling his 1955 Ford Victoria back to back. Espanto I was looking for 16,500 pesos for the car.
- a photo article on Jerry London, doing tourist stuff.
- Aces of the province: Paulino Mar of Guanajuato
- Mil Mascaras unmasked being advertised for next issue. I’m suspicious this may be a trick like the Santo bit.
- El Vikingo has returned.
- When will we have a unique commission?” The magazine writers why it’d be much better if there was a stand along wrestling commission (not combined with boxing) that had control of wrestling all over the country instead of many different local groups.
- Tony Sugar profile
- Halcon Negro is rated 67 of 100.
- A rumor of Espanto I having died is false.
Lucha Libre 133 – cover date 05/08/1966
- Benny Galant isn’t gone yet after all. He teamed with Vick Amezcua to lose to Rayo de Jalisco and David Curiel in the final of a card set by battle royal on Friday night.
- a column mentions all those people who got cut may be brought back in three weeks.
- the unmasked Mil Mascaras feature actually shows Mil Mascaras unmasked. Kinda. There are two photos from a photo shoot where he was hiding his face, not dissimilar from so many lucahdor seflies this year. There also is a skewed looking photo that half of Mil’s face pretty clearly, said to be taken after Benny Galant unmasked him a couple of weeks ago. Why they would show an unmasked photo of their golden boy of the last 100 show issues is not clear.
- A Rolando Vera bio
- Regional star Memo Vargas (Morelos)
- David Curiel, Idolo del Futuro
- The “we need a universal commission” bit gets another article.
- Goliath, “the prototypical rudo”, has arrived
- Tony Stone rates 77 of 100.
- the top 10 rankings for the month mention El Rebelde & David Curiel are the current Arena Coliseo Tag Team champions. The Curiel article earlier implies it happened recently on a Tuesday show, but it hasn’t been mentioned in any results.
Lucha Libre 134 – cover date 05/15/1966
- Benny Galant still hasn’t left. He’s teaming with El Nazi to lose to Rayo de Jalisco & David Curiel (who’s getting a push as a new young star) on Friday night. There’s a lot of names who weren’t appearing here until recently. It’s unclear if it’s because they’re running Coliseo instead of Mexico or if there is a real shake up because of those cuts.
- Anibal can’t get a license to wrestle in Mexico City, which the magazine can’t understand given low-quality people they’ve allowed to wrestle. This situation is probably fueling the “we need one commission” articles; they’d like current head of the commission Rafael Barradas to not be part of it.
- A note in a two different column suggests other wrestlers are annoyed with Mil Mascaras. It sounds like he’s already gotten a bit of an ego!
- Blue Demon has returned to the ring in Morelia, and he’s coming for Karloff Lagarde’s title. Demon was previously mentioned as suffering a head injury in Oaxaca. This update says he was “under medical attention” for a month. There’s a bunch of photos, but they all appear to be old ones before the accident. The injury was said to happen on 05/15/1965, so he’s was out nearly a year. (It doesn’t seem he’s wrestling all that much even after this point.)
- a Dory Dixon bio
- Javier Meza & El Beduino are tag champions of Mexico City. I guess there are different tag titles than the Arena Coliseo & Arena Mexico ones.
- an article asking about who will be the next stars of lucha libre somehow swerves into complaining about the commission for a third straight week. Anyway, there’s a big photo of Anibal, which is eventually a very right call.
- Manuel Robles profile
- Jerry London is rated 98 of 100. Everyone’s been very high on him since he came in and this highly scientific formula agrees.
- Salvador Vazquez, the TV broadcaster in Guadalajara, is called incompetent for his “inept” lucha libre commentary. Lucha libre is still on TV in Guadalajara even though it is blocked in Mexico City at this point.
- the final page of the article reveals Raul Rojas has won the lightweight title from Rolando Costa, who still gets trashed as “mediocre” one more time.
Lucha Libre 135 – cover date 05/22/1966
- The magazine gets a redesign, the first since it was launched. Out are the photo comics and the prose story usually accompanied by an illustration of a scantily clad woman. They’re bringing in more photo galleries, lots of wrestlers posing with a real-life scantily clad woman. (The wrestlers get smaller and smaller photos and the women get larger photos as time goes on.) I’d guess this is in part a response to the poll about features people liked/disliked a while back, but there’s also more color photos for autographs that seem competition based. For my purposes, this means the Friday night recap is moved from the first pages of the magazine to the near the end.
- Likewise, there’s the start of a serial feature about deciding the best luchadora in Mexico that seems to be mostly about posting photos of luchadoras. This doesn’t stick around for long.
- A wrestling tournament is announced for non-professional wrestlers. Readers are invited to participate. This becomes a running feature for months leading to the first event.
- A Tony Stone bio.
- Vick Amezcua and Goliat are going back to Guadalajara
- Karloff Lagarde says he’s like to add the NWA Middleweight Championship to his collection but he doesn’t want to go against his great friend and current champion Rene Guajarado. That’s not going to be a problem soon, though Lagarde doesn’t get to challenge – maybe it was a setup to for a direction not taking
- Goliat is rated 90 of 100.
- Huracan Ramirez is rumored to have left Lutteroth promotions. Jorge Allende is demanding severance from EMLL in a court case that’s gone 9 days so far
- Gori Guerrero is advertised as wrestling in Guadalajara next week, and possibly may be on his way back to Mexico City. (He does not return to Mexico City.)
- Mil Mascaras wants challengers for his light heavyweight title. Between Guerrero not defending his title and Mil not getting title defenses, the light heavyweight division is not going so well.
- Province star: Misterio Negro II
Lucha Libre 136 – cover date 05/29/1966
- the Friday main event has Rayo de Jalisco & Daniel Curiel remaining undefeated as a team, defeating Lagarde & Amezcua
- the cover gets a rework one week behind the rest of the magazine, with graphics added to the usual photo.
- a long bio of Spain’s Halcon Negro, who the magazine later insists is not that good.
- Conde Negro is rated 76 out of 100.
- Jarochito Rivera is mentioned as winning the Mexican women’s championship by DQ over Chabela Romero in Puebla. No date is given. She’s headed to a tour of Bajio (Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Queretaro).
- Black Killer took Humberto Garza’s hair in Guadalajara
- An update on various wrestlers status: Pokarito Ramirez has returned to Mexico from a tour in Panama. Hercules Flores has ended his Mexico contract to head to Spain. Carnicero Butcher is headed to Peru. Ulises is returning to Guatemala to attend to his butcher shop.
- new feature: true crime stories from private investigator Adolfo Moreno – el Pirata, the tecnico hero of Naucalpan in his wrestling life. Are there so many evil police officers in IWRG because the Morenos have spent a lot of time dealing with police officers? This takes up a lot of pages going forward and I pretty much ignore them.
- The Verdad de Lucha Libre feature also starts this week. These summaries get shorter because the most interesting things are in those pieces.
- new star: Ray Cortez
Lucha Libre 137 – cover date 06/05/1966
- Jerry London wins the NWA Middleweight Championship title from Rene Guajardo on 05/22 in Monterrey. It’s been listed previously as 05/14 in Mexico City and it still switches again next issue.
- the Super Libre column is impressed by the team of Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco the previous Sunday. It appears to be the first team up of what would become a legendary team.
- The first Arena Mexico show of the summer is scheduled to be on 06/17.
- Alberto Munoz successfully defended the Mexico National Welterweight Championship title in Acapulco over Vick Amezcua
- Mexico State promoters have been told by the commission that they will no longer be able to book luchadoras. This can’t be the case forever, but it is the first I’ve heard of it outside of Mexico City.
- the Piquetes a Los Ojos column says Muerte I has died – as a champion, because he no-showed a title defense on Thursday. They’re stripping him of the belt. A little dramatic but he is named Muerte. This isn’t the first time he’s no-showed and the column buries him for his lack of professionalism.
- Braulio Veloz is rated 72. 10 for action but 6s in personality and popularity. He’s later reported as coming into EMLL. Jorge Allende will also be back, so he must’ve won his battle.
- new star: El Cadaver.
Lucha Libre 138 – cover date 06/12/1966
- Alberto Munoz unmasked Conde Negro on the Friday night show. It is Jalisco Gonzalez, said to be one of the better technical wrestlers from Guadalajara.
- Mil Mascaras accepts a challenge for Espanto I for the Mexico Light Heavyweight championship. Espanto I had lost the title to El Santo, who vacated it, and Mil won it.
- El Cuervo beat Mexican Lightweight champion Raul Rojas, putting him in line for a title shot. They note he didn’t get one automatically, though there’s elsewhere a mention of a #1 contenders match coming up in that city. Muerte II also wants a chance in Arena Xochimilco.
- Pepe Villa passed away on 05/28
- An interview with Enfermero is headlined by a declaration that he will retire if he’s unmasked.
- Gori Casanova is rated 84, with a 10 in aggressiveness and a 7 in tecnica
- New Star: El Conde
Lucha Libre 139 – cover date 06/19/1966
- Rene Guajardo, Karloff Lagarde, Vick Amezcua beat Mil Mascaras, Jerry London, Black Shadow on Friday night. Rayo de Jalisco ends up bloody but victorious over Espanto I.
- A profile of Alberto Munoz & long one on Raul Rojas, the new lightweight champion
- El Greco is rated 79. Some 9s in accion and physical condition, and 7s in recursos, personality and taquilla. They have him as a talented wrestler who isn’t over, basically. If only he came up with a character…
Lucha Libre 140 – cover date 06/26/1966
- Main event of Arena Mexico went to a draw! El Santo & Jerry London versus Rene Guadjarado & Karloff Lagarde ended with London & Lagarde eliminated and Santo & Guajarado unable to make it back in after a Santo tope. Guajardo is focused on winning the title back from London.
- Pantera Blanca is rated 72, “un regular del ring”
- local star, el Meicano (from Morelos)