Ultimo Guerrero vs Villano V to face in a mask vs mask match on March 20th

8:30pm: Update at the end of the poast

That’s your Dos Leyendas main event. I’m not sure if that was the plan all along, or if Villano III cost himself (and Blue Panther) this pay day by opting to do the hair match with Scorpio Jr. this weekend in Arena Neza, but CMLL announced a straight singles one on one match for the masks. Tickets go on sale next week.

The talk, when V5 beat Blue Panther, is that V5 would ultimately lose his mask in turn to build up a young wrestler. If you believe that talk, Ultimo Guerrero does not exactly fit the bill as a young wrestler. (On the other hand, one could say V5’s importance has been so diminished, it’s not the boost beating Panther would’ve been for anyone else.)

If Ultimo beats Villano 5, then I think we can definitely say we would’ve preferred this sequence of events to be Ultimo taking Blue Panther’s mask and anyone taking Villano 5’s. But, we need to keep on saying if, because CMLL’s shown they’ll do silly things just to do the surprise.

Other notes from the press conference
– Dragon Rojo Jr. has a new mask. No picture yet, but I’m sure we’ll see it soon.

– Hector Garza is starting a tecnico midcard group again. This time, it’s Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, Angel Azteca Jr. and Metro. Hmm, who doesn’t belong? Maybe we can call him Angel de Diario.

No one remembers this, but the Angels were actually in Hector’s group last year – they were introduced as Angel I & Angel II at the time. Anyway, no idea if this is supposed to be a separate undercard act or if they’ve forgotten Hijo del Fantasma and La Mascara.

Since Mistico doesn’t like Garza, maybe now he can be free to complain that giving guys “Angel de Plata” and “Angel de Oro” gimmicks is totally ripping off and marganilizing his identity. They really seem like Martha Villalobos knock off Mistico characters than CMLL ones.

Update (1): Box Y Lucha’s take on the press conference does clarify that Hijo del Fantasma and La Mascara are supposed to be part of Hector’s group.

In big news somehow lost in the shuffle, Misterioso II was announced as a new member of Hijos del Averno.  We’re down to just Virus, Vangelis, Okumura and Lizmark Jr. as unaligned notable rudos in CMLL.

Lucha Listen-In Podcast #7: Teddy Hart

Tony’s sit-down interview with Foreign Legion Member, one-half of Hart Foundation 2, AAA luchador Teddy Hart! We talk what’s it like in AAA, his thoughts on AAA’s future tour in the U.S., Jack Evans shooting fireballs?, the promotion that his agent and Konnan are working on and so much more!!!

download the show here here, or find more formats here.

Sorry we weren’t able to take questions this time – the interview came thru a bit suddenly. Hope you enjoy.[podcast]http://www.archive.org/download/TheLuchaListen-inWTeddyHart/luchalisten-inwithTeddyHart_64kb.mp3[/podcast]

02/26: Monterrey, CMLL press conference

FILL (TUE) 02/24 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Orion b 30-30
2) Mr. Cuervo b Lover Boy
3) Murder Angel & Sick Boy b Kaientai & Lord Byron
4) La Bestia b Pancho Tequila
5) Androide & Rey Sagitario b Angel Dorado Jr. & Corazon Adicto
6) Sergio Romo Jr. b Golden Boy [FILL LH]

Sergio retained the title.

CMLL has one of it’s periodic press conferences today at noon. Ovaciones is all over the agenda
– I’ve been totally ignorning the Dos Leyendas date change to 03/27. Turns out that was a good idea, because Ovaciones seems to indicate it’s back to the original 03/20 date.
– the exact main event for the show – which combination of the Laguneros and the Villanos and what’s on the line
– Hector Garza starting a group with Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata (deja vu)
– hype for the minis cage match
– possibly a Marcela/Blanca hair mask set up for Puebla?

As soon as the news turns up, I’ll be passing it along over on twitter.

Box Y Lucha has more articles
Heavy Metal is happy with losing to the casita, because it shows just how great the rollup invented by his father is.
– a story about El Santo and Huracan Ramirez getting kicked out of a hotel before even checking in
– Villano III talks about Renato Torres surviving a bad car accident.

Laredo Kid wants to get a tag title shot with Super Fly and win Rey de Reyes. Not being in Rey de Reyes is going to make it tough to win.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and 40-30 on the top 100 Countdown

02/28-03/01 Lucha Times

box. Sorry for this being late, got busy. I think I should have something for the wiki tomorrow and I think I owe a follow comment or post or something for the Tapatia awards too. Plus, another podcast is on the way.

Let me note here that I wrote everything out, uploaded it, and then realized that maybe there isn’t going to be a February 29th this year. I caught that one, who knows what I didn’t.

AAA-US: another 2h30m episode. I haven’t gotten to this past week’s, so I don’t think if everything’s fine (because they only have five matches) or if that means editing is back. This show has Chessman/Ozz, Aerostar/Argenis/Gato vs Poder Norte and Electro/Jack/Teddy vs the Air Force.

LATV: Last week, the Sunday episode jumped 22 weeks in order to #109. This was supposed to be an episode that didn’t air on FSE, so I don’t know if they FSE just handed them the tapes, they had an empty one and they just stuck in a random episode, or if they – uh, actually, let me just stick with the random episode theory, that’s the best I got. Also, the Wednesday airing seems done – didn’t air last night, isn’t on the website grid anymore (though it’s still on the show page.) So who knows exactly what’s going on here.

Virus/Dorada for sure, plus probably the unaired fourth match trio from Friday and another Dos Jr. heavy main event.

52MX: Quite boring looking, to be honest.

CMLL: If the pattern holds, the minis should sneak on this show (so they can promote the cage match in Puebla?), plus Laguneros/Hijo/Villanos and a main event rematch.

AAA-MEX: Parka/Silver King, Abyss/Abismo, and Charly Manson’s return.

C3: Shocker vs UG and the big return of Sombrita.

02/25 (notes): Nino de Acero out, Koslov to ROH, Box y Lucha

Nino de Acero will be out for nine months after fracturing his femur on Monday during a dive, which means he’s back in November if things go well. The surgery took six hours. Lucha Libre is brutal.

SuperLuchas says Alex Koslov is part of the Mexican contigent on the ROH Houston shows. That’ll be great and great for him. I hope he still does the stop sign. It also does open the door to mindblowing AAA/ROH crossovers, which we discussed a bunch on the last podcast.

Cavernario Galindo/Box Y Lucha #656
Cavernario Galindo/Box Y Lucha #656

Sexi Star is on the next AAA Circus Circus show, which would seem to preclude her from being Star Fire. Star Fire hasn’t really turned up much, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

No Dark Angel or Cassandro on the last set of TNA tapings.

Ovaciones reports Blue Panther, Shocker, Hector Garza, and Black Warrior will receive Golden Microphone awards from the National Association of Broadcasters. They gave awards to Marco & Atlantis last year, so I think they just like giving awards.

The Gladatores also have interviews with Signo and Scorpio Jr. (as FCW Champion)

Box Y Lucha has articles with Perro Aguayo Jr. growning up as the son of Perro Aguayo, Super Crazy heading to Puerto Rico and Martha Villalobos angry at Mr. Mexico using ‘El Rey’ in Arena Queretaro and losing his mask, since she has a wrestler using the same name (if only there was some sort of government sponsored official group in charge of this sort of thing). The real important news is the awesome return of the old Box Y Lucha covers!

DTU hypes their appearance at the Lucha Libre Expo.

ESPN Deportes looks at UWE 03/01 Arena Neza show.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches Ray Mendoza vs Tatsuma Fujinami from 1978.

02/25 (results): AAA, IWRG, GDL, CMLL

Post is too big this morning. So it’ll be two.

AAA (FRI) 02/20 Arena San Juan Pantitlan [The Gladiatores]
1) La Chona, Miserable, Ricky Ricon b Escorpion Dorado Jr., Mohicano I, Rey del Espacio [Copa Gema, semifinal]
2) Baby Amor, Caricia, Caricia Jr. b Bestia Metalica, Infinito, Mohicano II [Copa Gema, semifinal]
3) La Chona, Miserable, Ricky Ricon b Baby Amor, Caricia, Caricia Jr. [Copa Gema, final]
4) Brian el Striper & Mari Apache b Cinthia Moreno & Dizzy
5) Argenis, Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid b Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
6) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
7) La Parka Jr. b Zorro, Konnan [copa contreras 2009]

La Parka got a hold of the cane and hit people until he got the won. They’re setting up a Brian/Dizzy hair vs mask match here. Dizzy turned rudo at some point – maybe that’s why Atomic Boy changed his name.

IWRG (SAT) 02/21 Arena Xochimilco [The Gladiatores]
1) Comando Gama b Keshin Black
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II b Anticristo Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera b Chico Che, Fenix, Miss Gaviota
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Dr. Cerebro, Freelance, Multifacetico [IWRG IC TRIOS]
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. b Head Hunter I, Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

Top two matches were all about teams falling apart. Junior Dinamitias and Head Hunter fell out after Hunter screwed something up. Similarly, Dr. Cerebro and Freelance could not go from having a hair match to teaming up successfully, Cerebro costing his team the match and leading his usual trios parnters (Cerebro Negro and Black Terry) into a beatdown of Freelance and Multifacetico. Tecnicos want a shot at the DF Trios titles now.

Vampiro Metalico hasn’t been here since 2007. Use that knowledge responibly.

IWRG (SUN) 02/22 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Halcon 2000 b Imperio Azteca
2) Goleador & Miss Gaviota b King Drako & Vampiro Metalico
3) Black Terry, Eragon, Trauma I b Anticristo Jr., Fantasma de la Opera, Nemesis IWRG
4) Freelance, Multifacetico, Zatura b Arlequin, Avisman, Bushi
5) Head Hunter I & Head Hunter II DQ Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Universo 2000

Universo 2000 replaced Mascara Ano 2000 Sr., and Hijo del Cien Caras ran in the end for the DQ. Head Hunters still want that tag title match, though Unvierso wants a Dinamitas vs Foreigners cage match.

Semifinal third fall saw big dives from Freelance and Avisman to wipe out Arlequin and Multifacetico. That left Zatura and Bushi, and Zatura got Bushi with a German suplex. Zatura wants a lightweight title match.

Black Terry filled in on the tecnico side for Trauma II, and I guess they moved Fantasma de la Opera so he’d have an old rudo rival to feud with. (Arlequin replaced Judas el Traidor.) Terry pinned Fantasma using the ropes to win for his team.

CMLL (SUN) 02/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago Azul b Skaxy
2) Astaroth & Nube Roja DQ Ebola & Valentin Mayo
3) Magnum & Metatron b Rafaga & Rey Trueno
4) La Mascara, Mictlan, Shocker b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [torneo, quarterfinal]
5) Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca b Blue Panther, Mascara Dorada, Stuka Jr. [torneo, semifinal]
6) Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca b La Mascara, Mictlan, Shocker [torneo, final]

Covered the main stuff on Monday. The tag matches would seem to be part of the tournament they were doing here, but there’s no mention of it. Instead, they seem to be building a hair match between Nube Roja and Valentin Mayo, who was disqualified for excessive violence.

CMLL (TUE) 02/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
7) Averno, Mephisto, Satanico b Blue Panther, Mascara Dorada, Mictlan

Averno snuck and fouled Panther while Satanico had the ref, then Satanico picked up the win. This main event was a celebration of Satanico reaching 35 years (and 8 months?) of wrestling.

CMLL (TUE) 02/24 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Avellaneda @ box y lucha]
1) Angel Azteca Jr.Sombra de PlataCamorraZayco
2) ElectricoPequeño OlímpicoShockercitoPequeño Damian 666Pequeño ViolenciaSombrita
3) Lady ApacheMarcelaSahoriPrincesa BlancaPrincesa SujeiRosa Negra
4) Hector GarzaHijo del FantasmaToscanoEphestoMisterioso IITerrible
5) ShockerUltimo Guerrero

Ultimo Guerrero lost clean, again. Shocker apparently is jumping Dos in line for a title shot, since Shocker/UG for the Heavyweight title will be next week on the monthly fan appreciation show.

Princesa Blanca and Marcela are stil feuding. The rudas were DQed in the first fall for excessive violence and the tecnicas took fall two (so yes, they only go two falls for those who root for such things.)

2008 Tapatia Awards Results


These are the results for 2008 Tapatia Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted, and thanks for those who didn’t for reading this. We had 24 voters this year, a substantial increase over last year.

After last year’s ballot tended more towards AAA voting for the first time, this year snapped back towards CMLL voting. 6 of the categories were won by CMLL related candidates and 3 by AAA. For the first time in the five year history of these awards, 1 category was won by a non Big 2 candidate, as the Oficials ran away with Best Unit.

2008 will be remembered as the year of Blue Panther vs Villano V; it took three different awards and a second in another category. Other trends include Mistico continuing his domination of Best Tecnico while Best Rudo has a fifth different winner in as many years.

Comments included in the ballots are listed after each award. If I missed yours, or if you have more to say after seeing who won, feel free to post in the comments.

Full results from past years: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

This year’s results, after you click on the link.


Lucha Listen-In Podcast #6

download the show here and more formats here.

Cubsfan and I play catch-up on two months worth of lucha: Mistico in Japan, Sombra & Volador Jr. winning the tag titles, Poder Mexica winning the national trios titles, Dark Angel “signing” with TNA, The Minis’ & Womens’ Cage matches, The CMLL Heavyweight Title Scene, Previewing the Rey de Reyes tournament, a Guerra de Titanes review, Lucha in ROH, AAA in the U.S., the Tapatia Awards & Questions!

Check out the show and leave some comments. Tapatia awards should be up in a few hours.

02/24: SLP, Shocker/UG

CMLL (WED) 02/18 Auditorio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi [El Mojado @ el Martinete]
1) Lover Boy, Turbo-X, X-Turbo b Crazy Star, Mensajero, Tigre del Ring
2) Mascarita Dorada & Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeño Damian 666 & Pierrothito
3) Dragon Rojo Jr. & Virus b Hijo del Faraon & Valiente
4) Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corleone, Mascara Dorada b Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Místico b Averno [CMLL WELTER]

Looks like one side of the building was full, but there was a completely empty section on the other side. Hijo del Faraon was hurt in his match.

ESTO previews tonight’s CMLL card and Dragon Rojo Jr. fighting Tuberculosis, vowing to defeat it in straight falls. I did not make that part up.

The big match is Shocker vs Utlimo Guerrero in a singles match. FWIW, they’ve faced before:

2002-12-13  	Arena Mexico  			Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL LH]
2003-02-07 	Arena Mexico 			Shocker b Último Guerrero
2003-02-14 	Arena Mexico 			Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL LH]
2003-03-06 	Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca 	Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL LH]
2003-03-26 	Arena Coliseo Acapulco 		Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL LH]
2003-06-17 	Arena Coliseo 			Shocker b Último Guerrero
2003-06-24 	Arena Coliseo 			Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL LH]
2004-01-24 	Arena Xochimilco 		Shocker DQ Último Guerrero
2004-05-09 	Arena Coliseo 			Shocker b Último Guerrero [NWA LH]
2005-02-13 	Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 	Shocker b Último Guerrero [CMLL LH]
2007-01-15 	Arena Puebla 			Shocker b Último Guerrero
2007-04-27 	Arena Mexico 			Último Guerrero b Shocker
2007-11-12 	Arena Puebla 			Último Guerrero b Shocker
2009-02-24 	Arena Mexico 			Shocker vs Ultimo Guerrero

7 wins for Ultimo, 6 wins for Shocker. Shocker could tie it up tonight! Again, if Shocker wins, he gets a title shot in the future, though no one knows when that day may be. (Note they even skipped around that topic on Ras de Lona.)

ROH is bringing in Blue Demon Jr., Incognito, and Magno to their Houston Wrestlemania weekend shows. It’d be nice if this went well, but I don’t see them mixing well with the ROH tpes. On the upside, Generico can finally team with his fellow Mexicans.

– DTU has more photos from their Queretaro show (and video from Televisa Monterrey
– Hablando de Catch visits Gimansio Felipe Ham Lee

SuperLuchas looks back at Konnan going to WWF in 1991.

RFC says Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, Electroshock, Zorro and the Sect are advertised for the 03/22 TV taping in Monterrey.

LuchaWorld has Robert on IWRG 10/25/07 and Arena Coliseo Monterrey 2003, plus KrisZ’s update and 50-40 on the top 100 countdown. I’m shocked the most predictable comment ever hasn’t been posted yet.