Infierno en el Ring set for 07/19, Santo surgery

The CMLL press event had the expected amount of news. CMLL Gaceta has the only wrap up I’ve seen, though a lot was mentioned back on Twitter

  • Infierno en el Ring was officially announced for 07/19. That’s a week later than earlier speculation. The ten men in the cage match are the ten men you’d expect: Shocker, Rush, Máximo, Blue Panther, Super Porky, Negro Casas, Averno, Mr. Águila, Rey Escorpión, Rey Bucanero. Averno and Blue Panther were the last to sign (among the people who actually showed up, no Brazo de Plata), both challenging each to another apuesta match should they survive this one. That match would be a one fall submission match with no ropes no ropes break, and is unlikely to actually happen no matter what goes on here. Mr.
  • A 35th Blue Panther Anniversary show will be held on 08/16. The main event is Blue Panther, Atlantis and Negro Casas vs Solar, Negro Navarro and Black Terry. That should be outstanding.
  • Marco Corleone announced his knee injury was not as severe as previously reported, and he’ll be back in August. That’s way ahead of the initial schedule. He also said that any enemy of Rush is an enemy of himself and Maximo.
  • More En Busca de un Idolo shuffling. Shocker and Rush argued about who was running the tecnico team. Mr. Niebla takes over for Terrible with the rudos (just Vangelis.) Like last year, all the participants will come back for a cibernetico after the tournament, on 07/26. There was no mention of any prize for the winner.
  • Taichi starts on 07/26, and the CMLL travels to Japan (REINA, NJPW) were mentioned.

Ray Mendoza Jr. also held a press conference for his show on the 20th. Not much news on that one. There’s CMLL luchadors all over the lineup, but they none appeared at the press conference. Hijo de Pirata Morgan challenged V5 to a hair vs hair match, and V5 said no.

In his weekly Record column, El Hijo del Santo explains he was hurt so much by LA Park’s martinete, he had surgery – to his intestines, because of the pressure the move put on his abdominal region. Riiiiight. This sounds like Santo  previously had surgery scheduled and decided to weave into this match. He’ll be out for 45 days.

AAA sent out an interview with Nino Hamburguesa talking about Sunday’s match in Ecatepec as his TV debut match. It’s not his TV debut match; he wrestled in the opener of the March 3rd San Luis Potosi Sin Limite taping, which eventually aired on Fusion. This Sunday’s match in Ecatepec is also an opener and may also end up on Fusion or not aired at all.

NJPW’s Kizuna Road iPPV is tomorrow morning. It’s starting at 4:30 am Central Time, with the CMLL Tag Team Title match taking place around 6am. I think I’m watching this live.

This week’s Tercera Caida was filmed before a live audience in Arena Queretaro, with the American Wolves and promotes Carlos Maynes. DTU’s 4 show weekend tour starts tonight in that building and will eventually air on TVC Deportes.

Mascara Dorada & Sagrado beat Mr. Aguila & Mephisto in Cuautlancingo, Puebla on a show sponsored by local political candidates.

Bill has highlights of 07/19/12 IWRG.

A different kind of unmasking.

Panther vs Casas in a hair match, Charly Manson vs 2 police officers

CMLL (SUN) 04/24/2011 Arena Coliseo [Cesar, CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & RamsteinFreesbe & Robin
Ramstein beat Freesbe with a Michinoku Driver and may have KOed him.
2) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío IIEnrique Vera Jr. & Hombre Bala Jr.
Straight win for the vets: clean win in fall 1, Rayos pulling an illegal switch in the second. Bala wants a mask vs mask match.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr.Dragon Lee [Forjando un Idolo]
Sounds like Dragon Lee blew a shooting star press near the finish. Might have supposed to be the finish, because Lee won with another top rope move soon after. Both have 3 points, and Maya was reported to be injured coming out of the match. Both guys have 3 points at the moment, but Maya will pick up this week’s bonus point – he’s way ahead – and be up to 4. That point might be crucial. Los Rayo Tapatios attacked Dragon lee after the match, but Hombre Bala made the save and they teased that tag match again.
4) DeltaMetal Blanco [Forjando un Idolo]
Delta submitted Metal Blanco. Delta [6] is in control of the group. Blanco [1] isn’t out because of that bonus point, but needs a lot of help.
5) El Alebrije, Misterioso Jr., OlímpicoÁngel de Oro, Diamante, Rush
Olimpico reversed a roll up and uses the rope to pin Rush. Diamante was stretched out after a dive.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey BucaneroBlack Warrior, Metro, Palacio Negro
Pesta Negra took the last two falls. Mr. Niebla did appear.
7) Blue PantherNegro Casas
Panther took falls and 1/3 for the win. The two appeared to agree to a hair vs hair match.

Group Charly standings
6 Delta
4 Maya
3 Lee
1 Blanco

tomorrow in Puebla, assuming Maya gets the second bonus point (which seems to be certain)

– Delta advances with a win or a draw

– Guerrero Maya Jr. advances with a win or a draw and a Dragon Lee loss.

– Dragon Lee advances with a win and a Maya draw/loss. If Maya wins and Dragon Lee wins, Delta & Dragon Lee are tied for the last spot, pending the third vote point.

– Metal Blanco would need a win, another bonus point, Delta & Maya going to draw, and CMLL figuring out another tie breaker. So he’s probably out.

Record reports Charly Manson was arrested early Saturday morning. The story goes Charly and “his assistant”, Adrian Lopez Reyes, were looking for Charly’s car and could not find it where it had been parked. They went to two “auxiliary police” to ask for help, and somehow ended up in a fight with the police officers. A third policeman showed up as a backup, and “in his excitement”, shot Adrian Lopez Reyes in the leg. Charly was taken to jail, Lopez Reyes was taken to one hospital, and the two police officers were taken to another hospital. Charly is scheduled on a bunch of shows this upcoming week, including this Wednesday’s AAA TV taping and tonight’s IWRG show. No word if he’s been released.

photo via Black Terry Jr.

Just images, no results so far, from the Villano III tribute show. Black Terry Jr. has video of Black Terry, Villano IV, Villano V vs Oriental, Pantera, Solar (part 1, part 2, part 3), and Segunda Caida has a review.

Manny Guzman, leader of the National Lucha Libre Union in the early 90s (and probably before) passed away Saturday. Guzman’s run as leader is probably best remembered for the 1991 lucha libre strike, where wrestlers refused to work EMLL/CMLL shows after Televisa started airing Friday night Arena Mexico shows in Mexico City. Guzman, and others in the organization, feared more television would hurt the industry and cost many jobs, because people wouldn’t pay to see something they could watch on TV for free. The strike was eventually settled, in part, by also getting UWA/LLI a television slot (on a weaker network.) UWA wasn’t as focused by the bias, and a pre-existing feeling that the union favored the older UWA luchadors over the CMLL guys was increased by the result. The union’s power was broken by the formation of AAA, who formed their own separate union and sped up the (inevitable) decline of UWA. CMLL formed their own in house union in 1994 (run by Brazo de Oro the last we heard) and the old one hasn’t been heard from since.

In the undercard of an AAA spot show at Arena Neza, Mike Segura (as local talent, not part of AAA) beat Neza Kid in a bloody match. They’ve been feuding for a while, and agreed to a mask vs hair match for the next show (not sure of a date.) Neza Kid is very obviously another wrestlers associated with IWRG though not active there now; he hasn’t bothered to cover up his identifiable shoulder tattoo.

Porra Fresa has a good interview with Puebla’s Lestat. Yes, Jeff Hardy is one of his favorite wrestlers. (Also, Rey Misterio and Super Crazy.)

04/24: Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada (O) b Jushin Liger (X) & KUSHIDA
Dorada picked up his first direct win on this trip

04/23: Jr. Tag League: Super Crazy (O) & Bushi [4] b Koji Kanemoto (X) & Minoru [4]
04/24: Jr. Tag League: Shuji Kondo (O) & Hiroshi Yamato [5] b Super Crazy & Bushi (X) [4]

Dr. Landru posted video of Sexy Lady, Sexy Star & Eterno vs Fabi Apache, Zumbi & Ludark Shaitan (part 2.)

No SuperLuchas this week, though they added an 2007 Super Luchas Grafico featuring Mil Mascaras to their app store.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


Tapatios vs Bala/Dragon, Panther vs Casas, AAA rain out, DTU

CMLL (SUN) 04/17/2011 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Disturbio & MortizFreesbe & Principe
Mortiz replaced Semental
2) Dragon Lee DQ Rayo Tapatío IIRayo Tapatío IHombre Bala Jr.Hijo del SignoInquisidorSúper ComandoSuper Halcon Jr.Enrique Vera Jr.Artillero[cibernetico]
Eliminations where Artillero (Halcon), Vera (Comando), Halcon (Inquisidor), Comando (Signo), Inquisidor (Bala), Signo (Rayo II). That left the Tapatios vs Dragon Lee & Hombre Bala, the core of htis feud. Rayo I beat Bala, but Dragon Lee defeated Rayo I and was enroute to beating Rayo II again when Rayo I ran back in for the DQ. Bala made the save.
3) MagnusÁngel de Plata [Forjando un Idolo]
Magnus (3) defeated Angel de Plata (0) with a la de a caballo. Maybe Magnus is just a tribute wrestler?
4) PólvoraFuego [Forjando un Idolo]
Counter dropkick for Polvora (3) over Fuego (0)
5) Delta, Toscano, ValienteFelino, Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura
6) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Strong Man DQ Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
Niebla did appear. Negro Casas fouled Blue Panther, and they made hair vs hair challenges.

Group Delta kicks off cycle 2 of the Forjando un Idolo match, with the winners (Polvora/Magnus) and the losers (Angel de Plata/Fuego) facing off. 6 points is probably enough to get you thru, and 0 points is probably end to end your hopes.

DTU (SAT) 04/16/2011 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
1) Kalek b Joystick, Garra de Aguila, Guerrero Extremo, Arana de Plata Jr.
2) Chica Tormenta b Shitara, Megan, Lily Fighter, Princesa Egipcia [#1 Contenders, Reina De Reinas]
Keira was bumped out of this match for previously unmentioned Princesa Egipico. Chica Tormenta beat Lily Fighter to advance.
3) Keira b Vanely, Yuki Star, Lolita, Vaquerita, Ashley [#1 Contenders, Reina De Reinas]
Keira ended up added to this match, and beat Lolita to advance.
4) Sadico & Yakuza b Aeroboy & Samuray del Sol and Pequeno Cobra & Pesdailla and Black Fire & Ciclope
Black Fire was Ciclope’s unnamed partner, and Pequeno Cobra took his place as Pesadilla’s partner. Story of the match was Samuray del Sol going for a dive, not being caught by anyone, and landed very badly. He was quickly stretchered out and taken to the hospital, and there’s been no update as far as I’ve seen. Yakuza & Sadico beat Pequeno Cobra & Pesadilla.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Dark Dragon & Fenix (AAA)
The Trauma’s edecan got to do a strip tease.
6) Mari Apache b Keira, Chica Tormenta [Reina De Reinas]
Mari retained her title.
7) Zumbi b Hormiga, Daga, Flamita
Zumbi eliminated Hormiga, Flamita & Daga beat Zumbi, and Daga beat Zumbi to take it
8)  Violento Jack Drastik BoyChessman, Paranoiko
Chessman had the match won, but put Violento Jack on top of Drastik Boy to give him the win. This was better explained when Konnan appeared. Konnan took the rare opportunity to talk, mentioning how he and Halloween and Damian were hardcore a decade ago, and he had bloody battles with Perro Sr. & Cien Caras, so DTU doesn’t impress him. Crazy Boy came out to defend DTU. Violento Jack was recruited to the Milicia (or maybe just to represent them here), and Joe Lider vs Chessman for the DTU title was agreed upon.

Black Terry Jr. has video of Traumas vs Fenix & Dark Dragon.

Tonight’s AAA taping in Pachuca was rained out. After about an hour of waiting for the rain to stop, the AAA tecnicos came out and Joaquin Roldan announced the show would not happen tonight but instead be postponed on Sunday. (Which means it’ll still be airing on Sunday, if all goes OK.) Konnan led out the rudos to have a brief argument and shove down Joaquin.

I can’t think of a past occasion where this has happened to them, but they run so many of their TV tapings outside (probably more than all the other major companies in the world combined) that it must’ve happened before.

Perro Aguayo will be undergoing treatment for at least a year following the tumor removal, but there’s still no word if it’s cancerous. It’s also unclear if that year of treatment will mean he’s out for a year or will be able to return during it.

Psycho Circus won at Guerra de Promociones.

Forjando un Idolo matches

Supreme and BC Killer claim they only were paid half of what they were promised for the GLC show a couple weekends ago. Promoter only gave them that half up front, but promised the other half the next day, when he would take them to the airport. Next day: No money, no ride. This is the same promoter who was falsely advertising Matt Cross & Necro Butcher, but did some how find the time to update his promotion’s title history on the luchawiki the next day. Maybe that’s why he missed driving those guys to the airport! Priorities, you know.

I’m a big behind on my podcast listening, so I’ve just gotten to Sean Waltman’s (X-Pac) interivew on Figure Four Daily. Bryan was comparing post-Vince McMahon WWE to post-AAA Antonio Pena.

On parallels: “Uhh, Boy, you know what, I guess a little bit, but Bryan, if you were there like I was, you’d see it’s not nearly the same AAA as it used to be, buddy. Uh, um, I just have to tell you that Dorian Roldan is NO – and not even close and never will be an Antonio Pena. Uh, and, he’s got a lot to learn, and he’s kind of a spoiled little shit, and uh, I’m sure he’s going to love it when he hears I called him that, but that’s what he is. And he doesn’t respect his talent, and they exploit the living shit out of their talent, and, uh, and, um, they, you know – good thing they have people like Moody Jack Melendez there, who help write TV, and Konnan is, his body is really broken down now but he still, uh, very very intellgent mind for wrestling, and uh, it’s just that – I see, I see WWE being, coming out, coming out of the other end of Vince being gone in a little better shape than AAA.”

Waltman says he feels CMLL was “in the Stone Age” when he was going to work for them, and figured Vince McMahon would end up owning Arena Mexico. Waltman notes Paco Alonso is wealthy without CMLL and they make money just selling the parking places during the week. He figures either AAA or CMLL might be a development territory. Waltman notes the fans are much more patrotic, and their tickets are much more affordable than WWE.

Waltman calls AAA essentially an indy promotion with a TV contract, and say they’d be done with it. On if he’d ever work with AAA again: “I’m not saying I would never do anything with them again, but they did – they didn’t live up to one, one fricking term of our agreement. And I went back and like no-showed Paco Alonso’s 75th Anniversary show for them, because I made this agreement with them, and they didn’t live up to it. You can’t trust them as far as you can throw them, and that’s the truth.”

Waltman says he wasn’t feeling CMLL – he had short notice on them wanting a singles match, and they weren’t interested any of his ideas. “They had great wrestlers, just a few decent angles would’ve made a hell of a difference in that company.”

Waltman later singles out Zorro & Silver King as good wrestlers and complains about the lack of the psychology and working the right side of the body.

(I do take requests!)

SuperLuchas #410 has Mil Mascaras and Ryusuke Taguchi on the cover. Also, an interview with Hijo del Solitario, who explains the problem with CMLL is they have guys like Dragon Rojo on top and not guys like Hijo del Solitario (“has the experience of an Atlantis or a Mil Mascaras.”) Hijo del Solitario says, if his dad was a 10, he’s a 7. Must be a logarithmic scale. This is all to build up a mask match with El Santo.

Luchas 2000 #566 has Perro Aguayo Jr. on the cover.

LuchaWorld has #10-1 on the Luchaworld 2010 countdown, and KrisZ’s news update.



CMLL (TUE) 04/19/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal vs Evola
2) Enrique Vera Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
3) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Skándalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Strong Man, Toscano vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Máximo vs Volador Jr.

I have no idea how they got there, but that’s a unique main event. Gen11 guys start turning up here this week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/24/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Relampago
2) Hierro & Höruz vs Bobby Zavala & León Blanco
3) Metatrón & Starman vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Shigeo Okumura, Skándalo
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hirooki Goto, Último Guerrero

Hope Goto and the Guerreros can get along.

First Relampago/Relampago Azul match here since November. Some of the guys who disappeared last fall (around the time Gran Cochisse was let go) seem to be trickling back in openers here. They also just could’ve been bumped out because CMLL has been sending more DF guys here.

Mexico results, GDL cancelation notes, Mother’s Day Lineup changed

CMLL (FRI) 05/08 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, SuperLuchas, ESTO]
1) Astro BoyTruenoPuma KingTiger Kid
2) Arkangel de la MuerteLoco MaxSkandaloFlashPegassoRey Cometa
3) Black WarriorDragon Rojo Jr.Sangre AztecaMaximoMictlanSagrado
4) Misterioso IIMetro [lightning]
5) Hector GarzaHijo del FantasmaShocker DQ Dos Caras Jr.Ray Mendoza Jr.Texano Jr.
6) Blue PantherLa MascaraMisticoFelinoMr. NieblaNegro Casas

ESTO puts the turnout as just over 2000, a low low turnout (though more than they seem to do for a lot of Tuesday and Sunday shows.) Record has some pictures which show the ‘no one can sit next to another’ order was pretty much ignored. The article also mentions they had everyone come down to ringside so it’d look a little less awful on TV.

Earlier, I asked why La Mascara was in the main event. Turns out, it was to set up a title match. He got Negro clean with la campana and challenges were exchange for the welterweight championship, though we may be a couple weeks away from that.

I’m not exactly sure what the finish was in the semimain – I’ve seen Shocker yanking Dos’ mask for a pin and Dos getting himself DQed against Shocker. Either way, seems like the feud has switched from Dos/Hector to to Dos/Shocker.

Misterioso doesn’t get to go to Japan, but he gets to beat Metro in a bonus match! (Poor Misterioso.)

As mentioned last night, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara is staying off for two more weeks due to flu deaths in the area. Apolo Dantes says they’re canceling all shows up to and including the Tuesday May 19th show. First show back would be May 24th. Refunds are being handed out for the Friday show, which Dantes says was planned to be taped. All the wrestlers found out about the show being canceled as they were making their way there, and had to turn around and go home. SuperLuchas says Record’s show will be on June 20th, so that’s when last night’s CMLL show will be rescheduled.

Tommorrow’s show has had a some wrestlers bolted on to make up for no GDL show.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10 Arena Mexico
1) MolotovSensei vs CamorraInquisidor
2) Dark AngelMarcelaSahori vs AmapolaHirokaMima Shimoda
3) Bam BamMascarita DoradaShockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666Pequeño ViolenciaPequeño Warrior
4) La MascaraMictlanSagrado vs Black WarriorMisterioso IIShigeo Okumura
5) Hijo del FantasmaMetroValiente vs AvernoHeavy MetalTexano Jr.
6) Blue PantherMisticoShocker vs Dos Caras Jr.EphestoMephisto
7) Hector GarzaLa SombraVolador Jr. vs AtlantisRey BucaneroUltimo Guerrero

Match 4 and 6 are the new ones. I don’t think I’ve seen CMLL have seven matches before when it’s not been a tournament or something. This will clearly change what airs next weekend – no chance of the minis or women.

The Kid’s Day show has been rescheduled to “sometime this summer”

Given a couple weeks off to think about things, Averno has decided he now wants a triangle apuesta match with Mistico & Negro Casas at the Anniversary show. That’s what too much time off does to your mind. Averno would welcome Dos Jr. into Hijo del Avernos if he wants to join, but he’s not going to force anyone to join.

WWE has announced new lineups for it’s Mexico tour at the end of the month, which would confirm it’s still on. Wrestling is also on in Torreon this weekend.

Vampiro’s two latest DVDs were released in Canada. Mil Mascaras is filming a movie in Columbia, Missouri, which includes a giant explosion.

AAA looks at the careers of Nicho, Laredo Kid, and Alan Stone.

Segunda Caida ranks Villano V as #21 of 2008 and watched 04/23/09 IWRG

04/13: Mexico, GDL, Perros

CMLL (SUN) 04/12 Arena Mexico [box y lucha, SuperLucha, Ovaciones, proyeccion luchistica, Cesar]
1) Sombra de Plata & Trueno b Cholo & Semental
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Hooligan b Leono, Metalico, Molotov
3) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Stuka Jr. b Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Marcela b Rosa Negra [mask]
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Ultimo Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr., Maximo, Shocker
6) Negro Casas b Mistico [CMLL WELTER]

Negro took the first with a castia, Mistico did one of his own for the second. In the third, Negro Casas pinned Mistico when Mistico’s second (La Mascara) accidentally distracted the ref, and Negro took Mistico’s mask. The crowd booed Mistico. Stop me if any of this sounds familiar. In the usual mask vs hair mic work after the match, Mistico talked about liking boos, which is a sure way to get the crowd to cheer him.

Dos turned on his partners, of course, and rudos took in straight falls. They seemed to reunite Dos and Lizmark. If I was planning long term here, those two be the next challengers to the tag team titles, so let’s thank god I am meaningless. SuperLuchas did an interview with Maximo this week, and it sounds like he hasn’t decided if he’s leaving or not, but he’d be going to the indies and not AAA if he did.

Rosa Negra vs Marcela reads like a brutal match. Maybe not even in match quality, but in destroying the particpants. Marcela got hurt early on – Rosa moved out of the way of a dive and Marcela hit the stage – and SuperLuchas says she spent most of the match crying. Rosa Negra suffered what is believed to be a major elbow injury in the finishing sequence, and she was put on a stretcher after returning to the locker room, and taken to the hospital. Match still sounds like it’s pretty good, so I hold out hope it’s better than Villano V vs Ultimo Guerrero.

Rosa Negra is Jessica Dayna Hernandez, from Mexico City, 17 years a professional wrestler (and no age given.) The PL link has video (of the MVS video on the big screen) of her unmasking. Obviously, she didn’t stick around for the post match publicity pictures, so it seems everyone just took a picture of her while she was on the stretcher. Remind me never to be a luchaddor.

Molotov’s chin connected hard with the ropes in his match, taking him out of it and requiring seven stitches.

Cesar – who’s new blog looks really interesting – says Tuesday drew over 12,000 and Sunday over 10,000, though these are at Fan Appreciation prices.

CMLL (SUN) 04/12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en El Ring, MT: 4, 5]
1) Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy b Angel del Mal & Infierno [torneo tanque dantes]
2) Palacio Negro & Samurai b Acertijo & Mr. Trueno [torneo tanque dantes]
3) Katana & Malefico b Boomerang & Gallo [torneo tanque dantes]
4) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Mascara Dorada b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Rey Bucanero b Volador Jr.

In the most important wrestling league format tournament to end on April 12 (except maybe this one), the favorites were robbed of victory in the final match. Palacio Negro & Samuari reached 8 points (4 wins, 1 loss) with their win. Boomerang & Gallo need to win to match, but Malefico yanked Gallo’s mask and covered him for the win, the first for his team in the tournament. That wraps up the tournament:

8: Palacio Negro & Samurai
7: Boomerang & Gallo (and Meteoro)
5: Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy
4: Acertijo & Mr. Trueno (and Rey Trueno)
4: Angel del Mal & Infierno
2: Katana & Malefico

Note the top 3 teams are the tecnico pairs. Rudos went 2-7 against tecnicos.

In matches people beside me might care about, Rey got Volador clean in the main event, with mask/hair challenges after. In the semimain, Panther caught Averno with an armbar for the finish and requested a shot at his title. Quick, which title is that?

PERROS (SUN) 04/12 Plaza de Toros, Texcoc [SuperLuchas]
1) Dr. Wagner Jr. b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cibernetico

The bit they did here, and on Wednesday in Acapulco, is Cibernetico snapping on Perro Jr. after one too many accidents. It is about time for them to get a new main event feud and Cibernetico vs Perro sounds like it – they’ve already got it on the cover of Luchas 2000 #466.

Pierroth II and Pierroth Jr., talking about their recent benefit show for Pierroth and plans for future ones mention that Pierroth is in motor and language rehab right now.

Al Filo del Ring talks to the original Mascarita Sagrada, La Parkita and Octagoncito about AAA passing their names on to others. All have no problem with the men using the name since them – they’re just working under orders – but are unhappy with AAA trying to pretend they don’t exist and trying to keep them from using the name.

Super Astro thinks cage matches are crap lucha and should stop. I love Super Astro.

WagnerMania covers Dr. Wagner Jr.’s first AAA TV match, noting that AAA held a moment of applause for Abismo Negro before the main event. Mr. Reyes has tons of pictures of the show, from the upcoming Gladiatores report. AAA’s recap of the show omits the Juvi skit and mentions Fabi’s not happy with Aerostar for kissing her.

There’s a odd licensing wrestling situation in Los Mochis. Usually, when licensing comes up, it’s that the wrestlers haven’t bothered to get themselves licensed. Here, the wrestlers want and need to get licensed, and the commission hasn’t gotten around to issuing licenses. Local wrestlers have been prevented from working shows outside Los Mochis because those commissions won’t let them work unlicensed, but their commission is ignoring requests to hand out licenses.

Box Y Lucha 2918 has Dr. Wagner in AAA. The article headlines include two more AAA departures: Picudo, and Espectro de Ultratumba (one and done!). FWIW, “Mascara Divina” is listed as working a Villalobos card. Maybe he’s left AAA too, but it could always be one of her characters misspelled. There’s also a new episode of their TV show.

Ohtani’s Jacket checked out Atlantis, El Hijo del Santo, Tony Salazar vs El Satanico, El Dandy, Espectro Jr. from the mid-80s, and Mascara Dorada, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus from this week. Why won’t CMLL just do the Valiente/Virus feud already?

CMLL (WED) 04/15 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [apux @ box y lucha]
1) Fuego Negro, Orca, Pez Tigre vs Black Silver Jr., Capitan Atomo, Hijo de Black Silver
2) El Guerrero vs Histrion [hair]
3) Dark Angel & Marcela vs Amapola & Princesa Blanca

First CMLL lineup I’ve heard in this building – which was a weekly stop at one point – since last November.

03/20 CMLL Arena Mexico Lineup (Dos Leyendas)

CMLL (FRI) 03/20 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pequeno Violencia, Pequeno Warrior, Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Toscano vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
3) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
4) Dos Caras Jr., Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
5) Negro Casas vs Mistico [CMLL WELTER]
6) Villano V vs Ultimo Guerrero [mask]

What did I say?

By the way, there’s very little chance SuperLucha’s expected Dos Leyendas card (including these trios titles against the other trios titles in unification match) coming thru. Even the welterweight title match tease is unlikely, or more likely another day – that’s the usual method of CMLL chain yanking.

Yea, I don’t know what I’m talking about. Point for SuperLuchas.

On the actual card:

– I’m not really sure they did it wrong, but – CMLL’s spent the period before the mask match and the period since the mask match pushing Blue Panther much harder than Villano V. Yet, six months down the line, Panther’s in a random segunda and V5 is headlining the show.

– If CMLL believed Ultimo Guerrero vs Villano V would sell out, they wouldn’t have Negro Casas & Mistico on the same show. Probably no coincidence that feud showed up just as they went away from the tag main event.

– Even if it’s a not a title match – and it’s not listed as such, perhaps because at least one of those teams will have a title defense before then – why put a meaningless trios match ahead of it on the card? Matches 2 and 4 are just about getting guys a slice of the payday. So is the champion vs champion match, unless they plan on following it up, but they could at least protect it as meaningful a little better.

– Happy for the minis to make it on here. That should be good, and a few other matches could be, if that’s what they’re looking for. I don’t know that they put together a card of excellent matches but for the general fans who just want to see the stars, they look to be giving enough. Tickets don’t go on sale until tomorrow, and hopefully they go fast enough that CMLL feels safe putitng his on PPV.

02/28: Mexico, Neza

CMLL (FRI) 02/27 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones]
1) Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata b Calígula & Méssala
2) Mascarita DoradaPequeño NinjaUltimo Dragoncito b Pequeño Universo 2000Pequeño WarriorPierrothito
3) Rey Cometa b Artillero [lightning]
4) La MáscaraMáximoSagrado b EphestoTerribleTexano Jr.
5) Black WarriorBlue PantherÚltimo Guerrero DQ AvernoMephistoVillano V
6) AtlantisNegro CasasRey Bucanero b Héctor GarzaMarco CorleoneMístico

Ovaciones says Negro humiliated Mistico in the main event in the main event, pinning him clean with the casita in the third fall, then challenged him to a welterweight title match on Dos Leyendas. That would work.

Semimain was straight falls. V5 tried a ‘rana on UG in the first fall, which of course was turned into a powerbomb. Villano 4 ran in during the second for the DQ.

Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Nino de Acero. Ovaciones actually lists Rey Bucanero as working the lightning match but that’s clearly a typo. A funny one, but still.

Mr. Reyes posted photos of last night’s show at Arena Neza on his mySpace. Looks like a bloody night, and that Scorpio Jr. lost to Villano III in the hair match.

LuchandoLibre checks in on Dark Angel wrestling in Japan this past week (which is probably a reason why she’s wasn’t at TNA.)

Proyeccion Luchistica has a short profile of female wrestler Dark Magic

Luchaworld has their full top 100 list of 2008.

Lineups aren’t up, but I’ve got to go.

01/18: GDL (new Trios champs), IWRG, Coliseo

CMLL (SUN) 01/18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT: main (w/picture of new champs), semifinal]
4) Angel de Oro & Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero & Satánico
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo de Fantasma, La Máscara b Atlantis, Rey Bucanero Negro Casas, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]

Hector Garza, Hijo de Fantamsa and La Mascara are the 20th CMLL Champions, winning back the belts they lost in August. Hector is now a five time champ, but this is the first time he’s won it back with the same team. Rudos go from controlling 6 of 8 of the major CMLL championships to half and half in the course of two days. Didn’t see this one coming at all. Negro teaming with UG and Atlantis was a forced situation and didn’t really help anything, just got Negro more into the mix when it came to the TNA stuff. I don’t mind this change, especially if we’re eventually heading to a Hijos del Averno or Poder Mexica contesting these belts.

Champs took the first fall with double Atlantidas. Tecnicos won the second fall, and then the match clean in the third fall, La Mascara getting Atlantis with la campana. Yea, read that again, it’s hard to believe. Champions did not argue, but just walked out after the loss.

Volador and Angel de Oro got a bit of an upset win themselves in the semifinal. After the match, Volador challenged Satanico to a mask vs hair match. This offended Bucanero – how dare Volador challenge his old mentor! – and Rey is giving Volador a shot at the CMLL Light Heavyweight title instead. I would not bet against any challenger right now.

IWRG (THU) 01/15 Arena Naucalpan [Al Filo del Ring]
1) Halcon 2000 b Epidemia
2) Eragon & Galactik b Anticristo Jr. & Avisman
3) Fenix, Freelance, Goleador b Demony, Fantasma de la Ópera, Nemesis IWRG
4) Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Barba Roja, Capitán Muerte, Pirata Morgan Jr. [EdM TRIOS]

Champs took the second and third to retain. Zatura bled a lot, but his team got the win and they’ll get a title shot next week.

CMLL (SUN) 01/18 Arena Coliseo [Universal]
5) Místico DQ Black Warrior

Warrior fouled Mistico and then pulled his mask. Gotta cover all the bases.

El Siglo de Torreon talks to Ultimo Guerrero about the beginnings of his career. His father brought him to lucha libre shows from the time he was very little – he says he’s been told he first started talking and walking when at them – and Mano Negra inspired him to become a wrestler. He wrestled locally for five years as Flanagan before going to Mexico City on his own dime and not much more than that. He was a complete unknown and slept on the floor of the Fuerza/Panther Gym at nights and worked for Fuerza Guerrera during the days.

The same newspaper also talks to the Torreon box y lucha comission, who wants to create offical belts. There’d be heavyweight (98 kg and up), light heavy (80-97), middle (71-79), welter (65-69), light (60-64) and feather (59 and down), as well as tag team and trios. Nothing good can come of this! The commission’s ideas is that they’re hold tournaments involving qualtity (and licensed!) wrestlers and hold a hard line about how the titles are defended so the titles retain more credibility than the random belts that float thru here. The ideas is the titles would start here in May. The article also notes less than 10 of the estimated 160 local wrestlers have bothered to renew their licenses.

Rotavio de Queretaro has an interview with Arkangel de la Muerte, who explains the origin of his name. His career as Mr. Cid was not going anywhere and he was thinking off retiring, but suffered an accident that put him in a coma for a week. While in the coma, he saw an angel, and decided that was a gimmick work trying. Arkangel feels he’s getting close to the end of the career – the young people are pushing him – but he’s still like to go back to Japan again, as well as go up to Canada to teach (which was planned at one point apparently. The Dragon Gym affiliate that’s no longer in existence?)

WagnerMania posted video of the tag team title match from Friday and the latest WagnerMania show.

LuchaWorld has Robert looking back at AAA 07/1/07 and GDR 8/4 and FSE 8/5/7. There’s also KrisZ’s news update.


IWRG (THU) 01/22 Arena Naucalpan
1) Halcon 2000 vs Comando Gama
2) Eragon & Miss Gaviota vs Anticristo Jr. & Avisman
3) Chico Che & Goleador vs Demony & Xibalva
4) Freelance, Pendulo, Zatura vs Tetsuya, Toxico AAA, Veneno
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura [IWRG IC TRIOS]

I refuse to predict title matches. No good can come of it!

CMLL (SUN) 01/25 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Fabián el Gitano, Hijo del Faraon, Leono vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Pólvora, Skandalo
3) Máscara Púrpura, Máximo, Mictlán vs Felino, Vangelis, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Toscano vs Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas
5) Dos Caras Jr., Mark Corleone, Shocker vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

This is…not particularly interesting.

CMLL (SUN) 01/25 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Boomerang & Virgo vs Angel del Mal & Milenio
2) Casanova (GDL) & Leon Blanco vs Ephesto & Toxico (GDL)
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Medussa, Princesa Blanca
4) Mascara Dorada, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

Obviously going to be changed to a Bucanero/Volador main event. A women’s trios is rare here, especially with no local woman involved. Wonder if they’re getting a title match next week – that’s be three in three weeks, but also give them something noteworthy for the monthly free show (assuming it’s on 02/01.)

IWRG (SUN) 01/25 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon & Miss Gaviota vs Avisman & Nemesis IWRG
2) Chico Che, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
3) Freelance, Multifacético, Zumbido vs Demony, Tetsuya, Veneno

Actual main event TBA.