Hey, look – NJPW.com has

Hey, look – NJPW.com has a montage of pictures from another website to show Rocky Romero as “CMLL Would Super Fly Heavy Weight Title”. I wonder where they idea for combining a promotion’s pictures into one big one to tell the story.

That’d be really funny if CMLL asked them to take it down (but then they’d be after me next)

(I have no idea why they’re putting full names on the pages again. And I’m trying to get in the mode to post shorter/frequenter so things don’t slip my mind as much.)

I keep forgetting to mention:

I keep forgetting to mention:

Lucha Xtreme Wrestling, LXW, is promoting a card in Queens, NY featuring a couple CMLL guys on 09/27.

– Shocker vs. Jerry Lynn
– La Parka vs. Justin Credible (w/ Jason Knight & Veronica Caine)
– Angel vs. Supreme
– Josh Prohibition & MDogg20 vs. Scorpio Sky & Quicksilver
– Super Dragon vs. Taro
– Jardi Frantz vs. Rey Bucanero vs. Smokey Charmichael
– Justice Pain vs. Altar Boy Luke

More matches to be announce. A lot more Xtreme than Lucha to me, but if you’re doing it in NY, that makes some money sense. You’d think they’d find something better to do with Bucanero and why do you not have a trios match on a Lucha show, but at least Shocker gets his annual NY apperance.

Now, if only someone could do it right and get Ultimo and Rey on the same US indy show…

According to the current Galavision

According to the current Galavision listings, and due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, CMLL will seemingly not air this week. There is a 2 hour lucha show on Sunday, but if last week is the new pattern, that’ll just be AAA. There is no show Saturday or Sunday overnight.

This past week’s lucha recap is up.

Your new CMLL Super Light

Your new CMLL Super Light Heavyweight Champion is – NJPW-LA’s Rocky Romero? Rocky and Volador Jr. were the final two survivors of the 9/5 Cibernetico, and the guy who’s was supposed to be wrestling his last match for CMLL next week won one of their belts.

I’m guessing that this whole title, or at the very least the first champion, was to help cement whatever arrangement NJPW, the LA Dojo and CMLL have. Even if Rocky never defends the title in Japan, just being mentioned as champion brings attention to that connection. If they really wanted to just reward the Spectacular Moments crew, they could’ve just moved one of the many floating titles – Dr. X’s Mexican Welterweight and Felino CMLL Welterweight would be my two picks – instead of creating another one. I’m sure someone in CMLL will eventually win the SLH title, but maybe not soon and maybe that wasn’t the point of creating it.

I’m no NJPW expert, but I wonder if he’ll be able to succsefully defend it in Japan. Thinking about the Pitbull’s status last time in Japan, I’m only seeming them as higher than Taguchi and maybe equals to Inoue in the Junior ranks. Maybe that’ll change?

They could always run an angle that has Rocky returning sometime soon after this week (which was his announced last date in for the time being)

Final Card for the (latest) 70th Annivesery Show [* – my guess]
– Tarzan Boy vs Shocker* in a hair/hair match
– Pierroth* vs Violencia in a hair/mask match
– Hijo Del Perro Aguayo and Negro Casas vs Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero (c) * for the CMLL Tag Team Champions
– Havana Brothers vs Ricky Marvin/Volador Jr/Virus *
– Rayo de Jalisco/Atlantis/Super Porky * vs Dr. Wagner Jr./Cien Caras/Emilio Charles
– Felino/Sagrado/Angel Azetca * vs Averno/Mephisto/Arkangel

I think most of the people I’ve seen picking see new tag team champions, but I can’t bear to even consider that. You know it’s a big show when that group is working second from the bottom. I don’t think it gets much bigger than the battle of the Angels. Or maybe not.

Bob Barnett was correct – the new Galavision lucha sched took effect this week. However, in moving CMLL to Sunday’s (where it shouldn’t be any more clipped than what airs on Televisa – which is a problem with Televisa), they managed to skip a week in taping and the Heat/Wagner match I was looking forward to. I’ve barely watched it, but it sounds good and I’ve heard good things, so the fact that they’re not repeating lucha any more is kinda annoying.

The last two CMLL shows

The last two CMLL shows (08/31 and 09/07) have been added to the archive. They were eh.

Also, Homer contributes two of the missing show recaps – 79 and 82 (Shocker/Vampiro hair/hair in clipped form)

Lucha Times has been updated. The word, via Bob Barnett, is that Galavision is rearranging the shows. Saturday afternoon (and I guess Sunday overnight shows) will be all AAA, and the Sunday show will be all CMLL. The time slots Galavision do seem to reflect this change. We’ll see if they follow through.

I know I’ve listed a Shocker/Ultimo match there, but it was an Arena Coliseo main event, which they haven’t been showing much of, and a quick look at Barnett’s comps don’t show that one on there, so I wouldn’t bank on it airing. Always can hope…

Galavision has been altering their

Galavision has been altering their schedule a bunch this week. Lucha times reflects where it is right now, but I guess there’s always time to rearange it till it airs.

Bob Barnett has passed on an e-mail saying that Galavision will be changing to an all AAA format one week, and all CMLL format the next. Not sure when it’d start, but between this, the time switches, and AAA airing first, I’d tape the whole time slot if you don’t want to miss something.

An updated card for the Atlanta (actually Duluth) lucha show on puroresu.com‘s board.
– Hijo Del Santo & La Parka vs Pentagon & Felino (who’s the rudos?)
– Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Oro & Dos Caras vs Villano 4, Villano 5, Negro Casas
– Lizmark Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero
– Ayako Hamada vs Princesa Sugey
– Pequeno Violencia vs Pierrothito
– Sicodelico Jr. vs Masada

Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday – $50 and $25 seats, so I guess they stand a chance of breaking even if they get the attendence. If Ultimo AND Rey were there, that might worth the 10 hour drive.

As you probably saw, this

As you probably saw, this week’s CMLL show was clipped down to a half hour. Time slot was clipped down to 2:00, so instead of losing a moment of the AAA Girls dancing, we only got the main event. Which was okay, but how they went from the referees missing Halloween’s cane shot to the commissioner over turning the fall to it being a NC instead of Infernales win by DQ (and take the belts) was a bit sketchy. And that’s even before next week…

Anyway, I was getting around to saying that the schedule for Lucha de Vuelta next week has the nomral 2:30 time slot, so the Capos/Lizmark/Rayo/Niebla match should be restorted there. (Intersting move having the Capos work as heel the week before Cien fights Pierroth). I plan to recap what aired later, but you know how it goes.

CMLL.com says the contracts were signed on 8/28 to confirm the double main event for 9/19 I talked about before: Tarzan Boy/Shocker and Pierroth/Violencia.

Top 3 matches for next Friday’s Arena Mexico show
– Perro Aguayo Jr, Shocker, Negro Casas vs Dr. Wagner, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero
– Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, Sagrado vs Violencia, Mascara Ano 2000, Apolo Dantes
– Cibernetico for the New CMLL Super Liegro (super light) Championship: Ricky Marvin, Tigre Blanco, Virus, all three Havana Brothers, Volador Jr., Neutron, Sombra De Plata, Loco Max, Super Comando, Sangre Azteca.
Final 2 advance to title match on 9/12

Is Zumbido hurt? Is he suddenly above this group? It’s really Spectacular Moments title, isn’t it? Havana Brothers aren’t due back till the 19th, so there’s time for one to win and drop it. I’d guess Marvin or Virus, but I dunno.

Super Parka (La Parka’s uncle) and El Hijo Del Santo have agreed to a mask/mask match in Tijuana on 10/10.

Last week’s WON says, Canek is out from AAA after publically complaining about how he’s being used, and the main event of the Atlanta lucha show has been changed to El Hijo Del Santo & La Parka vs Felino & Pentagon, as Santo doesn’t want to work a singles in his debut.

Atlantis’ stint in Michinoku Pro must’ve gone well, as he’s scheduled back there from 10/02 to 10/28.

Was Black Warrior going thru his Dragon Ball Z stage? Happens to the best of us…

The latest older lucha recap

The latest older lucha recap is up at the Wienerboard. A whole bunch of stars are on this show. The Great Sasuke vs. Ultimo Guerrero, from a point about a year before Ultimo made his move from really good to DAMN~~~. But there is also one of the most surreal things I’ve seen – Kurrgan as a capo. Mercifully, there wasn’t a match – he just interfered, thankfully putting an end to a match with both Tinieblases and the always annoying Alushe.

I did get some new and old stuff in my latest tape acquisition. I’m now watching stuff from 2000, which included the final build-up to the Vilano 3/Atlantis mask match, the start of Tarzan Boy/Satanico differences, and a short feud with Olimpico & Blue Panther that saw the tecnico hit a few gushers. I thought Pimpinella Escaralata never worked Arena Mexico, but s/he’s on this tape too. I also have some matches from Tajiri’s 1997 stint in EMLL. Seeing him forget he is in a lucha ring and just start punting rudos around straddles the fine line between great and surreal. Some 1995 AAA as well. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Rinoceronte’s ring attire. Also, Black Warrior in some typical AAA nonsense that sees him in a monkey tail. Wow.

And I have the missing episodes from TCF’s CMLL recaps. Once I get through the Simpsons DVD and the Profiler DVDs, I’ll get to that.

Hi, remember me? My lucha

Hi, remember me?

My lucha connection lost Galavision, so no more (free) CMLL for me. Oh well, it wa a good run.

RIP Free CMLL, October ’01-August ’03

Anyway, here’s the lucharepresentation in this year’s PWI 500

14. El Hijo Del Santo
27. Shocker
36. Hector Garza
41. Mr. Niebla
52. La Parka
55. Dr. Wagner Jr.
84. Rey Bucanero
90. Juventud Guerrera
94. Latin Lover
96. Black Tiger
109. Heavy Metal
112. Felino
134. Nicho El Millionario
141. Ultimo Guerrero
145. Damien 666
176. Alebrije
185. Octagon
193. Mascara Sagrada
197. Negro Casas
200. Electro Shock
209. Rey Myterio Sr.
278. Super Crazy

I’m sure I missed some names, so work that comment button.

Other news: Villano IV, Villano V, and La Fiera (remember him?) have all gone independent and are booked for some AAA shows. The Villanos could possibly work for CMLL again down the line, but it looks like Fiera is done with the company.

For those that can’t get enough lucha, IWRG started up a 2 hour block each Saturday night from 10-12. The one IWRG show I’ve seen had some great wrestling, but was presented like an actual sports show (official stats before each match, ringside reporters) and had this strange sterile quality about it. The crowd was small and very quiet. It was weird. If I have to resort to buying tapes, I may pick up a few of these.