CMLL FSE #73

taped 12/23, aired in the US 01/27

I would’ve had this done sooner, but they cut out the second fall of the main event on the first airing – soccer ran long, what a shock – and they aired the full episode Monday night. And that second fall really wasn’t worth much, but now you know La Mascara can’t do a good 619.

Or you knew that already.

Maximo + Japanese = goofery and a match where Flash’s (and Dr. X’s) talents are pretty much wasted. Alas.

Again, I wish they gave four hair wins in 2007 (and about to be one in 2008) to someone they were actually going to push. Not that I want to see more Leono, but it kinda exposes them to be the irrelevant and time killing feuds they appeared to be.

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01/29: Puebla, Mexico, Juba

I missed this like a week ago: Alfredo topped all of us and posted a 2007 LuchaWorld Top 100. I’d have 79 higher.

CMLL (MON) 01/28 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Mr. Rafaga, Toro Bill, Toro Bill Jr. b Forajido, King Jaguar, SWAT
2) Centella de Oro, the Tiger, Tigre Rojo b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Policeman
3) Loco Max, Nitro, Skandalo b Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Stuka Jr.
4) Blue Panther, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero
5) Averno b Místico [NWA MIDDLE]

CLEAN WIN FOR AVERNO OVER MISTICO. That’s crazy. Averno’s winning this far too often (read: at all) for something not to be set for the future. Should we assume this the probable 75th Anniversary Show main event?

Tecnicos won the semimain in straight falls, and Blue Panther challenges Atlantis to a title match next week.

Building might have not been completely full, but there were ticket scalpers doing good business.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29 Arena Mexico [cmll, Reforma via Jazzo]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Super Camaleon & Super Tri
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro b Molotov, Starman, Trueno
3) Diamante Negro, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura b Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Super Nova
4) Alex Koslov, Sagrado, Valiente b Misterioso II, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Marco Corelone, Negro Casas, Último Dragón b Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.

REBELDES WIN! They’ve adjusted it to Rebeldes Tuareg, which explains the headdress. They’re nomadic people, in search of oasis of wins and big matches in the far reaching CMLL midcard desert.

Rudos could’ve won the semimain in straight falls, but got DQed for beating up Valiente too much in the second fall and then choked it way in the third. I hope we’re setting up someone getting a shot at Sangre’s title. Sangre Azteca should just defend his title every fourth Tuesday, as long as they have TV.

Remember back in December, when Villano III worked the IWRG El Hijo del Santo show as a fill-in? CMLL’s policy had been to ban those who worked show that Santo worked, as part of their freeze out on him, and this almost meant the end of Loco Max back when the policy started. At the time of this show, I figured V3 would get a pass – he’s a vet, it was a fill-in, it was partly a tribute to IWRG’s recently passed away founder. However, Villano 3 hasn’t appeared in CMLL since, and he told Reforma (via Jazzo) that he believe’s he’s not being booked because he worked that show with Santo. V3 claims he asked for and received permission to work the show, but CMLL’s stopped talking with him. CMLL doensn’t seem to like to tell people they’re in trouble, they just cut those people out of the loop.

In other departures, Box Y Lucha #2855 notes Emilio Charles Jr. has left CMLL. He hasn’t been used in DF since losing his hair to Mascara Purpura. He was working Guadalajara late last year, but this is no big surprise.

AAA (TUE) 01/29 Arena Juba de Reynosa [Mario Loera @ Lo Mejor de Lucha]
1) Guerrero del Camino b Comando
2) Bufalo & Luminoso b Rocker Boy & Sangre Leon
3) Corazón de Barrio, Rey Patriota, Vaquero (Juba) b Dakota, Imagen I, Imagen II
4) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
5) Antifaz del Norte b El Elegido

CMLL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quazar vs Milenio
2) Golden & Lider vs Asesino Negro & Destroyer
3) Idolo & Nube Roja vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) La Máscara & Máximo vs Angel Blanco Jr. & Sangre Azteca
5) Ebola vs Exterminador [hair]
6) Grey Shadow, Marco Corelone, Sagrado vs Averno, Olímpico, Último Guerrero

They’re putting him on the road immediately. Hope he has a good show.

MedioTiempo has not much new about the last AAA TV Taping, except they’re building an Juvi/X-Pac feud. That’s not quite as cool as I hoped, but the picture of the Legion celebrating over Halloween’s corpse is fantastic.

(El Dentista) There’s a new lucha commission in Tampico.

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2007 Tapatia Awards Results

Hi!

These are the results for 2007 Tapatia Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted, and thanks for those who didn’t for reading this. Voting was up 8% this year! (That’s 1 voter.)

2007’s results were dominated by the Apache/Billy Boy soap opera. Elements of the feud received votes in many different categories, and surely had an affect on the closest race for best promotion of the year. This is part of the continuing trend away from heavy-CMLL ballots in the first couple of 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

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

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01/29: Shadow, IWRG, lineups

According to Luchas 2000, the Grey Shadow is an Inoki LA Dojo graduate, 170 cm/5′ 7″ tall and welter/middleweight. A lot of people have passed thru that school, so it doesn’t narrow it down enough.

It’s possible it could be one of the Havana Brothers guys. Rocky Romero and Puma seem to be getting regular enough weekend bookings in the US that they wouldn’t give it to go to Mexico. I presume Bobby Quance is still with the Navy, but I haven’t seen an update. Ricky Reyes didn’t impress enough for them to bring him back any time before now, so that’d be a surprise.

I’d guess it’d be someone who was at the school around the same time Alex Koslov was, because that’d be an obvious in. We could just e-mail Alex and see if he’ll spill, but I kinda want to figure out the puzzle myself. I suspect ESTO and others will talk about him this Friday.

I totally forget there was a Grey Shadow from the 40s. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe Box Y Lucha will write a history piece on him this week?

Everyone, Ovaciones includes, has very generic previews of Friday’s show. Atlantis respects the challengers.

Galeria Loteria Nacional hosts an exhibition of lucha libre art by Ismael Olivares from Feburary 7 to March 7.

AAA’s results from the last taping have few new details. Estrellita’s hosting a children’s show. They also preview the NOAH guys showing up on Friday.

AAA’s added Abismo Negro vs Mr. Niebla for leadership of the Vipers to the 02/10 taping. I don’t get why the three other guys haven’t turned on them yet, but whatever.

Guerrerito Zulu, an active minis wrestler in Chipas, passed away Sunday. (Box Y Lucha)

IWRG (THU) 01/24 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas #248]
1) Puma King b Halcón Salvaje
2) Judas el Traidor & Nemesis IWRG b Avisman & Star Boy
3) Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso IWRG, Freelance b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Bogeman, el Hijo Del Anibal, Multifacético DQ Cyborg, Pierroth, Veneno
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V

Dinamitas won in straight falls. V4 got caught fouling Cien Caras Jr. in the first fall, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. did not get caught in the second foul. Veneno, Cyborg, Pierroth, Cerebro Negro have formed a new rudo faction called Los Creyentes (The Believers.) Veneno fouled Hijo del Anibal for the loss. One day, a new rudo faction will start off with a win.

Some lineups for this week and beyond.

AAA (TUE) 01/29 Arena Juba de Reynosa [RFC]
1) Cimarron vs Guerrero del Camino
2) Bufalo & Luminoso vs Rocker Boy & Sangre Leon
3) Dakota, Imagen I, Imagen II vs Corazón de Barrio, Rey Patriota, Vaquero (Juba)
4) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
5) Antifaz del Norte vs El Elegido

WWA (THU) 01/31 Auditorio de Tijuana
1) Black Spider, Extassis, Star Boy vs Animal, Silver Star, Tucan
2) El Dandy, Super Astro, Tarzan Boy vs Damián 666, Ramses, Rey Misterio Sr.
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Shocker vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Héctor Garza [WWA TAG]

Another match for the vacant WWA Tag Team titles. I don’t think anyone actual defends these.

IWRG (THU) 01/31 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bacteria vs Comando Gama
2) Avisman & Star Boy vs Puma King & Rockero del Diablo
3) Kalimari, Kushida, Masada vs Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso (IWRG), Freelance
4) Cerebro Negro, Cyborg, Veneno vs Bogeman, Multifacético, Rayman
5) Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Villano III & Villano IV [super libre]

CMLL (SAT) 02/02 Polideportivo Universitario Pachuca, Hidalgo
1) Destroyer, Emperador, Flecha vs Bengala, Damian el Inmortal, Estruendo
2) Amapola vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
3) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Mephisto, Misterioso II, Texano Jr.
4) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Místico vs LA Park & Último Guerrero [pi]

AULL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Enrique Ricon & Soldado del Futuro vs Demonio Rojo & Miserable
2) Hermano Shadow I & Hermano Shadow II vs Drako & Hombre de Guerra
3) King Star Tiger, Robin Maravilla, Tortuguillo Ninja III vs Cerebro Diabolico, Epitafio, Herejia
4) Psicopata, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Rey Krimen, Sadico, Sepulturero I
5) LA Park & Villano III vs Damián 666 & Mano Negro Sr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/03 Arena Naucalpan
1) Halcón Salvaje vs Anubis
2) Chicoche & Soldado del Futuro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso (IWRG), Star Boy vs Capitán Muerte, Kalimari, Kushida
4) Freelance, Multifacético, Pantera vs Black Terry, Masada, Veneno
5) Centuaro, Negro Navarro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Septiembre Negro II

AAA (SUN) 02/03 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Baby Fox & Rey Imagen vs Criminal & Iron Extreme
2) Kainetai & Lord Byron vs Androide & Yako
3) Virtual X vs Euforia (Monterrey)
4) Iron & Principe Diamante vs Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II [AAA NORTH TAG]
5) 5X, Aero Star, La Momia vs Antifaz del Norte, Extreme Tiger, Histeria

AAA AGUILAS (SUN) 02/17 Auditorio Municipal de Tequisquiac [triplea.com.mx]
1) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown vs Alan, Javi, Riciky
2) Casandro, May Flowers, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Sexy Star
3) Cibernetico & Gronda II vs Espíritu & Kenzo Suzuki

AAA lists Alan’s team as the Barrio Boys. Decnnis and Billy Boy get new gimmicks and Alan gets two new goofs (though at least one recycled Kumbia King.) LOSER: ALAN.

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01/27: Coliseo, GDL Main Event, Monterrey

The 2007 Tapatia Awards are ongoing. You can get info about the awards or fill out a ballot right now. The deadline is Midnight

Guadalajara/OEM

CMLL (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pólvora & Vaquero b Super Camaleon & Super Tri
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Neutrón DQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Ohara, Okumura, Virus b Leono, Mictlan, Super Nova
4) La Máscara, Sagrado, Último Dragón b Ephesto, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Negro Casas b Damián 666, Héctor Garza, Texano Jr.

In the main, Texano fouled Marco and went to get the ref, but Marco snuck in a foul of his own before the ref turned around. I think this is an actual feud.

Neutron suffered a foot injury in the segunda and was taken to the medics. Rebels still found a way to lose, this time for excessive violence. Since this match sounds like it fell apart, there’s a 99% chance it’ll make TV.

Even though they never win, this has to be a great time for Super Camaleon and Super Tri. Regular bookings!

CMLL (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El Occidental]
6) La Sombra & Místico b Averno & Mephisto

AAA (SUN) 01/27 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Baby Fox & Rey Imagen b Iron Extreme & Yako
2) Aero Boy, Dranser, Scravos b Euforia (Monterrey), Ramses (Monterrey), Violento Jack
3) Aguila Extrema b Dr. Cianuro [NORTH LH]
4) Extreme Tiger, Rio Bravo, Tito Santana II b 5X, Iron, Principe Diamante
5) Octagón & Pimpinela Escarlata b Antifaz del Norte & Kenzo Suzuki

JUBA (SAT) 02/02 Arena Corona Reynosa [LGB @ lomejordelucha]
1) Estreus, Principe Azteca, Rey Patriota vs Chamaco Becerra, El Bufalo, Luminoso
2) Magnifico vs Kaoma Jr.
3) Ku Klux Klan I, Ku Klux Klan II, Ku Klux Klan III vs Al Cruz Jr., Benny Ruiz, Corazón de Barrio
4) Mascarita Sagrada & Sicodélico Jr. vs Hator & Mini Hator
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo vs Blue Demon Jr. & LA Park

The Press-Enterprise talks to a man who works as La Migra at Anaheim lucha libre shows.

Fishman and others are working in Tempe, Arizona on February 10. (Thanks to MikeInformer)

El_Jawa @ Satanico’s Mansion posted an interview with Dorrel Dixon from El Norte.

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01/26 AAA TV Results (Puebla, 1)

Previous: 11/30 (Ciudad Madero, GdT), 12/14 (Chilpancingo), 01/19 (Guanajuato)

AAA TV (SAT) 01/26 Plaza de Toros Teziutlan, Puebla [Chui]
1) Ayako Hamada, La Diabólica, Mari Apache b Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Sexy Star
2) Mini Charly Manson, Mini Dizzy, Octagoncito b Jerrito Estrada, Mascarita de la Muerte, Mini Chessman
3) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Argenis, Billy Boy, el Ángel
4) El Elegido, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera b Electro Shock, Head Hunter I, X-Pac
5) Kenzo Suzuki & Zorro b Charly Manson & Chessman and Cuervo & Ozz

Halloween distracted Chessman to keep that feud going. Legion beat up Halloween to keep the half dozen different rudo teams all hating each other.

You know, if they had Charly and Chessman simply take the tag team titles instead of that moronic finish, this would’ve been a big important finish and a decently important main event. They’d be doing something besides tread water right now.

Clowns are now 23-0. I guess they get a free win most days, if they wrestle or not.

Rudos turned on Mini Chessman, so their minis priority is not to conflict with the main event storylines (and not good minis matches.)

Announced upcoming tapings
* 02/01 – Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla
* 02/10 – Plaza de Toros de Ixtapaluca, EdM
* 02/15 – Auditorio Jose Maria Artega, Queretaro
* 02/23 – Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan
* 02/29 – Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba

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01/27: Neza, Shadow, Accion

CMLL (SAT) 01/26 Arena Neza [heri999]
1) Bengala & Damian el Inmortal b Estruendo & Flecha
2) Principe Mexiquense, Sensei, Starman b Emperador, Ramstein, Zayco
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca b Amapola, La Nazi, Medussa
4) Disturbio, Ephesto, Misterioso II b Felino, Leono, Valiente
5) Atlantis & Místico b Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero [ri]

Atlantis & Mistico won clean in the third fall. Atlantis played tecnico all match long. AFter the match, he declared he’d say with Rey and Ultimo, but not everyone there seemed sure of it. Leono replaced Maximo and wandered directly into a hair match. Unsurprisingly, Disturbio got moved to the semi-main just to take a hair loss, and it’ll go down next Thursday. (Couldn’t they have given it to Valiente instead?)

CMLL’s notes say Grey Shadow is a high flier from the United States with a latino hertitage. On a completely different note, anyone seen Mascara Purpura lately? Actually, there’s a post on box y lucha suggesting it’s someone from the Inoki LA Dojo. I’m not sure what to believe on this, but I’m attempting to stay optimistic. That’s a very sweet spot debut spot, and I’m hoping they didn’t waste it.

Ovaciones talks about the history of the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, noting it’s back in CMLL hands for the first time since the 1992 split (and how Mistico is way out of the weight class.)

Accion:

CMLL: main event trios match, with the Guerreros dominating the highlights and Mistico only appearing for a dive (with boos). Guerreros did have their feet on the ropes for the powerbomb finish.

AAA: Minis match, oddly. Octagoncito hit his shins hards on the barricade on a dive. The finish of Mini Abismo Negro’s powerbomb being reversed into Mini Charly Manson faceslam didn’t look good, but the self mask yank went okay.

DeporTV had no lucha highlights.

Arturo Rivera‘s column is another one that only works if you know what he’s responding to in the first place. I have no idea what El Hijo del Santo said or wrote this time, but apparently Rivera is all over it. Santo must’ve criticized men vs women in matches, stripper wrestlers, extreme matches and out of shape wrestlers. I think Rivera makes a sound case for guys with gimmicks aimed to draw women (they work), but not so much on some of the other points.

Averno & Mephisto claim they’re the team to beat this Friday.

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star rating for tonight’s show at Congress

from lowest to highest

-***, *, *, *, **, ***

And yet, they sold out the (reconfigured) building, probably out drawing that show going on in Chicago Ridge tonight. I don’t want to make an tough to defend argument, I just want to point out a lot of people paid money to see wrestling in the Chicago area tonight.

I’d do a recap if any wanted to read it, but I don’t know that I have much to say that I don’t always say or I didn’t express already. I scribbled notes on my iTouch, so I might as well type out results. Names may be wrong fro the random undercarders I’ve not seen

1) Jay? Jensen b ? Acid (not Trent Acid or Acid Jazz – two indy gringos)
2) Tigre Oriental b Silueta Azul
3) Great Malaki DCO Fuzio? (both helped to the back after a Fuzio dive)
4) Bazooka & Angel de la Muerte b Impacto & Pentagano
5) Slayer & Principe Franky b Guerrerito del Futuro & Aguila del Azteca
6) LA Park & Rey Misterio Sr. b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Infernal (no mention of Toscano all night)

note to world: sorry for not being able to track anyone down. Complete failure on my part.

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