09/27 news: Volador, Coliseo, Guadalajara

Volador Jr. is offically out for the week (at least – he’s home resting.) Don’t know where this leaves the rest of his bookings, but the Friday card has been changed:

CMLL (FRI) 09/29 Arena Mexico Results
1) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
2) Felino, Sagrado, Ultimo Dragon vs Alex Koslov, Averno, Mephisto
3) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero vs Kenzo Suzuki, Marco Corelone, Olimpico
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Groon XXX, Negro Casas vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Shocker vs Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Mistico vs Black Warrior [mask]

That’s Ultimo sliding down into Volador’s spot (though getting the same money, I’d think), and Dos taking Ultimo spot in the tercera. Seeing as they’re doing the Jindrak/Dos feud, you’d think he would’ve been there to begin with. And I think I would’ve prefered they move Blue Panther down. Maybe the demotion will motivate Dragon?

Also in Ovaciones, CMLL’s announced they’re selling kids (10 and under) tickets at 2 for 1, for all section. These shows are made up of a lot of families, and raising the ticket prices hits you harder when you’re buying 5 tickets instead of 1, so this makes sense – but it’s not something they do if tickets were flying out of the door.

CMLL (TUE) 09/26 Arena Coliseo Results [cmll]
1) Mini Fantasy, Mini Olimpico b Fire, Mini Violencia
2) Apocalipsis, Jeque, Ramstein b Danger, Sensei, Trueno
3) Dr. X, Hooligan, Loco Max b Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera
4) Emilio Charles Jr., Hijo de Pierroth, Hombre sin Nombre b Felino, Lizmark, Virus
Emilio and Lizmark worked a feud.
5) Olimpico, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero b Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas
Dos filled in for Volador Jr. here too. Ultimo pinned Panther with the assitance of the ropes, and Panther wants a revenge match.

CMLL (SUN) 09/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results [cmll]
1) Metal Blanco, Metatron b Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) Antrax, Ebola b Guero Loco, Infierno
3) Mascara Purpura, Sagrado, Satanico b Angel Blanco, Malefico, Sangre Azteca
4) Destroyer b Lider [hair]
5) Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero b La Mascara, Rayman, Rey Bucanero
Rayman replaced Hijo de Lizmark.

09/26: IWRG, AAA notes, TNA


IWRG (SUN) 09/24 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Forasteo b Red Bull
2) Black Stone, Paramedico b Antaris, Platino
Tecnicos did not get along, but made peace after their loss
3) Astro Boy, Fabian el Gitano, Tony Rivera b Avisman, Fantasma de la Opera, Macho II
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida b Alex Koslov, Hijo del Diablo, Okumura
Free Lance was replaced by Suicida, because his neck is hurting from a martiente last week, but seconded the tecnicos – so of course the rudos attacked him during the match.
5) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Fantasma, Felino, Solar
IWRG says Halloween is coming back from a knee injury, so I think we’re dropping the neck surgery angle. Halloween yanked Solar’s mask, and Damian picked up the pin.

Ovaciones and Notimex preview the Anniversary show by mentioning famous masks lost in Arena Mexico: Espanto I, Faraon, Sangre Chicana, Kung Fu, Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000, Shocker and Villano III. Either Black Warrior or Mistico (no!) will be added to the list.

AAA updated it’s website. The next TV taping is 10/04, but hype the 10/12 and 10/14 tapings a bit stronger. The full upcoming schedule is

(part 2 of VdE airs in Mexico this weekend, 10/01)
10/04 – Gimnasio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi (airs 10/08)
10/12 – Plaza de Toros de Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo (airs 10/15)
10/14 – Plaza de Toros “La Concordia” de Orizaba, Veracruz (airs 10/22)
10/16 – Domo de la Feria de León, Guanajuato (airs 10/29)
10/20 – Auditorio José Maria Arteaga de Querétaro (airs 11/05)
10/22 – Plaza de Toros “Pepeillo Martínez” de Salamanca, Guanajuato (airs 11/12)

I’d don’t quite get why you’d tape five weeks of TV in 10 days. Maybe they really are going to the US and Central America, for quite a while, and don’t want to bring along cameras.

Laredo Kid, winner of the Dream tournament, will get to be in the semimain on the 10/12 taping, teaming with Zorro, Gronda II and Elegido to take on the Vipers.

Also on the 10/12, the three Pirata Morgan Jrs will debut. I believe they were introduced over the summer, but did not actually have a match and seemed to be dropped – I guess AAA is just slow to get to some things. The trios is actually the ex-IWRG midcard trio of Pirata Morgan Jr., IWRG’s Nemesis and Kaleth. The later two are switched their names Drake and Barba Roja, and may or may not actually be related to Pirata Morgan (I’m thinking no.)

Oddly, AAA makes special note to say these three will be teaming with a new wrestler named “Kronos” and later confirms Brazo de Plata Jr. (recently Kronos in CMLL) is coming in. They make it sound like Brazo de Plata Jr. is coming in as a Brazo, so maybe someone else is getting the gimmick. Or they’re just fooling around.

Brazo de Plata Jr. isn’t the only guy jumping from CMLL. Chris Stone – this time, for sure! – is specifically mentioned as a possible new Guapo to team up with his brother. They mention the feud with Intocable, so I suspect they’ll do the reveal of him as the masked guy on the next taping. They ALSO mention the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles, but I don’t think they’re going to defend them, still.

There’s a ton of guys on the AAA roster, isn’t there? More than they have room for on TV, that’s for sure.

Main event of the 10/14 show will be Gronda, Parka Jr., Zorro vs Konnan, Abyss, Muerte Cibernetica, and AAA’s hoping to keep close ties with TNA.

Picudo is splitting from the Vatos Locos and going back to being a single. Since that leaves the group with just Nygma and Silver Cat, and Picudo was positioned as the leader, I’d think that’s end of the group.

Sky’s sent out a press release hyping the anniversary show on PPV. Yay confirmation! They seem to have a weird pricing system which depends on what kind of service you’re getting, but the show seems to cost $15-$20 US. Again, cheap compared to US prices, but they’re not actually competiting with US prices.

There’s a lineup for the TNA Monterrey show:

TNA () 11/25 Arena Monterrey Lineup
1) James Gang vs LAX
2) Petey Williams (w/Scott D’Amore) vs Chris Sabin
3) Abyss vs Ron Killings
4) Monty Brown vs Rhyno
5) Bobby Rude vs AJ Styles
6) Jeff Jarrett vs Christian Cage [NWA HEAVY]

No way that’ll happen that way. Tickets to the show go on sale Sunday. Prices go from $81 US to $13 US.

Guerreros del Ring #54 has a picture of DX, actually looking quite old.

Congress Thoughts, 09/24

I don’t remember what I actually wanted to say. Oh well. I’ll just babble.

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09/25: Coliseo, IWRG, Halcon

(I’ll write more about the show later tonight.)

CMLL (SUN) 09/24 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Danger, Sensei b Artillero, Zayco
2) Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera, Virus b Apocalipsis, Mr. Mexico, Ramstein
3) Maximo, Metro II, Texano Jr. b Emilio Charles Jr., Nitro, Okumura
4) Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas b Damian 666, Hombre Sin Nombre, Mr. Aguila
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. b Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., Terrible
Garza kept goofing up in the third fall, and the tecnicos got the win. Tecnicos swept the night.

IWRG (THU) 09/21 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Antaris b Bacteria
2) Ave Fenix, Kid Tiger b Comando Mega, Shuriken
3) Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde b Black Jaguar, Fantasma de la Opera, Xibalva
Coco Rojo, tecnico, got away with a foul in the final fall.
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida DQ Kraneo, Pierroth Jr., Veneno
Pierroth Jr. socked Mikey Segura with a chain, leaving him disoriented. After the match, Cerebro Negro told Veneno to give up his share of the trios titles, since they’re feuding now. I don’t think Veneno was down with that idea.
5) Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas, Silver King DQ Alex Koslov, Damian 666, Mr. Aguila
Halloween showed up and pulled Dos’ mask.

Mistico Jr. says, a post down from here, that the mystery man at AAA’s show was Chris Stone. That seems about right.

Ovaciones talks about a 10/20 show featuring luchadors versus other types of fighters. Vilano IV will be taking on Ociel “Triple X” Saldana” (listed as a “real fighter”), and Hijo de Pierroth will face David “Muneco” Medrano (greco-roman wrestling.) I have no idea if this is MMA or wackiness. I mean, it sounds like some PRIDE-like dealio, but I can not imagine Hijo de Pierroth “shoot fighting”.

Frontera says 300 people came to see Rey Misterio Jr. be put into Tijuana HOF. (It’s not technically a HOF, but that’s easier to say. The only other wrestler in is Rey Misterio Sr.) WWE.com has a similar story. In Mexico City, John Cena told the media that he’s a big fan of Mil Mascaras. Figures.

A column in El Manana rips a AAA show in Matamoros, call in the La Parka Jr. & Zorro vs Chessman & Charly Manson match one of the worst ones he’s ever seen. Sounds like a complete crowd brawl match – the writer (who’s always old school) counted 14 broken chairs, a table and two plastic trash cans broken, and I’m sure he actually counted. To his credit, he also asked the rudos about the match (though mocking them in the same breath) – Chessman said that’s the style they’re doing on TV now, and people will feel ripped off they don’t do it the same live. Manson explained the floor was actually better to work on the ring. The local commission says they’re fining (someone? all?) 700 pesos ($63 US) for their actions.

That does remind me; Friday’s Anniversary Arena Mexico show is the more expensive than usual. The first three rows (if they’re not reserved) are 1000 pesos, $90 US. Cheapest seats are 200/$18 US and those don’t go on sale till Thursday. In my mind, I compare that to WrestleMania prices, and that looks awful cheap. In most Arena Mexico fan’s minds, I’m sure they’re comparing it to a run of the mill show, where first 3 row tickets are 130 pesos/$11.70 and feeling gouged. It’s all relative, and it’s all about what you’re competing with.

Alex Marvez has a really good interview with Shawn Hernandez of TNA, who’s wrestled in Monterrey as Mr. Texas and talks about his experiences there.

Has anyone heard official word the Anniversary show will be on PPV? I don’t think there’s been a CMLL source or a newspaper source to confirm it, and I’d think that should’ve happened by now. Unless they’re waiting for more tickets to be sold. Arena Puebla is selling tickets to a simulcast on Friday, so it’s definitely going to viewable for those not at the event. I think I’m just looking for some sort of official confirmation.

Magazines
- Super Luchas #180 has a Mil Mascaras & Rey Misterio Jr. cover. Buy one for Cena!
- LUCHAS 2000 #336 has a cover of Rey Misterio Jr., and probably some Edge and Lita Coliseo pictures inside.

El Halcon #70 is up. Inside:
- interview with Fabian el Gitano, who states he’s never been anyone but Fabian el Gitano. He does not explain where he was when the Metro guy looked exactly like him, but maybe he got really engrossed in a good book for 9 months. Fabian does have a story about being carjacked – someone else needs to read this story, because Google’s translation make it sound like he got shot in the head, but he took some medicine and is all good now; I mean, I guess that could’ve happened, but it’s far more likely I’m not understadning the story here – and was freaked out by the experience, ending up traveling to South America to work for a year. So maybe that’s the cover story? I’m not sure at all here.

Anyhow, his gimmick comes from being gyspy like growing up – he lived in Spain, the US, and Mexico all by the time he was 12 or 13. He was a stripper who did wrestling as a hobby, and CMLL gave him a chance. Fabian says he’s neither rudo nor tecnico, he’s just a wrestler. (That’s debatable.)

- Black Warrior vs Mistico preview.
- Interview with Karisma. He started as Fantasma Chino, but ran into issues with that name, and switched to Karisma, after a local band. His look is inspired by the Vipers in AAA; seems like Abismo most. He trained with Raul Gabriel Osorio and Benjamin Bismark in Puebla, and Jose Felicano in Mexico City. He’s been wrestling for about 8 years, and debuted against Hechicero Maldito. He prefers to be a rudo, though occasionally he works as a tecnico. Karisma wishes magazines and the internet would focus more on undercard guys and less on stars – good luck on that one.
- Q&A with Jeque. Jeque has two brothers wrestling, Bandido and Puno Rojo. When he was preparing for a wreslter, he’d work at it five hours at a day. Jeque’s day job? He’s a lawyer.
- A short history of lucha libre. Well, not short, it’s 5 pages (and a lot of pictures), but you get the idea.

Box Y Lucha hasn’t posted lineups yet, but just from what CMLL and IWRG have up, Mistico and Black Warrior are working three times on Sunday so far, including a NWA Middleweight title match in Neza. Also, Pantera is losing his IWRG title on Sunday.

09/24 news

CMLL: main event trios from Arena Mexico. Lots of spots, Ultimo getting the Guerrero special, and the rudos ripping Mistico’s mask to shreds.

AAA: Guapos vs Tecnicos Atomico match from VdE. Galavision still thinks Hator’s name is “Athor”, and I don’t get it. Porky and Scorpio are bleeding as we join, and then we get to see a lot of dives including a porky tope (with a ref keeping the ropes spread to give him room.) You know, THIS masked man who ran in did look a lot like Poncho de Nigris; I don’t think it’d be him, because those matches would be quite awful, but that’s the body type (and fashion sense.)

There’s video of Volador’s tornillo gone wrong on YouTube. I think the lesson is “if you’re going to corkscrew, do it towards the center of the ring at all times.” Volador was scheduled to be in the hospital all weekend, and hopefully we’ll know more on Monday. I would be shocked if he made any of his schedule this week.

TNA’s announced they’d running Arena Monterrey on 11/25. I’d expect AAA names to be involved. (billboard, via box y lucha. )

Congress Results, 09/24

1) Sileuta Azul b Tiger de Nunchucks (not an actual name) via “ankelock?”
2) Guerrito del Futuro & Angel del Muerte b Pato Loco & Acero Dorado
3) Mascara de Jade & Gringo Loco (w/Joey Eastman) b SWAT Kat & Lancer 2000
4) Hijo del Diablo, Coco Verde, Coco Negro (w/Coco Anaranjado) DQ Rayo Laser, El Dorado, Aguila del America
5) El Hijo del Santo & Mistico b Averno & Mephisto

I could write more, but Dr. Keith put it best during the semimain:

The main event has to be 18 stars, or I’m never coming back

This was approximentaly 15 seconds before he was informed he was getting shut out of interviews too.

Main event was, what, 3 to 3.5 stars an 85, and nothing else on the card was higher than a 70.

Show was listed as “5:00″. Doors didn’t open till 5:30ish, show didn’t start till 6:30ish, and wrapped up around 9:40. Opener was the only single fall match, and the only one which seemed shorter than the main.

If I convinced you to go, I apologize.

(Let the record show I was in a unnaturally happy mood all day for reasons I can’t comprehend, but I could still tell this was so not good.)

TV Notes

GdR had

09/17 Coliseo: Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Ultimo Dragon b Mascara Ano 2000, Shocker, Universo 2000
09/15 Mexico: Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Dragon DQ Alex Koslov, Kenzo Suzuki, Marco Corelone

Gala had the 08/17 AAA taping.

09/22 Arena Mexico results

CMLL (FRI) 09/22 Arena Mexico Results [Galeno del Mal]
1) Mini Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito b Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween
2) Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra
3) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
4) Hiroka b Lady Apache [CMLL WOMEN]
Hiroka was in trouble late, but used green mist to escape with the victory. Apache wanted a hair match in revenge
5) Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Marco Corleone, Shocker b Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Volador Jr.
In the third fall, Volador went to rope for a flying move, and got his foot caught in the ropes, causing him to land neck first. They rushed him to a hospital, and Perro and Shocker picked up the win over Panther.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico, Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero
Tecs won the first fall clean, and the rudos got themselves DQed in the second.

If you hear word about Volador’s status before I do, please post it in the comments. That sounds quite worrisome, and it’s the second time in a few months this sort of thing has happened with him.

CMLL GdR #43

09/16 – it was good, but I think the F4 guys liked it better than I.

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09/22: Mexico preview


Tonight’s the last Arena Mexico show before the Anniversary.

CMLL (FRI) 09/22 Arena Mexico Results
1) Mini Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween
2) Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra
3) Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
4) Lady Apache vs Hiroka [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Volador Jr. vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Marco Corleone, Shocker
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero

Lady Apache talks about her title match in Ovaciones today. Nothing too noteworthy there, though we do get a picture of her kissing her Mexican National Women’s Championship belt. Traditionally, if someone holds a National title, they’ll vacate it if they win a World title, so this could be the last day she has that belt. That belt’s also been pretty much a vanity title, so I wouldn’t expect her to lose it unless she’s getting another belt for quite a while. Apache favored to win the CMLL Women’s Title, but I’m not convinced of it.

Lady Apache is already a two time CMLL Women’s champion. The last time she won the title, in 1999, she jumped to AAA and never lost the belt in the ring. (Which may be another reason she’s won’t win.)

Other wise, the focus is on next week. There’s interesting things on the undercard – a rare team up by the Casas brothers to take on PdM (including a returning Halloween), probably more Dos Caras/Marco Corelone feuding – but the only thing that’s being pushed hard is Mistico vs Warrior. They’ve stacked the main event well, with the ‘secondary’ rivalries being ones that might have been the headline for the anniversary show if things had worked out differently.

Konnan was on a conference call Wednesday, where he told reporters (SLAM, Gerwick.net) usual Konnan like things. If only they held it on Thursday, that’d been real fun. If the first question was really about Groon, y’all are dorks. (Thanks to mikeinformer.)

Santo and Rey Misterio Jr. were hanging out before the Mexico City WWE show. Everyone’s getting in on the photo ops. Among those listed as being invited and sitting in the first few rows were Blue Demon Jr. (yea, that’s him in the picture – who else would be wearing a suit?), Fantasma, Fantasma Jr., Ultimo Dragon and Scorpio (Sr.)

In La Cronica, Santo says the WWE coming to Mexico is good for lucha libre, because it forces the existing companies not to rest on the laurels. Santo says he’d wrestle in the US again, only if it was a per date deal where he was still free to control his own schedule. He thinks a lucha libre movie with him and Rey would be pretty cool – so do I! Where’s WWE Films when you need them?

Meltzer had a story (from Robert, from a CMLL photographer – hmmm) about Edge trying to check out the Arena Coliseo show on Tuesday, and concealing his identity beneath a Mephisto mask. That’s quite awesome, and these kinda of things are why Edge is likely going to steal the ‘smart’ WOTY awards over Mistico in various publications.

Update:

(score one for Julio Cesar Rivera)

Also, this kills me

And to top it off, Lita had lunch with her former WWE partner, Essa Rios. They made their WWE debut together in February 2000.

Not sure what my update schedule will be this weekend; maybe nothing Saturday? I may sneak in the Arena Mexico results late tonight, and I’ll have something about the Congress show late Sunday.

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