04/19 (1): Guadalajara

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(More to come as I catch up a bit – splitting it up to make it easier on myself.)

Additonal notes from 04/15, since CMLL’s posted their recap
Opener Result: 1) Estrella de Jalisco & Neon b Fraile de la Muerte & Imposter

After the tercera, Mr. Trueno challenged Metatron to put his Occidente Middleweight Championship on the line next week. Recap says it was agreed on, but it’s not listed on their lineup and those guys are involved in a tag match. Perhaps it’ll be changed later.

CMLL (TUE) 04/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Destroyer CO Exterminador
2) Infierno CO El Gallo
3) Magnum b Malefico
4) Metal Blanco & Metro II b Nitro & Sangre Azteca
5) Sagrado b Mascara Magica [hair]
6) Olimpico & Ultimo Guerrero b Rey Bucanero & Shocker

Finish of the hair match was ref bump -> Magica foul/pin -> no count -> Magica checks on ref -> Sagrado foul/pin -> ref counts. Couldn’t just have Sagrado beat Magica clean.

Rudos won main event in straight falls.

CMLL (SUN) 04/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neon & Thunderboy vs Flama & Milenio
2) Carlo Roggi & Metatron vs Mr. Trueno & Valentin Mayo
3) Leon Blanco & Oro II vs Infierno & Malefico
4) Felino, Negro Casas, Rayman vs Averno, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Marco Corleone vs Universo 2000

CMLL (TUE) 04/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Casanova vs Imposter
2) Azazel vs Rey Trueno
3) Evola vs Super Maquina
4) Nube Roja vs Egipcio
5) Metal Blanco & Metalik vs Depredador & Infierno
6) El Gallo & Magnum vs Malefico & Toxico
7) Blue Panther & Hijo de Lizmark vs Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000

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04/21-23 Lucha Times

AAA: the night after Rey de Reyes with lots of rematch-y matches. Dark Family/Air Force Atomico in the undercard.

GdR: 3 Falls women’s match, which got lesser reviews, and the main event from Sunday.

FSE: the preview is still trailing a week behind. Obviously, Stuka Jr./Jeque should air here. It’ll be interesting to see if the Perros/MexTrios champs air here – it seems like GdR’s turn for an ongoing angle.

AAA Mex: Taping form earlier this week. It didn’t occur to me how bad that main event lineup is – Gronda vs Head Hunter! Some of the undercard stuff looks fine.

CMLL Mex: More Ephesto and Mephisto than you can shake a stick at.

I aim to catch up on recaps tomorrow.

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04/18: Coliseo

CMLL (TUE) 04/17 Arena Coliseo [ova]
1) Polvora & Vaquero b Molotov & Tiger Kid
2) Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda b Luna Magica, Marcela, Sahori
3) Felino, Maximo, Virus b Arkangel, Ephesto, Misterioso Jr.
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Lizmark, Negro Casas b Halloween, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
5) Atlantis b Alex Koslov

Ovaciones called the show “tedious and boring.” Atlantis dominated the main event, but still used the ropes.

Ovaciones says La Parka Jr. will evade surgery, and is estimated to return after six weeks of rest and rehab.

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04/17: Puebla, magazines

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AAA posted photos of their newest taping, as you can see.

CMLL (MON) 04/16 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) King Jaguar & Super Star b Ares & Murcielago
2) Espiritu Maligno, Karisma, Toro Bill Jr. b Centella de Oro, the Tiger, Zigma
3) Dr. X, Skandalo, Toro Bill Sr. b Furia Chicana, Leono, Stuka Jr.
4) Atlantis, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy b La Mascara, Maximo, Negro Casas
5) Alex Koslov, Hijo de Lizmark, Rey Bucanero b Damain 666, Halloween, Hector Garza

Guessing at the main event finish – hugo walked out before the end, but that usually means the tecnicos were going to win. Leono got hurt in his match, where Furia Chicana replaced Valiente (and I had Astro Boy in that spot.)

Magazines:

Box Y Luchas has the Mistico Double Belt picture I was hoping for, so I’m listening them first. That’s cover B for the week – cover A covers La Parka Jr.’s accident and wrecked vehicle. (Ovaciones has an update on this story which really doens’t update much – it sounds like the arm injuries might not be as bad as originally feared but no one’s even hinting at a return date.)

Super Luchas #208 has multi-champion Mistico, though no double belt picture on the cover. Of all the championships he current holds, I’m sure the Tapatia Wrestler Of The Year award means the most to him.

Luchas 2000 #364 talks about the Parka accident and Apache dropping (selling?) her title, but also promotes it’s upcoming show for next Saturday – which now has an updated poster. I’m still not exactly sure what the main event is, but I guess it’s a five way match: Villano III vs Silver King vs Blue Demon Jr. vs Hijo del Solitario vs Villano IV with hair, belts, and titles on the line – though, isn’t Silver King the only one with a belt? Who else would be betting their hair? I dunno. Looks like the Rey Misterios have dropped out of the show.

IWRG’s site is still done, but their lineups and a bunch of others are in Box Y Lucha’s usual weekly roundup, which I hope to get when I have more time.

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04/15 AAA TV Results

previous: 03/19, 03/25, 04/01

One day turn around! Yay for AAA. They’re pushing a theme of faction wars for this taping and the next two.

AAA TV (SUN) 04/15 Boca del Rio, Veracruz
1) Hedi Montana, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Esterllas, Tormento Chino
2) Cinthia Moreno & Oriental b Fabi Apache & Gran Apache [AAA MIXED TAG]
3) Charly Manson & Chessman CO Cuervo & Ozz
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Psicosis b Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
5) Alberije, Gronda II, Zorro b Head Hunter I, Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias

Airs
Mex: 04/22
US: 05/12

Gronda replaced La Parka Jr. in the main event, and that seems like a good possibility for Parka’s other missing dates. Zorro beat Mesias for the win.

Crazy Boy did a moonsault off the stage. CHECK.

Mesias and Cibernetico both interfered in the tag match. This has gotta be setting up a title shot, right? Who knows.

Fabi Apache was all about to pin Oriental to win the titles, but Sexi Star interfered. Way to go, Oriental.

Next tapings:
04/20 – Xalapa
04/27 – Hidalgo

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04/16: Coliseo, Guadalajara, Monterrey

Jeque unmasked
via Ovaciones

CMLL (SUN) 04/15 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones, alvin @ el martiente]
1) Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Mr. México b Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metálico, Tony Rivera
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II b La Máscara, Leono, Mictlán
3) Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Máximo, Sagrado, Texano Jr.
4) Stuka Jr. b Jeque [mask]
5) Lizmark Jr., Místico, Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Black Warrior, Último Guerrero

Jeque is Marrio Moreno Garcia, from Mexico City, and he’s been wrestling for 25 years. Third fall finish was a bit odd; Stuka got the pin, but Jeque popped back up, continued fighting, got his valagueza, and covered – and the ref counted three, before awarding the match to Stuka. Jeque complained after the match that Stuka’s pinfall was only a two count, and declared his mask loss to be a robbery, but unmasked because he’s a professional. It’ll be interesting to see how that comes off on TV. This match didn’t do anything for attendence, but then I’d be shocked if it did.

Warrior fouled Mistico in the main event. The Lizmark Jr. seems to be off, again. I will now communicate my anger about this in exclamation points: !!!!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !

Not only did the Perros beat the Mexican Trios champs, but Damian tried to out Maximo Maximo himself! Harsh.

CMLL (SUN) 04/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El Occidental]
1) Estrella de Jalisco & Neon ?? Fraile de la Muerte & Imposter
2) Guero Loco & Valentin Mayo b Azazel & Carlo Roggi
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Metal Blanco & Metatron
4) Nitro & Sangre Azteca b Gallo & Metro II
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Rayman, Shocker b Mascara 2000, Toxico, Universo 2000

Toxico replaced Cien Caras Jr., and Rayman replaced Rayo de Jalisco (hmmm).

CMLL (SAT) 04/14 Palenque de Gallos de la Feria Chipas [El Heraldo de Chipas]
1) Murcy Jr. b ?
2) Americano, Bugambilia, Guerrerito Zulu b Angel Maligno, Psicopata, Sangre de Aguila
3) Capitan Furia, El Mexicano, El Terrorista b Dragon Negro, Guerrero Zulu, Halcon Samurai
4) Tzuki & Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito
5) Mistico & Volador Jr. b Black Warrior & Ultimo Guerrero

AAA (SUN) 04/15 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Panterita del Ring II & Rey Imagen DRAW Apolo Negro & Euforia (Monterrey)
2) Ares, Karis la Momia, Orus, The Mummy b Ben Hur, Escorpio Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Rey Infernal
3) el Angel & Martha Villalobos b el Brazo & Tiffany
4) Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis b Angel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Condor
5) Elegido, Intocable, Mascara Divina b Aventurero, Espiritu, Hator

ESTO‘s recap of Friday’s Arena Mexico show says the women’s match was boring. In Notimex‘s article, Perro Jr. declares that any time he loses via a foul, it’s a win for him, and Mistico wishes he was a rudo. They also talk to the winners, where Negro explains it’s his years of experience which allows Mistico and himself to work as great partners despite never actually teaming with each other.

El Manana’s Martiente column is about – uh, I’m not sure. He’s not happy with promoters for some reason; I can’t figure it out.

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04/15: new non-champion, Prision Fatal, bad week, CMLL DF lineups,

CMLL.com says Lady Apache has relinquished the Mexican National Women’s Championship. Apache had held the title since 2004, and thru multiple jumps between AAA and CMLL. Before Lady Apache’s first jump, it’d been AAA’s top year-round women’s title. Somewhere along the line, the belt became Lady Apache’s personal championship.

Historically, wrestlers are supposed to drop any National title they hold when they win a World championship in the same division. Lady Apache didn’t, and I presumed it was to guarantee she’d still have a belt when CMLL wanted to move their title onto someone else. Apache dropping the Mexican title would seem to mean she’s not worried about losing the CMLL belt for quite a while. I guess there’s a small chance the commission actually complained about the situation.

(That would also mean it may be a long time before Dark Angel wins a belt, since she wouldn’t be eligible for the Mexican title and would be aced out of the World title.)

CMLL says they’ll run a decision match for the belt in Arena Mexico soon.

According to Ovaciones, today’s IWRG main event is now a La Prision Fatal match, with 10 guys putting up their hair and masks:
– Astro Boy
– Okumura
– Masada
– Fantasma de la Opera
– Kai
– Yamato
– Dr. Cerebro
– Cerebro Negro
– Kraneo
– Esfinge

IWRG’s site is still down.

Ovaciones has a list of Bad Things That Happened This Week
04/07 – Referee El Acapulco died
04/07 – La Parka Jr.’s car accident
04/09 – Loco Max fractured two ribs in Puebla
04/12 – Dos Caras suffered a concussion
04/12 – when a dive goes wrong, Ultimo Dragoncito bruised his testicles
Next Tuesday, Puebla regular Asturiano is undergoing knee surgery.

The latest update on La Parka Jr., also from Ovaciones, is that he’s in Mexico city, and he’s got multiple fractures in his left arm and shoulder.

CMLL cards for the week

CMLL (TUE) 04/17 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Tiger Kid, Molotov vs Polvora, Vaquero
2) Marcela, Sahori, Luna Magica vs Hiroka, Amapola, Mima Shimoda
3) Felino, Maximo, Virus vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Arkangel
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Lizmark, Negro vs Halloween, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
5) Alex Koslov vs Atlantis

Big match for Koslov. I don’t think Tiger Kid works a non-IWRG show without Felino. Assuming Tiger Kid is the same guy as Kid Tiger, which may kill me down the road.

CMLL (FRI) 04/20 Arena Mexico
1) Danger & Moltov vs Caligula & Messala
2) Leono, Valiente, Virus vs Euforia, Nosfearatu, Satanico
3) Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, Ultimo Dragon vs Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Tarzan Boy
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Shocker vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

This could be an excellent gauge of High Society’s popularity. I figure there will be people leaving after the semimain. It’s Euforia and Nosferatu’s Arena Mexico debuts, and they may make it on CAN52 from here.

CMLL (SUN) 04/22 Arena Mexico – though CMLL doesn’t seem to note this site change on their site, so I dunno. Maybe next week instead?
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Brillante, Tiger Metalico, Tigre Blanco vs Apocalipsis, Dr. X, Hooligan
3) Diana la Cazadora, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Gatubela, Princesa Sujei
4) Hijo de Lizmark, Maximo, Texano Jr. vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Mistico, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Eclipse

That semimain is 5/6th rematch. I think it’s possible they switch Lizmark and Sagrado and go with a title match after the show tonight, but then again, this might be the Kids Show and why have the rudos get the win there? This is actually Diana la Cazadora’s first Arena Coliseo match, she’s worked a handful of Arena Mexico matches. I presume this Gatubela is the same women who was working in Arena Coliseo Monterrey in 2003 (and must’ve changed her name, since I haven’t seen her mentioned since – there’s a male wrestler also using that name.)

Brillante is the same guy as Brilliante Jr. in AOL – is he the same guy as the one in Xalapa? I have no idea of the geography of these things.

CMLL FSE has
04/08 Leono, Stuka Jr., Virus b Dr. X, Jeque, Loco Max
04/08 Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Máximo, Satánico, Tigre Metálico

FSE is much quieter than the rest of my channels for some reason.

Accion

CMLL: Tag Team Titles. We get a wide shot of the stage side, and the building does lock packed. Mistico bleeds a bunch here – there’s not a focus on it, but the upper half of his mask is turned red.

AAA: Muerte/Kenzo vs Charly/Chessman – more tag team action than you can shake a stick at. Kenzo’s selling is unusual. Chessman embraces his inner high spot demon and tries a top rope corkscrew moonsault. That fails, and the Legion gets the heat. Konnan gets out of his wheelchair long enough to use a cane to cheat, but the Hell Brothers make a comeback and Charly wins with an inverted figure four on Kenzo.

AAA’s TV tapings start back up tonight with a TV in Veracruz. Note that the main event will obviously have to change with no Parka – maybe Intocable or Octagon in his spot?

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04/14 TV Notes

Guerreros del Ring has
04/06 Mexico: Hirooki Goto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura b Felino, Máximo, Valiente
04/08 Coliseo: el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Terrible b Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Shocker
feature: outside the ring with Heavy Metal (his new shop)

AAA did have the Rey de Reyes show. Just to blow my mind, they start with the tag team titles, and all of the sudden say there were GROUPS. Was this explained on TV and I missed it? We’re about ready for another AAA binge and purge session.

Grupo 1: Psicosis & Juventued Guerrera, Pirata Morgan & Charly Manson, Alan & Decnnis, Ozz & Cuervo
Grupo 2: Mascara Divina & Oriental, Hator & Chris Stone, Scoria & Espiritu, Crazy Boy & Joe Lider
Grupo 3: Histeria & Antifaz, Angel & Laredo Kid, Intocable & Elegdio, Alan Stone & Zumdbio
Grupo 4: May Flowers & Pimpienla, Alliens & El Apache, Rey Cometa & Super Fly, El Brazo & Alebrije.

This is actually far more needlessly complex than just saying “the team with the top 4 points won”, and the teams are displayed while the announcers are hyping up the crowd and not really talking about them. I thought they were just listening them in order of finish (per group), but no, not on the bottom. Also, Pegasso wants his spot back. When they do video entrances for each team (!), he does indeed get it.

By Group
Group 1
12 4 Cuervo & Ozz
6 5 Alan & Decnis
3 3 Charly Manson & Pirata Morgan
3 3 Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis II

Group 2
12 4 Crazy Boy & Joe Lider
6 5 Espiritu & Scoria
3 3 Chris Stone & Hator
3 3 Mascara Divina & Oriental

Group 3
10 5 Alan Stone & Zumbido
3 2 Antifaz & Histeria
3 3 El Angel, Laredo Kid
0 1 El Elegido & Intocable

Group 4
10 5 Super Fly & Rey Cometa/Pegasso
3 3 Alebrije & El Brazo
3 3 Alliens, Gran Apache
3 4 May Flowers, Pimpinela Escarlata

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2006 Tapatia Awards (Results)

The story of this year’s awards was the lack of standout candidates. We had 13 voters this year (same amount as last), and only in two category did the award winner received a majority (7 ) of 1st place votes. In three categories, the winner got 3 first place votes. In most underrated, it was a three way tie, including someone who didn’t earn a first place vote.

Some of this owed to the low amount of votes, and I was hoping the that total would be a little higher. I think this spread out voting would still be apparent with more voting – it wasn’t a dominant year by any wrestler, promotion or even match, and individual tastes reigned.

As a result of this theme, the awards have started to shift award from the CMLL-centric winners of previous years. There’s a lot more AAA votes, and I believe the first non-CMLL/AAA match to get multiple votes.

Thanks for voting, thanks to those who posted videos to give people more to vote on, and thanks for reading. I’ll try not to wait so long next time, if only so I don’t end up looking the awards and realizing I forget to vote for some things because they were so long ago.

The awards are after the link, as well as some ballot comments.

Past Awards: 2005 2004

Best Wrestler

2004: LA Park

2005: Perro Aguayo Jr.

2006: Mistico

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th total
Mistico 5 2 1 1 117
Ultimo Guerrero 2 3 2 2 96
Averno 1 3 1 1 66
Chessman 2 1 3 47
Volador Jr. 1 1 1 3 38
Black Warrior 1 1 1 2 36
El Hijo del Santo 2 34
La Parka Jr. 1 1 29
Gran Apache 1 1 1 16
Perro Aguayo Jr. 1 1 1 15
Mephisto 1 1 1 13
Shocker 1 8
Mascarita Sagrada 1 8
LA Park 1 8
Atlantis 1 8
Dr. Wagner Jr. 1 1 5
Sangre Azteca 1 5
Alebrije 1 5
Charly Manson 1 1 5
Rey Bucanero 1 3
Marco Corelone 1 3
Misterioso II 1 3
Cibernetico 1 3
Laredo Kid 1 2
Angel 1 2
Freelance 1 2
Olimpico 1 2
Octagon 1 2

Robert: It saddens me to rank Ultimo Guerrero so low but he’s just fallen victim to the CMLL 2006 style. He used to stand out in matches and now he just fits in. The feud with Bucanero should have elevated him to an easy #1 but it disapointed so much that it just showed how much the style has changed and unfortunately Guerrero has no way to show he is the best wrestler in the world in this environment.

I gave the win to Mistico in terms of his overall performance combined with how important he is to the promotion. Same reason I gave Chessman the #2 slot. They are the guys that carry their individual promotions, all be it in different ways.

Averno took over the Ultimo Guerrero role of being the glue for a ton of tecnico in various matches. It’s great to see the ex-Rencor Latino making good on the potential he showed in the late 90’s. Same for Volador Jr. whois finally stepping up and could be at the top of this list in 2007. Freelance gets my final pick because he is almost single-handidly making IWRG shows exciting. Every time you read a report in a magazine, he gets special mention for stealing the show. ‘Suicidita’, as he is refered to, should be the guy that carries the promotion for years to come since at his size you’d doubt he’d get a break in the big two.

Chui: He had not much of TV time, but Hijo del Santo was pretty much way above average when seen on the small screen. Ultimo is more of a guy who more or less remained on his level as opposed to the rest of the pack. Perro and Universo took big drops when not being in the center Dinamitas/Aguayo storyline, Perrito became nearly unwatchable to me, and Universo simply disapeared, Mistico was not the same when not going against Ultimo Guerrero, even worse for Rey Bucanero… they all were taken out of their usual roles and suffered, Ultimo is also more or less out of his usual role serving more of a guy to save lousy tecnicos (Tarzan, Atlantis, Olimpico) from doom, still, Ultimo Guerrero remaine strong. LA Park would have been better than anyone but his “rudo turn” made him look unmotivated, and was a weak second half of the yera.

Best Match

2004: Averno vs Zumbido 09/03

2005: Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero 02/25

2006: Black Warrior vs Mistico 09/29

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th total
Black Warrior vs Mistico 09/29 3 1 1 71
El Hijo del Santo, Negro Casas, Mistico vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero 08/04 2 2 1 63
Averno & Mephisto vs Mistico & Negro Casas 04/14 1 1 1 3 52
Billy Boy vs Gran Apache 04/30 1 2 1 44
Blue Panther & Tarzan Boy vs Hijo del Santo & La Mascara 01/01 1 2 1 31
El Hijo del Santo vs Perro Aguayo 08/26 1 1 1 28
Negro Navarro, Villano IV, Villano V vs Heavy Metal, Dos Caras Jr., Solar I 11/01 1 1 1 27
Intocable, La Parka Jr., Pimpinela Escarlata vs Cassandro, Charly Manson, Chessman 1 1 22
Volador Jr., Felino, La Mascara vs Averno, Mephisto, Misterioso 06/23 1 17
La Parka Jr. vs Muerte Cibernetico 06/18 1 17
Blue Panther, La Mascara, Volador Jr. vs Olimpico, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca 08/04 2 1 13
Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero 02/19 1 12
Volador Jr., Felino, La Mascara vs Averno, Mephisto, Misterioso 06/30 1 12
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Bucanero vs LA Park & Mistico 01/29 (Chicago) 1 12
Mephisto vs Mistico 05/14 1 12
Stuka Jr. vs La Flecha 04/02 1 1 11
Zorro vs Charly Manson 06/18 1 1 11
Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Shocker 09/29 1 8
Blue Panther, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Black Warrior 10/20 1 8
12 Man Cibernetico 07/07 1 5
Rey de Reyes 03/10 1 5
Ultimo Guerrero vs Mistico 02/19 1 5
Rey Bucanero vs Ultimo Guerrero 07/14 1 3
Cibernetico vs Muerte Cibernetica 12/08 1 3
Gran Apache vs Rey Cometa 09/03 1 3
LA Park, Marco Corelone, Johnny Stamboli vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr. 05/19 1 3
Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero vs Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Mistico 1 2
Felino, Sagrado, La Mascara vs Terrible, Alex Koslov, Misterioso II 08/18 1 2
Mistico, Super Nova, Terry 2000 vs Atlantis, Sadico, Rey Krimen 10/11 1 2
LA Park, Mistico, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Averno, Mephisto 04/07 1 2
Darllion, Hombre sin Miedo, Super Fly vs Alan, Decnnis, Billy Boy 10/16 1 2
Blue Panther, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Black Warrior, Averno, Mephisto 10/20 1 2
Averno vs Alex Koslov 11/19 1 2

Henrik: yeah, it’s at time like this you realise how much it sucks that Averno/Volador never aired and Rey/Ultimo was butchered

Robert: When I made my list of candidates, I realized it wasn’t as week of a year for good matches as I thought. There were actually a lot of good matches. The problem is of course… there were no great matches that will be remembered for a long time to come.

The main thing that stands out for me is that there were two MOTYC’s from one show (8/4/06 @ Arena Mexico). Last time I remember that happening was March 2004.

The match I chose to win just had it all. Perfect wrestling, great comedy and interaction with the crowd. The guys didn’t seem like they were rushing at all. It was executed perfectly and it felt like the guys were enjoying themselves while trying to put on a great match.

The match I picked to finish fourth is actually the type of match I’d use as a base for future CMLL matches. Every show should have a match like that and with the amount of talent on the CMLL roster, there is no excuse for any show not to.

Billy Boy/Gran Apache could have been higher but is ruined by the crappy ending.

Chui: Billy Boy vs Apache hair match is still a pivotal part of AAA programming, so it is not hard to place it as the MOTY for me. I liked that Chicago match b/c it’s like the quintessential house show match, enough said.

Best Tecnico

2004: LA Park

2005: Mistico

2006: Mistico

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Mistico 8 2 1 48
La Parka Jr. 1 3 1 16
Hijo del Santo 2 1 12
Dr. Wagner Jr. 3 1 11
Cibernetico 1 5
Mascarita Sagrada 1 1 5
Octagon 1 1 5
Volador Jr. 1 1 5
Negro Casas 1 2
Dark Angel 1 2
Zorro 1 2
Rey Bucanero 1 2

Robert: Anyone who doesn’t vote for either Mistico or Parka Jr. is absolutely kidding themselves. They are both exactly what all tecnicos should be. Same goes for Mascarita who is spectacular but also knows exactly when to play the role of underdog and time his comebacks perfectly.

A close fourth for me was Perro Aguayo Jr.

Chui: I don’t care about tecnicos. :)

Best Rudo

2004: Hector Garza

2005: Perro Aguayo Jr.

2006: Ultimo Gierrero

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Ultimo Guerrero 5 1 28
Black Warrior 1 2 3 17
Muerte Cibernetica 1 1 2 12
Atlantis 1 2 9
Perro Aguayo Jr. 1 1 8
Gran Apache 1 2 7
Chessman 2 6
LA Park 1 5
Abismo Negro 1 5
Mephisto 1 5
Konnan 1 5
Averno 1 1 5
Sangre Azteca 1 3
Hooligan 1 3
Zumbido 1 3
Cibernetico 1 2
Espiritu 1 2

Robert: Warrior actually would have finished higher for me if not for when he unmasked he began to act like a tecnico at times including getting fans to dress like him. Rudos should NOT encourage any sort of support from the crowd. Banderas is perfect at that although he really has 0% face charisma so he has an advantage. Hooligan made TV a lot this year and showcased exactly how to be a great rudo by just beating the crap out of the tecnicos and not trying to one-up them with cool moves. Garza, Perrito, Corleone, etc. are not rudos… they are tweeners.

Chui: It was almost impossible to pick tecnico/rudo now that the lines are blurred, even Mistico had many rudoish displays, and Chessman became a babyface by choice during the last 4 or 5 months of the year.

Best Female

2005: Marcela

2006: Dark Angel

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Dark Angel 3 2 1 23
Tiffany 1 4 13
Lady Apache 1 2 11
Amapola 1 1 1 10
Estrellita 1 1 8
Fabi Apache 1 1 8
India Sioux 1 1 7
Hiroka 1 5
Marcela 1 1 5
Martha Villalobos 1 3
Princesa Sujei 1 2

Robert: Without Dark Angel there isn’t a womens division to be talking about so she is automatically the winner. After initially hating her guts, I’ve grown to like her a lot and am always angry when there are womens matches that don’t include her.

AAA really doesn’t have a women’s division… more like some women who get to wrestle with the men since they are involved in angles. Fabi plays that role perfectly and Tiffany is the glue as there are no other rudas worth anything.

Best Unit

2006: Los Guerreros del Atlantida

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Los Guerreros del Atlantida 5 3 34
Averno & Mephisto 5 2 29
Perros del Mal 4 2 16
La Secta 1 3 1 16
Real Fuerza Aera AAA 1 2 11
Hell Brothers 1 5
Caligula & Messala 2 4
Vipers Revolution 2 4
Mistico & Negro Casas 1 2
Guapos VIP 1 2
Dos Caras Jr. & Lizmark Jr. 1 2

(note: One vote for Dark Family was added into La Secta’s total.)

Robert: For consistency, nobody beats Averno and Mephisto. Fuerza Aerea might have had a better chance if they had not disapeared for the last 1/4th of the year. Seeing them on TV always brightens my day. I can finally vote for Caligula and Messala not only based on Momentos clips!!! Hopefully it’ll be the same next year with Artillero and Super Comando.

Best Promotion/Territory


2004: CMLL

2005: CMLL

2006: CMLL

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
CMLL 7 4 47
AAA 5 4 37
IWRG 2 6 18
AULL 1 1 4 16
La Laguna 1 2

Robert: I could write pages and pages but I’m sure everyone is sick of me complaining about CMLL already. I know Cubs is.:) So I’ll just sum it up quickly…

AAA is my favorite promotion in the world. 2006 has been their greatest year since 1995 and it’s a crime that they’ve been so overlooked due to everyone being trained to think AAA sucks and watching AAA will make you gay. 2007 has started off with a bang as well and AAA shows no signs of slowing down.

IWRG and AULL are really the only two promotions left to vote for since I can’t pick CMLL. Both present different products than the big two companies and are great to have around for a nice change of pace. AULL was on pace to finish #1 but their disappearence from television didn’t help.

CMLL or CMLhell as I like to say is a terribly overrated promotion. I can understand voting for them if you get to see the shows live on a weekly basis but I know for a fact nobody voting in these awards does. So if you are voting for CMLhell based on their television, it is in my opinion that you are insane. The TV showcases the same guys doing the same matches in the same format. I’d be more forgiving if they were a fed with little talent and just wanted to focus on the great guys they do have but this is a promotion rich in talent so for the product they put out, they oughta be ashamed of themselves.

Best Rivalary

2004: El Hijo del Santo vs Perro Aguayo Jr.

2005: Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero

2006: Mistico vs Black Warrior

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Mistico vs Black Warrior 6 1 32
Hell Brothers vs La Secta 1 1 5 18
Billy Boy vs Gran Apache 1 3 14
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park 1 2 11
Ultimo Guerrero vs Rey Bucanero 3 6
Fuerza Aerea vs La Secta 2 6
Averno vs Mistico 2 6
12 Man Feud Leading Up To Jucio Final Cage Match 1 5
Dr. Wagner vs Ultimo Guerrero 1 5
Manson vs Zorro vs Electro Shock 1 5
Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera 1 5
Scorpio Jr. vs Super Porky 1 3
Mistico vs Perro Aguayo Jr. 1 3
Zorro vs Himself 1 2
Los Guerreros del Atlantida vs Perros del Mal 1 2
Abismo Negro vs Tirantes Jr. 1 2

(note: Hell Brothers vs La Secta includes Cibernetico/Muerte, HB/Dark Family, etc.)

Robert: This was the easiest category of all. It’s a crime Rey Bucanero vs Ultimo Guerrero wasn’t even in contention though. Billy Boy/Apache had everything you could imagine and they may even be eligbile to win next year with the way things are going! The Fuerza Aerea/Secta Cibernetica series was 4 months of great matches and you can’t ask for much more than that. Mistico/Warrior lasted the longest and produced some really fun moments and good matches as well.

Chui: All of those feuds produced big gates, well, at leas the Cibernetico deal, the others were worthy for producing more or less good matches out of lousy guys (Zorro, Electro and Billy)

Most Improved

2004: Olimpico

2005: Maximo

2006: Black Warrior, Marco Corelone, Mistico (tie)

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Black Warrior 2 2 10
Marco Corelone 2 10
Mistico 2 10
Sagrado 1 2 9
Misterioso II 1 1 8
Billy Boy 1 1 7
Volador Jr. 2 6
Charly Manson 2 6
Averno 1 5
Alan Stone 1 5
Freelance 1 5
Cuervo 1 5
Zorro 1 5
Chessman 1 5
Sangre Azteca 2 4
Rey Bucanero 1 3
Atlantis 1 3
Intocable 1 3
Pegaso 1 3
Ozz 1 3
Perro Aguayo Jr. 1 2
Ricky Banderas 1 2
Gran Apache 1 2
Pato Zambrano 1 2
Abismo Negro 1 2

Robert: As Panterita, he was an exciting undercard flyer. As Freelance, he is one of the most over guys in the promotion while still being an exciting flyer who has shown he can also wrestle and carry green rudos which is exactly what he needs to do in Arena Naucalpan.

Manson was really on the path to nowhere until his feud with Zorro this year and ever since then he’s been one of the top rudos in AAA. He used to be interchangable with any of the other Secta guys but now he has gotten better to the point that his absence in main events is quite noticeable.

I’m happy to see Sagrado already main eventing CMLL shows this year. He put a lot of work into improving and aside from the occasional mailed in Arena Coliseo matches, he always brings his ‘A’ game and with no pressure to be the top star in the company, he’s proving to be a valuable asset. I still think his future is without a mask as Genetico but time will tell.

Most Underutilized


2004: Olimpico

2005: Hooligan & Volador Jr.

2006: Blue Panther

Name 1st 2nd 3rd total
Blue Panther 3 15
Volador Jr. 2 1 13
Sangre Azteca 2 10
Tzuki 1 1 7
Virus 1 2 7
Alliens 1 5
Laredo Kid 1 5
Hooligan 1 5
Pegaso 1 5
Chessman 1 1 5
Cassandro 1 3
Misterioso II 1 3
Valiente 1 3
Pimpinella Escarlata 1 3
Tigre Blanco 1 3
Averno 1 3
Rey Bucanero 1 3
Terrible 1 3
Ultimo Dragoncito 1 2
Rey Cometa 1 2
Ultimo Guerrero 1 2
All The (AAA) Minis 1 2
Danger 1 2
Tiffany 1 2

Robert: There are really about 10,000 other guys you can choose from… 9,900 of whom happen to be on the current CMLL roster. I went with Hooligan as my #1 because there really is no other choice. He has everything you need to be a top rudo in the promotion but for some reason they refuse to give him a shot. Perhaps it is his own choice and he is happy to be doing what he does. Either way… the promotion would benefit greatly by giving him a shot to join up with Sangre Azteca in leading a Guerreros ‘B’ team to feud with the Perros Del Mal ‘B’ team.

As shocking as it sounds, Valiente is actually getting a chance to shine if recent cards are any indication. I would have pegged him as an undercarder for life but thanks to a breakout performance in the Reyes Del Aire match, he might have earned himself at least a CHANCE to move up on the cards this year. Of course I had been praising him for a long time now so this push is coming a bit late in my estimation. He’d have been a great candidate for the Gran Alternativa in 2006. Still… as long as he’s getting a chance, I’m happy.

Tzuki is THE guy CMLL should be building their mini’s division around. They don’t need to be opening match wrestlers who get no attention at all. The mini’s division can mean something and be important enough to where they are used higher on Tuesday cards to get kids into the arena. The start would be building around Tzuki who is 10x better than Mascarita 2000 with the difference being one guy means something and the other guy is hidden away for weeks at times. Tzuki needs to be the centerpiece of the mini’s division… perhaps by having a feud with Pierrothito that culminates in a mask match. Either way… this guy is something special and CMLL should take advantage of it.

Honorable mention to Turbo who I can’t really say is underutilized since he works indy shows where his role is always to be a second or third match guy. He’s definitely underappreciated though since he should have a regular AAA or CMLL gig but doesn’t.

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04/14: Mexico, AAA in the US

CMLL (FRI) 04/13 Arena Mexico [ova, ocampo]
1) Shockercito & Tzuki b Fire & Mr. Aguilita
2) Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
3) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Sagrado b Sangre Azteca, Tarzan Boy, Universo 2000
4) Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero, Shocker DQ Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero
5) Místico & Negro Casas b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Mr. Águila [CMLL TAG]

Perro had Mistico pinned in the third fall after a low blow, but no ref was there to count. Mistico rallied back to win and keep the titles. Sixth defense, and as of today, they’ve held these belts for a year. These two had fought earlier in the evening for something airing on another TV show, and Ocampo says Mistico broke Perro’s nose during that bit. This main event drew the best house of the year, imagine that.

Ovaciones says Marco pulled Ultimo’s mask in the semimain, while Ocampo says Ultimo pulled it himself and Marco got blamed.

Sagrado replayed Rayo in the tercera.

Women’s match is three falls, and that seems to be the new way of things. Ocampo notes that Dark Angel’s parents were in the crowd.

Check out Luchalibreusa – it says the Warped Tour (summer concerts – their site is down as I write this, so use wiki instead) will include AAA wrestlers, but gives absolutely no more details besides that. So this could mean anything from matches at every show to something when they run thru Texas. It’s really too unspecific to spend much time speculating, but I think it’s gonna have to be spot freaks, and it’s going to end up having Foreign Legion/Hell Brothers on top (except, how do you have worthwhile guys in the US when you need them in Mexico for spot shows?)

(link via luchalibrelive on DVDVR)

Rosendo “El Acapulco” Genchi, an original AAA referee, has passed away. (Ovaciones)

The Tapatia Awards should be (auto)posted around 7 PM CST today, so check back for them.

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