01/29: Shadow, IWRG, lineups

According to Luchas 2000, the Grey Shadow is an Inoki LA Dojo graduate, 170 cm/5′ 7″ tall and welter/middleweight. A lot of people have passed thru that school, so it doesn’t narrow it down enough.

It’s possible it could be one of the Havana Brothers guys. Rocky Romero and Puma seem to be getting regular enough weekend bookings in the US that they wouldn’t give it to go to Mexico. I presume Bobby Quance is still with the Navy, but I haven’t seen an update. Ricky Reyes didn’t impress enough for them to bring him back any time before now, so that’d be a surprise.

I’d guess it’d be someone who was at the school around the same time Alex Koslov was, because that’d be an obvious in. We could just e-mail Alex and see if he’ll spill, but I kinda want to figure out the puzzle myself. I suspect ESTO and others will talk about him this Friday.

I totally forget there was a Grey Shadow from the 40s. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe Box Y Lucha will write a history piece on him this week?

Everyone, Ovaciones includes, has very generic previews of Friday’s show. Atlantis respects the challengers.

Galeria Loteria Nacional hosts an exhibition of lucha libre art by Ismael Olivares from Feburary 7 to March 7.

AAA’s results from the last taping have few new details. Estrellita’s hosting a children’s show. They also preview the NOAH guys showing up on Friday.

AAA’s added Abismo Negro vs Mr. Niebla for leadership of the Vipers to the 02/10 taping. I don’t get why the three other guys haven’t turned on them yet, but whatever.

Guerrerito Zulu, an active minis wrestler in Chipas, passed away Sunday. (Box Y Lucha)

IWRG (THU) 01/24 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas #248]
1) Puma King b Halcón Salvaje
2) Judas el Traidor & Nemesis IWRG b Avisman & Star Boy
3) Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso IWRG, Freelance b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Bogeman, el Hijo Del Anibal, Multifacético DQ Cyborg, Pierroth, Veneno
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V

Dinamitas won in straight falls. V4 got caught fouling Cien Caras Jr. in the first fall, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. did not get caught in the second foul. Veneno, Cyborg, Pierroth, Cerebro Negro have formed a new rudo faction called Los Creyentes (The Believers.) Veneno fouled Hijo del Anibal for the loss. One day, a new rudo faction will start off with a win.

Some lineups for this week and beyond.

AAA (TUE) 01/29 Arena Juba de Reynosa [RFC]
1) Cimarron vs Guerrero del Camino
2) Bufalo & Luminoso vs Rocker Boy & Sangre Leon
3) Dakota, Imagen I, Imagen II vs Corazón de Barrio, Rey Patriota, Vaquero (Juba)
4) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
5) Antifaz del Norte vs El Elegido

WWA (THU) 01/31 Auditorio de Tijuana
1) Black Spider, Extassis, Star Boy vs Animal, Silver Star, Tucan
2) El Dandy, Super Astro, Tarzan Boy vs Damián 666, Ramses, Rey Misterio Sr.
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Shocker vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Héctor Garza [WWA TAG]

Another match for the vacant WWA Tag Team titles. I don’t think anyone actual defends these.

IWRG (THU) 01/31 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bacteria vs Comando Gama
2) Avisman & Star Boy vs Puma King & Rockero del Diablo
3) Kalimari, Kushida, Masada vs Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso (IWRG), Freelance
4) Cerebro Negro, Cyborg, Veneno vs Bogeman, Multifacético, Rayman
5) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Villano III & Villano IV [super libre]

CMLL (SAT) 02/02 Polideportivo Universitario Pachuca, Hidalgo
1) Destroyer, Emperador, Flecha vs Bengala, Damian el Inmortal, Estruendo
2) Amapola vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
3) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Mephisto, Misterioso II, Texano Jr.
4) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Místico vs LA Park & Último Guerrero [pi]

AULL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Enrique Ricon & Soldado del Futuro vs Demonio Rojo & Miserable
2) Hermano Shadow I & Hermano Shadow II vs Drako & Hombre de Guerra
3) King Star Tiger, Robin Maravilla, Tortuguillo Ninja III vs Cerebro Diabolico, Epitafio, Herejia
4) Psicopata, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Rey Krimen, Sadico, Sepulturero I
5) LA Park & Villano III vs Damián 666 & Mano Negro Sr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/03 Arena Naucalpan
1) Halcón Salvaje vs Anubis
2) Chicoche & Soldado del Futuro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso (IWRG), Star Boy vs Capitán Muerte, Kalimari, Kushida
4) Freelance, Multifacético, Pantera vs Black Terry, Masada, Veneno
5) Centuaro, Negro Navarro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Septiembre Negro II

AAA (SUN) 02/03 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Baby Fox & Rey Imagen vs Criminal & Iron Extreme
2) Kainetai & Lord Byron vs Androide & Yako
3) Virtual X vs Euforia (Monterrey)
4) Iron & Principe Diamante vs Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II [AAA NORTH TAG]
5) 5X, Aero Star, La Momia vs Antifaz del Norte, Extreme Tiger, Histeria

AAA AGUILAS (SUN) 02/17 Auditorio Municipal de Tequisquiac [triplea.com.mx]
1) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown vs Alan, Javi, Riciky
2) Casandro, May Flowers, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Sexy Star
3) Cibernetico & Gronda II vs Espíritu & Kenzo Suzuki

AAA lists Alan’s team as the Barrio Boys. Decnnis and Billy Boy get new gimmicks and Alan gets two new goofs (though at least one recycled Kumbia King.) LOSER: ALAN.

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01/27: Coliseo, GDL Main Event, Monterrey

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Guadalajara/OEM

CMLL (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pólvora & Vaquero b Super Camaleon & Super Tri
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Neutrón DQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Ohara, Okumura, Virus b Leono, Mictlan, Super Nova
4) La Máscara, Sagrado, Último Dragón b Ephesto, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Negro Casas b Damián 666, Héctor Garza, Texano Jr.

In the main, Texano fouled Marco and went to get the ref, but Marco snuck in a foul of his own before the ref turned around. I think this is an actual feud.

Neutron suffered a foot injury in the segunda and was taken to the medics. Rebels still found a way to lose, this time for excessive violence. Since this match sounds like it fell apart, there’s a 99% chance it’ll make TV.

Even though they never win, this has to be a great time for Super Camaleon and Super Tri. Regular bookings!

CMLL (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El Occidental]
6) La Sombra & Místico b Averno & Mephisto

AAA (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Baby Fox & Rey Imagen b Iron Extreme & Yako
2) Aero Boy, Dranser, Scravos b Euforia (Monterrey), Ramses (Monterrey), Violento Jack
3) Aguila Extrema b Dr. Cianuro [NORTH LH]
4) Extreme Tiger, Rio Bravo, Tito Santana II b 5X, Iron, Principe Diamante
5) Octagón & Pimpinela Escarlata b Antifaz del Norte & Kenzo Suzuki

JUBA (SAT) 02/02 Arena Corona Reynosa [LGB @ lomejordelucha]
1) Estreus, Principe Azteca, Rey Patriota vs Chamaco Becerra, El Bufalo, Luminoso
2) Magnifico vs Kaoma Jr.
3) Ku Klux Klan I, Ku Klux Klan II, Ku Klux Klan III vs Al Cruz Jr., Benny Ruiz, Corazón de Barrio
4) Mascarita Sagrada & Sicodélico Jr. vs Hator & Mini Hator
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo vs Blue Demon Jr. & LA Park

The Press-Enterprise talks to a man who works as La Migra at Anaheim lucha libre shows.

Fishman and others are working in Tempe, Arizona on February 10. (Thanks to MikeInformer)

El_Jawa @ Satanico’s Mansion posted an interview with Dorrel Dixon from El Norte.

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01/26 AAA TV Results (Puebla, 1)

Previous: 11/30 (Ciudad Madero, GdT), 12/14 (Chilpancingo), 01/19 (Guanajuato)

AAA TV (SAT) 01/26 Plaza de Toros Teziutlan, Puebla [Chui]
1) Ayako Hamada, La Diabólica, Mari Apache b Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Sexy Star
2) Mini Charly Manson, Mini Dizzy, Octagoncito b Jerrito Estrada, Mascarita de la Muerte, Mini Chessman
3) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Argenis, Billy Boy, el Ángel
4) El Elegido, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera b Electro Shock, Head Hunter I, X-Pac
5) Kenzo Suzuki & Zorro b Charly Manson & Chessman and Cuervo & Ozz

Halloween distracted Chessman to keep that feud going. Legion beat up Halloween to keep the half dozen different rudo teams all hating each other.

You know, if they had Charly and Chessman simply take the tag team titles instead of that moronic finish, this would’ve been a big important finish and a decently important main event. They’d be doing something besides tread water right now.

Clowns are now 23-0. I guess they get a free win most days, if they wrestle or not.

Rudos turned on Mini Chessman, so their minis priority is not to conflict with the main event storylines (and not good minis matches.)

Announced upcoming tapings
* 02/01 – Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla
* 02/10 – Plaza de Toros de Ixtapaluca, EdM
* 02/15 – Auditorio Jose Maria Artega, Queretaro
* 02/23 – Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan
* 02/29 – Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba

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01/27: Neza, Shadow, Accion

CMLL (SAT) 01/26 Arena Neza [heri999]
1) Bengala & Damian el Inmortal b Estruendo & Flecha
2) Principe Mexiquense, Sensei, Starman b Emperador, Ramstein, Zayco
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca b Amapola, La Nazi, Medussa
4) Disturbio, Ephesto, Misterioso II b Felino, Leono, Valiente
5) Atlantis & Místico b Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero [ri]

Atlantis & Mistico won clean in the third fall. Atlantis played tecnico all match long. AFter the match, he declared he’d say with Rey and Ultimo, but not everyone there seemed sure of it. Leono replaced Maximo and wandered directly into a hair match. Unsurprisingly, Disturbio got moved to the semi-main just to take a hair loss, and it’ll go down next Thursday. (Couldn’t they have given it to Valiente instead?)

CMLL’s notes say Grey Shadow is a high flier from the United States with a latino hertitage. On a completely different note, anyone seen Mascara Purpura lately? Actually, there’s a post on box y lucha suggesting it’s someone from the Inoki LA Dojo. I’m not sure what to believe on this, but I’m attempting to stay optimistic. That’s a very sweet spot debut spot, and I’m hoping they didn’t waste it.

Ovaciones talks about the history of the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, noting it’s back in CMLL hands for the first time since the 1992 split (and how Mistico is way out of the weight class.)

Accion:

CMLL: main event trios match, with the Guerreros dominating the highlights and Mistico only appearing for a dive (with boos). Guerreros did have their feet on the ropes for the powerbomb finish.

AAA: Minis match, oddly. Octagoncito hit his shins hards on the barricade on a dive. The finish of Mini Abismo Negro’s powerbomb being reversed into Mini Charly Manson faceslam didn’t look good, but the self mask yank went okay.

DeporTV had no lucha highlights.

Arturo Rivera‘s column is another one that only works if you know what he’s responding to in the first place. I have no idea what El Hijo del Santo said or wrote this time, but apparently Rivera is all over it. Santo must’ve criticized men vs women in matches, stripper wrestlers, extreme matches and out of shape wrestlers. I think Rivera makes a sound case for guys with gimmicks aimed to draw women (they work), but not so much on some of the other points.

Averno & Mephisto claim they’re the team to beat this Friday.

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star rating for tonight’s show at Congress

from lowest to highest

-***, *, *, *, **, ***

And yet, they sold out the (reconfigured) building, probably out drawing that show going on in Chicago Ridge tonight. I don’t want to make an tough to defend argument, I just want to point out a lot of people paid money to see wrestling in the Chicago area tonight.

I’d do a recap if any wanted to read it, but I don’t know that I have much to say that I don’t always say or I didn’t express already. I scribbled notes on my iTouch, so I might as well type out results. Names may be wrong fro the random undercarders I’ve not seen

1) Jay? Jensen b ? Acid (not Trent Acid or Acid Jazz – two indy gringos)
2) Tigre Oriental b Silueta Azul
3) Great Malaki DCO Fuzio? (both helped to the back after a Fuzio dive)
4) Bazooka & Angel de la Muerte b Impacto & Pentagano
5) Slayer & Principe Franky b Guerrerito del Futuro & Aguila del Azteca
6) LA Park & Rey Misterio Sr. b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Infernal (no mention of Toscano all night)

note to world: sorry for not being able to track anyone down. Complete failure on my part.

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #114

taped 01/18 and 01/20, aired 01/26

I should be at the lucha show as you read this, but hopefully I’ve scheduled this late enough not to interfere with the CadenaTres comments.

I presume Rey was working tecnico here because they didn’t know he was turning when they announced this match (before they announced the change in Friday’s main event), but it’s still odd that the major angle in the promotion was pretty much ignored here. This was more Perros/Corelone with two more tecnicos hanging around.

Inferanles + Virus are still good. Talk about a team that needs to go on a long winning streak…

Galavision US is airing the Best Of (Part 1), by the way. Fast recapping this week.

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02/10 AAA TV Lineup (Ixtapaluca)

Previous: 01/19 (Guanajuato), 01/26 (Puebla, 1), 02/01 (Puebla, 2)

AAA TV (SUN) 02/10 Plaza de Toros de Ixtapaluca, EdM
1) Aero Star, Estrellita, Fabi Apache vs Gran Apache, La Diabólica, Mari Apache
2) Mini Charly Manson, Mini Dizzy, Octagoncito vs Mascarita de la Muerte, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman
3) Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera, Ultimo Gladiador vs Extreme Tiger, Halloween, TJ Extreme
4) Abismo Negro vs Mr. Niebla
5) Intocable, Laredo Kid, Octagón vs Decnnis, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
6) Alan Stone, Charly Manson, El Alebrije vs Kenzo Suzuki, Ron Killings, Zorro

The return of Mini Dizzy! Also, Laredo Kid. You’d think he’d wrestle against the guy who injured him over El Alebrije. That’s quite a wacky main event tecnico crew.

Looks like Ultimo Gladiador is the Crazy Boy fill in for now. Mascarita de la Muerte seems to be getting an extended shot as a mini.

01/29: AAA’s added Abismo Negro vs Mr. Niebla for leadership of the Vipers

Ovaciones had a whole bunch of upcoming dates earlier this week. Here’s the upcoming schedule

TAPE  MEX   US
01/19 01/27 02/16 Parque de Beisbol, Guanajuato (*)
01/26 02/04 02/23 Plaza de Toros Teziutlan, Puebla (*)
02/01 02/11 03/02 Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla (*)
02/10 02/18 03/09 Plaza de Toros de Ixtapaluca, EdM
02/15 02/25 03/16 Auditorio Jose Maria Artega, Queretaro
02/23 03/03 03/23 Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan
02/29 03/10 03/30 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba

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01/26: Mexico, lineups, GdR

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CMLL (FRI) 01/25 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, superluchas, ESTO]
1) Hooligan & Loco Max b Sombra de Plata & Trueno
2) Diamante Negro, Ephesto, Misterioso II b Felino, Neutron, Stuka Jr.
3) Alex Koslov, Sagrado, Último Dragón DQ Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr., Olímpico
4) Averno & Mephisto b Dos Caras Jr. & La Sombra [torneo, final]
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Místico

A banner night for rudos!

Rey is firmly back with the Guerreros del Atlantida. Rudos got a showy three on three posing submission to win the first fall, tecnicos came back to win the second, and Atlantis and UG powerbombed Panther and Corelone to win the third fall and the match. Clean win, though no pin on Mistico (he’d gotten a dive on Bucanero.) Every report says something like “Rey Bucanero is much better as a rudo, and the rudo fans are happy to have him back.”

Averno & Mephisto are surprise winners based on who the champs are. They’re a much more experienced team, so I’m not sure it’s an upset. Rudos took the first fall, Dos & Sombra came back in the second, and things got complicated in the third. Averno & Mephisto pinned Sombra, Dos got Averno with his German suplex, so it was down to Mephisto and Dos. As Dos and Mephisto battled in the corner, the two eliminated men trying to get involved. Referee Rodolfo Ruiz cut off Sombra, which allowed Averno to sneak in and yank Dos’ mask as he held Mephisto up for a press slam. Dos went to cover up, Mephisto covered him, and the team claiming to the best in the world will get an opportunity to prove it next week. Tecnicos complained to the commission after.

Note the only match the tecnicos won all night, the tercera, was won on a DQ for excessive rudo violence. Quite a night.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29 Arena Mexico
1) Super Camaleon & Super Tri vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Molotov, Starman, Trueno vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Super Nova vs Diamante Negro, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
4) Alex Koslov, Sagrado, Valiente vs Misterioso II, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Marco Corelone, Negro Casas, Último Dragón vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.

CMLL (FRI) 02/01 Arena Mexico
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Neutrón vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Mascara Purpura, Mictlán, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satánico
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Shocker vs Misterioso II, Mr. Águila, Villano V
4) Grey Shadow, LA Park, Místico vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Terrible
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Averno & Mephisto [CMLL TAG]

Who’s the Grey Shadow? He appears to be following in tradition of the legendary Black Shadow. There’s been two Black Shadow Jr.’s – one who wrestled in the UWA and lost his mask to El Hijo del Santo, the other was an indy guy who may have no had permission to use the gimmick. There’s no details on the Grey Shadow besides his name being listed in the lineup, but obviously they’ve got big plans for him if they’re putting him in that spot

I didn’t know how much a rudo vs rudo main event is going to draw, but the names in the semimain should make it a non-issue. If they had done Atlantis/Rey tension in yesterday’s match, I’d be sure of a title change. Now, I have no guess.

CMLL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Coliseo
1) Sensei & Sombra de Plata vs Pólvora & Vaquero
2) Astro Boy, Metálico, Tony Rivera vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Skandalo
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, Medussa, Rosa Negra
4) Damián 666, Misterioso II, Texano Jr. vs Alex Koslov, Dos Caras Jr., Último Dragón
5) LA Park, Místico, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr.

CMLL CAN52 GdR #114 has
01/18 Mexico: Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus b Fabián el Gitano, Mictlán, Starman
01/20 Coliseo: Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero, Stuka Jr. DQ Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.
Outside the ring: Nitro

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