Dalys wins CMLL Gran Prix, Ivannia Moreno, Castillo del Terror

CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 10/28/2022 Arena México [AS, CMLL, Estrellas del RingExcelsiorKaiser SportsPubliMetroR de RudoThe GladiatoresThe Gladiatores (video), thecubsfan]
1) La Guerrera, La Magnifica, La Vaquerita b Hera, Metálica, Tiffany CMLL: La Vaquerita, La Guerrera y Magnífica derrotan a Tiffany, Metálica y Hera (posted by mluchatv) Triunfo técnico de Vaquerita, La Magnífica y La Guerrera, que derrotaron a Metálica, Tiffany y Hera (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
9:42.
2) Esfinge & Fugaz © b Magia Blanca & Rugido [MEX TAG¡Retienen Campeonato! Con un nudo egipcio, Esfinge y Fugaz vencen a Rugido y Magia Blanca (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - CAMPEONATO NACIONAL DE PAREJAS/ESFINGE Y FUGAZ VS RUGIDO Y MAGIA BLANCA/ARENA MEXICO/28-10-22 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: Esfinge y Fugaz retienen el Campeonato Nacional de Parejas ante Rugido y Magia Blanca (posted by mluchatv)
16:01. 3rd defense
3) Atlantis Jr., Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. CMLL-SOBERANO JR-VOLADOR JR-MÍSTICO VS ATLANTIS JR.-GRAN GUERRERO-ÚLTIMO GUERRERO/A. MEXICO/28-10-22 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: ¡Último Guerrero le quita la máscara a Místico! Así gana junto a Gran Guerrero y Atlantis Jr. (posted by mluchatv) Último Guerrero, Atlantis Jr y Gran Guerrero derrotan a Místico, Volador Jr y Soberano Jr (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
16:36. Only 3 fall match of the night. The finish in theory was UG sneakily pulling off Mistico’s mask without the referee seeing it; the referee turned too late. Challenges followed.
4) Amapola, Dalys, Faby, La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Reyna Isis b Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Ivelisse, Lady Frost, Mei Suruga, Stephanie Vaquer, Tae Honma [Gran Prix de Amazonas] ¡Gran final! Dalys gana el Grand Prix de Amazonas 2022 imponiéndose a Lady Frost (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - GRAND PRIX FEMENIL / ARENA MEXICO / 28-10-22 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: Dalys vence a Lady Frost y gana el Grand Prix de Amazonas 2022 (posted by mluchatv)
Eliminations: Avispa Dorada (15:00, via Lluvia), Amapola (19:11, Lady Frost), Marcela (23:53, Mei), Shimizu (Isis, 26:28), Ivelisse (28:34, Sugehit), Isis (31:10, Vaquer), Honma (34:25, Dalys), Vaquer (36:06, Faby), Gracia (36:49, Jarochita), Lluvia (37:54, Suruga), Faby (39:32, Frost), Jarochita (41:28, Frost), Sugehit (Suruga, 42:30), Suruga (Dalys, 42:51), and Frost (Dalys, 47:20), leaving Dalys as the winner

In retrospect, CMLL moved Dalys from Team World to Team Mexico this year because CMLL planned for her to win and figured it’d be a better celebration if she did it for Mexico. It still wasn’t much of a celebration. Last year, the entire Mexico team came back out to celebrate with winner Dark Silueta. This year, Marcela and Tiffany (not in the match) came out to celebrate with Dalys. The rest of Team Mexico weren’t the only ones to check out early; there were sections where it appeared fans had left the show before the main event concluded, something very unusual for CMLL.

Dalys as winner got the usual polarizing reaction, with people unhappy for the choice and believing she got these chances because she’s Negro Casas’ wife. The bigger problem was Dalys struggled in all the ways she normally struggled and everyone kept putting her in positions to struggle. She missed catching both Garcia and Frost, letting both hit the Arena Mexico floor very hard. They got up and kept going. Dalys didn’t seem to do it maliciously, she’s just doesn’t have the skills to be in the right position after all these years. The problem is with whoever’s overseeing these matches and continually allowing Dalys (and others) to try things they can not accomplish. It’s not fun to tell Lady Frost she can’t do her moonsault at the end of the match, or that some other moves other people did don’t look good, but I’m sure they’d appreciate that more than looking bad or colliding face first with the floor. It’s fine to kayfabe build these women up as great wrestlers, but if they’re not telling them where they’re not good and what they need to avoid, they’re doing these women a disservice.

Lady Frost and Mei Suruga were the standouts. Suruga has her character down and plays it well for a big audience for a match like this, in the same way Fuego gets over to new crowds. Frost came across as super athletic, at a level unseen in CMLL among their women (and only a few of the men would be able to match her top rope move.) Frost came away as the star of the night, the person CMLL fans seemed asking the most to see again. CMLL doesn’t seem to have a budget for regular foreigner visits, but she figures to get the call at least when they run the Gran Prix again next year.

Avispa, the most athletic of the CMLL luchadoras, was eliminated first and then disappeared for the rest of the weekend. Maybe her recent issues have been injury related? Team Mexico generally ranged from fine to disappointed bad; beyond Dalys, I thought Sugehit’s exchanges looked poor. Faby looked degrees better than any one else on her side. Vaquer also wrestled well. I was surprised Sugura was featured so much more than the woman who working in the CMLL affiliated promotion in Japan – Honma and Shimizu – but maybe we’ll see more of them this week. Those two are still around, while everyone else finished on Sunday.

This women’s Gran Prix just didn’t work as well as expected. It didn’t have the same interest going and it definitely didn’t have the same crowd involvement as the men’s one in August. The intensity wasn’t there. The only time the crowd seemed to get to that higher level appeared to be because of other fans – there was loud whistling and a “MEXICO” chant, and I presume it’s because the foreign fans had been chanting for their own country. I’m not sure if this concept just works only once a year, or at least not twice in three months. It could be the Mexican fans don’t see the CMLL women as important as the men (and why would they, they’ve rarely) and it may just take time to get this concept over.

This show concludes CMLL’s October of women’s mani events and two women’s matches one every Friday. It didn’t seem like the concept particularly worked or failed. CMLL might have done a little better in the short-term with the normal focuses, but there’s a benefit in building more people up and keeping some of the familiar rivalries fresher by cutting back on them for a month. I’m not sure any of the CMLL women came out of a bigger star; Dalys and Lluvia both came across as lifetime achievement winners rather than people ascending to a new level. This concept felt like a positive branding exercise rather than any meaningful change for the women, but it’s not like someone was waiting to break out that was passed over either.

Ultimo Guerrero and Soberano did not touch in their match. They didn’t touch in their last match either. The match was constructed in a way where it didn’t stick out – Guerrero wrestled Mistico most of the match – but it’s also very weird. They’ll be back not fighting next week.

Rugido and Magia Blanca did very well in the tag match, the most I’ve liked Los Deperadores in a title match. I’m not ready to consider myself for the Rugido fan club but it’s trending in a positive direction. Fugaz had a rough match in ways not always noticed, where he struggled going up for his opponents moves multiple times. They all put in more thought than just an average midcard match and it was good when it worked.

CMLL (SAT) 10/29/2022 Arena Coliseo [Box y Lucha, CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Minos & Pequeño Violencia Facebook video (posted by )
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr. b Optimus (Querétaro), Rugido, Trono Facebook video (posted by )
Rugido replaced Explosivo. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Cancerbero, Luciferno, Virus b Flyer, Star Black, Volcano Facebook video (posted by )
Cancerberos took 2/3
4) Alex Gracia, La Vaquerita, Lady Frost b Hikari Shimizu, Mei Suruga, Tae Honma Facebook video (posted by )
Vaquerita replaced Avispa Dorada. Her team took 2/3.
5) Atlantis, Star Jr., Volador Jr. b Niebla Roja, Sagrado, Terrible Facebook video (posted by )
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Maybe they’re still setting up Star Jr. and Niebla Roja? It was less clear. These shows are said to be taped for Heraldo TV, which airs an hour of CMLL on Saturdays and Sundays. Heraldo TV has a DailyMotion stream but only on selected shows, and CMLL is not one of those selected shows. If you live in Mexico City, are already watching this show, and can easily record and upload it, I’d definitely put it on my drive if you sent it to me.

CMLL (SUN) 10/30/2022 Arena México [CMLL, The Gladiatores (video)]
1) Astral, Cachorro, Sangre Imperial b Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Raider CMLL: Raider, Inquisidor y Apocalipsis Vs Astral, Sangre Imperial y Cachorro (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
2) Micro Gemelo Diablo I b Chamuel © [CMLL MICRO] Así fue como el Micro Gemelo Diablo I se coronó como nuevo campeón micro. (posted by ) Increíble micro duelo por el campeonato Micro Gemelo Diablo I destronó a Chamuel y explota la arena (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
Chamuel falls on 3rd defense. Micro Gemelo I becomes second champion. Templario made his first appearance since his injury as Chamuel’s second.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma b Diamond, Magnus, Rugido
Fuerza Poblana took 2/3.
4) Amapola, Dalys, Stephanie Vaquer b Alex Gracia, Lady Frost, Mei Suruga Dalys, Amapola y Stephanie Vaquer Vs Lady Frost, Alex Gracia y Mei Suruga en el CMLL (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
No Avispa Dorada for the second show, so Amapola added (and Suruga flipped teams). Team Dalys took 2/3.
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Hijo de Octagón, Octagón b Ángel de Oro, Fuerza Guerrera, Niebla Roja, Satánico Atlantis, Octagon, Atlantis Jr e H. Octagon Vs Satánico, Fuerza Guerrera, Ángel de Oro y Niebla Roja (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)

The title change is a little bit of a surprise, but there’s nothing to do in the Micros division outside of the Gemelos and Chamuel trading the title occasionally. Maybe the title change was tipped off by CMLL identifying which Micro was involved this time.

I guess the Octagon/Satanico thing was to go against WWE? I didn’t notice a big difference in turnout.

CMLL (FRI) 11/04/2022 Arena México
1) Angelito, Kaligua, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Minos, Pequeño Violencia
2) Dalys, Marcela, Stephanie Vaquer vs Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Tae Honma [Relevos Increíbles]
3) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs El Coyote, Felino Jr., Hijo del Villano III
4) Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Atlantis Jr., Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
5) Terrible vs ? [Rey del Infrmaundo]

I keep thinking these shows need more help, but maybe the Dia de Muertos theme will be enough. Tercera could be fun. Avispa in the segunda match is obviously a question mark. Stuka still seems most likely to face Terrible. This is a double price PPV, and the only of the Dia de Muertos shows to be offered on PPV this year.

AAA

AAA aired the dark matches from TripleMania this past week. The Copa Bardahl was like every other match of this type. I guess the difference was they started with four people in the ring (or three and Diva Salvaje inexplicably standing outside to take a dive) and they paused again to do spots with four people left. No one will ever think about the match again. I will forget Taurus won by the next time I write a preview because AAA’s made it clear these are unimportant filler matches.

The Marvel match was edited quite a bit, trying to clean up the mess the match left. They included the spot with Furioso’s injury, cut away to the crowd, cut back just long enough to show an elimination while Furioso was down in the ring, cut away again, and did more editing to speed through the matches. It was about tasteful as they could’ve handled the situation without re-taping the match. Something got messed up there beyond the introduction. The Iron Man character did a pre-match promo talking about four tecnicos and four rudos facing off to see who’d be the best and advance to his tournament final, then five tecnicos and five rudos walked out. The promo was obviously taped audio and all I can figure is there was a debate over if to include the women (since there was exactly one per team) and no effort to fix the audio once plans change. The match ended with six people left, and that might be have been a Furioso-related error, though the announcers still seemed to talk about four people advancing to the final. I don’t think anyone was so invested that it mattered where four or six people advanced.

AAA has no new tapings until 11/20 in Chihuahua. AAA has five weeks of TV (Guadalajara week 2, Puebla, Showcenter final) sitting on a hard drive somewhere, so they’re in no need to do anything. The Mexicali taping hasn’t come up in a while, and it may not be until December if it hasn’t been mentioned yet. Still no matches for Tempe, a press conference should be happening this week.

Vampiro filled in for Pagano on a show in Toluca on Friday. Vampiro seems to be wrestling a lot more in the last few months.

IWRG

Ivannia Moreno Tolsa (38) passed away on Saturday morning. She was officially the “IWRG Directora de Nuevo Proyectos”; she was the daughter of promotion owner Marcos Moreno. Ivannia was most visible in their video projects over the last two years, as one of the hosts of their weekly Revolucionario program and traveling to Los Angeles and Chicago as part of setting up working agreements with RGR and GALLI. Her father Marcos is still running IWRG, and he and others are the ones working in the programming department, but general idea seemed to be that Ivannia would be the public face of the promotion while she and other siblings would take over running it someday. No cause of death was mentioned. Ivannia was on IWRG’s YouTube channel as recently as Wednesday; some of those segments appear pre-taped, but there was no sign of any health concerns. This news just shocked everyone; my first instinct was that someone got hacked and was posting weird fake messages when I first saw the news. Shows in Arena Lopez Mateos and Guadalajara held moments of applause in Ivannia’s memory and AAA noted her passing on social media.

The Moreno family held Ivannia’s funeral on Saturday, then went ahead and on with the scheduled Sunday show. They honored her during the night and posted a tribute video. This show, just because of how the calendar fell, happened to be the death-themed Castillo del Terror show. IWRG had a haunted house set up inside off Arena Naucalpan as part of the festivities, which sounded like an Ivannia concept. The event appeared to sell out, as big IWRG cage matches tend to do. I’m sure they didn’t think long about canceling this show, if it even was a thought at all.

IWRG (SUN) 10/30/2022 Arena Naucalpan [Cronista del Ring, IWRG, R de Rudo, Zona Ruda]
***Castillo del Terror, 2022***
1) Hip Hop Man & Lucio b Águila Roja & Jhon Tito Kickoff | El Castillo del Terror 2022: 12 máscaras en una lucha en jaula + luchas de campeonato (posted by IWRG tv)
2) Keyra & Spider Fly b Limbo & Lolita Kickoff | El Castillo del Terror 2022: 12 máscaras en una lucha en jaula + luchas de campeonato (posted by IWRG tv)
3) Cerebro Negro b Hell Boy [super libre] Kickoff | El Castillo del Terror 2022: 12 máscaras en una lucha en jaula + luchas de campeonato (posted by IWRG tv)
Still heading to a hair match.
4) Puma de Oro © b Tonalli © [IWRG MEXICO, IWRG IC MIDDLE] Kickoff | El Castillo del Terror 2022: 12 máscaras en una lucha en jaula + luchas de campeonato (posted by IWRG tv)
Tonalli 3rd defense of the Middleweight title, Puma de Oro 3rd defense of the IWRG Mexico championship (all against Tonalli). Puma de Oro won once again, taking both titles.
5) Gran Pandemónium, Hijo de Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr. b Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Jessy Ventura
Jessy and Bugambilia had issues.
6) Hijo del Pirata Morgan © b Galeno del Mal [IWRG Rey del Ring]
3rd defense
7) Garra Mortal Jr. L Hijo De Canis LupusHijo del FishmanRey LeónDick Angelo 3GAsterboyNoisy BoyRey HalcónBengaleeSataniaHijo del AlebrijeLuka [cage, mask]
Rey Leon won Garra Mortal’s mask. Garra Mortal Jr. is Jorge Jesus Rios.

Garra Mortal Jr. has been around for less than two years, so it’s not a big mask loss. The bigger issue is Garra Mortal Jr. appears to be Maniacop 360, so this is him losing one mask as he switched character. This is normal IWRG behavior. Maybe it would have worked if one of the announcers didn’t slip up and called Maniacop “Garra” in one of his recent matches. I don’t think this hurts IWRG at all, because fans keep coming out for these cage matches even with similarly silly finishes before. Enough people know that IWRG might do something to cast doubt on the double identity.

The show goes on. One of the recent topics on the IWRG Revolucionarios show has been a rare IWRG event outside of Arena Naucalpan; that’s still scheduled for Saturday.

Nacion Lucha Libre

I’m a dummy. I wrote that I thought Nacion Lucha Libre was running Alberto/Wagner on 11/06, not thinking about how that would mean one of those two guys would have to lose to each other. That’s just not realistic. This week’s Nacion Lucha Libre TV instead ran an angle where the foreigners beat up Alberto before he could end his tournament match. Texano Jr. won instead, so he’ll face Dr. Wagner on Sunday for the new Nacion Lucha Libre, a fine title match that probably won’t send anyone rushing to buy tickets. Alberto will likely face Carlito and the rest of that crew.

Samuray del Sol announced he’s off the 11/06 show for health reasons.

WWE

WWE’s shows in Monterrey and Mexico City seemed to do fine, not great, but not terrible turnouts either. Mexico City’s show seemed to draw fewer fans than TripleMania – it’s likely the 5th or 6th biggest show in Mexico City this year, though they had higher ticket prices. The shows didn’t feel important but still got important levels of media attention; I think ESTO has six different articles on the Mexico City this morning.

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo defeated Legado del Fantasma on both shows. The WWE rule is the good guys win the house show matches whenever possible but I didn’t realize Los Lotharios went meant to be the good guys. WWE held a 10 bell salute for Humberto Garza on both shows, and Fantasma appeared with Legado del Fantasma on the Mexico City show. Those are smart touches for a company planning on running more in Mexico someday.

Other News

Shocker held a press conference Friday to tell his side of his incident in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Shocker’s lawyer suggested they’d sue to local police department for their contact. There’s not much new from what he told previously, it was more for a larger audience. He did say he was hoping to get his jaw fixed in January 2023, would be out of action for some months, and was going to run a “Shockerton” of merchandise sales in December to raise money to help him out while he wasn’t wrestling.

Saltillo luchador Chavo Lomeli (52) passed away Sunday. He was part of a large family of local luchadors, including his daughter CMLL’s La Maligna. He was wrestling as recently as last year and was active on Facebook last week. No cause of death is mentioned. A moment of remembrance was held for him in Saltillo.

Titan & BUSHI challenge TJP & Francesco Akira for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team championship on 11/05 in Osaka. TJP and Titan also have a singles match on 11/03. November 1st seems like a decent time to jump into a NJPW World subscription.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. challenges Masakatsu Funaki for the GHC Nacional Championship on 11/10 in Korakuen Hall.

Bandido beat Senza Voltio to win Belgium’s BodyZoi Wrestlng championship.

12/17 RIOT “Christmas Extravaganza On Ice (Sin Hielo)”

CMLL Gran Prix tonight, FantasticaMania returns, DST

Daylight Savings Time

Mexico ends Daylight Savings time late Saturday/Sunday night. The US ends it next week. That means all Mexico shows starting Saturday will be one hour later than usual.  My AAA on Space Twitch stream will be 7:30 pm this week, and next week’s CMLL Friday stream will start at 9 pm. (Tonight’s Gran Prix is unaffected.) Everything goes back to ‘normal’ on November 6th.

That’s all you need to know for this week. There is a bigger change coming. Until now, there’s been a one-week DST gap in the autumn, and a four-week DST gap in the spring. The good news is this is the last time for the autumn gap. The bad news is the spring one is extending to about 34 weeks. Mexico’s legislature approved a law to end daylight savings time on Wednesday (except for towns that border the US.) It still has to be signed into law, but that’s considered a formality, the Mexican president has pushed for this change personally. The clock switch Mexico makes this week will be the final one it makes. The US has considered making this change many times but never gets around to passing the legislation. The end result is there will be “winter” and “summer” times for US viewers of Mexico streams, with shows airing later during the warmer months. People streaming from Mexico who want a US audience must be very careful at explaining the different start times. It’s going to be a challenge.

CMLL

Today has the Gran Prix:

CMLL (FRI) 10/28/2022 Arena México
1) La Guerrera, La Magnifica, La Vaquerita vs Hera, Metálica, Tiffany
2) Esfinge & Fugaz © vs Magia Blanca & Rugido [MEX TAG]
3rd defense
3) Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Atlantis Jr., Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
4) Amapola, Dalys, Faby, La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Reyna Isis vs Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Ivelisse, Lady Frost, Mei Suruga, Stephanie Vaquer, Tae Honma [Gran Prix de Amazonas]

Team Mexico figures to win, figured to win even before Team World won the lead up match in Guadalajara. CMLL’s tendency to spread out wins means Dalys or Reyna Isis or Marcela seem like favorites. I would really like to see more with Avispa Dorada; she was the first eliminated in Guadalajara and seemed to get the short end of the stick last Friday. There’s going to be more international eyes on this show than usual – maybe more than the men’s Gran Prix because of how women’s wrestling fandom works – and it’d be great if Avispa got to show a new audience why we’ve been fans of hers for the last few years. I’m generally curious who will be the last few people on that Team World team; Ivelisse and Surgua being the final 2 was surprising in Guadalajara. Honma and Shimizu make sense as the two sticking around a little longer, but maybe we’ll be surprised again.

The biggest outsider name to the Mexican fans is Team Mexico’s Faby. The Rest of the World team has done lots of press and the Guadalajara announcers put over their quality, but they’re just a lot of new people or rarely seen people. Faby showing up CMLL remains the big deal; the fans seemed excited for the idea on Informa and I’m really curious how tonight goes with reactions.

The two men’s matches should be good, though the tag match guys will likely be pushing themselves a lot harder than the trios ones. Los Depreadores are unlikely to win but could really use a good performance. They just haven’t had enough standout matches. Magia Blanca is the champion most people would forget is champion. Rugido did fine playing Mistico’s foil and could show more of his own style here. The opener looks like a struggle.

This will air on Ticketmaster Live for 200 pesos (double price show) and will go up on YouTube around 11/10.

Informa had some teases of future plans. Julio Cesar Rivera made a point of saying how great it would be to see Ivelisse return for a longer stay, and Ivelisse said that was a goal of hers. Ivelisse also brought up the idea with Mas Lucha, so it’s something in the air. Ivelisse did mention she plans to take some time to rest her body after 20 years of wrestling. CMLL hasn’t brought back any of the men from the Gran Prix, though Lince Dorada has hinted at a December return on social media. (That one might be waiting for Mascara Dorada’s immigration status to ever be cleared out, now that I think about it.)

Informa had a strong tease of a Marcela/Faby match. Faby said she’d do it if the fans want it, and then noted fans always bring up Marcela as an opponent for her. Cesar Rivera said they’d team up first, and then CMLL would make the match if the fans demand it. Faby isn’t announced past tonight’s show, but it came off as it’s just a matter of announcing a date.

This is really the first of back-to-back weeks of big Friday night shows, with the Dia del Muertos show next week. That one has the same double PPV price, though nothing is announced for that date so far except the Rey del Inframundo final. (CMLL’s returned to Saturday posting of Friday lineups.)

CMLL (MON) 10/31/2022 Arena Puebla
1) Micro Gemelo Diablo I & Micro Gemelo Diablo II vs Chamuel & Periquito Sacaryas
2) El Suicida & Panterita del Ring Jr. vs Disturbio & Raider
3) Dalys, La Jarochita, Lluvia, Reyna Isis vs Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Stephanie Vaquer, Tae Honma
4) Atlantis Jr. vs Hijo de Octagón
5) Gran Guerrero, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Euforia, Hechicero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Atlantis Jr. & Hijo de Octagon are great friends on Sunday, arch-rivals on Monday, and great friends on Tuesday.

I wouldn’t expect to see more fan-cams from here any time soon. The video of last week’s women’s match got taken off YouTube by CMLL copyright strikee. If you pay really close attention, CMLL seems to have a rule that ‘media’ videos of shows last have to be under two minutes. This has never been explained to the general public, and CMLL does not announce rules against video taping at shows. There are plenty of CMLL videos that are longer than two minutes, including by the same YouTube user sitting in the same Arena Puebla and on the same channel. (You won’t find them now; he’s wisely marked them as private.) The difference here was I mentioned the video on Twitter to let non-lucha fans know where they might see their wrestlers, rather than just mentioning it on a post here or linking to it on the database as I did with past videos. CMLL seems to pay attention only to my Twitter account, so I’m probably at fault for that video getting a strike.

CMLL doesn’t appear to be taping Arena Puebla shows, there’s no obvious harm to CMLL by having that video online. There also were many other steps CMLL could’ve taken, like posting a comment asking the video to be taken down before they struck, but CMLL remains terrible at internet community management and engagement.

CMLL (TUE) 11/01/2022 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Flash, JKR, Omar Brunetti, Vaquero Jr. vs Cris Skin, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte, Ráfaga
2) Ángel Rebelde, Halcón Negro Jr., Optimus, Trono vs Adrenalina, Crixus, Explosivo, Fantástico
3) La Jarochita, Lluvia, Náutica, Sexy Sol vs Maligna, Reyna Isis, Stephanie Vaquer, Valkiria
4) Felino Jr., Panterita del Ring Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Bestia Negra, Difunto, Zandokan Jr.
5) Atlantis Jr., Hijo de Octagón, Místico vs Averno, Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

This is a Dia del Muertos-themed show. Panterita del Ring Jr. against the GDL young guys should be interesting. A lot of Hijo de Octagon lately.

Somehow, we all forgot Maligna existed when it came to the Universal tournament (and the odd number of people involved.) It’s not too big of a miss: she returned in May but has only wrestled in CMLL five times since, the last on August 20th. I’m guessing she’s been unavailable or she would’ve appeared in October given all the other women who were included.

FantasticaMania

Thursday, NJPW announced the return of their FantasticaMania tour for February 2023. The 2020 tour turned out to be some of the final NJPW shows before the pandemic hit Japan, and this will be the first FantasticaMania since that time.

The schedule:

  • 02/22 (Wed) Takamatsu (Kagawa)
  • 02/23 (Thu) Kyoto
  • 02/24 (Fri) Osaka
  • 02/26 (Sun) Makuhari Hall (Chiba)
  • 02/27 (Mon) Korakuen Hall
  • 02/28 (Tue) Korakuen Hall

It’s a smaller tour than the last few (8 shows, 4 in Korakuen Hall), but that’s OK. NJPW wants to run as many shows as possible to mitigate the costs of flying so many people over, but the cards themselves felt stretched thin the last couple of years. A few years off will do wonders for that, though CMLL still doesn’t have a super deep roster. CMLL sent 21 wrestlers in 2020, and I expect that number will be a little lower with fewer shows.

The tour also was moved from January to February; a common NJPW English-speaking fan complaint about this tour was it broke up the momentum following the 01/04 Tokyo Dome show to hand the shows over to another promotion. It’s not as much an issue this year – NJPW isn’t as hot, FantasticaMania indicates a return to pre-pandemic normalcy (and perhaps full attendance cheering crowds, which Japan has yet to permit.) CMLL fans in Japan are happy to see this back at all too, and the wrestlers are probably thrilled.

Luchador announcements for this tour are still TBA; we might not hear about them until early next year. The late February schedule means a bunch of top wrestlers are going to miss a Friday night show during the build to Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’s only one Friday so it shouldn’t be too big of an issue, and maybe whoever’s feuding will stay in Mexico. (Or maybe CMLL could run an angle to build up H2L on Tokyo to get someone besides CMLL fans to notice.) CMLL could still fit on a three-week tournament on starting on 03/07 and a final on a Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on 03/21.

This actually feels like bigger news in NJPW than CMLL at the moment. The Gran Prix tonight and the Dia del Muertos shows next week are getting the big attention. The attention will be increased once those names get announced and people start trying to figure out matches. I’m hoping Panterita del Ring Jr. makes because he’s got the best chance of wow-ing people who haven’t been paying attention to CMLL. NJPW and CMLL likes running those family tag team tournaments so there’s a chance. Panthers/Panteritas match 3 happening in Tokyo would be be fun if we’re going to dream.

AAA

AAA on Space will air at 6:30 pm CT this week. They almost have to be airing those two missing matches from TripleMania this week. The rest of the televised portion (tag, trios, women) goes up on YouTube Sunday.

AAA, EMW and American Icon Autographs have a show on 11/12. This is not a TV taping, though shows from this venue routinely show up on YouTube via fan cams.

AAA , EMW , ICON (SAT) 11/12/2022 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Ju Dizz & Ryan Kidd vs Kal Herro & Rayo Star and Kamikaze & Skalibur and Fantastik & Mirage
2) Reina Dorada & Sexy Star vs La Hiedra & Maravilla
3) Mr. Iguana & Niño Hamburguesa vs Máscarita Sagrada & Viva Van
4) Vampiro vs Nzo
5) Arez & Rey Horus vs Flip Gordon & Marty Scurll
6) Komander vs Taurus vs Argenis
7) Hijo Del Vikingo, Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown vs Gringo Loco, Moose, Sam Adonis

I think a lot of the names that don’t work here normally may be brought in by American Icon. It’s still got the big AAA logo, so some people got annoyed with AAA for using Marty Scurll. The top two matches could be good. Vampiro vs Nzo (ex-WWE Enzo Amore) sounds like a prank.

WrestleTix said Thursday that 425 tickets have been distributed (purchased or given out) for the 12/03 Tempe show. Another way of speaking is the building is at 8.6% capacity. Tickets have been on sale for four weeks. There was no meaningful promotion for the show on TripleMania, and no matches have been announced. AAA usually releases lineups a month ahead of time, so they should have an Tempe card out next week.

The press release for the 12/28 show says the trios titles (NGD) and two sets of tag titles are on the line, which suggests a trip to Acapulco for Sammy & Tay. That leaves one more title match, either Taya or Fenix. Probably Taya. It’s also possible those three matches weren’t announced because those decisions aren’t settled and the plans can change.

Dorian Roldan, talking to Mas Lucha, mentioned an AAA show with “a good friend” taking place in the first few months of 2023 that’ll be announced in the next few weeks.

He was very happy with how TripleMania went and how the luchadors did, and was relieved El Furioso’s injury was not more serious. He’s asked if it’s a TV taping and Roldan says it’s a “test of the US market” which really doesn’t answer the implicit “is anyone outside of Tempe going to be able to see this show” question. Roldan refers to the show as a trial by fire. He also clarifies Marvel Lucha Libre match in Acapulco is a five-person match; we had four winners from TV, so something’s unclear. (The Iron Man analog was shown watching the match with the belt, so maybe he’s meant to be part of the final too.) Dorian’s evasive about which other matches will be added.

With Laredo Kid out, the non-TV AAA show in Aguascalientes is now bringing in Bandido to wrestle Vikingo and Flamita. That show sometimes streams on the promotion’s Facebook page.

Abismo Negro Jr. told the Sin Mascaras podcast said he was originally offered three gimmicks by AAA: Abismo, Octagon and a third he doesn’t name. He didn’t like the third gimmick and didn’t want the responsibility of taking over the Abismo name, so Octagon was the pick. He took photos in the gimmick and was going to debut on September 9th, but Konnan talked to him and convinced him that was the role he was made for. He got a lot of hate the day he debuted and told his parents he was going to talk to AAA to quit the gimmick, but his father told him AAA gave him the character for a reason, that he’s right for it. Abismo just got off social media for a week. Abismo Jr. said he reached out to Abismo’s family after they started posting negatively about the gimmick on social media, they talked for a time but the family ended up blocking him and continuing on his campaign. He sounds like he’d have no problem being in a match with Abismo Negro’s son, who since started wrestling.

IWRG

Thusday’s IWRG Retro

  • 2002-08-01: Scorpio Jr., Enterrador, Kick Boxer vs Tinieblas Jr., Hijo de Anibal, Hijo de Lizmark
  • 1999-04-11: Kato Kung Lee, Ultimo Vampiro, Mike Segura vs SUWA, Dr. Cerebro, America
  • 2002-02-21: Asteroide vs Erick Daven

They’ve aired 3 of the matches from that 1999 show so I guess the other two may come yet.

Luka is out of the Castillo del Terror for health reasons. How can Luka possibly get hurt? Yorvak will replace him. That Castillo del Terror show is Sunday. Can’t believe WWE is running against Castillo del Terror.

IWRG is also posting spooky videos. Go to 1:05 to see a mystery face.

Big Lucha

Tonight’s Big Lucha World

  • Black Skayde, Metal Shadow, Nix vs Hatana, Zenki, Andy Panda Jr.
  • Orbita, King vs Kong, Elipse
  • Bendito, Emperador vs Gravity, Viajero

They’re listing a 9:30 pm start time.

Sol won the INJUVE El Lance a La Victoria’s tournament, earning 5000 pesos, a free wrestling license renewal, and a 1-year contract with Big Lucha. Only in Mexico would someone already wrestling for a promotion win a tournament to find a new wrestler to join the promotion. Second place was Little Star, and third was Night Fury. I am heartened to see Night Fury do well, because he’s a Mistico family member and so we’ll be seeing him for a long time and it’s useful if he’s actually good. The winner of the lucha libre comic contest was Erick Sanchez Garcia, who also received a cash prize.

Big Lucha (FRI) 11/11/2022 Bandidos Gym, Iztapalapa, Distrito Federal
1) Metal Shadow, Sussy Love, Zenky vs Andy Panda, Diosa Nix, Estrella Del Ring
2) King & Kong vs Black Skayde & Hijo De Skayde
3) Carito & Skayde vs Action Jackson & Potro
4) Galeno del Mal vs Limbo
5) Cometa Maya, Éxtasis, Radioactivo, Viajero vs Forneo, Hannya, Sol, Torito Negro Jr.
6) El Bandido, Gravity, Komander vs Elemental, Bendito, Flamita

The end of the last Big Lucha show seemed to tease tag matches, and tag matches is what they have. Seems a little lacking in a marquee attraction for a monthly show; it’s just the regular roster plus Galeno del Mal, which is unusual for this promotion. This lineup already went through one revision, which hs not unusual.

WWE

They’re running in Monterrey on Saturday and Mexico City on Sunday. Matt Riddle vs Seth Rollins is the main event, with the Mysterio family feud and Legado/Lotharios earlier in the shows.

There’s no obvious social media buzz for these shows and I don’t see many articles about them, but I’m not in Mexico City so maybe I’m missing it. I’ve been tracking the Mexico City sales closer and those seem like they’ve picked up; the map lists many sections as “unsold” where it’s really just a few scattered seats that are unsold. The map wasn’t overly optimistic regarding TripleMania, so we’ll have a better idea looking at pictures on Sunday. There’s a good chance the Gran Prix on Friday outdraws the WWE show on Sunday.

Other News

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

The Laredo Kid/Black Taurus X-Division tournament match is up on YouTube. You can tell they’re actually trying to push Black Taurus now because they’re giving Crazy Steve more mic time; such is the strange way US promotions work. Taurus’ next match should air in two weeks.

As of Thursday, the person in charge of the San Luis Potosi Box, Lucha and MMA commission is Blanca Rodriguez, better known as Princesa Blanca.

An AAA/DTU show in Ciudad Victoria on Thursday seems to have drawn well.

AAA Night of Champions, CMLL all women’s show, Laredo Kid and Blue Panther updates

CMLL

CMLL (MON) 10/24/2022 Arena Puebla [@Tribunadeportes]
1) Centella Roja, Leono, Retro b Dark Soul, Dreyko, Rencor
2) Mercurio b Shockercito [CMLL MINI]
4th defense
3) Alex Gracia, Ivelisse, Lady Frost b Hikari Shimizu, Mei Suruga, Tae Honma Ivelisse, Lady Frost & Alex Gracia VS Mei Suruga, Hikari Shimizu & Tae Honma | Arena Puebla (2022) (posted by )
4) Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Gran Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Terrible
5) Hijo de Octagón, Negro Casas, Octagón DQ Atlantis Jr., Averno, Fuerza Guerrera Facebook video (posted by )
Atlantis Jr. fouled Hijo de Octagon

An Atlantis Jr. vs Hijo de Octagon match doesn’t do much for me personally, but I could see it as a second-generation curiosity.

CMLL (TUE) 10/25/2022 Arena México [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Micro Ángel b Átomo, Chamuel, Periquito Sacaryas 20221025cmll_match1Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Micro Ángel vs Átomo, Chamuel, Periquito Sacaryas.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
2) Blue Panther, Dark Panther, Panterita del Ring b Kráneo, Okumura, Rey Bucanero 20221025cmll_match2Blue Panther, Dark Panther, Panterita del Ring vs Kráneo, Okumura, Rey Bucanero.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
Panther was “knocked out” in the first fall, rudos took 1/3.
3) Angelito b Último DragóncitoPierrothitoShockercitoMercurioAéreoAceroPequeño OlímpicoKaliguaFantasyPequeño PolvoraMinosPequeño MagíaPequeño Violencia [cibernetico (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
a Dia de Mundial de Personas Con Talla Baja (World Drawf Awareness Day) special. Eliminations: Acreo (Aereo), Pequeno Magia (Kaligua), Fantasy (Ultimo Dragoncito), Aereo (Pierrothito), Pequeno Polvora (Pequeno Olimpico), Minos (Shockercito), Kaligula (left after a dive), Pequeno Violencia (Angelito), Pierrothito (Ultimo Dragoncito), Shockercito (Ultimo Dragoncito), Pequeno Olimpico (Angelito) and Ultimo Dragoncito (Angelito) leaving Angelito as the winner.
4) Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto b Negro Casas, Stuka Jr., Valiente 20221025cmll_match4Negro Casas, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))

Blue Panther was fine backstage and didn’t go to the hospital. He posted a video to indicate he was fine, saying he suffered a bruise to his cervical vertebrae from Kraneo’s legdrop.  Blue Panther was selling being knocked out before the legdrop, but it never looked like he suffered a serious injury. He fell to the mat after being tripped by Bucanero, falling as safely as you’d expect for an older wrestler. No one- the wrestlers, referee Olimpico or the medics – thought it was a serious injury until Panther wouldn’t get up to continue the match. Panther has worked serious injuries in the past, sometimes without apparently telling everyone in the match, and that appears to be what happened here. This is the second time in about a month that a wrestler in CMLL has simulated a life-threatening injury. As with Dulce Gardenia, the media covering the show (and a lot of media not covering the show but seeing clips pop up elsewhere) seriously covered it as a real injury. A Facebook account went as far as saying they believed Blue Panther died, which is probably what caused CMLL to have Panther come out and say he was OK (and not dead). The part CMLL or Panther probably weren’t ready for is this injury has led to fans telling CMLL that Panther needs to retire before he gets hurt worse; that’s definitely not their intention..

The bits and pieces I could see of the cibernetico looked fun.

Micro Gemelos Diablos are doing a Micro Malditos act with Angel.

CMLL (TUE) 10/25/2022 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, thecubsfan]
1) Hera, Misteriosa, Olympia b Náutica, Sexy Sol, Valkiria 20221025cmll_match1Hera, Misteriosa, Olympia vs Náutica, Sexy Sol, Valkiria.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
2) Amapola & La Vaquerita b La Seductora & Tiffany 20221025cmll_match2Amapola & La Vaquerita vs La Seductora & Tiffany.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
3) Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Ivelisse, Lady Frost, Mei Suruga, Stephanie Vaquer, Tae Honma b Dalys, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Lluvia, Marcela, Metálica, Princesa Sugehit, Reyna Isis 20221025cmll_match3Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Hikari Shimizu, Ivelisse, Lady Frost, Mei Suruga, Stephanie Vaquer, Tae Honma vs Dalys, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Lluvia, Marcela, Metálica, Princesa Sugehit, Reyna Isis.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))

I caught part of this cibernetico and saw quite a few moments where the women showed they weren’t that familiar with wrestling each other. It’s good to have this match before the Gran Prix. The crowd seemed on the lower end of normal, which is to be expected when people who don’t usually main event are in the main event. (Many fans seemed to be waiting for another match after the cibernetico, as if not aware there were only three matches.) Still, the crowd seemed into the concept, reacting well to the match. The announcers also put over the quality of the outsiders in the match. The last four were Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Mei Suruga and Ivelisse, which was surprising on the World side; it felt like there’s been more attention on Honma and Shimizu. They usually change these around in the rematch on Fridays.

For other people running match databases, I did belatedly work out the results for the free show on Sunday in Guadalajara.

Antigua Casona de Xicoténcatl” was an old building that hosted the Mexico senate from 1931 to 2011 and had other functions prior. They’ve since moved to the current location on Paseo de la Reforma, remodeling the old building to the pre-Senate look and using it as a place to host cultural events. Today, the cultural event they were scheduled to host is a CMLL show with free attendance. That was the plan; there’s some push back from government people who believe lucha libre doesn’t belong in that venue, and the show was rumored to be canceled at one point Tuesday.

CMLL (SAT) 10/29/2022 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Minos & Pequeño Violencia
2) Explosivo (Jalisco), Optimus (Querétaro), Trono vs Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr.
3) Flyer, Star Black, Volcano vs Cancerbero, Luciferno, Virus
4) Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Lady Frost vs Hikari Shimizu, Mei Suruga, Tae Honma
5) Atlantis, Star Jr., Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Sagrado, Terrible

No Star Jr. vs Niebla Roja singles match quite yet, but it’s probably happening next week. More Guadalajara wrestlers filtering in on the second match.

CMLL (SUN) 10/30/2022 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astral, Cachorro, Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Raider
2) Chamuel © vs Micro Gemelo Diablo I [CMLL MICRO]
3rd defense
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Diamond, Magnus, Rugido
4) Alex Gracia, Avispa Dorada, Lady Frost vs Dalys, Mei Suruga, Stephanie Vaquer
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Hijo de Octagón, Octagón vs Ángel de Oro, Fuerza Guerrera, Niebla Roja, Satánico

Satanico came all the way to Mexico City to wrestle Octagon. We all make bad choices. This is another foreigner/foreigner trios, even with Honma and Shimizu wrestling in northern Mexico on this day. The Mexicans and foreigners are only wrestling on the two Gran Prix shows this week; Honma and Shimizu will mix in with the regular roster next week.

CMLL (TUE) 11/01/2022 Arena México
1) Fantasy, Kaligua, Pequeño Magía vs Mercurio, Minos, Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Guerrera, La Magnifica, Princesa Sugehit vs Hikari Shimizu, Metálica, Tae Honma
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Luciferno, Virus
4) Stuka Jr. vs Niebla RojaStar Jr.Dragón Rojo Jr.EsfingeSagradoPanterita del RingRey BucaneroDark PantherRugido [Rey del Infrmundo, cibernetico]

CMLL has Tuesday and Sunday lineups up already. Nothing important on this one outside of the cibernetico. CMLL seems to have sorted it by chances of winning this cibernetico to face Terrible; Stuka seems like the favorite.

The 11/06 Sunday lineup was announced prior. I was missing the micros trios match, which is dumb of me because there’s CMLL only has one micros trios match.

Dark Silueta announced she underwent knee surgery and would be out for two months so we won’t see her in the ring again until 2023. She’d already been removed from the Gran Prix due to the knee injury; it seemed like she was trying to keep it together long enough to make it through this month and it didn’t work out.

CMLL Informa has the Gran Prix participants, Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja, Esfinge, Panterita del Ring, Rugido and Rey Bucanero. They also will have fans in the studio for the first time in two and half years. That sounds like a very long show.

VH1’s Surreal Life visited Arena Mexico to do a wrestling challenge of their debut episode Monday night (a bit taped some time back.) There’s a duality of the Arena Mexico being a very sacred place and also any TV production can come to the ring to film something for the right amount of money. That’s also the money AAA is chasing with the idea for venues in Spring Break locations.

AAA

AAA held a press conference on Tuesday to announce matches for the 12/28 Acapulco show:

AAA TV (WED) 12/28/2022 Arena GNP, Acapulco, Guerrero
1) Arcano vs El EngañosoGran MazoPicadura Letal
2) Dave The Clown vs Panic ClownMurder ClownVampiroPagano?????????????????? [Copa Mundo Imperial]
number of participants unknown
3) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
4) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
5) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
6) Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood © vs Dragón Lee & Dralistico [AAA TAG]
fifth defense
7) Hijo Del Vikingo © vs Bandido [AAA MEGA]
Seventh defense, third on TV

A big surprise in theme: it’s a night of champions theme. The three TBA matches will also be title matches. I’d bet on NGD defending the trios titles and Taya against Lady Flammer so AAA will stop hearing about it. That leaves either Sammy/Taya defending the mixed tag titles or Fenix defending the two belts he holds, and that might go down to who AEW will let go that day. Dorian Roldan noted this was a Wednesday show and thanked Tony Khan for allowing FTR to appear.

Vikingo/Bandido will be outstanding. Wheeler/Harwood vs Dragon Lee/Dralistico should be interesting (can FTR lose directly?); they worked an FTR-style match way back in Merida. AAA running a big arena only for title matches is a special challenge. Mundo Imperial is the co-promoter of this show, so they get the sponsored match this time around. Mundo Imperial said they wanted this December Acapulco show to become a tradition, and hoped to have AAA in the city for three shows in total.

As always, AAA’s focus is on tickets – they hoped fans from far away from Acapulco would make this a holiday vacation – and so no mention of if it’ll air on FITE. The poster lists it as a TV taping but AAA didn’t even especially talk about that. This is a Wednesday show, there is AEW talent booked, I’d be surprised if AEW gave the ok for FTR to appear on a broadcast directly competing with Dynamite. (Bandido may be an AEW talent by the time this show happens, for all we know.) The lineup screams “PPV” but I wouldn’t count on that happening, at least live. Maybe Space will air it live and I’ll have a very strange Wednesday.

There’s still nothing announced for the Tempe show.

Laredo Kid is still hospitalized at last weird, but that’s expected with his condition and he’s believed to be doing fine all considering. The situation is eerie. Back in 2017, DJZ (now Joaquin Wilde) suffered a perforated small intestine after Laredo Kid landed on him following a 450 splash. Five years later, Laredo Kid suffered a perforated small intestine Hijo del Vikingo landed on him after a move. It’s not an injury that happens often. Laredo Kid, according to Mamba in a YouTube video about the incident, felt pain after his match with Hijo del Vikingo. He took photos with fans and with the belt but looked pale and felt like he needed to vomit. The medics on site urged him to go to the hospital immediately, and doctors discovered Laredo Kid’s small intestine had ruptured. He was feeling bad because he was filling up internally with blood. Laredo underwent operations to remove the damaged part of his small intestine and then reconnect the remainder, and he’ll be in the hospital until they’re certain everything is OK. Laredo’s been told no strenuous physical activity for at least two months, so he’ll be sitting out for a while. My guess is it’ll be a bonus if we see him back in the ring before Rey de Reyes 2023. It obviously could be a lot worse.

AAA put out a statement saying Laredo Kid underwent surgery and was stable. I was critical of how AAA held the Dragon/Furioso injury. This one seems like AAA handled everything well; Laredo might be in far worse shape if AAA’s doctors didn’t urge Laredo to go to the hospital immediately.

The Laredo Kid injury news got some mainstream attention based on him being on the Extalon TV show years ago and his fellow participants wishing him well.

Impact just finished a month of taping last week, so Laredo Kid will be on that show for a while longer. His match with Black Taurus in the first round of Impact X-Division title tournament airs on BTI on Thursday, which means it’ll be on Impact’s YouTube channel for free. I didn’t spot Laredo listed as wrestling on the second day of taping, so that may be it for him in Impact for now barring a backstage bit. Impact did wish Laredo Kid well and he’ll be back there when he’s healthy.

I meant to note this Monday: La Hiedra winning the Showcenter title and Lluvia winning the CMLL Universal tournament was two daughters of Sangre Chicana winning the biggest women’s tournaments AAA and CMLL will hold this year on the same weekend. The timing is a coincidence, though it says something about how far they’ve both come.

IWRG

IWRG (SUN) 10/30/2022 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Roja & Jhon Tito vs Hip Hop Man & Lucio
2) Keyra & Spider Fly vs Limbo & Lolita
3) Cerebro Negro vs Hell Boy [super libre]
4) Puma de Oro © vs Tonalli © [IWRG MEXICO, IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Tonalli third defense of the Middleweight title, Puma de Oro 3rd defense of the IWRG Mexico championship (all against Tonalli)
5) Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Jessy Ventura vs Gran Pandemónium, Hijo de Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr.
6) Hijo del Pirata Morgan © vs Galeno del Mal [IWRG Rey del Ring]
3rd defense
7) Hijo De Canis Lupus vs Hijo del FishmanRey LeónDick Angelo 3GAsterboyGarra Mortal Jr.Noisy BoyRey HalcónBengaleeSataniaHijo del AlebrijeLuka [cage, mask]

Castillo del Terror is an all masked person match, loser is unmasked. Is this the end of the giant stuffed animal Luka? This will be one very long show with the cage match and six undercard matches. It’s a Mas Lucha premium show.

No sign of a Thursday show.

Other Notes

LuchaWorld hast this week’s Poster-Mania and the latest Lucha Report.

DTU luchador Camuflaje has been hospitalized since October 20th with pneumonia; a message from his mother on Facebook alarmed people about his status.

Nacion Lucha Libre announced kid’s music group Picus will appear on their 11/06 TV taping.

Puebla will have a licensing test for luchadors on 11/27.

Mexico figure skater Donovan Carrillo did a lucha libre themed exhibition routine. F1 driver Sergio Perez has a lucha libre themed helmet for the Mexico GP this weekend. Arez appeared at a Chicago Blackhawks game.