Fabian el Gitano passes away

Fabian el Gitano, a CMLL tecnico for the last seven years, passed away earlier today. Fabian, who gave his name as “Emilio Fabian Fernandez de Leon” when he lost his mask last year, died from a gunshot wound in his apartment. At this point, there are conflicting stories on the cause of his death, either suicide or murder. I’ve seen ages of 39, 40, and 41 listed for him tonight. (Edit: Notimex says it looks to be the result of a drunken dispute.)

Fabian, trained by Solar, first came to national prominence in IWRG as Los Strippers, and that’s the character he’s used during most of his career. Fabian was brought in to CMLL as part of the second Guapos U storyline. Fabian was written out of that group to instead become the first Mexico City version of Metro. That lasted only a year, and he returned to his Fabian stripper gimmick. Fabian never could get past the second/third level, but was a regular presence in both the normal CMLL cards and smaller arenas; he seemed to work Coliseo Coalaco more than any other CMLL guy when they were associated with the building. Fabian was also involved in conduction the CMLL Fashion Show at the last two Lucha Libre Expos.

Fabian’s biggest moment was this past July, when he lost his mask to Angel de Oro in July’s cage match. Fabian losing his mask was a bit of a surprise. It was also probably his best match in the promotion. Fabian had continued on unmasked, though he cut off much of his trademark long hair during the winter. Fabian’s last match was last Friday, losing in the segunda.

There will be more about this in the days ahead.

Fabian el Gitano unmasked, CMLL Universal tournament announced

Fabian el Gitano, via CMLL Magazine

results corrected Monday morning

CMLL (SUN) 07/18 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, Cesar]
***Infierno en el Ring, 2010***
1) Metatrón & Tigre BlancoCholo & Inquisidor
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Luna Mágica, MarcelaLa Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., ValienteEuforia, Misterioso II, Virus
4) Máximo, Místico, ShockerAtlantis, Jushin Lyger, Último Guerrero
5) Fabián el GitanoÁngel de OroDr. XHisteriaDiamantePuma KingÁngel Azteca Jr.Tiger KidSenseiMonstherÁngel de PlataHooligan [cage, mask]

This year’s Infierno en el Ring was all about betrayal. Friends turned on friends to make their own escape. Hooligan took advantage of fellow Tuareg member Dr. X, Angel de Plata left Angel de Oro behind, Tiger Kid stopped Puma King from leaving even as he was leaving himself, Puma learned from this to pretend to help Angel de Oro only to backstab him in turn. The listing above is in reverse order of escape, and the final four were Histeria, Dr. X, Angel de Oro and Fabian el Gitano. Histeria abandoned his fellow  rudo Dr. X, saving his own mask for another day and leaving him to the two tecnicos. Angel de Oro & Fabian el Gitano screwed up, Oro accidentally hitting Fabian. Doctor X betrayed the notion of his death feud with Fabian el Gitano, passed up a chance to finally settle it, and climbed out. That left Angel de Oro and Fabian el Gitano – two members of the same side forced to fight for the first time since CMLL has started running these matches. Angel de Oro won, and Fabian el Gitano was unmasked.

Fabian el Gitano is Emilio Fabian Fernandez de Leon, 38 years old, 16 years a wrestler, originally from DF. Fabian wasn’t one of the most likely to lose his mask, but it’s not a complete surprise. The only interesting part of the Dr. X vs Fabian feud was the lack of certainty who would lose. Fabian wasn’t and isn’t a young guy on the rise who would benefit from a springboard win, he’s a guy anchored to the same spot on the card as Dr. X and the two just happen to face each other a lot. Everyone’s quite aware his look and his personality far outstride his skill, and it really hasn’t changed much of the years. In recent years, CMLL’s has taken underperformed pretty boy luchadors and unmasked them to give them a fresh start (Mictlan) or scaled down their profile (Leono). We’ll see what plan they might have here, probably as soon as Fabian’s match on Tuesday, where he teams with the man who unmasked him.

(and, if you remember far enough back, Fabian’s face was exposed in a newspaper article just when the Guapos U story was starting; they did a segment on it at the time.)

Maximo replaced Super Porky. Mistico got someone with La Mistica.

Seductora replaced Mima, and Dalys replaced Luna.

On today’s CMLL TV show, this year’s CMLL Universal Tournament was announced. It’ll start on 07/30 and probably last over three weeks. Eligible champions, based on what titles were used last year:

  1. Mascara Dorada – CMLL SL, CMLL Trios, Mex Trios
  2. Negro Casas – CMLL Welter
  3. Jushin Liger – CMLL Middle
  4. Ephesto – CMLL LH
  5. Ultimo Guerrero – CMLL Heavyweight; reigning Universal champ
  6. Héctor Garza – CMLL Tag
  7. Mr. Águila – CMLL Tag
  8. La Sombra – CMLL Trios
  9. La Máscara – CMLL Trios
  10. Mephisto – NWA Welter
  11. Averno – NWA Middle
  12. Texano Jr. – NWA Light Heavy
  13. Valiente – Mex Middle Welter
  14. Volador Jr. – Mex LH
  15. Metro – Mex Trios
  16. Stuka Jr. – Mex Trios

16 is the perfect number for a tournament. They were at 14 before the title chagne  on Friday.

Rey, Negro, and Felino could win the trios titles on Monday without upsetting this – it’s be 2 in, 2 out. That’d also make the tournament very rudo heavy. As is, it’s 9 rudos to 7 tecnicos. If a title is going to change hands, I think it’s more likely Mistico beating one of the Hijos de Averno rather than the trios shifting.

the Psycho Circuis talk to Dos de Tres about win 688. I believe at least 350 of those are against the Air Force.

Rob writes about good matches from late ’09 and early ’10.

Rubber Guard Radio has Tony Galvin on to talk lucha tomorrow night

Sombra & Mistico, new AAA champs, Perros

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, SuperLuchas]
1) Metálico & Tigre Blanco b Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei b Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego b Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei b Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Marcela
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Toscano b Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Shocker & Mistico where wearing matching outfits. At least they were, until Mr. Niebla pulled Sombra’s mask for the DQ. Two straight weeks with those two in the finish, which should indicate next week’s main event. (It doesn’t, different direction.) The Mistico/Sombra best buddies bit is the programming equivalent of Chessman’s moonsault. There’s no teasing it, there’s no letting the fans anticipate the union, they just jumped ahead to being friends in such a way to make it mean less.

Semimain tecnico win is a slight upset.

Second match was a sweep for the tecnicos. Rudos ripped up masks in the first, but got pinned there and the second. This week, they were setting up a Fabian/Sensei vs Puma/Tiger mask match, just days after trying to get a Angel de Oro/Puma King feud over in press release. This feud is the opposite, all tease and no action. It’s like a booking version of Golidlocks and the Three Bears, except we don’t get that bed that’s just right too often.

Masked Warriors: the Lucha Libre USA group on MTV2 will be taping in the 18,000 seat Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on 08/07. Tickets are in the usual range, $20 at the cheapest, $58 for the closest. Since both tapings had everyone move closer to the ring, and neither of those tapings cracked 300 people (1/60th of capacity of this building), I’m thinking you should buy the cheap tickets.

The TV is going to have to be a huge, dramatic success for this show to work. AAA did not do well in similar size buildings, and they were coming in with more recognizable names. The other two tapings proved that just putting lucha libre on the billboard wasn’t enough to draw. This is all reliant on the TV show being something people really want to see live. The promotion and/or the network doesn’t seem that excited about the TV taped so far, or they wouldn’t have shown so little of it and so much of the AAA footage. I’d like to see everyone do well, but this is ridiculousness.

By my count, Masked Warriors doesn’t actually have enough tapings to make it to this 08/07 taping. At 3 episodes a taping, they’re out of footage by 07/27. There’s been no mention of a July taping and it sounds like there won’t be one.

Friday night AAA TV: It looks like neither Dos de Tres or AAA’s website made the trip to Carmen for the taping. When Dorian Roldan wasn’t busy arguing with Rob – I am not making that up – he did mention Alex & Christina won the mixed tag titles. There was talk in a recent Wrestling Observer about AAA being unhappy with Rain and Von Eerie likely getting her spot, and that seems to be the deal there. I’ve thought Blade was the lesser of the two Gringas Locas, but Rain has seemed to slip of late. Also, Halloween & Damian beat Jack & Rocky, as expected. I’ll do a separate post with full results if/when they come in.

I’d like to pretend that Dorian handed his phone off to someone, and actually did have better things to do during an AAA TV taping than to go back and forth with Rob on Aerostar. There’s surely dead time to do to tweet during an AAA show (that’s when I return emails), but you’d hope the guy who supposed to be running the place has his focus elsewhere. Maybe I’ve made a false assumption in this paragraph. I will say, it was a nice change of pace from Dorian’s normally quite boring twitter posts of complaining about travel and chatting back and forth with girls.

Ras de Lona did not have much news. Dragon Rojo’s injury is to his lower back. They played Mistico’s challenge to Lyger for a title match in Guadalajara, so that may actually be happening.

Perros del Mal hyped Heddi Karou (unknown guy from France, presumably a different group than the one Sangre Azteca works with), Naruto (Brazilian, I think, based on the phone number they left on the picture for who knows what reason; tough to research a guy with that name), Ragde and Pesdailla for the Lucha Libre Expo show. That sounds like a tag amtch.

Laredo Kid taught his first class at his wrestling school, with guest instructor Aerostar. Both pitch as something for the kids to do while they’re on summer vacation. Laredo mentions his brothers, also luchadors, will lead the classes when he’s not around. The plural is interesting, since we Oscuridad is the only brother we know of.

Newspaper recap of an AAA show in Durango says the attendance was bad, as was the main event.

LLF canceled their show last night due to Hurricane Alex.

Estrellas del Ring has an interview with returning Morelos area wrestler Starbick.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


CMLL hasn’t posted their lineups, but Ras de Lona had Friday’s as

CMLL (FRI) 07/09 Areno Mexico
1) Bengala & Horus vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Molotov, Molotov, Sensei vs Durango Kid, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Mascarita Dorada vs Pierrothito [lighting]
4) Máximo, Sagrado, Valiente vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Averno, Jushin Lyger, Mephisto
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Olímpico

Negro vs Lyger, finally. Garza, not with the invaders, teams with the invaders. And Volador is a tecnico unless he’s facing Mistico, unless there’s a turn here.

CMLL (SAT) 08/28 Domo Polideportivo, Zona 13, Guatemala
1) Pegasso & Slayer vs Asesno & Loco Max
2) Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
3) Rayo Chapin, Toscano, Voltron vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma & Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
5) Máscara Dorada, Místico, Shocker vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

Retry for this show, which was canceled the first time. Lineup is a little shuffled but basically the same guys.

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine]
1) Metálico & Tigre Blanco b Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei b Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego b Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei b Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Marcela
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Toscano b Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

09/28: IWRG, links, lineups

Solo Luchas
Solo Luchas

IWRG (THU) 09/25 Arena Naucalpan [SuperLuchas #283
1) DVD b Anubis
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II b Eragon & Pendulo
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Sauron b Freelance, Jack, Zatura
4) el Hijo Del Anibal, Latino, Multifacético b Black Terry, el Hijo del Pierroth, Veneno
5) Juventud Guerrera & Zumbido b Fuerza Guerrera & Shocker

Guerrera turned out to be true to their word – they refused to fight each other during the match…at least until Fuerza surprised Juvi with an armbar to win a fall. After the match, the Guerreras turned on the ex-Guapos.

Latino is a Villalobos wrestler, a Latin Lover knock off. Dr. Cerebro still wants that title shot against Freelance. People trip over title shots in IWRG, I don’t know what’s taking that one so long.

There’s no big article places, but this week’s SuperLuchas also notes in a couple places that there’s a unhappiness with TV Azteca airing WWE SmackDown on Friday nights, feeling it could damage Arena Meixco business.

Villano V is livid with Mistico for trying to take away from his victory by suggesting there might have been a Villano switch. V5 doesn’t want to wait until next Anniversary, he wants to face Mistico right now – Mistico may be hurt but so is V5 – so he can take his mask and maybe break his leg.

Meanwhile, Blue Panther does not like the idea of a career vs career match with the Villanos.

Fabian el Gitano opened a gym yesterday, and the opening was well attended by CMLL wrestlers. I think I speak for everyone where I wish the gym is a tremendous success, to the point where Fabian is so busy counting his money that he no longer has a chance to wrestle. Interesting side notes: Dragon Rojo Jr. showed up as Diamante Negro for reasons he didn’t feel like explaining coherently (he says it was to be confusing, and it was) and Okumura showed up to remind Fabian they still have issues. Fabian vowed to break Okumura’s other arm given the chance, and promised to not lose like Mictlan if Diamante Negro ever put up his mask agianst his.

Villano III and Tinieblas (Sr.) talk to El Heralado de Tabasco. Tinieblas says he’s considering retiring, but he’d want to have a grand retirement show with eeveryone who he’s ever known. V3 says Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero are little girls afraid he’s going to take their masks.

SuperLuchas has lots from the Lucha Libre Fan Fest: general milling about, Villano V, and Dark Angel. They’ve also got footage from LA Park in Spain.

In Ovaciones, Pantera Surena says she’s returning to the ring (for Martha’s group) and wants to put together a group of mini luchadoras.

AAA has a note about wrestlers help out at tree planting chairty event. The Psycho Cirucs have now planted 200 tress without being defeated!

LuchaWorld has Robert on 03/25 CMLL TV (pondering the existence of Princesa Blanca) and Rey dey Reyes 06 as well as KrisZ’s news update.

WrestlingObserver recaps this week’s AAA TV show.

WagnerMania’s posted a Blue Demon Jr. interview.


IWRG (THU) 10/02 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon vs Epidemia
2) Pendulo & Terror Negro vs Judas el Traidor & Sauron
3) Freelance, Pegaso Extreme, Rey Cometa vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) el Hijo Del Anibal, Latino, Multifacético vs Black Terry, el Hijo del Pierroth, Ghost Rider
5) Shocker & Zumbido vs Fuerza Guerrera & Toscano

I think Shocker and Toscano have met before. That’s the ex-Fuerza Aerea guys working the second match as IWRG approaches it’s (apparent) goal of using 300 different wrestlers this year.

NWA Mexico (SAT) 10/04 Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera
1) Turbo vs Black Thunder
2) Skayde vs Dr. Cerebro
3) Super Muneco vs Pierko el Boricua
4) Incógnito vs Danger
5) Negro Navarro vs Solar I, Shu el Guerrero, Black Terry
6) Blue Demon Jr. vs El Dandy
7) Juvi, Mil Mascaras, Tarzan Boy vs Antifaz, Hator, Head Hunter I

Slightly adjust from when it was announced – No Shocker and no Cien Caras.

CMLL (SUN) 10/05 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono, Metálico, Tigre Blanco vs Ephesto, Vangelis, Virus
2) Fabián el Gitano, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera vs Halcon Negro, Loco Max, Satánico
3) Grey Shadow, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Damián 666, Mephisto, Mr. Águila
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla

Not only do we have four matches (they’ve got a filler one for the 5th), but also Halcon Negro continues his non appearances. Ephesto and Virus working the opener doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense either, so maybe there’s more of a shuffle coming here.

The best part of this Halcon Negro lineup stuff is it’s not just some pre-release version of the lineup going out to the magazines, it’s what CMLL is posting on their website every week.

CMLL (SUN) 10/05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quazar vs Valentin Mayo
2) Idolo & Nube Roja vs Exterminador & Güero Loco
3) Magnum, Metal Balnco, Metatron vs Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Rey Tureno
4) La Máscara & Máximo vs Hijo del Fantasma & Valiente and Olímpico & Último Guerrero and Misterioso II & Sangre Azteca [torneo corona, sf]

Just after they finished one tournament here, they start another.

IWRG (SUN) 10/05 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon vs ?
2) Miss Gaviota & Super Halcon vs Drakot Kid & Furia Guerrera
3) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Black Terry, el Hijo del Pierroth, Veneno
5) Latino, Multifacético, Tinieblas Jr. vs Head Hunter I, Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

07/27: Mexico, Puebla, AAA, Gudalara, Xalapa, Veracruz


Big main event in Arena Mexico tonight:

CMLL (FRI) 07/27 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Sombra de Plata vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Leono, Stuka Jr., Super Nova vs Hirooki Goto, Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura
3) La Sombra, Mascara Purpura, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Damian 666, Texano Jr., Villano V
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
6) Mistico vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

I finally get this feud, now that CMLL’s preview has taken me by the hand and walked me thru it.

Up till, say, three weeks ago, Dr. Wagner Jr. was confident he was The Best Wrestler In The World. Mistico had some big matches, Mistico won some titles, Mistico won some belts, but Dr. Wagner Jr. just thought he was a good kid who won a lot. (And his belt is bigger and shinier.) Wagner & Mistico made a good team when they teamed, but Wagner knew for sure that if they ever faced, he could swat the kid down, because he’s The Best Wrestler In The World.

Then, Mistico (& la Sombra) beat Wagner (& Purpura) and Wagner’s perspective on the world was shattered. It’s no wonder he joined the rudos, he had to join the rudos to face Mistico and he had to face Mistico to beat him. Wagner wasn’t looking to be a rudo full time, he was just looking for a way to prove he’s the best. He got the win in the the trios match, and then he grabbed a partner and beat Mistico in a tag match. And just because people thought he fouled Mistico, he’d do one more tag title match to unquestionably prove the point. When Mistico stole the win, Wagner was shattered again, and so we’ve come to this.

If Wagner wins, he can once again claim to be The Best Wrestler In The World (though the matter isn’t totally finished, especially if it’s not clean.) If Mistico wins, then what? The mask challenge, which probably won’t happen, for sure. Would they let Mistico wrestler for a heavyweight title?

Ovaciones has a preview of the show, as does ESTO and NOTIMEX, all focusing on the main event. ESTO says the trio of Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto “is more dangerous than Satan.”

There’s a thread over on DVDVR discussing the show.

Ovaciones has an article on the Rowdy Tecnico fans.

How long till a rematch?

CMLL (MON) 07/30 Arena Puebla [cmll, hugo999]
1) Legionario & the Tiger vs Ares & Toro Bill
2) Batman & Lestat vs Blade & Skandalo
3) Flash, Stuka Jr., Super Nova vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Averno, Ultimo Guerrero
6) Mistico vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Meanwhile, AAA’s running a TV taping in Tampico.

AAA TV (FRI) 07/27 Centro de Convenciones de Ciudad Madero
1) Cinthia Moreno, Octagoncito, Oriental, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Alfa, Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mini Histeria
2) Laredo Kid vs Aero Star, Super Fly, Escoria, Extreme Tiger, Hombre Sin Miedo, Rey Cometa, Pegasso [Torneo Alas de Oro]
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera vs ?, Ron Killings, X-Pac
4) Alberije, Brazo de Plata, El Elegido, Zorro vs Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr., Super Calo, Zumbido
5) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico vs Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, Ozz [cage]

El Sol de Tampico has a preview. Dark match opener is listed here Impluso & El Lince vs Disturbio & Arana Maligna. Note the main event is in a cage – I’m going to go out on a limb and guess Chessman will attempt suicide and be fine by the next taping. Show starts at 9 PM local time.

I’m picking Super Fly to continue his winning streak and take the high fliers match.

(ESTO) Monito suffered a nose injury, and underwent surgery on Monday. He’s supposed to be out 15 days,

ESTO reports a team of CMLL wrestlers will take on the cast of a night time TV in a TV music contest. The show’s called “En Busca de la Nueva Banda”, and the CMLL representatives are Fabian el Gitano, Nitro, Felino, India Sioux, Princesa Blanca, and Amapola. This MUST make it on to YouTube. I think this airs on Sunday.

Atlantis is filming a (direct to video) movie called “Atlantis al recate“. The movie is about using dolphin therapy for people with psychologically and neurological issues.

Rocky Mountina News interviews Psicosis II about the Warped Tour. SPOILER: They give away his real name in the second paragraph. I may have ruined lucha libre by linking to that.

Thursday was the 65th Anniversary of Santo’s debut

CMLL (TUE) 07/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mafia DQ Impostor
2) Azazel b Quazar
3) Metatron b Exterminador
4) Magnum b Infierno
5) Asesino Negro & Egipcio b Leon Blanco & Lider
6) Virus b Valiente
7) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Vampiro b Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

Universo tried to give Wagner the Black Hammer, but the ref shoved him over, and Wagner cradles him for the win. In the 5th match, Asesino Negro snuck in a foul on Leon Blanco for the win.

CMLL (THU) 07/26 Puerto Jarocho, Veracruz [escualoasesino @ box y lucha]
1) Jaguar b Mercenario Jr.
2) El Gitano & Rey Garifo b Gabriel o Gabriela & Samuray
3) Dr. X & Super Colt b Fabian el Gitano & Tony Rivera
4) La Mascara, Mictlan, Volador Jr. DQ Sangre Azteca, Skandalo, Virus
5) Maximo, Mistico, Rey Bucanero b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Rey filled in for Heavy Metal, Super Colt for La Morgue, El Gitano for Perro Mocho Jr. and the opener was announced as a tag match originally.

CMLL (THU) 07/26 Arena Xalapa [escualo @ el martiente, doogie05 @ Satanico’s Mansion]
1) Jaguar & Linterna Verde b Guerrero del Infierno & Soldado Anonimo
2) Gabriel o Gabriela & Samuray b Perro Mocho Jr. & Rey Garfio
3) Dark Angel & Sahori b Hiroka & La Nazi
4) La Sombra, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Dr. X, Nitro, Skandalo
5) Averno & Dr. Wagner Jr. b Mistico & Ultimo Guerrero

AAA (MON) 07/30 Cancha de Futbol Rap, Nuevo Laredo [RFC]
1) Insolito, Maravilla Lopez, Rey Galactico vs Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
2) Brazo, Chiva Rayada I, Extreme Tiger vs Barba Roja, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan
3) Asrtuto, Super Calo, Tinieblas Jr. vs Antifaz, El Cobarde, Pirata Morgan
4) Hombre sin Miedo vs the Custom [mask]

I’ve never heard of the Custom. I have no record of him wrestling before. I can’t possibly guess who’s going to win here.

07/06: WWE, Gudalajara, Tampico, Xalapa

There’s CMLL and WWE shows tonight in Mexico City, and AAA tapes it’s last show before TripleMania in Puebla.

ESTO recaps the whole Wagner/Mistico feud (one week.) Notimex doesn’t have much to say either.

Ovaciones and ESTO says Toscano, Heavy Metal, Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Sagrado, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Terrible, and Rey Bucanero taped an episode of El Rival Mas Debil (The Weakest Link) for TV Azteca. Ovaciones goes onto a whole digression about Pierroth no-showing (maybe that’s why MY2K Jr. is on there) claiming to be in a car accident but was later seen around Arena Mexico and how these no-shows reflect bad on CMLL (which is true, but I’d start with complaining about the wrestling events they miss – see GDL results – before the TV cameos.)

The real story is – they still have The Weakest Link in Mexico? That seems so long ago. I think I saw a rerun of a show the other where someone was making a (horrible) reference to it and it seemed so dated, and it’s still on it Mexico, huh. In England and France too – I just remember it seemingly lasting six weeks in the US before it wore out it’s charm (yet still existed.) I’d totally watch this episode, of course, and I wonder if it’ll make it to Azteca America. I bet Panther won.

WWE (WED) 07/04 Plaza Monumental Tijuana Results [El Sol de Tijuana]
1) Super Crazy b Daivari
2) Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch b Paul London & Brian Kendrick [WWE TAG]
3) Mickie James b Melina
4) William Regal b Val Venis
5) Jeff Hardy b Snitsky
6) Carlito b Santino Marella
7) Rey Misterio Jr., Bobby Lashley, John Cena b Booker T, Randy Orton, Umaga

Building was said to be 3/4ths full. Recap says Regal/Venis bored the crowd.

Ovaciones and ESTO have different lineups for tonight’s DF WWE show. It’s gone thru many revisions.

Lots of GDL stuff…

CMLL (SUN) 07/01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Casanova b Fraile de la Muerte
2) Depredador & Guero Loco b Azazel & Mach-1
3) Artillero, Jeque, Super Comando b Metal Blanco, Metalik, Metatron
4) Malefico, Mascara Magica, Toxico b Fabian el Gitano, Gallo, Mascara Purpura
5) Averno, Efesto, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Sagrado, Negro Casas

Shocker no showed the main event, and they must’ve known ahead of time because they bumped people around to accommodate. Sagrado moved up one, Mascara Purpura moved up one, Metatron got on the card. Jeque Watch: he pinned Metalik clean. Mascara Magica fouled Fabian el Gitano – that’s a feud that needs to stay in GDL.

CMLL (TUE) 07/03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Milenio b Virgo
2) Estrella de Jalisco b Danger (Guadalajara)
3) Guerrero Samuray b Rey Trueno
4) Leon Blanco b Asesino Negro
5) Mach 1 b Jeque
6) Angel Blanco Jr., Artillero, Super Comando b Fabian el Gitano, Magnum, Mascara Purpura
7) Olimpico & Ultimo Guerrero b Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone

Jeque Watch: he lost clean. Look at Artillero and Super Comando with an honest to god semifinal win. Ultimo fouled Marco to win, Marco challenged him to a singles match next week, and this feud is making it around the horn quite a bit. I guess they’re going to make a luchador out of Corelone or UG will die trying.

CMLL (TUE) 07/10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Estrella de Jalisco vs Destroyer
2) Evola vs Guero Loco
3) Nuba Roja vs Exterminador
4) Metalik vs Infierno
5) El Gallo & Tigre Blanco vs Malefico & Mascara Magica
6) Blue Panther & Sagrado vs Hijo de Lizmark & Terrible
7) Marco Corelone vs Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL LLA (SUN) 07/08 Gimnasio Nuevo Leon [PegassoOriginal]
1) Furor & Galactar vs Black Soul & Titanik
2) Mongol Jr., Principe de Oro, Rey Apostl vs Chuy Oviedo, Golden Boy, Rey Demonio Jr.
3) La Sombra, Rey Hechizero, Tigre Universiatio vs Gitano, Potro Jr., Silver Star
4) Blue Panther & Negro Casas vs Damian 666 & Mr. Aguila

AAA (SUN) 07/08 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Barba Roja & Hijo del Pirata Morgan vs Invasor & Mercurio
2) Aguila Extrema & Virutal X vs Monje Negro Jr. & Pirata Morgan Jr.
3) Brazo, Estrellita, the Mummy vs La Diabolica, Monsther, Rey Infernal
4) Extreme Tiger vs Oriental, Histeria [bull terrier]
5) Pirata Morgan & Sangre Chicana vs Antifaz & Hator

CMLL (WED) 07/04 Auditorio Municpal Tampico [Rocinante TYT CVF @ box y lucha
1) Mensajero del Muerte & Silver Fox b Baby Lover & Lumino
2) Bam Bam & Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Halloween
3) Brazo de Platino, Mascara Purpura, Valiente b Artillero, Coco Blanco, Súper Comando
4) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Máximo b Loco Max, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. b LA Park, Atlantis

Main event was elimination style. Wagner pinned Atlantis, ended up getting his mask yanked by Atlantis and fouled by Park, but the ref wouldn’t count the pin. Park tried a figure four, Wagner small packaged him for the win. I wonder who booked this show.

Tercera was supposed to be a tag match with the youngsters, but Brazo and Coco got added and it turned into a comedy match. I’d be so annoyed if that happened. Mini Damian got Bam Bam with the Valagueza, but Dragoncito rallied back to beat both Mini FdT guys for the win – maybe that’s the match we’re building too?

CMLL (THU) 07/05 Deportivo Colon, Xalapa, Veracruz [rodrigo_park @ box y lucha]
1) Soldado Anomio & Subzero b Guepardo & Nocturno
2) Gabriel o Gabriela, Samuray, Turbo b ?, Perro Mocho Jr., Rey Garifo Jr.
3) Marcela b Amapola [MEX WOMEN]
4) Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero, Vampiro b Atlantis, Olimpico, Pierroth
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. b Ultimo Guerrero

ESTO also has an article about Santo in Spain. Also, Hijo de Santo is interviewed with Rumbo en Internet. If this is not a reprint of an interview I’ve already linked to, it’s close enough.

I have no idea who Niurka is, but apparently she’s a Mexican TV star who was special guest referee for Tuesday’s Arena Coliseo Monterrey show. It sounds like she acted like a complete goofball during the match, fell off the second rope when posing, and lost a (fake) nail when getting mobbed for autographs after the match. This required a hospital stay. Somehow, there are dozens are stories about this, including Rossy Moreno challenging her to a match. I presume it’s a Paris Hilton situation.

05/16: Coliseo (last weeks), Monterrey

No word on last night’s Coliseo – Ovaciones has the AAA tapings results we’ve already covered – or word if/how Mistico wrestled last night. We do have some catchup…

CMLL (TUE) 05/08 Arena Coliseo [Super Luchas]
1) Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Halloween b Electrico & Fantasy
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Jeque, Nitro b Sensei, Starman, Trueno
3) Ogun, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera b Loco Max, Misterioso II, Ohara
4) Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Metro II, Mictlán, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Jushin Liger, Último Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Último Dragón

CMLL (SUN) 05/13 Arena Coliseo [KrisZ]
1) Sensei & Trueno b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Brillante, Leono, Tigre Metálico b Loco Max, Mr. México, Nitro
3) Lady Apache, Luna Magica, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
4) Felino, Heavy Metal, Sagrado b Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Averno, Black Warrior, Último Guerrero b Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

indy (SUN) 05/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Mercurio & Virtual X vs Ben Hur & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Karis & Orus vs Ramses (ACM) & the Mummy
3) Estrellita, Hombre Sin Miedo, Octagoncito vs Hechicera, Mini Chessman, Rey Infernal
4) Angel, Brazo, Pimpinela vs Aventurero, Hator, Histeria
5) Alan Stone vs Charly Manson

CMLL (SUN) 05/20 Arena Solidaridad
1) ? & Mascarita Sagrada vs Bracito de Plata & Mini Hator
2) Vaquero Romo vs Gato Volador & Mongol Chino
3) Ohara & Okumura vs Caifan I & Estrella Dorada Jr.
4) Cobarde & Satanico vs ? & Blue Panther
5) Fabian el Gitano, Groon XXX, Marco Corelone vs Electroshock, Sangre Azteca, Texano Jr.

That is an incredible tecnico trio.

(the Californian) This year’s Salinas Valley Fair will include lucha libre matches on Friday. Looks like APW, according to the website.

FSE put a press release trumping it’s ratings. Lucha libre gets a very small mention.

IWRG’s site is still down.

03/03: Mexico results, lineups, IWRG, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 03/02 Arena Mexico [ova]
1) Hooligan & Ramstein b Danger & Trueno
2) Leono, Metro II, Virus b Loco Max, Nitro, Okumura
3) Felino, Sagrado, Ultimo Dragon b Eclipse, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Heavy Metal, La Mascara, Volador Jr.
5) Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000
6) Mistico b Perro Aguayo Jr.

Perro dominated the first fall, and was on his way to winning the second when he yanked off Mistico’s mask, getting DQed. Mistico got a new one, and rallied back, getting a pinfall when the ref was down, and later getting La Mistica for the win. Ovaciones says we could see the hair match at the Dos Leyendas show, March 30 – so they’ve pushed it back another week?

La Mascara and Eclipse got hurt in their matches. Ovaciones recap hinted they were going to try Marco/Universo again next week.

CMLL (FRI) 03/09 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Valiente, Molotov vs Ramstein, Apocalipsis
2) Virus, Leono, Mictlan vs Okumura, Ohara, Dr. X
3) Blue Panther, La Mascara, Maximo vs Misterioso II, Ephesto, Sangre Azteca
4) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Volador JR. vs Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Olimpico
5) Mistico, Rey Bucanero, Alex Koslov vs Black Warrior, Averno, Mephisto
6) Marco Corelone vs Universo 2000

Non title match. Make sure he’s got his plane ticket!

CMLL (TUE) 03/06 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Espiritu, Karisma vs Vaquero, Cobalto
2) Starman, Super Nova, Tiger Kid vs Polvora, Super Comando, Artillero
3) Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Hooligan, Loco Max
4) La Mascara, Satanico, Sagrado vs Mascara Ano 2000, Pierroth, Emilio Charles Jr.
5) Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr. vs Halloween, Damian 666, Mr. Aguila

That would be Kid Tigers’s Coliseo debut, I think.

CMLL (SUN) 03/11 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Danger, Truneo vs Messala, Caligula
2) Lady Apache, India Sioux, Luna Magica vs La Nazi, Rosa Negra, Medussa
3) Leono, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Mr. Mexico, Mogur
4) La Mascara, Mictlan, Ogun vs Pierroth, Hijo de Pierroth, Okumura
5) Marco Corleone, Dos Caras Jr., Alex Koslov vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila

They gotta be doing the hair match next week, right?

Super Crazy was visiting, here at Arena Mexico and on the IWRG show on Thursday. Speaking of…

IWRG (THU) 03/01 Arena Naucalpan
1) Comando Gama b Celestial
2) Ave Fenix & Kid Tiger b Bestial & Dr. Maldad
3) Aki, Fabian el Gitano, Yamato b Fantasma de la Opera, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Black Terry, Kraneo, Zandokan b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida
5) El Dandy, Electroshock, Heavy Metal b Bestia Salvaje, Pierroth, Veneno

Semimain had rudos beat the trios champs in a non-title match, but they’re actually setting up a Black Terry/Cerebro Negro title match there. Third match was said to be particularly good, which must mean it was 83% awesome and 14% Fabian el Gitano.

on Guerreros del Ring:
unmasked: Mr. Aguila, who turns out to be Papi Chulo
02/25 Coliseo: Leono, Sagrado, Virus vs Arkangel, Mogur, Nitro
02/16 Mexico: Eclipse, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 vs Blue Panther, Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas
New bonus: a super annoying scroll on the bottom of the screen where people (and by people, we mean 12-15 year old kids) can text message comments (90% about Cena, Undertaker and Batista)

Either this week or next week is my last week of this, I think, unless I figure out something.

01/06: Mexico, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 01/05 Arena Mexico Results [Super Luchas, Galeno de Mal, ovaciones]
1) Mini Olimpico, Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito DQ Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween, Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Jr., Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Mistico b Averno

The cheap kids tickets filled up the arena, which telegraphs the main event finish. Check out the fall times for the main event, via Ocampo
1) 1:54
2) 3:11
3) 16:45

Uh huh. You can guess the finish, and it reads like a good match. Mistico challenged for the mask match again, and Averno was so frustrated, he accepted – but for the CMLL Middleweight Title match. That’s not on the schedule for next week, or at least so far.

Alexis posted the 01/12 lineup on box y lucha, and it’s off season-ish with no ongoing issues (though I can make up a few things.) Sangre and Koslov make it all the way up to the semimain (unless they ARE doing Mistico/Averno and they’re bumped down to a more reasonable spot.)

Other notes: Ultimo Guerrero fouled Dr. Wagner to draw the DQ in the semimain…Amapola had Lady Apache rolled up for the win in the second match (with a little help from the ropes), but Marcela turned over the pin. Amapola’s still looking for a title shot…Mini Damian yanked Tzuki’s mask to get the DQ in the opener.

airing on GdR
12/22 Mexico: Arkangel, Loco Max, Okumura b Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera
01/01 Coliseo: Heavy Metal, La Mascara, Volador Jr. vs Mascara Ano 2000, Terrible, Universo 2000
Unmasked: Black Warrior

It’s pretty impressive that I’m typing this, because I’m currently losing my mind. 12/22 was the taping that was never aired – except they absolutely positively had to go back to make sure we got our weekly match with those goofs (and not, say, just air the Volador/Averno match!) And that’s a Coliseo match which has like a 5% of being any good – did they save the main event for the non-existent FSE show? And the story of Black Warrior being unmasked, we sure haven’t heard about that any time recently, nooooo.

Why? Why? Is this spite? I’m sorry for whatever I did. Please stop.

Edit: Actually, that match is the same one they aired last week. Why? That makes even less sense.

GdR #58


Another just okay segunda match, a long-ish main event – long enough that I should’ve gone back and see if I actually timed it correct – but nothing special here. I predict this will get a 0 for 2 on the F4 show.

Appearances in the last six weeks…
1: Mistico
3: Leono and La Mascara
4: Loco Max and Arkangel
5: Fabian el Gitano
7: Sangre Azteca

I know CMLL’s roster isn’t this small, but it sure seems that way of late. It would improve things dramatically if, instead of showing a segunda with the same guys yet again, they’d mix it up and grab the opening match or the tercera.

speaking of TV: I watched the last half of AAA’s main event today (from the pre-GdT show), and reached two conclusions
– the matches still aren’t good (though seeing Cibernetico Hulk Up, complete with three punches, was entertaining in it’s own way)
– oh my gosh, Cibernetico’s super over. Especially with the girls. Like if there was no one booing Cena.

I mean, it may not be something I want to pay for, but it’s something a lot of people will be paying to see – if they can ride this wave in 2007, they’re going to be doing enormous business. The one missing piece is new opposition if Ricky is gone (or even if he isn’t, at some point it’ll be run into the ground). Shocker would’ve been perfect for this spot if he had stuck around, and Scorpio can’t quite replace him there. Konnan was pushed in a position where he’d normally be next, but obviously that’s not happening, and none of the Sect or TNA guys have built a individual presence that’d make it work. La Parka Jr. ain’t turning rudo. Pirata? Abismo? I dunno.

(FWIW, I think the idea of Bucanero jumping doesn’t work anymore. The spot is gone. Wagner or Silver King might be fun, but I don’t think either of them could stomach working rudo stooge to Cibernetico’s tecnico hero.)

If the Toluca crowd is any fair representation, though, Cibernetico’s so over, it may not matter who he’s facing.