GdR #69

aired 03/17, taped 03/02, 03/11

I regret not doing this recap earlier.

Main event was Mistico/Alex/Rey vs Averno/Warrio/Mephisto – and the Arena Mexico crowd was very angry at Mistico this day. When he first came in, 80% of the reaction was against him. It got better in part of the match, and I don’t think it was actually 80% of the crowd (but a lot of it making a lot of noise). The women and the kids still seemed to be with him, but they were drowned out by the hardcores – like the Arena Mexico version of a You Sold Out chant. It seemed to, and really had to be, all about him going to WWE.

Mistico, as he tends to do, slipped when the crowd turned against him, but he got it together by the end of the match. But the match

I wonder why they showed this match? It’s a repeat from the main show, and it’s not the usual slot – they went out of their way to show this one. It could just be that they realized Mistico hadn’t been on the show in months, promised he’d be on, and then didn’t have much of a choice. It didn’t make him look like the big hero he’s supposed to be.

The opener was the opener.

My reasons to drop GdR including no really good matches and nothing of meaning ever happening – they proved one of those wrong here.

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03/23-25 Lucha Times

My cable system has taken away CAN52. I think I can subscribe to a package that’ll get it back for me (and probably FSE as well), but I’m not sure it’s worth it. This would naturally mean the end of GdR recaps (and related DVDs.) I figure I got till Friday to decide (because Comcast takes a day or two to get in gear for this sort of thing), so I’ll let you know then.

GdR: Leono! But not the hair match. Koslov/Mascara/Volador vs Averno/Ephesto/Mephisto should be fun. I dislike Ephesto more than YOU dislike Mascara.

FSE: Leono! The hair match – FS-Latin America is listing it on their lineups, so there you go.

AAAUS: WSX LIVES. Nate Webb and Josh Raymond’s match matches this taping – watch for Josh getting KOed. Main is the 4 on 3 between the Hell Brothers and the Vipers, and leaves me happy, though the screaming girls may beg to differ.

AAAMEX: 03/10 taping. See if you can figure out who Aventurero is. Vipers/Tecnicos main event.

CMLLMEX
03/18 Coliseo: Felino, Mictlan, Valiente vs Loco Max, Misterioso II, Mr. Mexico
03/23 Mexico: Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Perro Aguayo Jr.
03/23 Mexico: Marco Corelone, Mistico, Shocker vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Universo 2000

At least that’s the theory. Assuming next Friday is a PPV (again, no official word, but that’s normal now), they’re going to want to stretch these tapings over a couple weeks. I’m sure the main will air, but maybe they’ll hold back the semimain for next week.

This is also a reminder that the weekend after the PPV, when the following Friday’s lineup comes out, remember that it was booked with the knowledge most of it wouldn’t air, because they’ll be doing the free PPV replay instead.

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03/21: Coliseo, Naucalpan, Monterrey

CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/18 Arena Coliseo
1) Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein b Starman, Super Nova, Trueno
2) Felino, Mictlan, Valiente b Loco Max, Misterioso II, Mr. Mexico
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Alex Koslov, La Mascara, Volador Jr.
4) Leono b Mogur [hair]
5) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Mistico b Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

Bit more stacked Coliseo card than usual, at least in terms of the first two matches. Or, I guess you could look at it as the opener getting bumped for the hair match. Mogur’s family was at the show – sad for them. Mistico got Ultimo clean with La Mistica. Averno pinned Volador in the tercera after a foul.

CMLL (TUE) 03/20 Arena Coliseo
1) Bracito de Oro & Mini Fantasy b Mini Halloween & Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein b Danger, Sombra de Plata, Trueno
3) Amapola, La Nazi, Rosa Negra b India Sioux, Lady Apache, Marcela
4) Eclipse, Misterioso II, Olimpico b La Mascara, Mictlan, Virus
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Dr. Wagner Jr., Fabian el Gitano, Heavy Metal

Amapola beat Lady Apache. Shocker no-showed. The sun rose in the east, and set in the west.

Looks like the Trio of Terror is getting a legit push; Averno pinned Wagner here after a mask pull.

IWRG (SUN) 03/18 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial b Diablo Jr.
2) Black Jaguar & Vampiro Metalico b Samba & Venom
3) Kai, Kid Tiger, Yamato b Black Jaguar, Macho II, Supremo Jr.
4) Black Terry, Trauma I, Trauma II b Efinge, Freelance, Suicida
5) Fantasma de la Opera b Cerebro Negro, Pierroth Jr., El Dandy, Villano III, Veneno, Alex Koslov, Dr. Cerebro, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Bestia Salvaje [IWRG IC WELTER, cage]

Came down to Villano III (hair), Dandy (MEX LH), Cerebro Negro (IWRG WELTER) and Fantasma de la Opera (mask). Villano III and Dandy got out first, and they’re still teasing that match. Cerebro Negro went to escape, but Black Terry spit something into his face, and that was the end of Cerebro Negro. Black Terry got the win the semimain with his feet on the ropes, so it was a good day to be Black Terry. We probably should’ve known this from the get go – anytime you’re teaming with the Unbeatable Traumas, it’s a good day.

IWRG (SUN) 03/25 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celstial & Zella vs Comando Gama & Vampiro Metalico
2) Antaris & Bacteria vs Black Thunder & Narcosatanico I
3) Esfinge, Kai, Yamato vs Hijo del Diablo, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Freelance, Suicida, Turbo vs Fantasma de la Opera, Pierroth Jr., Veneno
5) Dandy, Mascara Sagrada, Sagrado vs Damian 666, Misterioso II, Villano III

indy (TUE) 03/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Corazon Adicto & Erin Sanke b Armagedon & Marrullero
2) Borrico & Mini Burro b Angel Negro & Beto Alcala
3) Burrito & La Bandida b La Bestia & Tequilita
4) Al Barone, Pancho Tequila, Potro Jr b Black Dragon, Casanova, Huracan Ramirez Jr.
5) Axxel, Humberto Garza Jr., Super Konnan b Hijo de Espanto II, Nygma, Picudo
6) Ragaltio & Raton b Konnan Big

Lost my link list due to a power outage, so hopefully I don’t forget something good…
– Ovaciones has a blurb about Hector Garza and Shocker (in theory) being involved with a TV show called “La Ruleta de la Muerte” in April. I’ve read the bit ten times and still have no idea what’s going on, but I think they’re doing a lucha Fight Club thing. Or it may be a music video. Or it may be something else.
Laredo Kid received an award for best luchador of Nuevo Laredo in 2006.
– a writer at Bolpress recalls working on a never completed autobiography with Huracan Ramirez.
Guerreros del Ring #79 has the Hellbrothers. Chessman appears to be drooling blood.

WWE guys hit Mexico today, so there should be amusing stories the rest of the week. Rey Misterio was scheduled to appear on these shows, dunno if that’s still on.

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04/01 AAA TV Lineup

previous: 03/18 (Rey de Reyes), 03/19 (posted earlier), 03/25 (lineup)

AAA TV (SUN) 04/01 Plaza de Toros, Zitacuaro, Michoacan
1) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
2) Billy Boy & Sexy Star vs Apache & Fabi Apache and Cinthia Moreno & Oriental and ? & ??
3) Laredo Kid, Pegaso, Rey Cometa, Super Fly vs Cuervo, Espiritu, Ozz, Scoria
4) Elegido, Juventud Guerrera, Octagon, Zorro vs Alan Stone, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Scorpio Jr.
5) Charly Manson & Chessman vs Mesias & ?
Air Date (projected)
Mexico: 04/15
US: 05/05

Lineup from box y lucha. Konnan and Cibernetico will be in their team’s corners in the main event. It’s a mystery Legion team in the segunda. Kenzo/Hiroka was suggested, but I don’t think Hiroka is wrestling any more (and never did much to begin with.) Maybe people from TNA? Maybe random US indy people? Not a clue.

No tapings past this one have been announced yet.

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03/19 AAA TV taping results

previous: 03/03, 03/10, 03/18 (Rey de Reyes)

AAA TV (MON) 03/19 Domo de la Feria de Leon [ovaciones, El Sol de Leon]
0) Mini Dizzy & Mini Path Finder b Mascarita de la Muerte & Mini Ozz
1) Aero Star, Jesse, Nemesis AAA, Orion b Espantapajaros I, Ghefar, Policeman, Toxico
2) Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Esterllas b Billy Boy, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata, Sexi Star
3) Cuervo, Escoria, Espíritu, Ozz b Laredo Kid, Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Super Fly
4) El Elegido, La Parka Jr., Super Porky, Zorro b Abismo Negro, Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Mr. Niebla
5) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico DQ Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, Nicho el Millionario

Air Date (projected)
Mexico: 04/01
US: 04/21

All the Legion/Sect rudos interfered in the main event and that was the DQ. Laredo Kid took a martiente in his match for the loss. Billy Boy refused to fight, was beat and booed.

Upcoming tapings
03/25
– 04/01 (coming later)

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CMLL on FSE #4 (09/03/06)

Matches taped 08/27/06

So, the day that post went up saying I’m taking a break from recapping for a while, the last five months of CMLL FSE turns up in my mailbox. I couldn’t decide if that was in fact the greatest thing ever, or cruel punishment from the lucha gods.

What I did decide is to leave AAA on the backburner for a bit, and run thru some of these episodes to catch up. As you’ll see as I start posting them, I decided to recap each and every episode to start, but I’m not sure it’s going to stick that way, or I may just do it in bunches, leave them along for a while, and then do another bunch.

This episode had an ordinary Arena Mexico segunda match that just happened to be the Arena Coliseo tercera (need a shorter/catchier name for that) and one of those Perro/Mistico matches were the crowd reaction made the match great than it actually was.

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03/20: Puebla, Neza, Nuevo Leon, Reynosa

Angel Azteca stories: Notimex, El Siglo de Torreon, La Jornada. Yucatan has photos from his last match. Ovaciones has a note as well.

CMLL (MON) 03/19 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) Forajido & King Jaguar b Ares & Mr. Rafaga
2) Asturiano, Centella de Oro, the Tiger b Fuerza Chicana, Karissma, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Cerebro Negro, Maniacop, Skandalo b Batman, Leono, Tony Rivera
4) Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr. b Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero DQ Mascara Ano 2000, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

Metal replaced Shocker.

CMLL (SUN) 03/18 Arena Neza [La Porra Ruda de Neza]
1) Cosmotron & Stella b Ambar & Boazz
2) Buho I & Buho II DQ Black Danger & Black Heart
3) Angel Negro & Nopton b Chico Che & Seiya
4) Chac-Mol, Leono, Rayo Tapatio ii DQ Emilio Charles Jr., Skandalo, Terrible
5) Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero b Felino, Rayo Tapatio I, Tony Rivera

Chico Che had a neck injury in his match. I’ve finally figured out which one is Black Danger and which one is Black Heart. (The key? A labeled picture. Though I guess I could’ve looked at the “BD” on the boots.) No Ramstein?

CMLL (SUN) 03/18 Gimnasio Nuevo Leon [Mas_Solitario @ el martiente]
1) Mini Damian 666 & Mini Halloween b Mini Olímpico & Último Dragoncito
2) Hiroka & Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel & Lady Apache
3) Tigre Universitario b Diluvio Negro I, La Sombra, Diluvio Negro II
4) Shocker & Silver King b Angel Blanco Jr. & Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza b Super Parka [hair]

The tercera was for some vacant title, which Tigre immediatly revacated because of the screwiness of the win. That sure meant a lot.

indy (SAT) 03/17 Palenque de la Feria, Reynosa
1) Chamaco Ortiz & Rocker Boy b Black Star & Misterio Negro
2) Mascarita Sagrada b Mini Pierroth
3) Corazon de Barrio & Misterioso II b Maniaco & Pentagon Black
4) El Hijo del Santo, Psicodelico Jr., Rayman b Angel Blanco Jr., Hator, Super Parka
5) Mil Mascaras b Venom [mask]

Shocker, Garza, Mascara Ano 2000, and Universo 2000 were pulled from the semimain because of Santo’s involvement. Not sure how people ended up working the undercard. The promoter explained the situation before the show, and Santo backed him up before his match. Venom, in this case, is Javier Sandoval of Yuma, a local wrestler.

Links
Super Luchas #204 has Santo/CMLL
Box Y Lucha #2810 has Parka with a sword and a a Misterio (also Santo and Azteca.)
El Herlado de Tabasco has notes from a radio interview with El Hijo Del Santo. Nothing about CMLL; this must’ve been the one right before the split was announced, because it includes him noting there’s been Misticos, Octagons, Vampiros, and Super Munecos, but none of them have the long lasting star power he does, and he’s said it before. The interview is mostly about the marine ecological work he’s doing. La Frontera talks about much the same.
La Presna has a recap of Rey de Reyes. Not many new details; the titular match was the meain event, and the order of elimination of the tag match went Guapos, Fuerza Aerea, and Mexican Powers.
They also have an interview with Rey about going into the HOF.
El Occidental has a bio of Perro Aguayo.

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03/19: Leono/Mogur, Mistico, Monterrey

Ovaciones says Leono beat Mogur in a 15 minute match to win his hair.

The Observer had an update about Mistico. Apparently, Rey Misterio Jr. found out WWE wasn’t going after them, and tried to convince them to change their minds. WWE is thinking about it again, but it’s “less than 50%”. WWE believes they can break Mistico out of his contract if they wanted to and took some time, but they figure they’d have to spend even more time having him learn the US style (and changing everything about him that made him a success in the first place) and they don’t seem to be interested in something that would take a while.

Luchas 2000 has the truth about Mistico, which is probably outdated by now.

indy (SUN) 03/18 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Burrito & Mini Burrito b Borrico & Tequilita
2) La Bella & La Bestia b Apostol & La Bandida
3) Angel Negro, Hollywood, Silver Star b Al Barone, Angel Negro, Mortal
4) Black Dragon, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Ultraman Jr. b Nygma, Picudo, Potro Jr.
5) Axel DQ Hijo de Espanto [FILL MIDDLE]
6) Konnan Big, Pancho Tequilla, Super Konnan b Casanova, Golden Boy, Humberto Garza Jr.

So Super Konnan’s not Konnan Big? I’m confused.

indy (TUE) 03/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup [rfc]
1) Borrico, Mini Burrito vs Angel Negro, Mini Pancho Tequila
2) La Bella, La Bestia vs La Bandida, El Burrito
3) Huracan Ramirez Jr., Casanova, Black Dragon vs Al Barone, Pancho Tequila, Potro Jr.
4) Axxel, Super Konnan, Humberto Garza Jr. vs Picudo, Nygma, Sivler Cat
5) Konan Big vs Reglaito, Raton

AAA (SAT) 03/17 Arena Vidal, Chetumal Lineup [Diario Quintana Roo]
1) Coloso (Chetumal), Angel Silenciosos b Angel del Apocalipsis, Rey Azteca
2) Guerrero, Caballero Galactico b Neurosis, Monje Loco
3) Raul Vidal, Pantera Salvaje, Arlequin b Sombra Azul Jr., Gato Nocturnoa, Astro Flash
4) Cibernetico, Octagon b Abismo Negro, Antifaz

The reporter was annoyed with the (lack of) quality of the main event. They did the quickie mask match bit with Octagon and Antifaz, which didn’t help. Why does anyone do that bit?

CMLL (SAT) 03/17 Gimnasio Jesus Garcia Lopez [El Solitario Jr. @ El Martiente]
1) Pesadilla & Rey Sombra b Dragon de Fuego & Fly
2) Duende Jr. & Karisma b Cisne I & Cisne II
3) Misterio b Guardian del Espacio [hair]
4) Lizmark & Mictlan b Olímpico & Último Guerrero

CMLL (WED) 03/28 Centro de Convenciones, Madreo Lineup [u guerrero @ el martinete]
1) Dark Angel & Lady Apache vs Amapola & Princesa Sujei
2) Stuka Jr., Super Nova, Valiente vs Astro Boy, Danger, Leono
3) La Mascara, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Loco Ray, Sangre Azteca, Skandalo
4) Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Mistico & Negro Casas vs Averno & Black Warrior [CMLL TAG]

Yea, those titles still do exist.

CMLL (THU) 03/15 Arena Isabel de Cuervanca Lineup [Dark Atlantis @ el Martinete]
1) Caballero de Fuego & Veneno (Cuervanca) b Comodin & Furia Azteca
2) Antaris & Turbo b Black Thunder & Vampiro Metalico
3) Damian 666, Halloween, Hooligan DQ Brazo de Platino, Maximo, Super Brazo
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Marco Corelone DQ Mascara Ano 2000, Pierroth, Universo 2000

Super Brazo and Hooligan are feuding here and they’re building to a stip match.

Super Luchas #21 is about hardcore Mexican wrestling.

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03/18 AAA TV Results (Rey de Reyes)

previous: 02/23, 03/03, 03/10

AAA TV (SUN) 03/18 El Toreo De Naucalpan [ovaciones, KrisZ]
1) Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Chessman
2) Cuervo & Ozz b Crazy Boy & Joe Lider and Pegasso & Super Fly and Alan Stone & Zumbido [AAA TAG]
3) Gran Apache b Billy Boy [hair]
4) Alberije, Super Porky, Taiji Ishimori, Zorro b Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Kaoma Jr., Mr. Niebla
5) La Parka Jr. b Abismo Negro, Latin Lover, Rhyno, Octagón, Fuerza Guerrera [Rey de Reyes]
6) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico b Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, Scott Steiner

Air Date (projected)
Mexico: 03/25
US: 04/14

Mesias (Messiah in English) is Ricky Banderas; we’ll see if that sticks around longer than Asesor Cibernetica. KrisZ says Cibernetico was put thru a flaming table, returned, and won the match when Mesias and Scott Steiner screwed up.

AAA announced a Hall of Fame, and immediately inducted Antonio Pena and Rey Misterio Jr. (who was there). They’ll be running a show in Japan this September as an anniversary special – KrisZ has this as on 9/3.

Upcoming:
* 03/19 (tonight! – here’s a article about it)
* 03/25

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Angel Azteca (1963-2007)

SuperLuchas is reporting (at least partially based on this box y lucha post): Angel Azteca passed away Sunday. He was 43.

Angel Azteca was wrestling in Campeche in 2007 in a trios match opposite former tag partner Atlantis. It sounds like he had a heart issue after the match, but I’m not clear on this at all.

Azteca started wrestling in 1980, though his original name(s) are unknown. He got the Azteca gimmick in 1988 and took off from there, with his biggest years in the early 90s. Azteca won the NWA Middleweight and Mexican Welterweight titles, won the Mexican Tag Team titles with Atlantis and Volador, and won the trios titles as part of an all star team up with Hijo de Santo and Super Muneco. Azteca was a number of wrestlers who left CMLL to join AAA, and was briefly regimmicked as Charro de Jalisco.

Azteca ended the high profile part of his career back in CMLL, feuding with Arkangel in lower card matches in 2003. Towards the end of the year, CMLL pushed the feud as more important, and Arkangel took Angel Azteca’s mask on the last major show of the year. Even though Angel Azteca was only 40 at the time and Arkangel isn’t much younger, it seemed like this was planned to be Azteca’s final big moment, and he was dropping his mask to a younger guy to put them over on his way out. Azteca wrestled only occasionally in 2004, and was switched to being a referee for the promotion, but the new occupation didn’t stick.

Azteca resurfaced in 2006, teaming with two sons (II and Jr.) – it’s not clear if these are authentic sons. The trios of Aztecas wrestled around the greater Mexico City area, including some work for AULL. Angel Azteca also worked at least one maestro match, teaming with Solar I against Negro Navarro and old rival Arkangel. I don’t have any records of Angel Azteca wrestling in 2007 before Sunday’s match.

indy (SUN) 03/18 Arena Pinkusky [Sharkane @ box y lucha]
1) Apolo Sureno b Espiritu Maya
2) Angel Celestial & Captian America b Eslabon & Sangre Latina
3) Cobraman & Gavilan b Halcon Rojo & Mecanico Infernal
4) Atlantis, Imperio Dorado, Rebelde Punk b Angel Azteca, Demonio Rojo, Pinkusky

The report didn’t notice anything about Angel Azteca. He signed autographs after the match.

Update: CMLL.com confirms Azteca has passed away.

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