06/18 Evening: X Cup, A4C, recaps

(notimex) Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero have their work visas! Still not believing it until they get to the ring. In the article, Rey’s asked if he talked to Alex Koslov about what TNA’s like, and Rey says “No, I don’t talk to girls.” Nothing addresses why they’re just getting their visas now.

SuperLuchas suggests that the blame for CMLL previous not making the TNA tapings last week might be with TNA – they didn’t get half of Team Japan or Doug Williams there either. (Then again, maybe they weren’t supposed to be there until this taping?)

This reminds me – if we’re to believe Averno is still participating in this tournament (and that article says yes), that means he’s gotta fly out to Guadalajara for the tag title match on Sunday, then probably back to Mexico City, then Orlando by Monday night unless someone thinks to get him a direct (and long flight.)

AAA (MON) 06/16 Arena Cuatro Caminos Nuevo Laredo [El Manana, main event]
1) Cinthia Moreno & Fabi Apache b La Diabólica & Mari Apache
2) Casandro, Hombre Sin Miedo, Magno b Escorpion Negro, Rey Escorpion, Tito Santana II
3) Cibernetico, Alan Stone, Sangre Chicana b Kenzo Suzuki, Antifaz, Mesias

(Notimex) Damian 666 is challenging the new trios champions already.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about 3 matches from 1992. Victor has recaps of the 06/01 (Sangre/Shadow) and 06/08 show.

CMLL’s posted Jucio Final’s cage match in 1 2 3 parts.

Does anyone know what music Vangelis is using in that clip?

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06/18: GDL, Monterrey, Links

jack evans is anti gravity/triplea.com.mx

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CMLL’s Tuesday Results page lists today’s date, but has last week’s results. Those rudo tricks will get you all the time. Sunday’s results aren’t up yet either.

CMLL (TUE) 06/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Azazel
2) Ebola vs Depredador
3) Magnum vs Infierno
4) Leon Blanco vs Máscara Mágica
5) Rayman & Sagrado vs Cien Caras Jr. & Universo 2000 [OCCIDENTE TAG]
6) Blue Panther & Marco Corelone vs Villano IV & Villano V
7) Alex Koslov vs Toscano

Rayman & Sagrado and champs here. Toscano seems to be hanging out long term in Guadalajara. It’s like CMLL banished him instead of firing him.

CMLL (SUN) 06/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Idolo & Imposter vs Egipcio & Fraile de la Muerte
2) Casanova, Metal Blanco, Metatron vs Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Axel, Leono Blanco, Magnum vs Malefico, Máscara Mágica, Toxico
4) La Sombra & Misterioso II vs Black Warrior & El Gallo [pi]
5) Alex Koslov, Rayman, Sagrado vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.
6) Héctor Garza & Místico vs Averno & Mephisto

Again, Axel’s brought in but dropped a spot to move a local up. There’s always the chance of a title change with that tag match.

indy (SUN) 06/22 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Atomo (Monterrey) vs Dark War
2) Angel del Silencio & Halcon Pergrino vs Gato Fantasma & Rey Pantera
3) Dranser & Turbina vs Memo Valles & Nightmare
4) Sky & Voltaje Negro vs Androide & Black Diamond
5) Furor, Hijo del Trueno, Volador Jr. vs Mosco de la Merced II, Silver Star, Virus


(El Sol de Cuautla) Dr. Wagner Jr. will defend the UWA Heavyweight Titles on Sunday, in Arena Naucalapn versus LA Park. The lineup that’s been published included both of those in a main event trios, so they’re juggling the card (as usual.) The story has this as Wagner’s fifteen defense, so either the luchawiki is impressively accurate or they’re just using the luchawiki numbers.

(Univision) Hector Garza’s partners give the credit for the win to Hector, which Hector says these titles belong to him all along.

(ESTO) Texano Jr. would like to take on Negro Casas next. Texano explains he’s got issues with him from when they were teaming in Japan – three years ago? No one seems to let go of their issues from Japan around here. Texano also defends his own honor, pointing out he could not possibly have done anything illegal in the final segment of the match because if he did something illegal, he would been disqualified and he wasn’t disqualified and Heavy Metal had his hair shaved, so he’s couldn’t have possibly cheated. Yay for circular logic!

(Notimex) Heavy Metal says he doesn’t mind losing, because he’s won many times in the past and this is a new experience. Heavy Metal feels it didn’t hurt his standing, his career isn’t defined on how he looks and it made Texano Jr. a new star, so it’s all good.

(Box Y Lucha) Black Terry talks about the classic style of wrestling, classi championship stytle, and the decrease in both. He blames the trainers for not doing their jobs, and promotions coming and going too quick.

(Milenio) Marco Corelone wants a hair match with Perro Jr. There’s a long line for that ride, and it ain’t moving much. Marco and Dark Angel will be two (of many?) wrestlers participating in a Nike 10K event on August 31st.

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wordpress switch over

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about this by now, so I’ll make it quick

* There’s a login button over there. You don’t have to use it. I don’t know that it actually helps to be logged in if you’re not making posts, but I’m not stopping you from using it either.
* As before, you do not have to put even in an e-mail address to comment. A name would be nice.
* All the links from the sidebar I thought were still valid have been moved over (except for the puroresufan blogs, I just remembered). If there’s something missing or something that would be helpful to be over there, let me know.
* the old main page is here, at least for now

I think I’ve got 95% of what was on the last version of the site, which is enough to get started. More to come as we go along.

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06/17: Naucalpan


IWRG AZTECA (SUN) 06/15 Arena Naucalpan [the gladiatores]
1) Halcon 2000 & Jack b Judas el Traidor & Rockero del Diablo
2) Black Thunder, Trauma I, Trauma II b Miss Gavitora, Rey de Corazones, Turbo
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Coco Chips, Coco Verde, Cocolores
4) Linda Star & Martha Villalobos b Lady Warrior & Rossy Moreno
5) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b El Fantasma & Fantasma Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
6) Fuerza Guerrera, LA Park, Máscara Año 2000 DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King, Tinieblas Jr.

Park faked a foul.

AAA (THU) 07/03 Auditorio Benito Juarez [Grupo Noroeste]
1) Angel de Fuego & Cholo Chriss vs El Renegado & Mascara Maligna
2) Black Metal (local) vs Los Mochis [hair, mask]
3) Dr. Humo vs Tony Golden [hair]
4) Estrellita, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mari Apache, Mini Abismo Negro, Yuriko
5) Gronda II & Super Porky vs Pirata Morgan & Zumbido

A Zumbido scheduled match for July. I don’t think it means anything, they were still advertising Abismo Negro last week.

Ovaciones writes about Satanico hitting his 35th year as an active wrestler today. He debuted on June 17, 1973, in Guadalajara. In the recent SuperLuchas interview, Satanico said he plans on wrestling until no one wants to book him.

TripleA’s site has picture of Joaquin Roldan in the hospital, where he’ll be for a week to recover from the cane shot to the nose he took at TripleMania.

Silver King told ESTO that he’s working on his independent dates thru August 4, then starting up with AAA from there.

Victor recapped last Sunday’s FSE show. I forget Super Nova was supposed to be captain in that match until just. That had to be a mistake by production, because the match sure doens’t make sense that way.

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AAA #832

taped 04/10 (mostly), aired in the US on 05/10

Stories that were told well on this show
– Lider and Juvi’s break up. If this was involving slightly different people, I’d be way into it.

– Black Abyss pretending to be Abismo Negro. This took zero effort – the crowd thought he turned rudo again before they thought he wasn’t actually Abismo Negro.

I’ve been thinking about this the last few days, kinda inspired by the animated featurette of all things, and I’m convinced that AAA will always have certain characters part of the show regardless of who’s under the mask. There’s been plenty of Mascarita Sagrada and there will be more if this one leaves. When this La Parka and this Octagon hang it up, AAA will probably want to create new ones. There won’t necessarily be someone named Latin Lover, but there will always be someone trying to be Latin Lover (and how strange is that Alan Stone seems to have leaped ahead there.) And there will always be someone reprising the role of Abismo Negro, even if it isn’t the ex-Winners. It’s too much of a trademark Antonio Pena creation for them to let go, at least for a very long time.

– depressed, bitter Chessman, tired of being the stunt dummy and finally coming to the realization that it’s never been about the Hellbrothers, but always about what’s best for Cibernetico. Or at least that’s how I read into it, maybe you saw it differently.

This bit, and the Mexican Powers bit, where you can see the match light the wick, see the dynamite sitting on the other end of that wax string, and anticipate the big explosion seem both unusual for AAA (home of the Zorro double turn of ’07) and fun to watch unfold.

Stories that were not told as well
– I swear the preview was hyping it up like Pasion Cristal was supposed to be part of a fascinating new trio with Cassandro and Pimpi. I think this is the last time we’ve seen any of these people.
– Rudos Sect vs Rudo Legion. If the Toluca crowd can’t get in to a match, you screwed up. AAA’s crowd gets very into tecnicos vs rudos, I don’t know why they need to have so many different rudo groups who don’t get along.

This wasn’t the greatest week for matches. I didn’t have any idea who was in till later, but the opener (actually taken from the previous taping) was pretty fun:


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06/16: Abismo to CMLL?, Coliseo Tag tournament, AAA TV

Luchando Libre says Abismo Negro will be joining CMLL as soon as July 8. I wonder if he could actually use that name (and look) – I would think he’d be stuck in a “A. B. Ismo Negr-O” situation. (And I’m not typing that again ever!)

The same post says Blue Demon Jr. will announce the first NWA Mexico show tomorrow. I can not wait.

CMLL.com says Euforia & Nosferatu beat Angel Azteca Jr. & Mascara Purpura to make it to the finals of the Arena Coliseo tag team tournament. (Off the top of my head, that’s the biggest success for Angel Azteca Jr. so far.)

The eight teams in the second block are

* Astro Boy, Molotov
* Flash, Stuka Jr.
* Neutron, Sensei
* Fabián el Gitano, Mictlán
* Bronco III, Diamante Negro
* Nitro, Skandalo
* Loco Max, Vangelis
* Pólvora, Vaquero

I’m picking Flash & Stuka Junior.

Ovaciones did upload yesterday’s newspaper after I put up the blog entry. Not a lot of new info in Arturo Rivera’s column, except for finding out Prez Roldan suffered a broken nose at TripleMania, and they’re blaming it on Konnan.

If you didn’t see it in the comments, the next announced AAA tapings are

June 29 Irapuato (#843, 07/06 MEX, 07/26 US)
July 05 Acapulco (#844, 07/13 MEX, 08/02 US)
July 13 Salamanca (#845, 07/20 MEX, 08/09 US)
July 20 Monterrey (#846, 07/27 MEX, 08/16 US)

The first day of the next NOAH tour is also 06/29, so Ricky’s probably back in Japan before any more TV. Too bad. This schedule does not seem to conflict with any ROH dates.

CMLL (SAT) 06/14 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Rey Pantera b Al Tacua
2) Azteca Warrior & Dark War b Atomo & Gato Fantasma
3) Memo Valles & Sky b Cosmos & Turbina
4) Black Diamond & Silver Star b Orquidea Negra & Potro Jr.
5) Místico & Stuka Jr. b Averno & Virus

CMLL Tercera Guerra (SAT) 06/14 Plaza Monumental Monterrey [RFC, rudo_2008 @ SML]
1) Furor b Virus, Orquidea Negra, Stuka Jr., Hijo de Trueno, Hijo de Matematico, Turbina, Azteca Warrior, Sky, Memo Valles, Nightmare, Dranzaer, Scravos, Voltaje Negro [ciber]
2) Mascarita Dorada & Tzuki b Mini Halloween & Pequeño Damian 666
3) Chavo Guerrero Sr., El Puma, King Haku b Caifan I, Pierroth, Rey Misterio Sr.
4) Dos Caras Jr., LA Park, Marco Corelone b Billy Blade, Gangrel, Joey Mercury
5) Grey Shadow, Hijo de Fantasma, Místico b Averno, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mephisto

A few photos at the link. At some point, Haku just stopped aging. Kinda creepy.

indy (SUN) 06/15 Palenque de la Feria Saltillo [vanguardia]
4) Blue Demon Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo b Hator & Super Parka

The totally independent Dr. Wagner can’t work shows with El Hijo del Santo, as everyone figured.

Box Y Lucha #2875 has Heavy Metal being shaved. There’s headlines on Niebla’s jump and Ricky Cruz losing his mask. The contents list Scorpio and Calo leaving AAA, and that appears to be the only AAA coverage in this magazine.

The interview with Niebla is on their website. Niebla explains he left to CMLL because he didn’t want to go backward. (That puzzled me, but I guess he means “on the card.”) Niebla apologizes to AAA if they don’t like the way he left, but he feels he was straight with them about what he wanted.

Titanes El Ring #5 has Ultimo Guerrero on the great. It was just two weeks ago I was chatting with someone about found lucha libre magazines that we didn’t know even existed, and here’s another one.

quick site notes: I was originally hoping to move over to the new blogging software tonight, but I’m not sure I’ll be ready. I’ll see how it goes later. I’ve got a plan for the next time I do live coverage, so it’s not a complete failure like Friday. Hopefully, there’ll be a chance to try it out before the anniversary show.

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06/15: notes, lineups

new champs/CMLL

Cesar @ box y lucha says Scorpio and Zumbido may have left AAA. They’d be going indy (and to IWRG.) The new Guapos would be Decnnis, El Brazo, and possibly Alan called up from the Barrio Boys. The same posts says Tinieblas is coming in to join the Vipers.

CMLL’s blog has a post wondering who will lead the Vipers now? Good question, not sure why they would care.

Meanwhile, the latest Super Luchas (#268) has a big interview with Mr. Niebla. Niebla says, though in different words that he left AAA and went back to CMLL because he wants a big mask match. He blames the Abismo Negro match not happening on Abismo’s last of professionalism and repeats his mentions of Mistico and Dr. Wagner.

It’s pretty clear Niebla’s been promised a mask match against one of those two (and, more important, the payoff from one of those matches.) CMLL’s probably thrilled with this turn of events – besides sticking it to AAA, they sidestep the usual major show problem of finding someone willing to actually lose something of significance. I think it’d actually better for CMLL if someone a step below Wagner or Mistico won – maybe Dos getting a big win, maybe Shocker getting his win back after all this time – because Mistico getting the win won’t really mean much and it’s way too soon to start counting on Wagner being around for long stretches. But those are the two guys who clearly are being thought about for whenever they do it.

Dr. Wagner Jr. told NotiMex he was happy to be back and ready to face Niebla one on one if he wants it. Noroeste also has an interview with Wagner, taken from the recent show where he defended the UWA Heavyweight Title against Fuerza Guerrera (and alreadly a little dated.)

Texano Jr. says this win was the biggest of his career.

– El Norte recaps both shows

– Father’s Day special: El Hijo del Santo talks about his father, and his son talks about Hijo del Santo.

Monthly retelling of the Cyclon McKey story. Or it just seems like someone writes that story every month.

Incognito is interviewed to promoted the Lucha Libre London show.

AAA hasn’t updated their website yet. Galavision’s running boxing in Accion’s timeslot. Ovaciones didn’t put up today’s edition.

Some lineups…

CMLL (MON) 06/16 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Sensei & Trueno vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Loco Max vs Los Payasos
3) Centella de Oro, La Máscara, Máscara Púrpura vs Policeman, Shigeo Okumura, Skandalo
4) Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Olímpico vs Alex Koslov, Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone
5) Héctor Garza, Místico, Shocker vs Averno, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mephisto

CMLL (WED) 06/18 Arena Xalapa [diario xalapa]
1) La Morgue, Loco Max, Skandalo vs Brazo Cibernetico Jr., Brazo de Platino, Super Brazo
2) Ephesto, Misterioso II, Nitro b La Sombra, Máscara Púrpura, Máximo
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Místico vs Averno & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Brazo Cibernetico Junior?

IWRG (THU) 06/19 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon vs Judas el Traidor
2) Bugambilia & Miss Gavitoa vs Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Chico Che, Freelance, Zatura vs Capitán Muerte, Karloff Lagarde Jr., Xibalva
4) Centauro, el Hijo Del Anibal, Rayman vs Máscara Año 2000, Ricky Cruzz, Universo 2000
5) Pantera vs El Dandy [hair]

That’s a quick race to the apuesta match.

CMLL PROLLM (SUN) 06/22 Coliseo Coacalco
1) Aleph & Fantasma Blanco vs Espejismo & Joe Black
2) Daga, Eterno, Lobo Metalico vs As de Oros, Forastero, Stigma
3) Ave Nocturna, Osiris, Storm vs Espartanos I, Espartanos II, Greco Stone
4) Aguila Negra, Huizar, Yakuza vs Dino Curits, Epidemia, Heavy Boy
5) Leono, Mano Negra Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Loco Max, Magnifico, Monsther

HUH. The Monsther surfacing here is intersting – he must be out of AAA. Greco Stone can’t be Calo if he’s working that low, but it’s gotta be someone in the family.

CMLL (SUN) 06/22 Arena Coliseo
1) Dark Angel, Goddess, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, La Nazi, Medussa
2) Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas, Shocker vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Only a partial card so far.

IWRG (SUN) 06/22 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon vs Judas el Traidor
2) Bugambila & Miss Gaviota vs Black Thunder & Comando Gama
3) Centauro, Multifacético, Pantera vs Arlequin, Shu el Guerrero, Veneno
4) Fuerza Guerrera vs Black Terry
5) LA Park, Máscara Sagrada, Ricky Cruzz vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Dandy, el Hijo Del Anibal

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06/14: recaps, lineups

Recaps from last night: Ovaciones (both), ESTO (only CMLL), Luxor Extrem @ el Martiente (CMLL). AAA’s site is promising photos from the show (and hopefully info on the next show) on Sunday. No word yet on the esmas.com replay of TripleMania, though that’s not expected up until at least noon central time today.

Before TripleMania, Silver King and the Junior Capos had a skirmish, mostly to emphasis Silver King still plans on working his scheduled indy dates, including the Europe shows.

CMLL (TUE) 06/17 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Metálico vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Skandalo
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Púrpura, Stuka Jr. vs Bronco III, Vangelis, Virus
4) Negro Casas, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.
5) Dos Caras Jr., Héctor Garza, Shocker vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Texano doesn’t seem to get any boost this week based on his win. Neither does Hijo del Fantasma.

CMLL (FRI) 06/20 Arena Mexico
1) Arkangel de la Muerte & Hooligan vs Astro Boy & Starman
2) Máscara Púrpura, Máximo, Metalik vs Diamante Negro, Dr. X, Vangelis
3) Felino, Grey Shadow, La Sombra vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Místico vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Negro Casas vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Águila

No Mr. Niebla. Semifinal is a match up between the last two teams the new Trios champs beat on the way to the title, so they’re setting up number #1 contenders there.

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