Halloween will be out seven to nine months. It sounds like he had a pre-existing knee ligament injury, and that’s the only injury the doctor talks about in the article, but of course the storyline is pinning the absences completely on the devastating effects of Unvierso’s black hammer. The doctor does say they took an MRI and checked his vertebras and he’s lucky not to be more hurt. Halloween’s going to be transferred back to a Tijuana hospital (oh no) shortly.
Ovaciones says Friday’s Arena Mexico main is actually a Triple Main Event where any of the top three matches could happen in any order, but I don’t think they’re really going to end having Kenzo main event the show. Of note, they say Texano Jr. and Kronos are teaming with a unrevealed partner; is Maximo (scheduled partner) in Japan again?
Rayo accepted a challenge from Canek’s to face off on Sunday, so add that to the Arena Coliseo card. Canek’s actual challenge was for Rayo’s WWA Heavyweight Championship, but the title is not mentioned here.
The Lucha Commission will have it’s annual Dia De Luchador party tomorrow, and they’ll announce their choices for wrestlers of the year. Hope that makes the Thursday or Friday paper.
Ain’t It Cool News posted a picture of Jack Black as Nacho Libre.
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- Cover is all over Halloween taking the Black Hammer. I guess this angle is selling magazines.
- Poster has Volador Jr. in mid Asai Moonsault, among others.
- Abismo Negro has turned tecnico. Cibernetico was ticking him off and the tecnicos hugged him, so the decision was easy. Because he’s a good guy, he’s going to wrestle as a rudo where he’s previously committed to, but he’s looking forward to teaming with the tecnicos.
- Hector Garza declares that the Perros del Mal/Perros del Notre (huh?) are strictly Halloween, Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, and Hector Garza. Not only is Tarzan not part of the group, but apparently neither is Terrible. Where this leaves the Trios titles, I have no idea.
- Original (I think) Pentagon’s near death experience. In March of ’96, a dive went bad and he suffered serious vertebrae and brain injuries, and was nearly brain dead. He was told he wasn’t going to walk or even see again, but he walks mostly normal, and he can somewhat see. He’s been supported by charity functions over the years sense, but has overcome a lot.
- Damian talks about the injuries he’s suffered thru his career. This is kinda like the Scared Straight issue.
- Sangre and Safari talk about going to NJPW. Sangre sounds thrilled with what he’s done and what’s he learned. Safari wants everyone to know he hasn’t and isn’t going to disappear; he’s hoping to prove himself here to get a better position in CMLL. Good luck on that.
- Black Warrior says he was overbooked the Friday he was shuffled out of the Arena Mexico card, but he isn’t going anywhere. He pleads to return to the rudo side, feeling it’s a better fit, and promises to give 200% in the future.
- Estrellita, real name Viviana Barradas, talks about being a wrestler and a mother. She is (or was? not clear) married to Jerrito Estrada and has two children, Christopher (10) and Monica (8). Her kids like lucha libre, but she rather they go to university than wrestle.
- Interview with Lourdes Grobet, of the Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars Of Mexican Wrestling photography book. He was told by publishers that people wouldn’t buy a Lucha Libre book, but he’s gotten great turnouts at signings. I just realized, I have no idea of Lourdes is a male or female name. Sorry about that if I’m screwing it up.
- Fantasma de la Opera explains he’s using the same exact name as his father, because he was such a fan of him.
- Aeroflash talks about what he’s done since UWA folded. Not much. Unlike others, he didn’t go to Mexico City because he’s got business responsibilities that keep him in the area, and he still wanted to wrestle, so he’s been doing in smaller shows in southern US.
- Interview with Acapulco area wrestler Apostol
- Rambo talks about his first tour of wrestling.