Puebla, Aficion, Blue Panther movie

CMLL (MON) 11/09 Arena Puebla [r de rudo, el sol de puebla]
1) Barbaro I & Fuerza Chicana b Milenium & Tigre Rojo
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor b Guerrero Maya Jr., Molotov, Starman
3) Euforia, Pólvora, Virus b Fabián el Gitano, Horus, Metro
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

All clean finishes, nothing of note happening here.

CMLL (TUE) 11/10 Arena Aficion [EdR]
1) Chesster b Krypton
2) Samot b Plaga
3) Exotico & Maldito Jr. NC Gringo Loco (Chicago) & Pandemonium
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Chico Che & Star Boy
5) Puma King & Tiger Kid b Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata

No contest in the third match was due to Chico Che attacking Gringo Loco in revenge for the hair loss, beating him around the arena. Pandemonium got hurt around the same time, so the match just sort of ended.

Trauma II snuck in a foul for a win, while Puma King pulled Angel de Plata’s mask.

Looks like a very sparse crowd.

Preview of tonight’s Arena Mexico: ESTO says Shocker has a match. That’s all they got.

AAA says the Dallas show is 12/03.

Blue Panther was at the premire of a short film about Blue Panther’s life. The students of Instituto Politecnico Nacional put together a 52 minute piece with interviews from fellow wrestlers. I so need to see this.

Box Y Lucha has a lot of boxing articles, and Villano III telling stories from his road trip. Amusing that a promoter announced that would be the last time Villano III would ever be wrestling in that town (even though V3 hadn’t agreed to it); maybe that needs to be a hint.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Brazo de Plata, rookie of the year 1979. I was going to point out the rare picture of a thin Super Porky, but he’s clearly sucking in his gut in the picture. Present day, there’s Porky telling Box Y Lucha how happy he was for the cheers of the CMLL crowd, and a kcidis illustration of Brazo de Plata and a mirror.

Luchas 2000 #495 has the Brazos, and interview with Mantra (who sets himself up as a rival of Octagon; that won’t lead to many wins.)

AAA #907 (10/10)

taped 09/06/09

Gato Eveready, Mari Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Decnnis, Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star – a match to have a match.
Cinthia Moreno & Oriental vs Aerostar & Fabi Apache for the AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship – if you’re going to leave dropping a title, might as well drop it in a good match. Not sure why you needed to do the screwjob here, but I guess if it makes everyone happy, might as well. Still not totally sure why these titles need to continue to exist (though they make more sense with this team now that Billy’s vanished), but it’s a fine excuse to have a fun match.
El Elegido, Gronda, Jack Evans vs Groon XXX, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario – not a good match, but nothing horribly bad to play in gif form. A disappointment.
El Mesías, Extreme Tiger, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador (and part 2) – remember how I was so happy with the match of this like that they did in 6 minutes, because that was the exact right time? This was the completely opposite. I guess they just had to avoid editing because they pulled the Charly/Crazy vs Zorro/Chessman, but this was roughly 3 times as long as it needed to be and completely tedious as a result.

Konnan vs Konnan, Alebrije & AAA, FMLL, Pentagon Black

AAA (SUN) 11/08 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Mini Hombre Sin Miedo & Mini Rey Sagitario b Mini Hator & Mini Rio Bravo
2) Angel Dorado, Chucho Mar, Stret Boy b Black Mamba, El Brazo, Super Vaquero
3) El Simbolo, Golden Boy, Rey Demonio b Rió Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
4) Cuervo, Sobredosis, Último Gladiador b Estrella Universal, Gato Eveready, Hombre Sin Miedo
5) Konnan Big, Latin Lover, X-Pac b Kenzo Suzuki, Konnan, Nicho el Millionario

Konnan Big beats Konnan! Probably not the pinfall there.

AAA has a story about wrestlers helping out building houses for needy families. That’s an admirable project, but it’s not really the story. The wrestlers mentioned as helping out were Mascarita Divina, Octagoncito and Alebrije. Last time we heard about Alebrije, he was out of AAA and arguing the rights to the gimmick. Looks like he quietly came back, or they put someone the same size under a mask. Very odd.

Festival Mundial de Lucha Libre – the December Guadalajara lucha libre group – held a press confrence to promote it’s events this week. Not a lot new. Ticket prices are 80 to 320MP (6.04 to 24.14 USD) and go on sale 11/18, per night.

Post on Box Y Luchas says Perros will be taping a show on 11/19 in Acapulco.

Ras de Lona #71 has lots of Brazos, and talk about some guy named “Valvenis”.

Pentagon Black disagrees with Hijo del Santo’s column last week, mostly making the point that Santo hasn’t been any better to his wrestlers as a promoter than CMLL and AAA, and he should help his fellow wrestlers more. On Twitter, Santo said he was unhappy with this and preparing to respond.

In this week’s Luchas 2000 (via Cesar @ Box Y Lucha) Panico confirms Hijo del Rey Misterio is training with CMLL in hopes of debuting.

Standard Cholita article, though I don’t think they were doing men vs women before.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Mil Mascaras & El Halcon.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update .

DTU (SAT) 11/28 Arena Lopez Mateos [DTU]
1) Flamita & Masivo vs Dinastia & Talaxys and ? & Drastick Boy
2) Paranokio vs Muerte Bucanero, Dance Boy, Black Fire, Tóxico DF
3) Trauma I vs Trauma II
4) Low Ride & Money Pack vs Kaientai & Super Mega and ? & ??
5) Extreme Tiger vs Shiima Xion
6) Drake Younger vs Aeroboy, Violento Jack [CZW HEAVY]
7) Último Gladiador vs Danny Havoc, Crazy Boy

So, there’s that.

Excessive violence in Coliseo, Dorada retains in GDL, Dr. Cerbero bald (again) in Naucalpan

CMLL (SUN) 11/08 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Principe b Apocalipsis & Zayco
2) Artillero, Escorpion, Súper Comando b Diamante, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman
3) Flash, Horus, Metro b Arkangel de la Muerte, Skándalo, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Máximo, Valiente DQ Naito, Sangre Azteca, Yujiro
5) Brazo de Plata, La Sombra, Volador Jr. b Averno, Mephisto, Texano Jr.

Clean win in the main event.

Sangre Azteca replaced Ray Mendoza Jr. His team lost in straight falls went No Limit got DQed for excessive violence on Maximo. This sets up Maximo’s hair match vs Okumura, somehow.

Horus replaced Rouge, who’s presumably still sick.

CMLL (SUN) 11/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Titanio b Principe Dylan
2) In Memoria & Titanio b Meteoro & Virgo
3) Magnum & Samurai b Egipcio & Rafaga
4) Euforia, Infierno, Leon Blanco b Gallo, Neutrón, Stuka Jr.
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Héctor Garza, Shocker, Toscano
6) Máscara Dorada b Dragon Rojo Jr. [CMLL SL]

Dorada took the first, Dragon Rojo the second with his wacky dropkick, Dorada survived the dropkick a couple times and locked on a submission for the win.

Clean win the in the fourth as well. All sorts of people involved in next week’s cage match got involved in the 3rd and 4th matches.

IWRG (SUN) 11/08 Arena Naucalpan [Al Filo del Ring, EdR]
1) Mascarita Ano 2000 & Piratita Morgan b Bracito de Platino & Octagoncito
2) Flor Metalica b La Diabólica
3) El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Oficial Fierro b Exodia, Freelance, Ultramán Jr.
4) Mike Segura b Dr. Cerebro [hair]
5) Bobby Lee Jr., Jack, Olímpico b Fuerza Guerrera, Oficial 911, Pirata Morgan

2nd hair match loss this year for Dr. Cerebro.

Rudos did not get along in the tercera. Women’s match may have set up a hair/mask match. Would La Diabolica lose her mask in Arena Naucalpan? If she doesn’t, has this all been a waste of time? It is IWRG.

Box Y Lucha interviews Jaguar Jr. & Sexto Sentido Jr.. R de Rudo has an interview with Tinieblas Jr.. His comments about CMLL are more of a “if they called, I’d sure listen” sort of thing, not that a deal has been done.

In addition to their 11/19 show, DTU says they’ll be running a DTU vs CZW show on 11/28.

Box Y Lucha 2947 has the return of Strong Man.

11/18 AAA TV Lineup (SLP)

I don’t know any more of what’s going on with the site than you. Working on it.

AAA TV (WED) 11/18 Auditorio Miguel Barragan [AAA]
1) Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko vs Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Súper Fly
2) Gran Apache & Mari Apache vs El Brazo & La Hechicera
3) Alex Koslov & Ozz vs El Elegido & Rocky Romero
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King vs Chessman, Teddy Hart, Zorro
5) El Mesías, Jack Evans, Marco Corleone vs Cibernético, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#913)
Mexico: 11/22
US: 11/05

Again, they tape this on Wednesday, and would have to air it on Sunday. This is not some impossible task – many television shows are actually broadcast live, I’ve heard! – but it’s not something they normally do.

Not that I’ve got a good feel for what AAA is doing here. No foreign women on this show (maybe because it’s Wed/Fri?) Air Force in action, but against some randomly appearing Exoticos. No sign of Fabi on either show, but that tag match on both. Unusual.

More interesting is the sides for the semimain and main. With Mesias and Wagner on for GdT, it’s very odd to see they’ve stopped fighting each other. The WagnerManaics are busy with the Legion instead, and Mesias is just getting the left over rudos. Maybe they’re just setting up Mesias to get some wins before the big match?

Maybe it doesn’t mean anything, but the referees this show are listed as Piero, Tropicasas, and “Fernando Landa”. Is Hijo de Tirantes not allowed to use that name any more?

Lineups, Rata I, other such stories

Mail is working. I think.

Let’s start with the major lineups, because there’s no actual news:

CMLL (TUE) 11/10 Arena Mexico
1) Principe & Trueno vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Diamante, Leono, Tony Rivera vs Bronco, Dr. X, René Guajardo Jr.
3) Flash, Rouge, Stuka Jr. vs Loco Max, Nitro, Skándalo
4) Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza, Máscara Dorada, Shocker vs Atlantis, Felino, Negro Casas

Just a standard Friday card. Nothing really good – they could have one good match if they swapped Toscano and Dorada, but Dorada being on top two straight weeks across from Felino & Negro seems like they’re setting something up.

IWRG (THU) 11/12 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Comando Negro
2) Eragon & Star Boy vs Epidemia & Heavy Boy
3) Bushi, Chico Che, Freelance vs Avisman, Cerebro Negro, Gringo Loco
4) Jack, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arlequin Amarillo, Arlequin Rojo, Arlequin Verde
5) Hijo del Lizmark, Ultramán Jr., Zatura vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

At least, I’m under the impression that’s the ex-CMLL wrestler and not the mysterious new son in the main event. The Arlequines are all back together, except for the Negro one (who, given this is IWRG, we may never see again.) The Gringo Loco/Bushi feud may still be going on here – who will need to go home first?

CMLL (FRI) 11/13 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Súper Camaleón vs Escorpion & René Guajardo Jr.
2) Estrella Mágica, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Yezca
3) Ángel de Oro vs Arkangel de la Muerte [lightning]
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus
5) Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro
6) Héctor Garza, Místico, Strong Man vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Guess we’re not done with lightning matches after all. Or Strong Man, since he’s back here to make Ultimo’s life miserable. I wonder if they’ll run more women and minis matches until post-France tour.

CMLL (SUN) 11/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino vs Skaxy
2) Angelo & Idolo vs Ebola & Exterminador
3) Mascarita Dorada, Meteoro, Saturno vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) La Sombra, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Neutrón vs Samurai, Gallo, Magnum, Leon Blanco, Egipcio, Infierno, Rafaga [cage, mask]

Egipcio seems to be the favorite. I wouldn’t be shocked if Neutron lost it here, if they wanted someone to get a big win. Note a couple locals wrestling with the minis, including Saturno (who wrestled as a mini when he was in DF.) Maximo’s not going to make that match, because…

CMLL (SUN) 11/15 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy, Delta, Sensei vs Puma King, Semental, Tiger Kid
2) Bam Bam, Bracito de Oro, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Máscara Dorada, Rouge, Toscano vs Terrible, Texano Jr., Vangelis
4) Máximo vs Shigeo Okumura [hair]
5) Blue Panther, Héctor Garza, Shocker vs Felino, Negro Casas, Ray Mendoza Jr.

He’s here instead. Why did Okumura have to win the Gran Alternativa, again? If he loses this, it’s vertified as a waste of time. That hair match seems lined up for 52MX, which may or may not mean something to me by the time it airs.

IWRG (SUN) 11/15 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bracito de Platino & Octagoncito vs Mascarita Año 2000 & Piratita Morgan
2) Freelance, Jack, Trauma I vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Angelico, Bobby Lee Jr., Olímpico vs Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan

Only 3 matches announced, and probably one match of significance to be added. Maybe they can bring back the IWRG Women’s Title for Flor Metalica to win? We really need more pointless titles awarded,

Cesar previews Friday’s Arena Mexico card.

Misterioso was raising money for a needy family in Guadalajara today.

Interesting note from SuperLuchas #339. They’ve got a recap of a JAPW show from October, with Val Venis on it. The writer happened to talked to Val, who said his trip to Mexico might be postponed due to the birth of a child (hey, congrats!), but he was talking about going to work for AAA, not CMLL. I have no idea what to make of that.

SuperLuchas also has an odd interview, where Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro and Cerebro Negro request a shot at the Mexican National Trios titles, held by Poder Mexica. That’s not going to happen, even if Black Warrior wasn’t on a milk carton. I understand why they’re doing, the old challenging people you know won’t show up so you can say they’re scared bit, but you’d think IWRG might want to promote matches that might actually happen.

In much more vital information, an interview with La Rata confirms it is the original La Rata I from AAA. He says he had the gimmick and brought it to Antonio Pena, but owns it himself. La Rata says there were actually two other Ratas – a kid from Tijuana who left to go back independent, then a guy from Mexico City who left the company. Maybe the latter was the La Rata II who lost the retirement match? No explanation of where La Rata I has been since 2005, of course.

There’s plenty of more stuff in the magazine. Go click the link and buy a copy.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Rene Guajardo & Karloff Lagarde, “the best tag team of 1960-1965”, as well as Popitekus losing to the hair to Brazo de Oro, and the first UWA women’s champion.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

indy (SUN) 11/08 Arena La Rosita
1) Subsero & Toro Nordico vs Ares & Discipulo
2) Arana Cibernetico, Black Steel, Rey Sagitario vs Maquina 27, Principe Azul, Principe Halcon Jr.
3) Baby Marvin, Charly Montanta, Eterno, Silver Boy vs Depredador, Sepultura Bumernag, Sexy Libra
4) Black Boy, Dorado Jr., El Ranchero, Hijo Suraino Jr., Indio Chirikawa vs Alfil, Arana Steel, Piloto Negro, Tackle, V-57
5) Arana Cibernetico, Black Jet, Espanto V, Kain vs Dorado, Hijo del Soberano, Sexy Piscis, Stuka Jr.

Super overflowing card here because it’s a
benefit for Gran Davis Jr.’s family.. Hope it all goes well. It’s interesting that no matter how many people are on the card, they’re not going to even a sixth match.

11/20 AAA Lineup (Orizaba)

AAA TV (FRI) 11/20 Plaza de Toros la Concordia de Orizaba [KrisZ]
1) Mascarita Divina, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis
2) Fabi Apache & Mari Apache, Estrellita vs Jennifer Blake & Rain, Sexi Star
3) El Elegido & Rocky Romero vs Alex Koslov & Ozz
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King vs Chessman, Teddy Hart, Zorro
5) El Mesías, Latin Lover, Marco Corleone vs Cibernético, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected air date (#914)
Mexico: 11/29
US: 12/12

AAA’s listing both a taping on 11/18 (SLP) and 11/20 (this one.) The first taping would have to air 4 days later, which is shorter than usual. On the other hand, if there was a taping before these, wouldn’t they have mentioned it at the same time as these?

This is Latin Lover’s first match here since TripleMania, where he and Marco would’ve won the tag team titles over Nicho & Lider if not for Tirantes Senior’s interference. Don’t think they’ll be able to do that finish again. If you remember, the story was Marco & Latin were scheduled to win the tag team titles, but AAA changed their minds because they didn’t think Latin would be around much. They were right – this is Latin’s first match here in five months, and wasn’t it just last week where he was said to be going to the Perros? – but it’s not as though Nicho & Lider have done anything with them in the intervening time.

I mention all that, not because it’s really that relevant, but because there’s nothing really to talk about. Usual pre-major show holding pattern. There should be one or two tapings before that.

Since it’s 2 in 3 days taping, figure on Blake & Rain working the SLP show as well. On the other hand, the minis probably won’t get to work both shows, with the Air Force type guys a safe bet.

Interesting that the original 11/20 lineup, the show in Acapulco, had the same women’s and minis matches, but nothing else. That lineup had Vampiro returned; maybe that’s been moved to SLP with Latin on this show.

AAA on Televisa #906 (10/03)

this is republished; not sure if actually saw it before the website went down

I’m actually caught up watching. And writing. And nearly there in uploading. It’s writing these things that I’m beyond in.

taped 08/30/09

Cinthia Moreno, May Flowers, Mini Abismo Negro, Ozz vs El Elegido, Mari Apache, Mascarita Divina, Pimpinela Escarlata – seen better of this thing. Ozz was having a good match of doing nothing until Elegido dropped him on his head. Life sucks.

Aerostar & Fabi Apache vs Billy Boy & Sexy Star – Sexi won clean and threw a big celebration and everyone knew it was a big deal because they know Sexi never beat Fabi clean (until now.) So well done and I bet zero writers were involved, because it’s a simple story.

El Mesías vs Cibernético – bad and cold. I’d wager large sums of money that this match wasn’t booked as a double countout but was changed that way. For a guy who’s been pushed super hard as a the hero of AAA for a year now, Mesias really isn’t that. He’s less over than he was six months ago (aka before Wagner showed up.)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King vs Cuervo, Escoria, Zorro – surprised the dog didn’t end up being one of the other team here. If Wagner and company are meant to be rudos, perhaps they should be facing tecnicos? Crazy.

Extreme Tiger vs Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, Sugi in a cage match where the loser leaves town and the winner is number one contenders for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship – again, got better without Teddy, and was the best at making the last bit dramatic of the three consecutive cage matches they’ve shown.

Sugi’s a goofball. Kinda feel sorry for him knowing he’s going to be out, but it’s tough after too seeing how he did it.

Editing appeared to remove the Alex/Roldan issues, which is even more odd given where they went with it.

more Avernos vs NL in Mexico, AAA at Six Flags, links

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CMLL (FRI) 11/06 Arena Mexico [superluchas, Cesar, ESTO]
1) Astro Boy & Delta b Calígula & Méssala
2) Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Sagrado b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr. b Ray Mendoza Jr., Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Brazo de Plata, La Sombra, Shocker

Rudos won clean in the main event. Sombra replaced Garza.

No Limit Villanos were DQed for throwing Mephisto over the top rope, then Yujiro was pinned after a triple powerbomb for the sweep. Very much looks like plans have changed for the end of the year. Instead of the ineviable Shocker/Garza vs No Limit hair match (as built up as far back as the cage match), CMLL will probably end the year with some combination of No Limit/Mendoza/Okumura vs Hijos del Averno. Much better idea. Garza and Shocker are unlikely to be the stars to raise CMLL up again, because they’ve already done that. Maybe the Avernos are, or maybe they’ll be the guys putting over those who will, but they can’t do it without getting some significant Mexico City wins and this would be one.


AAA held a press conference at Six Flags Mexico to announce the Lucha Libre Premier taping, at the Chinese Theatre. Wagner (who has 15 points), Jack (15), Pimpi (12) and Marco (11) were there as previously mentioned. Being AAA in 2009, they also brought along Mesias (9) (though no Elegido with the same amount of points), pushing the idea that any of of the five guys could win.

There’s no explanation of how the final will work, just another explanation about how the points work, but one of the newspaper articles says the show will have five matches. Since they’ve been running 4 matches per show up to now, I imagine that means they have a final match with the high point people remaining. If it’s a long enough fifth match, maybe that’ll be an episode in itself.

In AAA’s version of the story, Dorian Roldan notes the novalty of a points tournament in wrestling. I guess he wasn’t watching AAA when they did that tag team tournament, 2 years ago. Lucky man. Dr. Wagner is pretty certain the championship is going home to Laguna – just not sure if he or Pimpi is going to take it. Pimpinela may be the best bet here, because he’s been winning on all the TVs lately. On the other hand, they put Mesias at the press conference for a reason, and they can’t help themselves when it comes to Wagner & Mesias.

Tickets are supposed to be on sale at the Six Flags website, though I can’t spot them at the moment. Articles say they’ll be 600 to 800 pesos ($44.85 to $59.80US), with only 400 seats available.


Cesar compares CMLL actions with Val Venis not making their show (getting the info out to the people) with AAA’s handling of Charly Manson (pretending he might, instead of promoting the replacement.) AAA clearly was dishonest with their responses to questions that week – if they really thought Charly was going to show up, they would not have cut out Charly and his feud of TV that aired the same week, but it’s tough to give credit to CMLL for being better. In this one situation, yes they were better, but it’s an exception. Just look at that main event, where Garza was replaced by Sombra, with no forewarning. CMLL has lots of substitutions in it’s lineups. Sometimes, they quietly make the change on the website, or in lineups they send out to newspapers the days before (see: Mr. Niebla this week), and sometimes guys just aren’t there and it’s never explained (Angel de Oro in Puebla this week, countless Black Warrior, Hijo del Lizmark and Shocker matches.) The Val Venis and the Rouge news this week was notable because it’s the exception, but unexplained substitutions are so common that no one bothers to make a fuse anymore.

AAA has a video promoting their work with a campaign against violence to children.

Tierra Gamer (via TodoLucha) has gameplay footage of the AAA video game, Elegido vs Zombie Clown. Looks like normal build up a meter to hit your finisher play. They’ve got Elegido accurately modeled, distressingly well.

DTU has Electroshock on Tercera Caida, to promote his appearance on their next show.

Bolivian wrestlers have bene running a parody of their current presidential race, wearing masks of the candidates.

R de Rudo interviews IWRG’s Eragon.

Box Y Lucha has a series of blog posts on martial artist luchadors, bodybuilding luchadors, and boxers turned luchadors.

Segunda Caida has a flashback to their 2003 trip to Atlanta lucha.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at the bloodest match of 1972.

Stan The Embryo celebrates the anniversary of the most important match in lucha libre.

Haven’t checked for lineups, but haven’t seen them mentioned so I think I’m ok. More later, I’m sure.

Saturday open thread

CMLL is starting in under 20 minutes and I haven’t even started on the news (though it looks like plans have definitely changed for the No Limit Villanos end of year blow off and it’s A Good Thing.)

The missing posts from the last couple of days will slide in underneath this one, I’ll do a news post later on, and maybe I’ll randomlly change the look of the whole page. In the meantime, if you’d like to talk about what you’re watching, do it right here.