12/19: CMLL, Mexico, Mistico, GDL

CMLL WFS (FRI) 12/19 Velvet Night Club, DF [univsion]
1) Bam Bam b Pequeño Damian 666 [CMLL MINI]
2) Dark Angel ?? La Nazi, Princesa Sujei
3) Dos Caras Jr., Mark Corleone, Shocker ?? Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

No results for the matches, but you can find a picture of La Mascara “sensually dancing.”

CMLL (SAT) 12/20 Centro de Convenciones de Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas [box y lucha]
1) Baby Lover & Baby Ruiz b King Boy & Mercurio
2) Alex Montana Jr., Super Lobo, Transmetal b Chuntaro, Darling Boy, Jimmy Torres
3) Mascarita Dorada & Tzuki b Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Halloween
4) Euforia, Nosferatu, Satánico b Astro Boy, Brazo de Platino, Oro Negro
5) La Máscara, Mascara Dorada, Valiente DQ Black Warrior, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
6) Maximo, Sagrado, Volador Jr. DQ Negro Casas, Terrible, Texano Jr.
7) Mephisto & Místico b Averno & Dos Caras Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Sixth anniversary show for the local group. Hector Garza missing the show caused changes on the tecnico side for the top 4 matches. It does say Tzuki worked the show, for real. Partners actually got along in the main event, which makes this show notable on it’s own. DQ in the semimain was for local wrestler Loco Castillo attacking Terrible Texano Jr. with a chair for no discernible reason (except he’s surely losing his hair at some point.)

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AAA (SUN) 12/21 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Rey Imagen b Sicario
2) Aguila Extrema & Baby Fox b Jorobad I & Jorobad II
3) Diabolik & Guerrero Blanco b Ejecutor & mr. Secuestro
4) Relampago Azul, TDN, Virtual X b Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
5) Laredo Kid & Silver King b Monje Negro Jr. & Pimpinela Escarlata

CMLL (TUE) 12/23 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito DQ Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Skandalo b Flash, Leono, Mictlán
4) Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Vangelis b Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente
5) Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero DQ Dos Caras Jr., Toscano, Volador Jr.

Ultimo Guerrero faked a foul in the main event. Warrior fouled Dorada in the segunda.

CMLL (TUE) 12/23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
7) Máximo, Sagrado, Shocker DQ Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Rey Bucanero lost when Maximo faked a foul. Those two had feuded all match and discussed a title match (Rey’s) or a hair vs hair match. No result from the semimain, but Gallo keeps talking about putting his mask on the line against Satanico’s hair.

Mistico will be visiting Fray Tormenta on Friday to make peace. Tormenta had ealrier complained about Mistico (and CMLL) forgetting him after he helped introduce Mistico (and, according to the backstory, raised Mistico in his orphanage.) I’m sure the show tomorrow is part of this.

SuperLuchas looks back at Dr. Wagner Jr. taking the CMLL LH title from Pierroth

Sangre Azteca’s group gets the back cover of Ovaciones. Page 18 of Ovaciones has a full page head shot of Rey Misterio, and it gives the impression RAW will only be on Canal 5. Also, it’s now weird seeing a masked photo of Misterio in Ovaciones without seeing the unmasked one next to it.

Everyone else has a report of the last Congress Theater show, and I didn’t go. Slipping. Of course, one of those appears to be the promoter of the show recapping their own show, so I don’t know.

El Manana looks back at the year in Nuevo Laredo lucha libre. As usual, they’re big Laredo Kid (and AAA) fans.

El Sol de Luis interviews retired wrestler Pepe The Exotic.

IWRG (THU) 12/25 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Imperio Azteca vs Soldado del Diablo
2) Goleador & Miss Gaviota vs Antaris & Avisman
3) Eragon, Jack, Pendulo vs Capitán Muerte, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Freelance vs Tetsuya [IWRG IC LIGHT]
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Black Terry’s team is trying to unify the titles, just like the Oficials had before they lost the DF Trios to the other team. The talent is so stretched out on Christmas, IWRG is bringing no one in!

CMLL (TUE) 12/30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quazar vs Carlo Roggi
2) La Malinche & Silueta vs Atenea & Magnifica
3) Neutrón vs Rafaga
4) Metatron vs Mr. Trueno [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
5) Angel de Oro & Mascara Dorada vs Máscara Mágica & Satánico
6) Hijo del Fantasma, Máximo, Shocker vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

CMLL has Neutron in the title match to, but that is clearly not correct. Metatron was the last champ last time we had a champ here (January 7, 2007) and Mr. Trueno and Metatron have been feuding for the last two weeks, so that’s it. Big week for Angel de Oro!

12/23: Minis Cage Match, Poder Mexica

CMLL held a newsworthy press conference today. There will probably be a few more background quotes in the days to come, but it seems worthwhile to focus on the news items tonight.

The next Sunday special show at Arena Mexico will be 01/11 and be called La Hora Cero. As a special main event, and working off feuding in recent minis matches on Sunday, there will be the first CMLL Cage Match of Mini Estrellas. The loser will lose their mask. Panico was not definite on a lineup, but Pierrothito, Mini Universo 2000 and Mascarita Dorada talked at the press conference and are in for sure. CMLL.com adds Shockercito, Mini Olimpico, Pequeno Ninja, Pequeno Warrior and Acero de Oro, which makes 8. 8 is about normal for this sort of cage match, but it’s minis so who’s to say what normal is. I can’t think of any more mini rudos who still have their mask, though.

This, in fact, would probably be the main event minis match I was talking about on Sunday. Who could’ve known. Women keep on waiting.

In more ticket selling news, CMLL officially announced Guadalajara’s First Sunday Of The Month discounted ticket deal and mentioned Arena Puebla would be doing the same thing on the First Monday of the month.

The other news was Sangre Azteca delivering on his idea of forming a group. It’s called Poder Mexica, and it’ll be Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior and Dragon Rojo Jr.

“Poder Mexica” translated to Mexico Power. Sound familiar? (Besides the ex-Boricua guy!) I’m going with the idea that this is CMLL/Sangre being completely unaware of what AAA is doing than a purposeful rip. Either way is very silly, but Sangre Azteca’s been promoting that name since he left the Guerreros so we’re likely stuck with it. (And we’re surely getting the Mexican Powers back in force in AAA just so they can prove they were there first.)

If you check out Sangre’s website, you’ll notice that it’s actually open and it already has a link for this group. I wonder if the website was done before the announcement of the group was ready.

I like the makeup of the group. They’re not three similar guys, really three guys at very different career points, but three guys who’s strengths and weaknesses balance out pretty well. My concern is how they fit in the greater rudo sphere:

Current Rudo Factions
Pesta Negra: Negro Casas, Felino, Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla
Guerreros de la Atlantida: Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
Villanos: Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V
Hijos del Averno: Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto, Texano Jr., Terrible
Poder Mexica: Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr.
Infernales: Satanico, Euforia, Nosferatu
Tuareg: Nitro, Dr. X, Loco Max, Skandalo, Hooligan, Arkangel

7! We may be overpopulated here. I mean, it’s easier to write the list of notable people who are not in groups.

* Lizmark Jr. (who’d be in one of he was around long enough)
* Virus (who is essentially the fourth Infernal)
* Okumura (who is foreign and therefore doesn’t count – hey, I didn’t make up the rules)
* Vangelis (who no one would want in their group)
* Misterioso II

Alex is right! Anyway, I know this is for sure different, I just don’t know if it’s good or bad. I would think forming a 7th group wouldn’t be a good idea if you have six other ones, but at least this one seems to have some thought behind it.

At the same time, there’s zero tecnico groups. There’s Garza’s thing where no one knew who was in it and no one remembered it a week later. There’s Mistico’s idea for a group (and it’s funny to think Sangre Azteca has enough pull to form a group but Mistico does not), but there’s an obvious disinterest for tecnico groups by CMLL programmers. There’s no other obvious reason it’d be so lopsided. This whole format reminds move of a Japanese setup, where you various heel groups and one company tecnico army led by the company ace to fight them. The difference is those groupings are usually tightly adhered to, while it’s an exception for a tercera or higher rudo side to be completely members of one group or another. Maybe that’ll change – they seem to be going this way with keeping the Hijos del Averno together.

Getting back to Sangre Azteca – the idea of the guy who probably would’ve won ‘most underutilized’ multiple times if I was doing these awards in the late 90s and early 00s now leading an important faction (not La Alianaza) is pretty cool.

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12/23: Koslov, IWRG

In case you missed it, there was a post earlier about Ultimo Guerrero, champion of the world

Alex Koslov updated his myspace to talk about his jump to AAA (again)

That’s how I began to feel in CMLL. I’ve wrestled some of the best wrestlers in Mexico. And it was an awesome experience. And I’ve learned a lot.. But doing the same thing over and over gets old. When something gets old for me, I need to make a move. I need to get away from it because it’s not fun anymore. Towards the last several months before my departure from CMLL, I was at that point where I needed to go, I needed to make a change. The passion in me was asleep, the soul in me was not stimulated anymore. And that is exactly the reason of the nature in which I left. It was a way for me to wake up my soul and my passion again. It had to be dramatic and it had to be impactful. I meant to make shockwaves! It was quite an adrenaline rush, and it definitely awoke me! There is people who think I left CMLL for AAA for the money. And it just distrurbs me because these people have no idea. I am a person that acts on emotion. It’s never been about the money. It’s always been about being passionate about what you do and enjoying what you do.

When I speak negative, I speak for my companions in CMLL who I feel are not getting the opportunity they trully deserve, guys like Mesterioso Jr, guys like Efesto, guys like Terrible, guys like Texano Jr.

There’s more about CMLL fans who hate AAA and CMLL being outdated. I wish we were talking about Alex Koslov’s awesome matches in AAA by now. I’m reluctant to disagree with Alex, because I like him and appreciate it when luchadors give their real opinions, but – who are the AAA equivalents of Mistersioso, Ephesto, Terrible, and Texano? There needs to be more opportunities all over the place is all I’m saying.

IWRG (FRI) 12/19 Arena Naucalpan [Al Filo del Ring]
1) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Freelance, Jack, Zatura
2) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido [IWRG IC TAG]

Dinamitas won clean. This was also the award show, and Oficials won for best trio. Freelance, Referee Reyes Rosas, Black Terry, Zumbido, and the Dinamitas also won awards.

AAA (SAT) 12/20 Deportivo Tlalli, Tlanepantla, EdM [Al Filo del Ring]
3) Coco Loco L Coco Pelos, Payaso Caronna, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror, Coco Tiger [mask]
4) Alex Koslov & Mesias b Konnan & Ozz

The Cocos match actually came down to Loco, Pelos, and Tiger left. Pelos dumbly martinete-d Tiger, getting himself DQed and saving Tiger, then Loco beat Pelos. Pelos is Mario Lopez, presumably not the one from Saved By The Bell. Al Filo del Ring is going on vacation for the rest of the year, good for him.

Luchas2000 #451 says Hector Garza is out with a knee injury. This is what passes for CMLL announcing it.

Televisa says WWE RAW will start airing on Canal 5, Monday at 10pm, starting 01/05. They don’t specifically say it’ll stop airing the other times.

LuchaWorld has Robert on GDL 05/27/07 and 06/10 and AAA 05/26/07

A while back I was talking to Dr. Lucha and he noted how AAA is just a two-man promotion right now with Konnan and Mesias.

No, that’s from last May, I swear. There’s also KrisZ‘s news report.

F4Wonline has their AAA recap

Ultimo Guerrero is your new CMLL World Heavyweight Champion

CMLL (MON) 12/22 Arena Puebla [morgan_alebrije]
1) Blue Center, Lestat, SWAT b Aguila Guerrera, Karisma, Mr. Rafaga
2) Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo, Tony Rivera b Espiritu Maligno, Loco Max, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Mictlán, Sagrado, Valiente b Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Black Warrior, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b La Máscara, Mascara Dorada, Volador Jr.
5) Último Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr. [CMLL HEAVY]

Ultimo Guerrero is the 15th CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. Dos won the first fall with the cross armbreaker, UG pinned Dos after he missed a top rope move in the second fall. Dos had UG in a submission in the final fall, but the referee got bumped and then distracted by Rey Bucanero (Ultimo’s second.) Ultimo Guerrero fouled Dos, covered, and got the three count.

Ultimo Guerrero is a double champion, also holding a share of the CMLL Trios titles. The Guerreros hold the two top weight class belts with Bucanero still being Light Heavyweight champion. In fact, of the eight CMLL World Titles, now only two are held by tecnicos (Mistico with the Welter and Bam Bam with the Mini.)

Dos Caras Jr. held the title for 503 days, which is the shortest title reign this decade. (There’s only been 4.) Of far more interest is what’s next for Dos Caras Jr. Dos is booked on the Tuesday, Friday and Sunday shows this week, so there’ll be plenty of time for people to ask question and I’m sure they will.

I could not have been more wrong about this; I’m so stunned, I’ve yet to mark out over UG winning the belt. Does this mean we’re getting Ultimo Guerrero/Marco Corleone matches? There’s not an obvious alternate for the title.

12/22 (2): Santo, Sombra, Box Y Lucha, Mistico, Cibernetico, Laredo Kid, Lady Rabbit, lineup

El Hijo del Santo did an autograph signing at his cafe/souvenir shop, and there was a big turnout.

Kid Azteca was the winner of the fifth annual Gomez Palacio Luchador 5K race. Kid Azteca was the fastest and took the 80 kg and under division, with Nieto del Hungaro & Cabllero Halcon Jr in 2nd and 3rd. Super Leopardo took the 80-100 kg division, ahead of his brother Super Star. In the over 100 kg class, Psycho I and Psycho II finished that order. La Sombra won the first three years of this race, but is a bit busy now. Also yesterday, Blue Panther recieved his plaque for being a Distguised Citzen from this same city.

Going back to Sombra for a second – I noted a while back Sombra’s mask reminded me of Oro’s. They have similar styles, and they both won an NWA title at a very young age. El Universal talks to Sombra about the comparisons, and reveals the reason for his name. When Brillante came to Mexico City to train, noting his gear and style was similar, like Brillante was Oro’s spirit or Oro’s shadow. Brillante liked the idea of being called “Sombra”, so it stuck.

And now the Box Y Lucha massive link dump! I really like the new design, though I wish they still had all the old covers up. And I need to mess with Yahoo Pipes to get a master RSS feed at some point.

Mistico blames his tag team title loss on Hector Garza’s knee; Mistico says Garza came from knee surgery and wasn’t 100% percent. (Which would also explain where Garza’s been lately, though you’d think he’d have the knee surgery after the last big match rather than right before it.) Don’t look for a rematch, as Mistico says he doesn’t trust Garza because he’s still an ex-Perro. Mistico notes he successfully defended his CMLL World Welterweight Title over Negro Casas next week which proves that, in lucha libre, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Mistico also says whomever said he was complaining about working too much was lying, he’s fine with CMLL’s schedule for him. (Who DID say that? I can not recall.)

Terrible has no recollection of any foul that won him the Leyenda de Azul. “To the all the fans who booed me because they believe there was a foul, I only tell you that you need to learn to lose!” Fair enough!

– This interview with Dragon Rojo Jr. from after he won the #1 contenders Cibernetico two Tuesdays ago is a little outdated in newsworthyness, but it gives you a really good look at Rojo’s altered mask design. It works it a Diamante Negro logo in the forehead and the side flames are now smaller and angled more towards the back.

– In an interview from Guerra de Titanes, Charly Manson said he planned to debut on the first TV taping of January, but Chessman jumping him has made that impossible. There are other AAA interviews from this period with not enough new info worth linking to, but a common theme is everyone being asked about Cibernetico, and everyone being positive about him. It’s very professional.

– Contrast: From back on the Perros del Mal debut press conference, Cibernetico calls Konnan and Vampiro cancers, and I can’t recall if I’ve seen that quote before. From Cibernetico, I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s been in the comments. Cibernetico also says, since there’s now 20-30 foreign wrestlers around, someone should start a company of foreign wrestlers, and hopefully have them leave AAA.

Laredo Kid explains his second leg injury was really his first leg injury. A doctor screwed up, fissures were not sealed right, and it fell back apart in the cage match. Laredo Kid has learned bad doctors are bad, you’ve got to have a backup career because thing can fall apart at any time. He’s planning to go back to school next year. Not a bad idea.

Sahori talks about her name, her career in AAA. She’s been trained by Gran Apache, Abismo Negro and Ultimo Guerrero. Henrik can finish this paragraph.

Lady Rabbit says she’s the only women wrestler employed by IWRG. Going to be tough for her to have matches. When Martha and Rossy said they were bringing their group of women to IWRG, Lady Rabbit joined IWRG on her own and now Martha and Rossy’s group is MIA so Lady Rabbit has no opponents. But she’s still trying and waiting for opponents. It appears her husband is an IWRG wrestler, but they don’t directly say it, and that would explain why she’s hanging around to wait. Lady Rabbit says she was Lady Discovery – I thought that was someone else? Anyway, the point is, I can now sleep at night knowing what happened to Lady Rabbit.

– Two articles about DTU wrestlers but serious now, this is long enough.

Box Y Lucha #2902, the actual magazine, has Cibernetico and Wagner on the cover. Some of the teased stories include Sangre Azteca thinking about teaming with Dragon Rojo and Pegasso and Rey Cometa noting how much tougher the fans and opponents are in CMLL.

RFC says a Monterrey promoter is planning on bringing TNA to Arena Monterrey in April 2009. (This is what they call ‘burying the lede’.) I think we’ve been here before (but at least they have some TV now.) RFC also posted his 2008 awards, with Caifan 69 as the wrestler of the year. Mesias as the best foreginer of the year surprises me a little.

Lineups

AAA (TUE) 12/23 Auditorio Municipal de San Juan, Los Lagos
1) Fabi Apache, Gato Eveready, Mari Apache vs El Padrino, La Diabólica, Sexy Star
2) Crazy Boy & Ultimo Gladiador vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
3) Alan Stone & Gronda II vs Chessman & Zorro

El Padrino is working with Gato Eveready? Seems odd.

AAA (THU) 12/25 Arena San Juan Pantitlan [luchalibreaaa]
1) Aerostar, Dizzy, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Divina vs ?, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson
2) Charly Manson, Crazy Boy, Super Porky vs ?, El Brazo, Electro Shock

Charly can’t possibly be wrestling here.

indy (THU) 12/25 Unidad Deportiva Luis Donaldo Colosio
1) Caballero X vs Payaso Loco
2) Dancy Boy & Kenji vs Aero Mouse & Kintaro
3) Halconcito Galactico & Lunathor vs Kid Star & Zafarrancho
4) Camaleon de Oro, Protector, Shrek vs Felino, Puma King, Tiger Kid
5) Angeluz, Fray Tormenta, Sagrado vs Infierno, Rostro Infernal, Satánico

I guess we know one of Fray Tormenta’s disciples is still on good terms with him! That’s a very literal good vs evil main event; we just needed some dogs to face all those semimain cats. Don’t like the devil’s chances on Christmas Day.

indy (THU) 12/25 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Pentagoncito vs Mini Maximo
2) Guerrero Inca vs Semental
3) Angel de Oro, Hooligan, Scriba Jr. vs Euforia, Misterioso II, Mr. Guerrero
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis, Dragon Rojo Jr., Ephesto

So, UG is working as a hometown tecnico, but Dragon Rojo and Ephesto are not? Don’t try and make sense of it, kdb!

AAA (THU) 12/25 Auditorio de Tijuana [aereo_suicida @ SML]
1) Human Tornado vs Puma
2) Black Abyss, Histeria, Psicosis II vs Arandu, Extreme Tiger, TJ Boy
3) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart [AAA TAG]
4) Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, X-Pac vs Chuck Palumbo, Konnan, Rellik

This is in fact a real card, not some apparition from a nightmare. My guess is this is a tryout for Palumbo and not a sign he’s coming in full time, but time will tell. I would presume Puma is the TJ Perkins (there’s plenty of lucha guys running around with that name too, but not all of the face other PWG guys.) Psicosis II is usually the promoter for these shows, but obviously I didn’t realize his connections to SoCal talent.

Deep thought of the day: are Jack & Teddy actually Mexican? are Nicho & Lider actually foreigners? I need to expand on this, but I needed to eat lunch and I didn’t do that either.

If that looks like a lot of Christmas shows, that’s the tip. I’m counting 10 listed shows so far, including five with AAA main events.

CMLL (SUN) 12/28 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Poseidon vs Milenio
2) Palacio Negro & Plata vs Thunder Boy & Virgo
3) Idolo & Nube Roja vs Depreadador (GDL) & Exterminador (GDL)
4) Infierno, Malefico, Máscara Mágica vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Satánico
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Shocker vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Hmm, trios champs vs the last

12/22 (1): Puebla, Monterrey, Coliseo, IWRG, bye bye Ciber

I’m splitting this right down the middle for sanity sake. (And so I can take a 15 minute break before typing up lineups.)

CMLL (MON) 12/15 Arena Puebla [eric0891 @ el martinete]
1) Centella de Oro & Legionario b Karisma & Sauron
2) Asturiano, Hijo del Faraon, Pegasso Xtreme b Policeman, Semental, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Blue Panther, Mictlán, Valiente b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Shocker

and that’s how we get to today’s title match, of course.

CMLL (THU) 12/18 Arena Monterrey [RFC]
1) Angel Dorado Jr., Mascara Dorada, Máscara Púrpura b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dragon Rojo Jr., Virus
2) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b La Mascara, Mark Corleone, Maximo
3) Diluvio Negro II L Blue Panther and Tiger Universitario [hair]
4) La Sombra, Mr. Niebla, Valiente b Difunto II, Diluvio Negro I, Último Guerrero [semifinal]
5) Averno, Misterioso II, Volador Jr. b Místico, Rey Hechicero, Sangre Azteca [semifinal]
6) Último Guerrero b Difunto II [mask]

Let me see if I get this all right (thanks KrisZ)

Main event 12 man mask match took the form of a battle royale to determine four trios teams, with the person who took the pin moving on to a mask match. (No captains, I guess.) That was UG in the first match and Rey Hechicero in the second. However, Rey Hechicero suffered a knee injury (attributed to Misterioso.) I believe what happened is they had a quickie battle royale with the four guys left, with Difunto getting beat by Mistico and dumped into the mask match. Which he lost. No name listed.

Blue Panther took Diluvio Negro II’s hair.

La Mascara and local Angel Dorado Jr. ended up taking Hector Garza and Dos Caras Jr.’s spots. As I’ll get to later, Hector probably had had knee surgery, causing the recent disappearing act. Would it hurt CMLL to actually announce this sort of thing?

CMLL (SUN) 12/21 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Hijo del Faraon & Pegasso b Camorra & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Loco Max
3) Mascarita Dorada, Nino de Acero, Shockercito b Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Sagrado DQ Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca, Skandalo
5) Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr. b Marco Corleone, Shocker, Toscano

By everyone’s estimation, Dorada, Pierrothito and the minis stole the show. Focus was on Dorada vs Pierrothito, with Dorada picking up the pin (though it may be disputed.) Dorada wants a shot at the Lightweight Title, Pierrothito wants a mask match (ha! you know, I think they could main event with that…) but they’re getting a trios rematch next week. Considering how long it took for Nosferatu and Infernal to get their rematch, we’ll get a title rematch for this one in March.

Terrible replaced Ephesto, which worked because they seem to be doing a program with him and Marco off Leyenda de Azul. here, Terrible got the pin after grabbing the ropes.

DQ in the semimain was for Dragon Rojo fouling Maximo. Which isn’t very tecnico. Skandalo replaced Black Warrior. Pegasso may be lower than Super Fly is in AAA, but he’s winning.

IWRG (SUN) 12/21 Arena Naucalpan [Ovaciones]
4) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. DQ Head Hunter I & Veneno
5) Arlequin L Oficial 911, Scorpio Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Tetsuya, Cerebro Negro, Pierroth II, Zumbido, Máscara Año 2000, Multifacético [cage, hair]

Arlequin lost his mask and his hair within 2 months. Indy lucha libre, ain’t it special. 911 gets credit for the win. DQ in the semimain was referee violence, I believe.

CMLL (SUN) 12/21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mt 1, MT 2]
4) Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Satánico b Casanova, Gallo, Neutrón
5) Dos Caras Jr., La Máscara, Volador Jr. b Averno, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Místico b Mr. Niebla

Not totally sure of the result of the fourth match. Post match, Gallo again challenged Satanico to a mask vs hair match, and Satanico warned him to be careful what he asked for. That (non-mask/hair) singles match is scheduled for tomorrow and Gallo is so getting pwned. Clean wins in the top two matches.

In other news from the building, they’ll now be following the Mexico City Tuesday/Sunday pattern of really cheap tickets the first Sunday of every month, starting on 01/04. Children tickets are 10 pesos anywhere, adults are 30 pesos in some of the seating. June will be the 50th anniversary celebration for this arena, so maybe another big show will take place then.

AAA (SUN) 12/21 Salon Sagitario [AAA]
1) Fabi Apache & Mari Apache b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Star
2) Alan Stone & El Elegido b Escoria & Mesias
3) Cibernetico & La Parka Jr. b Konnan & Zorro

AAA’s site bills this as Cibernetico’s farewell. He’s not on the lineups for this week (so far!) AAA never writes about spot shows, make of it what you will.

They said the show had a good turnout, and it looks that way from pictures elsewhere. Mesias and Sexy Star didn’t get along with their partners.

Poll: Who’s Not Leaving?

The new Box Y Lucha site is up and content rich, but it and other issues (the exciting AAA debut of Chuck Palumbo) are going to delay my news update for probably an hour or more. Just to put up something quick and topical…

Dos Caras Jr. has the big heavyweight title match tonight in Puebla; if he’s leaving, you’d think he’d be losing the title. Flipping that, if he loses his the title, everyone’s going to be pretty well convinced Dos is out of CMLL.

Meanwhile, <a href=http://luchalibre.mforos.com/2534/7623490-el-color-adios-al-ciber-de-aaa-funcion-de-foristas-y-mas/>Cibernetico</a> told the crowd at a show in Neza (Salon Sagitario?) it was his last show with AAA. He’s been working spot show since being off TV, with the idea that he – just like Dos – would be done at the end of the month.

Unfortunately, I’m a horrible skeptic and have trouble believing anyone, much less luchadors. WWE doesn’t seem to me like it’s signing Dos soon (or has even been pursing him for a long time) and the indy scene is inconsistent and unreliable. I still think Cibernetico/AAA stuff is a work, but even if it was real, the novelty of working Perro shows is going to work out.

I’m wrong a lot, so I’ll put the question to you: what do you think is going to happen?

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(I picked May in case Rey de Reyes slips into April.)

12/21: CMLL Women, Coliseo

El Universal writes about CMLL’s women’s wrestlers, noting that they have yet to main event any wrestling card. Semi-amusing aspects:
* this article is illustrated by pictures of the valets
* Paco says CMLL has “10 or 12 women” (and over 150 men.) I could understand not knowing off the top of your head, but you think they could find out the exact number of women in CMLL for an article on the women in CMLL. FWIW, Amapola, Dark Angel, Goddess (still around), Hiroka, India Sioux, La Nazi (quoted in this article, but hasn’t been around), Lady Apache, Marcela, Medussa, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra and Sahori is 14, though Rosa is MIA and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to count the new ones.
* the reason given for no main event is there’s not enough women, so they do the same matches over again, so, uh…actually, I don’t know how to fake making sense of that. There’s logic I’m clearly missing here, but to me, it doens’t matter how many people you have as much as it matters having one really hot feud you can push to the top.

There’s the usual discussion of conditions for women in wrestling (pay is generally said to improved has improved, sexual harassment – by fans, and for independent women – is still an issue,) and it’s mentioned that six more women are planned to debut in April (in addition to Lluvia and Yesca? I’m thinking they’re included and we’re not getting 8 new women in 6 months.)

The more intersting to me is – is there a women’s main event on the roster right now? I’m not the best judge of this, because if someone suggested doing a Dark Angel/Amapola title match as Friday’s main event, I’d be all down with it but it’s not actually realisitc. Outside of Sujei, none of the top women are masked. Maybe Dark Angel vs Sujei in a hair/mask rematch of Sarah’s mask loss? That seems not big enough for a Friday show main event, but too big for them to put on a Tuesday or Sunday. The women’s titles mean as any titles here, but even men’s title matches tend not to be main event (only exceptions are Mistico and Dos on Monday). The big women’s matches have been treated as equals to the big minis matches and the big midcard matches, at the semimain level, and I think it’s more likely than ever, there’s just no obvious match we’re waiting to see happen that’d fit.

With the minis, if they put a long enough build into it, I could see something like Mascarita Dorada putting his mask up against Pierrothito as a real main event. In fact, if I were a mini, that’d be the match I’d be hoping for – you want the match mostly likely to deliver, to give everyone the best chance at getting another one. Bam Bam and the Mini Perros del Mal could deliver too, but I can’t imagine them doing more than they’ve already done and that’s not been good enough to be main event.

CMLL may be airing in Spain, though not the Sunday airing advertised.

SuperLuchas looks back at the night Konnan lost his mask and Tinieblas vs Canak from before I was born.

WagnerMania looks at the career of Huracan Ramriez (Daniel Garcia).

LuchaWorld has CMLL 06/01/07 (Sombra’s debut; hard to believe it’s only been a year with that name), CAN52 06/09 and FS3 06/10. There’s also KrisZ’s news update.

CMLL (SUN) 12/28 Arena Coliseo
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Astro Boy vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito, Tzuki vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
3) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Mictlán vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Shigeo Okumura
4) Máximo, Sagrado, Valiente vs Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
5) Dos Caras Jr., Místico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Texano Jr.

If Dos isn’t booked next Tuesday and Dos is really leaving at the end of 2008, this would be his last CMLL DF match. It probably isn’t. If the minis terceras are going somewhere, it’s Shockercito vs Mini Universo or Mini Warrior.

We’ll catch up with Monterrey results and more on Monday.

TWoLL: Television

The World Of Lucha Libre, by Heather Levi
The World Of Lucha Libre, by Heather Levi

The big topic of lucha libre in 2008 has been televised lucha libre. There may be more hours of lucha libre on TV than ever before. Critics of the WWE’s influence point towards the national airings of RAW and SmackDown! as keeping people from going to lucha shows, but the amount of CMLL and indy groups doing traditional available to the general public has increased noticeable instead. (It’s odd, and an indication of it’s strange and seemingly under appreciated relationship with Televisa, that a successful AAA has decreased at the same time.) Keeping with that idea, here are to anecdotes about similar issues in previous years.

First, the end of televised lucha in the 50s. The Televicentro show refereed to was a rival promotion to EMLL, formed primarily to be a television program for the network

Opposition to televised lucha libre seems to have begun with the Televicentro broadcasts. Before putting up the Televicentro ring, [the owner of the network, Emilio Azcarraga solicited authorization from the Secretary of Communications and Transpartion (which was in charge of television), but he neglected to consult the Commission of Boxing and Lucha Libre. In res ponce, Adolfo Fernandez Bustamante, the head of the Office of Public Spectacles, took Televicentro to court to block the broadcasts. Once the case reached the courts, however, the argument against lucha libre broadcasts was re-framed as mater of protecting underage viewers. Moreover, the subject of debate moved form the television studios to the live events, as the court decided to consider the question of whether minors should be permitted in the arenas.

The judge in charge of the case granted the Televicentro empresa a stay and ruled the minors could continue to attend the luchas. But he also issued a strong condemnation of the behavior of the rudo wrestlers and ordered the commission to clean up the event. He charged the commission’s secretary of lucha libre, Barradas Osorio, the EMLL, and the head of the wrestler’s union with negotiation a list of rules for lucha libre performance that made it impossible to perform the rudo roll at all. And of course, without the rudos, there is no lucha libre.

Meanwhile, the government’s attention shifted form the issue of minors entering the arenas back to the question of televised matches. This time, the city’s regent, Ernesto Uruchurtu, prohibited the transmission by fiat because many parents had allegedly complained that their children had been injured while attempting to imitate the wrestlers. Rafael Bararadas later justified the ban in his memories. “It was said even those little ones attended events, in those cases they were accompanied by adults who very probably explained to them what the wrestles were doing, and that didn’t happen in the intimacy of the homes where the wrestlers were seen by children to whom no one explained what was happening on the television screen, and from there came the danger that was involved with television wrestling. Children were also barred from attending the live event on the ground that they might try to approach their heroes during the match and accidental be squashed by the rudos fighting outside the ring.”

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and the return of CMLL to TV in 1991.

From the start, many wrestlers and promoters expressed concern over the economic impact of television. Some veterans of the 1950s remembered that arena attendance dropped sharply when it was broadcast by Televicento. One journalist called Televisa wrestling an underhanded attack on Carlos Maynez’s Lucha Libre Internacional by the EMLL. Other wrestlers did not oppose televised broadcasts as such but were worried about its terms, especially the scheduling of the broadcasts. The two biggest shows at the arena are Friday night and Sunday afternoons, and many feared the Sunday broadcast would compete directly with the arenas. hence televised broadcasts immediately realized a host of concerns. Manny Guzman, president of the Sindicato Nacional de Luchadors (SNL) was in charge of representing the wrestlers’ interests in the EMLL’s negotiations with Televisa, but in the spring of 1992 several disgruntled wrestlers broke with the Sindicato, publicly accusing Guzman of selling out the membership. They were immediately blackballed by the union.

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Worth noting that this story is actually playing out right now, in ‘real’ time, as the Wrestling Observer posts old editions of it’s newsletter from this time period at this site.

One last piece, about how Anotnio Pena, Televisa and the formation of AAA changed the landscape once more. All wrestlers who jumped to AAA were immediately kicked out of the union, for betraying their principles and giving the power to a television network.

Some wrestlers followed Pena. The wrestler Justiciero took over as head of a new AAA-affiliated union to represent the now blackballed wrestlers. Meanwhile, the Sindicato, still led by Guzman, suddenly changed its position to oppose televised broadcast. The movement against televised lucha libre climaxed in June of 1993, when the Sindicato went on strike. The strike culminated in a march on the presidential residence of Los Pinos by a group of about three hundred wrestlers, many wearing their masks. The strikers hoped to get an audience with President Salinsa de Gortari to ask for his intervention in the matter, but the president was unavailable and the strike fell apart. As a result, the Sindicato lost much of it’s influence. One group of wrestlers left to join [the independent/referee/retired union], while others reached an accord with the EMLL to form an in-house union. Televisa agreed to continue to broadcast EMLL events (one of the demands of the strikers), but the strike failed to stop the televised transmission of lucha libre, or to wrest its control from the media conglomerate.

The book says there are now in-house unions for both promotions, separate from each other. There have been (and may still be) other independent unions, most notable the one referred to above which represents those who are retired.

I would suspect, but do not know, that when we talk about a wrestler belong to CMLL, we actually mean they apart of CMLL’s union and receive bookings with CMLL thru the union (and depending on their standing with CMLL.) In exchange, CMLL has first priority for all dates. Independent wrestlers are not union members and negotiate with CMLL directly over bookings. Wrestlers are free to leave, because they’re just resigning from their union, not quitting an employer. Which is why some have been signed to contracts. I’m totally guessing here and may be way off.

Even if I am off, I do think maybe a union is what the current independent wrestlers need. I keep thinking of this as a third major promotion (and I’m not saying no to that), but there really doesn’t need to be any promotion. Just enough wrestlers banding together and chipping into to create a central office for promoters to contact to get in touch with wrestlers while allowing wrestlers to pool information about trustworthy (and not) promoters. It could also serve as an accreditation service; I would imagine people get opportunities by claiming people trained them, who never actually did, but a union could prove or disprove where needed.

Hope you enjoyed this feature. Maybe I’ll get around to reading Dan Madigan’s book at some point and do something like this (or not.)

12/20: Mexico, lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/19 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, ESTO]
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Angel de Oro b Calígula & Méssala
2) Amapola, Hiroka, Medussa b India Sioux, Marcela, Princesa Blanca
3) Flash b Pólvora [lightning]
4) Felino, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Valiente
5) Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr. b La Máscara, Toscano, Volador Jr.
6) Dos Caras Jr., Mark Corleone, Shocker b Black Warrior, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Ovaciones went with the fourth match as it’s lead story, for whatever reason. Tcnicos won the main event fine. Terrible yanked Volador’s mask and Texano covers him for the win in the semimain.

Flash/Polvora is said to be good. Princesa Blanca and Marcela did not get along in their match and someone may be turning ruda there.

Earlier this week, at a forum on contact sports organized by the DF Commission of Sports, luchadors appealed to the government for better working conditions. The wrestlers appearing before the group, which includes Hijo del Santo, Electroshock, Lady Apache and Pirata Morgan, are seeking a hospital dedicated to sports injuries and a new law requiring promoters to set aside a portion of their revenue to pay wrestlers hospital bills in case of injury. Santo noted only the top stars can afford health insurance and most luchadors are completely unprotected if they suffer an injury. Government officials said they’d work on a bill on this (which would cover all combat sports, including lucha) and would be voted on 2009 and potentially take effect in 2010.

Blue Panther will be recognized tomorrow by Gomez Palacio for his career in lucha libre.

SuperLuchas has a long letter from Ultimo Chingon, who explains his name and how a Mexican wrestler ended up in Peru. He claims to be the former Mandibula, who wrestled in CMLL in 2001 and 2002.

Luchaworld has Robert on CMLL 52MX 06/02/07 and FSE 06/03/07 and Gimnasio Nuevo Leon (01/13/08)

CMLL (TUE) 12/23 Arena Mexico
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Flash, Leono, Mictlán vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Skandalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Vangelis
5) Dos Caras Jr., Toscano, Volador Jr. vs Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

So who wrestles in the main event when Lizmark doesn’t show? Looks like Comta and Pegasso will have to work their way up.

CMLL (FRI) 12/26 Arena Mexico
1) Sensei & Trueno vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
3) Angel de Oro vs Skandalo [lightning]
4) Máscara Púrpura, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Satánico, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
5) Dos Caras Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
6) La Máscara, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Looks like the one one matches are going to be ongoing for the time being. Mistico took a long one week break.