No More Lucha on TLN


*TeleLatino in Canada will be dropping their CMLL programming effective 9/5. TLN recently acquired a number of new series including “The Sopranos” and wrestling is getting the boot to make room.

That sucks.

Anyone want to suggest a good internet alternative? Bit Torrent?

08/10 news

CMLL (TUE) 08/09 Arena Coliseo Results [ova]
1) Epsiritu & Karisma b Polvora & Vaquero
2) Leono, StarMAN, Sombra de Plata b Jeque, Ramstein, Reyes Veloz
3) Virus, Pantera Crazy Boy, Kronos b Mr. Mexico, Apocalipsis, Arkangel
4) Okumura, Taguchi, el Hijo del Pierroth b Bronco, Satanico, Sagrado
5) Hector Garza, Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero b Heavy Metal, Dos Caras Jr., Black Warrior
As if Garza didn’t have enough to do, they booked this as a Dos/Garza feud, with Dos’ mask getting ripped and Hector getting cut.

Ovaciones has the poster for next week’s Arena Mex lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 08/19 Arena Mexico Lineup [ova]
1) Tigre Metalico & Tigre Blanco vs Sangre Azteca & Nitro
2) Maximo, Safari, Volador vs el Hijo de Pierroth, Taguchi, Okumura
3) Negro Casas, Heavy Metal, Felino vs Rey Bucanero, Averno, Mephisto
4) Damien, Halloween, Tarzan Boy vs LA Park, Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Dragon
5) Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000, Atlantis vs Dr. Wagner, el Hijo de Perro Aguayo, Mistico [PI]
Ultimo should spend the next ten days convincing Atlantis to go completely evil. I think it’d be a fine use of his time.
6) Hector Garza vs Pierroth [hair/hair]

To celebrate their 13th anniversary of having a division, the CMLL Minis had a party last night. Attending were Ultimo Dragoncito, Mini Pierroth, Fire, Mini Olimpico, Sombrita, and Troll. Troll debuts Sunday and is listed as a new wrestler. Anyone seen Shockercito lately?

08/09 news

el Hijo del Perro Aguayo meets Mistico in a hair/mask match in Arena Monterrey on 09/13. (KrisZ)

Do you like CMLL midcard? Ovaciones likes CMLL midcard: interviews today with Texano Jr. and Tigre Metalico.

Texano’s been scouting La Mascara this week, watching videos and thinking about how to counter his favorite holds, which he tries to do whenever facing a rival. Going into last week’s Cibernetico, Texano focused on Sangre Azteca, figuring he’d be a favorite and likely finalist.

Texano Jr. said his dad has already had the back operation, but needs one on his neck as well. It’s a urgent situation, and it’ll have to happen this month. Texano Sr. can no longer walk due to his injuries (30 years of wrestling, but specifically by an injury in a Tijuana cage match earlier this year.)

Your G1 Update: not mentioned anywhere. Texano’s prize is an unspecified tour with a Japanese company.

Tigre Metalico claims to be back to 100% following his head injury; the wound has healed, and he’s not longer having headaches. While he’s never going to forget the day he got hurt, he realizes lucha libre has it’s risks, and you must accept them to succeed. He’l return to the scene of the injury (Pachuca) tonight, teaming with Tigre Metalico and Halcon Dorado to take on Sangre Azteca, Titan and Nitro.

IWRG (SUN) 08/07 Arena Naucalpan Results [ova]
1) Antaris & Panterita b Los Faorasteros I & II
2) Gallo Tapado Jr., Rey de Corazones, Aquiles b Magnifico, Fantasma de la Opera, Super Colt
3) Scorpio Jr., Black Pentagon, Dr. Cerebro, Xibalba b Batman, Star BOY, Tony Rivera, Marco Rivera
4) Cyborg b Matrix [IWRG MW]
5) Cerebro Negro & American Gigolo b Avisman & the Hornet [PI, losers advance]
6) Avisman b the Hornet [hair/hair]
No pictures, yet.

IWRG (THU) 08/11 Arena Naucalpan Lineup [IWRG]
1) Antaris & Kid Tiger vs Rey Estruendo & Forastero II
2) Rey De Corazones & Frezby vs Macho II & Magnicifico
3) Kung Fu Jr., Marco Rivera, Star Boy vs Cyborg, Polizon, Xibalva
4) Suicida, Virus, Sagrado vs Averno, Dr. Cerebro, Cerebro Negro
5) Mistico, Blue Demon Jr., Felino vs Scorpio Jr., Pierroth, Bestia Salvaje

IWRG (SUN) 08/14 Arena Naucalpan Lineup [IWRG]
1) Antaris & Frizer vs Los Forasteros I & II
2) Aquiles & Panteria vs Macho II & Rey Estruendo
3) Gallo Tapado Jr., Star Boy, Rey de Corazones vs Fantsma de la Opera, the Hornet, Magnifico
4) Batman, Fatasma Jr., Suicida vs Enfermero Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Andy Barrow
5) Avisman vs Gigolo Americano [hair/hair]

I think we may need to make a IWRG roster rule, where you have to make it to the tercera to count. I think we’d fill up the list with too many guys who are never going to appear again if anyone on a card is counted (anyone seen Mr. Libra). If you’ve made to to the third match, it seems like you might stick around with that gimmick. Then again, I have no idea where Magnifico came from.

I guess I need to add Batman at any rate.

AAA (SUN) Arena Colise de Monterrey Results [KrisZ]
1) Galactor & Mascara Purpura b the Beat & Magia Negra
2) La Hechicera, Miss Janteh, Tsunami b Ariel, Matha Villalobos, Poly Star
3) Barrio Boys (Alan, Billy Boy, Decniss) b Oscuridad, Rio Bravo, Tito Santana II
4) Babe Rap/Hombre sin Miedo/Laredo Kid b Dark Family (Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz)
5) El Joyero del Mal (Esterlla Dorado Jr., Hator, Monje Negro Jr.) b Vatos Locos (Espiritu, Picudo, Silver Cat)
Postmatch, Shocker said Estrella Dorado Jr. is now a Guapo, for whatever that means.
6) Shocker & Cibernetico b Zorro & Charly Manson [losers advance]
7) Zorro b Charly Manson [MEX HEAVY, UWA LH]
I think I got that right.

Thank you to the people who sent me the Mistico article. I’ll have a summary (quick: not much you didn’t know) and the promised recap sometime this evening.

I haven’t touched anything else, so hold on if you’ve sent me mail.

08/08 news

After thinking about it, I figured out the true reason Texano Jr. won the cibernetico on Friday was to guarantee we’d get a good picture of him, to give us one of everyone from the midcard on up. Thanks CMLL!

CMLL (SUN) 08/07 Arena Coliseo Results [ova]
1) Molotov, Zetta, Karisma b Vaquero, Zayco, Polvora
2) Kronos & StarMAN & Sombra de Plata b Reyes Veloz, Guerrero del Futuro, Ramstein
Top three match were changed from tags to two trios
3) Emilio Charles Jr., Averno, el Hijo de Pierroth b Tony Rivera, Metro, Texano Jr.
4) Halloween, Universo 2000, Mascara Ano 2000 DQ Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Black Warrior, Mascara Sagrada
5) Hector Garza b Negro Casas
It sounds like it was even clean! Huh.

CMLL (MON) 08/08 Arena Puebla Lineup [O’Campo]
1) Blue Center & Sol de Fuego vs Murcielago & Ares
2) Rayo Tapatios I & II, Tigre Rojo vs Skandalo, Tarahumara, Karissma
3) Batman, Metro, Centella de Oro vs Okumura, Taguchi, Origuchi
4) Atlantis, Brazo de Plata, Heavy Metal vs Ultimo Guerrero, Damian 666, Halloween
5) Lizmark Jr. vs Hector Garza

CMLL (TUE) 08/09 Arena Coliseo Lineup [CMLL]
1) Epsiritu & Karisma vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Leono, StarMAN, Sombra de Plata vs Jeque, Ramstein, Reyes Veloz
3) Virus, Pantera, Kronos vs Mr. Mexico, Apocalipsis, Arkangel
4) Bronco, Satanico, Sagrado vs Okumura, Taguchi, el Hijo del Pierroth
5) Heavy Metal, Dos Caras Jr., Black Warrior vs Hector Garza, Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero

CMLL (FRI) 08/13 Arena Mexico Lineup [O’Campo]
1) Valiente & Sensei vs Super Comando & Flecha
2) Safari & Chamaco Valaguez Jr. vs Dr. X & Nitro
3) Dark Angel, Sahoria, Marcela vs Princesa Sujei, Amapola, Raven Hiroka
Well, at least they’ve done the relatively sane thing and put Angel and Sugey on opposite sides.
4) La Mascara vs Texano Jr. [G1 Climax Juniors]
5) Misitco, Atlantis, Negro Casas, Heavy Metal vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hector Garza, Damian 666, Halloween

CMLL (SUN) 08/14 Arena Coliseo Lineup [O’Campo]
1) Bam Bam & Pequeno Olimpico vs Sombirta & Troll
2) Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico, Neutron vs Artillero, Guerrero del Futuro, Mogur
Metalico’s back! Good to see him.
3) Dark Angel, India Sioux, Lady Apache vs La Nazi, Princesa Sujei, Amapola
Look who’s back, part 2.
4) La Mascara, Sagrado, Brazo de Oro vs Black Tiger, Mephsito, Emilio Charles Jr.
5) Elektro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Brazo de Plata vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Tarzan Boy, Olimpico
Look who’s back, part 3. You know, if Elektro doesn’t look good here, he’s never looking good.

If we get lineups or results from the AAA Central America tour, I’ll be surprised and thrilled.

Lizmark Jr. is working for NJPW on their next tour, at least from 09/14 to 09/25. (PuroresuFan) This probably has something somehow to do with the G1. Robert’s working theory is that much closer to being correct. (If only they didn’t announce Low Ki as the non-Ricky Marvin junior on the next NOAH tour.)

Shocker is chatting on Box Y Lucha’s site on 08/11 at 11am.

08/07 news

Ovaciones today has
– typical Coliseo preview
– IWRG Sunday preview; it’ll be Matrix challenging Cyborg for the IWRG MW Title. If there’s an announced main event, it’s not mentioned here.
– notes: I’ve mentioned most of it, but Blue Demon’s scheduled in Pachuca on the 9th, and the CMLL Mini division turns 13 this Wednesday. lists el Hijo del Santo and Groond XXX due back in on 08/26; you’d have to assume in the same match. They’ve got quite a few shows with things anounced the next five weeks

08/12 – G1Climax Final (not a main event)
08/19 – Hector Garza vs Pierroth [hair/hair]
08/26 – Gronda and Santo
09/02 – nothing
09/09 – nothing
09/16 – Atlantis vs Wagner [mask/mask]

I’m guessing the Leyenda de Plata tournament might take place one of those down weeks.

Starting Tuesday: Do you miss the recaps? (What? Too bad!) I’ll be posting a new one each day until either I get all caught up or distracted by something else.

08/06 news

CMLL (FRI) 08/05 Arena Mexico Lineup [O’Campo]
1) Los Rayo Tapatios I & II b Artillero & Ramstein
2) Okumura, Taguchi, Mr. Mexico b Maximo, Virus, Tigre Blanco
3) Texano Jr. won Group B of the G1 Qualfying tournament. Order of elimination: Kronos (by Nitro), Leono (by Safari), Neutron (by Volador Jr.), Volador Jr. (by Dr. X), Safari (by Nitro after Texano did a superplex), Nitro.
4) Negro Casas, Heavy Metal, Felino b GdI (Ultimo, Rey, Olimpico)
Ultimo and Negro exchanged pins when holding the ropes for the final two falls.
5) Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hector Garza, Tarzan Boy b Pierroth, Halloween, Damian 666
Pierroth got himself DQed in the first fall by low blowing Garza, and everyone turned on him in the second fall. Pierroth was not able to win the 1-5.

Please don’t be turning Pierroth tecnico. After the main event, they made Garza vs Pierroth hair/hair match for 09/19, the week before the mask match. At least they’re not doing it on the same show.

IWRG (THU) 08/04 Arena Naucalpan Results [KrisZ]
1) Panerita b Conde Negro
2) Fantasma de la Opera & Kid Esrtruendo b Vampiro Metalico & Antaris
3) Fantasma Jr., Avisman, Rey de Corazones b Enfermero Jr., Xibalba, Black Terry
4) Negro Casas, Matrix, Suicida b Pierroth, Bestia Salvaje, Cyborg
5) Corporativos (Dr. Cerebro & Cerebro Negro) b Strippers (Marco Rivera & Star BOY) [losers advance]
6) Marco Rivera b Star Boy [hair/hair]
picture is here, but it’s a bit bloody.

This week: Ultimo Dragon is back (but not versus Ultimo Guerrero) and there’s a ladies trios match on the Arena Mexico card, and Elektro is listed as main eventing the Sunday Arena Coliseo show. More later.