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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lucha week on F4

I may be on Bryan Alvarez’s Figure Four daily later tonight, talking lucha libre. If you’ve got questions you’d like answered, send them to Bryan.

Another guest may or may not still be on, and I may be taped delayed to later in the week or maybe not – blah blah blah, you have lucha questions, you want them answered, someone will answer them, mail them in now.

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05/01: Puebla, Mistico set to challenge for fifth title, magazines

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CMLL (MON) 04/30 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) Forajido, the Tiger, Zigma b Aguila Guerrera, Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Tiger
2) Fuerza Chicana, Furia Chicana, Karissma b Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
3) Loco Max, Ohara, Okumura, Toro Bill Sr. b Leono, Starman, Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico
4) Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000 b Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Texano Jr.
5) Rey Bucanero b Hector Garza [CMLL LH]

Leono and Toro Bill Sr. fight for their hairs next week.

WWA (FRI) 05/25 Auditorio de Tijuana [rey_misterio_tj @ Satanico's Mansion]
1) La Mascara, Mistico, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [WWA TRIOS]

This is Mora’s anniversary show and such, but really – belt #5! Theoretically, the Trio of Terror could win the trios belts, but I see Averno and Mistico in there, so I suspect I know the ending. These belts were last held by the Brazos in ’98, so they’re vacant (and pretty meaningless, but whatever.)

Gililo @ el Martiente has photos from the LLX show in Guadalajara. Meanwhile, amateur @ box y lucha says wrestlers didn’t go on with the next show in LLX, because they weren’t getting paid.

Magazines
Guerreros del Ring #85 has KeMonito as Godzilla.
Box Y Lucha #2816 has Perro beating Mistico

My San Antonio has a review of Dan Madigan’s lucha libre book.

“Mondo Lucha A Go-Go” is a book that is well worth its price in photos alone and one that followers of lucha libre will want for their collection.

Santo was in Chicago on Friday as part of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies conference.

IWRG’s site is still down.

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05/12 AAA TV Lineup (Apizaco, Tlaxcala)

Previous: 04/20, 04/27, 05/06

AAA TV (SAT) 05/12 La Plaza de Toros Monumental, Apizaco, Tlaxcala Lineup [Villano de la Atlantida @ box y lucha]
1) Aeorstar, Orion, Nemesis AAA vs Sangre Chicana Jr., Tigre Cota, Asy Romero Jr.
2) Apache, Alan, Decnis vs Rey Cometa, Laredo Kid, Super Fly
3) Juventued Guerrera, Psicosis II, Crazy Boy, Joe Lider vs Cuervo, Ozz, Scoria, Espiritu [MEX ATOMICOS]
4) Tinieblas Jr., Super Astro, Super Porky, Elegido vs Abismo Negro, Mr. Niebla, Antifaz, Histeria
5) Chessman vs El Mesias
6) Kenzo Suzuki, X-Pac, Abismo Negro Head Hunter I vs Cibernetico, Charly Manson, Zorro

Air Date
Mex: 05/20
US: 06/09

Abismo being listed twice is probably a typo. The main event is all about the new unions.

Chessman and El Mesias should be an interesting match.

If you’re one of those people who like putting down title changes ahead of time, you can go ahead and do with the Atomicos title. That’s should be about it for Juvi and the Mexican Powers.

Next Tapings
– 05/20 Morelia
– 05/26 Minatitlan, Veracruz
– 05/30 San Luis Potosi

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04/30: Mexico recap, magazines

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CMLL (SUN) 04/29 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, La Presna, cmll, Dr. Frink @ box y lucha]
1) Apocalipsis & Ramstein b Sombra de Plata & Super Nova
2) Mini Olimpico, Shockercito, Tsuki b Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween, Mini Mr. Aguila
3) Averno, Dos Caras Jr., Mascara Sagrada b Mascara 2000, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000
4) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Maximo, Sagrado, Texano Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
5) Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone b Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero
6) Mistico b Black Warrior [NWA MIDDLE]

The La Presna has the Perros winning the National NWA Trios Titles, which – no. They won their match easily, as Texano was never on the same page as his teammates. They won in straight falls, with Maximo getting hurt in the first (and so Texano attacked Sagrado instead in the second.)

Averno filled in for Heavy Metal and worked as a tecnico, and then later showed up as Black Warrior’s corner. I don’t know if Averno is the guy you want in your corner advising you how to beat Mistico. Maybe it was some sort of group therapy thing. Anyway, everyone’s making sure to note that Averno was a perfectly fine tecnico and may have enjoyed being one. HMMMMMMMM.

Shockercito was stretchered out.

Ovaciones says Mistico joins Huracan Ramirez as the only people to ever hold four titles. We’ve only got Huracan winning three different belts in his career,

NWA Welter: 08/05/65 – 09/24/65
MEX Welter: 04/13/64 – 10/??/65
Northern Middleweight ?

I’m not sure what we’re missing, but I think we’re safe in saying that he was quad chap for the 50 days of his NWA title reign.

FWIW, here’s Mistico
CMLL Tag: 04/14/06 – ?
IWRG Super Welter: 11/19/06 – ?
CMLL Welter: 04/11/07 – ?
NWA Middle: 04/29/07 – ?

Mistico would need to hold till June 18, 2007 to beat that record.

Ovaciones notes Sangre Azteca retained his Mexican Welterweight title over Magnifico in Coacalco. It’s a week of title matches, with Rey defending his in Puebla versus Hector, and Atlantis defending his in Coliseo vs Alex.

Magazines
Super Luchas #210 has the Vipers, Sect and Legion together.
Luchas 2000 #366 hypes up it’s show for this weekend, with people staring at their old masks.

While previewing yesterday’s show, El Occidental reports about ticket scalping and people charging for free parking around Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. I know it’s 30 pesos people shouldn’t be charged and it’s all relative, but if I could park somewhere in Chicago near a sporting event for $2.75, it would be the greatest day ever.

the Lake County Sun has a followup article about La Parkita and Espectrito at the library, showing off lucha. They agreed to a truce for the afternoon, for the kids.

In El Imparcial, Mistico says he’s going to do TV (soap opera) work, but he’s not leaving the ring to become a movie star, and he’s not taking off his mask for roles. They’re rewriting the soap to work in his mask.

Las Vegas Sun has an interview with Mike Tenay, which I love just for the fact sheet section.

Announcing traits:

Stares inquiringly at “heels” (bad guy wrestlers) when he believes their characters are not being totally up front with him.

Hmmm. Yes.

IWRG’s site is still down.

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04/27 AAA TV Taping Results

previous: 04/01, 04/15, 04/20

AAA TV (FRI) 04/27 Polideportivo de la Universidad Autonoma del Edo, Hidalgo
1) Espantapájaros I, Ghefar, Pesadilla, Toxico b Aero Star, Némesis AAA, Paranoia, Path Finder
2) Jerrito Estrada & Mini Histeria b Mini Crazy Boy & Mini Joe Lider
3) Laredo Kid & Super Fly b Antifaz & Histeria and Alan Stone & Zumbido and Gran Apache & Super Calo
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Super Porky DRAW Alebrije, Mr. Niebla, Octagón, Scorpio Jr. [relevos incredible]
5) Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz b Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Psicosis II
6) Cibernetico b Zorro, El Elegido, Chessman, Mesias, Abismo Negro [cage]

Air Date
Mex: 05/05
US: 05/26

Zorro took Parka’s spot (and Porky took Zorro’s spot down on the card), and he was fighting the HB to start – though kinda by default, since Mesias and Cibernetico are feuding and Abismo Negro and Elegido are feuding, so Chessman and Zorro had to either fight or sip tea for a while.

Elegido was the first one out. Zorro followed. Chessman was the third to leave the cage, but he didn’t exactly escape it – he tried and missed a top rope dive again, probably due to some interference. They carted him out. This left Cibernetico with Abismo Negro & Mesias, and it was not going for Cibernetico. And then everyone ran in. I mean, everyone – Konnan, Vipers, Sect, Parka, Octagon, Alebrije, Mexican Powers. The recap calls it “a tremendous mess.” Somewhere in here, Zorro threw his cane in the cage to Cibernetico, who used it to win the match.

After the match, Cibernetico asked another favor of Zorro – to help them unite the Hell Brothers and the AAA. Zorro responded by taking off his mask, which is apparently a yes.

The mixed teams in the fourth match refused to get along, so the referee ended up throwing the match out.

Gran Apache & Super Calo were added to the triangle tag match, but it didn’t matter. Laredo Kid & Super Fly beat Histeria & Antifaz, then they beat Alan Stone & Zumbido and then they beat Gran Apache & Super Calo, and then they had no one left to beat.

Upcoming Tapings
05/06 Oaxaca
– 05/12 Apizaco, Tlaxcala
– 05/20 Morelia
– 05/26 Minatitlan, Veracruz
– 05/30 San Luis Potosi

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04/29: quick Coliseo results, AAA TV notes, Accion, FSE

As it is the big show of the week, CMLL posted an update tonight with Sunday’s major results.
– Halloween, Damian and Mr. Aguila are the Mexican National Trios Champions. Texano cemented his turn to the rudo side here, and Maximo was sent to the hospital. The tecs had held it since October 05 (though it had pretty much been forgotten since last year). This is Halloween and Damian’s second reign as champions; they were stripped as champions last time when Nicho picked another booking over a scheduled defense. Aguila holds both a CMLL and Mexican Trios belt

– Mistico beat Black Warrior to become the 84th NWA World Middleweight Champion. It’s second time holding the belt, having lost it to Warrior 50 weeks ago. Mistico is now a quadruple champion.

Ovaciones has partial results from AAA’s TV taping. Following the Vipers allying with the Sect last week, Zorro unmasked (with a completely new look – but one fitting of a guy who was stuck under a mask for about a year; there’s a photo on the Satanico’s Mansion board, but it’s down at the oment) and forged a partnership between the AAA tecnicos and the Hell Brothers. I think this is just the two forces agreeing to get long, though others have read this as Zorro and Parka joining the Hell Brothers.

Accion

CMLL: Wagner/Msitico/Sagrado vs Perro/Terrible/Damian. Sagrado got more highlights than Mistico, which is odd. We didn’t see what led up to the finish, but the implication is Mistico took another clean pin from Perro.

AAA: Tinieblas/Zorro/Elegido/Octagon vs Vipers from Veracruz. Mesias runs into interfere, but Zorro wins clean anyway. The Sect stares from the entrance.

CMLL on FSE has
04/22 Coliseo: Diana la Cazadora, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Diosa Maya, Princesa Sujei
04/22 Coliseo: Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Maximo, Sagrado, Texano Jr.

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GDR CAN52 #75

taped 04/20, 04/22, aired 04/28

So this episode had matches, but it also had the much more fun game of Who’s Under That Mask? Would you like to play? Here’s the New (4.0?) Infernales debut match.

I was trying to think back, and I’m not sure I’ve actually seen a Sobearno match. Euforia fits his body; he’s a lean guy, and based on one whole match, he’s the better worker of the two. I’m not sure Nosferatu is Chamaco, he doesn’t seem to quite fit, but no alternate name jumps out at me.

Satanico’s quite probably been working with these two before they debuted on TV, because they seemed like they had ideas and sets of moves ready to go and didn’t need much discussion to get things done. This was a fine enough debut.

The Evil Dark Monkey could’ve have been Tzuki originally, but it quite obviously couldn’t have been him this Friday (I saw him with my own eyes in Aurora), and I don’t think it was him for this match. You can’t tell a body size under the costume, but his limbs seemed longer than Tzuki’s. I’m guessing it’s a tecnico mini, because he doing agile bits, but not rudo-ing it up.

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04/28: Mexico, lineups, GdR

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

Ultimo snuck in a foul. His evil monkey was there, which means it was someone other than Tzuki this time. Super Luchas says it was a slightly different costume this time. CMLL is looking for a better name for Ultimito de la Atlantida, which is fine by me.

Perro pinned Mistico clean again, and they pushed voting for him on his reality show. Others from the show were there to root him on.

Order of elimination for the women’s match (all via Super Luchas)
1) Diosa Maya (by Luna Magica)
2) Atenea (La Seductora)
3) La Seductora (India Sioux)
4) Luna Magica (Medusa)
5/6) La Nazi & Princesa Blanca (usual double pin)
7) Medusa (Diana)
8) India Sioux (Amapola)
9) Rosa Negra (Marcela)
10) Sahori (Sujei)
11) Diana (Amapola)
12) Amapola (Marcela)

India was bleeding during the match. Total match time is 24:27. That’s long.

Stuka filled in for Danger. Brillante gets a good review by ESTO.

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

Virus and Texano are wasting no time moving to the rudo side.

CMLL (FRI) 05/04 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Stuka Jr. vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico vs La Mascara, Mictlan, Virus
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto vs Heavy Metal, Sagrado, Ultimo Dragon
4) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Marcela vs Princesa Sujei [MEX WOMEN]
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico, Negro Casas vs Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Aguila

Looks like we got a Trios title match coming up.

CMLL (SUN) 05/06 Arena Coliseo
1) Bracito de Oro & Tzuki vs Mini Halloween & Mr. Aguilita
2) Dark Angel, India Sioux, Sahori vs Hiroka, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra
3) Felino, Mictlan, Tony Rivera vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Alex Koslov, Maximo, Ultimo Dragon vs Mephisto, Misterioso II, Virus
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas, Shocker vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy

If Virus as a rudo means he’s working semimains, I’m all for it.

TORYUMON GYM (SUN) 05/13 Arena Mexico
1) Bryan Lee & Toshiya Matsuzaki vs Arkangel de la Muerte & Daisuke Hanaoka
2) Hiroka & Mima Shimoda vs India Sioux & Marcela
3) Dr. Karonte Sr. & Negro Navarro vs Amigo Suzuki & Hijo del Fantasma and Bino Gambino & Joe Potter
4) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, Passion Hasegawa vs Casanova Italiano, Hiromi Horiguchi, Okumura
5) Hajime Ohara vs La Mascara [NWA WELTER]
6) Hirooki Goto & Jushin Lyger vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Negro Casas
7) Kazuchika Okada, Mil Mascaras, Mistico, Ultimo Dragon vs Minoru Suzuki, SUWA, Ultimo Guerrero, Yoshihiro Takayma

As always, the first comment I make upon seeing a Toryumon Mexico card is “…the HECK?” That is one strange main event. I don’t even know where to begin.

The semimain tag should be interesting. This ought to mean he (and maybe Takayama) is working Friday and Sunday as well. Remember about 4 years ago when we were promised Lyger was coming to Mexico soon? Time moves slower in Mexico!

I guess the Fantasmas lost the coin toss to get the title shot this time.

Should I know who Casanova Italiano is? Milano Collection AT, perhaps? What’s the deal with faux-Italians in the greater Toryumon universo, anyway?

The third team in the third match are the UWA Canada guys, I do believe.

What happened to Onita? Not that I care.

CMLL GdR #75 has
04/20 Mexico: Euforia, Nosfearatu, Satanico b Leono, Valiente, Virus
04/22 Coliseo: Lizmark Jr., Mistico, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Black Warrior, Eclipse

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04/27 Aurora Lucha results

indy (FRI) 04/27 Prisco Community Center, Aurora, IL
3) Lancer 2000, SWAT Kat, Mini Charly Manson (Chicago) b Gringo Loco, Guerrerito del Futuro, Malefico I
4) La Parkita, Tzuki b Espectrito, Pequeno Violencia
5) Blue Demon Jr., Mascara Sagrada b Aguila del America, Cassandro

I think this was the OMLL crew, but no one really made a big deal of naming the group so I’m not totally sure. Same park district building where past Aurora events have been run, though I might have called it something differently before.

This was crosspromotion with the Blue Demon energy drink – he’s signing some autographs to promote it more tomorrow, as well as doing another show. They were selling the drinks among the normal concessions, and they had a life sized cutout of Demon promoting the drink for people to snap pictures. A big screen was set up, but didn’t seem used for more than rotating ads and, later, a video for Blue Demon’s entrance. They also had fancy stage strobe lighting set up in one side of the gym, facing the main bleachers. It didn’t seem to make sense to me – why would you want all the lighting on one side of the ring? – and when they tride to use the lighting rig as the only lights pointed at the ring, that meant the lights were also pointed directly at the main bleachers. They smartened up and cut that. They also had a DJ, who seemed to be hip enough to lucha to play familiar songs – We Will Rock You, Shocker’s theme, Porky’s theme, etc – or maybe he was just lucky. None (or lesser equivalents) was at previous shows, and I’m sure it’s part of the drink deal.

The promoter was video taping early in the show from ringside with a handheld camera, but he seemed to disappear later in the show. He kept having to turn and/or shout to various people to get ring announcements when he wanted, lights to be fixed, etc., so he might just have realized he was too busy to do videotaping. Or he just wanted certain people’s matches taped. Don’t be holding your breath for a DVD of this one.

The referee wore a CMLL referee shirt. A vast improvement!

There was an opener, but they decided to start the show while there was still tons of people in line, waiting and wanting to get in. Match was over, I was still in line. (I still had to pay full price for the ticket, even though I wasn’t getting full price. I didn’t expect them to start discounting the tickets, but starting the show when you know you have a ton of people waiting outside was just dumb, because it made an annoyed impatient line even less so. Poor ticket takers.) Building was full or very very close to it, which surely contributed to the line problems. They’ve never had this near this many people at previous shows at this venue, and my guess is someone did a great job of promotion the show (again, the drink people? I dunno.) Crowd was hot (so was the room) and easy all night. Whoever got the audience for this in the house should do it for every show ever.

I did see the second match – a pairs match – but I couldn’t make out the names and I wasn’t paying close attention. I believe one was Aguila Tapatia Jr., and his tecnico partner was Guerrero something or other. No chance on the rudos. This was lucha style, but with the usual Chicago lucha undercard idea of trying to do every single lucha spot they can think to do. They did the Star – everyone always does the Star just to show off that they, in fact, can do the Star, and not because they’re building to that spot or something crazy like that. Tecnicos won this match, and every match on the show I saw.

In between second and third matches, there was a unannounced 30minute-ish intermission. Which made starting the show early even dumber. I think I figured out why it happened later on, but still, that’s dumb. It’s indy lucha in Chicago, I guess.

I got up from my seat on a bleacher far away from the ring (that’s what $30 for ringside will get you if you’re stuck at the end of a line) near the start of the third match just to stretch my legs, and within 20 seconds, someone grabbed my seat. And that was the end of me being able to get a seat the rest of the night. I could have squeezed myself in somewhere, but I didn’t want to, and was in a fidgety mood anyway. My legs wish I sat down, though.

Gringo Loco and Mini Charly weren’t on the announced card, and I was very happy to see them. This is the same match they’ve been doing at these shows, but I hadn’t seen it in a while, and it’s still good. Mini Charly was HUGELY over – I don’t know if they thought he was the guy from TV (either one) or if they thought he just had a good gimmick or if there was something here I had no cluse about, but he they were loudly behind him before he did a single thing – they did a little with this, but they probably could’ve done more. Crowd was so hot, when Gringo Loco started mockingly chanting for Mini Charly, the crowd loudly started the chant for real. He got in a great tornillo to the floor and looks improved. SWAT Kat looked sharper than the last time I saw him. Gringo Loco was a heat magnet and great as usual. Malefico and Guerrerito del Futuro were good. Lancer 2000, who had a new mask, was cringeworthy bad and off on everything.

Tzuki must’ve lost his luggage, and maybe the break was in hopes to turn it up. Instead of his gear, Tzuki wore a leather jacket to the ring, jeans, no shirt, and a Rey Misterio mask. I’m 99% sure it was him, because no one else is Tzuki’s size and moves like him, but he really didn’t do much in this match. Largerly La Parkita comedy – groin-related, partners confused into hitting each other, that sort of stuff. I did enjoy how La Parkita would convulse in laughter everytime he pulled off a trick on the rudas. Most guys act like they’re doing pranks just to make the rudos look bad, but La Parkita was acting like it was the funniest thing every, anytime one worked. Security was working hard to protect the name talent as they went to and from the ring, despite no barriers. In Tzuki’s case, to prevent him from being mobbed from kids, they had him sit on a security’s guy shoulders as he cut through the crowd and quickly got to the back. That was pretty great.

Aguila del America came out with a Mini Aguila del America (son? young kid, defintely). After the tecnico won the first fall, they kidnapped the child, took the Aguila del America mask off him, and put on a Mascara Sagrada on him. Aguila was sad – but later, Mini Aguila got his normal mask back on, and got in cheap kicks from the apron on Sagrada while Dad held him now. The kid’s work done, he went directly to the front row to sit with his family, and got mobbed by other kids looking for autographs. Security had to bail him out.

Main event was otherwise as you expect, Cassandro doing her bits, Sagrada looking fat (seeing him live, I think he’s lost about 5-10 pounds – but he could stand to lose more), Aguila just bumping for the bigger names. Demon was more fired up in the third fall than I’m used to seeing him, and he got the Devil’s Wings on Aguila for the pin. I left right after the match ended, but it sounded like Sagrada was setting up the One Fall, For The Masks bit with Aguila America.

Tercera was probably the best match in an empty room, but the guys in the top two matches were really good pros about getting the crowd into simpler stuff. The minis match was not a good match – Espectrito and La Parkita aren’t much good at this point – but the crowd still very much enjoyed that match and the main event.

Mini Charly Manson and Gringo Loco were selling posters outside the gym (at the same table! how did they ever manage to get along?!?), and doing some pretty good business. I was going to give congratulate them on their match, but there was a line and I had skipped dinner and was kinda dying, so I bolted. So, you, congratulation on a good match Mini Charly Manson and Gringo Loco, if you happen to read this.

Babbling, so I’m cutting this off.

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