12/19: IWRG, Mexico preview

IWRG (SUN) 12/14 Arena Naucalpan [the gladiatores]
1) Imperio Azteca b Soldado del Diablo
2) Eragon & Miss Gaviota DQ Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Eragon, Jack, Pendulo
4) Head Hunter I, Nosawa, Tetsuya b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Masada L Scorpio Jr., Veneno [hair]

Main event was supposed to feature Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., but Veneno replaced him and was the first one to save his hair. Masada lost his hair to Scorpio Jr.

cmll
cmll

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

Previews
Ovaciones
Notimex
ESTO

Yea, this would’ve been fine in Arena Coliseo. I’m more intersted in the Bucanero show (only for the matches.)

You can make a case that the CMLL bodybuilding contest is silly and I’m not sure I’d argue with you. It’s the kind of thing that I know is supposed to make me impressed with how hard they work out in the gym, but ends up making wonder about CMLL’s anti-doping policies (or lack thereof) and note how bodybuilding to those extremes is actually probably really bad for your body. Not to mention generally outdated and stillyness of it all.

However, if they’re going to do it, the people who had to work out like crazy, diet like crazy and whatever else might as well get a real prize out of it. Not money or a trophy, but a real opportunity. So I’m glad Povlor is getting this lightning match. If he and Flash are good, great. If not, it’s not the first or last bad match in Arena Mexico.

CMLL isn’t usually the promotion that builds up shows for other days and buildings, so as much as the main event probably should be a UG/Dos affair, I don’t know. It may be a “let’s get this done QUICK so I can get to the nightclub” affair. And there’s not a lot else going on, as you can probably tell from me spending two paragraphs on Polvora.

AAA has short articles on Lider & Nicho as unbeatable tag champs, the return of the Vipers, Mesias & Abismo on the tecnicos and the Psycho Cirucs on tonight’s taping. Great hilarity in the last one – the writer admits he has absolultely no idea what their win streak number is supposed to be. This is such the wonderfully done story. AAA’s last TV taping of the year is tonight, but it seems firmly in a time killing mood.

El Hijo del Santo is not a fan of lucha on TV.

Noticias Oaxaca seems to be down at the moment, but cazador2005 @ SML reposted a very detailed interview with Pierrothito from that site. It doesn’t answer the “how does he work the Santo shows?” question.

Luchaworld has Robert on CMLL GDL from 05/13 and 05/20/07, CMLL 05/27/07, and AAA 05/27/07. KrisZ’s news update is also up.

Ohtani’s Jacket is disappointed by El Dandy vs Satanico in a hair match fro 1991.

TWoLL: The Ban On Women’s Wrestling

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

As mention in the review, one of the strengths of The World Of Lucha Libre is the length and breath of the research. Today, we’ll take a look at what that research found about the ban of women’s wrestling in Mexico City and what it says about the powers of the DF lucha libre commissions, the most powerful commission in the country.

The usual story is women were banned from wrestling in Mexico City starting in the early 50s, and then unbanned in the late 80s/early 90s because times had changed.

In The World of Lucha Libre, the author could not find anyone who took responsibility from putting a women wrestler ban in place. Everyone else seems to point at the secretary of the lucha libre commission (a position above the president, which is Fantasma’s current job) as being responsible, but the man in the position at the start of the ban (and for many decades after) Rafael Barradas says it was beyond his control. The wrestlers union, which represented luchadoras, had long wanted the ban lifted and made a push after Barradas retired in 1985.

The association organized a series of closed-door matches between women in the State of Mexico using a referee with a Federal District license to demonstrate that the women were qualified wrestlers. They then went to seek out the government office that had jurisdiction over the prohibition, but in the course of the process they discovered that officially there was no ban. It did not exist in written form. They discovered, moreover, that the commission instead had no legal authority over the spectacle.

(p 186)

Not just over the spectacle of women’s wrestling – the lucha libre commission was never actually given legal power over lucha libre events. To use the lingo, it was all a work. People believed the commission had authority and honored it, but it was never there all along. Neither was the women’s wrestling ban – the best guess suggested by the union leader of this movement was there an unstated arrangement between the lucha promotions and the Uruchurtu administration not to promote women’s wrestling. The union leader actually uses Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hijo del Santo’s favorite word to describe it: a veto.

As far as the book knows, the DF commission has not since been given legal power over lucha libre events. There’s a bit about a movement to give them this power in the late 90s, but the movement failed (and Rafael Barradas ended up back in charge.) As best I can tell, from what I read here and what I’ve seen happen, the local government/political groups can block/disallow shows, but the commission is limited to after-the-fact (and nuisance) reactions, if even that.

And as for the women: the book talks to older luchadoras after women have started working Mexico City again, and they note women were main eventing in the previous television era (of the 50s) but are relegated to the opening matches in this one. Those interviews were done in the mid to late 90s, so I think the women might be heartened by the bigger luchadora matches now reaching semifinal level and happening more frequently. Still, their dreams and goals of equality haven’t been reached – even on AAA’s Reina de Reinas tournament is not the main event of it’s show, and it certainly isn’t given the same importance as the male tournament.

12/18: Neza, Dragon, Perro, GDL

CMLL (FRI) 12/12 Arena Neza [the gladiatores]
1) Gatubelo & Maullido b Magic Man & Templario
2) Mr. Katana & Skayde Jr. b Diablo & Tarasco
3) Turbo vs Black Thunder, Destello, Soldado del Futuro, Hermano Muerte II, Vampiro Metálico, Carta Brava Jr., Black Lancer [cibernetico, copa Neza]
4) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V DQ Blue Panther, Destello, Misterioso II

Ultimo Guerrero was supposed to be in the main event, but apparently was running late from Arena Mexico. They instead had Destello work in his place for the first two falls. UG showed up in time for the third fall. Panther pulled V5’s mask for the DQ. Funny they’re still running the Villanos/Laguneros bit here. The turnout looks really bad in the pictures; maybe 100?

DRAGON GYM (SUN) 12/14 Arena Coliseo [The Gladiatores]
1) Negro Navarro & Tatsuya b Masada & Nosawa
2) Marcela & Pequeno Ninja b Mima Shimoda & Pequeño Damian
3) Satoshi Kajiwara b Adam Bridle, Ministro, Súper Camaleón, Trauma I, Trauma II, Disturbio, Miedo [Young Dragon Cup]
4) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, Valiente b Black Warrior, Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura
5) Ohara b Último Dragón [NWA IJH]

Ohara won clean, Surprising. Adam Bridle (runner up in the Young Dragon cibernetico) is a South African. Masada and Nosawa are everywhere. If I looked thru a window and saw Nosawa and Masada having a match in my backyard, I would not be surprised. Well, I’d be surprised to find out I had a backyard, but that’s neither here nor there.

Thinking about it now – is the Ultimo Dragon model what CMLL expected Perro to do before “they went into competition with us, so we had to pull our talent.” Was it supposed to be seasonal special shows at odd times, or were they supposed to limit themselves to running on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday? Because I think if you’re running a regular lucha promotion, you’re going to want to run on Sundays, and you’d always be in competition with CMLL unless you reach a special agreement to run at an odd hour (like Dragon does.) I honestly have no idea.

PERRO (TUE) 12/16 Monuemental Monterrey [RFC]
1) Dralion, Furor, Voltaje Negro b Kaientai, Lord Byron, Nightmare
2) Luis Cirio, Manny Cirio, Tony Cirio b Black Thunder, Enfermero, X-Fly
3) Diana La Cazadora & Esther Moreno b Poly Star & Rossy Moreno
4) Damián 666 & Mr. Águila vs Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy
5) Cibernetico & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo DRAW Cibernetico

The main event was winners advance to a singles match, so they did in a way where no would have to feel bad about losing. Wagner and Park (not originally teammates) naturally turned on each other, and Perro and Cibernetico went to a draw. No attendance guess here, but the reviews on RFC’s board are positive. Cibernetico was not as over with this crowd.

CMLL (TUE) 12/16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
0) Katana b Dragon
1) Quazar b Milenio
2) Ebola b Carlo Roggi
3) Asesino Negro b Thunder Boy
4) Máscara Mágica DCO Magnum
5) Mr. Trueno b Metatron
6) Malefico & Satánico b El Gallo & Leon Blanco
7) La Sombra, Marco Corelone, Toscano b Heavy Metal, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Marco pinned Terrible clean. Satanico got Gallo after pulling his mask. Gallo demanded a singles match right away to gain revenge, but Satanico told him to prepare for a week and he’ll get his match.

Weirdness: The Gladiatores recap of the last Congress Theatre show has photos of the wrestlers mentioned, but in a building that’s definitely not the Congress Theatre. Unless they put in an indoor soccer field since I’ve been there.

Hablando de Catch looks at the office of the DF Commissioner. The actual office itself, filled with masks.

Sangre Azteca talks about his title defense against Dragon Rojo Jr. and resolves to be the #1 star of CMLL in 2009.

(SuperLuchas) CMLL will start airing again in Argentina this Saturday. Hopefully this is the start of CMLL getting more aggressive in South America, but perhaps it’s more a Fox Sports thing. If they’re just taking the CMLL FSE show and airing a half hour of it, it’s odd week to do it – it’d probably be the blow off to the Arena Coliseo Tag Title feud, except it’s not really a blowoff it’s the first match that airs.

The Gladiatores talks to Chabelo, the leader of the fan section who Dr. Wagner confronted, which led to his suspension. Actually, it was throwing the chair at Chabelo but hitting a kid that probably got Wagner suspended, so I’m holding out for an interview with the kid.

Kcidis draws Tiger Colombiano and Pierroth

The annual Tijuana box, lucha, and MMA commision nominations have been announced. They seem to be the only ones who do it, or at least get the nominations to the press. The nominations look much like they always do
Best Wrestler: Damian 666, Nicho, Rey Misterio Sr., Hijo de Rey Misterio, Extrem Tiger
Rudo: Principe Arandu, TJ Boy, Pandillero II
Tecnico: Camaleon de Oro, Celestial, Rubi Gardenia
Rudo de Periferia (midcard?): Tony Casanova, Zarco, Maquiavelico
Tecnico de Periferia: Zeus, Dragon Chino, Kendo Jr.
Rookie: Dragon Chino, Zarco, Tony Casanova
Referee: Ruben ‘Murcielago’ Hurtado, Miguel ‘Pensamiento Negro’ Alvarez, Nestro ‘Relampago’ Alvarez
Match of the Year:
– Black Spider & Extassis vs Silver Star & Halcon Tapaito
– Celestial, Kendo Jr., Silver Star vs Star Boy, Halcon Tapatio, Mistero Maldito
– Pandillero I, Pandillero II, Mortiz vs Principe Arandu, TJ Boy, Inferno

Match de Periferia
– Pandillero I, Pandillero II, Wama vs Rubi Gardenia, Black Spider, Star Boy
– Kendo Jr., Black Spider vs Angel Negro Jr., Mazambula
– Black Spider, Star Boy, Extasis vs Silver Star, Mister Maldito, Animaniac

Tag Teams/Trios: Los Brujos, Los Border Patrol, Los Locos del Ring
Promotions: Baja Star, M3, AAA

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Atenea vs Silueta
2) Idolo & Palacio Negro vs Depredador (GDL) & Exterminador
3) Infierno & Rafaga vs Metal Blanco & Nube Roja
4) Casanova, Gallo, Neutrón vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Satánico
5) Dos Caras Jr., La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Místico vs Mr. Niebla

This is coming off last Sunday’s show – they used the high profile Mistico appearance to set up another match, which seems oddly tougher for CMLL to remember to do in Mexico City. This is also a discounted ticket show.

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

And so, we have the obvious poll for Monday (or maybe before, don’t have much else going on.) If you believe Dos is leaving CMLL at the end of the year, and if you believe CMLL would move the heavyweight title onto someone else, then this sure looks like a strong title change possibility.

However, I’m not sure I believe either of those things. CMLL doesn’t really care about this title; it hasn’t been defended in Arena Mexico since 1999. If they did care about this title, it’d be on someone more integral than Dos. I’ve stopped believing Dos is actually going anywhere (or that WWE’s talked to him about in a great while) and won’t believe unless I see something on WWE’s site to confirm it. There’s just been too much talk for the sake of talking. If there was going to be a switch, UG doesn’t make sense (don’t give him a title Mistico can’t challenge for); they’d just do the program with Niebla. I could be wrong, and I hope I’m wrong because Ultimo Guerrero winning titles is always a great thing.

CMLL (TUE) 12/23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Impostor vs Carlo Roggi
2) Plata vs Ebola
3) Samurai vs Quazar
4) Virgo vs Depredador (GDL)
5) Magnum & Metatron vs Malefico & Mr. Trueno
6) Gallo vs Satánico
7) Máximo, Sagrado, Shocker vs Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Gallo was discussed on the Box Y Lucha board as a local talent that’s been pushed hard here, but has never really developed into a good worker. I wonder if this feud with Satanico is a way of the new trainer taking matters into his own hands.

12/17 AAA TV Results (Xalapa)

AAA TV (WED) 12/17 Arena Xalapa [luchalibreaaa]
1) Fabi Apache & Mari Apache b Cinthia Moreno & Tiffany [lumberjack]
2) Black Abyss, Histeria, Psicosis II DQ Gato Eveready, Oriental, Pimpinela Escarlata
3) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario b Jack Evans & Teddy Hart and Extreme Tiger & KENTA [AAA TAG, ladder]
4) Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz b Laredo Kid, Súper Fly, Super Porky
5) Zorro CO Chessman
6) Abismo Negro, Alan Stone, Mesias b El Padrino, Electro Shock, Konnan

2008 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#868)
US: 12/28
Mexico: 01/17

As expected, Padrino was the mystery guy on the main event side. They’re pushing Konnan/Mesias and Abismo/Electro feuds. In the end, Konnan fouled Abismo, but Pepe Casas refused to count the pin. Konnan went after Pepe Casas, Abismo cradles him, and Pepe Casas quick counted three. Both the Dark Family and the Vipers ran out to attack the tecnicos, but the AAA wrestlers made the save.

Zorro controlled most of his match with Chessman, with Hijo de Tirantes helping Zorro along the way. When Chessman finally got control, Charly Manson came out to distract him. Chessman ended up on the outside, Zorro dived on him and got back in before the 20 count. Chessman did not (either selling the dive or more likely brawling with Charly.) This is somehow supposed to make Charly the tecnico and Chessman the rudo.

The Dark Family won thier match when they just moved out of the way of the tecnico dives and beat Porky. After the match, Electroshock came out to kill Super Fly again, but Abismo Negro made his return here to run Electro off and try to make friends with the tecnicos. They can recycle the Porky/Abismo vignettes! Very green.

KENTA indeed teamed with Extreme Tiger. The recap makes special note of his exchange with Teddy Hart. Xtreme Tiger took a bad bump and had to be helped out, and Nicho & Joe won yet again.

Tecnicos won by DQ when Black Abyss gave Gato Eveready martinete. Recap talks about how the rudo faction is beloved by the people for their tecnico abilities. I dunno.

Apaches won clean.

TWoLL: The First Mask

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

I must link to a Deportes Martinez story every four months. Antonio Martinez created the first mask, he made it from boot material, it wasn’t great but it caught on, Victor Martinez runs run the store (and website!) today, they’re still the mask choice of many of the top stars, but Victor’s not a fan of lucha libre today, having seen it all. I could do that sentence, name drop Ciclon McKey and advise you how their quality is top notch but better bargains can be found if you’re just looking for fan-ish stuff, pretty much in my sleep. This does not mean I know the whole story.

The use of wrestling masks in the United States predates their use in Mexico. In 1916, a wrestler calling himself the Masked Marvel” debuted in Manhattan. The wrestler, later revealed to be Mort Henderson, set up a series of escalating challengers until he was unmasked by Ed “Strangler” Lewis. After that, several different US wrestlers played the role of the Masked Marvel for short periods. The Masked Marvel “himself” was never really a character, but a gimmick.

[In 1938], a U.S. American wrestler who fought under the name Cyclone MacKay and wanted to sue the Masked Marvel gimmick in Mexico approached him. MacKay asked Martinez if he could make him a “hood”.

I’m good so far! Except, well…

As Victor Martinez recounts, when his father asked MacKay what he meant, he replied that he wanted “a hood, something you can put on, tie on, like the Ku Klux Klan or something like that.

While lucha libre masks would eventually and continue to reflect Mexican imagery and shared culture heritage, the inspiration for the first mask actually came from a US gimmick, visually compared to a US white supremacy group. The popularity of masks is often attributed to pre-Spanish native Indian cultures, but the lucha libre mask came into existence from a quite different source.

12/20-22 Lucha Times

box. A couple links for things I’ll get to in 15 or so hours: the Gladiatores covered Sunday’s Ultimo Dragon show and next week’s Arena Puebla’s main event is going to start up some rumors.

AAA: You know, when these episodes air on Saturday afternoon, I can actually recap them on Saturday afternoon. So no Saturday afternoon airing, again, this time for a XMas Parade. Zorro vs Latin Lover, Jack/Teddy vs Aerostar/Angel, DGM vs MPs/Oriental

FSE: preview lists Nosferatu and Stuka and an episode date of 12/21, so this would seem to be the title match from last weekend, plus the HdA vs Dorada/Sagrado/Valiente. This doesn’t actually air until Monday early morning.

52MX: which leaves the women’s trios from Friday and Warrior/Negro/UG vs Marco/Purpura/Toscano

CMLL: They’re listed at a full 2 hours, as opposed to the normal max of 1:45. (No need for a futbol lead-in, now.) I’m thinking that might give them enough time for the lightning match to make air, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t.

AAA: 2nd half of the Guerra de Titanes – AAA Tag, Padrino’s debut and Mesias/Zorro.

C3: Sangre/Dragon

12/16: Mexico

CMLL (TUE) 12/16 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) Angel de Oro & Tigre Blanco b Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skandalo
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Mascara Dorada, Valiente b Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Sangre Azteca DCO Dragon Rojo Jr. [MEX WELTER]
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker b Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Only tecnicos won on this show, which created some problems for the title match. Dragon Rojo and Sangre split the first to falls and then had a double countout to end it. CMLL’s news suggests this is leading to a rematch, maybe as soon as next week. This might be a way of moving him towards the tecnico side; it’s an easy way to facing rudos.

Elsewise, not a lot of news. ESTO reports Black Warrior tried and failed to claim receiving a foul from his uncle Blue Panther twice, but was ignored both times. Pegasso and Cometa were universally praised.

There’s photos of the DTU and Ultimo Dragon’s show. No results (at least until the magazines come out), but there’s video and it looks like Ohara beat Dragon for his title in the main event.

AAA confirms KENTA will be working both tapings this week. No match specified.

[poll id=”9″]

This is the new sillyest comment debate, by the way. There are reasons for KENTA not to work the ladder match, but there’s nothing definite that he won’t. If he doesn’t, cards get changed around all the time and he’s not really been announced in a match so it doesn’t make much of a difference. I think KENTA will work the ladder match and life will go on.

AAA also notes it was ten years ago (and one year before that) that the Hart Foundation was a big deal.

Ultimo Chingon from Mexico won Peru’s Latin American championship.

WagnerMania has more from the Lucha Libre Festival, including Solar’s store & match, LA Park vs Rayo de Jalisco, the lucha libre clinic and of course, Dr. Wagner in action. There’s also a profile of cartoonist kcidis.

There’s an article on SoloLuchas making up a quote from Rey Misterio Jr. about how he invented La Mistica. It’s completely fabricated and I’m not going to link it. I have no idea what the deal is what that site.

El Manana has a profile of local wrestler Street Boy. His favorite wrestlers are Atlantis & Chris Jericho.

Lucha2000 #450 has seven different stories on it’s cover.

LuchaWorld has Robert 05/19/07 CMLL, 05/12/07 AAA

I never thought I’d see Tigre Cota again, let alone on an AAA TV show. Anyone remember his amazing CMLL debut match against Oriental where they stiffed the fuck out of each other?

I do not! I think I need to hear this story.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches Sombra vs Ephesto. As soon as DM finally okays Part 1, that’ll be over on my DailyMotion.

Book Review: The World Of Lucha Libre by Heather Levi

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

I linked to a positive review of this book earlier this month, and decided to check it out last week.

The content on this blog is mostly looking at the bubble lucha libre world from inside the bubble. The World of Lucha Libre looks at the bubble of lucha libre as it fits in with the rest of the Mexican world, by looking at how lucha libre mirrors the morals and social constructs of the culture that spawned it. The preface says the aim of the book is to study lucha libre as a symbol, a subculture, and a performance, and that’s pretty accurate to what’s told.

At it’s heart, The World of Lucha Libre is a anthropological study lucha libre. It draws strength from it’s scholarly origin, showing more extensive research than normally presented in wrestling books. There’s a wealth of information from other books, conversations with those in and around the lucha libre business and her own experience of training to be a luchadora. At times, the information becomes a little overwhelming. Some of the conclusions (made by others as well as the author) will seem over-thought to those who follow lucha and wrestling closer, especially in the early chapters. More often, the book fleshes out idea and concepts I vaguely understood from observing and puts them in a larger context.

This is not a wrestling book discussing great feuds and war stories, or even one focusing on political maneuvers and the reality behind told stories, though the latter gets spotlight from time to time as it illustrates greater points. There’s some information revealed which might be of interest to people who just care about lucha libre for lucha libre’s sake, but it’s not that kind of tell-all book and those reading it for that story might be disappointed. If you’re interested in discussions of how lucha libre’s developmental reflects the influence of Mexico’s long one part dominated government, or why the male wrestlers reflect different aspects of traditional Mexican male roles but the luchadoras do not, or the adoption of lucha libre by neo-pop artists, this is that type of book.

Besides the greater discussion of symbols and reflected morals in The World of Lucha Libre, I really enjoyed the luchador school segments. It’s not just about what was taught or how teaching was done (though that’s interesting too), but what the author noticed was never explicitly taught. Her trainer, Aguila Blanca, is one of the more interesting characters in the book. Irma Gonzalez steals the book with her stories, too, and I feel like I finally have more than a surface understand of “Super Barrio’.

There are moments of iffyness. Pimpinela’s name gets misspelled. There’s access to independents and CMLL, but AAA is only observed from afar and occasionally stigmatized as the corrupter of all. An Antonio Pena interview, even as he was inverted old ideas being explored, would’ve added much. Events of the moment are given more credibility than they end needing in the long run, but that’s always the way.

I hesitate to recommend The World of Lucha Libre to all. I enjoyed it, and it was certainly worth the read. If you’ve read this far, you should understand what you’re getting out of the book and if the greater discussion of lucha libre’s place is something you want to spend time on. I don’t believe everyone reading this blog wants that, and are waiting for me to upload some matches. On the other hand, the DVDVR crew must read this book at some point. This really is the book they’ve been writing for years, and while I don’t know if they’d agree with all the conclusions, I’d love to hear them discuss it.

If you’re interested in The World of Lucha Libre, here’s a link to it on Amazon, if you’d like to give a friend some extra pennies. I’ll be posting (intra-bubble related) excerpts from the book the next few days.

12/14: Guadalajara, Monterrey, KENTA

the horse was really tall/CMLL
"look at the size of that horse"/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 12/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
1) Calígula & Méssala b Ángel Azteca Jr. & Hijo del Faraon
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Princesa Blanca b Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
3) Bam Bam, Tzuki, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máximo b Infierno, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther, Místico, Shocker

Big day for Mr. Niebla, as he snuck in a foul on Mistico and pinned him for the win, after Mistico had gotten Atlantis was La Mistica.

Blue Panther replaced Hector Garza in the main event. As far as I can tell, Garza hasn’t wrestled since dropping the tag team titles last Sunday, missing two straight shows here, and he’s mentioned as off this week’s big Monterrey show. The reason given there is a knee injury, but you never know these days.

Infierno replaced Heavy Metal in the semimain. The semimain is where the loud gunshot like noises took place. The sequence of the events seems to be there was two explosion noises, and no one really thought much of it until police rushed towards the area and a third (possibly louder) noise was heard. That caused, a panic, with the wrestlers leaving the ring and the fans moving away from it (though the sound seemed to be coming from elsewhere). After a few minutes, the wrestlers came back out and calmed the crowd down, and the show continued. There was no explanation given to the crowd. Over at el Martinete, they posted Metro GDL’s story on the show, which has Apolo Dantes saying nothing happened in the arena (it was a noise outside) and the reporter finding no incident reported at the police station.

Attendence here is listed as 6,000 (sellout? – the Metro says over 5,000). In an article looking back at the weekend, MT says both shows on Sunday combined for 10,000, so that’s 4,000 at the (more expensive) lucha libre Festival show.

AAA (SUN) 12/14 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Baby Fox b Sicario
2) Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro b Diabolik & Guerreor Blanco
3) Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II b Aguila Extrema & Virutal X [AAA NORTH TAG]
4) Decnnis, El Brazo, Escorpion Negro Jr. b La Momia, TDN, The Tiger
5) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Cuervo, Escoria, Tiger Cota

There’s a photo of the title belts at the link.

ESTO and Ovaciones preview tonight’s big title match. ESTO notes Dragon Rojo Jr. clinches Rookie of the Year if he wins the title tonight and may have it already with a mask win and the Gran Alternativa. Ovaciones has snapshot bios of both men.

Dragon Rojo is 80 kg
Sangre Azteca is 81 kg
(the welterweight limit is 78kg)

Ovaciones also gives Sangre Azteca’s successful defenses as 8, and the number of past champions as 67. Sangre Azteca claims far more than that, the only place 8 is listed is the luchawiki. You’d think that if the wiki’s info is good enough to use as background for a story (either in Ovaciones or if CMLL gave the number to them), someone could actually mention it in print at some point.

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I’ll do an AAA poll soon, I promise.

The Las Vegas Sun writes about a lucha libre show there over the weekend. They list it as drawing 2,450.

ArenaQRO @ Multiply finishes it’s look back at the year in Arena Queretaro shows. I need to go back thru this and fill in my gaps.

Notiver confirms KENTA is in the ladder match. Local dark match is Erick Montana, Gladiator, and Super Pitufo vs Ricky Estrada, Espartacus and Guerrero Totem.

Following up on what SuperLuchas previously reported, SoloLuchas says RAW moves to Canal 5 starting January. This is written as a move for the city viewers and not just a duplication on a different day/time, so I would imagine AAA might be getting a third hour back soon.

Stuka and Flash celebrate keeping their titles by letting us know how much Christmas means to them.

Kcidis looks at Super Pinocho taking Pandita’s mask.

Superluchas looks back at Dr. Wagner Sr. vs Canek.

Guerreros del Ring #170 has Fuerza Guerrera on the cover.

CMLL (TUE) 12/16 Arena Pachuca [el sol de Hidalgo]
1) Averno & Mephisto vs Místico & Volador Jr.

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

It looks odd for Cibernetico to still be working spot shows, but the story AAA gave out is he’d still be working off TV until the end of 2008. So he’s got 10 more days before we can call shenanigans (and they can make up a new story.)

AAA (FRI) 12/19 Plaza de Toros San Jose, Morelos [luchalibreaaa]
1) Atomic Boy & La Parkita vs Mascarita de la Muerte & Mini Chessman
2) Billy Boy & Fabi Apache vs Cinthia Moreno & Oriental
3) Alan Stone, Chris Stone, El Elegido vs Decnnis, El Brazo, Escorpion Negro Jr.
4) Alex Koslov, Gronda II, Rocky Romero vs Jack Evans, Kenzo Suzuki, Teddy Hart

That’s an epic main event. Note AAA has a roster to run another near-TV taping lineup on the same night they’re taping the last show of the year. Working process of elimination, this could leave Jerrito Estrada for the mini ? and probably Polvo de Estrellas for the Pirata ?.

12/19 AAA TV Lineup (Chilpancingo)

AAA TV (FRI) 12/19 Plaza de Toros de Chilpancingo, Guerrero [luchalibreaaa.com]
1) Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs ?, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria
2) el Ángel, Laredo Kid, Pimpinela Escarlata vs ?, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan
3) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs ? & Extreme Tiger
4) Cuervo, Escoria, Espíritu, Ozz vs Chessman, Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown
5) La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Mesias vs Electro Shock, Konnan, Zorro

2008 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#869)
Mexico: 01/04
US: 01/21

Latin isn’t done here after all. Too bad, for him, but good news for commenter.

Hmm, two four man teams facing off. If only there was some sort of championship of four man teams, which one of these teams could defend against the other. Such a thing would be great, but sadly impossible in 2008.

Unscrambling the mystery men!
– Minis: “we have no idea which mini rudos we still have on”
– Piratas: “we forgot we got rid of al the other Pirates”
– Tiger’s partner is clearly whomever teams with him on Wednesday. Someone clearly decided Xtreme Tiger was a talent that was wasting away off of TV and had to be jumpstarted. Wish they felt that way about other guys.

Wherever the Billy Boy/Fabi Apache/Gran Apache angle was supposed to be doing, it’s not going to be followed up for some time. All the feuds from the cage match are completely MIA too, as is anything Guapito/Guapos related. And DGM – my worry after Alex’s jump was AAA was going to forget them, and I think I still have that worry. They sure can find plenty of room for La Hermandad.

AAA didn’t start taping again until 01/19 this year, so we might still have those Best Of episodes. I’m just think they won’t happen because AAA’s so caught up in the week to week rating now (which, as I understand their business plan, sure does not seem to be how they actually make their money, but whatever) and will be afraid to lose ground with a repeat show. If they do air a best of, either someone will watch the feed and notice or I’ll be able to tell based on the Accion highlight, and I’ll update from there. If they don’t, the next taping is somewhere between 01/03 and 01/06.

Edit: In the comments, amapola points out NOAH’s KENTA has been announced to work this taping by his promotion. Mostly likely, he’s Tiger’s partner.