04/03: SL brought back, Mexico,

Remind me never to lose to Honduras.

Ovaciones not only previews tonight’s show, but mentions next Tueday’s Fan Appreciation show is two championship night. Not only will CMLL have the tag titles on the line (Volador/Sombra vs Atlantis/Rey), but the Super Light title – last seen in Arena Mexico in 2004 – will back in play. Ovaciones lists the former champion as “Ricky Romero”. The new champion will be determined in a “Reyes de Aires style torneo”, and we’ve even got the participants:

– Angel de Oro
– Polvora
– Angel de Plata
– Inquisidor
– Rey Cometa
– Super Comando
– Pegasso
– Tiger Kid
– Masacara Dorada
– Angel Azteca Jr.

That’s 10, which is a little bit less than you’d expect for this time. I also wonder this might be a ‘two finalist meet next week’ deal; it’s not said, but that’s the usual for these type of things. It’s also a whole bunch of match 1/2 guys, with Mascara Dorada sticking out as being above the level and an obvious favorite. Kinda hope he doesn’t win; it’d be fun to have a Rey de Novatos title, to go along with the Arena Coliseo Tag Titles, and Dorada would be feuding with Virus and Felino instead (which wouldn’t be so bad either.) All I know is next weekend’s Cadena3 is the most interesting TV of the month.

Moving back to things that are happening today:

CMLL (FRI) 04/03 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
3) Valiente vs Virus [lightning]
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., Mephisto
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Other previews: Notimex, ESTO

Regardless of the order, the trios title match is the main event here. It’d be strange to have two guys be trios champions with two different partners, but I don’t know if CMLL is really concerned about such things. Or, they could always have Poder Mexica just use a win here as an excuse to get out of being partners with Warrior if that’s a concern. The champs are the favorites, but not total ones.

The former trios champs are teaming in the fourth match, which could be a fun exhibition of spots. Valiente hasn’t been highlights in Mexico City much lately, so I hope this works out well for him. It’s Virus, it should be. The main event seems like a main event just to do a main event, which gives 50% chance of setting up a random angle.

Meanwhile, another portion of the CMLL crew is in Guadalajara for another Coliseo anniversary celebration. Big matches are rematches from Dos Leyendas: Mistico vs Negro (non-title), and Atlantis/UG vs V4/V5, plus a women’s cibernetico with the loser losing their masks. Sujei is really the only regular involved, so no one may know the difference.

The special CMLL GDL show is happening because, just like every time CMLL runs a special show in GDL, the Perros are running elsewhere in Guadalajara (at the University.) Main event is Santo/Rayo vs Wagner/Perro, which sounds like it should draw pretty well. There’s also the Pierroth benefit show in Arena Azteca Budokan, which has gotten decent press.

SuperLuchas will have a raffle to pay Kato Kung Lee’s medical bills. First prize gets you dinner with Santo & Demon and masks, plus lots more. Tickets are expected to be 1000 Mexican pesos ($72.63 US)

The Gladiatores has a interview with Psicosis and Histeria about leaving AAA and working for EAW (and a bunch other places.) Sounds like they, like others, blame the foriegn guys for taking their spots.

Mike Lano has an article on Slam about the San Jose AAA show.. No results from last night’s Las Vegas taping yet, but AAA has announced the Aguascalientes will be on April 30th, Kid’s Day. I can only imagine what AAA would plan for Kid’s Day in 2009. Between the Kid’s Day stuff and the Lucha Libre Expo, that’s going to be a busy stretch of time.

AAA looks back TripleMania III.

DJ Spectro defends Mil Mascaras.

Ohtnai’s Jacket raves about Valiente vs Rey Hechicero.

LuchaWorld has Robert on Arena Coliseo Monterry 05/13, 05/15/07 and CMLL TV 11/10/07, as well as KrisZ’s news.

Did SoloLuchas give up posting?

Lucha Listen-In Podcast #9

Cubs and I talk all the lucha news and results from Rey de Reyes, Dos Leyendas, Juvy’s record setting tenure in AAA and the Abismo Negro Death.

You can download the show here, find it more formats, or subscribe to our RSS feed for iTunes and other MP3 players. (Getting the show proper into iTunes store is my project for the weekend.)

04/02: Abismo Negro, Konnan suspended, GDL

I don’t know which story is the top story today.

– A woman has gone to the press claiming she was Abismo Negro’s secret lover, whom Abismo was going to marry if only for his wife guilting him into staying with her due to her cancer and the children. The Other Woman – América Sánchez – says the stress his wife caused Abismo led him directly to abusing drugs and alcohol. The article is just excerpts from an article in TVyNovelas magazine, coming out soon. In addition, the Cancun promoter suspended for falsely promoting Abismo Negro story got picked up by Notimex, so it’s all over the place now.

– Ovaciones says Konnan has been suspended by the DF Box Y Lucha commissioner for his part of the attack on Juvi. As the national head of the commission, all the other commissions are supposed to uphold this suspension, so Konnan is effectively prohibited from wrestling in Mexico.

AAA’s done an abysmal job handling this situation and Konnan is certainly done some wrong here. However, it feels like everyone coming out of the woodwork to take a shot at Konnan now that he’s given him an opening. There’s been no indication the commission actually talked to Konnan or AAA about their side of the story (with how busy they’ve both been, it seems unlikely), and are just going on Juvi’s side of the story. Jack Evans isn’t mentioned as being suspended, which highlights this as a personal issue about Konnan. People are either fiercely loyal to Konnan or hate him – not even always because of some thing between them, but because of the style of lucha libre he wants to present. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, which leads to situations like this.

The silver lining here is Konnan should not be in the ring anyway, because he’s clearly broken down, and not going to get any better. Konnan and AAA really need to take Konnan out of the ring, but if they’re not going to do it, then at least someone else will. That’s assuming the other commissions enforce the suspension, which is no sure thing. Still wouldn’t book Konnan in a match for TripleMania (in Mexico City), but it certainly would be in character for them to challenge/ignore this.

At the same time, Juvi pictures just keep getting more dramatic. Juvi underwent nose surgery on Tuesday, which prevented him from meeting with AAA (not he was getting any response from them.) He can’t talk now, but plans to hold a press conference when he can. Fuerza Guerrera can talk, so he was on Tercera Caida to talk about the attack. Everyone seems to be pointing towards X-Pac as the person who instigated the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Konnan did an interview with a Las Vegas Review-Journal to promote tonight’s TV Taping (we think) in Las Vegas. Besides the usual Konnan bio – Konnan notes the difference between what he does and Al Pacino does is Pacino has a stunt man (couldn’t we get one for Konnan?) – the article says a percentage of merchandise sales are going to Abismo Negro’s family. Which is interesting, because they no one seemed to see a merchandise stand on the first leg of the US Tour. I guess a percentage of zero is still a percentage.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mt]
5) Metal Blanco & Valiente b Mascara Magica & Satanico
6) Dos Caras Jr., La Mascara, Sagrado b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca

Dos rolled up Sangre clean for the win. Tecnicos pulled the two fall upset in the semimain, which made Satanico sad/mad.

Atlantis and CMLL announced they’ll be hold the annual kids day show not on April 30th, but a day late as the May 1st Friday Arena Mexico show. Kids get in for 1 peso, and will be treated to a showing of Atlantis’ latest movie. This was all, a little bit strangely, announced as a PAN political party news conference

Ovaciones says CMLL’s Lucha Libre Expo show will include a tribute Satanico and Villano III. Yesterday, Ovaciones had a random two page story about Solar, which highlights his store.

(SuperLuchas) Gigante Warrior was apparently the mystery man for the UWE show earlier this week. Might be the same one for later this week.

Box Y Lucha has a whole bunch of articles from the previous edition, including the Pirata and Porky articles posted earlier
– Konnan rips Intocable as a rip off Latin Lover who’s never done anything except become arrogant.
Black Warrior says he’s not jumping to AAA or leaving CMLL, doesn’t say (and isn’t asked) why he’s not working in Arena Mexico, though he implies it’s just the schedule CMLL has him working at the moment.
Marco Corleone talks about his jump
– Villalobos trainee Grecia says she hopes to die in the ring. See, I would refuse to wrestle anyone who says such a silly thing.
Villano III talks about dealing with missing lugugge and bad flights.

Shocker is now selling his merchandise thru SuperLuchas.

YouTube Shooter Dr. Wagner Jr. is nicer to the commenters on lawagnermania today. WagnerMania also has video of Blue Panther vs Blue Demon Jr. and Stellar Moments from this past week’s CMLL show.

WrestleMania will be on PPV this year in Mexico. While I’m sure this means Justin.TV will be busy, I’m hoping it’s successful enough to encourage other companies to follow it. The story has always been not enough people in Mexico have PPV capabilities to make this work; this article says 600K will have access thru Cablevision (and no mention of SKY.)

The Tijuana lucha commission and sports authorities are sponsoring a series of low cost, small scale shows around Tijuana, with the idea to provide people something to do to avoid the gang violence. There will be weekly shows starting on April 12, culminating with a major show in the Auditorio on May 24.

The Gladiatores remembers Eddy Lopez and Dinamico I.

Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre will air as part of an Atlanta film festival on 04/21 and 04/22. (Thanks to RL)

Generico talks to DTU about wrestling for them at the Lucha Libre Expo.

El Sol de San Fernando has a longer version of the lucha libre against domestic violence show from a couple days ago.

Ohtani’s Jacket enjoyed Black Tiger, Blue Center, Tigre Rojo vs Espiritu Maligno, Mr. Rafaga, Toro Bill Sr. from 03/02 Puebla. Between OJ and an actual new DVDVR, I believe I will be the last person in the world to watch that match.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 10/18/07 AAA, and 10/26/07 AAA, plus KrisZ’s news update.

04/04 – 05 Lucha Times

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AAA-US: Last show before Rey de Reyes. Apaches/GATO! vs Billy/Morenos, Hermandad/MPs, HF2 vs Alex/X-Pac, Electro/Silver/Zorro vs Abismo/Charly/Parka, Chessman & Konnan vs Mesias

52MX: Women’s match and sorta-Hijos vs sorta-high flyers

LATV/FOX: Coliseo Tag champs vs Tuareg, maybe the minis lightning, more Mistico/Negro in trios.

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CMLL: Trios title match, Hijos vs Tecnicos, Sagrado/Sombra/Volador oddly in the tercera

AAA-MEX: Madero taping, so we’ve got the start of the cruiserweight tournament and the apparent end of the Vipers in AAA. Plus, the Aero/Fabi bit gets explained (the Rey de Reyes match didn’t air in Mexico), Parka/Corleone vs Konnan/Silver King and Charly/Mesias/X-Pac vs Chessman/Electro/Zorro

C3: top 4, including Shockercito vs Fire

04/01: Maximo gone, GDL, Solidaridad, Monterrey

Maximo’s hair loss to Texano was his farewell: Reforma (via Jazzo) has him leaving CMLL to rejoin the independents. Maximo repeatedly complains CMLL is totally focused on one guy and only that guy, and everyone is unhappy because they don’t get as much, though he doesn’t actually mention this one guy’s name.

He means Mistico, I know. (Maximo also said the same thing on a radio show.) I do wonder at the thought process here – if you annoyed at being a big enough star, you’re going to go to promotions who have little or no TV? That’s what matters in 2009. Maximo seems pretty clear that he’s going independent and not to AAA, but I’m not sure AAA would be looking for his kinda of character right now.

India Sioux hasn’t been on any CMLL card we know of since mid February and nto in Arnea Mexico since December. She could keep working here, but she’s not really working much at all.

CMLL (SUN) 03/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Mongol b Milenio
2) Katana & Malefico b Angel del Mal & Infierno [Torneo Tanque Dantes]
3) Palacio Negro & Samurai b Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy [Torneo Tanque Dantes]
4) Boomerang & Gallo b Acertijo & Mr. Trueno [Torneo Tanque Dantes]
5) Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca b Hector Garza, La Sombra, Shocker
6) Averno, Mephisto, Texano Jr. b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero

Assuming I’ve got it right, and who really knows anymore, these are the standings going into the final round

Team
7: Boomerang/Meteoro & Gallo
6: Palacio Negro & Samurai
4: Katana & Malefico
3: Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy
2: Acertijo & Rey & Mr. Trueno
2: Angel del Mal & Infierno

The leading team faces Katana & Malefico, who still have something to play for if second place matters. I’m still not sure first place matters. Negro/Samurai face one of the trailing teams,, Angel del Mal & Inferino, which one would presume they will win.

LA Rosa (SUN) 03/29 Arena Solidaridad [RFC & josedjesus]
1) Baby Fox, Sky, Turbina b Guerrero Griego, Neon, Titanik
2) Bella Karina, Galactar, Martha Villalobos, Mini Gato Volador b Linda Star, Mini Hator, Mongol Chino Jr., Sexi Psicsis
3) Diluvio Negro I, Estrella Dorada, Gato Volador b Apolo Estrada, Mongol Chino, Monje Negro Jr.
4) Antifaz del Norte, Olimpico, Scorpio b Diluvio Negro II, Intocable, Zumbido
5) Aventurero, El Hijo Del Santo, Tinieblas jr. DQ Fuerza Guerrera, Hator, Super Parka

Hator took Santo’s mask for the DQ and they talked hair vs mask after. Zumbido replaced Juvi, still out. RFC says 5000 fans.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31 Arena Mexico [ESTO, SuperLuchas, Avellaneda @ box y lucha]
1) Artillero, Inquisidor, Super Comando b Molotov, Sombra de Plata, Trueno
2) Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, Astro Boy Sensei b Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Vangelis
3) Shockercito b Fire [hair]
4) Maximo, Mictlan, Shocker b Felino, Heavy Metal Okumura, Mr. Niebla
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr.

Shockercito took falls 1 and 3 clean. Rudos challenged for a tag title shot after their main event win; sounds like it’ll be Atlantis/Rey as the team next week for Fan Appreciation day. Sunday’s main event appears to be a Marcela vs Rosa Negra mask versus mask match, which should fill Arena Mexico to the brim.

AAA trumpets Alex Koslov in ROH. (CMLL does not mention half the trips people go on.) Looks like the lucha particpation matches are going to be

04/03
– Generico vs Blue Demon Jr. vs Brent Albright vs Claudio Castagnoli
– Kevin Steen, Jay Briscoe, Magno vs Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, Incognito
– Bryan Danielson vs Alex Koslov (!)

04/04
– Alex Koslov vs Roderick Strong
– Kevin Steen, El Generico, Jay Briscoe, Magno vs the American Wolves, Chris Hero, Incognito
– Nigel McGuiness, Claudio Castagnoli vs Blue Demon Jr., Brent Albright

Bobby Lee is interviewed about his career. He’s currently commissioner in Leon, and complains Santo cheated to beat him. In a unusual occurrence of links working in tandem, DJ Espectro talks to Bobby Lee Jr., suspected to be the original Ice Cream. DJ Espectro also asks for more visitors leave comments; sometimes, I’ve personally found that’s a better idea in theory than it is in practice.

DTU interviews Chris Hero about coming in.

Lucha libre will be on CSI. Don’t care.

Maska Lucha points out some Dos Caras inspired baseball caps. I still need to get an Artillero one.

LuchaWorld has Robert on AAA’s 07 Pena show, and CMLL 10/27 and 11/03.

AAA (MON) 05/04 Centro Banamex
1) Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Super Fly vs Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
2) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
3) ? & Vampiro vs Chessman & Extreme Tiger
4) Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, X-Pac vs Kenzo Suzuki, Silver King, Zorro
5) ?, Charly Manson, Mesias vs Electro Shock, Konnan, Ozz

Looks like status quo is still the way to go. Let’s be honest: I don’t care who the mystery people are.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Hierro vs Skaxy
2) Silueta vs Atenea
3) Idolo vs Depredador
4) Virgo vs Ebola
5) Metal Blanco & Valiente vs Mascara Magica & Satanico
6) Dos Caras Jr., La Mascara, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca

CMLL (SUN) 04/05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Hierro vs Fraile de la Muerte & Relampago Azul
2) Casanova, Magnum, Neutron vs Asesino Negro, Güero Loco, Rey Trueno
3) Dark Angel & Lady Apache vs Amapola & Princesa Blanca
4) Dos Caras Jr., Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
5) Texano Jr. vs Atlantis [NWA LH]

Fan appreciation show. Big week for Atlantis!

03/31: Lineups

(I typed all of that, and somehow I still missed the Ultimo Guerrero restaurant story – go read KrisZ again and notice that all the pictures of luchadors appears to be from La Laguna – and I still haven’t found time to watch Ras de Lona. Busy day.)

indy (THU) 04/02 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Camorra & Pequeno Star vs Autentico & Eterno
2) Black Boy & Dorado Jr. vs Arana Cibernetica I & Arena Cibernetica II
3) Sexy Piscis & Stuka I vs Mr. Guerrero & Psycho
4) Villano V vs Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL HEAVY]

They’ve been here the last few weeks, and this should be the finish to the program here.

AAA Marquez (SAT) 04/04 San Diego Sports Arena
1) Fabi Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Decnnis, Mari Apache, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Crazy Boy & Super Fly vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
3) Charly Manson, Cibernetico, Mesias vs Electro Shock, Joe Lider, Ozz
4) La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone, Vampiro vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown

Only the top 3 are listed, but I assume the opener is still happening. Same lineup for LA. Lots of reshuffling; thankfully they backed down from doing Charly vs Lider in a singles match. Did Chessman go AWOL? Did he defect? Will he have a singles match versus his true rival, a table? Who can say. Konnan’s booked elsewhere, at least on Sunday, so it can’t be a total Lucha Listen-In reunion show.

No lineup for Las Vegas, conspicuously. I guess it’ll be the same lineup, though they could do something different for TV. (Though, wouldn’t they have announced that before announcing the Neza lineup? Need to stop thinking about this.)

indy (SUN) 04/05 Deportivo Lee Roy [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Black Steel vs Belico
2) Discipulo & Herrero vs Guerrero Audaz & Terrorista
3) Baby Marvin, Ecliptico, King Lagunero vs Averno (Laguna), Indio Wama, Licantropo
4) Empereador Azteca & Piloto Negro vs Caballero Halcon I & Kain
5) Black Jet & Diabolico I vs Autentico & El Eterno

Eterno took Mr. Violencia’s mask on Sunday.

CMLL (SAT) 04/11 Arena Xalapa [Arena Xalapa]
1) Crazy Man & GMC vs Full Contack & Jaguar
2) Cosmos & Planetario vs Amenaza & Yuke
3) Dark Angel & Marcela vs Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sujei
4) Mictlan vs Ricky Estrada, Tony Rivera, Gore, Leono, Perro Mocho Jr., Texano Jr., Gabriel o Gabriela, Virus, Vangelis [cage, hair]
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Hector Garza, Mistico, Volador Jr.

Wagner (WED) 04/15 Estadio de la Revolucion
1) Sexy Piscis vs Stuka I, Chamuco Trevino, Psycho, Moro III, Maquina 27, Empereador Azteca, Rey Sagitario [Copa Dinastia Wagner]
2) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
3) Silver King vs Charly Manson
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mesias vs Konnan & Zorro

AAA (WED) 04/15 Auditorio Miguel Barragan
1) Black Lord, Halcon Dorado, Lover Boy vs Black Sabah, Migra I, Migra II
2) Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Histeria
3) Fabi Apache & Gran Apache vs Cinthia Moreno & Oriental [AAA MIXED TAG]
4) Black Abyss vs Psicosis
5) El Alebrije, El Elegido, Vampiro vs Chessman, Espiritu, Kenzo Suzuki

Even though Psicosis is leaving, he’s still turning up on lineups. (FWIW, Mascara Divina also is turning up on spot show lineups.) Interesting to see Black Abyss is still there, but I wouldn’t take it seriously until it occurs; I would take it more as an indication they haven’t figured out what they’re going to call him (or it hasn’t gotten far enough down the chain) than he’s going to stay with that name.

CMLL (SAT) 04/18 Cancha German Evers [Noroeste]
1) Mascarita Dorada & Shockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Hijo del Fantasma & Maximo vs Loco Max & Skandalo
3) Amapola vs Dark Angel [CMLL WOMEN]
4) Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca vs Mictlan & Sagrado
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Dark Angel and Cassandro, still not on the TNA tapings.

03/31: IWRG, GDL, Konnan, suspensions (two different articles)

IWRG (SUN) 03/29 Arena Naucalpan [Dr. Spectro]
1) Garra de Aguila b Keshin Black
2) Latin Brother & Miss Gaviota b Arafath & Judas el Traidor
3) Gemelo Fantastico II, Trauma II, Turbo b Black Thunder, Hijo del Signo, Oficial Fierro
4) Trauma I b Bushi and Toxico AAA and Freelance and Multifacetico and Xibalva and Andy Barrow and Cerebro Negro and Capitan Muerte and Chico Che and Universo 2000 and Bobby Lee Jr. and Pierroth II and Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG) and Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. and Arlequin and Zatura and Dr. Cerebro and Gemelo Fantastico I and Oficial 911

This was another “eliminated wrestler is a lumberjack with a strap” match.

CMLL (SUN) 03/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mt]
5) Averno, Mephisto, Texano Jr. b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero

Texano not only beat Atlantis clean in the third fall, but he also remembered Atlantis has a belt. Texano made the challenge, and it seems like it they’re setting it up here for next week (which would be two days after the fan appreciation show) or the week after.

indy (SUN) 03/29 Arena Pavillon del Norte [Vanguardia]
1) Zorro Plateado & Zorro Plateado Jr. b Indio Kikapoo & Zorro Galactico
2) Overnator, Piloto 2000, Popeye DQ Gran Markus, Gran Markus Jr., Green Femon
3) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Mascara Ano 2000 [WWA HEAVY]

Link has highlights of the match.

On luchalibreaaa.com, Konnan responds to Cibernetico’s comments about him: “I believe the drugs, steroids, and growth hormone have harmed the little intelligence he has left“. Well then. Konnan basically tells Cibernetico to get over it.

The promoter in Cancun who got caught putting someone else under the Abismo Negro mask is being suspended from promoting for two years, with fines (possible for AAA as well) yet to be determined. Even after everyone realized it could not have been Abismo Negro in that match because he would’ve been dead by then (and Black Abyss was on the opposite side, so it was surely some local), the promoter was still trying to claim it was the real Abismo Negro in the match. It’s a tough punishment, but he kinda dug his own hole and everyone involved shoudl’ve probably been much more apologetic about it from the start.

Previews of tonight’s show: both ESTO and Ovaciones focus on the Fire/Shockercito match. Fire would seem to be the underdog, but Shockercito’s name was spotted on a Perros del Mal lineup again.

This show, by the way, the one with the rushed hair/hair mask is NOT a Fan Appreciation show. That show is not until…next week. Why didn’t they just wait? There’s also a Sunday Fan Appreciation show on 04/12. I could not begin to guess what match they’re headlining either show with.

SuperLuchas has started selling official wrestlers gear the last few months, mostly indy guys. Today, they’re adding Atlantis. CMLL, of course, only has $150 professional Ultimo Guerrero and Mistico masks you can buy.

Not to make comparisons, but TO MAKE AN EASY COMPARISON: AAA (or the Dos de Tres staff, whatever difference that makes) posted the Winners/Super Calo mask match on YouTube.. That’s how you’re supposed to use the internet. Obviously, the next Dos de Tres is all about Abismo.

DTU interviews Shiima Xion about working their show.

Box Y Lucha #2915 has Abismo Negro’s death, and interviews with Super Porky and Pirata Morgan leaving AAA (posted by DJ Spectro). Super Porky says he’s working with ex-WWE-er Eugene on 04/18, which sounds like a MOTYC.

Guerreros del Ring #184 has Abismo Negro.

Luchas 2000 #464 has Abismo Negro, Villano V, and the guys leaving AAA.

In LA last Sunday, there was a lucha show to fight domestic violence. The idea is to spread the message that fighting if for lucha libre, but women should use the laws of the US to protect themselves.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo and KrisZ on the news.

WrestlingObserver has their AAA TV Recap.

(Lineup dump in a bit.)

04/10 AAA TV Taping (Neza)

AAA TV (FRI) 04/10 Explanada del Estadio Neza 86, Neza [AAA]
1) Aerostar, Fabi Apache, Mari Apache vs Billy Boy, Cinthia Moreno, Sexy Star
2) Crazy Boy vs Extreme Tiger [AAA CRUISER, torneo]
3) Alan Stone vs Escoria [AAA CRUISER, torneo]
4) Laredo Kid, Super Fly, Ultimo Gladiador vs Electro Shock, Jack Evans, Teddy Hart
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mesias vs Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario
6) Cuervo, Ozz, Silver King vs La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Marco Corleone

2009 AAA TV Taping Chart – I’ve heard and mentioned conflicting reports, but I’m currently working under the idea that only one show on the US Tour (Las Vegas) is being taped.
Projected Air Date #885
Mexico: 04/26
US: 05/16

That’d be Dr. Wagner Jr.’s first AAA TV match, maybe his first match as an official part of the company. You know, I like the chances of the tag team champs winning a non-title match here, especially if the plan is still to do Mesias/Wagner. It’ll also be the first chance to see how (or if) they’re going to play the Silver King/Dr. Wagner relationship.

Otherwise, not a lot of movement going on, as we’ve come to expect this far out from a major show. (There’s about 7 weeks of TV after this to TripleMania.) Billy/Apache and Super Fly/Electroshock feuds are touched on, Latin Lover and Marco is interesting on a meta-level (assuming Latin shows.)

Not strong favorites in either cruiserweight match. Crazy Boy would seem to be ahead of Extreme Tiger, but they’ve done a lot to keep Tiger visible when they’ve had no real idea for him (lots of other guys who could not say the same.) Alan Stone is probably above Scoria, but Scoria might be a better fit to work the match Crazy Boy or Extreme Tiger would want to work next round – if even these are supposed to be brackets, which isn’t clear.

AAA has announced the next taping in Aguascalientes, but no date except “end of the month”. It’ll be probably a couple week break between tapings (which will allow the TV show to catch up a bit.) They could use the break.

03/30: Coliseo, AAA departures

CMLL (SUN) 03/29 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II b Cholo & Zayco
2) Fantasy, Pequeño Olímpico, Tzuki b Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Amapola, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra b Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Mictlan, Sagrado b Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., Terrible
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Mistico b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Skandalo

Mistico got Negro with a castia for the win, and wants a title rematch. They may just end up adding the title stip to the GDL match this Friday if they think it’ll help. Skandalo was filling in for Metal, still out hurt.

Ovaciones says the tecnicas lost the third match in the sub-headline, but says that they won in the body of the article.

Ovaciones has an interview with Villano V, who says the change to Ray Mendoza Jr. is permanent, to honor his father.

indy (SUN) 04/05 Arena Solidaridad [Josedjesus @ LMDLL]
1) Baby Fox, Sky, Turbina vs Boomerang, Kokox Klan, Misionero
2) Axl, Burrito, Furor vs Black Demon, Mongol Chino Jr., Sexy Psicis
3) Monje Negro II, Monje Negro III, Monje Negro Jr. vs Centurion Negro, Karonte, Mongol Chino
4) Histeria, Maniaco, Psicosis II vs Diluvio Negro I, Estrella Dorado Jr., Gato Volador
5) Antifaz del Norte, Blue Demon Jr., Hator vs Aventurero, Diluvio Negro II, La Park

This would seem to confirm that Psicosis and Histeria out of AAA. Dr. Landru says Pirata Morgan (and Hijo de Pirata Morgan) have left AAA, with Alebrije possibly also going. Pirata’s already turning up on indy lineups too.

FWIW, on the long ‘Daniel being his usual completely absurd self and everyone trying to get him to act sane’ comment thread – it seemed like there was an assumption AAA decided it no longer wanted Super Porky. Super Porky could’ve decided he no longer wanted AAA.

Pretty much all of the AAA guys of a similar age and a similar level have left; perhaps El Brazo is the last one left? Who knows how long he lasts. There’s probably now enough guys who were in AAA from 97 to 07 to run an AAA nostalgia promotion.

On the last Wrestling Observer Radio show, Dave Meltzer killed the quality of the AAA show, saying Jack, Rocky and Pimpi were the only ones who stuck out as good, and hated the Psycho Circus match (though noted Parka was the most over guy on the show.) In the comments, Sexington sounds like he enjoyed it more.

Box Y Lucha remembers Dinamico I, who passed away yesterday from a heart attack after his match.

Dr. Wagner Jr. has decided he’s ignoring that Canek beat Cibernetico to earn a shot at his title – he’s only doing the title match if he faces (and beat) both of them back in a triangle match.
Lizmark Sr. talks about proper lucha libre training.

Dos de Tres March has Vampiro on the cover. I like how there’s an article on the Psycho Circus as an Atomicos champs, an angle already long forgotten (and a story that could’ve only been written during a very short time.)

03/29: AAA US, lineups

AAA Marquez (FRI) 03/27 Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA [f4wonline]
1) Decnnis & Mini Abismo Negro b Mascarita Sagrada 2007 & Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Jack Evans & Joe Lider b Crazy Boy & Super Fly
3) Vampiro b Silver King
4) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Rocky Romero, La Parka Jr., Laredo Kid
5) Charly Manson, Cibernetico, Mesias b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

Show opened with a video tribute to Abismo Negro (as did the next one.) Silver King took Chessman’s spot, facing Vampiro (with Jack and Konnan interfering and Hijo de Tirantes working as a rudo) while Rocky Romero replaced Abismo and lost to the Clowns.

Parka got fouled, pinned. Jack pinned Super Fly after a 630 and his feet on the ropes.

AAA Marquez (SAT) 03/28 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA [f4wonline]
1) Decnnis & Mini Abismo Negro b Mascarita Sagrada 2007 & Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Crazy Boy & Súper Fly b Jack Evans & Joe Lider
3) Vampiro b Silver King
4) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Chessman, La Parka Jr., Laredo Kid
5) Charly Manson, Cibernetico, Mesias b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

Same results the previous night in Fresno, except for the tag match, which the tecnicos won. I would presume Chessman (replacing Abismo on this show) turned on his partners.

AAA’s show this week in Mexico (3 weeks from now in the US) opened up with a half hour tribute to Abismo Negro, replacing his first round match from Rey de Reyes.

AAA has announced one match for the 04/20 taping in Neza: Alan Stone vs Scoria in the cruiserweight tournament. That’s a tough one to guess; probably more dependent on what they need for other matches. They’ve also posted classic pictures from the 80s and 90s.

Psicosis (II) talks about most luchadors having non-lucha jobs, because wrestling doesn’t pay enough. This is really an article to promote a card:

indy (THU) 04/09 Jai Alai de Caletilla, Acapulco [La Jornada]
1) American Tiger vs King Panther
2) Histeria, Psicosis II, X-Fly vs Juventud Guerrera, Kunamy, Super Nova

That looks more like an indy lineup than an AAA one. Maybe Psicosis gets to promote his own shows, outside of AAA, but then it’s not just a local gym show with Juvi (who may no longer be on the card) and Super Nova on the card. But you wouldn’t have thought they would have Histeria and Psicosis win on the last taping if they were on the way out. It’s a bit mysterious.

Wagnermania has a video interview from FCW where LA Park challenges Perro Aguayo Jr. to a mask vs hair match.

SuperLuchas #308 has a big feature on Abismo Negro. All of the magazines will probably have something similar. The SuperLuchas profile matches the original idea for the Abismo Negro gimmick was El Juez, a take off of Judge Dredd. There’s also an interview with Juvi, who’s still looking for AAA to take some action against Konnan and Jack Evans, and Fuerza Guerrera, who would be willing to fight either man.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, Robert on < ahref=http://www.luchaworld.com/?p=1115>Arena Solidaridad 04/08 and 04/22 and CMLL 10/20/07, and Alfredo on this weekens’s AAA TV episode.

IWRG (THU) 04/02 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon & Mascara Magnifica vs Avisman & Comando Negro
2) Capitan Muerte & Jack vs Azuka & Hijo del Signo
3) Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG) & Pierroth II vs Arlequin & Arlequin Verde
4) Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura vs Freelance, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II and Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro and Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro

Four way trios main event.

Pierroth (FRI) 04/03 Arena Azteca Budokan
1) Marco Rivera, Platino, Sexy Man vs Anticristo Jr., Belcebu, Victor Doom
2) Hijo de Huracan Ramirez, Super Brazo, Ultraman Jr. vs Arlequin, Jaque Mate Jr., Veneno
3) Canek Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Mascara Sagrada vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Huracan Ramirez, Pierroth II

Pierroth tribute shows.

UWE (SAT) 04/04 Plaza de Toros el Cortijo
1) Danny Boy & La Flecha (Skayde) vs Rocky Santana & Romano Garica
2) Black Shadow Jr., Huracan Jr., Matematico Jr. vs Azabache Negro, Rey Cobra, Sismo
3) Solar I, Super Astro, Ultraman vs Black Power, el Signo, Negro Navarro
4) Canek, Dos Caras Sr., Mil Mascaras vs ?, Dr. Wagner Jr., Scorpio Jr.

One of two UWE shows, with Canek scheduled to face a man from his past (this time for sure.)

IWRG (SAT) 04/04 Arena Xochimilco
1) Latin Brother vs Comando Negro
2) Eragon & Miss Gaviota vs Carta Brava Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Chico Che, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II vs Fantasma de la Opera, Hijo del Signo, Mixteco Jr.
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Freelance, Fuerza Guerrera, Super Porky vs Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Oficial 911

I hope the semimain is a title feud.

CMLL (SUN) 04/05 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Caligula & Messala
2) Leono, Metalico, Tigre Blanco vs Bronco III, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra vs Lluvia, Marcela, Sahori
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada vs Ephesto, Felino, Lizmark Jr.
5) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Ray Mendoza Jr.

(former) TIGER, TIGER, LION VS PUMA, TIGER, HORSE! I approve of this segunda!

Theoriticallly, Lluvia or Princesa Sujei could be wrestling unmasked for the first time here.

IWRG (SUN) 04/05 Arena Naucalpan
1) Azuka & Goleador vs Black Thunder & Mixteco Jr.
2) Freelance, Multifacetico, Turbo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
3) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Tetsuya Bushi

Traumas vs Gemelos would be a tecnico/tecnico match, unless something is going down this weekend.

indy (FRI) 05/01 Coliseo Centenario de Torreon [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Olimpico vs Damian 666, Intocable, Super Crazy, X-Fly, Mr. Aguila [mask, hair, cage]
2) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cibernetico

X-Fly’s hair will be grown back by then (unless he loses it again before then.) Cage may be electrified.