01/13: Mexico

Konnan had his hip operation. (RFC.) He still needs a kidney, but dialysis must’ve made it safe enough to do the surgery.

CMLL (TUE) 01/09 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Espiritu Maligno, Karissma b Carrona, Cobalto
2) Apocalipsis, Caligula, Ramstein b Danger, Molotov, Starman
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Medussa, Rosa Negra
4) Felino, Satanico, Virus DQ Canek Jr., Okumura, Pierroth
5) Mascara Ano 2000, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000 DQ Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Shocker DQ

Ovaciones mention that Valiente is looking for any help he can in finding his eight year old daughter, who’s been missing since 12/23.

Pierroth fouled Satanico to end the semimain. Ultimo pulled off his mask and tossed it to Shocker, who got caught with it for the main event DQ.

CMLL (FRI) 01/12 Arena Mexico Results [ova, Alvin @ el martinete]
1) Sombra de Plata, Super Nova b Polvora, Vaquero
2) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Texano Jr. b Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Sagrado
4) Alex Koslov, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero DQ La Mascara, Shocker, Volador Jr.
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Aguila b Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero

In the semimain, Ultimo took off his mask, threw at Shocker, who got caught with it. Ever get that deja vu feeling? Ultimo also beat up Ke Monito, who was here with Shocker. In the main event, Dr. Wagner was left “maskless, fouled, and on his back”, so it was a good night for the Perros.

IWRG (SUN) 01/07 Arena Naucalpan Results [The Gladiatores]
1) King Puma b Diablo Jr.
2) Bacteria, Halcon Salvaje b Trauma I, Trauma II
3) Freelance, Suicida, Turbo b Supremo Jr., Avisman, Black Thunder
4) Hijo del Diablo, Veneno, Fantasma de la Opera b Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Coco Blanco
5) Electroshock, Mascara Sagrada, Negro Navarro b Canek, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Okumura

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01/12: AAA, Sangre Azteca, Puebla, Mexico

AAA’s updated their news section with a long article about the new stars of 2006. They say they plan to go to Central America, the US, and possibly even Spain in ’07. Nothing about future TV tapings past the next one.

Ovaciones interviewed Sangre Azteca, who hopes to make his welterweight title reign as strong as the ones of Santo and Blue Demon. Good luck on that. He hopes to continue to feuding with La Mascara, Texano Jr., Sagrado, Maximo, Shocker, and Satanico; that’s a lot of people to fight. This is all hype for his semi-main appearance tonight, so it’s kinda funny he doesn’t mention Volador Jr. since he’s facing him tonight – I mean, why stop naming names?

CMLL (MON) 01/15 Arena Puebla Lineup
1) King Jaguar, Fenix vs Mr. Rafaga, Espiritu Maligno
2) the Tiger, Lestat, Asturiano vs Siki Osama, Fuerza Chicana, Furia Chicana
3) Mascara Purpura, Texano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Loco Max, Maniacop, Nitro
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Volador Jr., Ultimo Dragon vs Averno, Mephisto, Efesto, Tarzan Boy
5) Ultimo Guerrero vs Shocker

That seems like a loaded up card for Puebla. Is the AAA taping (on Saturday) close enough where they’re competing here?

El Sol De Tulancingo has a story about the local lucha scene – there isn’t one, there’s no promotions, though somehow there are schools. But they’re hoping for better.

Guerreros del Ring Special #5 is on Atlantis.

Here’s tonight’s Arena Mexico card:

CMLL (FRI) 01/12 Arena Mexico
1) Sombra de Plata & Super Nova vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Texano Jr. vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto vs Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Sagrado
4) La Mascara, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Alex Koslov, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero vs Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Aguila

Fake storylines for this show
- Main Event is a sorta-#1 contenders match for two factions (Perros/tecnicos), since they’ve both been challenging the Guerreros in non-title matches
- Semimain is continuation of La Mascara/Sangre, and it’s the Alex/Sangre brotherhood. Also, they should be plugging Ultimo/Shocker in Puebla.
- I can’t think of anything to make up about the tercera. Negro vs Averno? Tag titles? Efesto? No, it’s just there
- Segunda is match 230 in the best of 433 series between these two sides.
- opener is just to get Super Nova on the show.

There shall be no Guerreros del Ring notes tomorrow morning (maybe Sunday?), but I may get Arena Mexico results up.

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01/11: Naucalpan, Monterrey

indy (SUN) 01/07 Arena Naucalpan Results [KrisZ]
1) King Puma b Diablo Jr.
2) Bacteria & Halcon Salvaje b Trauma I, Trauma II
3) Freelance, Micke Segura, Turbo b Avisman, Black Thunder, Supremo Jr.
4) Fantasma de la Opera, Hijo del Diablo, Veneno b Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
5) Electroshock, Mascara Sagrada, Negro Navarro b Canek, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Okumura

indy (TUE) 01/09 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results [rfc]
1) El Burrito b Toro Blanco
2) Corazon Adicto DQ Hijo del Senor Tormenta
3) Ejecutor b Nacho Libre
4) Golden Boy b Red Flamer
5) Pancho Tequila DRAW Potro Jr.
6) Dulce Poly, Humberto Garza Jr. b La Bella, The Beast

indy (SUN) 01/14 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup [rfc]
1) Guerrero Griego, Corazon Adicto vs Chico de Barrio, Errante Solitario
2) Burrito, Mini Burro vs Borrico, Toro Blanco
3) La Kalaka, Nacho Libre, Vagabundo vs La Bestia, Ejecutor, Red Flamer
4) Mixteco, Turbina vs Androide, Rey Sagitario
5) Casanova, Golden Boy, Black Dragon vs Hijo de Senor Tormenta, Pancho Tequilla, Enrique Vera
6) Konnan Big vs Dulce Poly [cage, electric]

Konnan Big will have his Destroyers, and Dulce Poly will be accompained by her Ninjas. It’s Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

In La Presna, Perro Aguayo Jr. warns all rivals of the Perros to mentally prepare themselves for defeat, so they won’t be so anguished about it when it happens. He’s looking out for you.

Adolfo Moreno, guy in charge of Oregon, has written a book about his life in lucha libre.

Slam has an interview with Mando Guerrero.

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01/12-14 Lucha Times

AAA: If I’m following everything right (and it took me like three weeks to smarten up), this is the first Best Of week. It’ll be the first time Billy Boy/Gran Apache has aired on Gala (they skipped that episode), though I think it’s clipped. Normal times.

GdR: I’m so thankful to see the women, mostly because they won’t be Fabian el Gitano. If they are, I’ll be mighty confused.

FSE (mexico only): The Coliseo semi-main, if it airs here, sounds like it should be ten minutes of good fun.

AAA Mexico: Here, they’re back with the post-GdT (for the first time), if I’m paying attention correctly. The Puebla taping airs next week.

CMLL Mexico: Top 3?

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01/10: nothing much

Ovaciones has an interview with Perro Aguayo Jr., who promises to keep defeating the idols of CMLL. Everyone’s been gunning for him since he came in (and still now that he considers himself an independent), and he’s willing to take anyone on in a stakes match.

Lufisto, who’s wrestled in the Monterrey area, has announced her (probable) retirement due to a back injury.

El Heraldo de Chiapas has a profile of Captian Furia and El Mexicano, tag team champions of the South Texas (and local Rudo Tag Team of the year.)

Zocalo.com has an bio piece on the Panterita of Monclova

These have been up for a while, but I haven’t pointed them out before – CMLL’s put up bios of Atlantis, Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Damian 666, Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Felino, Heavy Metal, Hector Garza, Halloween, Mephisto, Mistico, Negro Casas, Olimpico, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado, Ultimo Guerrero, and Volador Jr.

AAA’s added new pictures to it’s bios for Brazo de Plata, Joe Lider, and Crazy Boy. They’ve also posted a preview of the next TV card, and that’s just mostly the lineup we’ve already seen.

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Recent CMLL major match matches

00/03/17 Atlantis vs Villano III [mask]
01/03/30 Perro Sr. vs Universo 2000 [hair]
02/03/22 Torneo Cibernetico, GdI vs LF [CMLL TRIOS]
03/03/21 Pierroth b Gran Markus Jr. [hair]
04/03/19 Perro Jr. & Terrible b Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 [hair]
05/03/18 Perro Jr. & Perro Sr. b Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 [hair]
06/03/17 Perro Jr. vs Universo 2000 [hair]

So the 16th a tiny bit earlier than they usually run these shows, but surely close enough that they might

I think WWE’s going to suffer. They’ve got higher prices, and they’d already lost some of the novelty last time thru. WWE seems to be running house shows lineups with nothing mattering, while CMLL will have a big match (likely involving Perro Aguayo Jr!)

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01/09: Puebla

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CMLL (MON) 01/08 Arena Puebla Results
1) Blue Center, Centella de Oro, Forajido b Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Tiger, Mr. Rafaga
2) Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde b Bobby Jack, Toro Bill Jr., Toro Bill Sr.
3) Lady Apache b Hiroka [CMLL WOMEN]
4) La Mascara, Sagrado, Volador Jr. b Eclipse, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000
5) Black Warrior, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Notimex says CMLL’s letting all kids in free to Arena Mexico when with an adult for the month.

WWE (SmackDown/ECW) is back in Mexico in March (rfc)
03/15 – Mexico City (Thursday)
03/16 – Mexico City (Friday – huh)
03/17 – Tijuana (Saturday)
03/18 – Monterrey (Sunday)

I don’t believe Rey Misterio Jr. is due back in the ring by then, but I assume he’ll make appearances.

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What to do about Mistico?

It’s amazing that we’re having this discussion about the guy who’s been universally acclaimed as the Luchador of the Year (Box Y Lucha, Super Luchas – I haven’t seen the inside of Luchas 2000 or Guerreros del Ring, but I’m thinking Yes – and maybe by y’all if I ever get around to doing awards), and nothing in these rest of these paragraphs should detract from the aseptic and economic triumphs of Mistico in 2006 and before. He had a great year, he’ll always be remembered for this 2+ year run of being the top guy in the country, and he’s assured himself a place of always being pushed in a place of prominence based on his past achievements (see: Octagon, or a dozen other guys) unless he actively tries to screw it up or walks away.

Where is he going now?
CMLL has appeared to feel Mistico was never going to be a long term draw, but instead a guy who’d run out of steam within a (relatively) short period of time regardless of what was done with him. They’ve pushed him hard and had him work as often as possible to get as much as they could get out of him while they still could, and I think they’ve followed the plan pretty well. They’ve gone as close to the line of overexposure with Mistico as they possibly can, and sometimes a bit past that line, and his core group of fans still appear mostly into him. The young adults/hardcores have fallen out of love with him, but the kids still love them and their parents are still bringing them to see Mistico. He’s still got his fans.

Mistico appears to still be in good health, especially considering his style and schedule. We haven’t heard any comments about him being mentally burnt out or plain tired from his life. There definitely have been complaints about his match lengths at spot show, but since that’s the match length CMLL (and Mistico) seems to be doing everywhere, it may be the promotion’s directive and not Mistico’s choice – it’s hard to tell.

My point is there still seems to be life in Mistico’s career, both physically and economically, but it seems like CMLL and Mistico are at stumbling block creatively. In the matches, Mistico appears to have been doing just about everything he can do – there’s no flashy new move coming down the pipe, and Mistico’s protection makes the finishes obvious the moment the match is announced (DQ or Mistica, and almost always Mistica when Averno’s involved.) There’s no obvious programs for him – he’s not going to have major feuds with the top guys because CMLL can’t afford (or is unwilling to spend enough) to get to actual mask/mask payoffs, and any feuds with lesser guys are obvious romps.

It feels like Mistico’s been booked into a corner and may be heading downslope in ’07, which is an awful harsh prediction for the 8th day of the year. Ocampo posted about this over on Super Luchas’ blog (which kinda inspired this digression), believing that if Mistico doesn’t break out of the formula he’s stuck in, he’s going to end up damaged for it by the end of the year, and I think I’m agreeing with that here, so I want to flip from the big picture to small one:

How they going to Mistico vs Averno again? Twice (once for the belt, one for the title)? The highspots looked good on Accion, but Chui and others who’ve seen it complete say it’s not a great match. I don’t think you’re probably getting a much higher match out of these two, and if you are, you’re repeating a match fans in the DF have seen many many times in the last couple of years (both in singles and plenty in trios exchanges) and asking them to pay for it a couple more times. For one time, especially in the down season, I liked the idea because people hadn’t seen it on that stage and hadn’t seen it much recently, but it’s a lot to expect the other two matches to be demonstratively different (much less better) when they’re already throwing out all the highspots they know in the first one.

If this was WWE or some other environment, they’d throw a stipulation on these matches to make them seem different. (Seeing as they’re two lesser weight guys, it’d be a ladder match, but I may die before I see a ladder match on CMLL promoted show in Arena Mexico.) I guess the idea of the title match is to be the stipulation, but they haven’t really been working title matches that different that people are going to believe it’s going to be different (until after it happens a few time.) And, despite good defenses against Russians, the CMLL Middleweight title is not particularly meaningful. And while Mistico wins in mask match will still draw people as an event, that draw is obviously going to be hurt by the one-sided nature of it all. I’m not saying they won’t do good business, but I don’t know if that’ll sell out without strong stuff underneath.

I guess the proper thing to would’ve been to save stuff last Friday to break it out in those latter matches, but people are so used to getting the 100% Mistico experience, they might have gone home unhappy. Do it now, nothing for later, don’t do it now, risk people don’t come out later – see what I mean about being stuck in a corner? I have no idea what you do here.

If overexposure was the only concern, you’d do like El Hijo del Santo and cut down Mistico appearances drastically, while opening up a void for a new star to ascend. But making money for CMLL (in the short term) is also important, and if they still do believe Mistico’s short term, there’s no sense in holding him back to keep him fresh.

It doesn’t help that CMLL’s house wrestling style is so omnipresent – it’s tough for Mistico to separate himself from past performances, but it’s tougher still when everyone other young tecnico is trying to do the most of the same moves. It seems like all tecnicos do seven of the same ten moves (this was never more apparent when Kronos was doing the same stuff as Leono) – Mistico’s only difference is that he does them better, and even that’s debatable. I have no idea how you solve that issue.

Even if CMLL does nothing, I think Mistico and the promotion will still be making money in ’07. I’m just thinking it’ll be less than last year.

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01/13 AAA TV Taping lineup

So, I missed this before. I blame postimage for not loading up the graphic.

AAA TV (SAT) 01/13 Plaza de Toros El Pinal Results
1) Nemesis AAA, Pegasso, Super Fly, Terry 2000 vs Angel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Condor, Police Man
2) Billy Boy, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Sagrada vs Gran Apache, Mini Abismo Negro, Rossy Moreno
3) Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis vs Alan, Decnnis and Alan Stone, Zumbido and Espiritu, Scoria [AAA TAG]
4) Alebrije, Elegido, Oriental vs Abismo Negro, Antifaz, Histeria
5) Intocable, La Parka Jr., Octagon vs Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico

Is that the answer? There’s no big rudo rival for Cibernetico, so he’s just going to keep working against the tecnicos? That’ll get old quick.

That’s a Saturday show – can they really turn it around in one day for TV? I know CMLL does that, but they’re not touring and that makes a difference. AAA hasn’t done one day turnarounds much; kinda makes me wonder if there’s a Wednesday taping we don’t know about.

Espiritu/Scoria, Alan/Decnis and Juvi/Psi2 are all what I was calling Block A teams, but Stone/Zumbido is a Block B team. Which means there are no blocks (which is consistent with what they’ve been saying, but it seemed to much work for me to actually believe) and either
- they’re doing an unbalanced scheduled (all the teams will not wrestle each other)
- this tournament is going to go for 120 matches

I don’t know. It’d be nice if they explained. But I’m not holding my breath. What we do know are the next quartet of teams: Chris Stone/Hator, Antifaz/Histera, Elegido/Intocable (which, come to think of it, is probably the favorite) and Alebrije/El Brazo all only have had one match so far.

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01/08: Coliseo, Mictlan, Halcon, Magazines

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CMLL (SUN) 01/07 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Molotov, Sombra de Plata b Artillero, Zayco
2) Starman, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera DQ Apocalipsis, Loco Max, Ramstein
3) Arkangel, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Mascara Purpura, Mictlan, Virus
4) Alex Koslov, Averno, Mephisto b Felino, Sagrado, Volador Jr.
5) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Shocker b Black Warrior, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy

It appears Mictlan wrestled, so I guess he’s okay.

Mictlan’s one of the interviews in the newest El Halcon. Mictlan says he debuted in 1990 in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, and his brother and his uncle trained him, but doesn’t reveal their names for obvious reasons. There’s also interviews with La Nazi – she worked as another gimmick before this one? in AAA? – Polvora, Sombra de Plata (who missed the 1st half of ’06 with an hand injury – which could be reinjuried with any strong tug – and gives a long rant about it being up to the 1st/2nd match guys to force the schedulers to move them up rather than complaina bout not giving oppurtinties), and a bio of wrestler turned referee El Judio (the Jew).

Magazines
- Super Luchas #194 hypes Ultimo Dragon’s plans for 2007.
- Luchas 2000 #350 has new champions and hair losses
- Lucha 2000 Special #17 has a year in review.

Newspaper articles
- Atlantis was visiting children’s hospital this Saturday as part of Dia de Reyes celebrations. So was Super Parka.
- El Vanguardia hypes up local wrestler El Relampago.
- Noticias Oaxaca has a obit of local wrestler Ray Alcantara.
- El Tiempo has an article about former famous rudos in Columbia now living in poverty.

Lineups:
- Hiroka/Apache rematch tonight in Puebla.
- Still no word about AAA tapings. They haven’t updated their site in 18 days.

(more coming later)

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