07/31 AAA TV Lineup (Toluca)

AAA TV (THU) 07/31 Gimnasio Agustin Millan, Toluca, Estado de Mexico [luchalibreaaa]
1) Mini Charly Manson vs Jerrito Estrada [AAA MINI, torneo]
2) Estrellita & Sexy Star vs La Diabólica & La Hechicera
3) Cinthia Moreno & Oriental vs Gran Apache & Mari Apache
4) el Ángel, Gato Eveready, Super Porky vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown
5) Crazy Boy & Ultimo Gladiador vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
6) El Elegido, Gronda II, La Parka Jr. vs Electro Shock, Head Hunter I, Kenzo Suzuki

2008 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#848)
Mexico: 08/10
US: 08/30

There’s gotta be another match to be announced, right? No Hell Brothers, No Sect, lots of midcarders missing. Matches 2-4 all feel like a normal second match, the semimain feels like it should be third on the card, and the main looks like a semimian. You can either look at this as AAA pulling a CMLL Sunday Coliseo lineup (where a highlight match is kept quiet until they run the taping before – Chessman & Ciber are teaming in Queretaro, after all) or just a plain lame card.

Is Kenzo Suzuki the best wrestler in the main event? I mean, that’s a crazy theory, but it’s definitely arguable. I guess the idea here is they’re hyping on the new look for Gronda, but I don’t know who still cares about him. (Not AAA, or they would’ve kept booking him.)

In fact, I’d just make Teddy & Jack vs Crazy & Ultimo the main event. The other match isn’t going to be hurt by being a semimain and Teddy and Jack are hot enough that it may make all four guys seem like a bigger deal. But then, I would’ve put the tag team titles on the team that’s been treated like the best tag team (instead of the team that either loses or doesn’t appear on TV) so they’d be on the line here, and AAA’s not following that line of thinking either.

Porky’s losing streak goes on. At least for one day, Gato Eveready is actually now doing the best of the ex-Barrios. A women’s tag and a mixed tag is a stretch (as is using La Hechicera at all.) Oriental and Cinthia face the mixed tag champs yet again in a non-title match, and one would hope they win one of these.

Unlike all the other recent tapings, only one mini tournament match announced here. This would leave AAA with 5 wrestlers in the second round, which makes no sense at all. Mascarita Divina seems to be missing from this tournament – maybe they can’t find a rudo mini to face him? Also looks like Mini Charly Manson’s tecnico turn may be meant to stick, though Mini Chessman’s seems to be a rudo.

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07/25-27 Lucha Times


Three CMLL Minis matches should make air this week. (Actually four, but no one’s getting both Fox Sports.) Plus, the AAA minis turn up in on Mexico’s AAA airing. Meanwhile, the only women who turn up are in one mixed tag. I dunno what it means.

AAA-US: post TripleMania – Ozz vs Chessman, Legion vs tecnicos, Morenos return

CAN52: Mini Violencia/Warrior/Pierroth vs Dorado/Dragon/Shocker + sorta-High Society vs sorta-Pesta Negra

FSE-US: Bam Bam/Dorado/Olimpico vs Mini FdT


CMLL: listed at 1:45, but who knows if they’ll get in more than the Gran Prix and Mistico/Perro

AAA-MEX: #1 contenders match, and the AAAs Mini tournament starts

FSE-MEX: Minis match, Alex/Shadow/Volador vs Warrior/Olimpico/Sangre

Cadena3: Trios champs in action

LyC: Hator/Herodea/Tineiblas vs Aventuerero/Romo/Tigre

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07/23: Mexico, AAA notes


CMLL (MON) 07/21 Arena Puebla [El Sol de Puebla]
1) Cerebro Negro, Espiritu Maligno, Negro Navarro b Blue Center, the Tiger, Toro Bill
2) Asturiano, Flash, Metalik b Euforia, Nosferatu, Skandalo
3) Policeman b Centella de Oro [hair]
4) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [CMLL TRIOS]
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Shocker DQ el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Terrible, Texano

This was the 55th anniversary show for the building. jcmorales @ box y lucha says there were numerous injuries on the show. (Oddly enough, Metalik isn’t mentioned as one, though he didn’t work the next day.) Perro yanked Wagner’s mask for that DQ. This is the first time the trios belts have been successfully defended twice in a row since 2004, and the first time they’ve been successfully defended twice in the same month since 1997. Policeman is unstoppable.

CMLL (TUE) 07/22 Arena Mexico [CMLL, SoloLuchas, Avellaneda @ box y lucha]
1) Sensei & Trueno b Semental & Zayco
2) Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Warrior
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Euforia, Nosferatu b Axel, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
4) Grey Shadow, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Olímpico, Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Heavy Metal, Misterioso II, Mr. Niebla

Trios champs are unstoppable (at least by Pesta Negra.) Bucanero yanked Volador’s mask to escape a loss in the semifinal. Stuka replaced Metalik in the tercera, and Arkangel seemed messed up after Maximo powerbombed him for the win. Looks like Pequeno Warrior completely missed catching Ultimo Dragoncito on his Asai moonsault, and Dragoncito was stretched out. Mini Halloween and Trueno also were hurt in their matches. Update: Trueno is in the hospital, suffering from a skull fracture. Youch.

The second match for Verano de Escandalo has been announced – Alas de Oro #2. Participants:
– Aerostar
– Super Fly
– Jack Evans
– Teddy Hart
– Angel
– Scoria
– Ultimo Gladiador
– Gato Eveready
– Xtreme Tiger (2007 winner)

Yes. It is disappointing we only have 2 Air Force guys left from last year’s 5, but I think there’s other guys who can pick up for them.

AAA also says Gronda is coming back with a new look at the 07/31 taping Auditorio Agustin Millan in Toluca. (Which also annouonced they’re taping on that day.) Their RSS feeds still don’t work.

SuperLuchas: “Will Rey Misterio return to AAA if WWE doesn’t give him the contract he wants?”
thecubsfan: “No.” Surely he’ll be back in AAA, but not while WWE is willing to give him a long contract, and not for anything close to full time (maybe special appearances at major shows, but not the weekly grind.)

(Reforma via Jazzo) Negro Casas likes the idea of facing Mistico in a hair vs mask match. Metal/Negro vs Mistico/Garza would work for him too. Negro would like to face pretty much any good fighter. Damian 666 is specifically not counted as a good fighter.

Dr. Wagner Jr. visited a childern’s hospital.

The radio ads for AAA’s California shows are on the promoter’s website.
On their page for the event, AAA lists the minis tournament matches as Octagoncito vs Mini Chessman and Mini Dizzy vs Mascarita de la Muerte.

In Ovaciones, there’s a small note about an association of luchadors who are forming a group to promote occasional events called APLEXMEX. I am skeptical of any group with a eight letter abbrevation, and of any with this roster: Universo 2000, Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Hijo de Cien Caras, Cien Caras Jr., Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Enrique Vera Sr., Enrique Vera Jr., Super Astro, Mogur, Emilio Charles Jr., Audaz, Solar, Ultraman, Shu el Guerrero

Emilio isn’t retired! Who knew.

In ESTO, Mistico expands his plans beyond simply learning Kung Fu during this downtime in China. He’s also going to break Mil Mascaras’ record for interntational touring. Mistico’s planing on going to Europe in October, is looking to go thte US sometime soon, and wants CMLL to run a World Tour. He’s also proud of being “the first luchador to ever go to the Olympics”. I’m thinking there’s a slight chance a luchador might have made the trip to 1968 Olympics.

Jorge Martinez, the local CMLL promoter in Mazatlan, is retiring. They say it’s a health issue while also hinting at some business issue. Marcelo Lopez will take over for him, with the first show on 09/20. Lopez had wrestled as Furia Blanca (maybe this one?, worked as a referee and promoter. The local AAA promoter attended the press conference and it sounds like they’re working together to spread out their events.

Colorado will is using luchadors as part of it’s Get Ready To Buckle Up campaign. The pro-seat buckling luchador looks a bit familiar. I like how they worked the shoulder strap into the outfit.

Maximo is excited to go to Spain.

SoloLuchas has interviews with Ciclon Gonzalez and Princesa Naomi

Diario de Cuyo talks to one of the announcers of Argentina’s 100% Lucha, in their third year of this incarnation.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about the Damiancito el Guerrero cibernetico.

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07/23 Guadalajara catchup

CMLL (SUN) 07/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Fraile de la Muerte & Valentin Mayo b Idolo & Thunder Boy
2) Metatron & Samurai b Exterminador & Rafaga
3) Guero Loco & Máscara Mágica b Gallo & Tony Rivera
4) Axel & Rayman b Cien Caras Jr. & Toscano
5) Atlantis, LA Park, Rey Bucanero b Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible

Tony Rivera and Guero Loco (who won in straight falls) are building towards a hair match.

CMLL (TUE) 07/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Egipcio b Impostor
2) Depredador (Guadalajara) b Virgo
3) Palacio Negro b Ebola
4) Malefico b Magnum
5) Cien Caras Jr. & Infierno b Casanova & Tony Rivera
6) Toscano & Último Guerrero b Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone
7) Atlantis b Shocker

Atlantis got Shocker clean with the Atlantida. Ultimo pinned Marco, with Toscano helping UG get his feet on the middle rope for leverage. Cien Caras snuck in a foul on Tony Rivera.

CMLL (SUN) 07/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Idol vs Fraile de la Muerte
2) Metal Blanco, Oro II, Samurai vs Depredador, Extermiandor, Rafaga
3) Casanova, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Cien Caras, Euforia, Sangre Azteca
4) Tony Rivera vs Güero Loco [hair]
5) Blue Panther & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Negro Casas & Último Guerrero

CMLL (TUE) 07/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Carlo Roggi vs Azazel
2) Palacio Negro vs Ebola
3) ? & Palacio Negro vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) El Gallo, Leon Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Cien Caras, Máscara Mágica, Toxico
5) Rayman & Sagrado vs Misterioso II & Mr. Niebla
6) Alex Koslov & Místico vs Black Warrior & Rey Bucanero

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CMLL FSE #100 (07/13)

taped 06/29, aired 07/13 – yay, 100

The AC Tag Title match was pretty good. It wasn’t MOTYC, but for where these guys are in their careers, they ought to be pretty happy with it. It did fall apart at the end of the third fall with Flash’s injury (that dive sequence didn’t look right, and the announcers brushing over the non-elimination when that was a plot point in the fall before stuck out), but they did a lot better with the time given than a lot of other CMLL showcase matches.



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07/22: IWRG, AAA notes

Don’t have much time today, so I’m zooming thru this and hoping I didn’t miss anything big.

IWRG (SUN) 07/20 Arena Naucalpan [Sololuchas via KrisZ]
1) Destello & Eragon b Comando Gama & Judas el Traidor
2) Crazy Star & Enigmatica b Fugitiva & Tormenta
3) Black Terry, Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro b Coco Verde, Cocochips, Cocolores
4) Negro Navarro, Septiembre el Terrorista, Veneno b Centauro, Cinclon Gonzalez, Super Astro
5) Multifacético, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Super Calo b El Hijo del Solitario, Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000

Rayo and Solitario teased a never-going-to-happen mask match.

Semirelated: Hablando de Catch posted photos from inside Arena Naucalpan.

Some additional notes from the AAA taping, from their own results:

Zorro wanted to wrestle, but could not provide proof he was cleared to wrestle, so Roldan banned him.
Super Porky is sad because he’s lost so much lately. (He’s lost 3 matches in a row. Eh.)
– No mention of how many wins the Psycho Circus is at now, but they’re still undefeated.

Segments were 5 minutes each, which sounds unreasonable long. It may have just been for the first few eliminations. Match went:

Start: Mesias and La Parka
Ozz entered
Black Abyss entered
Black Abyss went out by La Parka
Alan Stone entered
Joe Lider entered
Ozz went out by La Parka
Zorro made his entrance, was not allowed to wrestle, and Konnan hit the ring
Konnan threw out everyone but Mesais, but this didn’t count for some reason and so everyone came back in
Kenzo and Head Hunter entered together
Alan and Lider got Head Hunter out
Mesais got Alan out
Kenzo “german suplexed Joe Lider out of the ring”
Parka got Kenzo
Chessman entered
Mesias yanked Parka’s mask enroute to throwing him out
Chessman threw out Mesias to win the match.

AAA also reposted it’s calender section, including lineups with all the events. There’s probably something interesting in here if I had time to look – later? (The RSS links? STILL DO NOT WORK.)

This week’s Figure Four Weekly says Friday’s Arena Mexico show – I don’t know if you remember, but it’s the one with Perro and Wagner in the main event – drew a disappointing 14,500. Who do you want to blame? Or should you just wait until this upcoming Friday’s attendance and get some more evidence?

Don’t worry, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. says he’s coming back to Arena Mexico in October. I remember him giving out return dates before which didn’t happen, so wait to panic. It would figure to have some bring back the legends show in the new couple of months. Rayo did miss the Lucha Libre London/Spain tour, which may or may not be connected.

(Solowrestling via SuperLuchas) The poster – visible on the SuperLuchas link only for me – for the CMLL Spain tour is pretty cool. The roster info, not so totally accurate but it doesn’t matter.

Oaxacan artists talk about work they’ve done for the 75th Annivesray, which will be displayed in Arena Mexico starting in August.

Box Y Lucha #2880 has Perro pinning Wagner, with the headline asking if he’ll join the Perros. There’s articles talking about a couple past Gran Alternativa winners – Misterioso II talks about being a success (need to change the wiki!*), Tigre Blanco is accused of not being one.

*- No, don’t really

Cesar @ Box Y Luchas says Shocker may be turning rudo again.

Today’s Video: DTU posted video from it’s Lucha Libre Expo Main Event: Crazy Boy/Generico & Joe Lider/Shiima Xion. Other DTU wrestlers do interviews.

SuperLuchas also has a post on Lucha Libre in Peru that I need to take a closer look at when I have time. If someone ever wanted an easy, singluar way to contribute to the luchawiki, adding information about lucha libre in other Latin American counties whenever it pops up here would work. It’s in the Things I Mean To Do But Never Do pile.

Ovaciones isn’t working for me today. I think it’s them, unless someone’s been downgrading Adobe Flash on my computers without telling me.

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2008 WON HOF Nominees

at the least of lucha libre origin. I listed this way back after the last honorees were announced, but the latest Observer mentions the latest round of ballots are out.

– Rey Misterio Jr. (in the US/Canada group)
– Atlantis
– Hector Garza
– Konnan
– Karloff Lagarde Sr.
– Blue Panther
– Vampiro
– Villano III
– Dr. Wagner Sr.
– Paco Alonso (as a promoter)
– Dr. Alfonso Morales (as an announcer)

CMLL’s promoter came one vote short last year. Konnan was 4 short, Villano III was 7, Karloff Lagarde was 9.

Others still on the ballot who wrestled in Mexico: Owen Hart, Chris Jericho, Jerry Lothario, Sabu, and there’s a remove election involving Chris Benoit. Winners are announced by mid August.

It’s not necessarily who I’d pick, but I suspect both Alonso and Konnan get in this year. The timing of the election is unfortunate – Panther would’ve got a bump if they voted on these things right after he won a mask in the main event of the 74th anniversary show, and he may end up doing the same on the 75th. But maybe it’s better not to be caught up in the moment.

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AAA #841 (07/12)

taped 06/13, aired 07/12

Am I losing my mind, or was there a Michinoku Driver near fall in the Mari/Fabi match that got clipped out on TV? I could’ve sworn there was, and Mari really had limited offense from what was shown. Just head kicks galore, with Fabi seemingly controlling more of the match. I wasn’t expecting this, but I liked some of their matches leading up this than the TripleMania match itself.

This was the best Zorro vs Cibernetico match. Not saying much. In the same vein, this was the best Mexican Powers/FdT match, but that’s mostly because you had the Legion as well, and they were a lot better focused. No meandering pauses to set up pointless spots that are instantly forgettable, just a more all out sprint that works with these guys.

What else did we have? Vipers/tecnicos was just a usual match, as really was Sect/Air Force. Espiritu didn’t interfere as it seemed the night of the show – he was just like a normal manager.

Just in case you haven’t seen them yet, I ripped all the matches from this show, and will do the same with the next half.

Sect/Air Force
three way trios

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07/20: Guadalajara, Coliseo

CMLL (SUN) 07/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
4) Axel & Rayman b Cien Caras & Toscano
5) Atlantis, LA Park, Rey Bucanero b Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible

They’re billing the semimain tecnico as the grandsons of Santo & Rayo de Jalisco.

CMLL (SUN) 07/20 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Sensei & Sombra de Plata b Artillero & Súper Colt
2) Metálico, Neutrón, Tigre Blanco b Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico b Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween, Pierrothito
4) Alex Koslov, Grey Shadow, Volador Jr. b Black Warrior, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza, Marco Corelone, Shocker b Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas

Lizmark Jr. pinned Marco using the ropes. Both are in the main event next week, so start dreaming about a Marco/Lizmark singles match.

Bam Bam got Pequeno Damian clean with a valagueza (his own move!) so the champ had no choice but to accept a title match for next week.

Warrior and Volador feuding in the semimian. Super Colt replaced Super Comando in the main event, but was not super enough for the win.

El Tiempo wrestles about lucha libre in Bogota, Colombia. The promotion was shut down four four years when their previous Coliseo shut down, but started running again five months ago and claim an average of 800 people per Saturday evening show. There’s an attached school, where students have to pay 20,000 pesos ($11.13US) per month to train.

(YouTube via WagnerMania) Perro vs Wagner from Sunday

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07/20 AAA TV Results (Monterrey)

AAA TV (SUN) 07/20 Arena Solidaridad [RFC]

1) Aguila Extrema & Virtual X b Euforia (Monterrey) & Guerrero Blanco
2) Babe Rap, Javi, Kevin, Ricky b Escorpion Negro Jr., Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
3) Mascartia Sagrada 2007 b Mini Histeria [AAA Mini, torneo]
4) Mini Abismo Negro b La Parkita [AAA Mini, torneo]
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Aerostar, El Elegido, Gato Eveready
6) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Angel, Brazo de Plata, El Alebrije
7) Electro Shock, Jack Evans, Teddy Hart b Chessman, Crazy Boy, Ultimo Gladiador
8) Chessman b Mesias, Alan Stone, Ozz, La Parka Jr., Konnan, Kenzo Suzuki, Black Abyss, Joe Lider, Headhunter I [#1, AAA HEAVY, royal rumble]

2008 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#846)
Mexico: 07/27
US: 08/16

No Abismo Negro.

Chessman was the surprise AAA entrant to the main event and won the whole thing. Cibernetico offered a handshake after the match, but Chessman wasn’t interested. Konnan and Head Hunter were the Legion surprise and the replacement for Zorro, in some order.

Ultimo Gladiador replaced Juvi, who’s probably still with NWE.

Looks like the AAA Minis deal is a regular tournament. They actually had these matchups in their web preview, but I didn’t realize they meant it.

Upcoming tapings
– 07/25 Queretaro
– 08/08 ???

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