El Hijo del Santo returns to AAA, will wrestle at TripleMania

(Still looking for full results from the taping. But, they might take forever to show up, and this is worth getting up now.)

El Hijo del Santo returned to AAA last night at the Leon TV taping. He’s the third member of AAA’s five man team to battle the Legion at TripleMania, joining La Parka Jr. and Octagon. There had been periodic rumors of Santo going to AAA the last few years – I believe the WON had one a couple weeks ago – but it’s always a big step to do it. Santo’s one of those guys who’d been critical of AAA’s current style in the past, but he also appeared on their TV to do a vignette introducing his son as the (“true”) third generation Santo.

Lucha libre en mexico (via superluchas) has a transcript of Santo’s speech in ring, and In Refroma (via Venom @ El Martinete) caught up with him after the show. The storyline is, as one of the original members of AAA, he’s returned to help get the company back to Antonio Pena’s family. Santo wasn’t on the first shows AAA ran in May of 1992, but started up with them in June and stayed with them thru their early hot period, leaving the company in August of 1995. Santo has worked on AAA spot shows and indy/AAA combo shows, but not been back for TV since.

As for other news we know from the taping: Extreme Tiger, Alex Koslov and Laredo Kid Alan Stone are the finalists in the cruiserweight tournament. AAA’s website continues to say the final will be in Aguascalientes, which is inconsistent with what people heard on the TV show two days ago. I guess we find out in Aguascalientes. Jack Evans appears to have turned tecnico and left the Legion, and Super Fly has not yet made the balancing turn the other way.

Coliseo (partial) Results, Gemelo defeats Gemelo, Nuevo Laredo cage match

CMLL (SUN) 05/17 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero DQ Black Warrior, Terrible, Texano Jr.
5) Hector Garza, Mistico, Sagrado b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Only partial results so far.

Card changed around during the middle of the week; presumably resulting from the GDL shows being canceled and people being shuffled onto this card rather than left off for the weekend. Maybe a little bit also to set the pieces up to follow up the angle from Friday, because that was the big angle here too.

Just like Rey on Friday, Epehsto bought himself a ticket to the show. Rey and Ephesto had issues again, and Ephesto ended up hitting the ring for the DQ.

Crazy Star is “Crazy Star (F)” because there’s a male wrestler with that name in SLP. Who’s actually working the CMLL show this Wednesday, come to think of it. I have a better idea to differentiate the two, but I just haven’t actually got to it yet. Edit: This paragraph made sense when I thought I was getting full results, trust me. A full night’s sleep is an underrated event.

IWRG (SUN) 05/17 Arena Naucalpan [black terry jr. + photos]
1) Comando Negro b Daga
2) Eterno & Goleador b Avisman & Epidemia
3) Azoka, Bushi, Capitan Muerte b Chico Che, Galactik, Jack
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Bobby Lee Jr., Freelance, Zatura
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II [relevos suicidas]
6) Gemelo Fantastico I ?? Gemelo Fantastico II [hair]

We know it’s the Gemelo who wears the white chain around his neck who lost. We don’t know which one that is yet, but the guess is II.

Al Filo del Ring has Villano 3 on the flu, El Signo on his career, and a recap of Thursday’s IWRG show.

ESTO has a random article about luchadors in movies besides Santo and Demon.

AAA CANTU (MON) 05/18 Arena Cuatro Caminos de Nuevo Laredo [RFC]
1) Black Fenix, Hijo de Kendo, Kendo vs Estrella Universal, Mortal, Streeth Boy
2) Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II vs Aerostar, Crazy Boy, Ultimo Gladiador
3) Charly Manson, El Elegido, Hombre Sin Miedo vs Black Abyss, Silver King, Soberdosis
4) Yuriko vs Pasion Kristal, Black Mamba, May Flowers, Jesse, Polvo de Esterllas [cage, hair, mask]

Black Mamba is the only masked one here, which may mean this is an exception to the usual “if there’s only one local wrestler in a multiman apuesta match, he’s the loser” rule. Personally, I’m hoping Jessy loses as part of getting a new gimmick and getting back on TV, but I think I’ve succesfully built Jessy into a more interesting wrestler than he actually was.

Guadalajara to resume, Canek complains about Dr. Wagner, IWRG notes

Guadalara shows will resume this Tuesday. They actually got the go ahead to start Wednesday, but they felt doing a show on Sunday was too quick a turnaround.

Ovaciones writes a lot about Mima Shimoda, who’s going back to Japan fro three weeks after tonight’s match.

AAA (FRI) 05/08 Auditorio Municipal Rio Grande Oaxaca [SuperLuchas #316]
1) Dark & Principe Condor b Comando Nazi & Pachuco Salvaje
2) Silver Cat I & Silver Cat II b Furia Poblana & Super Rockero [AULL TAG]
3) La Parkita, Mari Apache, Simbolo vs Epidemia, La Hechicera, Mascarita de la Muerte
4) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Chris Stone, Laredo Kid, Octagon

Slightly odd that the AULL tag belts are being defended in Oaxaca, on AAA spot show. But it’s the right champs, at least.

AAA PAN (SAT) 05/16 Delegacion Benito Juarez [AAA]
1) Marco Corleone & Super Fly b Cuervo & Espiritu

Both promotions seem to agree on their political party of choice. (Whoever’s paying them that day.) Marco also did some publicity for the party. AAA notes Super Fly wasn’t getting along with his Fuerza Aerea partners on other shows this weekend.

AULL (SAT) 05/16 Arena Lopez Mateos [DJ Spectro]
1) Rocky Santana & Super Astro b Black Terry & Epitafio
2) Krimen, Sepulturero I, Terry 2000 b Psicopata, Sadico, Yakuza
3) Solar I b Negro Navarro [SALVADOR AMERICAS]

Negro Navarro won this title back August, and Solar’s finally recaputured it.

The story IWRG’s angle on the Thursday’s show was the Guerrera turning on Dr. Cerebro after losing the main event. Black Terry eventually ran them off, so they’re setting up a tag match, and probably eventually a trios match for the DF titles though we still don’t know who the Guerrera will be teaming with. (Or even if they’ll be around long enough to see this thru.) Guerrera told SuperLuchas that Juvi’s lawsuit against Konnan has been held up by everything being shut down for the flu, but should be proceeding now.

SuperLuchas #316 has a big interview with Canek, complaining about Dr. Wagner Jr. never giving him a shot at the UWA Heavyweight Championship. Canek won that #1 contenders match a while back, which Wagner said he had no knowledge of and wasn’t neccesarily consulted on, plus Canek pretty much thikns that belt is his possesion. Wagner’s certiantly not losing that belt before TripleMania, as much as Canek calls him out here, so I think this is more laying the ground work for Canek to show up with his own version of the championship.

WrestlingObserver has thier AAA recap.

Segunda Caiada rates Negro Casas as #18 of 2008 in their top 100 countdown.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

IWRG (THU) 05/21 Arena Naucalpan
1) Daga vs Comando Gama
2) Eterno & Galactik vs Mixteco Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Diva Salvaje, Freelance, Miss Gaviota vs Avisman, Carta Brava Jr., Xibalva
4) Capitán Muerte, Durango Kid, Negro Navarro vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura

Durango Kid? That’s a bit random. Wonder if he was supposed to be in town for Dragon show and just is using the ticket this weekend because we still don’t know when that’s rescheduled for.

IWRG (SUN) 05/24 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eterno & Goleador vs Comando Gama & Comando Negro
2) Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Jack vs Azoka, Fantasma de la Opera, Tetsuya Bushi
3) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Angelico, Scorpio Jr., Zatura vs Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Veneno

Interesting that neither the Traumas or the Gemelos seem to have gone to the rudo side, despite their big match tonight. IWRG resumes running Arena Xochimilco on 05/30.

CMLL (SUN) 05/24 Arena Coliseo
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia vs Bam Bam, Bracito de Oro, Fantasy
3) Leono, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Misterioso II
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Guerreros and Avernos had more issues tonight in Arena Coliseo, and this follows that. No debuts this show, a trend breaking occasion, but Bracio de Oro is back from where ever he was.

Mexico results, lineups, AAA owns “Super Porky”?

CMLL (FRI) 05/15 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, Record, Cesar, Ovaciones]
1) Sensei & Starman b Inquisidor & Semental
2) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito b Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Amapola b Marcela [lightning]
4) Mascara Dorada, Mictlan, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Nosferatu, Shigeo Okumura
5) La Mascara, La Sombra, Sagrado b Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr.
6) Blue Panther, Mistico, Shocker b Averno, Dos Caras Jr., Mephisto

Neither Shocker or Dos were pinned in their match – Mephisto and Averno got Panther and Mistico in the first fall, then the tecnicos returned the favor in the second and third.

Story of the night was the semimain. Rey Bucanero, not on the card, showed up early in the night to sit ringside (with two women.) Ephesto and his partners got into an argument with him, and ended up beating him up. This distracted them from their match and caused them to lose in straight falls, plus Rey was swearing revenge.

Possibly related, the outside the ring talks was about 3 second generation wrestlers who are headed into CMLL in the next few weeks. There are a trio of juniors that are kinda/sorta related to Bucanero who’d work as back up here, and filler for an anti-TripleMania cage match. (Maybe this ties in to DJ Spectro’s comment about something happening on June 3rd?) Of course, if you look at the lineups, it may be some things a little less exciting.

Mima Shimoda was out with Okumura for his match and helping the rudos, much to the commission’s annoyance. Didn’t help win.

Amapola snuck in the backcracker just before the time limit to win that match.

Mini tecnicos were said to look good. Shockercito pinned Damian with his feet on the ropes for the win, and they seem to be feuding.

Attendence was up from last week (it’d kinda have to be.)

Ovaciones note the passing of Polaris I (Jose Arguello Luna), a EMLL wrestle from the 70s and 80s. He was born in Perote, Veracruz, on January 25, 1946, and also wrestled under the names Pepe Luna and Dr. Macabro (where he lost his mask to Huracan Ramriez) during his 25 year career. He returned as Polaris in 1981, teaming with Los Bravos and Los Guerreros at times, and lost his mask to Climax II in Pista Arena Revolucion in May of 1986.

A bunch of articles from Record:
Toscano is now three weeks out from returning, which would put him back just in time for the anti-TripleMania card. He’s going to be wrestling with a plate and six screws in one fibula.
Shocker sees his feud with Dos Jr. as David versus Goliath and points out David’s strong record in those matchups.
– AAA is claiming they own the name Super Porky (which may be why he’s going under Elvis Porky lately.) Porky says he signed over the right to the name to Antonio Pena when he joined AAA, but only for the time he’d be with the company. Article says AAA is expected to announce a lawsuit in upcoming days.

AAA mentions the Mexician National Cruiserweight Championship, just to point out the new one is not connected (and to say the former champion Karis La Momia has disappeared into oblivion – we could be so lucky) and looks back at TripleMania IV (where Karis La Momia won a mask.)

Kcidis has a drawing of Sombra, and notes the similarity between Sombra, Oro and Diamante Negro’s mask design.

LuchaWorld has Robert on Guerreros del Ring 05/03 and 05/10/08 and 04/18/04 Monterrey.

CMLL (MON) 05/18 Arena Puebla
1) Centella de Oro & SWAT vs Fuerza Chicana & Policeman
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Star Fire vs Crazy Star, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
3) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis
4) Misterioso II, Terrible, Texano Jr. vs La Mascara, Sagrado, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero vs La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr.

Main event is a rematch of last week.

CMLL (TUE) 05/19 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Pequeno Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito vs Electrico, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito
3) Flash, Hijo del Sicodelico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
4) La Sombra, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero vs Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Bengala makes his debut, after being canceled due to the flu. Hijo del Sicodelico was mentioned as coming in a while back – he’s the guy working the California indies, not the one who just signed with WWE.

CMLL (FRI) 05/22 Arena Mexico
1) Principe Valiente & Trueno vs Ramstein & Semental
2) Dr. X, Hooligan, Skandalo vs Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata
3) Pequeno Olimpico vs Pequeno Universo 2000 [lightning]
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker

Principe Valiente is (or was) an Arena Queretaro. He sometimes wrestles as Principe Valiente Jr., so that’s one junior, Hijo de Sicodelico is another, and Bengala stands a good chance of being one of the Casas brother’s sons, so I guess they could be the three juniors.

While Bucanero does get a match on Tuesday, it’s interesting that he doesn’t have one on Friday to follow up the angle. Perhaps they’ll follow it up in a different way.

Former AAA wrestler Canibal dead

AAA has a short note on him, real name Julio Gomez, but doesn’t have an exact date or age. Canibal showed up in TV opening matches from May to July 2007 and worked some spot shows after.

According to Dr. Lucha, his uncle (IIRC) originally used the gimmick, and this one took it on starting in 2000. Maybe it’ s the uncle’s name we have on the luchawiki?

Update: Box Y Lucha says he passed away on May 10th, in a motorcycle accident (he was hit by a truck.)

Naucalpan results, Mexico notes

IWRG (THU) 05/14 Arena Nacualpan [Black Terry Jr. & flickr photos]
1) Halcon 2000 b Radamantis
2) Goleador & Jack b Avisman & Mixteco Jr.
3) Capitan Muerte, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera b Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Sexy Gladys
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Chico Che, Freelance, Zatura
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Dr. Cerebro, Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera

Fuerza’s shirt here is great. Looks like Dr. Cerebro didn’t work out as the third member of the group and the Guerrera turned on him post match.

Previews of tonight’s Arena Mexico show: ESTO, Ovaciones (thinks Marcela/Amapola might set up a title match,), LuchandoLibre (hoping we get Sombra/Volador vs Texano/Terrible in tag champs vs tag champs), Notimex. If CMLL is running a major show in opposition to TripleMania, four weeks away, we should start to see a definite match. The sudden jump

AAA continues previewing Monday’s taping by noting Guaptio will be there, Super Fly seems like he’s going to turn and Latino & Marco will turn team.

(La Cronics via superluchas) There’s going to be a benefit show for Rey Misterio Sr. on June 19th. Main event is Demon/Park/Astro vs Damian/Halloween/Cassandro, and Rey Jr. will be doing an autograph signing.

DTU is running a show, uh, tomorrow. A good 24 hours of warning there. At least it’s free.

Impre.com has a big story on Lucha Va Voom

DJ Spectro talks to the real Monje Loco.

WagnerMania points to video of the When World’s Collide match.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

05/25 AAA TV Lineup (Tlaxaca)

AAA TV (MON) 05/25 Auditorio Municipal de San Bernardino Contla, Tlaxaca [Shaka de la Atlantida @ box y lucha]
1) Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Billy Boy, Mini Histeria, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star
2) Alan Stone, Crazy Boy, Extreme Tiger vs Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
3) Chessman & Teddy Hart vs ? & ??
4) Charly Manson, Rocky Romero, X-Pac vs Escoria, Ozz, Zorro
5) Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka Jr. vs Electro Shock, Konnan, Silver King

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#891)
Mexico: 06/07
US: 06/27

This is out of order; we’re missing whatever the Aguascalientes lineup is (if it’s much changed from the original.)

Alex gets a main event! This is the kind of thing he was hoping for by jumping companies, nice to see him actually get it. Wish it was going to be a better match.

Still not sure if Zorro is feuding with Charly or X-Pac. Maybe it’s a upcoming three way?

Not sure on the mystery side. If was just going to be, say, Marco & Elegido, you’d think they’d just announce them. The person who put up the lineup guess Jack, though that’d be awful quick. I’m sure we’ll have a pretty good idea of who it is after the Leon taping.

Extreme Tiger is a tecnico? Who knows. Not sure why we’re just not getting Gladiador or Chris. Last time Crazy Boy teamed up with him, he got turned on, and I bring it up here in hopes that someone reads this and remembers to bring it up before the match.

First Relevos AAA on TV in quite some time. They ran one at last year’s Lucha Libre Expo for the TV taping which was not. You’d have to go back to October 2007 for the previous, unless I’m missing one.

CMLL LATV #142 (04/25)

CMLL LATV #142 (taped 04/17, 04/19)
Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada ©, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Violencia, Mini Warrior, Pierrothito © – I miss when this division used to have big singles matches, but this was pretty fun. I would not let my child sit first row if Dragoncito and Pierroth are wrestling. Not second or third row either. Maybe fourth.
La Mascara, Sombra, Blue Panther © vs Negro Casas, Hijo de Lizmark, Dos Caras Jr. © – Dos Jr. as preening rudo = so so bad. Please let MMA Dos be better.

(This is the last new LATV episode. Until Saturday, I hope.)

AAA #884 (05/02)

AAA #884 (05/02), taped 03/22

Billy Boy & Sexi Star vs Aerostar & Fabi Apache – it took going to Monterrey for Sexi Star to get on TV! Funny how that works. The Aerostar big dive spots are a lot less frequent on TV than they seemed reading, so I have no problem with it. And it is hilarious that it seemed to cost his team the match.
Nicho el Millionario vs Joe Lider in a quarterfinal match in the Cruiserweight Tournament – exactly what it sounds like!
Jack Evans vs Teddy Hart in a quarterfinal match in the Cruiserweight Tournament – this was a good match by AAA standards. Which means it was okay, probably close to the same match they would’ve done a year ago in an indy promotion. I think Teddy took too much of the match, but he’s Teddy Hart, that’s what he does! Doesn’t make sense to lecture a cow about mooing.
Black Abyss & Electroshock vs Elegido & Marco Corleone – The looking Electroshock/Marco match is not 1/10th of what Niebla/Marco would’ve been, sadly. It’s too soon to slot a guy – it’s his second match! – but Marco seems to be in about the same spot as he was in CMLL. He’s not any close to getting a title match with Mesais and Wagner ahead of him. Hope the non-wrestling is working out good.
Silver King vs La Parka Jr. – whoever you want to give credit for writing here, they could use some work. It’s like an aspiring movie writer who’s seen scenes in other movies they’ve liked, so they write those same scenes into their movie, with no understanding of why those scenes worked. There’s lots of examples of this, but this bit at the end was a good one. Parka’s beat for about ten straight minutes, Silver King so focused on beating him that he was willing to take the draw. That doesn’t make sense to lead into a pull apart brawl (Parka should be stretched out, with Marco and Aero vowing revenge) – if they wanted a fight that was so out of control that the wrestlers had to come in to break up, it should’ve been an even violent battle with both blowing off the ref until a DDQ. The start and middle of the story have to work with the end, or you don’t have as much a story as a bunch of stapled on incidents.

To be fair, some of this sure seems to be Parka being uninterested in being a vulnerable tecnico – he shrugs off beatings at a rate remarkable even for this promotion.

That said, everyone’s well trained to care about Parka. If we started to list everything that doesn’t work for me but seems over with the crowd, we may be here all day. Still, just because a lot of people like something doesn’t make it good.

Escoria, Chessman, Zorro © vs Vampiro ©, Mesias, Charly Manson – I’m never going to complain about Chessman pinning Vampiro, because first of all I wouldn’t have many other occasions to complain and second of all I’m biased that way, but…

Chessman: not any of the next 4 tapings, appears to have no role of note on TripleMania
Vampiro: main events the 3 of the next 4 tapings. Very likely to be on AAA’s five man team for TripleMania*

You’d think maybe Chessman got hurt, but he worked plenty on spot shows in April instead. No long term planning? A win just to make Chessman happy? Who knows.

* You know, I should guess, and hopefully this will turn up on the main page before AAA gives it away: Vamp, Latin, Octagon, Marco, and I guess X-Pac. Parka will be with Silver King, Elegido will be around to replace Latin again. Probably against Zorro, Electro, Kenzo, Jack, and Teddy, maybe with Jack getting blamed for the loss. No Konnan wrestling even if he’s allowed to be, because why would he be in a match where his side loses? PLEASE.

Probably not getting the 05/09 recap until Monday. At least. Hey, close to caught up anyway.

05/16-17 Lucha Times

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So, this past week in the US, the AAA show ran over five minutes. Five minutes almost to the second, I checked. I also noticed the actual show running time was about the same as it always was, with just 25 minutes less of commercials. I guess it’s easier just to let the show run over by a few minutes than to edit that five minutes out of the show or to air over 3 hours, and I would suspect they’ll continue doing it this way whenever they schedule it for a 2h30 slot (as they’ve done this week.) Add 5-10 minutes on to your recordings, or miss the main event. Which is usually an okay thing, so never mind.

AAA-US: Laredo/Super Fly, Alex/Rocky in the cruiserweight tournament, plus Joe/Nicho vs Mesias/Vamp, and more of the usual issues.

LATV/FOX: Not sure how the big Sunday show is going to be split up, but I’m guessing Averno/Metal/Texano vs Fantasma/Valiente/Metro (his debut on this show), plus Panther/Mistico/Shocker vs Dos/Ephesto/Mephsito

(I think this the repeat this week might have not aired on FSE, but I’m completely confused on that with the change in schedule.)

52MX: Which would live this with GdA vs Garza/Sombra/Volador match airs here, as well as Fabian/Mascara/Sagrado vs Warrior/Misterioso/Okumura. And maybe the Fabian/Rey stripping bit, since they’re both here anyway.

AAA-MEX: Dunno. This should’ve been the Lucha Libre Expo taping, but now that’s not for a while. The next taping isn’t until Monday. I don’t think they taped in LA, but I’m sure that’d air if they did. Otherwise, they’ve just got fill 3 hours with who knows what. (This show appears to be at noon this week.)

CMLL: back to normal, top 3 here.

C3: and top four here. Estrella Magica’s TV debut. Peste Negra reigning supreme and the like.