01/13 AAA TV Results, 01/25 AAA TV lineup

Sure enough, the AAA results are up on their site right when I’ve given up on them for the day.

AAA TV (SAT) 01/13 Plaza de Toros El Pinal Results
1) Nemesis AAA, Pegasso, Super Fly, Terry 2000 b Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Police Man
2) Gran Apache, Mini Abismo Negro, Rossy Moreno b Billy Boy, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Sagrada
3) Alan, Decnnis b Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis II [AAA TAG, torneo]
4) Escoria, Espiritu b Alan Stone, Zumbido [AAA TAG, torneo]
5) Alberije, El Elegido, Oriental DQ Abismo Negro, Antifaz del Norte, Histeria
6) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico DQ Intocable, La Parka Jr., Octagón

The account of the main event says La Parka Jr. got suspended for a month of TV for fouling Cibernetico, which doesn’t sound quite right. Especially since the Vipers were DQed for excessive violence, busted Elegido open, and gave the Black Hammer to referee Hijo de Tirantes (sending him to the hospital), and none of them got suspended. They’re pushing the idea that Cibernetico is purposely making La Parka Jr. go crazy so he can have all of AAA to himself, and I don’t know where that’s going.

It reads like Juvi accidently hit his partner leading to their tag loss. You know, if they do the rumored Mexican Powers break, there’s the problem of Juvi still teaming with Psicosis in this tournament till June. Maybe Extreme Tiger can take his place? Maybe Nicho for a double Psicosis tag team!

They’re spelling the AULL Lightweight Champion’s name “Ferry 2000″. Typos are killer.

In addition to the already posted 01/20 lineups (look down a few posts), AAA’s listed the taping after that.

AAA TV (FRI) 01/25 Gimnasio Agustin Millian Lineup
1) Terry 2000, Pegasso, Super Fly vs Sepulturero, Policeman, Toxico
2) Mini Abismo Negro, Jerrito Estrada, Mini Charly Manson vs Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito, Mascartia Divina
3) Pimpinela Escarlata & May Flowers vs Joe Lider & Crazy Boy vs Alan & Decnnis vs ??? & ?? [AAA TAG]
4) Alebrije, Elegido, Laredo Kid, Oriental vs Abismo Negro, Histeria, Antifaz, ?
5) Cibernetico, Chessman, Charly Manson vs Cuervo, Scoria, Ozz

How the heck can you can a mystery tag team in this tournament this far along? All I can figure is they’re replacing a team (or they have no idea what they’re doing, sure.)

STANDINGS
P M
6 2 Crazy Boy & Joe Lider *
6 2 Cuervo & Ozz
6 2 Super Fly & Rey Cometa/Pegasso *
3 1 Alebrije & El Brazo
3 2 Alan Stone & Zumbido
3 2 Espiritu & Scoria *
3 2 Mascara Divina & Oriental
3 2 Charly Manson & Pirata Morgan
3 2 Alliens, Gran Apache *
3 2 El Angel, Laredo Kid
3 2 Alan & Decnis *
0 1 Chris Stone & Hator *
0 1 Antifaz & Histeria
0 1 El Elegido & Intocable
0 2 May Flowers, Pimpinela Escarlata *
0 2 Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis II

As requested, an updated tag tournament block is listed here, for comedy’s sake.

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01/18: IWRG, Box Y Lucha

CMLL

IWRG (SUN) 01/14 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Trauma I, Trauma II b Golem, Puma King
2) Bacteria, Freelance, Turbo b Avisman, Black Terry, Black Thunder
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida DQ El Hijo del Diablo, Fantasma de la Ópera, Veneno
4) Camorra, Canek, Mascara Ano 2000 b Dos Caras, Negro Navarro, Sagrado
5) Electroshock b Mascara Sagrada [1, IWRG IC HEAVY]

Electro gets his title shot versus Canek on 02/04; I’m shocked they’ve announced the date. Trios champs lost the tercera when Fantasma piledrove Suicida, which will do it to you every time.

Ovaciones’ preview of IWRG’s Sunday card says the Corp/tecnicos atomicos has been changed to a trios match for the belts.

AAA’s redesigned their site. It’s still not great, but it’s better than a few hours ago when they had some completely unreadable buttons up. They didn’t actually add much of new content.

Box Y Lucha has posted more articles from it’s latest edition
- Cibernetico says the people like them because he’s real, and he’s says what they want to say, to anyone. Ciber echos the “Latin Lover’s forgotten his people” and drops Kawaghi’s name.
- The Villanos share their memories of Villano I. Villano III’s stories all are about winning street fights against thugs with superior numbers.
- India Sioux talks about her start in lucha libre. She’s going be in Japan from 01/23 to 01/30 (or 02/01 by the time she’s back). CMLL.com says Marcela and Hiroka are going as well.
- Pirata Morgan reminds us that the eye patch is not a work, he really has one eye. But he also explains he’s strengthened that one eye so much, he has perfect peripheral vision. That’s why he’s the best in the world.
- Pirata Morgan has a hot daughter, which just boggles my mind. Perla Negra is training (apparently while not wearing much if you believe these pictures), but not yet wrestling.
- Perro Aguayo Jr. tells everyone who think the Perros are cooling off to shut up. Okay. (Guess they’re cooling off.)
- Rambo talks about the saddest day in his life; the day his father died.
- Arena Queretaro celebrates 24 years of lucha libre.

Villano III chats with Box Y Lucha on 01/23 at 2:00pm.

In today’s Ovaciones, Coco Rojo and Super Muneco hype up this weekend’s VIP show by talking about having a mask match…sometime later. For now, it’ just a singles match.

WWE pushed it’s Mexico tour back a week.

03/22 (THU) Mexico City
03/23 (FRI) Mexico City
03/24 (SAT) Chihuahua (not Tijuana)
03/25 (SUN) Monterrey

…so CMLL is totally running the week before. I wonder what they’ll do in a Arena Coliseo Monterrey that week.

Tickets range between $23 up to $183 US. I think Chris Benoit is the biggest lucha libre name value draw included in the list of people on this tour (subject to change); Chavo’s there too, but he hasn’t had much of a Mexican career. They’re going after a different fanbase, so maybe that’ll be fine, but it didn’t seem like things were strong enough last time to do two shows in the same city. Rey Mysterio is not listed as participating at this time.

Sunday is Brazo de Plata’s 30 year anniversary of starting his lucha libre career.

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2006 Year In Review: January

the big story: There really wasn’t one; AAA and CMLL were taking it easy till the second half of the month. Outside the ring, there were three notable deaths in a short period of time.

El Texano: Died 01/16, and the following issue of Box Y Lucha featured a lot of wrestlers talking about him. Texano last major match was AAA’s TripleMania ’05, but the back injuries that put him in bad shape came from a cage match in Tijuana. During his illness, his family (including Texano Jr. and Super Nova/Spider Boy) claimed surgery on Texano’s back was not performed correctly and caused him to become further sick.

Texano appeared beloved by the wrestling community. CMLL and others did tribute shows for him before his death to help with his medical costs, and AAA went on with a planned one that took place after his death.

Black Cat: Died on 01/28. A man with a unique career path, establishing himself as a wrestler in Mexico (highlight being a 95 match with the original Mascara Sagrada) and turning appearances for a Japanese promotion into his eventual home. As his in-ring career ended, he became a trainer and front office worker for NJPW, and, as part of the extended family of the current CMLL booking crew, a liaison between NJPW and CMLL. Super Luchas had a good obit, as you’d expect for an international star. His death was mourned in both countries, and it doesn’t seem like the relations between the two companies are nearly as strong as they were a year ago.

Dr. O’Borman: Died on 01/16. His ties with the wrestling business weren’t as strong as the others when he passed, but he was an independent star in the 60′s and 70′s.

Somewhat relatedly, this month also saw referee Roberto “Guero” Rangel leave the ring, due to the illness which eventually claim his life. Scorpio talked about his long time friend, and his condition didn’t sound promising.

Other News

* WWE comes to Mexico: WWE toured Mexico with a few hours shows. The cards themselves were typical house show stuff. I tried to predict what it’d mean, and it ended up only being a slight wakeup call to the Mexican promotions, who still got their fans – though they did counter slightly. (It was also justification for some changes much later.) They were there for the first time since Eddie Guerrero’s death. Santo, Rey Misterio Jr., and Chris Benoit paid tribute to Eddie on each of the three shows (Gudalajara results – other ones were similar.) WWE tag team MNM provided the most interesting being the tag members oddly listed on lineups under their real names (MNM stood for their gimmick initials – Mercury Nitro Melina – so it didn’t work the other way) and being set up on a talk show, where the host brought in AAA wrestlers to challenge them for a match to determine which style of wrestling was better. MNM declined.

* Juventued Guerrera cut by WWE: this was briefly mentioned in the WWE/Mexico press conferences as a discipline issue. Juvi claimed that it was simply a visa issue, and WWE couldn’t get him into the country. While Juvi (and others) have had visa problems – in Juvi’s case, dating back at least to his arrest Australia – it wasn’t the case here, yet became the defacto excusing for any Mexicans ever dropping out of a US promotion. It repeated quite soon.

The Mexicools were actually a decently pushed midcard trio on WWE’s SmackDown, supposedly parodying stereotypes of Mexicans by acting like stereotypical Mexicans, including driving lawnmowers to the ring. (Everything WWE does is that plays off a stereotype is now a parody, in hopes no one gets too offended. It has mixed results.) I think the writers liked them, because they came up with quite a few goofy skits for them, and WWE writers love goofy skits. Or maybe they just had a lot stereotypes about Mexicans to playoff off of, who can say. The Mexicools started out as a heels and became faces without much of an actual turn – they just were fighting bad guys one day and that was that. Juvi won the Cruiserweight Title twice, and his 2nd title loss – to Kid Kash – was about when he seemed head out the door.

My favorite Juvi in WWE story – besides the one about him riding to shows with the mostly-retired Bob Orton, because Super Crazy, Nicho and everyone else wanted nothing to do with him – was actually everyone else’s reaction to him. At one point, Vince McMahon gave a pep speech to a group of wrestlers, and was making the point that any of them could one day become the top guy in the promotion if they worked hard enough. (This is a lie.) Of all the people possible, Vince used Juvi as an example, and everyone internally groaned. Juvi’s got a strong self worth, which is sometimes very helpful for athletes, but in Juvi’s case, it something that gets him ostriched and fired. As soon as Vince made the comment, everyone knew Juvi would take it way too seriously, pumping up his ego and making him insufferable, and that’s exactly what happened. Juvi has always seemed to be a cartoon character that way.

Juvi’s departure had some ripple affects, but it’d take a while to realize them. WWE ended up wanting Super Crazy as a single, so Nicho was stuck in limbo and would have had a hard time making it thru the year even if he hadn’t caused trouble for himself. Once AAA finally consented to bringing Juvi in, he recreated the Mexicools there with duplicates, and the Mexican Powers have actually gotten over pretty well as a midcard group (though they may not be long for this world either.)

WWE Juniors Division: As with Juvi, everyone knew it was doomed from day 1, but decided to enjoy it while it lasted. The juniors actually started in ’05, but they announced more signings this month, including Super Porky, who never actually made it to a match, but not including Mistico, who was much talked about here. Octagoncito and Tzuki worked a match on SmackDown near the end of the month, but WWE never seemed to have an idea of how to integrate them into the general landscape and tends not to do isolated subgroups that well.

Pierrothito and the other minis wanted to keep working Mexico on their off days, and that never seemed straightened out before they got let go. In that mean time, it seemed like Mini Familia de Tijuana got more of the mini rudo slots, and that’s worked out nicely. So the WWE’s not all bad.

AAA notes: Their first taping of the year was on 01/19, and it actually bore little resemblance to the ideas they’d go with most of the year. At this point, Abismo Negro was still a tecnico, and one taking a martiente from Cibernetico and a beatdown. This would’ve seemed to set up a big comeback tecnico run by Abismo, but he mostly fizzled in that role.

Abismo’s former (and future) Viper teammates, Psicosis and Histeria, met in the second Mexican Middleweight Tournament semifinal, a rematch of the controversial match which started this tournament to begin with. Histeria won, moving onto face Zumbido. That match, on the last TV taping of the month, saw Zumbido win the belt, which made sense because it would’ve been pointless to go thru this to do the title change they never got around to doing in the first place. At any rate, Zumbido as middleweight champion seemed like a promising idea, but never went anywhere – not sure if it was due to Zumbido’s personal problems or if it just got lost in the mix.

Latin Lover retires: Maybe this was the biggest news, if it had stuck. Latin wasn’t wrestling at the start of the year – he actually hurt his tricep doing a dive on a non-wrestling show. It kinda seems odd that his retirement from wrestling would come out of this, but it seemed like a situation where the decision had long been made, and this was just the occasion where the decision was publicly talked about.

Latin would return in 2006, memorable joining CMLL’s Perros del Mal in ring and putting on a t-shirt (in something that went absolutely nowhere) and wrestling in Monterrey a couple of times. It seems like his plan is similar to the Rock’s in the US – if there’s something he stand to gain a lot of money or publicity from, he’ll still show up, but his price has gone way up and he’s going to pick his spots.

Latin did not appeared on AAA TV in 2006, and there was a public falling out after he appeared in Arena Mexico, with both sides arguing over the rights to the name, and rights to Latin’s wrestling. Nothing much ever seemed to come of it, which may have been due to Pena’s illness.

CMLL: The top program, once they came back to Arena Mexico, was Atlantis versus Perro Aguayo Jr. The Guerreros and the Perros had started to feud in the offseason, and the two leaders (or co-leaders) squared off. It’d also been a subtle rivalry dating back to late ’03, when Atlantis beat Perro Aguayo Jr. in 4 fall match, and the odd finish there was reversed this time around.

It sounds like it should be a bigger deal, but it’s something I honestly forget about until I started putting these things together. The first match had Perro win, but when the NWA Light Heavyweight Title was on the line, Atlantis retained. A stalemate is about as good as the Perros seemed to do this year.

Chicago: Around where I live, the biggest lucha show of the year (in terms of attendance and buzz) turned out a couple of shows featuring LA Park & Dr. Wagner for both, and Mistico & Rey Bucanero for one. I was very hyped for these shows. Night 1 was not as good as Night 2 and I found faults (as freaking always), but it was pretty enjoyable weekend.

As I might have mentioned a time or two, I have the DVDs of these shows and you don’t. I think we’re (by “we’re” I think I mean “me”) might look back at these shows as the pinnacle of lucha in Chicago – not that some of the other events haven’t been good (some have been disappointing), but this felt like an event more than some of the future ones and surely was the biggest revenue show.

Also, this show marked a fantastic transition from “person who wrote about lucha on the internet” to “insane person who wrote about lucha on the internet who was somehow even more insane during Rey Bucanero matches” for me personally. A fine month.

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2006 Year In Review: preview

If it’s the middle of January, it’s a fine time to start a year in review.

Starting today, I’m going to post a month-by-month review of 2006, looking at a big story for each month and the other important news from around that time. I’m writing this as I’ve gotten thru April, so I’ve already figured out my review will be heavy into the Big 2, but I’ll try to cover pretty much anything I found noteworthy at the time.

There will be plenty of links, if you want to go back and see what we were thinking back when everything actually took place. And I’ll probably throw lots of pointless statistics in at some point, so that’ll be fun for everyone. Basically, this is one of those ideas I think it’d be pretty cool if someone else did, but figured out only would bother to do it (in English, at least.)

A new month will be posted each morning, around 7am CST. You can use the yir tag to read them all as they come out, and I’ll probably add it to the sidebar at some point. Comments, complains about stuff I omitted, and thoughts about the year are always welcome. Somewhere along the line, I’ll get around to talk about 2006 Tapatia awards.

Hope you enjoy this.

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01/19 – 01/21 Lucha Times

GalaUS: Later than usual and a split feed, and all for the second Best of show. Hey, you know, this would be a fine time to stick in a CMLL episode, not that it’s happening.

GdR: oh no Fabian’s back again. And the semifinal from Coliseo looks like it blew.

FSE: Back on Sunday Midnight (leading into Monday). A fun tercera and a Mistico/Volador main event.

Life is unfair!

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01/15 – 22 Lineups

Box Y Lucha posted their list today, so I guess I should do the same. A couple quick notes

- Friday’s Tijuana show has another “lots of masks/hair” on the line match. Lizmark’s involved, and every time he’s been in one of these for the last year, I keep wondering if this is how it’ll end for him, losing a mask with no particular build kinda far away from his popularity bases, because he’s just finally found someone who’ll pay for it. It’s kinda sad, but it also would be kind of a relief for him to get that payoff he’s been sticking around for and be done with it. Other names in the match are Groon XXX, Hijo de Solitario, Lizmark, Super Muneco, Coco Negro, Coco Rojo, Electroshock, Espectro Jr., Blue Demon Jr., and Rayman
- Rey defends the LH title against Ultimo in Guadalajara on Sunday.
- The IWRG Veneno/Diablo/Fantasma de la Opera trio, who are calling themselves Corporacion VIP, are promising a new member on Sunday. IWRG appears to be posting lineups but not results on their site. (Same thing with CMLL GDL)
- There’s a big show in Cancun on Saturday, with a main event of Santo & Latin Lover vs Demon and Nicho. There’s been talk about Nicho going to one group or another, but as long as he’s able to get high paying indy bookings like that one sounds, he’s not going to need to join a major promotion right away.
- There’s a UWA Welterweight title defense on Sunday, presumably a different one the other UWA Welterweight title floating around in Japan. I think there was a thread hashing this out on Box Y Lucha, but I couldn’t make sense of it.
- AULL is starting a tag team tournament. That’s why they’re not drawing, they don’t have completely random people fighting for tag team titles, it all makes sense now.

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01/17: Coliseo, AAA TV, Monterrey, Guadlajara, Toryumon

CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 01/16 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Rayo Tapatio I, Rayo Tapatio II b Carrona, Cobalto
2) Danger, Flash, Super Nova b Polvora, Vaquero, Zayco
3) Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein b Leono, Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico
4) Mictlan, Satanico, Virus DQ Emilio Charles Jr., Okumura, Pierroth
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Canek Jr., Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero

Misterioso II and Tarzan Boy were replaced by Cnaek Jr. and Mephisto in the main event. Pierroth fouled Virus to get DQed in his match. Leono and one of the Tigres needs to team with a bear.

AAA TV (SAT) 01/20 Parque de Beisbol, Guanajuanto, Guanajuanto
1) Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Cinthia Moreno vs Tiffany, Rossy Moreno, Miss Janeth
2) Chris Stone, Hator vs El Apache, Alliens vs Pegasso, Super Fly vs Scoria, Espiritu [AAA TAG, 1st]
3) Juventud Guerrera, Joe Lider, Psicosis II, Crazy Boy vs Pirata Morgan, Drake, Barba Roja, Pirata Morgan Jr.
4) Alebrije, Elegido, Laredo Kid, Angel vs Abismo Negro, Histeria, Antifaz, ?
5) Octagon, Super Porky, Gronda II vs Scorpio Jr., Alan Stone, Zumbido

They’re doing a “surprise Viper” bit again in the 4th. This is an Octagon tribute show for hitting 25 years of wrestling, so I think you can figure how that main event is going. No La Parka Jr., as he got suspended for a month of shows last tapings. No Hellbrothers because they have no one to fight? Maybe just because it’s Octagon’s night.

RFC is hearing three Mexican wrestlers will probably be joining AAA, either at their first show in Monterrey or the TV taping after.

AAA (SUN) 1/14 Arena Azteca Budokan Results [KrisZ]
1) Drako & Rey Dragon b Takuya & Willy el Exotico
2) Dorado, Galatico, Triple X defeated Flanagan, Ricky Gonzalez, Judas
3) Angel & Fishman Jr. b Histeria & Pirata Morgan Jr.
4) Oriental & Cinthia Moreno b Espiritu & Rossy Moreno [AAA MIXED TAG]
5) Elegido & La Parka Jr. b Abismo Negro & Charly Manson

Judging by the cover of the Box Y Lucha 2801, it’s Cibernetico’s turn to call Latin Lover out. (India Sioux is headed to Japan?)

indy (SUN) 01/14 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results
1) Corazon Adicto, La Pulga b Angel Negro, Guerrero Griego
2) Burrito, Mini Burro b Toro Blanco, Turbina
3) Ejecutor, La Bestia, Red Flamer b La Kalaka, Nacho Libre, Vagabundo
4) Sky, Turbina b Androide, Rey Sagitario
5) Pancho Tequilla b Golden Boy
6) Konnan Big, La Bella, Vudu b Dulce Poly, Humberto Garza Jr., Sky [cage, electric]

LA Park talked to Ovaciones today. He claimed his feud wasn’t with other wrestlers – it was with the fans in Arena Mexico! I think he could take ‘em. Park finds the fans too moody – he acts tecnico, they boo him, he acts rudo, they start cheering him, what gives? Park’s goal for this year is to the take Dr. Wagner’s mask, and he’ll take the fight outside of CMLL if they keep protecting Wagner and refusing to do the match. It’s good he has a backup plan.

Wrestlers Iron Man and Scorpion were honored by the Box Y Lucha comission of Merecieron. (El Manana)

You may have already seen this elsewhere yesterday, but if you haven’t, there’s a show called Viva La Lucha that’s selling itself at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference this week. (It’s probably over by the time you read this.) The trailer’s entertaining in itself, just for the randomness. I’m sure I see WWE (SmackDown and old ECW footage) and TNA clips in there, but the stuff with a Flash – that’s gotta be RXLL, right? If I understand this correctly, this is merely a hype video to find people (a cable company? someone with money!) to get excited enough about the product to talk them, and not actually a preview, but I don’t expect to hear anything more about this. The studio behind it appears to be reputable, but it doesn’t seem like this is farther along than the concept stage. (Thanks to mikeinformer)

The next Toryumon Mexico show will be on 03/04 in Arena Coliseo, and will feature the promised/threatened NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title tournament. Is this the Zero One Title or the one prior to it? Is that a stupid question? I have no idea. This title better be going back to Japan regardless. Anyway, it’s an 8 man tournament, and current first round match ups are

Hijo de Pierroth (Puerto Rico) vs Alex Koslov (Russia)
Chad Malenko (USA) vs Shocker (Mexico)
Hirooki Goto (Japan) vs Veneno (Panama)
Tajiri (Japan) vs Ultimo Dragon (Japan)

I don’t think Hijo de Pierroth will be bringing home the gold. Yes, I know there are lies up there, but I think that’s what we’re supposed to roll with here. Main event isn’t announced, will theoretically feature Mexicans. They’ll also be Toryumon shows on 05/10 (Acapulco) and 05/12 (annual Arena Mexico show – happy birthday to me). [DGUSA and KrisZ]

There’s a thread on Box Y Lucha theorizing why Arena Coliseo Guadalajara isn’t drawing well.

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GdR #60

Two good matches. Neither was awesome, but it was a good use of an hour.

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Recent (and not so Recent) Box Y Lucha Articles

Box Y Lucha posted many magazine’s worth of articles at the end of last week. Let me try to link to everything for no good reason:

CMLL Owner Slightly Upset

Francisco Alonso is a somewhat angry man. Apparently, after the CMLL vs AAA match on the telethon, someone on air suggested they do a show together – the CMLL owner says no way, and the last time they did, AAA ended up hiding in it’s locker room at the end of the show, and he doesn’t want to deal with that again. He’s also very unhappy with Arturo Rivera coming to CMLL for a few weeks and Alfonso Morales going to AAA for a few weeks. He notes that was out of his control, but states that they have at least 50 new faces they want to get over (QUE?) and has no time for helping out other companies.

In a completely random and seemingly unrelated note, Alonso sounds very enthused about how the CMLL Bodybuilding event and hopes it becomes an annual event. I would be worried about such a statement, but if it’s anyone added more muscle, it’s Olimpico, and he’s got absolutely no push out of it. This fits with the general belief Alonso is divorced from the day to day decision making.

Year End Voting

- Rudo of the Year: Black Warrior (CMLL) and Chessman. Both have new legions of fans – Warrior’s surprised, but Chessman figures people just started using common sense.
- Mistico’s listed as wrestler of a year on the cover, but that article wasn’t posted. If they’re doing split ones there, I’d assume Cibernetico would be the other one.
- Four Man Team Of The Year: Los Mexican Powers. They do have the belts. Juvi says all of us who thought they were an imitation of the Mexicools were wrong. I’m going to hang my head in shame.

Inexplicable
- Mil Mascaras bio, which is explicable. The crazy section is where they discuss the idea of a Mil Mascaras Jr., Mil’s all “no one else could live up to me” as you’d expect Mil to be, and then mentions a conversation with Rey Misterio Jr. the other day, where Rey explained to Mil that there’s another international guy who’s a copy of him – Tiger Mask.

(what?)

Mil also gives a thumbs down to Nacho Libre, in case you were waiting to find out.

Feud Hype

- Before their match at Guerra de Titanes (that’s how old some of these are), Muerte Cibernetica and Cibernetico cut promos on each other. Muerte thanks his fans, who obviously recognize him as he truly is: the messiah. Cibernetico is nicknamed “The King Of Pumping Iron”. That’s an opening for like 500 jokes and I’m not going to make any of them for some odd reason.

- Mistico wants to fight Averno for masks because it’s a match the fans want to see, and Averno doesn’t want to wait to the anniversary show to do it. They’re very much pushing that the match is agreed to, just not the date.

AAA pretty boys angry, still pretty

Remember how Latin Lover claimed AAA wrestlers were ripping him off and wouldn’t go back unless they were ditched? Yea, well, Intocable and Elegido took that one as well as you might think.

Intocable says Latin Lover has hated him from day one and Super Calo and Winners were the true innovates of dancing. Unlike Latin Lover, Intocable notes he didn’t abandon his wrestling fans one he found a little bit of mainstream popularity. Intocable would actually NOT like to face Latin Lover in a match – they’re both tecnicos and the fans wouldn’t want to see them fight, but he’s defintely not scared of Latin Lover. Intocable notes Latin Lover isn’t coming back to AAA any time soon, so he must be totally scared.

Elegido also goes with the “Latin’s abandoned his fans” idea. Elegido states that he’s not imitating or stealing from anyone, he’s got his own unique style. Elegido notes that he came to AAA to take Latin Lover’s place, which kinda makes Latin Lover right, but I shouldn’t be arguing with a professional stripper who just wants to share his talents with the public, as he proclaims. (I imagine Elegido bellowing all these quotes for some reason.) Elegido, AAA historian, says Latin Lover didn’t know how to dance and didn’t have a good body until Antonio Pena made him into the man he is today – Elegido knew all that stuff before he started wrestling, so he couldn’t be ripping anyone off. It took Latin Lover 14 years to get the fans Elegido’s gotten in 7 months, which proves something. Elegido ends by thanking Latin Lover for leaving AAA.

Bios/Intervews
= Blue Demon Jr. talks about wrestling in Arena Mexico for the Teleton show and whatever, but the real thing I took out of this one was the 11/20 Teleton show was supposed to be CMLL vs UWA! Maybe I’m just dumb for taking two months to understand this, but I think that’s topped by CMLL doing an interpromtoional rivalry angle like 13 years after the other promotion died. If AAA dies this year, we can look forward to a big AAA vs CMLL show in 2020. Anyway, Demon does say some noteworthy stuff – he was 70% sure he’d be wrestling in Arena Mexico to start ’07 (not yet) so he can prop up attendance, he’s hoping the CMLL vs indy show becomes an annual event, and he’s thinking he’s not still a member of the Perros.
- Konnan states it was never even a consideration that he would run AAA, but he’s just there to help – like by bringing people with actual talent fron TNA. (LANCE HOYT!)
- Coloso Colosetti, who debuted in 1963 and claims still to be wrestling occasionally, had testicular surgery on 12/20. He says he’ll recover in three months, and then go on a farewell tour.
- Alex Koslov! talks about wrestling in Mexico. He’s learned more in the time in Mexico than the 4 years prior; he chalks that up partially to wrestling guys with a lot more experience, rather than the young men of similar age you’ll find on the US indy scene. Alex loves Mexican women and is looking into making one his fiancee. Also, Alex’s lost his hair while in Mexico – but not in a match, he just had a barber who had no idea what he was doing.
- Octagoncito talks about the death of his father last November and his goals for 2007.
- Mano Negra talks about winning the mask. When the referee raised Atlantis hand, Mano Negra was not sad. He knew, inside, he was a winner who just lost a battle, but not the way. (How’s that war going against Atlantis now?) He’s been wrestling for 36 years now.
- Brazo de Plata Jr. talks about joining AAA. His mother was a little bothered by him changing his name to Kronos, so he’s happy to be back to Plata. He sidesteps any real talk about why he changed names in the first place.
- Flash which is basically the same one elsewhere I posted a week ago.
- Sergio Iván Angulo, Arena Coliseo Ring Announcer? I mean, they say he is, but I don’t remember ever seeing him. I’ll look closer.
- Wolf Ruvinsky
- Bio of Dr. Gama

Obits
- Merced Gómez
- Tigre Canadiense
- Blue Demon
- Love Machine
- Eddie Guerrero

Random

- href=http://www.boxylucha.com/n/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1168501904&archive=&start_from=&ucat=4>thoughts on recent Tijuana news
- Bio of Golden Boy, who’s real name is Alfonso Morales but isn’t that Alfonso Morales. Unless this is an elaborate prank.
- Various wrestlers share stories of Dia de Reyes when they were children. For Nemesis and Super Fly, this may have been last year. They ask Alex Koslov about Dia de Reyes in Russian, and he’s like “we never had it – must’ve been too cold!”

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01/21 Congress Theater Lineup

FMLL

This Sunday, there’s a lucha libre card at the Congress Theatre. I’ve mentioned it before, but in case you’re still unaware

(ongoing thread about it on CPW.)

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go to a show, so I was actually considering this. The main event is scary – Rayo and Mil are two guys firmly entrenched the ‘living on their reps’ stage of their career. I’m sure there will be plenty of people there who grew up watching them and seeing them in person will take them back to those warm happy memories, but I didn’t, so I’m just left with a bad match. Even still, the undercard could be fun…

…except, as I called when I first mentioned this show, the Bears are playing the same day. It’s not the same time, but the Bears game is pretty much the day. If they win, I want to stick around my TV to find out who they’re playing, and if they lose, I will hate the world and not want to deal with the pain of getting to the Congress Theatre from where I live.

Why aren’t they running on Saturday? They’re running on Friday in LA, so there’s either a show FMLL isn’t mentioning on their site, or they’re just paying Mil and Rayo and the others to hang out for a day. I’m not sure which is better.

I am entertained by them not bothering to announce matches for the undercard. Since they’re no better than half right and don’t mean anything, that’s probably for the best. It’s still too bad they haven’t figured how to announce a start time – that poster lists 6 (bell time?) and AdC’s site goes with 5 (doors open?)

If you check it on Sunday, let me know how it goes.

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