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Viva la Raza!: Lucha Weekly
November 30, 2012
By: Josh Boutwell


CMLL


No CMLL Involvement at Wrestle Kingdom
This week New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the card for their big annual "Wrestle Kingdom" show to start the year (in January) at the Tokyo Dome and surprisingly there will be no CMLL wrestlers on the card. This is the first time since CMLL & NJPW started their working relationship in 2009 that there will be no CMLL representatives on that card. In 2009 the original Mistico teamed with Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt in a win over Averno, Jado, & Gedo. In 2010 Ultimo Guerrero & Averno failed in their attempt to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles from Apollo 55 (Devitt & Taguchi). In 2011 Mascara Dorada & La Sombra defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Hector Garza and this year Mascara Dorada teamed with Liger, KUSHIDA, & Tiger Mask IV to defeat Atlantis, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, & Valiente.

CMLL 11/30 Arena Mexico Results
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor def. Leono & Robin
2) Metalico, Super Halcon Jr., & Tigre Blanco def. Artillero, Super Comando, & Taurus via DQ
3) Diamante, Rey Cometa, & Sagrado def. Puma King, Sangre Azteca, & Vangelis
4) Copa Juniors Torneo Cibernetico Semifinals: La Sombra def. Volador Jr., Negro Casas, Angel de Oro, Mephisto, La Mascara, Tiger Kid, Mascara Dorada, Olimpico, & Delta
5) Averno, Dragon Rojo Jr., & Rey Escorpion def. Atlantis, Shocker, & Titan
* NOTES *
- Before the Cibernetico Match a mystery man appeared on the big screen and said he would be coming to CMLL in 2013.

CMLL 12/02 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Camaleon & Soberano Jr. def. Camorra & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Horuz, Pegasso, & Starman def. Artillero, Disturbio, & Hooligan
3) Lightning Match: Skandalo def. Triton
4) Angel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, & Stuka Jr. def. Bobby Zavala, Cancerbero, & Raziel via DQ
5) Psicosis II, Mr. Aguila, & Kraneo def. Atlantis, Delta, & Guerrero Maya Jr.
6) CMLL Heavyweight Title: El Terrible (c) def. La Sombra to retain the title!

CMLL 12/02 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Black Metal & Halcon de Plata def. Espectrum & Sadico
2) Esfinge, Gallo, & Smaker def. Barbaro Cavernario, Malefico, & Rafaga
3) La Amapola & La Comandante def. Dark Angel & Silueta
4) Hair vs. Hair Match: In Memoriam def. Eros
5) Cibernetico: Ultimo Guerrero def. Tama Tonga, Shigeo Okumura, Namajague, Euforia, Valiente, Titan, Mascara Dorada, La Mascara, & Valiente
6) Maximo def. Volador Jr.

CMLL 12/03 Arena Puebla Results
1) Espiritu Maligno & King Jaguar def. Asturiano & Black Tiger
2) Lightning Match: Demus 3:16 def. Astral
3) Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, & Ramstein def. Camaleon, Soberano Jr., & Starman
4) Fuego, Pegasso, & Stigma def. Bronco, Hijo del Signo, & Taurus
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, & Tiger Kid def. Angel de Oro, Delta, & Guerrero Maya Jr.
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, & Maximo def. Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas, & Mr. Niebla via DQ

CMLL 12/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) El Divino & Sky Kid def. Evola & Thunder Boy
2) Exterminador & Magnum def. Leo & Metatron
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, & Virus def. Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, & Skandalo
4) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, & Triton def. Namajague, Puma King, & Shigeo Okumura
5) La Sombra, Angel de Oro, & Titan def. Psicosis II, Negro Casas, & Dragon Rojo Jr.

CMLL 12/04 Arena Mexico Results
1) Bengala & Horuz def. Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, & Hijo del Signo def. Leono, Molotov, & Tigre Blanco via DQ
3) Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei, & Tiffany def. Dalis la Caribena, Dark Angel, & Luna Magica
4) Lightning Match: Vangelis def. Diamante
5) La Mascara, Marco Corleone, & Valiente def. Tama Tonga, El Terrible, & Tiger Kid
6) Polvora & Rey Escorpion def. Ultimo Guerrero & Niebla Roja via DQ

CMLL 12/07 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Metalico & Sensei vs. Artillero & Super Comando
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Starman, & Super Halcon Jr. vs. Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, & Skandalo
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, & Triton vs. Namajague, Sangre Azteca, & Shigeo Okumura
4) Copa Juniors Torneo Cibernetico Semifinals: Shocker vs. Maximo vs. Brazo de Plata vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Stuka Jr. vs. Tama Tonga vs. Dragon Rojo Jr. vs. Felino vs. Misterioso II vs. Puma King
5) Lightning Match: La Sombra vs. Ultimo Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, Mascara Dorada, & Rush vs. Averno, Mephisto, & Ephesto

CMLL 12/09 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Metatron & Robin vs. Cholo & Zayco
2) Acero, Mini Fantasy, & Shockercito vs. Pequeno Olimpico, Pequeno Violencia, & Pequeno Warrior
3) Fuego, Sagrado, & Stuka Jr. vs. Cancerbero, Raziel, & Virus
4) Lightning Match: Marcela vs. La Amapola
5) Atlantis, Delta, & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Mr. Aguila, Psicosis II, & Kraneo
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, & La Mascara vs. Ultimo Guerrero, El Terrible, & Euforia

CMLL 12/09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Lineup
1) Javier Cruz vs. El Hippie
2) El Divino & Idolo vs. Demonio Rojo & Evola
3) Esfinge & Halcon de Plata vs. Demonio Maya & Infierno
4) Gallo, Metatron, & Smaker vs. Barbaro Cavernario, Espectrum, & Exterminador
5) Rush, Shocker, & Brazo de Plata vs. Felino, Negro Casas, & Mr. Niebla

CMLL 12/10 Arena Puebla Lineup
1) Black Tiger & Milenium vs. Fuerza Chicana & Sauron
2) Metalico, Molotov, & Sensei vs. Artillero, Nitro, & Super Comando
3) Lightning Match: Super Halcon Jr. vs. Inquisidor
4) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, & Luna Magica vs. La Comandante, La Seductora
5) Sagrado, Stuka Jr., & Valiente vs. Euforia, Niebla Roja, & Rey Bucanero
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, & Maximo vs. Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas, & Mr. Niebla

CMLL 12/11 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Robin & Soberano Jr. vs. Camorra & Zayco
2) Leono, Metatron, & Tigre Blanca vs. Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, & Taurus
3) Diamante, Hijo del Fantasma, & Sagrado vs. Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca, & Vangelis
4) Lightning Match: Virus vs. Guerrero Maya Jr.
5) Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja, & Euforia vs. Dragon Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpion, & Polvora
6) CMLL Tag Team Titles: El Terrible & Tama Tonga (c) vs. La Mascara & Valiente

CMLL 12/11 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Lineup
1) Black Metal & Virgo vs. Acertijo & Sadico
2) Horuz & Metalico vs. Apocalipsis & Cholo
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, & Stigma vs. Cancerbero, Inquisidor, & Raziel
4) Atlantis, Shocker, & Diamante Azul vs. Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto
5) NWA Welterweight Title: Negro Casas (c) vs. Angel de Oro



AAA


TNA & AAA to work together at Lockdown PPV
The Wrestling Observer reported this week that TNA may work with AAA for their Lockdown PPV in March which is taking place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. In 1997 the WWE took this exact same approach using several AAA stars on their Royal Rumble card in the Alamodome. Perro Aguayo Jr., Venum, Maniaco, Mosco de la Merced, Octagon, Blue Demon Jr., Tinieblas Jr., Heavy Metal, Abismo Negro, & Histeria (Super Crazy) all worked dark matches while Mascarita Sagrada, La Parkita, Mini Mankind (Especrito II), and Mini Vader (Especrito I) worked a PPV Pre-Show Match. Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Sr., & El Canek teamed together against Jerry Estrada, Heavy Metal, & Fuerza Guerrera on the actual PPV card and Mil Mascaras, Pierroth Sr., Cibernetico, & Latin Lover competed in the Royal Rumble Match itself. AAA and TNA have had a working relationship for several years now so we could see some AAA storylines bleed over into TNA leading to this PPV to try and help draw more Hispanic fans.

AAA 12/02 "Guerra de Titanes" TV Taping Results
1) Cuervo, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Dorada, & Pimpinela Escarlata def. Halloween, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson, & Yuriko
2) AAA Cruiserweight Title Ladder Match: Daga def. Juventud Guerrera (c), Fenix, Joe Lider, Psicosis, & Jack Evans to win the title!
3) La Parka Jr., Octagon, & Octagon Jr. def. Silver Kain, Parka Negra, & Pentagon Jr.
4) Psycho Circus (Monster Clown, Murder Clown, & Psycho Clown) def. Inferno Rockers (Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, & Soul Rocker)
5) AAA Heavyweight Title: Texano Jr. def. El Mesias (c) to win the title!
6) Mask vs. Hair Steel Cage Match: Vampiro lost to Cibernetico, Dr. Wagner Jr., L.A. Park, Perro Aguayo Jr., & Chessman
* NOTES *
- Juventud was injured during the Ladder Match and Fenix got hurt in the end as well. Daga gets his first major title.
- Pentagon Jr. and Parka Negra were new characters introduced with it being expected that they are young AAA stars repackaged. The Wrestling Observer claims that Pentagon Jr. is actually Dark Dragon and if that's the case the feud between he & Octagon Jr. could be amazing. Parka Negra has been rumored to be Mortiz but that hasn't been confirmed.
- In the biggest surprise of the night Texano Jr. upset El Mesias to win the Heavyweight Title. Texano pinned Mesias clean as well.
- L.A. Park escaped the cage in the Main Event and was then attacked by TNA's Jeff Jarrett. When Cibernetico escaped Los Bizarros attacked him. It came down to the feuding Vampiro & Chessman and eventually Chessman escaped the cage with the help of Konnan & Dorian Roldan to take Vampiro's hair.

AAA 12/21 TV Taping Lineup
1) Dinastia, Mascarita Dorada, & Octagoncito II vs. Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria, & Mini Psicosis
2) Cuervo, Fabi Apache, & Pimpinela Escarlata vs. Halloween, Mari Apache, & Polvo de Estrellas
3) Drago, El Elegido, & Fenix vs. Inferno Rockers (Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, & Soul Rocker)
4) Psycho Circus (Monster Clown, Murder Clown, & Psycho Clown) vs. El Consejo (Texano Jr., Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., & Toscano)
5) Cibernetico, El Mesias, & La Parka Jr. vs. Perro Aguayo Jr., Psicosis, & Chessman




INDY & OTHER NEWS


Super Crazy Coming to Extreme Rising
This week Shane Douglas' Extreme Rising announced that former ECW TV Champion Super Crazy will be making his Extreme Rising debut at the April 4-6 WrestleMania weekend events! On 04/04 Super Crazy will team with his cousin Pesadilla against the father-son tandem of Damian 666 & Bestia 666. Bestia 666 will also be facing Hijo de Rey Misterio in Misterio's Extreme Rising debut at the 12/29 Extreme Rising event.

Crazy Back in Japan
- Super Crazy def. Genba Hirayanagi (12/04)

NGX 12/01 "10th Anniversary" Monterrey Results
1) 5-Way Dance: Murder Angel def. Neurosis, Optymuz, Slade, & Vertigo
2) Extreme Triple Threat: Lord Byron & Xtreme Dragon def. Aeroboy & Violento Jack and Bestia 666 & Sick Boy
3) Cachorro Zapata def. Rey Hechicero
4) NGX Extreme Title Triple Threat: Extreme Tiger (c) def. Dralion & Erick Snake to retain the title!
5) Mask vs. Hair Match: Joe Lider def. Kaientai
6) Death Match: Damian 666 def. Supreme

AULL 12/01 Arena Lopez Mateos Results
1) Beda, Olimpus, & Spider Boy def. Cyber Punk, Magia Negra, & Pakal
2) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, & Tormento def. Cerebro Maligno, Judas el Traidor, Psicopata, & Rey Krimen
3) Los Traumas (Trauma I & Trauma II) & Zumbi def. Daga, Chucho el Roto, & Iron Love
4) FLLM Maestro Title: Negro Navarro def. Solar I (c) to win the title!
5) Triple Threat: L.A. Park def. Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Canek

CHIKARA 12/02 "Under The Hood" iPPV Philly Results
1) 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews) def. F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano)
2) Icarus def. Dasher Hatfield
3) Jigsaw, The Shard, deviANT, & Soldier Ant def. Mike Quackenbush, assailANT, & The Colony (Fire Ant & Green Ant)
4) CHIKARA Young Lions Cup: Mr. Touchdown (c) def. ACH to retain the title!
5) Devastation Corp. (Blaster McMassive & Max Smashmaster) def. Los Ice Creams (Ice Cream Jr. & El Hijo del Ice Cream)
6) The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black, Hallowicked, Frightmare, Crossbones, & Blind Rage) def. Delirious, Ophidian, & The Batiri (Kobald, Kodama, & Obariyon)
7) CHIKARA Tag Team Titles 2/3 Falls Match: The Young Bucks (c) def. 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty to retain the titles!
8) CHIKARA Grand Champion: Eddie Kingston (c) def. Tim Donst to retain the title!
* NOTES *
- 3.0 earned 3 points with their win and are now #1 Contenders to the Tag Titles.

IWRG 12/02 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Mini Ozz, Mini Psicosis, & Piratita Morgan Jr. def. Mini Batista, Mini Rey Cometa, & Mini Super Astro
2) Alan Extreme, Eita, & Carta Brava Jr. def. Centvrion, Cerebro Negro, & Dinamic Black
3) Oficial Rayan & Oficial Spartan def. Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro
4) Damian 666, Bestia 666, & Canis Lupus def. El Angel, Trauma I, & Trauma II
5) Mask vs. Mask Steel Cage Match: Oficial Factor lost to Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000, & Oficial 911

IWRG 12/06 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Arana de Plata def. Matrix Jr.
2) Galaxy & Saruman def. Epidemia & Imposible
3) Alan Extreme, Eita, & Eterno def. Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, & La Cobra
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, & Canis Lupus def. El Angel & Los Traumas (Trauma I & Trauma II)
5) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, & Pirata Morgan def. Damian 666, Bestia 666, & Fuerza Guerrera

DTU 12/09 Arena Roberto Paz Lineup
1) Scramble Match: Jhonky vs. Jorge Quebrada Jr. vs. Slayer vs. Radical vs. Eragon Kid vs. Artikus vs. Boayaga vs. TBA
2) Fatal 4-Way: Lily Fighter vs. Sherry Diva vs. La Pantera vs. Ranieth
3) NWG Azteca Title Torneo Cibernetico: Alex Romano vs. Principe Escorpion vs. Draeco vs. Hacker vs. Principe Halcon vs. Angel del Misterio
4) Fatal 4-Way: Crazy King & Lacandon vs. Arana de Plata & Pequeno Cobra vs. Nino de Ebano & Talaxys vs. Aranita & Astro Latino
5) Dragon Shiryu vs. Flamita
6) Scramble Match: Paranoiko vs. Black Fire vs. Septimo Dragon vs. Rey Latino vs. Demente Extreme
7) Triple Threat: Ciclope vs. Aeroboy vs. Drastik Boy
8) Mask vs. Hair Steel Cage Match: Joe Lider vs. Super Mega vs. Tony Rodriguez vs. Pesadilla vs. Makabre vs. Hormiga

INDY 12/09 Arena Lopez Mateos Lineup
1) Leviatham, Samael, & Tormento vs. Psicopata, Trauma I, & Trauma II
2) AULL Heavyweight Title Fatal 4-Way: Mr. Potro (c) vs. Iron Love vs. Angel del Amor vs. Epitafio
3) Batman, Super Muneco, & Super Pinocho vs. Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, & Coco Verde
4) Atlantis & Solar I vs. Negro Navarro & Rocky Santana

IWRG 12/09 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Mini Batista, Mini Rey Cometa, & Mini Super Astro vs. Mini Police Man, Mini Rock Spirit, & Piratita Morgan
2) Centvrion, Cerebro Negro, & Freelance vs. Alan Extreme, Eita, & Imposible
3) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro vs. Oficial Rayan & Oficial Spartan
4) Dr. Cerebro, El Angel, & Trauma II vs. Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., & Oficial 911
5) Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, & Trauma I vs. Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000, & Dr. Wagner III

DTU 12/11 Arena Aficion Lineup
1) Fatal 4-Way: Artikus vs. Radical vs. Slayer Pack vs. TBA
2) Triple Threat: Rocky Lobo vs. Lanzeloth vs. Konami
3) Hacker, Jhonky, & Principe Halcon vs. Barbaro I, Barbaro II, & Black Mamba
4) Triple Threat: Dowki & Hanaoka vs. Lucky Boy & Nino de Ebano vs. Anaricia & Talaxys
5) Fatal 4-Way: Lolita vs. Kiera vs. Paloma Rouse vs. Sherry Diva
6) Triple Threat: Extreme Boy & Paranoiko vs. Arana de Plata & Pequeno Cobra vs. Demente Extreme & Nino Hamburguesa
7) Scramble Match: Daga vs. Eita vs. TBA vs. Dinastia vs. Flamita vs. Tribal vs. Angel del Misero
8) Hair vs. Hair 3-Way: Colmillo Blanco & Drastik Boy vs. Ciclope & Jorge el Intruso JR. vs. Aeroboy & Sangre Guerrera
9) Scramble Match: Pesadilla vs. Psicosis vs. Fenix vs. Super Mega vs. Joe Lider vs. Dark Dragon vs. Hormiga

DTU 12/16 Arena Lopez Mateos Lineup
1) Triple Threat: Lucky Boy & Nino de Ebano vs. Avaricia & Talaxis vs. Rey Celestial & Slayer Pack
2) Cibernetico: Cosmico vs. Celestial vs. Rocky Lobo vs. Angel del Misterio vs. Lanzelot vs. Septimo Dragon vs. Konami vs. Extreme Boy
3) Fatal 4-Way: Keira vs. Felina Metalica vs. Paloma Rouse vs. Sherry Diva
4) Nino Hamburguesa & Tacubo vs. Arana de Plata Jr. & Pequeno Cobra
5) DTU Alto Impacto Title Scramble Match: Eita (c) vs. Tribal vs. Hacker vs. Principe Halcon vs. Eterno vs. Sadico
6) Rich Swann vs. Flamita
7) Fatal 4-Way: Psicosis & Black Fire vs. Cerebro Negro & TBA vs. Pesadilla & Super Mega vs. Joe Lider & Hormiga
8) Mask vs. Hair 4-Way: Demente Extreme vs. Paranoiko vs. Perro Mocho Jr. vs. Onita Santana
9) Triple Threat: Drastik Boy vs. Aeroboy vs. Ciclope

IWL 12/25 Tlalnepantla Lineup
1) Centinela & Estrella Negra vs. Red Monster & Sherry Diva
2) Beset The Clown, Diva Salvaje, & TBA vs. Juan el Ranchero, Sexy Rubi, & TBA
3) Arkanos, Impulso, Nino de Ebano, & Templario vs. Payaso Carrona, Payaso Miedo, Payaso terror, & Quimico Jr.
4) Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Huracan Ramirez Jr., & Ninja de Fuego vs. Mascara Sagrada Jr., Rayo Tapatio I, Rayo Tapatio II, & Ultratumba Jr.
5) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, & Tormento vs. Infierno Kid, Ojo Diabolico, Sepulturero I, & Ultimo Vampiro
6) Fishman Jr., Pirata Morgan, & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs. Canek Jr., El Angel, & Kung Fu Jr.
7) Angel o Demonio, Big Memo, Leon Rojo, & Obett vs. Dance Boy, Pagano, X-Fly, & Paranoiko



LUCHA SPOTLIGHT

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? WHEN WORLD’S COLLIDE PPV


In 1994 WCW’s Eric Bischoff joined up with Mexico’s AAA (along with some stars from Puerto Rico’s IWC) to produce the very first American Lucha Libre PPV (as well as the first English-language Lucha PPV) called “When Worlds Collide.” This event led to the Lucha Libre invasion of the mid 90’s first in ECW (with Psicosis, Juventud Guerrera, La Parka, Konnan, and even Damian 666 making numerous appearances in ECW) and then to a bigger scale in WCW. When you look back at that incredible event you will see many stars that continue to wrestle today and that became big stars in wrestling but also some tragedies there as well.

The opening bout was a showcase of the Mini’s where Mascarita Sagrada & the original Octagoncito faced off against Jerrito Estrada (probably the biggest mini) and Espectrito in which Sagrada & Octagoncito got the win. Following this event Sagrada remained one of the top Mini’s in Mexico but also found some success in America. He made several appearances in WCW in the mid 90’s but then signed with the WWF in 1997 becoming Mini Nova. Sagrada’s “When Worlds Collide” partner Octagoncito also signed with WWF in 1997 and was repackaged as Mosaic. After some exciting matches but not much effort by WWF to put any pushes behind the minis eventually Max Mini (Mascara Sagrada Jr.) faced Mini Nova in a Mask vs. Mask Match in which Nova lost his mask. Sagrada then left WWF and returned to Mexico under his Mascarita Sagrada name again where he remained until once again signing with the WWF (now WWE) as they started the brief “Juniors Division” which didn’t last very long. Sagrada has since returned to Mexico and remains one of the top independent Mini’s in Lucha Libre. After leaving WWF Octagoncito has also remained one of the top independent Mini’s in lucha but also has made appearances for promotions like the short lived Lucha Libre USA. Jerrito Estrada would eventually don a mask and become Mini Psicosis to lead the Los Mini Vipers faction in AAA. He still wrestles for AAA and is the current AAA Mini-Estrella Champion having held that belt since April of 2011.

The 2nd bout was a wild Trios Match that featured the rudo trio of Fuerza Guerrera (father of Juventud), Madonna’s Boyfriend aka Louie Spicolli, and the original Psicosis defeating the trio of Rey Misterio Jr., Heavy Metal, & Latin Lover. This was the introduction to the rest of the world of Rey Misterio Jr. (the first time I saw him was on a VHS tape of this event) who would obviously go onto become possibly the biggest Luchador in the history of Lucha Libre. After becoming one of the bigger stars in Mexico he took his craft back to America where he became unbelievably popular in his short (but amazing) stint in ECW and then turned the collective heads of the entire nation in WCW. Misterio was unquestionably the biggest star to come out of the Lucha invasion for WCW not only winning the Cruiserweight & Tag Team Titles multiple times, but also being involved in feuds and matches with the likes of Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Eddie Guerrero, and many others. After WCW folded Rey returned to his roots in Mexico competing for the CMLL promotion for the first time then debuted with the WWE where he remains today a former 3-time World Champion. Misterio (now Rey Mysterio) remains one of the biggest and most popular stars in the world of wrestling and an icon in Mexico. Rey’s partners on the PPV Heavy Metal & Latin Lover both still wrestle today as well. Metal has bounced back and forth between CMLL and AAA over the last two decades (as well as brief appearances in TNA where he took part in the first X-Cup events). Currently Metal makes sporadic appearances on the independent scene and AAA. Latin Lover actually returned from the business in 2006 after suffering a severe knee injury doing a stunt in a dance competition (the dance competitions actually made him more famous than Lucha Libre), but returned 2008 coming back to AAA. In 2010 Lover left AAA and joined CMLL briefly before leaving and returning to the independent circuit where he remains. On the other side of that PPV match was the team of Fuerza Guerrera, Psicosis, & Louie Spicolli. Guerrera remains a trainer Mexico as well as one of the top Independent luchadors today. Psicosis made a name for himself in America with his legendary battles with Rey Misterio Jr. in ECW and WCW. He won the Cruiserweight Title in WCW on 2 occasions but was never used to his potential and lost a lot of confidence in himself as a result of the way he was used (or lack thereof) in WCW. When he left WCW he briefly returned to ECW and had a very memorable feud with Tajiri and then returned to Mexico where he bounced between AAA & CMLL as well as making a few appearances for TNA (including the very first TNA X-Division Title in the Round Robin Match against AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, & Low-Ki). In 2005 Psicosis once again faced his greatest rival (Misterio) at the ECW reunion “One Night Stand” event for the WWE. His performance earned a contract alongside Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy as the stereotypical “Mexicools” faction. Psicosis was once again misused by an American promotion and barely lasted a year there before returning to Mexico and CMLL. In 2007 he returned to AAA using the Nicho el Millionario name. He began wrestling a more brawling and hardcore style rather than the technical/high flying hybrid-style he had been known for. He and Joe Lider formed a very successful tag team called La Hermandad 187 and held the AAA World Tag Team Titles for a record 551 days. In 2012 Nicho began carrying his old Psicosis to the ring with him after turning on his long time partner Lider. Lider eventually “burned” (storyline) Nicho’s face by throwing a fireball in his face. The storyline was that not only did the fireball burn Nicho’s face horribly but it also sent him into a state of dementia leading him to believe that he was still the masked Psicosis leading to him once again donning the Psicosis mask which he continues to do. Louie Spicolli wrestle briefly in WWF, WCW, and ECW before dying due to an overdose of pills. Unfortunately Spicolli is one of 4 former Los Gringos Locos members from Mexico that have died. The other 3 were Eddie Guerrero, Love Machine (Art Barr), and Black Cat.

In the third match on the card The Pegasus Kid, Too Cold Scorpio, & Tito Santana defeated Jerry Estrada, the original La Parka, & Blue Panther. Pegasus Kid is of course Chris Benoit and everyone knows he went on to become a huge star in both WCW & WWE winning the World Title in WWE before the hideous murder-suicide he committed several years ago. 2 Cold Scorpio would become a very popular star in ECW but an even bigger star in Germany & Japan after a brief stint in WWF. Scorpio continues to work on the independent scene in America as well as extensively in Japan & Europe. Tito Santana was already a legend at the time of When Worlds Collide but continued to wrestle all over the world including briefly for WCW in 2000. He still wrestles to this day occasionally most recently as a part of CHIKARA’s King of the Trios Tournament this year. Jerry Estrada was able to make it to the WWF after When Worlds Collide but it didn’t last long and he eventually returned in 2003. Estrada’s partners still compete and are big stars to this day. La Parka now wrestles as L.A. Park and after becoming very popular in WCW he became an even bigger star in Mexico working all over the place including both CMLL and AAA. He wrestles primarily for AAA now and had an incredible feud with La Parka Jr. (the man who took his name after he signed with WCW). His son Hijo de L.A. Park is an up and coming star now as well. Blue Panther has been a part of some of the most amazing matches with one of them being the incredible Mask vs. Mask match against Villano V in 2008 where the legendary Panther lost his mask that he had wore since the 70’s. Panther continues to work for CMLL and has become a behind the scenes player for the promotion as well.

When Worlds Collide’s Semi-Main Event was the amazing 2/3 Falls Mask vs. Hair Match between the teams of La pareja del Terror (Eddie Guerrero & Art Barr) and Octagon & El Hijo del Santo. This is one of my personal favorite matches ever and the match which truly made me fall in love with Lucha Libre. Octagon & El Hijo del Santo continue to wrestle in Mexico to this day with Santo remaining one of the few Independent wrestlers that can still draw huge crowds in Mexico. Santo has worked for both AAA & CMLL since this PPV and has been involved with disputes with both promotions as well. He works in the independents now including his own Todos x Todo promotion. Octagon still works for AAA but has had to slow down a lot and has become very limited due to age and injuries. In 2012 Octagon took American star Samuray del Sol under his wing and eventually dubbed him Octagon Jr. giving him a similar mask to that of his own. The great rudo team of La Pareja de Terror became a tragedy. Art Barr died due to a heart attack right before he and Guerrero were set to debut for ECW. Guerrero would go on to become a star in ECW, a bigger star in WCW, and then a true superstar and legend in WWE. Guerrero went on to win the WWE World Championship but after beating his many demons his life was still taken prematurely dying of heart failure. In 2006 Guerrero was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. His wife Vickie continues to work for the WWE while his nephew Chavo Guerrero Jr. (and his brother Hector) works for TNA.

The Main Event saw tag team partners turned bitter enemies Perro Aguayo Sr. and Konnan face off in a bloody Steel Cage Match with the tecnico Aguayo coming out on top. Konnan was already a huge star in Mexico but went on to work for ECW and then WCW for years, and later TNA. In 2007 Konnan returned to AAA and became one of the bookers while his in-ring career was scaled back considerably due to injuries and illness. Konnan continues to book for AAA and has been the leader of the rudo faction La Legion Extranjera for years. The legendary Aguayo retired in the early 2000’s and was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame in 2012. His son Perro Aguayo Jr. has become one of the bigger rudos in Mexico, much like his father.

When Worlds Collide was the introduction of the amazing world of Lucha Libre to many American fans (like myself) and was the launching pad for Lucha to become more than just a Mexican phenomenon and it continues to grow among American fans today. 3 wrestlers on the card became WWE World Champions (Benoit, Guerrero, & Mysterio) and at least 10 bonafide legends (Fuerza, Psicosis, Mysterio, Parka, Panter, Santo, Octagon, Guerrero, Aguayo, & Konnan).

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