Triplemania PPV, Stuka, Valiente, Vangelis, Fuego advance, Chicas Vuelta Vuelta

TripleMania will be on conventional PPV. AAA confirmed this last night and posted the pricing today. If you order before the show, it’s $18, plus $5 more for HD, plus $2 more if you call to order instead of using the internet. If you wait until Sunday, there’s another $5 surcharge in there.  Whatever way you do it, it’s cheaper to buy the iPPV – but you get on TV, which is nice and I’d pay a little extra not to have to deal with cords and multiple screens.  No word about that movie theater plan.

AAA’s been doing a lot of press all week to talk about TripleMania. The annual pilgrimage, taking place the same day as Antonio Pena’s birthday, is happening right now.

CMLL closed the En Busca de un Idolo polling much earlier this week, updated the scoreboard, then took the scoreboard down and just posted the final totals. They might have done this because the polling scores made no sense. This is what they appeared to be (based on what they had for the last 3 weeks.)

40 Stuka
39 Valiente
37 Vangelis
22 Fuego
5 Sangre Azteca
4 Tiger
4 Hijo del Fantasma
0 Misterioso

The numbers on the website didn’t make any sense as they were listed. It looked like they gave Fuego 42 points for the 40 point poll (despite giving the actual winning 40 to Stuka for the third straight week.) What appears to actually have happened is Fuego got 22 points for votes, and they threw in the 20 points for winning his match over Misterioso in the same column. (The last update still had him listed as 1 win instead of 2.)

The final totals were 333 Valiente
280 Vangelis
278 Stuka Jr.
208 Fuego – should’ve been 206 but there was a typo never fixed
202 Hijo del Fantasma
164 Tiger
140 Sangre Azteca
113 Misterioso Jr.

Walking thru the math fails is truly exciting, but the bigger point here is even the people running this system can’t keep track of these numbers – this point system is wildly unsuccessful.  Please make this easy to follow next year, if there is a next year.

For what it’s worth, if you take out the fan poll points, the order would’ve been Valiente, Hijo del Fantasma, Vangelis, Tiger, Stuka, Fuego, Sangre Azteca and Misterioso. The 3/4/5 group are all grouped in within 4 points.

Valiente, Vangelis, Stuka and Fuego advance, three tecnicos and one rudo like last year. Valiente and Stuka are the favorites for making the final two. The intermission trios match this Friday will be Negro Casas, Valiente & Stuka vs Vangelis, Virus and Fuego. Schedule, based on what they announced at the start, looks like

06/21: Valiente vs Vangelis, Stuka vs Fuego
06/28: Valiente vs Fuego, Vangelis vs Stuka
07/05: Valiente vs Stuka, Vangelis vs Fuego

That’ll probably change.

You can now rent the CMLL edecanes – for your corporate or private event. The 16 women currently working as ring girls for CMLL are going to be working as a group named “Chicas Vuelta, Vuelta”, they’ll be booked out thru CMLL’s office the same as the luchadors, they’ll be available to be booked on lucha libre shows as well as other events and they can work as dancers and singers as well. There’s been mentions in the past of some of the CMLL edecans having to choose between working for the promotion or working elsewhere due to conflicts, and this would seem to give them more work if they stay with CMLL. Having all of them at the Father’s Day show this Sunday is the kick off to the initiative.

Rob has highlights of AAA 06/17/07 Toluca, AAA 05/12/13 Durango, and CMLL from the first, second, third and fourth week of May 2007. Plus, typical CMLL editing.

Bill has highlights of 06/07/12 IWRG.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Super Crazy gets his GHC Junior Heavyweight title shot against Taiji Ishimori on July 7.

Super Crazy teams with Ricky Marvin NOAH’s July GHC Junior Tag Team tournament. Pesdailla teams with someone who translates to “Dual Force” as the “Ultraviolent Lucha Libre.” team Maybe Santo Jr. – I guess you can get from Tempestad to Dual Force. The South American team of Kaiser & Gaston Mateo are back as well.


Soul Rocker says Machine is (back?) wrestling with the group tomorrow.

Daga wants to settle outstanding accounts with Davey Richards.

AAA is taking part in the campaign against childhood obesity again.

Hugo Savinovich likes AAA’s innovation and WWL and AAA working together.

Blue Demon & Hijo del Santo defend their PWR tag team titles in Watsonville, CA in July (assuming they get by Zumbi & Karaoui next Saturday.)


CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Camorra & Ramstein
2) Pegasso, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura [lightning]
4) Bushiroad, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Felino, Pólvora, Puma
5) Máscara Dorada vs Averno [NWA WELTER]
Mascara Dorada is champion. First defense.
6) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

I guess if your usual high flying Guadalajara tecnico partner is busy, Titan is a good fill-in.

Dorada vs Averno should be great.

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal, Leo, Magnus vs Disturbio, Magnum, Sádico
2) Marcela & Silueta vs Amapola & Princesa Sugheit
3) Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Maléfico, Sangre Azteca, Vangellys
4) Bam Bam vs Mercurio [hair]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker vs Mr. Águila, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr.

I really have no idea how that hair match is going to go.

Kraneo vs Guerrero Maya! An actual good CMLL women’s tag match! Wish this was still airing.

10/21 AAA Fusion Results (Arena Lopez Mateos)

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA Fusion (SUN) 10/21/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [AAABlack Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Astro de Plata (IWRG) & Freelance b Dr. Cerebro & Mike Segura
2) La Hechicera, Mari Apache, Sexy Star b La Braza, Nygma, Polvo de Estrellas
Hechicera splash for the win.
3) Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker b Aerostar, Extreme Tiger, Súper Fly
Super Fly suffered a neck strain on a dive. Machine Rocker pinned Aerostar on a rolling German suplex.
4) Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy b Daga & Halloween [GHC JUNIOR]
Marvin & Crazy retained their tag titles, Marvin pinning Daga with a sit down piledriver. Halloween suffered three broken ribs in the match.
5) Chessman, Silver King, Último Gladiador b El Mesías, Fenix, Vampiro
Maniacos (with Trolli) laid out Vampiro before the match, then got the win.

Air Date: 10/24 and 10/31, or 10/31 and 11/07

AAA recap doesn’t add too many more details (and doesn’t mention Halloween’s injury.) Not totally sure who pinned who in the main event.

Attendance does not look as bad in some pictures as it did in the early ones, but it’s not a sellout and AAA running in a building of this size (2000) should be one. This was the sixth taping in Mexico City or Mexico State since TripleMania (that show, the Expo, Arena Naucalpan, Ecatepec for regular TV, Sala and this show for Fusion) in about 7 weeks, not to mention other shows in DF (like Wagner and family in Arena Azteca Budokan the same day.) It’s also the 7th show in this arena in the  same time. AAA has pointed out their increased ratings, but they’re not so high they can’t suffer from overexposure.

Guadalajara, Rojo & Escorpion done with the Guerreros, Marvin & Crazy

CMLL (SUN) 10/07/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Cancha, El Occidental (4), El Occidental (5), Informador]
1) El Yaki b Demonio Rojo
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Halcón de Plata & Sky Kid
3) Eros, Esfinge, Exterminador b Espectrum, In Memoriam, Leo [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Gallo & Smaker b El Bárbaro & Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada b Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Misterioso Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3, Fantasma landing his lariat on Dragon Rojo.

There probably was something coming out of the tercera – besides the unusual sides, it was Eros’ first match since April – but no one mentions anything.

Dragon Rojo & Rey Escorpion told Kaiser Sports that they’re done with Ultimo Guerrero and Los Guerreros. Ultimo was holding them back, taking credit for their work, and recruiting members without consulting them. They both pointed to Dragon Rojo being double champion as proof they don’t need Ultimo Guerrero. They don’t have a name for their new group and are open to suggestions. Right now, they’d like a tag match against Guerrero & Euforia and, after they destroy them, they’re moving right on to the tag team titles.

Dark Angel says she’s working the Tuesday show in Guadalajara. Hooray!

LuchaMonterrey has footage of the Llaves y Candados explaining the Rayo de Jalisco Jr. no-show. Very stand up of them to come to the ring and explain it in front of the fans.

Llaves y Candados announced their next big show will be 10/21, with Perro Aguyao Jr.  & Teddy Hart vs La Parka & Jack Evans as the main event and more AAA wrestlers in the undercard. Match gets five stars if Parka tries to break dance.

AAA is teasing what must be a site redesign for Thursday with a countdown clock on their webpage. The last page seemed like it was a site only intended to be used for TripleMania but forced into use full time when the previous site disappeared. I can not make fun of anyone for redesigning their site when this one looks as it does.

Crazy Boy is teasing the DTU Anniversary shows as his return to the ring. They’ve been setting up that direction for a little bit.

I am told there is a possible exciting video of Euforia playing football americano at this link, but we in the US are blocked from seeing the 2 minute clip. Surely United States copyright law and world territory rights would break down if I was able to see this footage.

This week’s Box Y Lucha cover

(everyone should tweet out a picture of their magazine with a link to buy it to make my life easier.)

La Pantera wants a shot at Angelica’s LLF title.

Lucha Libre in Japan

10/07 WNC: Hijo del Pantera wrestled in the main event, but the promotion hasn’t posted results. Let’s assume he won!

10/07 NOAH: Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy [O] b Marshall Von Erich & Ross Von Erich [X]

10/08 NOAH: Super Crazy [O] & Ricky Marvin b Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge [X] [GHC JR TAG] – 1st defense
Crazy is listed as winning with the “Sorpresa”. It definitely is a Sorpresa to see him coming back to Mexico with one half of the tag belts. If Ricky really is coming to Mexico later this year, perhaps they’ll get a chance to defend it on home soil before returning to NOAH.

NJPW first iPPV outside of Japan took place early this morning. It sounds like there were some technical difficulties processing orders, but they aired the show free until it was all sorted and most people were happy with the quality of the feed (and very happy with the quality of matches.) If NJPW is happy with how the business side turned out, it’s possible this is the start of regular broadcasts. It’d be neat novelty to see CMLL guys in Japan in miscellaneous matches (the matches they’re usually in!), The hope here is this worked out well enough that NJPW doesn’t just do it for next year’s big show on 01/04 in the Tokyo Dome, but for the NJPW/CMLL FantasticMania 2013 shows which will take place later that month. Those are something I’d wake up at 4AM and spend $25 on.

Metal Blanco keeps his title, Diamante broken, Juvi/Super Crazy

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Divino & Hierro b Ángel del Mal & In Memoriam
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Apocalipsis & Mortiz
Mortiz was stretchered out after a Rey Trueno powerbomb.
3) Ángel Azteca, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman b Arkángel de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Skándalo
Guerrero Maya was the big hero for his team.
4) Metal Blanco b Tiger Kid [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Metal Blanco took falls 1/3 to keep the title.
5) Naito, Terrible, Texano b Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Toscano
Naito got along with his partners and beat Fantasma.

Tiger is convinced he won the match, is the uncrowned champion, and challenged Metal Blanco to a mask match. There’s no explanation of why Tiger thinks these things, but he wants a rematch in Arena Mexico and then another one here.

CMLL (MON) 06/27/2011 Arena Puebla [Cinco Radio]
3) Astral, Bam Bam, Eléctrico b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Angel de Plata? Diamante b Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpion
Felino replaced Misterioso. Not sure what the deal is with Diamante’s replacement – Angel de Oro is listed twice.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Averno, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla
Mascara got Averno with a campana. Another mask vs hair challenge.

Other News

Diamante suffered a fracture of his 3 of his toes and dislocation of another on Friday night, which will leave him out of action for five to six weeks. Toe injuries are pretty rare.

Juvi explains he’s facing Super Crazy because they have unresolved issues over the Mexicools not becoming the biggest faction in all of wrestling. It’s all Super Crazy’s fault, Juvi explains. (Juvi also takes credit for opening doors for Sin Cara & Alberto del Rio being in WWE. I’ve missed Juvi.) Meanwhile, Perros del Mal are talking about taking over Super X.

Arkangel’s 7/17 anniversary show will include an Arkangel tournament (the cibernetico?) and an exhibition by his students. On his blog, Mr. Cacao thanks CMLL for allowing him to return for the trios main event with Arkangel.

CMLL hype for the Dr. X vs Fuego feud mentions Fuego was supposed to be thinking about turning rudo (to continue the team with Polvora.) Hadn’t considered that. Anyway, he’s a tecnico because Dr. X keeps messing with him.

Black Terry Jr. posted the Oficial 911 vs Multifacetico title match: fall 1, fall 2, fall 3

Rob has highlight video of Rey Del Aire 2011! That’s quick turnaround.

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indy (SUN) 07/03/2011 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Dangerous & Galactar vs Androide & Rey Sagitario
2) Hijo del Ninja, Humberto Garza Jr., Ninja Jr. vs Neurosis, Sky, the Beast
3) Golden Boy, Rey Demonio, Simbolo vs Angel Dorado Jr., Dralion, Máscara Púrpura

Start of a new era show, so I could be bothered to suss out the alignments and post the lineup. I hope this works for them, but I kind of wonder if the problem with this arena is there is no long term continuity of luchadors. There’s vast turnover around ever three weeks, it’s got to be hard to form a connection being gone for three month stretches.

Super X (FRI) 07/15/2011 Arena Azteca Budokan
1) Eterno vs Daga
2) Marcela vs Rossy Moreno [GPCW WOMEN, tournament]
3) Histeria II, Oriental, Zumbido vs ?, Súper Nova, Zumbi
4) Villano IV & Villano V vs Negro Navarro & Solar I
5) Juventud Guerrera vs Super Crazy [NWE CRUISER]

Not sure how the women’s tournament works or if there are any  more matches than that. The GPCW SUPER-X Monster Championship, I’m sure you recall, was part of the initial tournament for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship. Perros del Mal actually showing up would be sort of interesting with the CMLL-allied talent on the show (but then, Super Crazy is already there.)

Averno, Nakamura makes an impact (on Panther’s skull), Super Crazy gets a haircut,

A few stray thoughts on Averno

No news, you may want to skip the editorializing. Entertain yourself with this video (thanks Rob!)

– I don’t know about SuperLuchas, but I did not talk to Averno to get this story. I did not need to, I had multiple people knocking on the door to let me know, and those people had people urgently passing along that news. Within hours of the mask match announcement, this story was getting around to everyone except the few people in the bubble at the top of the CMLL heichary. It’s unfair and illogical to expect us out here to keep it a secret when few inside there were. Decent media (and whatever the heck this blog is) isn’t responsible for cleaning up their messes.

If SuperLuchas had decided not to publish the story and I had decided not to publish the story, the story was still getting out. It had been getting out (ask Kid Zombie!), it was just going to be a matter of time until someone in front of a loud enough microphone let it out.

Mistico played everything very close to the vest, and the story didn’t get out until after he left. Averno clearly told one too many people about what he was up to, and it took off like wildfire. If you want to be angry at people for letting out secrets, start with the first guy who did.

– Been watching Twitter mentions of Averno all day. I can’t be absolutely certain of this, but I believe 99.999999% of the comments talked about how Averno and WWE. No one mentioned La Mascara, no one seemed slightly interested in how that affects the Jucio Final match. It’s a sure thing that people on Twitter are much more likely to be interested in WWE and there will be a lot of CMLL fans who just find out about all of this on Monday when they stop by a newsstand. They’re smart enough to figure out what it means for Jucio Final even if it’s never explicity said, but I do think we overestimate the impact of results like this getting out. Fans go for the show as much if not more as the result.

– A lot of people read the story today, which was great. A lot of people walked away not really understanding the story, which is not as great.

– the match people seemed to use most often to show Mistico working with Averno? The NJPW match from January. We’re a very tiny part of the wrestling internet, people can’t even find lucha matches.

– I would’ve have loved to talk to someone in CMLL to about this before printing to get their opinion. If, say, they had opened lines of communication by just telling me WHAT IS GOING TO BE ON YOUR TV SHOW, this might have been accomplished. Instead, they don’t get a voice and I’m surprised with Volador/Garza vs Maximo/Rush matches. There are no winners in this arrangement. If you ever decide you don’t hate me, my email is always over on the right.


photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 05/29/2011 Arena Coliseo [Cesar, CMLL, Record]
1) Artillero & RamsteinFreesbe & Principe
Rudos take 2/3.
2) Hooligan, Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío IIGuerrero Maya Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Super Halcon Jr.
tecncios took falls 2/3. Maya & Bala challenged Los Rayos to a mask match again.
3) Dr. X, Nitro, SkándaloÁngel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Sensei
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Black Warrior, Metro, ValienteEuforia, Mephisto, Vangelis
Tecnicos took 2/3. Warrior showed off a new neck crank submission on Mephisto for the win.
5) El Alebrije, Psicosis, Shinsuke NakamuraBlue Panther, Strong Man, Super Porky
1/3 for the rudos – finally, the Invasors have found the missing piece! Nakamura KOed Panther with the Boma-Ye (knee to the head.) Lights went out at the end of the second fall.

Alan smartly pointed this out in chat: this is not near the level of card CMLL would has  put out against a Perros del Mal show. Could be the Perros aren’t considered something to worry about now, could be worrying about other stuff.

PdM (SUN) 05/29/2011 Plan Sexenal [@thegladiatores, Mi Lucha Libre (6)Record (1-5)Record (6)The Gladiatores]
***3rd Anniversary Show***
1) Drastik Boy & KeiraDinastía & Sexy Pólvora
Originally a singles match with the men.
2) Celestial & CósmicoMr. Aguilita & Talisman Jr.
Celestial did another dive off a balcony here.
3) el Ángel, Golden Magic, Heaven, SkaydeEk Balam, Guerrero Negro, Maldito Jr., Samot
Heaven & Guerrero Negro were added to this match. Not sure if it’s the MTY Guerrero Negro. Golden Magic beat the large Ek Balam with a plancha. Balam was strechered out.
4) Peligro & PesadillaBlack Fire & Low Rider
Peligro replaced Ragde and pinned Black Fire.
5) Bestia 666, Halloween, X-FlyTony Rivera, Turbo, Zumbi
Perro destroyed the tecnicos. Zumbi went thru a table for the finish.
6) Super CrazyPsycho Clown Monster ClownDamián 666Murder Clownel Hijo del Perro Aguayo [cage, hair]
Brawl started out of the cage and included weapons. Damian took a stapler to the forehead. First out was Perro Jr., who was actually booed and chanted against. He was followed by Murder, Damian, and Monster. Super Crazy tried to put Psycho thru a table, Psycho stopped him and spinebusted him thru the table and left. Super Crazy was shaved in the ring.

Crowd looks strong. Perros first show was in December 2008, I’m not really sure how the math works out to make this a third anniversary. It has been a very long year for Perro Aguayo Jr., it may feel like it should be December.

Forjando Un Idolo – final

I’m about three matches behind at the moment, but this was a really fun and interesting tournament. We make fun of CMLL for all the tournaments they run, and we will probably make fun of the more in the near future, but I have no problem with them if they’re like this. A ‘top star’ version of this tournament would be fascinating; I don’t think they’d do it, but it won’t stop me from hoping they might.

As good as the tournament was, the effort was better. It was great to be able to watch (almost!) every match in this tournament, and I hope it was successful enough for CMLL (or anyone else) to try more projects like this in the future. Thanks especially to Mr. Alexis for his hard work.

CMLL in Japan

NJPW 05/29:
BOSJ: TAKA Michinoku [4] b Mascara Dorada [2] (9:45)
Dorada’s next match is  June 2nd, vs DDT’s Kota Ibushi. Had this wrong in the chat earlier: It’s also a TV taping, so likely not on YouTube.

REINA 05/28:
Tomoka Nakagawa [O] & Silueta b A*YU*MI & Seuxis [X] (14:33)
A*YU*MI is Ayumi’s masked persona. Silueta challenged her for the X-LAW Women’s Championship.

Video of those CMLL matches on these shows seems to be going up on this YouTube channel.

Other news

On Saturday’s IWL show, Los Porros kept the IWL trios titles, despite the (unadvertised) appearance of US indy wrestler Mad Man Pondo. He’ll be back for a match with them in June. Mike Segura won a Royal Rumble with the help of a mystery man. Black Terry Jr. posted a lot of photos.

Rob has highlights from 08/94 AAA and 10/15/94 AAA shows, a Mr. Aguila video, plus classic vignettes from the time AAA visited an Old West Town (?!?!?): Chucky kicks Cuije’s mask, Barrio Boys suffer a tragic loss, and the Chivas Rayadas are born.

SuperLuchas #415 has the Averno interview, but it also has a lot of other good stuff in there including a long interview with Dorian Roldan. If you’d like more gossip, you can find out Astro Boy’s AAA name a few days early.



IWRG (THU) 06/02/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black & Tritón vs Dark Devil & Imposible
2) Freelance, Golden Magic, Mike Segura vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro
3) Dr. Cerebro vs Multifacético [IWRG IC WELTER]
4) Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan and Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. and Hijo del Solar & Solar I and Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and El Brazo & Hijo del Brazo

They’re trying Cerbero/Multifacetico again! Thought I wonder if that title match was supposed to be set up last week and might not be happening now.

Main event is a father’s son tag. Not sure if they’re going to do the same rules (kids all in first, fathers replace them) as previous times.

CMLL (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nube Roja vs Quca
2) Hierro & Leo vs Ángel del Mal & Drago
3) Leono & Metalik vs Exterminador & Infierno
4) Delta, Diamante, Metro vs Cancerbero, Euforia, Pólvora
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Looks like a good show. First time the new Metalik has broken out of the first two matches.

IWRG (SUN) 06/05/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragon Fly & Tritón vs Alan Extreme & Imposible
2) Eragón, Freelance, Golden Magic vs Comando Negro, El Pollo Asesino, King Drako
3) Hijo del Pantera, Multifacético, Pantera vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Psycho Circus are defending. Can X-Fly be a five belt champion?!?!

IWRG FIL (TUE) 06/07/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aerocross & Mascarita de Oro vs Mini Infierno Kid & Mini Zumbido
2) Pikachu & Volaris vs Guerrero 2000 & Muerte Infernal
3) Dance Boy, Sky Angel, Tonatiuh vs Flama Infernal, Monster Blue, Serpiente Dorada
4) Hijo de Clímax, Rolling Boy, Saruman vs Dark Devil, Halcon 2000, Keshin Black
5) Alan Extreme, Centurión, Dinamic Black, Dragon Fly, Eterno, Fresero Jr., Golden Magic, Tritón vs Demoledor Azteca, Extreme Boy, Impulso, Kamus, Ojo de Tigre Jr., Oscuro, Vaquero Rocanrolero,Wotam

IWRG defends itself against GYM Ojo de Tigre. Better name: Extreme Boy or Alan Extreme?

Mexico preview, Samurai del Sol

No IWRG show after all. There are holidays that annually slip my mind, this is one of them.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is headlined by a rematch of last week’s main event, Guerreros vs Goto, Volador, Garza. The focus has been on Ultimo Guerrero vs Hirooki Goto, and we’d expect something to be set for that next week. In Forjando un Idolo, Rey Cometa and Escorpion battle to avoid elimination, and Palacio Negro and Angel de Oro wrestle for control of their group.

Samurai del Sol updates his health status: he never lost consciousness, X-Rays came out okay, but he’s going to be in a neck brace for a month to be on the safe side. He hopes to be back in DTU for their lucha libre expo show. There’s video of the injury on YouTube (that account has a lot of clips from the show), and I think he just flew a lot farther than they were expecting.

Puma King has a plan to advance yet: he needs to beat Hijo del Signo and get people to vote for him to get a bonus point. He’d also need Diamante to beat Hombre Bala, but that would put him in second. He needs some friends to vote for him first, though.

Mascara Dorada in NJPW
04/22: Tiger Mask (O) & Mascara Dorada b Jushin Liger & Hiromu Takahashi [x]

Super Crazy in AJPW
04/17: Suwama, Ryoto Hama, Seiya Sanada (O) b Minoru Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki, Super Crazy (X)
04/20: Tag League: Hikaru Sato (O), Kikutaro [2] b Super Crazy (X), Bushi [0]
04/21: Tag League: Super Crazy & Bushi (O) [2] b Masada & Super Hate (X) [0]
Crazy & Bushi are in 5th, of 7 teams.
SuperLuchas has photos of Super Crazy hanging out in Japan.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


  • La Parka plans on hurting Cibernetico deeply.
  • El Hijo del Santo turns in a story about El Santo vs Elephants into whining about people being mean to him.

05/16 Arena Mexico (Mr. Aguila, Rayo de Jalisco, Super Crazy appear)

CMLL (SUN) 05/16 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, Cesar]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío IIApocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, MarcelaLa Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Yeska
3) Metro, Rush, ValienteArkangel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) El Alebrije, Histeria, ManiacoBrazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, Toscano
5) La Sombra DQ Psicosis II

Tercera was said to be very good. So was the show, overall.

In the semimain, Hector Garza behaved as usual of late, turning on his partners to give the other team the win. This time, the other team was Los Indepedentes, and Garza raised their arms after the match. Not clear if Garza has joined them.

Sombra took the first fall, Psicosis took the second. Sombra was heading for the rope flip moonsault for the third fall win, when who should run in but Mr. Aguila. He was joined by Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000, and all four beat down Sombra. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. made it five. He seemed to support the independents, but when Universo went to give Sombra the Black Hammer, Ray0 smacked his old rival with a guitar and cleared the ring of the invaders. Sombra & Rayo hugged, so Rayo is back on the side of CMLL. People in the building saw Super Crazy standing with the Independentes group after they were run off, but CMLL has omitted any mention of him.

It was just last night, thinking back about how CMLL wanted a leader for the independents, that I started thinking about how Mr. Aguila should come back to CMLL. He’s not the star level to make it work, but he was very good at the tail end of his CMLL stint and he seems wasted in the Perros. I had to look up lineups to check that he was still there, because he really has been underutilized: Charly Manson vs Mr. Aguila would’ve been much better than Charly Manson vs X-Fly (because it was, last time!), and they would’ve only missed out on doing a hair match no one actually cared about it. I think KrisZ and Alfredo both came up with this same thought independently, because we all want to actually see Aguila more often.

Aguila coming to CMLL is not a big a story as Aguila leaving Perros del Mal. Everyone who’s turned up here has not been back in Perro’s promotion and this won’t end up different. It’s more painful, because Mr. Aguila is less a hired hand and more a member of the organization. Only Perro Jr. and Damian 666 are believed to be actual employees of the promotion, but Aguila was one of the guys who split CMLL to form this promotion and probably knows as much as any one of what’s going on there. That Aguila decided it was a good time to get out is a very bad sign for the long term future of this group. Like, we could actually have a “will the Perros del Mal still exist by the time that PPV airs” conversation, and not be 100% silly about it. I have no idea if Perro is willing to go to CMLL or AAA (or if CMLL or AAA is willing to take him), but I do know his leverage is quickly eroding.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr., I’m not so enthused about it. Not too surprising. At least Blue Demon Jr. will be happy – he complained to the press that Arena Mexico can’t really be the Cathedral of Lucha Libre if they don’t have Mil Mascaras, El Hijo del Santo, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. or Blue Demon Jr. wrestling there. Seemed like a guy out of touch with what lucha libre is in 2010, but it sure seems like he had people who agree with him.

I don’t think we’re getting a lot of Rayo. In fact, I’m pretty sure of it. CMLL vs Independents has gone on Monday Arena Puebla shows and Sunday Arena Mexico/Coliseo shows, but that’s still no more 3/4 matches a week, which isn’t a lot for anybody to get on (especially . They’ve run in elsewhere, but they haven’t yet appeared on the big Friday night shows.

SLP, GDL, AAA red carpet, Groon, lineups

CMLL Juniors (WED) 01/13 Auditorio Miguel Barragan [KrisZ]
1) Amapola & Princesa Sujei b Dalis la Caribeña & Lluvia
2) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Fantasma b Dragon Rojo Jr., Ray Mendoza Jr., Sangre Azteca
3) Místico & Negro Casas b Héctor Garza & Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]

KrisZ notes Mendoza was hurt in the semimain, and that’s why he was off on Friday.

CMLL (SUN) 01/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Serverus b Enrique Vera Jr.
2) El Divino & Thunder Boy b In Memoria & Titanio
3) Asesino Negro & Drago b Magnum & Samurai
4) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Infierno & León Blanco
5) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
6) Brazo de Plata DQ Terrible

Terrible bled from the nose from a Porky shot in the second fall. Terrible ended up fouling Porky for the loss. What an odd ending to this feud.

Once again, Magnum & Samurai fell apart as a team. Not sure who’s turning rudo, but they seem at the breaking point.

AAA’s red carpet premier was this past Friday (the official release is still not for a week), so there’s another set of articles about the movie.
AAA has their own recap of the red carpet. One of the strange about the movie is the character of La Parka Jr.’s younger brother, as just a regular kid. The idea surely is to have a character the kids can identify with, but it seemed to me like an easy way to introduce a new luchador coming out of the movie; there’s only one. AAA mentions new wrestler Lasser Boy made an appearance at the premier and has a role in the movie, so maybe I’ve just accidentally spoiled a twist in the movie. (There feels like three or four I’ve gone out of my way not to mention.)
Marisela Pena says she’s like AAA to work with Guillermo del Toro for another movie. Aim high. This article says the video game is now due out in August. If we keep getting updates on it, it’ll never come out.
La Parka Jr. does not feel he’ll be a movie star like John Cena, because it’d be tough for him to be a Marine. Apparently it was tough for Cena.
Fabi Apache did not know she was in the movie until she saw the movie. She’s the only luchadora in the movie. I bet Mr. Niebla has no idea. Article notes Fabi was wearing a cap, because she just lost her hair.

There’s an article in the Arizona Republic about WWE vs Lucha Libre. It’s 95% word for word the same article that ran in USA Today, except for an added paragraph about the Republic trying to contract people and getting turned down. I didn’t know that sort of reprinting was legal. For a new take, this column says lucha libre needs to go back to a technical style, like Black Shadow, Matematico, Jerry Lawler and Killer Kowalksi. Jerry Lawler?!?!

Record has a feature length interview with Groon XXX about his career. He says he tried joining Rey Misterio Sr.’s school, but Misterio said he’d never make in the business. Groon instead went to Monterrey to train with Humberto Garza, and blames Garza for rushing him into the ring too soon and says his leg injury in 2001 was a big part of it. Groon says his bookings and pay dropped after he worked hard to return, and he saw they were preparing someone to replace him, so he decided to leave. Groon says he was successful in CMLL – “I am a ticket seller, always have been” – and didn’t want to ruin that by appearing too often, so he’s not stayed with CMLL. Groon says he began “doing things a young athlete should not”, specifying too much alcohol as causing pancreatic issues, which almost caused his death. Groon returned to AAA to prove he was the better, felt he did it after three shows, and didn’t want to be stuck in the third match fighting – he’s a star.

Aguila Solitaria, EMLL star in the early 90s, is now a car mechanic and detailer.

CMLL sent Horus & Aquaris to the new exposition for 101 Llaves y Lances. Not exactly a high star power meeting.

Cesar looks over this week’s lineups, disputes Volador from getting counted as from Monterrey.

El Manana profiles 30 year vet Marvick

SuperLuchas has a report on Lucha Libre in Chile.

SuperLuchas #347 has interviews with Rey Misterio Jr. & Dr. Wagner III. Inside, there’s also an interview with Marco Moreno of IWRG, who says they’re working on a third TV show (!), they have big plans for March, and they’d listen if CMLL called. I’d be happy if the second TV show still had new episodes.

Ohtani’s Jacket catches up with some more recent IWRG, and will be oh so thrilled when he reads this Thursday’s main event.


IWRG (THU) 01/21 Arena Naucalpan
1) Epidemia vs Volaris
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs Dinamic Black & Imperial
3) Brazo Jr., Brazo Metalico, Daga vs Avisman, Gringo Loco, Hijo del Signo
4) Solar I, Suicida, Zatura vs Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., Samoth
5) Negro Navarro vs Angelico [SALVADOR AMERICAS]

Uh, yea. Can I make a joke about Hijo del Diablo wearing USA gear one week and being gone the next week without being terrible impolite? Not sure.

IWRG (SUN) 01/24 Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara Magnífica vs King Drako
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs Epidemia & Heavy Boy
3) Eragon, Hijo del Pantera, Zatura vs Alan Extreme, Gringo Loco, Hijo del Signo
4) Brazo de Plata & Brazo de Plata Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan and Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG, semifinal]

JUVI! I can’t believe I forgot about Juvi, that’s up there with forgetting about Dre. You can tell it’s been a while since he’s been around, because I’m actually excited to see this.

indy (SUN) 01/24 Coliseo Tulancingo
1) Artikuz & Rocky Lobo vs Amnesia & DK
2) Chalapa, Príncipe Ketzal, Rex vs Amo de la Noche, Lalo Lokuras, Toro Deguanoro
3) Piloto Suicida, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Rayo del Ring vs Pesadilla, Super Crazy, Taz el Feroz

Not really that interesting on it’s own (and the color codes aren’t much good on indy stuff like this), but Super Crazy has quite the weekend. Silas Young in Berwyn, Illinois on Friday, CIMA, Quackenbush and Jigsaw in Chicago on Saturday, and Rayo de Jalisco himself on Sunday (and he might be promoting that show for all I know.) I don’t think anyone else can possibly have those three days. Tulancingo is a 4:30 show, so I hope he’s getting an early flight out.

CMLL (SUN) 01/24 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Skaxy
2) Astaroth & Saturno vs Acertijo & In Memoria
3) Hierro & Palacio Negro vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Metro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cancerbero, Pólvora, Raciel
5) Shocker & Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero

Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero as a tag team? Could that work? Maybe. If I told you that semimain would be a semimain two years ago, or even a year ago, you would not believe it.

Strange that the Magnum/Samurai stuff is dropped, or maybe it’ll be added yet.

indy (SUN) 01/24 Coliseo Tulancingo
1) Artikuz & Rocky Lobo vs Amnesia & DK
2) Chalapa, Príncipe Ketzal, Rex vs Amo de la Noche, Lalo Lokuras, Toro Deguanoro
3) Piloto Suicida, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Rayo del Ring vs Pesadilla, Super Crazy, Taz el Feroz

01/14: Perros, IWRG, GDL, Mexico, Dos Jr. staying in CMLL

PERROS (SAT) 01/10 Centro de Convenciones, Madero, Tamaulipas [the Gladiatores]
1) Guerrera Negra, Lince, Payaso Vagabundo b Black Snake, Pandillera, Pastor Diabolico
2) Arana Maligna I, Arana Maligna II, Black Master, Disturbio b Konami, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
3) Cerebro Negro, DJ Skull, Sadico b Bulldozer, Darling Boy, Yessi-K
4) Super Crazy & X-Fly L Damián 666 & Mr. Águila and Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido [losers advance]
5) Super Crazy b X-Fly [hair]
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. DQ Ciberneticoel Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Yes, a DQ in the main event of a Perro show. Cibernetico & Perro recalled that they were friends and ripped off Wagner’s mask. Damian and Aguila came out to help beat hiim down, and Super Crazy made the save to set up a tag match next time thru. (This seems to be the standard match they’re building to on these shows.) Triangle matchw as a hardcore brawl. Crowd looks half full, but that’s a big building.

IWRG (SUN) 01/11 Arena Naucalpan [the Gladiatores, SoloLuchas]
1) Avisman b Imperio Azteca
2) Eragon & Galactik b Anticristo Jr. & Nemesis (IWRG)
3) Black TerryCerebro NegroDr. Cerebro DQ Coco BlancoGemelo Fantastico IGemelo Fantastico II
4) Trauma ITrauma IIZatura b Oficial 911Oficial AK47Oficial Fierro
5) FreelanceFuerza GuerreraHijo de AnibalPendulo b ArlequinPierroth IITesuya BushiVeneno

Freelance replaced Multifacetico in the main and probably regrets it. In the second fall, he tried a dropkick to the floor, connected, but still hit his head hard off the mat and went into seizures. Sounds like a very scary situation; SoloLuchas compares it to Oro’s death. He was taken away on a stretcher, and I have not seen an update on his condition. Match focused on Veneno/Fuerza and they made challenges after the match.

New tecnicos Traumas beat the IWRG trios champs thanks to their partner, who got 911 with a ‘rana. 911 might have gotten his shoulder up in time, there was a post match arguement about, but the Oficials are defending their titles anyway.

Cerebro Negro fouled one of the Gemelos. The other Gemelo fouled Negro in revenge, but only the tecnico was caught. Second man always pays the price.

After being swept by Imperio Azteca a couple weeks ago, Avisman returned the sweep the other way. I’ve been thinking, I need to start working sweeps in the listings up there, but I don’t know of a good abbrevation. “S”? “St”? I don’t know if that’s clear enough. Swept itself isn’t really that long, but DQ Sweep/CO Sweep is. 

CMLL (TUE) 01/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
6) Angel de Oro & Mictlán b Satánico & Semental
7) Héctor GarzaLa SombraMark Corleone b AtlantisEuforiaÚltimo Guerrero

Tecs took the main event clean, Hector getting UG to build to the trios match here. Article mentions this was Mictlan’s debut in GDL. I could not believe that – he’s been in CMLL for two years – but sure enough, it’s true. Well, it’s “Mictlan”‘s debut, anyway.  I wonder if they kept him away since he’d been wrestling unmasked in GDL (as Vaquero I) before starting as Mictlan?

CMLL (TUE) 01/13 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, ESTO]
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa b Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Dr. XHooliganLoco Max b Ángel Azteca Jr.Fabián el GitanoTony Rivera
3) FlashMáscara PúrpuraStuka Jr. b Shigeo OkumuraSkandaloVangelis
4) Black WarriorDragon Rojo Jr.Sangre Azteca b Mascara DoradaSagradoValiente
5) Blue PantherDos Caras Jr.La Máscara DQ TerribleTexano Jr.Villano III

Yay, Dos Caras Jr. actually appeared.  Dos went on Tercera Caiada and said he’s signed with CMLL for 4 years, and he’d have a better position than he would in WWE. I have no trouble believing that, but we knew that months ago and this still got dragged out.  The bottom line is Dos’ not going to WWE, he’s staying in CMLL, and I have no idea what they’re actually going to do with him but he gets to be in a lot of meaningless main events like this one. V3 fouled Panther for the DQ.

Poder Mexica is still undefeated in Arena Mexico (though they’ve lost elsewhere.)

ESTO’s article loses major points by talking about the “tremendous cold spell”. It was in the 50s there yesterday, and I was driving thru a blizzard this morning. WEAK.

CMLL announced Arena Puebla’s Fan Appreciation day (the monthly cheap ticket show) will now be on Saturdays, starting with February 7th. Not sure if that means they’ll be running two shows on those weeks. They have run shows on Saturdays and Mondays (and Thursday and Monday) in the past.

Ovaciones has a big interivew with Pierrothito about his mask win. He says it’s special, but also spends half the interview challenging Mascarita Dorada. They mention that Pierrothito will be wrestling in Arkansas from 01/22 to 01/25, then McAllen, Texas in the middle of February. There’s lucha libre in Arkansas? (Casino show, has to be.)

Ovaciones also features yet another Arturo Rivera column. Too bad he’s trying to make up for lost time when there’s absolutely nothing going on with AAA. 2/3rds of the article is going thru the matches on the next taping (Sunday) and teasing new foreigners in the Legion without naming names. He does mention that Rey de Reyes is supposed to be in Ciudad Madero.

Big AAA news: they added a profile page for Rio Bravo. He’s the masked guy in Poder el Norte, but of course you knew that.

Informador has a long career retrospective with Atlantis, focusing on his start, his mask match with Villano 3 (Atlantis says he was losing that one) and his many accomplishments.  They mention he had 43 defenses of the NWA Middleweight Championship, and I think 41 of those were all in the same title reign in 2.5 year span. That means he was defending the title every 3 weeks for 30 straight months. There are titles today that go 30 straight months without any defenses, and a lot Atlantis defenses were in the main arenas.

Over on Televisa Deportes’ site, they’ve post their first lucha content in a while: Felino’s wishes for 2009. He does look for more for Pesta Negra (which hasn’t teamed up together much), but more so looks for good things for his nephews Tiger Kid and Puma King (Felino says they’re wearing cat gear because they like their uncles, and they don’t want to be yet another Junior, hmmmm) and his wife, Princesa Blanca (4 straight Friday shows! Turning ruda does pay off.)

The Katharis lucha libre exhibit is extending it’s run until January 25. They’ve had 30,000 visitors.

The Lucha Libre Expo people already have a (bare) website up for this year’s edition; it’ll be May 1st thru the 3rd. Not sure if it’s too soon to note there’s a CMLL logo but no AAA one. Four months is plenty of time to change. (thanks to Mr. Reyes)

A recap of Monday’s action at the January Leon fair includes 3 minuntes of video action. The article mentions the new setup is hurting the shows – they’re essential on an outdoor orchestra stage and the people are too far away.

Guerreros del Ring #173 has Sangre Azteca on the cover, and an interview with Hijo del Santo on the inside. There’s also a feature on Ultimo Guerrero’s new gym/CMLL lucha libre school. That is a school worth attending.  I’d take the spinning classes.

Villano III is now selling his merchandise thru SuperLucha’s website. It makes more sense for people to work together for things like this rather trying to do their own online store  (but then, it usually makes more sense for a promotion to do it for them.)

On the other side, Box Y Lucha is making log in – to a new account that doesn’t seem at all connected with the message board account? – just to view the lineups for the week. The free info the promotions are giving to them to promote their shows can only be viewed if you sign up for something, and I don’t think everyone’s going to make the same I effort I did just to find out the WFS lineup (Monsther vs Black Terry in a huuuuge 12 man tag). Is the internet at 2001 in Mexico? And how many years is that ahead of other things?

Kcidis posted a drawing of Abismo Negro.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches the torneo and the main of the 01/01 El Toreo Tribute show and likes Dos Caras Sr.’s matwork. This reminds me – somehow, I wrote 2000+ words about an indy show and neglected to mention that Canek & Silver King will be on the next Cicero show.  I don’t know if that helps.  Anyway, at least one of the El Toreo tribute shows this week in Neza and Lopez Mateos is supposed to air on TVCDeportes.

two quick notes from today’s Wrestling Observer

link is here, but that should only work for subscribers, and you should subscribe to get all the details. This is just to head off the second hand misunderstandings.

  • Perro Jr. and CMLL are NOT on good terms. Perro Jr. and Perro Sr. wanted to take over booking and Perro Jr. was going to run his own shows to build him up as an outsider, but the booking arrangement fell apart in the Lagunero upheavel (seems like Perro was the indepndent guy who too much booking is focused on that they were complaining about), and now Perro, Damian and Aguila are true free agents. AAA’s top guys don’t want Perro taking their spots, and Perro’s only willing to go to WWE if they take his partners too. Aguayo is talking about running his own promotion with TV Azteca, but IWRG reupping their deal today with them and WWE having SD! on the network may preclude it.
  • There IS one more spot open in WWE – Super Crazy has quit, unhappy with how (little) he was being used