08/23: Rangel, IWRG, Guadalajara, RXLL

La Cronica and Ovaciones both have articles about Roberto Rangel’s death.

update: CMLL posted a statement on their website


En las primeras horas del martes 22, el r�feri Roberto Rangel y Rangel falleci� en su casa de la Ciudad de M�xico. Sus restos fueron velados en la Funeraria Garc�a L�pez, partiendo el cortejo f�nebre al Pante�n Franc�s, donde ser� sepultado. Descanse en paz en inolvidable G�erito, el Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre se une al dolor que embarga a su familia.

In the first hours of Tuesday 22, r�feri Roberto Rangel and Rangel passed away in his house of the City of Mexico. Their rest were guarded in the Undertaker Garci’a Lopez, starting off the funeral courtship for the French Pantheon, where it will be buried. Rest peacefully in unforgettable G�erito, [CMLL] is united to the pain that obstructs its family.

There was a moment of applause for him at last night’s Arena Coliseo show.

IWRG (THU) 08/17 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Black Stone b Golem
2) Panterita, Platino b Black Jaguar, Ultra Mega
Panterita filled in for Marco Rivera.
3) Lady Apache, Marcela, Princesa Blanca b Hiroka, Medussa, Rosa Negra
After the match, Apache, Marecla, and Blanca challenged Hiroka to a CMLL title match. I hope this is now a running joke. Anyway, Hiroka refused, because there are three of them and one of her, and she only defends her title in singles matches.
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Nitro b Fabian el Gitano, Kung Fu Jr., Tony Rivera
5) Dos Caras Jr., Sagrado, Silver King b Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
Sagrado replaced Lizmark, Aguila and Terrible replaced Misterioso and Olimpico. Silver King wrestled as Ramses, though there wasn’t an attempt at pretending this was someone new; they’ve got him contiunally listed as “Ramses (Silver King)”. So weird. Finish saw Damian get away with a foul on Dos, but Ramses get away with a foul Damian in turn and get the pin.

This being Silver King and lucha libre, Ramses apparently was wearing a random title belt. (Close up look) I think it’s the old UWA Junior Light Heavyweight title, but I’m not 100% sure. The ‘Championship’ has been inactive since Silver Star bought it, took it to Monterrey, and renamed it (and, oh yea, the UWA died.) I guess he thought his brother was looking sharp with a dead promotion title belt and had to get one of his own.

IWRG (SUN) 08/20 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Vampiro Metalico b Antaris
2) Halcon Salvaje, Kid Tiger b Carta Brava Jr., Macho II
3) Avisman, Black Terry, Okumura b Gran Cuchillo Jr., Star Boy, Stuka Jr.
Gran Cuchillo replaced Marco Rivera, who must’ve been hurt.
4) Dr. Cerebro, Pierroth Jr., Veneno b Fabian el Gitano, Fantasma Jr., Psicodelico Jr.
Rudos did a lot of mask pulling and got away with it.
5) Heavy Metal, Panterita, Suicida DQ Black Warrior, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera
Warrior fouled Metal and got caught.

CMLL (SUN) 08/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Estrella de Jalisco, Metatron b Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) Antrax, Evola DQ Danger (Guadalajara), Depredador
Depredador low blowed Antrax and got caught. Antrax challenged him to a stakes match, but was ignored.
3) Gallo b Infierno
4) Satanico, Tony Rivera, Volador Jr. b Angel Blanco Jr., Magnum, Sangre Azteca
5) Idolo b Destroyer [mask]
Since Negro couldn’t make it for his title match versus Toxico, I believe they made good by changing this from a normal singles match to a mask match; it wasn’t announced as a mask match previously. Sucks for Destroyer, who lost his hood here; no info about real name.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero

I’ve been saying we shouldn’t bother to start evaluating RXLL – that’s the new promotion with Vampiro – until there was a card announced. We have a card announced.

RXLL (SAT) 09/02 Coliseo Olimpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara [box y lucha, KrisZ]
1) Phoenix Star & Zokre vs Hego Boy I & Hego Boy II
2) X-Fly vs Morivus vs Hego Boy vs Astro Boy vs Thunder vs Danger (Guadalajara)
3) Blue Panther vs Ron Killings
4) Nic Grimes vs Lacey
5) Extreme Tiger vs Mortiz
6) Flash II & ? vs Aaron Aguila & Kaos
7) Vampiro vs Sean Waltman

- Yes, really, Blue Panther versus Ron Killings. Then again, who do you have Panther face? He’s a great mat wrestler, and there’s no one else to work his style here. More over, the concept of promotion seems to be the opposite of what he brings to the table. I’d like to see him (and may this weekend), but I’m not sure of this promotion booking him.
- The word is Blue Panther, like LA Park and probably others, is an independent and books his own schedule. Still, I wonder how happy CMLL’s going to be with anyone wrestling for Vamp’s promotion. More so for Astro Boy. X-Fly is Pierroth Jr., seemingly on the outs anyway, and presumed to be part of this from the start.
- If you’re going to use Blue Panther, why third on the card? Why behind the match where no one quite knows who those people are (for all I know, it could be Cali hardcore wrestler Vic Grimes vs ROH Valet/SHIMMER wrestler Lacey, but that’d be just weird.) Unless the Flashes or someone else is a lot stronger draw locally than I’m figuring, Panther’s the second biggest star on this show.
- That may be Danger (Mexico City) or another Danger entirely. I’m guessing.
- A lot of the semi-familiar names are indy workers from So Cal.
- I wonder if this means Extreme Tiger didn’t make those AAA tapings? The world shall never know. I think this jump is a bad gamble on his part.
- The only logical reason to have a mystery wrestler on a debut card short of drawing names is someone jumping who hasn’t announced yet. But I don’t think we can limit ourselves just to logical decisions.
- This show will air in Mexico on 09/04.
- My gut feeling is this isn’t a show I’d be interested in. More usefully, I’m guessing the show will do fine attendance wise for an opening show, but will have to add more drawing wrestlers to succeed in the long term (and I’d guess that would be the plan)

Ultimo Gladiador #6 has a cover of…Latin Lover joining Perros del Mal. That’s FIVE. I’m beginning to think this was a big deal.

Arturo Rivera’s car was stolen this past Saturday. He parked it, left it for a few minutes, and it was gone. Police have no leads. (Maybe this is why he didn’t do Accion?)

This site is selling T-Shirts with mask designs. The side bar is completely unhelpful, click on Ver todos los productos for the full list rather than blind guessing forever. It’s too bad I’m not a fan of Rayo, because the black shirt with his white mask design is great. The Ricochet shirts look smart too, if possibly vastly illegal.

Lucha Loco, a book of lucha photography, goes on sale today. Site’s got some good stuff even if you aren’t getting the book.

Roberto Rangel passes away

–Roberto Rangel, a fixture at a referee for CMLL dating back to 1953, passed away this morning due to complications from diabetes. (thanks to Steve “Dr. Lucha” Sims)

- WrestlingObserver.com

There’s a thread on box y lucha here

Back in January, Box Y Lucha had an article about Rangel (sometimes listed as Guëro Rangel) being out of the ring due to injury. I recall there was some publicity after because he was not in the best of financial situations. There was a benefit show held for him (and Solitario) in April, and there was announced one to happen at Arena Coliseo coming up in October (which I presume will go on to help his family.)

Among the famous matches Rangel refereed as part of CMLL was the Santo/Espanto I mask match. Both men bled quite a bit (“their masks turn red with blood” is the usual description), Espanto was caught in the camel clutch and would not give, but Rangel stepped in and stopped the match because of what shape Espanto was in.

Rangel is credited with recuriting Lizmark into lucha libre and coming up with the Espectro gimmick.

Like many referees, he started out as a wrestler, but he was too small. If you search thru this thread, it says Rangel wrestled at 48kgs (105lbs) and never won, so it was an easy switch to make when the referee position was offered to him.

Outside of the ring, Rangel also ran the first Super Luchas magazine (a predecessor to the one Ernesto Ocampo runs nowadays) and wrote for Box Y Lucha at other times, mostly focusing on the history of lucha libre.

08/22: Puebla, Recaps, Halcon

CMLL (MON) 08/21 Arena Puebla Results
1) Siki Osama Jr., Super Star b Ares, Mr. Rafaga
2) ?, Asturiano, the Tiger b Espiritu Maligno, Toro Bill, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Fabian el Gitano, Lestat, Tigre Rojo b Blade, Canek Jr., Furia Chicana
4) La Mascara, Mascara Purpura, Maximo b Hombre Sin Nombre, Misterioso II, Terrible
5) Heavy Metal, La Mascara, Mistico DQ Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero
La Mascara worked twice to replace Negro Casas, who’s been out injuried since Friday (so why didn’t they send a replacement?)

Guerreros del Ring #49 has a cover of…Silver King. I guess it was too late to change their cover.

MLS team LA Galaxy will be having pre-game lucha libre matches before their 09/02 game versus the Kansas City Wizards.

Victor recapped FSE and GALA AAA shows. Jose Payan recapped the FSE show on f4wonline.com and would really like some feedback. (So would Victor, I’m sure!) The glamorous life of recapping lucha libre television on the web is neither glamorous nor something indicating a life.

El Halcon #68 is up!
- Interview with Shocker. He would’ve led his team to the win in the TNA X Cup, but he a bunch of young guys. He also says he’s headed back in to TNA in two weeks. He feels like he’s too big (weight-wise) to be in the X-Division, but he’s not big enough to be in the Heavyweight Division, so to the X he goes. Shocker’s very complimentary towards CMLL, and makes it sound like he left CMLL to go straight into rehab and AAA picked him up on the rebound.
- Results from Arena Queretaro 08/08

CMLL (TUE) 08/08 Arena Queretaro Results
1) Pantera Gris b El Rojo
2) Ozuno, Ursus b Drabek I, Drabek II
3) Chamaco Valaguez Jr., Sensei b Neurosis, Startron
4) Hijo de Pierroth, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Felino, La Mascara, Maximo
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. b LA Park

The biweekly Arena Queretaro show should be today, but I haven’t seen a lineup. Mistico is going to on it, I think.

- Interview with Los Dragones de Oriente. This is one where the text is in graphics so I can’t just hit the translate button and have to read and think and guess. Actual work is so tough. Anyway, this is a bio piece.

- Results from an AAA house show
AAA (SAT) 08/05 Auditorio Arteaga, Queretaro Results
1) Atomico, Dance Boy, Red Star Jr. b Money Pack, Pony, Cometa de Fuego
2) Picudo & Silver Cat b Hijo de Anibal & Dragon de Oriente I
When you’re losing to Picudo and Silver Cat, isn’t it time to give up the Hijo de Anibal name?
3) Martha Villalobos & Cinthia Moreno b Miss Janeth & Rossy Moreno
4) Electroshock, Histeria, Kaoma Jr. b Super Fly, Nemesis AAA, Rey Cometa
Electro snuck in a foul on hometown boy Rey Cometa and got the win
5) La Parka Jr. & Dos Caras DQ Muerte Cibernetica & Chessman
Muerte’s foul on Parka was noticed, and so his team lost. He and Chessman were not getting along as partners. Dos Caras replaced Vampiro.
- Short Bio of Gallo Tapado Sr.
- There should be an Olimpico article, but it’s missing. Too bad.

08/21: Coliseo, AULL, lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/20 Arena Coliseo Results [cmllmagazine]
1) Bam Bam b Fire
This better make someone’s TV.
2) Leono, Stuka Jr., Virus b Canek Jr., Hooligan, Nitro
3) Hombre Sin Nombre, Olimpico b Felino, Metro II [torneo, qf]
4) Heavy Metal, Texano Jr. b Hijo de Pierroth, Pierroth [torneo, qf]
5) Misterioso II, Terrible b Lizmark Jr., Lizmark Sr. [torneo, qf]
6) Blue Panther, La Mascara b Emilio Charles Jr., Okumura [torneo, qf]
7) Heavy Metal, Texano Jr. b Hombre Sin Nombre, Olimpico [torneo, sf]
8) Misterioso II, Terrible b Blue Panther, La Mascara [torneo, sf]
9) Heavy Metal, Texano Jr. b Misterioso II, Terrible [torneo, final]
10) Dos Caras Jr. b Black Warrior
Dos pinned him clean with the German. Didn’t seem like they were setting up a title match here, but it does make me heavily question my Anniversary match pick; what’s Warrior doing taking a singles loss if he’s being built for Mistico?

AULL (WED) 08/16 Arena Lopez Mateos Results [AULL, KrisZ]
1) Gringo Loco (Mexico), Sol de Oriente b Dragon Sagrado, Mr. Potro
2) Astro Boy, Robin Maravilla b Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II
3) Brazo de Oro, Solar I, Super Astro b Negro Navarro, Signo, Texano Jr.
4) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V b Damian 666, Hijo del Pierroth, Mr. Aguila
5) Black Warrior b Heavy Metal [NWA MIDDLE]

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, TNA wanted to bring Hector Garza back, but found out he’s banned from entering the US for 9 years. (I don’t think we had offical conformation of that before; the whole saga seemed to end with Garza vowing to fight it in court. But this was the most likely outcome.)

By far, the best part of this Mexico loves Nacho Libre (Chicago Tribune) article is this Fray Tormenta quote:

“I was a fatty too, and, like Jack, I had a lot of agility in the way I could jump around from here to there,”

If you’re skiing, cold, and have $90 to spare, you too can buy this ski hoody with lucha mask top. This makes a lot of sense to me (though perhaps not at $90.)

Lineup Notes
- As previously noted, Leyenda de Plata kicks off Friday. I’m under the impression there’s no title defense this year, and we’re just getting the winners of 2 8 man ciberneticos facing each other as a final. Between the cibernetico, the Perro/Santo main event, and the lack of an extra midcard match to prop up card positions, there’s quite a few people working as low on a show as they’ll work all year.
- No AAA TV tapings, at least that I know. It’s been a week and we still haven’t heard a word about the last set. Way To Go!
- There’s a Metro in the main event of Sunday’s Arena Coliseo Guadalajara; gotta be Neutron. I have no proof of this, just a feeling.
- On a Sunday spot show, Averno and Mephisto face Mistico and … Astro Boy. (And then they do the same match for hours later, a bit south down the road.)

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08/20: Accion, magazine covers

Accion highlights were done by Jorge Pietrasanta, and I have no idea who that is.

CMLL: Main event. Hey, it’s Latin Lover. Perro’s low blow was quite violent. Dos tried to break up the pin by stomping the referee (instead, of say, stomping the pin!), but no luck.

AAA: Zorro, Gronda, La Parka Jr. vs Muerte, Electro and Chessman from Morelia (08/06). This is the first I’ve actually seen of the Zorro mask,a nd it looks quite odd. Muerte gets in a blatant low blow, Copetes coutns the pin, but Tirnates beats him to the arm raise and so there’s a DQ.

Guess what’s on everyone’s cover this week?
- Box Y Lucha #2780 has Latin Lover, new Perro del Mal
- Luchas 2000 #331 has Latin Lover, new Perro del Mal
- Super Luchas #175 has Latin Lover, new Perro del Mal (more from Super Luchas here – Tony Salazar uses Vista?)

Guerreros del Ring appears to do their covers shots weeks ahead of time. But I think they might try to change this week.

Latin Lover’s bio is still up on Triple A’s website, but they don’t move that fast. If it’s up a month from now, I’d only be slightly surprised.

GdR #39

from yesterday

The women’s mask match nearly got more time than some of the recent shows have gotten entirely. It was certainty not the disaster I was worried about; it was a competent match with some good spots. I don’t think there’s a point to doing this unless you can put on a great match (to make the the concept mean more in the future) or a drawing match (which this was surely not.) But the fans did get into it and I enjoyed it, and I can’t really ask for more than that.

Best possible match between these two, I’m sure. I may rip this one later and upload it somewhere.

2/3rds of the opener seemed like they were building a Stuka/Arkangel match, and then they forget in the end. Arkangel seemed to have problems with Tony he didn’t have with anyone else, so I’m leaning towards blaming Stuka. Hooligan really didn’t do much here and wasn’t spotlighted.

GdR #38

Last week’s episode. I timed the women’s match for sub 6 minutes, and it was not even a great six minutes. I’m moving the mask match onto my TiVo right at this moment, but don’t want to watch it, because I’m so very scared. Like to “this may end women’s wrestling in CMLL for another decade” levels. On the other hand, Dark Angel has looked as good as ever in this most recent run.

The tag team title match was as good a stuff they’ve had on this show in quite a while. Only the second fall was microscopically short; they split the time up to create two more above average length falls. (Of course, I wish they just dumped the pointless interviews and gave them 25 minutes, but doesn’t seem like we’ve got a chance of that.) It was missing a bit of drama at the end to turn into a great match, but it still was a pretty fine encoutner.

I don’t know how to break this to you, Robert, but they’ve cut out the opening clip montage. Of all the things they could cut out on these shows…

I’ll catch up on (at least) the other reacp in the morning.

08/19: Mexico results, Gala skips another week, segunda on GdR

CMLL (FRI) 08/18 Arena Mexico Results [cmllmagazine]
1) Mini Violencia, Pierrothito b Bam Bam, Tzuki
2) Texano Jr., Tigre Metalico, Virus b Loco Max, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Alex Koslov, Misterioso II, Terrible b Felino, La Mascara, Sagrado
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b Averno, Black Warrior, Mephisto
Volador replaced Negro. Black Warrior is demanding a mask match with Mistico
5) Damian 666, Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Santo
Latin was invited to Arnea Mexico by Perros del Mal. Perro snuck in a low blow on Santo to pin him again.

Guerreros del Ring aired:
Leono, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera b Arkangel, Hooligan, Loco Max
India Sioux vs Medusa [mask]

Which means Fox Sports Lucha Libre tommorow showuld have
Volador Jr. vs Satanico, La Mascara, Mascara Purpura, Virus, Misterioso Jr., Hombre Sin Nombre, Emilio Charles Jr., Sangre Azteca, Dr. X [ciber]
Atlantis, Black Warrior, Olimpico vs Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Mistico

Galavision has skipped another week of TV. It’s airing the taping from 07/23 (Arena Coliseo Monterrey, Palenque de la Feria, Tulancingo, Hidalgo), which aired in Mexico on 07/30. 3 weeks behind in Mexico, and the newest recap on rudopolis:
Diabolica, Rossy Moreno, Tiffany vs Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Fabi Apache
Oriental, Super AAA vs Scorpio Jr., Toro Irisson
Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera vs Cuervo, Ozz, Scoria
Alberije, Elegido, Zorro DQ Alliens, Charly Manson, Monsther
Abismo Negro, Chessman, Shocker vs Gronda II, La Parka Jr., Super Porky

Latin Lover jumps to CMLL

That’s what the early reports say. Someone followed up with my exact thoughts:

Latin Lover Whatttttttttttttttttttt the hell??????

I need a second source on this one, and it’s not clear if he was just making an appearance with the Perros (who really just need to start wearing AAA shirts already) or is part of CMLL permanently; I’d have a hard time believing he’d be wrestling full time for anyone.

please keep up

Mike Informer is totally extempt because he was offline at the time, but the whole “mask wearing banned in futbol” story happened two weeks ago. I was there. You were there. (See original post here.)

Yea, there’s an update today with people protesting or whatever, but at this point, it’s a futbol story not a lucha libre one. Why is this still news?

Should I just make a “random unfair complaints about the Observer” category?

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