El Patron banned from US wrestling for a year, CMLL Universal Block A

El Patron – Alberto del Rio – made the rounds of morning shows today. He confirmed the basic story around his firing of slapping a WWE employee after a racist comment and mentioned he previously had a confrontation with the employee, but did not even know the man’s name. He didn’t want to get in more details than that for the time being. Del Rio said the terms of his release state he can not wrestle in the US for one year and he is not fighting for any money from WWE since his contract stated he could not hit a WWE employee. (That makes it sound like he’s not getting the money that ties him to WWE for 90 days, but it also just might refer to any severance for the rest of his contract.) Patron was high on AAA’s plans for the US but won’t have a chance to be part of them for now. He also mentioned he’s living in San Antonio (and not Florida.)

Patron claimed there was a 99% chance he would wrestle on TripleMania, with only a legal details to clear up. This still sounds like empty hype to sell a show and turn WWE more heel in Mexico – best of luck to whichever WWE wrestlers get sent out to do press when they run their shows in October – but there is a suggestion that AAA & Patron thought it was possible at least at one point. Last night’s Wrestling Observer radio show mentioned AAA and El Patron believed he would be wrestling on TripleMania on Wednesday, but Patron found out he could not by Thursday. The comment he made about lawyers trying to free him to work might have begun as clever publicity, but an actual honest statement.

He really doesn’t need to wrestle Sunday. AAA is selling tickets based on this story, which is bigger than any match they could throw together on a few days notice. They can save that first match for another show and sell a lot of tickets down the road.

+LuchaTV has full video of Thursday’s press conference. As does the Gladiatores. As does R de Rudo.

The start of CMLL Universal tournament, notionally one of CMLL’s biggest events of the year, is usually the most interesting thing going on that week. That’s not quite the case this week. It (and CMLL in general) has been totally buried by the AAA events of this week. It’s still stands out as something pretty important as to how CMLL might book shows next month. This half of the block has a fair bit of top guys, but top guys with flaws or no momentum where it’s tough to actually believe they’d have a chance here. Shocker wrestling three matches and then another big match in two weeks is asking too much. Terrible is a past champion but has trouble getting a single win now a days, much less three. CMLL seems to run hot and cold with Mephisto, but it’s a cold moment right now. Felino & Euforia are not even treated as well as those guys and seem very likely first round exits.

That leaves Negro Casas, La Sombra and Rey Escorpion as the three guys who have a shot. Negro Casas biggest flaw is his lack of obvious opposition on the other side of the bracket. Rush isn’t a champion. On the other hand, Negro Casas can and has feuded with pretty much anyone and they can go back to it. He hasn’t been facing off against Volador recently, but he did to start the year. Casas hasn’t been facing Ultimo Guerrero, but that’s a nice big match to lead into the Anniversary show. My money would still be on Sombra advancing (it’s easy to figure matches against Volador and against Ultimo Guerrero), but I’d rate it 45% Sombra, 25% Casas, 25% Escorpion and 5% someone else.

The actual main event, on an over packed show, is another Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis trios match. Matches are going to be short to fit everything in; there will be 13 different matches by the time the show is over, including the pointless battle royal.

Tonight’s show in Tijuana includes a lot of guys brought in from the United States. The main event has been switched around a bit from the original trios thanks to certain people becoming available. It’s now a Familia de Tijuana super atomicos teaming up: Damian 666, Halloween, Nicho and Extreme Tiger versus Chavo Guerrero Jr., Homicide, Hernandez and Luke Hawk. The paper dutiful reports about BLK Jeez yelling during the press conference with the giant mascot.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida. On the after the show video, Dr. Wagner implied that one of the reason he’s back in AAA is part of a deal to regain the rights to his name. It’s Dr. Wagner, so you never know if it’s actually true, but AAA did grab the trademark of the Dr. Wagner name in the United States. (It’s listed as Lucha Libre FMV, where FMV is Factory Made Ventures.) After Alfredo was done, Tercara Caida snuck in another after the show video with the WWA ladies. LuchaWorld also has KrisZ’s news update.

Daga and Fenix did a face to face interview to promote TripleMania. If AAA knew they were ditching the Fusion title all along, it would’ve been pretty neat if they just built to that singles match and let the other eight guys do other things. That would’ve made someone far more than a ten man match. I kind of want to assume that means some third person is actually winning the match on Sunday to explain it, but it seems much more likely no one had a plan. In another lengthy interview, Daga says his three toughest opponents have been Eterno, Joe Lider and Davey Richards. No one else has that exact list.

IWRG is raising prices for Sunday’s show that goes head to head with TripleMania. Repeat: they are raising prices. Dare to dream.

Dark Angel says she won’t be on the Anniversary show – she won’t be in the country.

A hostel/boarding home for children was taken over last month by the Mexican government and the people in charge arrested after reports of awful living conditions and sexual abuse. Estrellita revealed to a magazine that she and her four brothers lived there for four years and she saw and heard of much the same treatment that’s been reported now.

AAA visited a children’s hospital. This was happening during the El Patron press conference, which made for an odd Twitter mix of a man making announcements about his career and wheelchair races. (Wheelchair races were probably more fun.)

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more 1993 Negro Casas.

DJ Spectro writes about the debut and short stint of Dart Vader. He didn’t really have the right mask.

Preview of the upcoming DTU show at Arena Aficion.

Segunda Caida reviews Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Sr. vs Olímpico, Pierroth, Último Guerrero

LV has reviews of CMLL 05/11/14, IWRG 05/11/14 and Puebla 05/12/14.

ColiseoMania video promo.

R de Rudo interviews Rayder Boy.

Abismo Blanco has started a new lucha libre message board.

08/16-17 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Matches from Teziutlan. Surely the biggest AAA news of the week is which match gets let off from TV and if/when it gets posted on YouTube. (Assuming it’s the opener.) Thursday replays are back.

Update: AAA’s posted their preview, saying the Relevos AAA (Taya/Faby) and the main event (Texano/Psycho) will be the only matches to air. That means a lot of hype video packages this week, probably the other three matches next week, and TripleMania doesn’t hit TV until 08/30.

AAA-PPV: there’s a PPV this weekend! You may have heard. It’s listed as a 6pm CT start time central.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Dragon Rojo vs Rey Escorpion. This week’s air tim3: 2pm on Saturday.

52MX: Ultimo Guerrero and Rush. Rush is in the WOTY discussion if he can drag Ultimo to a great match.

Claro: Oro vs Metalico, mask match.

C3: Kraneo, Puma, Ripper vs Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): There’s a Saturday airing, then the Sunday airing is listed as new plus a rerun on Monday. Meaningful? Not meaningful? Let’s pretend they’re airing two episodes, which would mean Tigre Rojo/Blue Center airs Saturday and a match where Mascara Dorada can do all the flips he wants would air on Sunday.

I keep forgetting to mention this, but if you want to see Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center now, there’s a fancam on YouTube. Some of the sound is missing and they’re behind the fencing, but it’s still neat to see.
Part 1: http://youtu.be/qTc3Ic0wMjc
Part 2: http://youtu.be/UkipRnjDNoI

Lucha Azteca: Not sure how they’re going to edit this, it’s the first time the Fox show has been longer than an hour since this show existed. Guessing Rush/Casas and the women’s match. It dosn’t really seem as necessary to squeeze on Atlantis/UG to a market that’s not going to be buying many tickets to see a show.

Terra Sunday: there’s really nothing bigger Sunday than Dragon Rojo versus Polvora. Also, a trios title match.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Dr. Wagner vs LA Park. Probably not, but someone did film it if turned up on Tercera Caida

IWRG (LAS/AYM): might be Wednesday’s episode? AULL vs IWRG hair match, Canis/Golden title match.


Alberto del Rio is now El Patrón, Rey Misterio, AAA pilgrimage, IWRG vs AULL

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 08/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Sky Ángel
Said to be an excellent match
2) Dragón Celestial & Seiya b Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man
Seiya beat Hip Hop Man, then challenges for his Argentina Championship. (Hip Hop Man is champion of Argentina?)
3) Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera b Emperador Azteca & Relámpago
Ciclon snuck in a foul on Azteca.
4) Golden Magic © b Canis Lupus [IWRG IC WELTER]
Magic retained the title, taking falls 2/3. Second defense for Magic.
5) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Metaleon b Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza [captains hair, hair]
Alan Extreme and Ironia were selected as captain before the match, so it was a hair vs hair match. Lots of bleeding and mask ripping. Team AULL lost fall 1 by excessive violence. Terry and Spider Boy were eliminated, Ironia and Alan were knocekd out of the ring and Metaleon submitted Yakuza for the big win. Ironia lost his hair for the first time, in a two fall loss.

Show looks like it was pretty good. Black Terry posted video highlights here (his camera can now take photos and video at the same time!) I need to know about whatever 100% Lucha championship Hip Hop Man has absconded with all this time.

Alberto del Rio held a press conference today, with Hugo Savonivich and Joaquin Roldan. He made it back to Mexico City yesterday and said some brief words about rejoining AAA to the press waiting for him, deferring all WWE talk until later. He also did a brief promo for the AAA website, again using the Alberto del Rio name.

At the press conference itself (covered by AAA, R de Rudo and Tercera Caida), Alberto announced he would be moving away from the “Alberto del Rio” name. He acknowledged WWE owned that name, so he’d instead be using the “El Patrón” nickname that was used in his introduction and frequently on Spanish language TV. The name El Patron is not trademarked for wrestling by anyone in Mexico – though it is for other uses – and no one’s using the name in Mexico as far as I can find. Mexican fans would generally know who it meant if they saw ADR’s face on a poster.

Del Rio also said he was unable to wrestle for during his 90 day no compete. (It appears he did not believe this extends to appearing on a show.) Del Rio claimed his lawyers were trying to free him from his contract in time to wrestle Sunday. That is unlikely to happen – this is more to put the blame on WWE for not wrestling. That 90 day no compete would end on November 5th, which means the first major show he could appear on would be the early December Guerra de Titanes. Alberto del Rio says he always wants to face the best and specifically challenged Texano Jr. for the heavyweight championship, and you can pencil that one in for December.

ADR would not comment on his firing. He said legal issues meant he could not talk about it now, but would have another press conference in 15 (some said 12) days where he would reveal all. People frequently say that sort of thing to avoid ever answering questions, and we’ll see if that’s what happens here.

Alberto – El Patron, I should get used to that – said AAA was his home, his present and his future, but there were no specifics about any long term deal.

Alberto was asked about Rey Misterio Jr and said he did not know what was going on with him, but would be happy to fight him again, this time in Mexico. Joaquin Roldan clarified that Rey Misterio Jr. is under contract to WWE, and AAA respects that contract and will not violate it, but the door is always open for Rey to return to AAA some day down the road.

The Wrestling Observer Newslwetter reported that Del Rio was originally under the impression he would just be suspended until after SummerSlam and was “furious” when he found out he was fired. The belief is the slapped WWE employee threatened to sue WWE if Del Rio wasn’t fired. It also says the wrestlers were sympathetic to Del Rio, do not like the employee who was attacked, but had largely moved on already. An update today says WWE is trying to tie ADR into a longer no-compete to specifically block him from working for TNA or AAA USA. This would require WWE to keep paying him for an extended period of time. (That course of action seems to prove that Rey Jr.’s continued employment by WWE is largely for the same reason, which had already been widely assumed.)

AAA’s annual pilgrimage before TripleMania seemed to include more fans than ever. There were a massive amount fans at the start point and at the church at the end, seemingly much more than ever before. As usual, there were also mystery luchadors with the AAA ones: I have no idea who this guy is, and there’s another unknown red masked luchador near the front here. (R de Rudo has their own set of photos.) About fifty luchadors took part, with La Parka among the notable ones not there – but everyone’s been doing a lot of press for TripleMania and may have been doing more during this event. Myzteziz might have been taking non-bus transportation.

Yesterday’s CMLL Informa included Sagrado, Felino, Ephesto, Mephisto and Hombre sin Nombre. The last three noted Hombre sin Nombre needed a name and the trio itself needs a new name and talked about running a fan contest for both.

Tercera Caida had two weeks of highlights and Dr. Wagner as guest. The Alberto del Rio story has gotten so big, Dr. Wagner actually talked about someone besides himself. (Seemed like he’d rather feud with ADR than Myzteziz, who’s name he was mocking thru the show.) Wagner had nothing bad to say about AAA, and wouldn’t talk about any of the bad things he said before. There’s also an after the show video, which I haven’t seen quite yet.

I was on a (subscribers only) Figure Four Daily yesterday, talking all the craziness of the last few weeks. The big topic talked about there and not yet here is the possibility of Rey Misterio Jr. showing up at TripleMania. If he was clearly legally free to show up, he’d probably show and they’d probably advertise him much the same as Del Rio. If the situation is more cloudy, maybe it’s something they just won’t advertise. I wouldn’t buy TripleMania to see Misterio wave at the crowd for 15 seconds, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that occurred.

I haven’t really thought about what do for Sunday. Is there an interest in a marathon chat, running from the start of TripleMania (5PM) until TripleMania ends (listed as 9pm, but no one believes that) or an hour after the stream breaks? I’m sure I’ll be doing live results and Twitter updates and the usual insanity (need to figure out a plan to eat), but feedback about what you’re looking for will shape what I end up doing.

Rob has highlights of 05/20/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre from 08/02.

Sombra and Terrible talk about the Universal tournament in generic fashion. They would like to win! There’s no mention of who’s in the other eight, but NJPW would have probably announced a Tanahashi (or anyone else) visit by now.

A story about people going on vacation to see Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Informador will only cover results there if they can work in a slice of life story with it.

Trailer for a Super Nova movie!

Maximo/Shocker, Brunetti shaves Distubrio

Kraneo Special photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Camorra & Ramstein b Bengala & Fresbee
Fresbee returned from obscurity to replace Flyer; it was his first match here in 13 months.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Leono, Robin, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Puma b Black Panther, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Arkángel de la Muerte b Hombre Bala Jr. [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
dropped down a spot. Arkangel replaced Sangre Azteca (knee surgery) and defeated Bala.
5) Kráneo, Puma, Ripper b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, with Maya taking the Kraneo Special in the third and being stretchered off.
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente DQ Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3. Maximo faked a foul from Shocker.

They’re heating up Guerrero Maya versus Kraneo! Slow build to the 2015 Anniversary show main event, obviously.

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Divino & Sky Kid b Évola & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Artillero & Súper Comando b Esfinge & Leo
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3, Magnus beating Rafaga.
4) Omar Brunetti b Disturbio [hair]
Disturbio won fall 1, fouled Omar for the DQ in fall 2, and Omar beat Disturbio in fall 3.
5) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Gran Guerrero sneaking in foul on Atlantis and UG taking the pin.
6) Marco Corleone b Terrible
Marco took 1/3 to beat the heavyweight champion in a non-title match.

Marco remains the uncrowned heavyweight champion of the world. Kind of wonder how the crowd is going to react if/when CMLL does the Gran Guerrero helping Ultimo Guerrero to win finish in Arena Mexico.

Brunetti gets a big win after already losing his hair a couple months ago. Not sure anywhere else is consistently behind their youngsters as Guadalajara does. IWRG kind of does, and then kind of forgets about guys, and then makes sure you know they’re not the actual top guys. Cavernario breaking thru (by going to Mexico City) kind of helps everyone else’s case here.

Hugo Savinovich apparently told a podcast that Rey Misterio Jr. wants to leave WWE and join AAA. That’s what anyone following the story could’ve guessed – it’s certainly what WWE is guessing, since they haven’t let him go.

LuchaWorld has 60 thru 50 on the 2013 LuchaWorld countdown.

Segunda Caida writes about the disappointing Ultimo Guerrero versus Rey Bucanero match.

Rob has thoughts about the greatness of Negro Casas versus Rush.

Preview of Saturday’s Ringo Mendoza show. Atlantis encourages everyone to support his uncle Ringo.

DJ Spectro writes about Diosa de Plata and Sheik Mar Allah, who’s said to be the usual opposition for wrestlers trying out for EMLL.


IWRG (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel vs Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
2) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Látigo vs Anubis Black, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog
3) Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 vs Trauma I & Trauma I [hair, mask]
5) Cien Caras Jr., Demon Clown, LA Park vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Sagrada, Pirata Morgan

Not sure Sunday is the best time to spring for LA Park. I guess it’s possible to get to Arena Ciudad de Mexico from the main event of this show (which starts an hour earlier, at 5pm) but that’s as unlikely as the Traumas losing the semimain.

No idea who Kabuki is. Teaming with Pantera suggests he might be a trainee from Japan.

CMLL (TUE) 08/19/2014 Arena México
1) Leono & Metatrón vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Molotov, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
4) Black Panther vs Arkángel de la Muerte [lightning]
5) Delta, Tritón, Valiente vs Pierroth, Puma, Tiger
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

They’re setting up a Shocker/Maximo match? They’re setting up a Shocker/Maximo match.

Semifinal is one wrestler away from being really good. The problem is that one luchador is very far away from being any good.

CMLL (TUE) 08/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Robin vs Inquisidor & Jocker
2) Dragon Lee, Leo, Omar Brunetti vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Sádico
3) Diamante Azul, Gallo, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Ripper
4) Titán vs Gran Guerrero
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Titan wins or we riot. Main event should be a fun time.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Alberto del Rio went from WWE superstar to TripleMania special guest in a matter of days. Del Rio was fired from WWE after attacking a (non-wrestler) employee in a backstage confrontation. Reports say the attack was in response to a racial joke – WWE hasn’t denied it, and ADR is being portrayed as standing up to a racist in Mexico. It’s ADR’s best storyline in years and it also might be true. There’s a lot of question marks – what will be his role? is Del Rio in AAA for the long term? how can he be advertised under the WWE name? – but Del Rio appearing alone has definitely increased attention for TripleMania and probably sold a fair bit of tickets. Meanwhile, this means WWE is certainly looking around for another Mexican or Hispanic to take Alberto Del Rio’s spot (since Kalisto is more of a Rey Misterio replacement.)
  2. Dr. Wagner Jr. has improbably returned to AAA, again. Wagner made a surprise appearance at the TripleMania conference. AAA was announcing a four way match with a mystery person when Wagner (and his son) appeared to say he was back. Cibernetico ripped Wagner and Joaquin Roldan for bringing Wagner back, and others in AAA said the same on Twitter after. Wagner’s stint in AAA ended badly, with Wagner refusing work with AAA for the last few months of his contract outside of last year’s TripleMania. Both sides then made legal threats against each other and claimed they wouldn’t work together ever again, but here they are a year later. It’s unclear if this is a one match appearance or a longer return; whatever plan there was might have already changed with Alberto del Rio being available. Dr. Wagner Jr. previously suffered a bad cut in a match with LA Park, which was said to put him out of action for three weeks. He’ll be back in about half the time if he works TripleMania.
  3. The most unpredictable part of CMLL’s Juicio Final was the attendance. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise for CMLL, drawing around the same 13,000 fans they did back in March for Dos Leyendas. The outcomes were more as expected: Rush defeated Negro Casas in a one sided hair match, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit defeated Seductora & Princesa Blanca in a mask/hair match (which also marked the end of Blanca’s career, at least for now) and Volador won his title back from Sombra.
  4. AAA announced the rest of the TripleMania lineup a couple days before that press conference. The main event remains Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. in mask versus hair and the Taya/Faby title match is still on, but the rest of the card is very disconnected from anything built on TV. There’s a four way match with Mytzeziz, Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. and a mystery person (assumed to be Wagner) which has some of the biggest stars of the last decade but hasn’t been advertised on TV. There’s the Cruiserweight/Fusion title match that’s got a different lineup than they’ve set up on TV (with Aerostar notable winning a #1 contenders match but not getting a spot in a 10 man title match.) There is a cage match that’s been somewhat built up with promos added to TV, but it generally comes off like the people putting the TV together had no idea what most of the their biggest card of the year was going to be until a couple weeks before the show. This continued frustrating patterns where matches built up on AAA’s TV show just don’t happen on their major shows, and those major show undercards are just randomly thrown together matches meaning little.
  5. CMLL announced Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis in a mask versus mask match will be the main event of the 09/17 Anniversary show. They had the luchadors sign the contract for the match, and have spent some time emphasizing that it’ll be a singles match without anyone else getting involved like last year. It’s unclear if people actually believe CMLL, but they’ve got a month to hype it. Ultimo Guerrero is running thru top guys in the lead up to the match. Tickets went on sale quickly, marked up $20 from last year.
  6. Various leaks suggest the AAA USA project may not be much of an AAA project at all; the people they entrusted with the power to run the thing are said to be replacing the AAA wrestlers with local indy wrestlers, completely defeating the point of AAA being involved in this project. There’s still little official details – they may be taping in two weeks, or they may be taping at some other point.
  • CMLL announced the 2014 Universal Tournament. Blocks are on 08/15 and 08/22 with a final on 08/29. The timing indicates this is probably setting up another match for the Anniversary show. There’s no mention of any NJPW involvement so far (as has been the case all year.) It looks like CMLL is unafraid of overdoing La Sombra versus Volador Jr., as they’re the on opposite sides of the tournament and appear the most likely final.
  • AAA taped their final TV before TripleMania in Teziutlan. It still seemed pretty disconnected from TripleMania despite the lineup being announced. Only Psycho Clown/Texano Jr. was hyped (which is consistent with the rest of the shows)
  • Oro Jr. beat Metalico in a mask versus mask match. This was clearly meant to be Oro Jr.’s star making moment, but he did not have much of a match. The Arena Mexico fans sided with the rudo veteran (as they often do) but it didn’t seem to help either guy. If anything, it appeared to solidify Oro Jr. as a early match luchador, the same spot Metalico spent all of his career.
  • AAA announced it’s first post-TripleMania taping would be on 09/07. That means that TripleMania will air in complete on TV in the weeks following it airing on PPV.
  • AAA also mentioned two people would be added to it’s hall of fame on TripleMania. They haven’t hinted about who it might be.
  • CMLL debuted a new “Hombre sin Nombre”, an Averno replacement partner for Mephisto and Ephesto. The new luchador wore the same kind of outfit Ephesto did way back when he used the same name and HsN’s previous identity is not immediately clear.
  • Psicosis says he’s left AAA. He’s training guys in Tijuana (and this is not related to previous item.)
  • People who won titles: Silueta (over Zeuxis)
  • People who kept their titles: Titan (over Cavernario), Oficials (over Traumas), Dragon Rojo (over Rey Escorpion), Imposible (over Emperador Azteca), Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 (over Hijo de Dos Caras by countout)
  • Minis in CMLL and AAA complained about be overlooked by the promotion.

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1950 Guadalajara results added to the lucha db

Following doing the two years of Laguna results, I still wanted to find other areas. (I really want to find Mexico City, I have not found Mexico City.) It did occur to me that since El Siglo de Torreon listed their newspaper archive search called “hemeroteca”, maybe I could just search that “hemeroteca mexico” and find other papers. Obvious idea worked, though not perfectly. Some, like National Archive, only have too old newspapers with most of the runs ending well before the 1930s. Others turn out to be only available in person or temporary suspended, where temporary may be forever. Others don’t go back so far; El Universal has it’s archive only back to 1999 (and you have to hunt around to find that much and they don’t cover lucha much.) I’m sure there are some I’m missing, since the one I started with never turned up, but I did find a useful one.

Guadalajara’s El Informador has a newspaper archive online. That’s the good thing. The bad thing is the search function seems to be mostly broken. The search for lucha libre found entries in December 1949, January 1950 and then skipped ahead 30 years, and then skipped again 10 more. It also has a digital copy of every edition of the newspaper, so you can just start flipping thru looking for lucha libre content if you’re very persistent. And so that’s what I did.

The 1950 (and a few scattered 1949) lineups have all already. I can do produce a list of the ones I added if someone wants it; don’t think that was being used and they’re also much easier to pick out because they’re pretty much the only 1950 results. They’re generally only results. El Informador wrote about the shows in January, but then appeared to stop. They continued printing the poster for the show, and I’ve gotten the lineups from those. Shows were usually on Tuesdays and Sundays (exactly as today), and I started looking at almost only editions for those days. The posters typically only listed the top couple matches, so there’s a lot of blanks even on what I do have. This is pretty complete of what could be found in that paper, but maybe another source would have more.


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Alberto del Rio to TripleMania, Guadalajara and Puebla results

CMLL (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Piraña b Meteoro
2) El Yaqui & Satara b El Brillante & Javier Cruz
3) Exterminador & León Blanco b Maléfico & Ráfaga
4) La Vaquerita & Lluvia DQ La Seductora & Zeuxis
Zeuxis was pinned in the third fall, but came back in to attack Lluvia for the DQ.
5) Mr. Águila b Omar Brunetti
Mr. Aguila snuck in a foul on Omar.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Gallo b Gran Guerrero & Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3, Dragon Rojo powerbombing Polvora for the deciding win.

They seem to be pushing Omar as a guapo idol. He’s got Disturbio, who’s about the opposite, in a hair match today.

CMLL (MON) 08/11/2014 Arena Puebla [El Sol de Puebla, Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Rey Apocalipsis, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr. b Molotov, Paris, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3
2) Espíritu Maligno b Eléctrico [lightning]
Espiritu won by submission and asked for a title shot. He’ll get it next week.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3. Cachorro beat Raziel, who went to the back on a stretcher.
4) Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker DQ Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Maximo’s return from head injury. Polvora and Rey Escorpion are listed as ex-Revolucionarios del Terror. Rudos took 2/3. Escorpion faked a foul to draw the DQ.
5) Último Guerrero b La Sombra
Sombra jumped UG to win fall 1, UG rallied back to win falls 2 and 3 clean.

The pattern of Ultimo Guerrero defeating any and all comers prior to Anniversary continues. (Well, the credible ones. He ain’t bothering with La Mascara, despite Mascara how Mascara begged for that match for years in the press.)

I made a joke about Dragon Rojo winning the rights to the Revolucionarios gimmick last Friday. I don’t think that’s a joke anymore!

Espiritu Maligno getting a title shot is a nice sight to see.

AAA confirmed last night Alberto del Rio will be a part of TripleMania. This story has been picked up as a big story in Mexico and getting him in this quick is a huge coup for AAA. I’ve had no sense how tickets are selling for this show, but it seems very likely a lot of people are going to be paying money for Alberto waving to the crowd, saying a few words, and slapping someone. (Some of the articles have suggested Alberto Del Rio may end up in the mystery person spot in the four way, but it still seems like that’s meant to be Dr. Wagner.)

AAA is promoting him, at least for now, under the Del Rio name and Joaquin was quoted as saying ADR would be like the character seen in the US (and not a reversion to the Dos Caras Jr. identity.) Ricardo Rodriguez won’t be part of the package for the moment, but teased coming in later. AAA themselves doesn’t say if this is more than a one off, but it’s clear they’d like to have him in for a lot more than that.

As AAA’s site points out, this is not really a debut but a return. Dos Caras Jr.’s Mexico career started in AAA, wrestling there on and off between tours of Japan between 2000 and 2002. His last AAA TV match is up on YouTube, a tag match with Canek against Jason the Terrible and Leatherface.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico main event is La Mascara, Maximo, and Valiente versus Mr. Niebla, Shocker and Tiger. There’s no ongoing issue there but it figures one might start. Starman and Okumura meet in the tercera after feuding last week. Sangre Azteca is still listed in the lightning match despite undergoing knee surgery last week. CMLL is posting substituions – Volador will replace Atlantis in Guadalajara on Sunday – but just not all of them.

In addition to Brunetti/Disturbio, Terrible/Marco main events Guadalajara. This is the third time they’ve had this singles match since Marco came to CMLL, and Marco has won both previous matches. Still can’t get a title shot. Elsehwere, Arena Aficion has a show with Rush on top and Eterno in the semimain. Indy Eterno gets booked like it’s his (imaginary) twin working AAA and there’s no problem with him working CMLL shows.

LuchaWorld has has This Week’s Poster-Mania and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 07/26/14.

A nice short story about meeting Villano III on a bus.

Dragon de Oriente I & II defeated Lobo Lafayette and Galaxy in Arena Queretaro to celebrate their 29th Anniversary. Lafayette and Galaxy are their sons.

Dr. Wagner Jr. has been added to ColiseoMania.

Angel del Amor says he grew up a fan of Shawn Michaels and his mom can’t attend his matches because she’ll want to attack his opponents.

Hijo del Climax reached five years of wrestling.

Oro Jr. is top of CMLL’s top 10 this week.

Metalico is now the Pedro Infante of lucha libre.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/12 NOAH (SEM): Rocky Lobo b Jinzo – Super Crazy return to Mexico, but these two are still in Japan.


AULL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Karina & Princesa Ahy Leen vs India Mazahua & Star Fire
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Silver Cat I, Silver Cat II vs Holkan, Maquina Infernal Jr., Ojos De Fuego
3) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) Felino, Puma (CMLL), Tiger vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia

Billed as a Farewell show to Cuchillo.

CMLL (MON) 08/18/2014 Arena Puebla 
1) Astro Aéreo Jr., Asturiano, Flyer vs Disturbio, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar 
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany 
3) Eléctrico © vs Espíritu Maligno [MEX LIGHT]
Electrico’s second defense. 
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla 
5) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker

Electrico’s first and only defense was one year ago tomorrow. Pequeno Olimpico last defended the CMLL minis title sixteen months ago. Even by the incredibly low standards of CMLL, the minis titles are pretty dormant. There’s nothing lost to CMLL by Espiritu Maligno actually winning the title here, except Electrico seems to be one of the very few favorites in the division.

First known match for Astro Aereo Jr., an amazingly derivative name. He may have just been listed without the Junior previously; that name turns up in at the Puebla expo last year way down in the opener. He’s green for a Puebla indy luchador.

08/09-08/11 lucha videos

Small week. Very small for the moment.

Didn’t Air/Nothing new: Puebla, Monterrey

Couldn’t Be Recorded Due To Conflict: AAA (which is on their YouTube channel)

Recorded, But Will Be Up Later Due To Tech Issues: C3, the rest of Fox

Normal weirdness: IWRG aired three times, though neither of the two show we were hoping for did air. (At least on LAS – the show with Alan/Mixtico’s hair did turn up on AYM but I have no way to get it.)

I’ll mention when the rest of the stuff gets up and drop it on YouTube as I get to it. I have Rush/Casas, so you should be good for a while.


YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RduLnpeTcdJ6h3jVy13V3R

The first Traumas/Oficials tag match (07/27) did air just after I put up the post last week: http://ul.to/5ng95us2

08/06 CMLL Informa: http://ul.to/hlsq9goh

08/09 WWC: http://ul.to/r3gr2gsb
08/10 WWC: http://ul.to/i8v5492p

08/10 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://ul.to/govwz1jd

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-09

taped 2014-07-29 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://ul.to/t9g525sb
1) Fuego, Omar Brunetti, Tritón vs Disturbio, Maléfico, Ráfaga
2) Princesa Sugehit vs Princesa Blanca in a lightning match
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-08-09
taped 2014-08-05 @ Arena México
will be posted later
1) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
will be posted later
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
will be posted later
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.
will be posted later
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys
will be posted later
will be posted later

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-08-09
taped 2014-08-01 @ Arena México
1) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca for the mask and for the hair
2) La Sombra © vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
will be posted later
3) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
will be posted later
4) Rush vs Negro Casas for the hair

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-08-09
taped 2014-07-25 @ Arena México
Full Show: http://ul.to/iyqdjqec
1) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
2) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL on Terra: 2014-08-10
taped 2014-08-10 @ Arena México
1) Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
2) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto
4) Oro Jr. vs Metálico, mask vs mask
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-08-10
taped 2014-08-06 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko & Seiya vs Atomic Star & Matrix Jr.
2) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Tony Rivera
3) Black Terry, Metaleon, Power Bull vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-08-11
taped 2014-08-10 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial, Freyser, Metaleon vs Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan
2) Imposible © vs Emperador Azteca for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
3) Pantera, Relámpago, Toscano vs Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Veneno
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © vs Hijo De Dos Caras for the IWRG Rey del Ring


Alberto del Rio to appear at TripleMania

That didn’t take long.

Arturo Rivera says Alberto Del Rio will debut for AAA at TripleMania

No one else is confirming it, and I never know what that means. Did Arturo speak too soon? Have they just not gotten around to it? Let’s assume this is all one the level (though you should read Arturo’s Twitter for people asking him questions about non-competes that he has no real answers about.)

We also don’t know anything more than that. Rivera did indicate he was coming in as Alberto Del Rio. My assumption is AAA wouldn’t be using ADR if they thought he was still bound to WWE by a no-compete (after a false start, they were careful there with Myzteziz) and there might not be one Del Rio was fired. It’s unclear if this is a one appearance deal or something more (though debut implies more.)

It’s unlikely he’ll be able to use the Alberto Del Rio name without some issue. WWE did register the trademark (Expediente numbers 1189099, 1189100, 1189101, 1189103) and will hold those trademarks for a decade more. However, as AAA has seen themselves, it’s often tough to enforce those trademarks.

More to come.


Hijo de Mascara defeats Hijo de Dos (sort of), TripleMania

IWRG (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena Naucapan [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel b Kaling Black & Matrix Jr.
Matrix Jr. & Kaling Black replaced Atomic Star & Hijo de la Bestia.
2) Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Celestial, Freyser, Metaleon
Freyser replaces Latigo.
3) Imposible © b Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible is champion and kept it by taking falls 2/3. Fourth defense. Emperador pretended to congratulate Imposible, but then attacked him and vowed to take his mask.
4) Pantera, Relámpago, Toscano b Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Veneno
Veneno reluctantly replaced X-Fly, working as a tecnico on the wrong side. Tecnicos took 1/3, Toscano beating Veneno.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © COR Hijo De Dos Caras [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Seconds were Pantera and Universo 2000 Jr. Dos took fall 1, Mascara took fall 2. Cien Caras Jr., Mascara’s second, started interfering in the third fall. Pantera, Dos’s second, started brawling with him. That allowed Universo 2000 Jr. to sneak in and foul Dos while he and Mascara were fighting on the outside. Mascara made it back in, Dos did not, and Mascara kept the title. Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 fourth defense.

Hijo de Dos Caras isn’t losing in the ring? Can’t wait for Alberto to get here.

AAA’s TV this weekend was interesting in what wasn’t shown. TripleMania is only six days away, and there’s been zero on screen mentions of the Myzteziz, Dr. Wagner Jr., Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. four way match. That looks to be the biggest drawing match on the show on paper and you would not know it’s happening if you only followed AAA on TV. It’s appeared AAA produced weeks of TV from Ecatepec at the same time and also appeared a did not have a full TripleMania card to promote as recently as two weeks ago.

Even if AAA was late to figure out the card, they had to know they’d have a press conference about the show by last week. They could’ve replaced some empty space in the show* to show highlights from the press conference or just something as simple as someone putting up a graphic for the card. Instead, the first time AAA’s TV will promote a four way featuring four of the biggest stars of the last decade will be one day before TripleMania takes place.

(* – It was an AAA three match show, so there was plenty of empty space. Those entrances kill me. Protip: best time during TripleMania to make a run for food is the relevos AAA or the Cruiserweight ten way, because both will take 10 minutes to get started.)

Let me turn this discussion on it’s head and defend AAA for a second. (!!!!!!) The TV build really has totally been about Psycho Clown and Texano Jr. Only that match and the Taya/Faby match have been built up on TV, and the Taya/Faby one is more a midcard feud (though one they’ve done well with given it’s role.) Others feuds continue on TripleMania, but you wouldn’t be certain about them if you only followed TV – the big TripleMania video package teases both a Suicide/Pentagon mask match and Psicosis appearing, neither of which is happening. There are other ways for AAA to reach potential fans – they’re doing a lot of media in the lead up to the show and so those other matches will get hyped there – but if follow AAA by only watching the TV show, the only big match on TripleMania is Psychlo Clown versus Texano Jr.

I’ve been skeptical (to underplay it) of AAA’s ability/interest in creating new stars, but they’ve backed their way into proviing it. Texano/Psycho might have been intensely boring for the long stretches but TripleMania drawing 20,000 fans would be a pretty good indication that it worked. The TripleMania name in Mexico is very strong and that would still be the #1 draw for this show, but those two young guys would be #2. If this works out, it’s a credit to those two guys and to those who trusted them with that position.

On the other hand, Perro Aguayo Jr. says the show should be renamed PerroMania because he won last year. A solid point. Perro’s also not thrilled about Wagner being there but promises he has a surprise (as always.)

Polvora defeated Dragon Rojo last night in Guadalajara. It’s blurry, but there doesn’t appear to be any other results on the rest of the article. CMLL is back to posting Guadalajara reports on it’s website, so it may turn up eventually.

Sombra faces Ultimo Guerrero in the main event in Puebla tonight. Seems like Ultimo Guerrero is going on a hot streak leading into the Anniversary show.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from two days in Tulancingo: a Saturday show with Black Terry and Skayde and an AAA spot show. He’s got video highlights from the later show.

Myzteziz joins Averno and Blue Demon Jr. as being announced for the ColiseoMania show. I assume someone named Coliseo won the last one.

A week after LA Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. had a great match (which did not air) in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, their kids and Silver King Jr. had a poor one in the same building.

Metalico says he’s not retiring from CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo, Rey Misterio Jr, La Parka, Octagon vs Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Psicosis, Pentagon.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/10 REINA: Estrellita b La Comandante [MEX WOMEN] – sixth defense.


IWRG (WED) 08/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Sky Ángel vs Matrix Jr. 
2) Dragón Celestial & Seiya vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man 
3) Emperador Azteca & Relámpago vs Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera 
4) Golden Magic © vs Canis Lupus [IWRG IC WELTER] 
5) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Metaleon vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza [captains hair, captains mask, mystery captain]

The last time they did this main event, they put drew the captains names, put them in the envelope and then pulled the names out to reveal who’s hair/mask was on the line at the end. I assume the same thing here. AULL has been pretty dominant in this feud up until now.

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer vs Relampago Azul
2) El Ídolo vs El Acertijo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Esfinge & Exterminador vs Espectrum & Maléfico
5) Lluvia vs Zeuxis
6) Atlantis, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Terrible

That seems like a fun main event.

ChilangaMask (SAT) 09/20/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Astro Rey Jr. vs Dorado Jr., Reggae Boy, Sangre Fria Jr., Draego, Aero Extreme
2) Chik Tormenta vs Estrella Explosiva, ?
3) Belial & Impulso vs Arez & Psico Kid
4) Masada vs Aero Boy, Kaientai, Makabre
5) Black Terry & Tony Rodriguez vs Trauma I & Trauma II

Full lineup for the show. Mystery Guadalajara woman has long hair, judging from her photo.

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