1966 EMLL Mexico City lineups and thoughts

Here’s all the 1966 Mexico City lineups and results that are now in the database, in case that’s something you need. I haven’t gone deep in checking it out. I can already see a date discrepancy over a hair match and I’ve fixed things after making that backup.

7 things I took away from this year beyond the results:

  1. EMLL’s booker passes away midway thru the year. Nothing really changes. Referee Jesus Lomelin is said to be the lead programmer and had been for a long time when he passed away in June. There are slight changes; Black Shadow gets flipped to being a heel, there are some new pushes later in the year. Those might have happened anyway. There’s no huge change in direction obvious through the rest of the year, with the replacements sticking close to those who were already on top. This felt a bit instructive to the current day CMLL situation.
  2. Lucha libre movies were hurting lucha libre shows (in the short term.) 1965 was the Mexico City introduction of Mil Mascaras. 1966 should’ve been his big year. It was a big year for him to film two movies instead. Mil Mascaras is still around a fair amount, but EMLL never pushes him to the top. Santo is in and out filming movies as well. Blue Demon also spends most of his year filming movies, though it is unclear if he’s medically able to wrestle this year. Even Ray Mendoza is missing for a movie early on.
  3. EMLL had played the same hand too long. I’d like to have Box Y Luchas from this time period (or any time period) to balance things out; Lucha Libre is pushing for new blood at the top even before this year starts. As best as we can tell based on the one source, it seems like the fans have tired of seeing the same people at top. This is year six of Rene Guajardo being the perennial middleweight champion, the rudo who is also acknowledged as the best guy (similar to today Ultimo Guerrero) and some sort of change is needed. It should be Mil’s moment but being seen as the Santo replacement film star stops him from being the Santo replacement in-ring star for this year. Lucha Libre magazine stumps hard for Jerry London in that top spot, though it seems unlikely to go to a foreigner in that time period. The answer seems to be Ray Mendoza, but EMLL deluding itself into believing Gory Guerrero would come back to Mexico City and do a job delay his ascension. It feels a protest vote when Lucha Libre calls Mendoza wrestler of the year. Guajardo’s the one who has had actual success but they’re tired of him.
  4. This was a nothing year for Karloff Lagarde. I felt less positive about Karloff Lagarde’s Wrestling Observer HOF value. He’s NWA Welterweight champion without once defending in Arena Mexico all year. His only title match in Arena Mexico is losing the Arena Mexico Tag Team Championship. Lagarde’s only apuesta match is a hair loss to Jerry London, a setup match for the Aniversario. Lagarde is frequently in main events but typically only to be Rene Guajardo’s junior partner. He does get one singles win over Black Shadow early in the year, but he not main eventing much else on his own. It’s an accumulation year, but not one with any particular glory.
  5. There is help on the way. The year ends with Angel Blanco & Dr. Wagner on the way up. Solitario’s getting some notice as a future star, though he hasn’t jumped out of the pack yet. Anibal has just made the leap to EMLL. The stars of the 70s are on their way.
  6. Jerry London had one of the better years of an EMLL foreigner. Lucha Libre praised him so much that I was surprised they didn’t give him the wrestler of the year. It doesn’t look as impressive just in the results – a short title win, a hair match win and a hair match loss. It reads in instead like he was only supposed to be in for the title match, maybe not even the title switch, and he kept impressing enough that EMLL kept extending his stay. It appears to be his choice to leave, not EMLL letting him go when he loses again to Guajardo.
  7. There are so many tournaments. Very few of them go anywhere or mean anything but I guess it must be over as a gimmick if they keep doing it.

Chavez vs Guerreros set up, Fantasma finishing up, Impact back in CDMX in August

Tritonsault

CMLL (TUE) 07/23/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Bengala & Sonic LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, Maligna, Mystique LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 2/3
3) Dark Magic, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3 and unmasked Black Panther after the match
4) Pólvora b Tritón [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:54. CMLL recap talks about Polvora’s strong run in lightning match. (Polvora lost his last lightning match versus Flyer in February, though he had won his three prior.)
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Flyer b Felino, Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja challenged for the tag titles after their win. Straight falls.

CMLL Promos: Polvora wants more important opponents. Atlantis Jr. talks about his rivalry with Hijo del Villano III. Los Guerreros Laguneros accept the tag title challenge. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja are sure they’re going to win.

Box Y Lucha also posted interviews from the press room, which include Los Guerreros attacking Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja backstage. There is also an interview with the rudas and one with Triton, who was inspired by Sombra for his latest look. The tag title match seems like the most important thing.

CMLL (TUE) 07/23/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Explosivo, Fantástico, Star Black b Carlo Roggi, Fúnebre, Paymon
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Difunto, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca b Hijo De Mano Negra, Príncipe Diamante, Vaquero Jr.
debut of Hijo de Mano Negra. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Sagrado, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Místico, Titán, Valiente
Peste Negra took 2/3.
5) Rush b Volador Jr.
Rush took 1/3, sneaking in a foul on Volador in the third.

It is impressive how wins and losses generally mean nothing in CMLL – Polvora’s promo is about how his win should mean something, though we know he’ll be in the same position – but there are still some outcomes CMLL won’t do. Volador still hasn’t pinned Rush in the third fall of a singles match between them.

Hijo del Fantasma posted a video message Tuesday saying he’s finishing up his independent run. He’ll be on the 07/27 (Fresnillo) and 08/04 (Monterrey) Nacion Lucha Libre show and a TAO show in Queretaro on 07/30. Fantasma does not say what he’s moving onto, just “a new adventure.” That sounds like NXT. I’ve heard nothing particular with Fantasma and NXT of late, but it would explain his moves (forcing his way out of his LU deal & leaving AAA without any immediate destination) this year. There is supposed to be another wave of wrestlers starting in NXT in the next few months and Fantasma could be taking time off to get ready. It is interesting that Fantamsa joined Rebelion Amarilla during this period if he was planning on not being available to The Crash for long.

Impact Wrestling is scheduled to tape in Mexico City on 08/15 & 08/16, back in Fronton Mexico. They taped in Mexico City last in January. I’d expect to see some AAA wrestlers (Vikingo) be used on the main portion of the tapings. In the past, AAA’s appeared to use spots on the taping – mostly the Xplosion B-show – as an inducement to get indie workers to also work AAA tapings. The importance of Impact has greatly diminished in the US over the last five year but it still seems like a big deal to wrestlers who’ve dreamed of wrestling on US TV.

When Zeuxis left CMLL a year ago, she did an interview saying Paco Alonso allowed her to take a year off from the promotion and to come back at that time. It has been a year, so SuperLuchas asked Zeuxis if she’s going back to CMLL and if that deal is still on without Paco Alonso. Zeuxis indicated that she hoped that deal to return was still on, implying she’d like to return to CMLL. I’d still be surprised if that happened.

Ray Richard lost his hair to Rey Cobra in Orizaba on Sunday.

MexaWrestling “Summer Course” on 08/10 in Arena San Juan Pantitlan

08/15 DTU in Arena Aficion

Dr. Wagner Jr. is headed to Wrestle-1 on 08/30 as part of a Lucha Masters Trios with Shiryu & Heat versus Nosawa, Mazada, and Fujita.

The Lucha Libre commissioner of Torreon says only two venues of the eight in his town met the technical requirements to hold lucha libre shows. Those are Arena Azteca & Arena Campeones (which was run by the Wagner family.) Arena La Rosita is rated as meeting 60% of the requirements, with everyone else between 70-85%. The problem are mostly having to do with proper dressing rooms for the luchadors: the lack of lights or bathrooms. The commissioner is concerned with how alcohol is sold but doesn’t think he can do much about it. He’s also concerned about extreme wrestling – noting a fan caught glass in her eye in a recent match – and says this will be the last year they’re allowed in Torreon.

Segunda Caida reviews the “lucha libre in an MMA show“, has not been told that the only people who understood the gimmick were also the promotor of the show.

Space produced a special on the Blue Demon Jr. versus Dr. Wagner match with superfans of both. It probably shouldn’t surprise me that there are superfans of Blue Demon Jr.

Veracruz luchador Sagittarius talks about completing one year in lucha libre.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2019 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Arkalis, Oro Jr., Retro vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Dark Magic, Kawato San, Misterioso Jr.
4) Blue Panther vs Máscara Año 2000 [lightning]
5) Kráneo, Místico, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Soberano Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

A show. Mistico teaming with Los Gorilla del Ring seems odd, though it’s an obvious way to kepe him from facing his father and brother.

CMLL (MON) 07/29/2019 Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar & Meyer vs Policeman & Sombra Diabólika
2) Marcela vs Metálica [lightning]
3) Eléctrico, Millennium, Rey Samuray vs El Malayo, El Perverso, Virus
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Tiger
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla
6) Carístico, Euforia, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

Perhaps something is coming up with Euforia given Monday’s win and this main event? I’d like to see Dragon Lee versus Euforia but that seems the least likely outcome.

CMLL did this same Marcela/Metalica program in this same building in April. It was fine. They don’t have many women they want to feature so this happens.

MDA (SUN) 08/11/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Adamntium & Rojo vs Hijo De Furia & Puma de Oro
2) Alas de Oro & Alas De Plata vs Auzter & Fly Warrior
3) Ninja Jr. vs El Hijo del Medico AsesinoBlack Warrior Jr.Hijo De Dos Caras
4) Herodes Jr. & Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & El Divo
5) Caifan & Caifan II vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Carístico & Súper Nova vs Aramis & Imposible

Sure doesn’t seem like there’s going to be a lot of Sunday IWRG shows this summer. (Or maybe look it like there’s going to be a lot of Wednesday trainee shows.) There will be a lot of chops in the semi-main.

KAOZ (SUN) 08/11/2019 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Baby Xtreme & Quinto Elemento vs Kratoz & Oro Negro
2) Black Taurus & Silver Tiger vs Epydemius & Hijo Del Espectro and Golden Boy & Halcón Negro Jr.
3) Flamita & The Tiger vs Emperador Azteca (Indie) & Hijo del Volador
4) El Mesías, Mr. Electro, Sexy Dulce vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Reina Oscura
5) Tiffany & Vazco Jr. vs Oriental & Rossy Moreno and Lady Flammer & Red Flamer [KAOZ MIXED TAG]
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. vs Dragón Lee (CMLL), La Bestia Del Ring, Rush

The main event has Dragon Lee replacing Mistico in a Friday main event rematch. Tiffany & Vazco Jr. seem likely to win the just created mixed tag titles.

MDA (SAT) 09/07/2019 Arena Pavilion del Norte, Saltillo, Coahuila
1) Eragón & Mini Hator vs Máscara Maligna & Mini Difunto
2) Guerrilero Jr. & Star Kid vs Babe Fox & Komander
3) Lince de Oro & Tormento Negro vs Hijo del Guerrero Negro & Latino
4) El Divo & Ninja Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Hijo de Kato Kung Lee
5) Silver Star vs Espartaco
6) Caifan & Caifan II vs Hijo de Canis Lupus & Imposible
7) Argenis vs Jack Evans vs Dragón Bane
8) Carístico & Laredo Kid vs Penta 0M & Rey Fénix (Indie)

These Saltillo MDA shows turn up on Estrellas del Ring fairly often so you may be able to see this show. I’m more posting this about the semi-main; Argenis being on this show seems to confirm he’s switched to a freelance deal with AAA. I don’t think he’d be allowed on this show if he still had an AAA deal, and I’d imagine Caristico is going to push to get his brother on more of his indie shows.

Lucha Libre 161-170 magazine recaps

These issues run from November 20, 1966 all the way to January 13, 1967.

One of those things I don’t notice week to week, but just over time: the long articles about American (mostly NY) wrestling have disappeared. They’re still plenty of photos of them US wrestlers to pad out the magazine. The results and lineups from shows besides the Friday Arena Mexico show reduce as well. There are generally a lot more generic personality profiles.

Lucha Libre 161 – 11/20/1966 (Friday of 11/11, released 11/15)

  • Black Shadow, Karloff Lagarde, Henry Pilusso beat Mil Mascaras, El Santo, Ray Mendoza in the main event. Santo & Shadow are feuding and magazine thinks there’s an apuesta match coming.
  • The magazine has lately opened with “1, 2, 3 Fuera”, three quick stories. This week’s ones start with a disqualification for El Plebeyo & Momia de Guanajauto, who attacked the referee on the 11/06 Plaza de Toros el Cortijo show. Lucha Libre wants them fine and/or suspended. The second story has a question – how can Chabela Romero be national women’s champion if all the national champions are regulated by the Mexico City commission, which prohibits women’s wrestling? The third point is just praising Ray Mendoza for being an extraordinary professional luchador as a rudo and tecnico.
  • An Antonio Montoro bio article
  • Do you know how old your favorite luchador is? Lucha Libre gives you a chart. Here’s a list of some of them. Or some of the older ones. There’s an unsubtle message involved about how new blood is needed.
  • Gori Guerrero is planning on coming back to Mexico City near the end of the year. (Nope! I guess they didn’t say which year)
  • Rayo de Jalisco is rated an 89.
  • Dr. Wagner’s future fortune is judged by palm reading. Palm reading futures becomes a re-occurring space filler.
  • Black Shadow explains he turned rudo because people were saying Rayo de Jalisco was the best flyer and he knew he was better but wasn’t getting that respect.

Lucha Libre 162 – 11/27/1966 (Friday of 11/18, released 11/22)

  • Black Shadow’s run of success is ended by the trio of Mil Mascaras, Ray Mendoza and Mil Mascaras. Shadow’s partners are never mentioned, Henry Pilusso is mentioned in passing. Guessing Lagarde is the third man again.
  • Tony Fussari is called out for also wrestling under a mask, though the alternate identity is not revealed. They also want the commission to check weights closer before title matches.
  • El Enfermero is critical of too much flying in lucha libre, offers 10,000 pesos to anyone who can prove his leg hold isn’t effective. Enfermero keeps popping up in interviews but never much in results.
  • a Henry Pilusso bio
  • an article dismisses the world championships as worthy of being called world, saying they’re nothing more than national championships and aren’t defended elsewhere or against international wrestlers. (Rene Guajarado’s win over Jerry London is ignored here.) Part of this is the magazine’s continued push to create Latin America championships, which they’re sure would be defended in other countries.
  • Goliath is rated an 80
  • Jorge Allende looks back at his hair vs Blue Demon’s mask match. (No date given.) Allende not only lost the match but broke his jaw in the third fall. It took 2.5 months to heal.
  • El Santo “Sin Mascara” is more about his life away from being a masked man. It sounds pleasant.
  • Felipe Ham Lee profile. He’s a plane mechanic outside the ring.

Lucha Libre 163 – 12/04/1966 (Friday of 11/25, released 11/29)

  • Mil Mascaras, Ray Mendoza, Santo beat Black Shadow, Karloff Lagarde, Rene Guajardo in the Friday match. The second straight loss for Black Shadow, who is quickly being cooled off.
  • This week’s opening complaints: the Iraputo commission sanction a Cuba Light Heavyweight title match when that title doesn’t exist in Cuba. There’s also a complaint about too many draws in title matches, which is really about
  • The Mexican Lightweight title change reported last week – Chanoc winning the belt – is now corrected to being a draw. It is odd because they sure seemed to have a photo of Chanoc with the belt last week. Perhaps that was from his previous reign.
  • Cavernario Galindo wants Karloff Lagarde. Galindo seems nowhere near title matches or being booked strongly by EMLL at this point.
  • Sugi Sito says his hardest match was his NWA Middleweight Title match on 1951-09-21 against Enrique Llanes.
  • an interview with Mario Galento
  • Blue Demon is working on a movie, but he is also said to be about to be medically approved to return to the ring.
  • Palm reading El Enfermero’s future. Enfermero must have some enduring star power to keep being featured like this
  • a profile of Espanto I
  • a Q&A with Bobby Bonales

Lucha Libre 164 – 12/11/1966 (Friday of 12/02, released 12/06)

  • Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco win a one-night tag team tournament on Friday night, definitely their biggest win as a team yet. They went over Ruben Juarez & Humberto Garza, Santo & Rayo de Jalisco and Ray Mendoza & Mil Mascaras in the final. The magazine is very high on the team.
  • the magazine says there’s a mysterious small group of luchadors who are controlling everything in EMLL. Raul Reyes and Rolando Vera appear to be frozen out of by this group. It’s never said who’s in this group, but the shots at Rene Guajarado pick up from here.
  • El Santo defended the Mexican Middleweight Championship against Black Shadow in Acapulco
  • Karloff Lagarde bio, with no challengers for his title.
  • Famous fan Virgina Aguilera was taking to jail for eight days “simply giving a soda to Rolando Costa”. I expect “giving” means more “throwing at”, but eight days still seems a lot. I feel like I’m missing something here.
  • a Blue Demon Q&A focuses on his head injury that’s left him out of action and could’ve ended his life.
  • Huracan Ramirez is representing the Mexico Box Y Lucha commission in talks with other countries about a latin american championship.
  • Henry Pilusso has ended his contract with EMLL.
  • Huracan Ramirez gets palm read
  • Angel Blanco is a “solid promise”, rated 7
  • there’s another fake Santo wrestling in Mexico State. This one lost to local el Pulpo, who used it to prove El Santo wasn’t really any big deals and his guys are better than the big stars.
  • there’s a proposal to eliminate draws in national title matches. Matches that end in a draw will be required to go to a fourth fall. This would start on the first day of 1967. There’s also talk of less fining people for bad behavior and more suspensions instead.
  • Enrique Llanes says his toughest match was 1943-01-05, a prelim match with Gori Guerrero that he lost in straight falls.
  • a profile of Akio Yoshihara, which seems a little bit too late given how he seems almost out of the promotion already

Lucha Libre 165 – 12/18/1966 (Friday of 12/09, released 12/13)

  • Rene Guajardo defeated Ray Mendoza for the NWA Middleweight Championship in Arena Mexico in straight falls.
  • Opening thoughts: Espanto I has lost his spot since losing his mask, Raul Rojas lack of successful title defenses (draws) has reduced the value of the lightweight title, Angel Blanco & Dr. Wagner is really good.
  • Ray Mendoza, deserving of a championship. They’re still building the match with Gori Guerrero, though they open it up to the middleweight championship and Rene Guajardo. A later column hopes that match happens in 1967.
  • Blue Demon might not be wrestling, but he did appear at the 12/03 Arena KO Anniversary show.
  • Raul Reyes declares he’ll be a star in 1967 or retire.
  • Scandalous scoop: people are drinking alcohol backstage at wrestling shows. They don’t go as far as saying wrestlers are those people (but they probably are.)
  • the fans (especially the female fans) are rooting more for the rudos at Plaza de Toros el Coritjio
  • Dr. Wagner wants a title shot at Mil Mascaras
  • Pepe Casas has given up his Orizaba Welter title due to being busy elsewhere.
  • Mexico State star Anibal is getting a tryout at Arena Coliseo. The magazine believes Mexico State wrestlers are underrated in general, but they also barely cover them.
  • Pompin is the youngest of the EMLL referees, just two years in the promotion, but also refereed for 10 years under Miguel Andrade (now the referee at Plaza de Toros el Coritjo)
  • A Monterrey luchador named Mr. Crimen was stopped from using that name in Mexico City because the commission declared it too gruesome. Or at least that’s the story – he managed to get in on an Arena Coliseo show according to the results
  • During a public training session in Arena Coliseo, El Greco got the better of Rene Guajardo in Olympic wrestling. Guajardo was said to be upset enough to cheap shot Greco outside the ring and insult the fans who were there. This reads like an angle but it is reported like it is not one, just a story to build up Greco and bury Guajardo. Greco/Guajardo doesn’t seem like a match EMLL would be building up, they’re in very different levels.
  • looking ahead to 1967: Wagner & Angel will continue to become the best team in Mexico, Black Shadow facing Santo & Rayo in an apuesta match, Enfermero will retire without being unmasked if Demon doesn’t return to face him, and Mil Mascaras possibly could lose his mask to El Nazi.
  • Humberto Garza is rated 81.
  • Cometa Dorada is mentioned as defending his mask three times outside Mexico City
  • Batman & Robin are starting in Arena KO
  • A short Mil Mascaras article, mostly an excuse to post photos.
  • a group of rookie profiles includes future union leader Manny Guzman.
  • Vick Ameznuca says his toughest match was one in Navojoa, Sonora against Ray Mendoza. He was a last-minute sub for Ciclon Veloz Jr., won the first fall by excessive violence DQ, Mendoza gave him a lot more violence in the next two falls but he did not get the DQ wins.
  • Rolando Vera is declared the best middleweight in Latin America. This is not so subtly “we’re tried of Rene Guajardo and we miss the standard-bearer before him.”

Lucha Libre 165 – 12/25/1966 (Friday of 12/16, released 12/20)

  • Santo defeats Black Shadow in a match Lucha Libre hated, calling it yawn-inducing. Wagner/Blanco and Dixon/Mascara advanced to a match next week to determine #1 contenders for the Arena Mexico Tag Team championship held by Santo & Rayo.
  • Blue Demon returned to action yesterday – his newest film debuted.
  • These are otherwise light on the lineups and results due to the holidays.
  • three opening falls: Rene Guajardo showed little in his title defense against Ray Mendoza, why hasn’t Karloff Lagarde defended his title in Mexico City since February?, ANgel Blanco & Dr. Wagner are a threat to all the tecnico champions.
  • They go in on Rene Guajardo again later on, saying he yanked the middleweight belt from the commission and particularly dragged it across the floor when getting out of there. They’re wishing for the champs of previous years instead of this guy.
  • This match, which has no date or location, comes up a third time with Ray Mendoza saying he’s shown enough to get another shot.
  • Zeus got a shot in Mexico City, looked bad in losing straight falls against Pepe Casas, but has shown a little talent working smaller arenas.
  • “El Vikingo should be champion.” They don’t have a particular one, they just think he’s owed a chance.
  • Alberto Munoz is criticized for being too heavy for the welterweight division; the magazine wants a tournament to determine a new champion.
  • an Antonio Montoro profile and an Angel Blanco & Dr. Wagner profile.
  • Alberto Munoz is rated 80
  • David Apolo Curiel profile
  • there are new wrestling venues in Manzanillo & Ticoman, Colima.
  • a UNL wrestling union convention is scheduled for February 1967. Adolfo Bonales will officially announce his retirement there according to Lucha Libre.
  • An Acapulco referee named Rudy Charles was photographed watching a match from outside the ring. Lucha Libre things that’s absurd and he should be suspended.
  • El Espanto says his toughest match was against Santo – their mask match. They were both bathed in blood.

Lucha Libre 167 – 01/01/1967 (Friday of 12/23, released 12/27)

  • The cover date says 1967 but this is still one finishing up the last week of 1966. Or earlier; it’s a year in review one that was probably done in advance. There’s nothing news but a ton summing up the year.
  • In the opening essay written by “HVM”, Dr. Wagner, Angel Blanco, Apolo Curiel, El Vikingo, Solitario, Greco, Cesar Valentino are listed as great prospects of the recent past who are now becoming stars in 1966. Meanwhile, it was a “grey” year for the national champions, with Santo defending his title against Buddy Montes (who did win a tournament to get the shot) considered a particular low light.
  • Rene Guajardo, Henry Pilusso and Black Shadow are declared the three best rudos of 1966.
  • Jerry London, Rolando Vera, and Antonio Montoro are the three best technical wrestlers.
  • Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco are the best team. They won three different tournaments during the year and are the best team day for day. No one else comes under consideration.
  • The best trios are Rene Guajardo, Karloff Lagarde, Henry Pilusso, the team of Santo, Ray Mendoza, and Mil Mascaras, and the team of Jerry London, Ray Mendoza, and Felipe Ham Lee
  • The top 3 new stars are Angel Blanco, Vikingo and Cesar Valentino
  • Matches of the Year (Rene Guajardo vs Ray Mendoza, Mendoza/Galant vs Lagrade/Guajardo, London/Mendoza/Lee vs Pilusso/Guajarado/Lagarde)
  • Novato of the year: Raul Garcia/El Greco, Chucho Vill, and El Solitario
  • Surprise of the year: Black Shadow becoming a rudo again.
  • the biggest gates: 02/06 for Guadalajara ($36.5K for Huracan Ramirez vs Alberto Munoz), 08/16 for Arena Coliseo (listed as $20K here and $25K earlier for Estrella Blanca vs Angel Negro in mask match; it was actually Angel Negro), and 09/02 for Arena Mexico ($164K for the London/Lagarde + Guajarado/Lee double hair match)
  • Luchador of the year Ray Mendoza, who was declared better than Rene Guajardo even if he never actually got the win over him.
  • There’s a year in review of title matches. I’m always worried these might be a little off but they’re better than no info.
    • It pegs the missing women’s title change as happening on 05/15 in Guadalajara. (It’s been listed as 05/12 in Puebla previously.) There is an Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show that day where the poster only listed the top 2 matches. It’s possible the women’s match would be left off and that’s what I’m going with.
    • The May NWA Middleweight Championship title change is listed as May 22nd this time. It’s gone back and forth with May 29th.
    • The September 6 National Heavyweight win for Black Gordman is said to be in Matamoros, not Ciudad Victoria.
    • The loathed Buddy Montes title match is finally listed as happening on September 25th.
    • the 09/30 Santo/Rayo win over Mascara/Shadow was an Arena Mexico Tag Team title defense, which I didn’t have listed prior.
    • They also have the heavyweight title changing hands on 11/02, from Gordman to Polo Torres. I have a poster with that match for 09/25 and another with Torres defending the title on 11/03, so this might be a mistake. Lucha Libre has the second match happening on the 15th.
    • The NWA titles are called “mundial” with quotes around them in every reference, making it persistently clear the magazine doesn’t think much of the value of those titles right now.
    • I’m not noting all the local title changes here often, but Pepe Casas beating Anibal in Arena KO (Arena Naucalpan predecessor) on 10/13 for the Mexico State Light Heavyweight title sticks out. Anibal would win it back two weeks later, in what was previously listed as a tag match.
    • The double title match show on 11/20 in Acapulco gets fuller results: Raul Rojas & Chanoc went to a draw for the national lightweight title, and Alberto Munoz defeated Huracan Ramirez to keep the national welterweight title
    • Santo beat Shadow to keep the national middleweight title in Acapulco by DQ on November 30th, though it’s listed as November 31st.
  • The favorite stars in 1966: Rodolfo Ruiz, Estrella Blanca, Rolando Costa, El Rebelde, David Curiel, Humberto Garza, Huracan Ramirez, Conde Negro, Hurokio Sito, Rizado Ruiz, El Enfermero, Sugi Sito, El Nazi, Rube Juarez, Espanto I, Benny Romero, Ciclon Veliz, Vick Amezcua, Raul Reyes, Cavernario Galindo, Manuel Robles, Black Gordman, Javier Meza. This is subtitled “the door was opened for new stars” but there are people in that list who are definitely not new.
  • a look at each title picture
    • National Lightweight: least glorious title, from being vacated then a tournament with a poor winner, and defenses ending in draws.
    • National Welterweight: Alberto Munoz has been fine but hasn’t had many challenges; the biggest title threat is the champion’s own weight
    • National Middleweight: El Santo was never really in danger of losing his mask or his title this year. His better matches were in tags/trios this year.
    • National Light Heavyweight: Mil Mascaras picked up three defenses, all against Ray Mendoza. (We’ve got one in Guadalajara, they mention matches in Tijuana and Matamoros.) They feel both this title and Mil aren’t living up to their high potential
    • National Heavyweight: Like the lightweight title, the fans haven’t cared about this one. Those who held these titles are still more highly regarded than the lightweight champs.
    • NWA Welter: Karloff Lagarde hasn’t had any worries, because he hasn’t had to defend this title in 10 months. The fans would like to see Alberto Munoz step up to challenge for this title, but he’s come down sick when he’s been set up for a challenge. In the Lagarde WON HOF debate, this appears to be a meaningless year added to his title reign; Lucha Libre doesn’t think much of the title right now.
    • NWA Middle: Rene Guajardo did a title switch with Jerry London and is being chased by Ray Mendoza, to the point where the magazine feels like Guajardo is trying to limit his defenses and his risk of losing it. They’re not impressed with Guajardo this year, as has been mentioned nearly constantly.
    • NWA Light Heavyweight: they don’t even bring it up! Gori Guerrero did not return.
  • The worst of 1966
    • a plague of mediocre masked men (and a list of around 15 masks lost in 1966.)
    • they’re not much higher on the record 45 people who lost their hair
    • worst foreigners: Canada’s Leo Mimolt and Peru’s El Zingaro.
    • the concept of ruleta rusa, which seem to have favored rudos
    • worst matches:
      • Halcon Negro vs Henry Pilusso on 04/09 in Arena Mexico, a very boring match
      • Santo & Black Shadow on 12/16, a pale imitation of their past matches
      • The 08/26 trios match with Rene/Henry/Karloff vs Felipe/London/Rayo in Arena Mexico, which sounds like a violent and short brawl where the rudos couldn’t put up much of a fight.
  • 1967 predictions
    • the world titles are going lose more value
    • the Latin America titles will exist
    • Mil Mascaras will be unmasked.
    • Wagner & Blanco will rise
    • Santo will retire or be retired by the passage of time
    • it will be the last year for Enfermero & Blue Demon
    • there will be important changes in the luchador union
    • there’s a new star coming that they’ll tell you about soon
    • and something that seems like a shot at Box Y Lucha

Lucha Libre 168 – 01/08/1967 (Friday of 12/30, released 01/03)

  • Santo & Rayo de Jalisco ends Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco’s run of tag success, defeating them in an Arena Mexico (building) title defense.
  • Opening bits: Mario Prado is DQ-ed for an unprofessional in no condition to perform performance in Arena San Juan on Christmas day, they ask the chief of police why his officers are so rough with fans trying to watch the show, and praises Wagner & Blanco for their 10th straight win.
  • Blue Demon continues to be a success outside of wrestling. A notes column mentioned he was scheduled for a Christmas Day appearance in Morelia but came down with bronchitis while filming a movie. He promises he’ll make it up.
  • El Nazi wants a title match with Mil Mascaras. Black Gordman also he’s now a light heavyweight and is coming to Mexico City to get a match with Mil.
  • New thing that is annoying the magazine: too many luchadors playing monster movie characters. It makes a mockery of lucha libre.
  • El Salvador’s Gran Ponny will debut in Mexico City 01/10.
  • Promoters in Estrella Blanca’s hometown of Puebla are trying to get him a lightweight title shot at Raul Rojas and the magazine would like to see it happening
  • Tony Lopez, Tarzan Moreno, Kirvan Kid, and El Enferermo have returned to Mexico City rings of late. Huracan Ramirez is scheduled back in EMLL returns right now. Anibal has been wrestling on Tuesday’s shows and could be the new star of 1967.
  • El Rebelde says his goal is not a championship, but to constantly improve
  • Akio Yoshihara, who may even still be around, is rated a 71.
  • A look back at Rayo de Jalisco’s career.
  • Raul Reyes says his hardest match was defeated Ray Mendoza for the Mexican Light Heavyweight match in 1965
  • an el Greco photo spread

Lucha Libre 169 – 01/15/1967 (Friday of 01/06, released 01/10)

  • Rizardo Ruiz & El Nazi beat Felipe Ham Lee, Apolo Curiel in the finals of a Friday night tag team tournament in Arena Coliseo. They’ve switched Friday night venues for a least a while after a long time in Arena Mexico
  • opening bits: Gordman, Guajardo and Rodolfo Ruiz are taken to task for getting into fights with fans, a demand for wrestlers to use more real holds, praise for Conde Negro/Salvador Gonzalez.
  • Alberto Munoz career look back.
  • Carnicero Galindo is not wrestling in Arizona.
  • the Tony Grimaldo/Black Sugar match Friday was terrible.
  • Gory Guerrero gets mentioned as still doing well in Texas.
  • Pato Soria just got married in Veracruz.
  • a notes column mentions there are rumors this will be the last year for female wrestling. No details.
  • another article taking about Rene Guajardo being in danger of losing his title.
  • Huroki Sito rates 80.
  • the magazine wonders who replace Bobby Bonales
  • Amenaza Roja was unmasked by Johnny James in Plaza de Toros el Coritjo. He is Fidel Martinez, who started in 1942 as Fillo Martinez, then took on the mask Aguila Negra in 1952 before switching to Roja. No date for the match.
  • A Q&A with Polo Torres
  • A Manuel Robles bio
  • El Califa says his hardest match was teaming with Gardenia Davis against Medico Asesino & El Enfermero in 1953, which was his Mexico City debut.

Lucha Libre 170 – 01/22/1967 (Friday of 01/13, released 01/17)

  • Rizado Ruiz, El Zazi beat Apolo Curiel, Felipe Ham Lee on Friday night in Coliseo. It seems like the big names are all off.
  • 1, 2, 3, Fuera opening: Roberto Rangel is criticized for a bad call last Friday, complaints about brawling matches, talk of the lucha libre commissions working together.
  • A Cesar Valentino bio.
  • Apolo Curiel is rated 82.
  • Cavernario Galindo says his hardest match was on July 2, 1949 against Tarzan Lopez (his idol), where he won the national light heavyweight title
  • A Relampago Cubano bio, who is an English professor.
  • Roberto Ruiz is returning to Spain this year.
  • Huracan Ramirez and Dorrel Dixon are both working on movies.
  • Petroneo Limon took Titan’s mask. He’s Rey Tinoco. Limon had just his hair on the line.
  • Complains about a useless local title. We’ve complained about the same thing forever.
  • Batman & Robin photo article.
  • A Black Shadow bio
  • Rizado Ruiz has a good hat for the cold weather. This is an entire article. Slow week.
  • Ray Mendoza’s workout.