10/14: Mexico, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 10/13 Arena Mexico Results [ocampo, ova]
1) Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito b Mini Violencia, Pierrothito
2) Hombre sin Nombre, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Mascara Purpura, Texano Jr., Virus
3) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Felino, La Mascara, Maximo
Mascara got carried out after a bad dive.
4) Dos Caras Jr., Groon XXX, Rey Bucanero DQ Kenzo Suzuki, Shocker, Universo 2000
Differing reports if Kenzo or Shocker caused the DQ in the final fall. Shocker wants a title match versus Rey.
5) Hiroka b Lady Apache [hair]
holy carp! It was a total screwy finish, for sure – after changing the referees mid match, the one in at the end missed La Nazi reversing a pinfall to put Hiroka on top, and that got the win – but any loss is a loss when it means you lose your hair. Post match, Marcela challenged Hiroka to her own hair match, but Hiroka only wants title matches at the moment.
6) Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero DQ Heavy Metal, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Warrior pulls Mistico’s mask, of course.

This proves I know nothing, as if there were any doubts. Lady Apache is great.

Guerreros del Ring is airing
10/08 Coliseo: La Mascara, Lizmark, Maximo b Averno, Emilio Charles Jr., Mephisto
10/06 Mexico : Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero

GALA is airing the first half of VdE

Laredo Kid b Kaoma Jr. and El Apache [dream, toreno, final]
Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventued Guerrera, Psicosis II b Chessman, Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz [sf]
AJ Styles, Homicide, Low-Ki, Samoa Joe DQ Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Electroshock, Histeria [sf]
Alan Stone, Hator, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido b Intocable, Oriental, Super Porky, Zorro

Seems like someone paid for production.

Allies/Enemies (more) complete

An expansion of what I was doing earlier this week, but for everyone is here in very raw form.

* if a wrestler hasn’t had 24 matches in the last two years (one a month), they’re skipped (though they could still be someone else’s Ally or Enemy)
* only indexed wrestlers (the ones with their own profile) are considered for allies/enemies; the Caifans fought the Orientales in Monterry roughly five billion times, but the Orientales aren’t in the system, so they can’t be enemies.
* I’m surely going to figure someway to add these onto the profile cards, though the actual info might not be updated more than once every two weeks or once a month (because they don’t really change that quickly.)

I think the closest set of allies is Javi and Jesse, but that depends on me knowing which Kumbia Kid was in which match, back when they were just listed as Kumbia Kid I thru V.

10/13: Guadalajara, AULL,

CMLL (TUE) 10/10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Neon b Virgo
2) Estrella de Jalisco CO Impostor
3) Nube Roja b Valentin Mayo
4) Mr. Trueno b Idolo
5) Conflictus b Oro II
6) Hijo de Pierroth, Kenzo Suzuki, Pierroth b Metro II, Rayman, Satanico
Kenzo filled in for Eclipse, who’s I’m guessing is hurt.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico b Olimpico, Tarzan Boy

AULL (WED) 10/11 Arena Lopez Mateos Results
1) Arkanos, Yakuza b Okawa, Rey Lobo
2) Tortuguillo Ninja II, Tortuguillo Ninja III b Conde Bartok, Militar
3) Halloween, Psicopata, Tortuga Mutante DQ Nick La Muerte, Ultimo Vampiro, Villano III
4) Astro Boy, Mascara Sagrada, Rocky Santana b Dr. Karonte Jr., Heavy Boy, Misterioso II
5) Dos Caras Jr., Robin Maravilla, Ultimo Gladiador DQ Olimpico, Sepulturero, Skandalo
Olimpico pulled Dos’ mask.
6) Mistico, Super Nova, Terry 2000 b Atlantis, Rey Krimen, Sadico
Said to be quite good.

Ovaciones has interview with both participants in the hair match. Lady Apache is looking at this as revenge for the title match, promising to get La Nazi next for her help in cheating. She also emphasizes the need to have a good match, to prove the level they fight at.

Here’s tonight’s full card:

CMLL (FRI) 10/13 Arena Mexico
1) Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Violencia, Pierrothito
2) Mascara Purpura, Texano Jr., Virus vs Hombre sin Nombre, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
3) Felino, La Mascara, Maximo vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
4) Dos Caras Jr., Groon XXX, Rey Bucanero vs Kenzo Suzuki, Shocker, Universo 2000
5) Lady Apache vs Hiroka [hair]
6) Heavy Metal, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

While the main event, and to a lesser effect (and getting lesser by the moment), Groon are probably expected to draw the house, it’s that 5th match which is the most interesting to me. The Dark Angel/Amapola match was also 5th on the card and the previous two title matches in Arena Mexico have been 4th on the card.

The division is still too new and too unproved to expect it to have any notable impact on attendance; by making it the semimain here, they’re accepting a lesser reaction than they might normally get in the hopes this will help improve the standing. You’ve got to be willing to do stuff like that if you want to ultimately make it meaningful.

The most meaningful women’s match CMLL could do, with things are they are, is Hiroka defending (and losing) the title to Dark Angel, because she’s clearly the most over female in the division. None of this is a secret, and it’s not particularly hard thing to do – CMLL’s actually done a far better job building up Hiroka and her title reign into something important than I expected; she’s had some notable title defenses, she’s been a focal point in trios matches, and even if other women are more talented than her (and some probably are), she’s been fairly pushed as the top person in the group, not just the person who happens to have the belt. If things just stayed as is, it’d mean something for Dark Angel to beat her.

Tonight’s a fork in the road in that plan. This hair match looks like a classic example of a company choosing to reward a respected and politically connected veteran instead of going with the option which would be better for business. If Lady Apache simply gets to even the score, getting a win back to even the score from the title match, they might as well hand her the CMLL Title at the same time, or just dump it; clearly beating the champion in a singles match means they’re not longer a champion, belt or not, and they’re just wasting time.

OTOH, if Hiroka actually takes Lady Apache’s hair, than that’s a credit to Apache, and a sign that they’re going all the way with a championship (which would make 1 championship they’re going all the way with, so I don’t know why I bothered to write this.)

(I always wonder in these situations, if there’s some inside info I’ll never know, but will makes what happens make complete sense and in the absence of it, I’m completely missing the point. It’s tough to make judgments on info I don’t have, that I know for sure.)

One of the reasons I like CMLL’s Women’s Division is it’s booking, believe it or not. There’s a finite number of meaningful wrestlers, there’s usually one ongoing program in the division, and they seem to be progressing in a logical manner. Because it’s “Women” and not more nebulous concepts like “Welterweight”, it seems like they can focus on what they’re doing far better than they do on anything but the top program.

La Mascara defends the National Middleweight title this Monday in Puebla, versus Misterioso. That’s the show’s main event (though they’ve got 2 matches of CMLL talent underneath.)

Mistico told the press on Tuesday that people are working on a film of his life.

I’d be remiss to go thru the week without linking to Rob’s CMLL PPV Music Video.

10/12: Coliseo, IWRG, LLX

CMLL (TUE) 10/10 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Artillero, Super Comando b Flash, Super Nova
2) Apocalipsis, Ramstein, Zayco b Starman, Trueno, Valiente
3) Leono, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera b Arkangel, Hooligan, Loco Max
4) Alex Koslov, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 b Blue Panther, Felino, Mascara Purpura
5) Averno, Mephisto, Shocker DQ Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero
Shocker low blowed Dos for the loss.

IWRG (THU) 10/05 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Brazo Jr. b Black Jaguar
2) Ave Fenix, Gran Cuchillo b Black Jaguar, Black Stone
3) Astro Boy, Freelance, Tony Rivera b Black Terry, Fantasma de la Opera, Makabro Jr.
4) Fabian el Gitano, Fantasma, Hijo del Fantasma DQ Head Hunter I, Head Hunter II, Veneno
Veneno got DQed for faking a low blow. Rudos accused the referee of Mexican bias.
5) Mr. Niebla, Pantera, Volador Jr. DQ Black Pentagon, Nitro, Okumura
Rudos from the last match here showed up to stomp the tecnicos, so back to back DQs.

IWRG (SUN) 10/08 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Forastero b Sasaki
2) Ave Fenix, Kid Tiger b Paramedico, Ultra Mega
3) Astro Boy, Fabian el Gitano, Freelance DQ Black Stone, Fantasma de la Opera, Macho II
Macho II fouled Fabian el Gitano.
4) Fantasma, Fantasma Jr., Hijo del Fantasma b Enterrador 2000, Hijo del Diablo, Pierroth II
5) Alex Koslov, Okumura, Ultimo Guerrero DQ Astro Boy, Mr. Niebla, Texano Jr.
Ultimo faked a low blow from Mr. Niebla, got away with it, and even Niebla’s teammates bought it and were angry with him. Sucks to be Mr. Niebla.

LLX is saying it’s next show is 10/22, with Rey Misterio Sr. & Hijo de Rey Misterio vs Nathan Rulez & Derek Sanders as the main event – but they’re bringing in the likes of El Hijo del Santo and Super Dragon for future shows. Uh huh.

Anyway, it’s interesting to note they’re still bringing in So Cal indy guys – and to be perfectly honest, So Cal indy guys who won’t sell a ticket unless they also operate the ticket booth, because who the heck knows who they are? (I didn’t till I looked the profiles up, hence the links) – with Vampiro out of the picture, as people had been suggesting that was (soley) his idea. I don’t think building shows around people (even if they’re awesome) the local fans are unfamiliar with is a way to run profitable indy shows, but maybe they’ve got goals other than making money? I dunno what’s going on here.

AAA: 09/23, 09/30, 10/07

Yea, they’re back. And they’re short. I did these in reverse, from newest to oldest, if you wonder why comments may not make sense.

* 10/07 (09/03 taping): it was strongly suggested that I pick these recaps back up, if only to watch the Dream tournament. I’ve got to say it was wroth it for the Gran Apache/Rey Cometa match, the best match I saw in this bunch (and far better than most of the Dream tournament stuff, I thought.) Main event was pretty good for AAA main events, even with the Chessman/Cibernetico stuff nearly overpowering the match.
* 09/30 (08/20): this show, I wasn’t so high on. Though if the Aliens promo isn’t already on YouTube, someone needs to put it up there already.
* 09/23 (08/17): I was kinda disappointed with Condor/Laredo, but I think it’s on Laredo for it not working. He was really not hitting his moves in ways that wouldn’t kill Condor. Though he wasn’t nearly as bad as the Mexican Powers.

I’m going go backwards and start from where I left off. If I can keep it down to being this short, I’m fine with catching up in bunches.

I also updated the AAA and CMLL roster pages. Let me know the things I missed.

Guess I was kinda of industrious today.


Lucha Times

AAA on Galavision: Show airs at 3 PM Eastern, 11 PM on the west coast feed. Should be the 1st half of Triplemania, including half of the Atomicos tournament.

CAN52: normal times, and should get the top two matches becuase

FSE: off due to MLB playoffs.

random teamup/oppose facts

(This is what happens when I start looking thru baseball-reference’s new update.)

All stats based on the last 2 years (2004.10.11 to today) – includes all recored events.

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10/11: Psicosis, Guadalajara, Negro Casas

Psicosis/Nicho was arrested Monday for carjacking. (El Mexicano’s article is here) He’s accused of stealing a car at gunpoint (the gun in this case turned out to be a water pistol hidden under a towel, though no one knew it at the time.) Assuming this is accurate, if he’s not already fired from WWE by the time you read this, he probably will be soon, and that seems to be the least of his problems.

CMLL (SUN) 10/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Rey Trueno b Milenio
2) Exterminador, Metal Blanco b Fraile de la Muerte, Mr. Trueno
3) Carlo Roggi, Ebola b Guero Loco, Infierno
4) Conflictus, Super Maquina b Gallo, Leon Blanco
5) Kenzo Suzuki, Tarzan Boy b Metro II, Satanico [torneo, qf, corona]
Angel Blanco low blowed both tecnicos to help the rudos win.
6) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr. b Hijo de Pierroth, Pierroth [torneo, qf, corona]
7) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr. b Kenzo Suzuki, Tarzan Boy [torneo, sf, corona]
Kenzo yanked Wagner’s mask, and Tarzan pinned him for the decisive victory. Tournament continues this Sunday.

Negro Casas will be out at least three weeks with a torn muscle in his middle abductor. (CMLL.com) He’s booked in a lot of bigger/known arena matches over the weekend, so there’s going to be some reshuffling.

- Arena Mexico: Heavy Metal is inserted into the main event, Maximo takes Metal’s spot in the tercera, Mascara Purpura takes Maximo’s place in the segunda
- Sunday Arena Coliseo: La Mascara moves to the main event, Metro II replaces him in the cibernetico.
- not sure on IWRG changes yet.

AAA’s been kicked out of Arena Coliseo Monterrey. The arena management said they had a deal with Pena, not the local promoter, and the deal’s off now that Pena’s passed. They’ll run a local show in AAA’s usual Sunday slot (that’s the local show with Konnan Big vs Local TV Stars, and they’ve been drawing good despite some bad wrestling), and CMLL is expected to eventually take AAA’s place in the building. AAA will likely try to run shows in Arena Solidardad instead.

El Pancracio #23 is up, and you really ought to read their article on Pena‘s funeral. They got interviews with a lot of wrestlers there, and the common sentiment seemed they would refuse to let AAA (and Antonio Pena’s memory) die. On a different note, I wish El Pancracio would do a better job of identifying what’s the new content is each edition. It’s tough to tell what’s been added, and I’m sure I’m missing new stuff each time.

Lots of familiar names on an Ultimo Dragon show tommorow in Japan.

Ultimo Dragon (THU) 10/12 Korakuen Hall [dgusa]
1) Hisamaru Tajima, Yoshitsune, Takeshi Minaminno vs Fujita Jr Hayato, Hiromi Horiguchi, Rasal Matsuzaki
2) Banana Senga vs Guillermo Chango Akiba vs Kanjyuuro Matsuyama
3) Negro Navarro vs. Solar
4) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, Passion Hasegawa vs Nosawa, Masada, Katsushi Takemura
The later trio probably as the rudo Japanese Legion, as they were in CMLL
5) Hajime Ohara vs Hijo del Fantasma [NWA Welter]
rematch of the last show in Mexico
6) Ultimo Dragon, Kazuchika Okada, Jinsei Shinzaki vs Tajiri, Masao Orihara, Ultimo Guerrero
please do the mask match already, thanks. I think it’s possible to get from Tokyo to Mexico City in time for the Arena Mexico show, but I don’t suppose it’ll be fun.

Imperio Azul, a Nuevo Leon area legend, passed away Tuesday at the age of 56. Mario Llanes, brother of Enrique Llanes, passed away Sunday.

Champ Car driver Mario Dominguez was at last night’s Arena Coliseo show. He got a Dos Caras Jr. mask.

There’s an exhibit of lucha libre engravings and films at the National Musuem of Anthropology in El Salvador. In case you’re in the neighborhood.

Guerreros del Ring #56 has a cover of – Martha Villalobos? This is what happens when you do your cover shots in advance.

10/10: Puebla, lineups

CMLL (MON) 10/09 Arena Puebla Results [hugo999]
1) Kirvan, Zigma b La Mafia, Muercielago
2) Asturiano, Centella de Oro, Fabian el Gitano b Fuerza Chicana, Maniacop, Skandalo
3) Dark Angel, India Sioux, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Rosa Negra
4) Averno, Mephisto, Misterioso II b Blue Panther, La Mascara, Mascara Purpura
5) Alex Koslov, Atlantis, Black Warrior b Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr.

AAA’s updated it’s preview for the 10/14 show, saying it’ll be a tribute to Antonio Pena. (Which means the 10/12 taping is ?) Card’s the same, except Antifaz is officially taking Electroshock’s spot in the Vipers. The main event is a cage match, if it wasn’t before.

Yahoo Travelerdoes like a minute (I’m told) on lucha libre.

Box Y Lucha is doing a chat with Lady Apache on Wednesday.

Lineups are below. IWRG has a cage of death match in Arena Neza this week, and apparently the tag team tournament last weekend in Guadalajara is part of a Corona Tag Team tournament.

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GdR #46

10/07 – Just two okay matches.


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