Before we move on, let me hit a few last thoughts about Paco Alonso and the WON HOF
– I’ve been so busy, I was going to do a (mostly) gag protesting his inclusion by turning off the website for a day, but I was too busy to set up doing nothing. Think about THAT.
– I think the Alonso HOF bio did a better job of making my case than I could ever do – it wasn’t a slam, it was just a fine job of detailed what he’s done and not done. BTW, you really need a get a copy of this week’s newsletter to read the Martin Karadagian (Titanes en el Ring) bio. I’ve been barely read it and I already know it’s great.
– Alonso scored highest from current wrestlers (I wasn’t kidding about ‘paying people what they should get’ being a big help – this says something about the average promoter) and historians. Which leads me to the last point
– in reality, this is the the CMLL Office being put in the HOF en mass. Alonso is the figurehead (and since we feel he’s actually a figurehead, we argue it), but Alonso is in for the CMLL Office’s longevity and the multi-year hot run of 10K weekly attendance prior to this, which is surely something historians voted for. “Paco Alonso” is just the pseudonym for all of the wrestlers, bookers, local promoters, trainers and everyone else and it should be viewed as such no matter who’s name is in the big list. I just hope those who voted for Paco Alonso don’t forget the team effort when other members of those team (I’m particularly thinking Mistico, but Doc Wagner Jr. is getting on the ballot next year) and vote similarly.
On to the new-ish…
Joaquin Roldan is credited as saying AAA’s Guerra de Titanes ’07 DVD is the first of it’s kind. I hope he means first AAA DVD and not, say, wrestling DVD but that’s not what it’s implying. (Wasn’t TripleMania on DVD too?) This is last year’s GdT, cut down from 4:30ish to 2:00. I’d like to remind you that Alfredo will still take your money and actually give you the full show. So you know. They’re talking like they’re going to speed up these DVDs, skipping ahead to this TripleMania and putting it out in October.
The bigger news is AAA had a press conference, this week, and apparently had no lineup for Verano de Escandalo besides Chessman/Cibernetico and Mesias/Vampiro. Mesias did vow to retire Vampiro.
The Notimex story about the CMLL anniversary card focuses more on those who won’t be there (Mistico, Perro Jr.) then those who will. Inevitable but surely disappointing. Also disappointing: CMLL never putting up Sunday result this week. BTW, Arena Mexico is hosting a boxing show on September 27; I don’t know the order of how these things are/were decided, but perhaps that’s a factor in why the Anniversary show is on the 19th? It could very well be possible it happened the other way.
Arturo Rivera’s column grants the Demon/Santo highlighted NWA Mexico show might have been hurt by what else was going on, but also notes Santo & Demon haven’t been drawing elsewhere, down to 800 elsewhere. Like was said the first day the NWA Mexico group was announced, it was going to be tough to make it work without CMLL or AAA co-promotion (though I didn’t anticapte Santo falling this far as a draw.)
– Pierroth still says he’s retiring in October, but doesn’t have a date OR someone he’s happy with taking his name
– Scorpio Jr.’s doctor updates his status. In this one, it sounds like him returning in two months is one of many possiblities and it’s too soon to tell
– After years of rumors in that direction, and a statement that it would be, El Toreo is actually being taken apart, piece by piece for now.
– Head Hunter talks more about leaving AAA. He apparently showed up in IWRG last night…
– and Sololuchas posts about the main event featuring Intocable, with Head Hunter running in.
– AAA in Sinola
– CMLL in Tampico
– indy wrestling in Auditorio Benito Juarez.
A Spain newspaper makes various Santo films it’s Horror/Fantasy films of the week. Another paper writes the usual article about luchadors as agents of change.