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CMLL FantasicaMania talent list announced, Noche Briticana show announced

CMLL released new on two international (related) events in the last 24 hour.

Coming up first is Noche Briticana, a special Arena Mexico show on 12/07. The announcers mentioned it in passing on last night’s Terra broadcast, and Ticketmaster already has some details.

BRITISH NIGHT una lucha con causa… es un evento que están organizando la Embajada Británica y el Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre para recaudar fondos para la Fundación John Langdon Down. Los luchadores Ultimo Guerrero y La Sombra se disputarán “Las Joyas de la Corona” en un ambiente muy británico en la cual, la arena México tendrá música y motivos ingleses. El público podrá ver y tocar el “London Bus” (el camión de doble piso inglés) y verá guardias reales dentro de la arena México. Este evento será el 7 de diciembre a las 8:30 p.m. en la majestuosa Arena México.

As you can read, it’s a copromtoion with the British Embassy, and will include British music, a double decker bus, and Buckingham Palace soldiers. It sounds like an Ultimo Guerrero vs La Sombra singles main event, but I guess they could also be just leading teams.

The John Langdown Down Foundation helps children with Down’s Syndrome. That weekend is the same as the annual Televisa supported “Teleton” to help special needs children, so there’s probably some connection there, though it appears CMLL may be donating a different charity.

That date would seem to mean any major CMLL year end show wouldn’t happen until later in December. However, there’s yet to be any hint of CMLL actually running a major show in December. (I haven’t seen any CMLL TV this weekend yet, so maybe you know something I don’t.) It is possible CMLL says Ultimo Guerrero vs Sombra with British people is enough and calls it a year. We won’t know that for certain for a few weeks, but it’s possible.

In a dream world, Sombra wins the main event when new rudo faction of Rey Escorpion, Dragon Rojo, and Hooligan (british! going for revenge on his old partner!) cost Ultimo Guerrero the match. I dream too much, but Hooligan’s got to be on the card. He’s the only British guy they’ve got! Volador dressing up as one of the Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band alone is not going to be good enough.

CMLL & NJPW also announced the CMLL participation for the three day FantasticaMania event. Tecnicos are Mistico, Titan, La Sombra, Rush, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada, Maximo, and Diamante. Rudos are Volador Jr., Mephisto, Dragon Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Euforia, Misterioso and Okumura. It’s not stated, but I expect Namajague will be back in NJPW in January and would also be on these shows, in addition to the regular NJPW wrestlers. CMLL is also sending ring announcer Ivan and edecan Bruni.

Mistico and Titan are the tecnicos making the NJPW debut. Euforia is the only rudo making his debut here. NJPW also introduces Rey Bucanero, who’s been in NJPW as part of the team with Ultimo Guerrero prior but not in many years (and not under the current regime.) It’s a total of 14 CMLL wrestlers this time, up from 9 on previous shows.

The tour is being promoted around the first appearance of the new Mistico. NJPW mentions the previous one was IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship, setting the bar for this one (though I’d imagine that’s not something happening this year.)

Titan earned this spot by winning En Busca de Un Idolo, but the 2nd (Euforia), 3rd (Mistico) and 4th (Diamante) place finishers all got in as well. That makes the winning a bit cheap (though true to most reality shows), but I’m not certain Titan would’ve made it if he didn’t make the final 2 of the tournament given where he was before the tournament. This is still a win for #porraTitan.

There is plenty of pressure on the younger guys, but La Mascara might have the most to prove. Mascara was embarrassingly poor on the first FantasticaMania shows, looking in no condition to perform on both shows. It was said Mascara was ill and tried to work thru it (and the wrestlers on the show defended him against criticism), but everything he tried looked abysmally bad. Just having OK matches would be a vast improvement, but the Brazos have a great reputation in Japan and I’m certain La Mascara will be motivated to raise his families name back up.

FantasitcaMania had four title matches in 2011 involving CMLL wrestlers (and one that was between NJPW & DDT), and two in 2012. FantasticaMania expands to three days this year, and so the title match number is likely to increase. Titan (National Welterweight), Rush (CMLL Light Heavyweight), La Mascsara (National Light Heavyweight), Dragon Rojo Jr. (NWA & CMLL Middleweight), Rey Bucanero (NWA Light Heavyweight) all have major CMLL titles. Dragon Rojo’s already stated he’ll defend against either Jushin Lyger or Prince Devitt on these shows. Lyger makes more sense. Rush being a spotlight match (rematch vs Yujiro? Goto?) seems to fit with CMLL goals, as well as Mascara Dorada getting a big match (Bucanero is not doing much with his belt). Titan vs Euforia would also be a fun showcase for both guys, and it’d be weird if Volador and Sombra weren’t involved in something big. There’s a lot of possibilities. Unless there’s a title change between now and January, there won’t be a CMLL pairs or trios title on the line (though Okumura and Namajague are still facing Stuka & Fuego a lot.)

NJPW and CMLL will announce actual matches at a later time, probably early January, and we’ll likely know if any of these will be an iPPV around the same time. There will also likely be CMLL participation on the 01/04 NJPW Toyko Dome show. That usually includes 1 or 2 guys who don’t end up working these shows.

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Atlantida vs Invasors, Avernos vs Bufete, Halloween, Mr. Aguila, Heddi Karoui, CMLL press

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 10/23/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Genesis & Soberano Jr.
2) Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel b Bengala, Metálico, Sensei
3) Pierrothito b Último Dragoncito [lightning]
Pierrothito won in 7:12.
4) Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. b Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
Tecnicos took 2/3, Sagrado pinning Okumura.
5) Niebla Roja, Terrible, Tiger b Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Hijo del Fantasma
Niebla Roja replaced Rey Bucanero, who suffered a knee injury Monday in Puebla. Rudos took 2/3. Angel de Oro hurt his knee, and Niebla Roja seemed very concerned.
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Black Warrior, Mr. Águila, Volador Jr.
Delta wore pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Euforia started the match for the rudos, but was replaced by a late arriving Mr. Aguila (so late he didn’t have his hair up or his facepaint on.) Tecnicos won and challenged for a rematch.

CMLL (TUE) 10/23/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Virgo b Thunder Boy
2) Metatrón & Smaker b Exterminador & Ráfaga
Smaker replaced Black Metal, Rafaga replaced Malefico.
3) Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior b Aereo, Pequeño Halcón, Shockercito
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Tama Tonga b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Tonga pinned Sombra in the first/third.
5) Máximo DQ Averno
Averno got help from Mephisto and Ephesto. Maximo snuck in a small package, and the rudos ran in for the DQ. Rush & Marco tried to make the save but were laid out, leading to a trios title match next week.

Halloween wrote he suffered one broken rib and two fractured ribs in Sunday’s title match with Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy. He does not know when he will be able to return. (Website suggests a painful 6-10 week recovery, which means he’s probably done for the year.) We can only hope this doesn’t hurt his chances with Mari Apache.

R de Rudo caught up to Damian 666 to ask what was with Mr. Aguila teaming with him last weekend. He explained it as X-Fly missing a flight back from Ciudad Juarez and Aguila filling in as a one time replacement. Damian’s off to Panama this weekend.

Heddi Karaoui is out of Thursday’s IWRG IC Middleweight Championship match. Relampago legdropped him on the head on Thursday, concussion Karaoui and taking him out of one of his biggest matches since coming to Mexico. Oficial AK47 takes Karaoui’s spot. That’s much more interesting match to me, but it’s unfortunate for Karaoui.

Kaiser Sports has this message posted on top of their website:

A nuestros queridos amigos, seguidores y lectores: Ante las nuevas disposiciones del CMLL que limitan nuestro libre ejercicio profesional, desde este 23 de octubre ya no podremos ofrecer información al respecto, pues consideramos que valores como la lealtad y el respeto deben ser mutuos, no solo unilateralmente, Gracias.

CMLL is implementing some new policy “that limits our profession” so they’ll no longer be covering CMLL “because we feel values of loyalty and respect must be mutual.” Harsh. I wonder what “limits our profession” means? CMLL demanding approval over anything posted?

Whatever it is, this is really disappointing. It’s another excellent source of CMLL news run off by CMLL. Many times, like the recent Guerrero break up, the Kaiser Sports interviews have done a better job of explaining and getting over CMLL’s storylines than CMLL’s done on their own. CMLL is still covered in papers and some of the magazines, but most of the coverage is frequently dry lineups and results, nothing that would cause someone to be interested in CMLL if they weren’t already. It’s also usually the same article just reprinted as copy everywhere; this is a source of original material that’s just going to be gone and not replaced. CMLL and Kaiser Sports had a falling out about a year ago that was eventually resolved, hopefully that’ll just repeat.

It also has some slight international implications, since they were supplying NJPW with interview photos when their guys would come to CMLL (Alexis sends the match/press conference ones.)

Hijo de LA Park and Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. will be in the Castle of Terror after all.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo on this week’s 52MX show.

Links

Lucha Libre in Japan

10/24 NJPW: Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Negro Casas [O] b Low Ki, Brian Kendrick, Jado [X]

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 10/30/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón vs Exterminador
2) Shockercito vs Aereo, Pequeño Halcón, Astral, Último Dragoncito, Fantasy, Demus 3:16, Pierrothito, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior [Mini Reyes del Aire]
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Psicosis
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [CMLL TRIOS]
Love Buffet are champs.

Fun show. Main event should be good, semimain should be a fun romp for the tecnicos, and pequeno estrellas all flying around in the opener. (Also, Metatron.) Like the full sized version, this is a repeat from doing the tournament in May in Arena Mexico. Even CMLL can’t keep track of it’s tournaments.

CMLL (TUE) 10/23/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Virgo b Thunder Boy
2) Metatrón & Smaker b Exterminador & Ráfaga
Smaker replaced Black Metal, Rafaga replaced Malefico.
3) Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior b Aereo, Pequeño Halcón, Shockercito
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Tama Tonga b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Tonga pinned Sombra in the first/third.
5) Averno b Máximo
Averno got help from Mephisto and Ephesto. Maximo snuck in a small package, and the rudos ran in for the DQ. Rush & Marco tried to make the save but were laid out, leading to a trios title match next week.

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06/26: Coliseo, Halcon

CMLL.com/last Tuesday

CMLL (TUE) 06/26 Arena Coliseo [cmll]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Pólvora & Vaquero
2) Bam Bam, Electrico, Fantasy DQ Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween
3) Hirooki Goto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura b Leono, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera
4) Felino, La Sombra, Mictlán b Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
5) Atlantis, Olímpico, Universo 2000 b Blue Panther, Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero

Evil Dark Monkey helped the rudos win the main event. Did the name contest for him get dropped? Mini Damian fouled Bam Bam in the segunda.

AAA has a preview of the 07/01 taping. No new details.

El Halcon #93 is up. Inside:
– Interview with Mini Halloween & Mini Damian, who both note they were really awful when they debuted (prior to this gimmicks.) They’re not awful now. To prepare for last year’s bodybuilding contest, Mini Damian says he dropped from 85 kg to 73 (187 lb to 160). They want Mini Olimpico’s championship (they accuse him of hiding the belt so he doesn’t have to defend it) and Ultimo Dragoncito’s mask.
– preview of a card in Chipas on 07/14
– Interview with Euforia & Nosfearatu. Euforia shares the same trainer as Sobearno Jr, but claims he’s never ever used another name “professionally.” Nosferatu says he wrestled as Camelot three times while living in Chicago – if jtron or Rob or anyone from CPW is reading this, do you recall him at all? They note it’ll be difficult to surpass the success of prior Infernales, but they’re going to try. Satanico’s a very demanding leader.
– History of tag team champions in Mexico, from Super Luchas 216

AAA (MON) 07/18 Auditorio Miguel Barragan [El Sol de San Luis (Potosi)]
1) Bat Boy, Chico Malo, Flechador Justiciero vs Bogar, Principe del Futuro, Simon Blanco
2) America, Cosaco Loco, Maniaco vs Apolo Star, Centella Inca, Sexy Salazar
3) Espiritu, Picudo, Silver Cat vs Aero Star, Brazo de Plata, Super Astro
4) Tiffany & Zumbido vs Cinthia Moreno & Oriental [AAA MIXED TAG]
5) Gronda II, Intocable, La Parka Jr. vs Alan Stone, Head Hunter I, Muerte Cibernetica

BBC Mundo interviews El Hijo del Santo.

Lucha Libre events are offically banned from Auditorio Municipal Torreon.

Mexican Wrestlers Not In Mexico

Chris D pointed out a couple of cameos

06/22 UWA Hardcore: Tyson Dux b Brian Lee – Lee’s apparently part of the Dragon Gym group, and UWA’s the Canadian affilate, so there you go.

Another Dragon guy, Amigo Suzuki worked in CHIKARA over the weekend.

06/22
Amigo Suzuki b Rex Sterling [qf, Young Lions Cup]
Chuck Taylor b Lince Dorado, Moscow the Communist Bovine, Player Uno, Ice Cream Jr., Amigo Suzuki [sf, Young Lions Cup]

06/23
Hijo de Ice Cream, Ice Cream Jr., Amigo Suzuki b Gran Akuma, Icarus, Max Boyer

06/24
Billy Roc b Amigo Suzuki

Pantera is headed back to the group at some point (and is going to AJPW at some point prior.) As always, I’d point you towards ChikaraFans.com, who provided these results, for something a bit more coherent about the group. I really need to add a link to them to the sidebar.

Turbo, Skayde, Black Pentagon and Black Thunder are headed to Dragon Gate from July 8th to August 13th.

This is not news, but I think everyone would be well off if Chessman went to NOAH for a tour, like ASAP. I wouldn’t even care about him winning, but it’d be good for him to work with theoretically better guys his size. Whoever’s been laying out his matches of late has done a nice job of making his spear mean something, and I get the impression they’re very slowly grooming him for more down the line. Still, if there’s ever a time to do it, it’s right now as they’re pushing Cibernetico teaming with the tecnicos he hasn’t before. You don’t need Chessman around for that.

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Gran Alternativa Teams Announced

CMLL.com’s gotta ‘em

– Heavy Metal, Super Nova
– Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Purpura
– Negro Casas, Stuka Jr.
– Shocker, Valiente
– Marco Corelone, Flash
– Mistico, La Sombra
– Villano V, Super Comando
– Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia

Tournament will take place next week, June 29, which means we’ve had all of a two week gap between tournaments. (Only the Leyenda de Azul remains, unless they bring back the Gran Prix Trios tournament or something new.)

Mistico & La Sombra are obvious favorites, and Villano and Ultimo will almost have to run into each other at some point. Almost all are tecnico teams, which is a bit odd.

First guess…

Villano V, Super Comando b Heavy Metal, Super Nova
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Marco Corelone, Flash
b Negro Casas, Stuka Jr.
Shocker, Valiente b Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Purpura

Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Villano V, Super Comando
Mistico, La Sombra b Shocker, Valiente

Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Mistico, La Sombra (though Mistico losing at this point seems impossible)

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05/30: Coliseo, Mistico’s doctor concerned, AAA in Japan, Villanos

CMLL (TUE) 05/29 Arena Coliseo [cmll]
1) Mini Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Mini Damian 666 & Mini Halloween
2) Sensei, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera b Caligula, Hooligan, Messala
3) Felino, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan b Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu
4) Heavy Metal, Maximo, Rey Bucanero DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Ultimo Guerrero b Volador Jr.

That’s Euforia and Nosferatu’s first loss as a CMLL team, assuming I’m reading the results right. I’m doubting myself, because they just kinda loss, though it was more about Loco Max here. Ultimo beat Voldor clean, Averno fouled Maximo for being Maximo.

Radio Formula has an interview with Mistico’s doctor. The doctor, Mario Garcia Orozco, is concerned, because Mistico was to rest another week, and skipped a checkup because he had to make a booking. Orozco says Mistico’s left shoulder is 75%.

AAA NOAH (MON) 09/03 Tokyo Differ Ariake [Mario Rivero @ box y lucha]
1) Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria
2) Fabi Apache, El Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Cassandro, ? (NOAH), ? (OZ ACADEMY)
3) Super Fly, Laredo Kid, Pegasso vs ?, ?, ? (3 NOAH Juniors)
4) Abismo Negro, Mr. Niebla, Histeria, Antifaz vs Juventued Guerrera, Joe Lider, Crazy Boy, Ricky Marvin
5) Cibernetico, Chessman, Charly Manson vs KENTA, Taiji Ishimori, Marafuji

Lineup subject to change! This would just be one event as part of a tour, I think. Mini Histeria is Rocky Marvin according to this thread.

Ovaciones has an interview with the Villanos. They’re teasing a Villano III/Atlantis rematch or Atlantis taking on one of the other Villanos in a mask match, but I presume it’s just a tease to give them an instant issue while they’re in. It’s better off it’s just a tease, you don’t want to go back seven years later.

Ovaciones notes Lizmark Jr. is the third masked member of Perros del Mal, joining Blue Demon and Canek. When was Canek in the group? I don’t recall this at all.

indy (THU) 06/14 Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutierrez Moreno Casas Geo [El Sol De Tijuana]
1) Hijo del Santo, Latin Lover, Tinieblas vs Fuerza Guerrera, Sangre Chicana, Tornado Negro

Atlas News has a video interview with Lourdes Grobet about her lucha libre photography exhibition in Madrid.

El Hijo de Santo talks to La Jornada de Oriente about the Santo biography.

Some of the Toryumon Mexico guys, who otherwise have seemed to drop off our radar lately, worked in Canada over the weekend (as previously posted in the comments, but I might as well put it here too.)

UWA Canada (SAT) 05/26 St. John’s Hall, Missauga, Ontario
1) Dan Paysa b Oscar Hanaoka
2) Passion Hasegawa b Larry Sweeny
3) Hiromi Horiguchi b Arik Cannnon
4) Chris Sabin b Sonjay Dutt and Brian Lee (Not That One)
5) Claudio Castiagnoli b Toshiya Matsuzaki
6) Lionel Knight b Amigo Suzuki [UWA CANADA LH]
8) Jushin Liger & Puma b Kazuchida Okara & Ultimo Dragon

UWA Canada (SAT) 05/26 St. John’s Hall, Missauga, Ontario
1) Sonjay Dutt b Rascal Matsuzaki
2) Dan Paysan b Passion Hasegawa
3) M-Dogg 20 b Brian Lee
4) Amigo Suzuki b Arik Cannon
5) Derek Wylde b Oscar Hanaoka and Puma
6) Hiromi Horiguchi b Lionel Knight [UWA CANADA LH]
7) Josh Prohibition b Kazuchida Okara
8) Jushin Liger & Ultimo Dragon b Chris Sabin & Alex Shelly

Yea, I had to write “UWA CANADA” just so no one was reading quick and thought these were odd shows for Canek to be headlining. Is it just me, or was there supposed to be a Ohara/Sabin NWA Welterweight match on one of these cards? Ohara’s didn’t appear, so I guess it’s him – hurt or missing?

CHIKARA () 05/26 Hellertown, PA
6) Pantera, Lince Dorado b Larry Sweeney, Claudio Castagnoli

CHIKARA () 05/27 ECW Arena
4) Lince Dorado, Pantera, Player Uno b Ice Cream Jr., Hijo de Ice Cream, Mitch Ryder

Arkangel was supposed to work both these shows, and missed his flight.

Easiest guess on Cibernetico’s surprise tonight at the AAA taping is La Parka Jr., now out of a sling.

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05/02: Coliseo, IWRG, AULL, Monterrey

CMLL (TUE) 05/01 Arena Coliseo [ova]
1) Vaquero & Zayco b Espiritu Maligno & Karissma
2) Bracito de Oro & Electrico b Fire & Mini Mr. Aguilita
3) Goto, Ohara, Okumura b Brillante, Euforia, Starman
4) Ephesto, Texano Jr., Virus b Metro II, Ogun, Sagrado
5) Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero b Blue Panther, Shocker, Volador Jr.
6) Atlantis b Alex Koslov [NWA LH]

Alex put up a good fight and won the first fall, but Atlantis took two and three clean. In the semimain, Ultimo beat Shocker with his own move. Sagrado filled in for Maximo, who still out from his injury on Sunday. They might as well change the teased Maximo/Texano feud to Sagrado/Texano feud – that’s what the feud was here. Euforia filled in for a hurt Leono in the third match – I’m not sure where this leaves the hair match for next Monday – and didn’t get along with his teammates. Mr. Agulita replaces Sombrita in the minis match, but I don’t know if anyone was hurt there.

IWRG (THU) 04/19 Arena Naucalpan [Hector Albores @ thegladiatores]
1) Golem & Puma King b Bacteria & Celestial
2) Cyborg & Hermano Muerte II b Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Astro Boy, Halcon Salvaje, Kid Tiger b Black Terry, Dr. Karonte Jr., Kraneo
4) Enfermero Jr., Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Veneno b Esfinge, Hijo de Anibal, Suicida
5) Black Warrior, Hijo de Cien Caras, Misterioso II b Alex Koslov, Mistico, Volador Jr.

Cyborg cheated to help his team win (was eliminated, but held the last remaining Trauma down from the outside while he was being pinned), and it sounds like they’re doing something with him and the Traumas. Veneno got turned on by Enfermero Jr. and Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. after their win, for no clear reason. Warrior snuck in a foul on Mistico.

AULL (SUN) 04/22 Arena Lopez Mateos [Jesús Silva Hernández @ thegladiatores]
1) Exterminador & Mini Demonio b Depredador & Star Cat
2) Mr. Potro & Regional b Misterio & Violento
3) King Star Tiger, Rocky Satana, Ultimo Gladiator b Psicopata, Sadico, Shu El Guerrero
4) Terry 2000 b Rey Krymen [AULL LIGHT]
5) Maximo, Mistico, Texano Jr. b Black Warrior, Hijo del Diablo, Sepulturero

indy (TUE) 05/01 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC @ lomejordelucha libre]
1) Arcangel (Monterrey) & Black Nazi b La Furia & Naufrago
2) Guerrero Greigo, Kriminal, Potro Jr., Vudu b Enrique Vera, Halcon Matles, Hollywood, Sky
3) Burrito, Poly Star, Rosa Salvaje b Borrico, Cuy Oviedo, La Bandida
4) Beast, Hijo de Espanto II, Pancho Tequila b Corazon Adicto, Humberto Garza Jr., La Kalaka
5) Intocable b Golden Boy [hair]

In La Presna, Zorro says he was reborn a new man by taking off his mask.

IWRG’s site is still down.

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04/24: Coliseo, Vampiro, Mass at Arena Mexico

Last night’s Coliseo show was an odd one. Someone felt like booking angles, which is bizarre for a Tuesday show.

CMLL (TUE) 04/24 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones, cmll, DIOS @ box y lucha]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II DQ Caligula & Messala
2) Brillante, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera b Artillero, Hooligan, Super Comando
3) Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu b Felino, Mictlan, Satanico
4) Maximo, Texano Jr., Virus DQ Goto, Ohara, Okumura
5) Alex Koslov, Negro Casas, Shocker b Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

Alex submitted Atlantis in the main event. This is their fourth straight Tuesday opposing each other, and it sounds like it’ll be five, because Alex wants a shot at the NWA Light Heavyweight Title.

Maximo and Texano Jr. got ramped up for their big title defense on Sunday…by turning on each other! It looks like Maximo got a five man beating, with both Texano and Virus attacking him (which someone meant they won by DQ, but never mind.) No idea why – Ovaciones mentions “miscommunication”, and hints we’re already headed to a Virus/Maximo hair match. Sagrado/Texano/Maximo have zero chance of retaining the Mexican trios belts on Sunday.

In the tercera, Satanico returned to do rudo side on a permanent basis, betraying Mictlan and Felino to help his new students (Eufora and Nosferatu.) After the match, the Nuevo Nuevo Nuevo Infernales beat up Loco Max for good measure.

Caligula yanked one of the Tapatios masks. Stuka beat Super Comando.

CMLL (TUE) 05/01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Milenio
2) Casanova vs Fraile de la Muerte
3) Idolo vs Mr. Trueno
4) Evola vs Danger
5) Leon Blanco vs Egipcio
6) Gallo, Magnum, Stuka vs Malefico, Mascara Magica, Toxico
7) Rayman & Vampiro vs Black Warrior & Eclipse

So he’s back as a tecnico. Good to know.

(El Porvenir) Arena Mexico is often called the cathederal of Lucha Libre. This Saturday, it’s going to be a stand in church. As far as I can tell from the article, they’re having a religion convention at the normal huge church in town. It wraps up on Sunday, but theyr’e not going to be able to hold Saturday mass there as a result, and so they’re renting out Arena Mexico. To cover the rent, they’re selling tickets to church – ringside tickets are 50 pesos ($4.55US). I hope service is randomly interrupted by a Mistico chant.

This means Arena Mexico will have an event three straight days (normal Arena Mexico, mass, special show on Sunday), and also three Saturdays in a row (mass, Luchas 2000, Toryumon)

AAA’s preview of Friday’s taping including Crazy Boy talking about extreme wrestling.

(Suburban Chicago News) About 1.5 hour away from me, in Waukegan, IL, the library will be celebrating Day of the Kid by bringing in Espectro and La Parkita (listed here as brothers) to talk about life as lucha libre wrestler. Those pictures sure look familiar.

(Beaumont Journal) Beaumont, TX’s first ever Cinco de Mayo festival will include some lucha libre matches; main event is Pentagon Black/Xochitl Hamada vs Sicodelico Jr./Miss Vicky. Tickets are $15-$25 for the whole event, including a music peformance which seems to be the main act. You can get the tickets around town, and at ticketmaster.com

El Sol de Tampico has a obit for wrestler Alejandro Montana.

IWRG’s site is still down. So is El Halcon’s.

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04/21: Mexico, photographers banned again, lineups, TV

CMLL (FRI) 04/20 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, ESTO, CMLL]
1) Caligula & Messala b Danger & Moltov
2) Euforia, Nosfearatu, Satanico b Leono, Valiente, Virus
3) Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, Ultimo Dragon b Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Tarzan Boy
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sagrado b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Before the main event, Ultimo brought a big box to the ring. He was apologetic for his attempted murder of KeMonito last week, so this was a present for the blue monkey. Inside the package – a mini Guerrero which beat up KeMonito! The official name for the guy is “Ultimonito de la Atlántida”, but that’s waaaaay too long. Feel free to tell me how they’re ripping off Guapos VIP now.

And then they had a match and Ultimo fouled Shocker and got the pin. The Ultimo/Shocker exchanges were said to be the best part.

Guess how the semimain ended. Yes.

Tarzan Boy hurt his hand in the tercera. What body part has Tarzan Boy not hurt at this point?

Euforia and Nosfearatu were said to look good, and Satanico’s postmatch comments makes it sound like this may be a regular trio.

Outside the ring, and mini madness, the big story was CMLL once again kicking out all non-CMLL affiliated photographers from ringside (and threatening to eject them from the building if they raised a fuss.) The first time this happened, it was said to be only a PPV thing, but obviously this isn’t the case here, and the affected magazines are talking boycott. ESTO demands equal access for all who cover CMLL.

(ESTO) On Monday and Tuesday Universidad Iberoamericana will be hosting lucha libre panel discussions, talking about the origin of lucha libre, the development, and the present day.

Monday 11-1: Mil Mascaras, Felino, Stuka Jr.
Monday 1-3: “AAA VP” Dorian Pena, El Fantasma, Pierroth, Cibernetico
Tuesday 11-1: Dr. Morales, Mascara Sagrada, Arturo Rivera, Veneno
Tuesday 1-3: Mauricio Medina (CMLL producer), Julian Garcia, Fernado Alvarez (editors), Rosalio Vera (photographer)

This sounds like it’d be quite good.

The VIP show for today has been postponed for a month.

Cards for next week:

CMLL (TUE) 04/24 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Rayo Tapatio I, Rayo Tapatio II vs Messala, Caligula
2) Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera, Brillante vs Super Comando, Artillero, Hooligan
3) Satanico, Felino, Mictlan vs Nosferatu, Euforia, Loco Max
4) Virus, Maximo, Texano Jr. vs Okumura, Ohara, Goto
5) Shocker, Negro Casas, Alex Koslov vs Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Tarzan Boy

Or maybe that trio isn’t sticking together. Never mind.

CMLL (FRI) 04/27 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Valiente, Danger, Brillante vs Super Comando, Artillero, Polvora
2) Diana la Cazadora vs Marcela vs India Sioux vs Sahori vs Luna Magica vs Princesa Blanca vs Atenea vs Amapola vs La Nazi vs Princesa Sujei vs Rosa Negra vs Medussa vs Diosa Maya vs Seductora [sf, ciber, final 2 advance, MEX WOMEN]
3) Mistico, Dr. Wagner Jr., Sagrado vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Damian 666, Terrible
4) Shocker vs Ultimo Guerrero

Putting Shocker with Ultimo is fine way to see if he still go. He’s seemed better the last few weeks.

I had presumed the Mexican Women’s Championship would be settled between two selected people and on Arena Coliseo, because after all, it’s only a National title that’s probably headed to a women not on the top tier (Lady Apache, Dark Angel, Hiroka, and Mima Shimoda all can’t be involved, and they get pushed the strongest.) Instead, they’re following the same formula as for when they decided the CMLL Women’s Championship – a cibernetico with the final two facing off next week.

Atenea wrestled a few times in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, got written about in Box Y Lucha, and then fell off the radar. (Her rival Silueta didn’t make the cut unless she’s got a new name. One person dropping out of a two person division can kinda end the matches, so maybe that’s what happened.) Diosa Maya was working undercards of Martha Villalobos’ AAA cards last year, but last turned up working a CMLL spot show in February. Seductora is a Mexico State indy wrestler who’s worked spot shows for CMLL and IWRG, even appearing on their TV once when they weren’t in Arena Naucalpan.

CMLL (SUN) 04/29 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Sombra de Plata, Super Nova vs Apocalipsis, Ramstein
2) Tsuki, Mini Olimpico, Shockercito vs Mini Halloween, Mini Damian 666, Mini Mr. Aguila
3) Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Mascara Sagrada vs Universo 2000, Mascara 2000, Sangre Azteca
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone, Alex Koslov vs Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Olimpico

Hmmm. Only 4 matches – and no Mistico and Perro for Kid’s Day. Something’s up. Either that or the Mexican Trios match.

GdR (CAN52) has
04/15 Coliseo: Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Máximo, Sagrado, Texano Jr.
04/15 Coliseo: Lizmark Jr., Místico, Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Black Warrior, Último Guerrero
feature: Black Warrior in the gym.

If I’m reading the comments right, GdR FSE has/had
04/13 Mexico: Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
04/15 Mexico: Stuka Jr. b Jeque [mask]

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04/15: new non-champion, Prision Fatal, bad week, CMLL DF lineups,

CMLL.com says Lady Apache has relinquished the Mexican National Women’s Championship. Apache had held the title since 2004, and thru multiple jumps between AAA and CMLL. Before Lady Apache’s first jump, it’d been AAA’s top year-round women’s title. Somewhere along the line, the belt became Lady Apache’s personal championship.

Historically, wrestlers are supposed to drop any National title they hold when they win a World championship in the same division. Lady Apache didn’t, and I presumed it was to guarantee she’d still have a belt when CMLL wanted to move their title onto someone else. Apache dropping the Mexican title would seem to mean she’s not worried about losing the CMLL belt for quite a while. I guess there’s a small chance the commission actually complained about the situation.

(That would also mean it may be a long time before Dark Angel wins a belt, since she wouldn’t be eligible for the Mexican title and would be aced out of the World title.)

CMLL says they’ll run a decision match for the belt in Arena Mexico soon.

According to Ovaciones, today’s IWRG main event is now a La Prision Fatal match, with 10 guys putting up their hair and masks:
– Astro Boy
– Okumura
– Masada
– Fantasma de la Opera
– Kai
– Yamato
– Dr. Cerebro
– Cerebro Negro
– Kraneo
– Esfinge

IWRG’s site is still down.

Ovaciones has a list of Bad Things That Happened This Week
04/07 – Referee El Acapulco died
04/07 – La Parka Jr.’s car accident
04/09 – Loco Max fractured two ribs in Puebla
04/12 – Dos Caras suffered a concussion
04/12 – when a dive goes wrong, Ultimo Dragoncito bruised his testicles
Next Tuesday, Puebla regular Asturiano is undergoing knee surgery.

The latest update on La Parka Jr., also from Ovaciones, is that he’s in Mexico city, and he’s got multiple fractures in his left arm and shoulder.

CMLL cards for the week

CMLL (TUE) 04/17 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Tiger Kid, Molotov vs Polvora, Vaquero
2) Marcela, Sahori, Luna Magica vs Hiroka, Amapola, Mima Shimoda
3) Felino, Maximo, Virus vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Arkangel
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Lizmark, Negro vs Halloween, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
5) Alex Koslov vs Atlantis

Big match for Koslov. I don’t think Tiger Kid works a non-IWRG show without Felino. Assuming Tiger Kid is the same guy as Kid Tiger, which may kill me down the road.

CMLL (FRI) 04/20 Arena Mexico
1) Danger & Moltov vs Caligula & Messala
2) Leono, Valiente, Virus vs Euforia, Nosfearatu, Satanico
3) Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, Ultimo Dragon vs Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Tarzan Boy
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Shocker vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

This could be an excellent gauge of High Society’s popularity. I figure there will be people leaving after the semimain. It’s Euforia and Nosferatu’s Arena Mexico debuts, and they may make it on CAN52 from here.

CMLL (SUN) 04/22 Arena Mexico – though CMLL doesn’t seem to note this site change on their site, so I dunno. Maybe next week instead?
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Brillante, Tiger Metalico, Tigre Blanco vs Apocalipsis, Dr. X, Hooligan
3) Diana la Cazadora, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Gatubela, Princesa Sujei
4) Hijo de Lizmark, Maximo, Texano Jr. vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Mistico, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Eclipse

That semimain is 5/6th rematch. I think it’s possible they switch Lizmark and Sagrado and go with a title match after the show tonight, but then again, this might be the Kids Show and why have the rudos get the win there? This is actually Diana la Cazadora’s first Arena Coliseo match, she’s worked a handful of Arena Mexico matches. I presume this Gatubela is the same women who was working in Arena Coliseo Monterrey in 2003 (and must’ve changed her name, since I haven’t seen her mentioned since – there’s a male wrestler also using that name.)

Brillante is the same guy as Brilliante Jr. in AOL – is he the same guy as the one in Xalapa? I have no idea of the geography of these things.

CMLL FSE has
04/08 Leono, Stuka Jr., Virus b Dr. X, Jeque, Loco Max
04/08 Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Máximo, Satánico, Tigre Metálico

FSE is much quieter than the rest of my channels for some reason.

Accion

CMLL: Tag Team Titles. We get a wide shot of the stage side, and the building does lock packed. Mistico bleeds a bunch here – there’s not a focus on it, but the upper half of his mask is turned red.

AAA: Muerte/Kenzo vs Charly/Chessman – more tag team action than you can shake a stick at. Kenzo’s selling is unusual. Chessman embraces his inner high spot demon and tries a top rope corkscrew moonsault. That fails, and the Legion gets the heat. Konnan gets out of his wheelchair long enough to use a cane to cheat, but the Hell Brothers make a comeback and Charly wins with an inverted figure four on Kenzo.

AAA’s TV tapings start back up tonight with a TV in Veracruz. Note that the main event will obviously have to change with no Parka – maybe Intocable or Octagon in his spot?

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04/11: Coliseo, Monterrey

CMLL (TUE) 04/10 Arena Coliseo [ova, cmll]
1) Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito b Celestial & Electrico
2) Super Nova, Trueno, Valiente b Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Euforia, Nosferatu b Metro, Satánico, Tony Rivera
4) Eclipse, Ephesto, Shigeo Okumura b Máximo, Texano Jr., Virus
5) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca

Atlantis fouled Alex in the main event. Ovaciones lists “Perrito” as the non-Violencia mini in the opener, but CMLL’s got Pierrothito, who was scheduled to particpate. Same thing with “Europa”/”Euforia” in the tercera.

Nosferatu is listed at 90 KG and 176 cm. FWIW, Soberano Jr. is 95 KG and 182 cm. Don’t have stats on Chamaco Valaguez Jr.

indy (TUE) 04/10 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Mini Burro b Tequilita
2) La Furia & Toro Blanco b Arcangel (Monterrey) & Black Nazi
3) Gardenia Azteca & Rosa Salvaje b Borrico & Rudy Reyna
4) Burrito, Sky, Turbina b Guerrero Griego, Potro Jr., Vudu
5) Ejecutor, Hijo de Espanto II, Kriminal, Pancho Tequilla b Corazon Adictor, Enrique Vera, Golden Boy, Rey Apostol
6) Konnan Big b Cepty Boy, Gongora, Torin

amateur @ box y lucha, notable box y lucha poster, went to the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show, and said the building was full (maybe past capacity) for Mephisto/Mistico. He says it was a pretty good match (and that’s coming from someone not usually a fan of Mistico.)

Mi Morelia has a short article on La Parka Jr.’s crash. He’s not happy with how long it’ll take for him to get back.

Mistico’s still drawing as a spot show attraction. Nearly 1,000 have been sold two weeks in advance for a Mexicali show featuring him. Tickets are usually bought two days in advance, so the promoter sees this as a very good sign, and a chance that they might fill the building (9,000) and set a Baja California attendence record. (La Cronica.)

Dr. Wagner hung out with the Chivas at their practice yesterday. (La Presna) The futbol ones, not the wrestling ones! Wagner’s apparently a friend of Hector Reynoso, and they jokingly made hair/mask challenges.

Noticias Oaxaca has it’s usual story profiling a guy who had big matches against stars and we have no record of this ever happening so I dunno if we’re just missing the records or what. As usual.

random: You know how odd things stick in your head? “Chamaco Ortiz” was apparently stuck in mine. We thought it might be an alternate Artillero name, but I figured it a better guess when looking around the wiki this morning – Chamaco Ortiz is Hombre Bala/Monsther’s original name. I don’t think Monsther is working unmasked matches at Arena Juba de Reynosa and elsewhere, but I do remember his daughter India Sioux mentioning in an interview that she had a brother who was (about to start) wrestling – could he be Chamaco Ortiz? Seems to fit.

I’m sure someone mentioned this months ago in a magazine and I’m eight months slow on it. (Or I figured out and forget.) Really need to start getting magazines, I think.

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