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.

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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.

12/17 AAA TV Lineup (Xalapa)

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

2008 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#868) – now assuming no best of episodes
Mexico: 12/28
US: 01/17

I wish I transcribed all the interviews Konnan did (no I don’t) because I sure remember him talking about cutting down on all the pointless mystery people and this is sure one of the more pointless. It probably should be Padrino – not that I’m eager to see him, that’s just who it should be – but it more should just no be a mystery. The big story here should be Abismo Negro’s big return to AAA, and they’re mitigating for no particular reason. Abismo does appear to be back as tecnico defender of all AAA, more credible than Mesias doing the same.

I think I’m supposed to be rooting for Zorro in the semifinal, which has me all confused. I’ll have to consult my local horse to explain it.

Super Fly has his first chance for sustained offense in months! He’s still losing, don’t you worry.

NOT ANOTHER LADDER MATCH! I OBJECT! I PROTEST! I die a little bit inside. Super Crazy is due in here soon and would make as much sense as anyone in the ? spot, but he’s booked for another show on this night. It would be funny if it was Halloween, for at least five seconds.

I’m pretty sure they already forgot Oriental is a rudo. These things happen.

I can not think of a reason why the women’s match is a lumberjack match. Perhaps someone can explain it to me.

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.

12/15: Coliseo, GDL

CMLL (SUN) 12/14 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Puma King & Tiger Kid b Sensei & Trueno
2) Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Universo 2000 b Mascarita Dorada, Nino de Acero, Pequeno Ninja
3) Mascara Dorada, Sagrado, Valiente DQ Ephesto, Skandalo, Texano Jr.
4) Flash & Stuka Jr. b Euforia & Nosferatu [ARENA COLISEO TAG]
5) Black Warrior, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Marco Corelone, Mascara Purpura, Toscano

After all that, the tecnicos still held onto the belts.

Negro replaced Lizmark Jr. in the main event, Mascara Purpura replaced Dos Caras Jr. (improvement? late change for sure.) No Hijo del Cien Caras, Skandalo took his spot. Texano Jr. fouled Sagrado in the tercera for that DQ. Mini Halloween fouled Mascarita Dorada and got away with it for the minis pin.

indy (SUN) 12/14 Guadalajara Lucha Libre Festival [informador, El Occidente]
1) Cruz Diablo Jr. & Jaque Mate Jr. b Pinocho 3000 & Super Muneco Jr.
2) Kung Fu Jr. & Ultramán Jr. b Canek Jr. & Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG)
3) Angel Blanco Jr., Axxel, Rayman b Cien Caras Jr., Hijo del Diablo, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
4) Americo Rocca & Hijo del Rey Misterio b Hijo de Huracan Ramirez & Huracan Ramirez and Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera and El Fantasma & Fantasma Jr. [torneo]
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. b el Hijo Del Anibal & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Wagner fouled Perro for the winning pin.

I wonder if Axxel is done with CMLL for working this show, running against the CMLL special in GDL. I forgot he was announced for the card. Angel Blanco Jr.’s shown up in Arena Coliseo GDL plenty before, as a local outsider, but might face similar issues.

America Rocca replaced Rey Misterio Sr.

There’s a post on LMdLL saying Nueov Laredo wrestler Flecha Verde has passed away.

There’s a message board post on el Martinete saying shots were heard in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara last night.

You may think the news from this show in Merida with Santo/Intocable vs Zumbido/Crazy is notable for the massive amounts of empty seats. I think it’s notable for Santa Claus versus Batman on the undercard (and Santa working as a rudo!)

Ohtani’s Jacket looks at some recent Oficials & Freelance matches and hopes to get a match with the Oficials versus more solid wrestlers soon. Hope he gets the title change!

The Lucha Look-In looks at Mistico vs Avero

LLF (FRI) 12/12 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Dreamer & RBD b Bombo & Hija de Karonte
2) Perla Negra b Angelica [LLF Juvenil]
3) Tsunami b Bandiada
4) La Chacala & Tigre del Norte b Pink & Simply Luscious

Lucha Listen-In Podcast #3

The newest show is up now at thecoolkidstable.net

Cubsfan of luchablog.com and I talk about the upcoming (now happened) debut of the Perros Del Mal Promotion, the return of Mistico!, our thoughts on Konnan being “AAA company president”, our favorite matches of the year and we also answer some your questions on OUR BEST SHOW YET!

It totally is. Please check it out, and if you like it, make sure to drop some positive comments over on Tony’s site too. Thanks!

12/14: GDL Festival (mask loss), Fuerza, lineups

indy (SAT) 12/13 Guadalajara Lucha Libre Festival [MT 1, 2, 3, ESTO, informador]
2) Pandita, Super Muneco, Super Pinocho b Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Cocolores
3) Super Pinocho b Pandita [mask]
4) Solar I b Negro Navarro, Engendro
5) Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 b Emilio Charles Jr., Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
6) Cibernetico, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Tinieblas Sr. b Head Hunter I, LA Park, Monsther

The big news here: Super Pinocho was incensed with losing the second match, blamed Pandita and challenged him to an immediate mask match. Surprisingly enough, Pandita and the promoters said yes. Pinocho worked rudo and dominated Pandita (who was said to look bad and close to retirement) for the mask win. Pandita is Luis Hernandez Cruz, 28 years a wrestler.

Rayo beat Park in an exchange of fouls to take the main event. Dinamita cheated to beat the Guapos.

Meanwhile, the owner of Arena Emiliano Zapata says poor attendence at his show (400, less than half capacity) and for AAA’s show here on Day 1 was due to the ecnomic downturn.

Hijo del Avernos were all this is just the start of us taking over after winning the Leyenda de Plata.

Dark Angel talked about her career with El Universal; this version has a little bit more of the article, but you may prefer the first picture.

Al Filo Del Ring has lots on Fuerza Guerrera: the start of his career, his favorite move (half crab), being mistaken for a kidnapper, the possibility of nephew Furia Guerrera someday becoming Fuerza Guerrera II (greater than 0, surprisingly – Furia is said to have been working under names during his long abscene) and the strength of being an independent. This is a teaser for more in this week’s Guerreros del Ring.

Blue Panther will do a web chat on Monday @ TelevisaDeportes.

Juvi is still talking up his past and possible future feud with Perro Aguayo Jr.. Please book it for him already.

SuperLuchas continues their series of look back at Vampiro with his 1992 year and his hair match with Pirata Morgan

kcidis notes AAA cartoon trading cards as a giveaway with cookies, and how the illustrations have “more muscles than Batista and Gronda put together”. If a product licensed by AAA spells a member of the Dark Family as “Spiritu”, is that the official version or can I continue randomly alternating that version with Espiritu?

WagnerMania looks at the 2nd day of the GDL Lucha Libre Festival

Accion showed the CMLL main event (UG nailed Mistico with the canvas, because he was readying it before Mistico dove) and the cage match from GdT (looked like Super Fly might have helped Porky climb up and escape). WWE match was Misterio vs Kofi Kingston. (There was a mixed match, but no woman vs woman match on RAW this week.)

LuchaWorld has Robert on 05/06/07 AAA, IWRG 05/17/07, CMLL 05/12,

There’s also KrisZ’s news from Friday and Saturday

Ohtani’s Jacket watches Brazo de Oro vs Pirata Morgan for the NWA LH Title in 1989, Brazo de Plata/El Brazo vs Verdugo/Hombre Bala in a double hair match from the same show and Eddie & Santo vs Espanto/Estarada in 1993 AAA

Lineups (heavily helped by Super Luchas #294)

CMLL (THU) 12/18 Arena Monterrey
1) Mascara Dorada, Máscara Púrpura, Máximo vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dragon Rojo Jr., Virus
2) Dos Caras Jr., Héctor Garza, Mark Corleone vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
3) Blue Panther vs Tiger Universitario, Diluvio Negro II [hair]
4) Místico vs Último Guerrero, Volador Jr., Diluvio Negro I, Mr. Niebla, Difunto II, Averno, La Sombra, Rey Hechicero, Valiente, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [mask]

This is the infamous show where they promoted the main event mask match without mentioning any of the local wrestlers (who are sure to lose.)

indy (FRI) 12/19 Feria de la Pinata, Acolman, EdM
1) Luic Cirio, Manny Cirio, Tony Cirio vs Insecto, Mosca, Principe Celeste
2) La Parkita & Octagoncito vs Mini Ciber & Mini Scorpio
3) Espantapajaros, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Barba Roja, Pirata Morgan Jr., Toxico AAA
4) Antifaz del Norte & Ogun vs Monsther & Pierko el Boricua
5) Cibernetico & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Head Hunter I & Head Hunter II

Wonder if Rey Cometa & Pegasso will still be working this show. Cibernetico & Wagner are working a lot of days this week.

IWRG (FRI) 12/19 Arena Naucalpan
1) Freelance, Jack, Zatura vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
2) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido [IWRG IC TAG]

This is also the yearly award show.

CMLL WFS (FRI) 12/19 Velvet Night Club, DF
1) Bam Bam vs Pequeño Damian 666 [CMLL MINI]
2) Dark Angel vs La Nazi, Princesa Sujei
3) Dos Caras Jr., Mark Corleone, Shocker vs ?, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

This card is ever evolving. I’d wager the mystery rudo ends up being Black Warrior, since this is otherwise the same exact main event they’re running in Arena Mexico.

I’m spelling Corleone correctly now, right?

CMLL (SUN) 12/21 Arena Coliseo
1) Hijo del Faraon & Pegasso vs Camorra & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Loco Max
3) Mascarita Dorada, Nino de Oro, Shockercito vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Mark Corleone, Shocker, Toscano vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Texano Jr.

Okay, there has to be something going on with the minis for that match to be tercera. Lightweight defense coming up early 2009? Meanwhile, one wonders if Sangre Azteca and Dragon Rojo can coexist five days after being in a title match. Pegasso being all the way down in the novato match is a disappointing on the surface, but Hijo del Faraon isn’t there normally so perhaps there’s something holiday wise going on, a card change coming.

IWRG (SUN) 12/21 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon vs Judas el Traidor
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Fantasma de la Ópera & Nemesis IWRG
3) Freelance, Jack, Pendulo vs Dr. Cerebro, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Head Hunter I & Veneno vs Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
5) Scorpio Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Fuerza Guerrera, Tetsuya, Arlequin, Cerebro Negro, Pierroth II, Zumbido, Oficial 911, Multifacético [cage, hair, mask]

Arlequin lost his mask just six weeks ago. I would guess he, Tetsuya or Pierroth would be the most likely suspects.

12/13: Mexico results, CMLL plans change, GDL Festival

CMLL (FRI) 12/12 Arena Mexico [superluchas, ESTO, Ovaciones, SoloLucha]
1) Inquisidor & Pólvora b Sombra de Plata & Starman
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Lluvia b Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
3) Terrible b Marco Corleone, Texano Jr., Dos Caras Jr., Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Blue Panther, Rey Bucanero, Toscano, Villano V, Sagrado, Misterioso II, Valiente, Ephesto, Máximo [LdA]
4) Místico DQ Último Guerrero

Main event was a near 20 minute match. UG took the first, Mistico took the second, and the third ended by DQ when Mistico dived towards Ultimo, but Ultimo grabbed Tony The Cartoonist’s canvas and smached with Mistico with it on the way down. SuperLucha has the first fall over in about 3 minutes, which ESTO lists as “less than five minutes.”

People voted for 11 different people to win the Leyenda de Azul. Terrible got no voes and won. Order of elimination is listed above, with Villano V replacing Lizmark. Story of the match was the three Hijos de Averno working together. When it was down to Dos/Marco and Terrible/Texano, the two rudos took out Dos together. Texano got pinned next, but he and Ephesto stayed around ringside to distract Corleone into being fouled by Terrible. SuperLuchas has the match at 36 minutes, I think.

SoloLuchas says attendance was up, but it doesn’t look good from the shot of Mistico and Ultimo Guerrero. They both could be right.

Ovaciones reportes CMLL has changed their minds and will continue to run Arena Mexico Tuesday and Friday for the rest of the year. CMLL is thinking of running big shows on 12/23 and 12/30 (Fridays) and may announce them well in advance, plus Tuesday January 6 will be another fan appreciation day.

I thought IWRG was supposed to be done this week as well, but there’s a mention of them running a 10 man cage match next Sunday with Scorpio Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Arlequin, Pierroth II, Multifacetico, Zumbido, Cerbero Negro, Tetsuy and Mascara Ano 2000.

Lots of articles on the first day of the Guadalajara Lucha Libre expo
– Local papers Informador, milenio and La Jornada covered the show, as well as a local reporter for MT who filed three different articles: the AAA undercard, on the main event, and on those being honored and what’s to come the next two days.

Milenio says 3000 people showed up for the wrestling portion of the show. It sounds like attendance was not as expected; the show was delayed 30-40 minutes as they waited for “enough” people to move to the bleachers to start the show, and the Milenio article mentioned ticket giveaways. The MT report has a good photo of the setup. Having this outdoors in December did not help, with a lot pointing out how cold it was while watching the events.

AAA (FRI) 12/12 Guadalajara Lucha Libre Festival
5) La Parka Jr., Mesias, Octagón b Jack Evans, Konnan, Teddy Hart

Main event was supposed to be Parka/Octagon vs Mesias/Konnan, but Mesias and Konnan refused to get along based off current storylines and they turned it into a trios. The other matches sound like they happened as scheduled, just no results reported.

The MT article says the idea was great but the execution was horrible. A complete lack of security put the wrestlers in danger. The semimain guys were pelted with drinks for the bleachers. (There were announcements to stop it, but no one actually forcing them too.) After the main event, the crowd jumped the barricade to get close to the tecnicos, who had to fight thru the crowd to get to the back. AAA wrestlers were angry enough to blow off the press after the show.

WagnerMania has video and pictures of the booths and other parts of the show not relating to the AAA show.

SuperLuchas has the first round results of the Latin American tournament in Peru.

News American has an article on San Jose lucha promotion >Pro Wrestling Revolution and includes this line:

According to American wrestler “Strongman” Jon Andersen, Pro Wrestling Revolution is the most successful wrestling promoter in the United States.

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

2009 came early! I suspect this is the beginning of a long series between the ex-Air Force and the Tuareg. Between Cometa and Pegasso making the card and Ohara being back on a proper CMLL show for the first time in a long while (the Leyenda de Plata tournament), I think people are already headed off for vacation.

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

That’s a random but fun sounding lightning match. They haven’t done one of those for a while – last one I see is June 30, 2006 between Mascara Purpura & Stuka. A Lightning match is just a 10 minute time limit one fall match, usually between young guys.

Nice that they’re bundling Los Hijo del Averno as a rudo trio, but shouldn’t the guy who won Leyenda de Azul get the main event?

The opener is an ongoing feud. Maybe “ongoing” is too strong, “continuing” without making progress works better.

Mistico is in Tijuana on this night.

While you’re waiting for this week’s shows, here’s last week’s Ras de Lona:

12/13 GALLI show

GALLI (SAT) 12/13 Addison Community Center [CPW]
1) El Chilango vs Carlos Robles
2) Centellas de Oro, Furia Roja, Pinocho vs Emperador Azteca, Funebre, Venom
3) Dave Storm vs Tony Scarpone
4) El Tigre & Meteoro I vs Bryce Benjamin & Gringo Loco
5) Slayer vs Amenaza del Siglo
6) Guardian, Nemesis, Tokio Lee vs Guerrillero, Pentagon del Inferno, Yakuza
7) Samuari vs Charly Manson Jr. [GALLI]

Tickets are $10 and $15 unless you buy before hand (and you didn’t, I’m guessing) – normal 7pm start. I may make it out this one, or I may be busy, or I may be taking a nap. One of those things, for sure.

They’re also running a show on Sunday in Cicero to wrap up their year. Both sound like they should be fun.