Lucha Libre 151-160 magazine recaps

Lucha Libre 151

These issues summaries run from September 11th to November 13th, 1966. This is getting close to the end of 1966. I’ll try to do some sort of year in review once that is finished.

Lucha Libre 151 – 09/11/1966 (Friday of 09/02, released 09/06)

  • Last week, it seemed like a hair match was coming but it wasn’t clear which one. It turns out to be two: Jerry London defeats Karloff Lagarde in one, and Rene Guajardo beats Felipe Ham Lee in the other.
  • The EMLL Anniversary show is said to be set for 09/23. (It doesn’t happen until 09/30.)
  • Rene Guajardo also has recently defended his title against Felipe Ham Lee, but not said when or where
  • a feature: “luchadors: normal people outside the ring who are capable of marrying women”
  • Most of the wrestlers owe more than 6 months of back dues to UNL
  • “Braulio Mendoza is lying.” Acapulco wrestlers are upset with Mendoza, the head of the local version of the union but afraid of challenging him. There are issues with trying to kick Johnny Ceballos and La Cebra out of the union after they’ve been accused of crimes
  • Karis La Momia is now wrestling under his real name of Mario Gomez in Tulancingo
  • Rodolfo Ruiz is expected out for all of September with kidney issues. A later note says amends it to two months.
  • El Vasco broke his right forearm in a match with Tony Sugar and will be out a while.
  • Pepe Menedita it in “delicade” health
  • filmmakers really want Mil Mascaras
  • Rafael Barradas is preparing a book about the history of lucha libre
  • Chabela Romero has defended her women’s title against Betty Olguin in Arena San Juan Pantitlan
  • Pokarito Ramirez challenges Raul Rojas for a shot at the lightweight title”
  • Emilio Charles is now the programmer for a promotion running at Plaza de Toros Monterrey
  • A Goliat bio
  • Chino Chow is rated 84, with a 7 for personality among 8s and 9s.
  • magazine complains about too many people with Oro/Dorado in their name.
  • paper very upset with the result between Tigre Steiger & Mil Mascaras
  • an article complains about too many popular rudos and not many tecnicos.
  • a Dr. Wagner profile. He hasn’t been around much.
  • Cavernario Galindo art bio

Lucha Libre 152 – 09/18/1966 (Friday of 09/09, released 09/13)

  • Mil Mascaras, Black Shadow defeat El Santo, Rayo de Jalisco in the finals of a Friday tag tournament and a battle of idols. Match was said to be great.
  • Mil Mascaras will be out 7 weeks due to filming a movie.
  • Canadian Jerry London has fallen in love with Mexico. “He has changed hot dogs for enchiladas.”
  • Ciclon Veloz Jr. hopes to reach the same fame as his father.
  • The two hair match show last week drew 163,987 pesos, which is just short of the record (164,500) set by Santo versus Espanto I in a mask match.
  • Huracan Ramriez may have returned to Central America.
  • Black Gordman may have won national heavyweight title from Pantera Negra in Monterrey but they don’t have it confirmed. (Current records say Gordman won on the 6th in Ciudad Victoria).
  • Guadalajara announcer Salvador Vazquez is called “inepto”
  • a list of those who lost their hair in 1966 so far. Seems a weird article for September. Some have dates, some do not, most have already been mentioned.
  • Carlos Moreno & “Wolff” Rubinski get the art bio tribute.

Lucha Libre 153 – 09/25/1966 (Friday of 09/16, released 09/20)

  • Karloff Lagarde & Rene Guajardo beat Ray Mendoza & Jerry London, though that was only after a defeated Lagarde knocked out London from outside. The magazine is unhappy with the rudos’ behavior.
  • There’s a rumor of more EMLL wrestlers being cut.
  • Raul Reyes wants an apuesta rematch with Dr. Wagner
  • Oswaldo Johnson, the promoter of note from Guatemala, was in Mexico City working to recruit more wrestlers to come to his country.
  • Tito Montes, a Mexican raised in the US, has debuted in Acapulco.
  • Rene Guajarado profile billed as an undisputable champion
  • The notes column mentions the ropes in Arena Coliseo are bad and a danger to the wrestlers
  • Tigre Steiger needed a minor back operation after being hit with a bottle in Cuernavaca.
  • The magazine talks about all the big names who’ve wrestled for EMLL, celebrated it’s 33rd anniversary the next day.
  • An article about the history of the national middleweight title seems like it is more like the world middleweight title. I’m very confused.
  • Bulldog Reyes is rated 76.
  • Rene Guajardo & Jerry London get the art bio treatment.

Lucha Libre 154 – 10/02/1966 (Friday of 09/23, released 09/27)

  • El Santo, Jerry London, Ray Mendoza beat Rene Guajardo, Karloff Lagarde, Henry Pilusso in the Friday main event. This turned into heavy brawling and was not liked by the magazine.
  • Karloff Lagarde is going to be out for a while after getting his tonsils removed.
  • There’s a long article about how the people make the wrestlers stars, not the people. This feels like a reaction to something – maybe Box Y Lucha called Mil Mascaras an invention of Lucha Libre? Mascaras definitely comes up, with the magazine admitting Mil had a lot of hype coming in while arguing that also meant the crowd would’ve turned harder against him if he didn’t deliver on the hype.
  • The “batalla rusa de parejas” is debuting in Arena Coliseo; basically a tag team tournament with partners determined by elimination order. “No one liked the idea.”
  • Ray Silva & Leo Lopez are debuting in Arena Coliseo from Guanajuato
  • El Santo has recently defended his title against Buddy Montes in Plaza de Toros el Cortijo.
  • A notes column mentions El Santo is getting 750 dollars (specified as dollars instead of pesos) per match.
  • the main event luchadors from 09/16 show were fined 250 pesos for their actions. It’s not said exactly what the action is, just the magazine says it was a serious spectacle.
  • ex-wrestler Juan Garza is now the match-maker in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • The middleweight title history continues. The order of the champions match up but the dates remain different thru Tarzan Lopez’s first reign.
  • The Tijuana wrestlers union has dissolved due to bad direction. Wrestlers have joined the Mexicali group instead.
  • New Tabasco state champions are Vikingo II (lightweight), Rayo Vengador (welter), and Halcon Blanco (middle)
  • Tigre Steiger gets a profile after being around for a while. He’s in for 3-9 months and has a degree from the “University of Hamburgo” as an x-ray technician.
  • Caballero Tigre hype.
  • Jose Lotario is doing well in Puerto Rico.
  • a Black Shadow profile.
  • Lobo Negro & Carnicero Butcher get the art treatment.

Lucha Libre 155 – 10/09/1966 (Friday of 09/30, released 10/04)

  • in the 33rd Anniversary EMLL show, Rene Guajardo defeats Jerry London in a hair vs hair match. Lucha Libre believes London was the best wrestler in Mexico. They’re so upset about the outcome that they doesn’t even want to write about the match.
  • The promoter of Plaza de Toros el Coritjo are called out for making 15,000 on their 09/25 show and paying the referee only 41 pesos. A lot of drunk people too t the show.
  • Gori Guerrero is coming to wrestle in Mexico City. This time for sure! (He does not come.)
  • El Nazi went to a draw with Mil Mascaras and feels that shows he can beat Mascara in a title match
  • Rizado Ruiz talks about his career. Jesus Lomelin gave him the name.
  • Referee Roberto Rangel traveled to San Antonio to referee a Bruno Sammartino & Dorrel Dixon WWF title match.
  • Tona La Tapatia is now working behind the scenes on movies
  • Part 3 of the middleweight history, which again has all different dates than I’m used to.
  • Joe Marin gets the art tribute
  • The union will hold a benefit show on 10/14. These have had all title matches in the past, but no lineup turns up from this one.
  • Halcon Negro loves Mexico
  • Buddy Montes rated a 59, with a 5 in popularity and 6 in tencica. The magazine is still upset about him getting a title match against El Hijo del Santo
  • Tigre Steiger, scheduled for 3 months, is already on his way out due to poor performances.
  • Lalo Montengro unmasked Fantasma (from Pachuca) in Morelia, but no name was announced.

Lucha Libre 156 – 10/16/1966 (Friday of 10/07, released 10/11)

  • Rene Guajardo & Black Shadow win the first ever ruleta rusa tournament on a Friday night. This is not an apuesta match like we might think about that term today. It is the same eight-team tournament they’ve been doing, except the teams themselves are decided by battle royal. Shadow reverts to his rudo persona for the first time in a while in teaming with lead rudo Guajarado. It sticks, he remains a rudo going forward.
  • This is the 3rd Anniversary of the magazine.
  • There’s an article complaining about “campeonitis”, worthless championships. The tag team title situation gets brought up here. Santo & Rayo are the Arena Mexico (Friday) champions, Rebelde & Apolo Curiel are the Tuesday Arena Coliseo tag champs and Espanto I & Espanto III are the Sunday Arena Coliseo tag team champions. None of them come up much and there are no officially recognized national tag team championship. The magazine only wants two titles (National and World), getting rid of the local/state titles.
  • They also want champions to defend against real challengers, still aggravated by that Santo title defense against Buddy Montes.
  • Japan’s Akio Yoshihara is returning to Mexico for the first time in nearly a decade.
  • Cesar Valentino is back from wrestling in Spain. He didn’t like it, saying he got paid less in the US and the fans weren’t the equal of Mexico. Valentino says Argentina is a much better situation in all ways than Spain.
  • Rodolfo Ruiz is 2 weeks away from returning from injury.
  • the Mexican Middleweight title history continues here. I can actually make sense of it compared to what we have right now. The version here is Tarzan Lopez held the belt for 10 years from 1946 to 1956, instead of vacating it after winning the world title in 1948. There’s no new champion until 1956 so that could very well be correct.
  • Tigre Steiger’s contract is mentioned as being canceled by CMLL, so he’s officially done.
  • new luchador Zeus gets a profile
  • Karloff Lagarde has been discharged by surgeons after his tonsils surgery. Pacific Coast promoters want him against Santo when Santo returns from South America
  • Ray Mendoza sold a lot of tickets in Acapulco, with the magazine claiming he’s the best ticket seller of the moment
  • a title win (World Junior Middleweight) by Basil Batah in Venezuela on 10/02 is said to have drawn 13,000 people.
  • La Furia is rated a 82
  • A short article on Ray Silva.

Lucha Libre 157 – 10/23/1966 (Friday of 10/14, released 10/18)

  • Ruben Juarez, Rayo de Jalisco beat Karloff Lagarde, El Nazi in a boring Friday main event. This was Lagarde’s return from injury. Angel Blanco & Dr. Wagner won in the semi-main, their highest profile win as a tag team so far. Akio Yoshihara did make his return.
  • the 2-3 Fuera column wonders why there are no national tag team champions.
  • The Tuesday Arena Mexico titles held by Rebelde & Daniel Curiel have been vacated to give other youngsters a chance. A tournament is underway
  • Bodybuilders are coming into wrestling, but the magazine believes they will put the rest the old myth that bodybuilders don’t have enough flexibility to do well in wrestling. In a remarkable coincidence, this leads into a plug for a bodybuilding magazine from the same publishers.
  • a profile on Halcon Suriano. He was born into wealth (inherited from his grandfather on his father’s side), but the family lost all the money when he was young and it was a terrible adjustment. The second part of this interview seems to be missing, but the photos indicate there were hopes of him being a next El Santo only for him suffering a vertebrae injury against the Espantos.
  • Hector Guzman has re-opened Arena Lopez Mateos after improvements to the arena shut it down for 45 days.
  • local promoters are now all copying the ruleta ruso idea
  • Chico Casasola may be leaving his EMLL programming role to return this job as head of the wrestlers union.
  • Pepe Casas was a hair vs mask match with Caata Brava I
  • A Karloff Lagarde hype article
  • The despised Mil Caras, revealed months ago here to be Sordomundo Rodirugez and also someone bitting off Mil Mascaras’ fame, lost that mask to El Zombie in Arena Azteca Budokan.
  • A show at Arena Oblatos in Jalisco was threatened to be shut down because two of their wrestlers owe move to the Arena Coliseo Guadalara promoters. The column is confused at what one has to do with the other.
  • El Monstruo is rated 77
  • A micro-report on Rasputin
  • Juan Flores, the Mexico greco-roman champion at 78 kg, is headed to CMLL.
  • An interview on El Rebelde as he works on his car.

Lucha Libre 158 – 10/30/1966 (Friday of 10/21, released 10/25)

  • Rene Guajardo again defeated Jerry London for the NWA Middleweight championship. NWA President Sam Mushnick was in attendance and raised Guajarado’s arm after the defense.
  • a profile on Black Shadow, becoming a rudo again after 13 years.
  • Rayo de Jalisco continues to have fans and critics for his flying style.
  • Anibal now is in CMLL’s gym training for a debut.
  • Hype for Wagner & Blanco
  • Ray Mendoza & Mil Mascaras are working on movies.
  • As de Oros has been called to Mexico City to debut
  • The magazine is upset the Vetarron brothers are wrestling in outfits similar to Mil Mascaras.
  • someone claiming to be El Santo but obviously a fake wrestled in Puerto Rico
  • Prelimiary wrestlers who can be top stars in the future: Pato Soria, Solitario, Benny Romero, Tony Reina, el Greco, Cesar Valentino, Ciclon Veloz Jr., Chucho Villa, and Ray Silva
  • an interview with Vikingo

Lucha Libre 159 – 11/06/1966 (Friday of 10/28, released 11/01)

  • Black Shadow & Henry Pilusso won another ruleta ruso
  • Jerry London has terminated his contract with EMLL, which is what spurred them to call Dory Dixon back in.
  • Halcon Negro has also quit EMLL, unhappy about his spot. He’s out of wrestling and working in other businesses. Lucha Libre had often been down on his matches
  • Lucha Libre now is down on Akio Yoshihara’s matches, says he needs to show more heat and aggressiveness or he’ll be going back to Japan.
  • The rankings have Guajarado as the top rudo with black Shadow just behind. Rayo de Jalisco is the top tecnico in front of Santo. They list tag teams (Rayo/Santo) and trios (London, Lee, Mendoza) for the first time.
  • Blue Demon is going to film another movie before returning to wrestling.
  • Tony Salazar pops up for the first time in a Nuevo Valores section. He’s 19 at this point and hoping to pass the professional test (but is wrestling on small shows alreadly)
  • Felipe Ham Lee profile
  • As de Oro wants to wrestle in Arena Mexico.
  • a Dick Angelo profile
  • Leo Lopes is out 40 days due to a clavicle injury, suffered when the second rope broke on last Tuesday’s Arena Coliseo show. Those were the same ropes warned about earlier. .
  • A Q&A with Raul Rojas, who likes dancing (flameco!); he says it was his passion before wrestling.
  • Carnicero Grimaldo is rated 78.

Lucha Libre 160 – 11/13/1966 (Friday of 11/04, released 11/08)

  • Rudo Black Shadow continues winning, teaming with Henry Pilusso to beat Rayo de Jalisco, Ray Mendoza on Friday night. The magazine is thrilled to get a week off from Rene Guajarado.
  • The La Verdad de Lucha Libre section still has not returned – but “La Falsa de Lucha Libre” shows up in this issue! They’re upset about wrestlers who don’t really know lucha, battle royals (how can you have real fights with all those people in the ring) and the rise of holds that require obvious co-operation or aren’t actually hurting anyone
  • the opening complaints of the magazine: why are the Ventarron being allowed to wrestle masked and under other identities unmasked? When will someone hold a tournament to decide a challenge for Gory Guerrero? Later, it’s claimed Gori Guerrero was totally going to come back to defend against the great Jerry London but London left Mexico. They do praise Antonio Montoro so it’s not all complaining.
  • A Dory Dixon profile. He has muscles. He would be champion but all the current champions are scared to defend against him! This is some good journalism.
  • The women luchadors are in Monterrey and Torreon right now. Black Gordman and Cesar Silva have left the Monterrey and are headed to Juarez.
  • Mil Mascaras is getting close to finishing the two movies he was on.
  • build for a Black Shadow vs Rayo de Jalisco match.
  • a Huroki Sito interview.
  • Alfonso Dante is rated 81, called “cold”
  • El Muerto Alfonso Morales is now Golden Boy.
  • someone named Juan Macanas is getting on small shows in Mexico City but isn’t really trained.