03/09 (2): Mistico, Neza, AULL

This what the Observer said about the Mistico/WWE story resolution, so you get the correct wording on the meaningful parts.

Mistico admitted to [WWE] that he had signed a five year contract with CMLL that had sever years remaining. WWE lawyers decided the only way they could sign Mistico was if they worked the deal out through CMLL, who is not interested in giving him up.

WWE is upset that Mistico never let him know he had a valid contract until [John] Laurinatis made him the offer at the end of this past week.

You’ll have to buy the newsletter to find out the three people who told management to sign him immediately (before they found out they couldn’t.)

When Shocker jumped to AAA in April of 2005, CMLL told people they were going to start signing their core talent to binding contracts. CMLL had been using wrestlers under weaker agreements, something little more than a verbal deal with promises of dates per month and payouts. For guys lower on the card, that may still be true, and it’s surely the case with the top independent talent, but your Ultimo Guerreros, Black Warriors, Dos Caras Juniors and most definitely your Misticos are under some sort of contract. The news isn’t that people are under contract, the surprise is WWE was caught unaware about Mistico and didn’t ask right away. (Maybe they did and got shifting answers?)

One of three things are going on here

The CMLL contracts are actually binding: congratulations! To believe this, you’ve also got to believe the Stones and even Zumbido were not under contract and Porky either wasn’t, or his ran out at just the right time to be a special surprise, and just at the same time Bucanero’s contract was running out.

they’ve only signed a few top guys to binding contracts: That would make sense, but if WWE still wants a high flying Mexican star, that’d leave quite a few people equally available.

WWE’s not going to break another companies’ contract: I think this is the most likely, actually. WWE’s raided guys in the past, but have shyed away from that in recent years – maybe because there hasn’t been a guy they haven’t wanted bad enough, or maybe just because there haven’t been big competing US companies to pull people from. They probably could’ve tried fighting it here, but did not.

Whatever the case, Mistico’s not going anywhere. And none of htis explains why there’s no Mistico/Perro match this month.

CMLL (SAT) 03/03 Arena Xochimilco [Gladiatores]
1) Pulsar & Punos de Acero b Epidemia & Rey Serpiente
2) Black Cyborg, Black Dragon, Black Thunder b Brazo Jr., Rey Mariscal, Super Brazo
3) Hiroka & Mima Shimoda b India Sioux & Luna Magica
4) Astro Boy, Mano Negra Jr., Máximo b Ephesto, Morgue, Skandalo
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Groon XXX, Super Brazo b Black Warrior, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

CMLL (SUN) 03/04 Arena Neza [Gladiatores]
1) Black Danger & Black Heart b Incapaz & Tormenta II
2) Danger & Tormenta I b Black Killer & Brazo 2000
3) Chac Mool, Rayo Tapatio I, Rey Tapatio II b Caligula, Gringo Loco (Chicago), Mesala
4) Satanico, Tony Rivera, Volador Jr. b Marco Corelone, Mephisto, Ramstein
5) Mistico DQ Black Warrior

Tormenta I replaced Astro Boy, who was hurt early in his match. Marco couldn’t get along with the King Of Neza and Mephisto.

AULL (FRI) 03/02 Arena Lopez Mateos [Gladiatores]
1) Kid Tiger & Sol de Oriente b Puma King & Sombra Escarlata
2) Epidermia & Heavy Boy b Dr. Psiquiatra & Gringo Loco (Chicago) [AULL TAG, 2nd, torneo]
3) Cerebro Negro & Fantasma de la Ópera b Rambo Jr. & Supremo Jr. [AULL TAG, 2nd, torneo]
4) Sepulturero I & Sepulturero II b Astro Boy & Robin Maravilla [AULL TAG, 2nd, torneo]
5) Rocky Santana, Super Muneco, Villano III b Coco Rojo, Satánico, Shamu
6) Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Gladiador, Volador Jr. b Rey Krymen, Sadico, Terrible

CMLL (MON) 03/05 Mercado Morelos [gladiatores]
1) Hanaoha & Kameta b Masusake & Okada
2) BRacito de Oro, M-1, Mini Olimpico b Mano Negra Jr., Sombrita, Tritoncito
3) Medusa & Sahori b Corintia & La Nazi
4) Black Man & Danger b Demon I & Macabro
5) Dos Caras, Hijo de Fantasma, Solar I b Mano Negra, Negro Navarro, Pierroth Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 03/03 Plaza De Toros El Cortijo [gladiatores]
1) Arcano & Principe Odin b Kai & Yamato
2) Black Man Jr., Fabian el Gitano, Sombra de Plata b Bacteria, La Flecha, Mesala
3) ?, Arkangel, Dr. X b Skayde, Stuka Jr., Suicida
4) Rey Lobo b Cerebro Negro
5) ?, Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero b Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Perro Aguayo Jr.

Lobo and Cerebro had a bloody battle, and will meet again on 03/17 in a mask/hair match.

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03/12: Torreon, Monterrey, magazines

No Coliseo DF results yet, nor AAA. I may update later on.

indy (THU) 03/15 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [el siglo de torren]
1) Espacial & Tiger Chong vs Fuego & Mini Star
2) Dorado Jr. & Lobo del Aire vs Semental & Venum
3) Hijo del Soberano, Piloto Suicia, Sexy Piscis vs Espanto V, Mr. Guerrero, Piloto Negro
4) Hijo de Anibal & Hijo del Santo vs Blue Demon Jr. & Fishman Jr.

Konnan announced on AAA TV that Ricky Banderas would be back soon (possibly as the mystery Rey de Reyes guy.)

indy (SUN) 03/11 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Aramgeddon & Black Nazi b Angel Negro & Rey Apostol
2) Burrito, Lady Regia, Mini Burrito b Hollywood, La Bandida, Tequilita
3) Huracan Ramirez Jr., Silver Star, Sky b Ejecutor, El Mortal (USA), Vudu
4) Difuno I & Difunto II b Androide & Rey Sagitario [FILL TAG]
5) Hijo del Espanto II, Pancho Tequila, Potro Jr. b Black Dragon, Casanova, Golden Boy
6) el Hijo Del Anibal & El Hijo del Solitario b Axxel & Konnan Big [ri, losers advance]
7) Axxel b Konnan Big [FILL MIDDLE]

Shocking, I know.

indy (TUE) 03/13 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Alondra vs Angel Negro
2) Hollywood vs Black Nazi
3) Golden Boy vs Ejecutor
4) Al Barone vs Huracan Ramirez
5) Hijo de Anibal & Konan Big vs Hijo del Solitario & Pancho Tequila

Magazines – everyone’s doing Black Shadow covers this week, naturally
Super Luchas 203 (includes a photo of Goto with the belt)
Box Y Lucha #2809 and Alternate Cover with Mistico

Lots of articles about Shadow over the weekend as well – jornada has one.

Fray Tormenta received a tribute in LA this weekend – I think this was the non-FMLL show.

Tijuana referee Angel Reyes retired on last Thursday’s show. He’s been a referee for over 25 years. He was awarded a plaque for distinguished work by the commission.

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03/13 and 03/18 Arena de Chicago shows

Arenas de Chicago lists shows this week with Blue Demon Jr., LA Park, Electroshock, and Hijo de Cien Caras. There’s the normal Sunday show at Congress Theater, but they also list a show in Round Lake on Tuesday.

That’s all I got about that show – Dave Meltzer posted an street address last week, but that isn’t a street in Round Lake. I’m far more likely to go the Tuesday show if I go to either one, but obviously it’s gonna be a tough one if I don’t know where (or when) it is.

I sent an e-mail to the promotion, so I’ll update this if I get any info.

The website also lists a 04/08 show, presumbably at Congress.

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meeting people in the oddest places

So it’s late, I can’t sleep, and I’m taking care of busywork now that I’d normally wait to do out a more sensible hour, when I see this


(via The Gladiatores, who are superb)

Apparently, last Sunday’s Neza show had the Tapatitos teaming up with Chac Mool and the Romans teaming up with Chicago’s Gringo Loco. This is possibly the awesomest thing ever.

I do recall being told, a while back, he was going to go to Mexico and get in with CMLL, but that costs nothing to say and a lot more to do. He gets my total respect for trying it, and, even if it was just the one match*, I’m proud to see a local get that one match.

Remind me to put up the Chicago Wrestling stuff in the morning – there’s a show Tuesday I’d like to go to, but have no idea where it is.

* – I have no clue. Someone could e-mail me and clue me in?

Update: Maybe make that twice. The recap says Gringo Loco teamed with Psicopata, but I only see pictures of his normal tag partner/psychiatrist. Did the AULL Tag Tournament matches air on TV this weekend?

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03/11: Muneco/Coco Rojo, Accion, NJPW

VIP (SAT) 03/10 Salon 21, DF [Notimex]
1) Katito Kung Lee & Voladorcito b Bracito de Plata & Pentagoncito
2) Black Heart, Furia, La Mosca b Caramelo, King Fish, Supernino
3) Lapida & Shu el Guerrero b Axel & Vangelz
4) Mano Negro & Solar I DRAW Black Terry & Negro Navarro
5) Super Muenco b Coco Rojo [mask]

Coco Rojo is Mario Jimenez, 39, of Veracruz. He vows to keep fighting Super Muneco.

Marco Corelone and Universo 2000 will sign contracts on Thursday for a hair/hair match on 03/30. That’s a gigantic step down from Mistico/Perro.

Blue Panther suffered a seven cm tear in a hip muscle, and he’ll be out for three to four weeks.

Ovaciones also says the winner of this year’s Rey de Reyes will be receiving a sword. This sounds like a dangerous idea.

Negro Casas and Texano Jr. in New Japan (Strong Style Spirit)
03/03: Negro Casas & Texano Jr. b Minoru & Milano Collection AT [Casas pin Minoru]

03/04: Wataru Inoue & Texano Jr. b Minoru & Milano Collection AT [Texano pin Milano]
03/04: Jado, Gedo, Negro Casas b Tiger Mask, Koji Kanemoto, Ryusuke Taguchi [Negro pin Kanemoto]

03/06: Minoru, Tiger Mask, Wataru Inoue, Texano Jr. b Jushin Liger, Koji Kanemoto, El Samurai, Negro Casas [Minoru pin Samurai]

03/09: Wataru Inoue, Texano Jr., Yujiro b Jado, Gedo, Milano Collection AT [Texano pin Gedo]
03/09: Minoru, Jushin Liger, Negro Casas b Tiger Mask, Koji Kanemoto, El Samurai [Casas pin Tiger]

03/10: Negro Casas b El Samurai
03/10: Minoru, Jushin Liger, Milano Collection AT b Ryusuke Taguchi, Texano Jr., Tetsuya Naito [Minoru pin Naito]

03/11: Tiger Mask, Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue b Jushin Liger, Negro Casas, Milano Collection AT [Kanemoto beat Milano]
03/11: Minoru b Texano Jr. [IWGP JH]

Negro gets a title shot against Tiger Mask IV next week. He’ll fair no better.

Accion:

CMLL: Marco vs Universo. Univeros seemed fired up here, and we get the DQ beating. The Capos hold Marco and foul him directly in front of the ref, and they’re angry about it. I dunno.

AAA: Latin/Parka/Alebrije/Laredo vs Abismo/Antifaz/Histera/Niebla from Orizaba Spots spots, with Laredo’s ringpost tope con giro being the big spot, and Latin winning clean with a figure four.

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GdR #68

Aired 03/10

It’s a women’s match and a Universo/Corelone build up match, and only about 16 minutes of wrestling, so I think most people are going to skip without thinking about it. But the women’s match is one of the better ones and there was nothing wrong with the main event match given who was in it.

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03/10: Mexico results, lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/09 Arena Mexico [ova, ESTO]
1) Molotov & Valiente b Apocalipsis & Caligula
2) Leono, Mictlan, Virus b Dr. X, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
3) Ephesto, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Blue Panther, La Máscara, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Volador Jr.
5) Alex Koslov, Místico, Rey Bucanero b Averno, Black Warrior, Mephisto
6) Marco Corelone DQ Universo 2000

Marco won the first fall clean, and then won the second fall when Mascara Ano 2000 and Cien Caras ran in and beat him down. (Cien insists he’s not coming back, again.)

Panther suffered a knee injury in the second fall of his match and was taken to the hospital – might be serious.

There was a moment of applause for Black Shadow

More Black Shadow
ESTO
EHIU.com (newswire?) and Ovaciones have articles from his funeral

Today’s the VIP show with Super Muneco vs Coco Rojo for masks. Muneco appears to be winning.

Today’s also the next AAA taping

AAA TV (SAT) 03/10 Tlaxacalita
1) ?, Alan, Decnnis vs Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Cóndor
2) Billy Boy, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata, Sexy Star vs Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mini Chessman, Polvo de Esterllas
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Psicosis II vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
4) Juventud Guerrera & Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan
5) Alberije, El Elegido, La Parka Jr., Zorro vs Abismo Negro, Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Mr. Niebla

Next week’s CMLL Cards

CMLL (TUE) 03/13 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Rayo Tapatio I, Rayo Tapatio II vs Super Comando, Artillero
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, India Sioux vs Amapola, La Nazi, Rosa Negra
3) Valiente, Brillante, Virus vs Goto, Okumura, Ohara
4) La Mascara, Maximo, Felino vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero, Blue Panther vs Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto

Goto is Hirooki Goto – maybe we’ll get to see the new belt?

CMLL (FRI) 03/16 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Sombra de Plata, Super Nova vs Polvora, Vaquero
2) Dark Angel, Sahori, Luna Magica vs Princesa Sujei, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Blue Panther, Felino, Mictlan vs Mephisto, Ephesto, Misterioso Jr.
4) Heavy Metal, Volador Jr., Sagrado vs Universo 2000, Atlantis, Sangre Azteca
5) Shocker, Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hector Garza, Damian 666

No Mistico, so they obviously aren’t running Mistico/Perro next week. Or anything major. Sangre in a semimain is cool.

CMLL (SUN) 03/18 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Starman, Super Nova, Trueno vs Hooligan, Apocalipsis
2) Felino, Mictlan, Valiente vs Misterioso II, Loco Max, Mr. Mexico
3) Volador Jr., La Mascara, Alex Koslov vs Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto
4) Leono vs Mogur [hair]
5) Mistico, Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero, Black Warrior, Olimpico

The way they’ve been airing things lately, that hair match airs on Fox Sports.

Guerreros del Ring had:
02/23 Mexico: Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda b Dark Angel, India Sioux, Lady Apache
03/04 Coliseo: Olímpico, Pierroth, Universo 2000 b Satanico, Lizmark Jr., Marco Corelone
No unmasked segment – Ultimo Guerrero’s crib

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03/09: Demon, Santo, Guerrero, Queretaro, Yucatan, Mexico preview

Hispanic PR Wire

Yea, today feels like a good day to lead with a Blue Demon Jr. story. He’s going to be in Miami on Sunday, “where he will have three exhibition matches” to promote the energy drink. Maybe this is just a one off promotion, but that sorta sounds like the thing you’d do to film a commercial.

Meanwhile, El Hijo del Santo appeared at a press conference to raise awareness about the destruction of Pacific Ocean coastline. You’d think this would be Atlantis’ gig. (planetsave)

“I began to worry, to become interested, and I was affected very much by the statistics on what is happening,” Hijo del Santo told a news conference that included the presentation of a mock movie trailer announcing “Santo vs. the Enemies of the Sea.”

YouTube? Please please please.

Hector Guerrero debuted in TNA last night, as a Spanish language announcer (and some unspecified backstage duties.) According to the Observer, there’s an agreement within TNA to specificly NOT do angles with Hector revolving around Eddie.

CMLL (TUE) 03/06 Arena Queretaro [El Knotty # El Martinete]
1) Dark Boy b Galaxy
2) Neurosis & Startron b Furia Dorada & Ozuno
3) Toro & Ursus b ? & Perro del Ring
4) Felino & Mictlan b Ephesto & Misterioso II
5) Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone b Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero

Lots of great photos at that link.

CMLL (SUN) 03/04 Poliforum Zamna de Merida [pipe9909]
1) Angelito Vengador & Fantastic b Haragan & Imperio Dorado
2) Sombra & Yago b Halcon Rojo Jr. & Lobo Salvaje
3) Super Muneco b Halcon Rojo [hair]
4) Amenaza Roja, Felino, Heavy Metal DQ Halloween, Mr. Águila, Terrible
5) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza b Dos Caras Jr., LA Park, Rey Bucanero

Good pictures there too, though they seem to be down at the moment.

El Manana has an interview with Super Muneco, talking his career and his upcoming mask match.

Mexico previews: Ovaciones, La Presna, Notimex, ESTO.

CMLL (FRI) 03/09 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Valiente vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Leono, Mictlan, Virus vs Dr. X, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero
5) Alex Koslov, Místico, Rey Bucanero vs Averno, Black Warrior, Mephisto
6) Marco Corelone vs Universo 2000

– Marco wants a title shot, while Universo has been calling him an exotico all week
– Mistico’s gotta face two of his rivals, Averno and Black Warrior

I suspect Marco will win, and perhaps the ex-WWE superstar will compete for the title the same week WWE hits town (assuming they’re moving Mistico/Perro.) What a coincidence.

Domba @ El Martiente has compiled a list of luchadors on mySpace, trying to figure which ones are authentic.

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Black Shadow (1921-2007)

luchawiki

Alejandro Cruz Ortiz, who was a star in in the early days of lucha libre, teaming with Blue Demon Jr. and having a legendary mask vs mask battle with Santo, died Thursday of pneumonia. He was 81.

Source: Ovaciones.

Lucha Wiki bio.

Box Y Lucha has a thread of condolences and rememberances. There’s also a threads on El Martiente.

(Miarroba, the hosting service of Satanico’s Mansion and El Halcon’s board and other places are moving their servers today, so they’re down for the moment.)

Six things to know about Black Shadow
– His mask match with Santo (November 7th, 1952) is probably the most important match in lucha libre. It wasn’t the first mask/mask match, but it made them them a huge deal, and so much of lucha libre in the fifty years since have been built around battles for masks.
– Black Shadow was probably in top 5, maybe top 3, most important Mexican wrestlers of his day, and maybe top 15 overall.
– It’d be higher if, like Demon and Santo, he had a son who followed him and had success. Shadow did have sons, none of which followed their father’s career. Shadow gave permission to one man to carry his name, and other indy wrestlers have used it without permission. None have made a big mark.
– Blue Demon and Black Shadow were long time partners and claimed to be brothers.
– Black Shadow was an early highflyer. He help popularize versions of the tope.
– Despite his fame, Shadow worked other jobs to make ends meet. When he was injured during his career, he worked as a shoemaker. After it was over, he sold purses at the market.

One thing I wish I knew: why did Black Shadow lose his mask, and not Blue Demon? Was Shadow considered the lesser member of the pair, or was it just happenstance?

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AAA #614

aired 03/03, taped 02/05

Unimportant Secret: I’ve been done with all the recaps I’ve done since Monday – I just wanted to space it out over the week. I was thinking I’d be less annoying to just post one a day.

I figure, give me a breather, a few weeks of only 4 (or maybe 3 or maybe 5 – hopefully I’ve called my cable company by the time you read this) hours of lucha TV to refresh mentally, and then I’ll start digging into the assorted stuff I’ve got around here, assuming anyone wants to read it.

The show! The show I don’t remember well because I watched it last on Monday and I’m actually writing this late Wednesday night and that’s how fast AAA goes thru my mind.

I think this was the best cage match I’ve seen in lucha in some time – it was laid out well from start to finish, and they built up to the big spot at the end. Black Family got another big win, the Hell Brothers still couldn’t beat them and Chessman got taken out, the La Parka Jr. bit was played out well – it’s all working out quite nicely. They figured out the opposition problem for the Hell Brothers – just have people keep beating them.

I still think they overdo chair spots to the point where no one cares about them, but that’s not going to change. We had two screwjob finishes by referees, and one partner turning on partner and the show’s not going to work with me, but that may not be changing either.

These eh ten minute tags could probably all be good six minute tags.

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