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Viva La Raza! # Diecisiete: Lucha Weekly
March 13, 2009
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Mr. Niebla Talks About His Serious Car Accident For 1st Time
Mr. Niebla talked this week with the press about his car wreck a few weeks ago. He says a car, swerved out of control, and then crashed into a bus. It totalled the car but he is completely fine and acting pretty positive about the whole situation.

CMLL 03/06 Arena Mexico Results
1) Molotov & Sensei def. Artillero & Super Comando
2) Amapola, Hiroka, & Princesa Blanca def. Dark Angel, Lluvia, & Marcela
3) Lightning Match: Angel de Plata def. Tiger Kid
4) Felina, Misterioso II, & Texano Jr. def. Maximo, Metro, & Valiente via DQ
5) El Terrible, Villano IV, & Villano V def. Atlantis, Blue Panther, & Ultimo Guerrero
6) Dos Caras Jr., Hector Garza, & Shocker def. Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas

CMLL 03/06 Arena Puebla Results
1) Lady Apache & Sahori def. Mima Shimoda & Princesa Sujei
2) Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara def. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
3) Marco Corleone, Mistico, & Volador Jr. def. Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto
4) Cage of Death Mask Match: Sombrita loses to Mascarita Dorada, Pequeno Ninja, Pequeno Olimpico, Fantasy, Electrico, Tzuki, Bracito de Oro, Ultimo Dragoncito, Sauron, Pierrothito, Pequeno Warrior, Pequeno Universo 2000, & Asturiano
- Mistico pinned Averno in the 3rd fall of the semimain event and then challenged Averno to a NWA Middleweight Title.
- The final three came down to Sombrita, Pierrothito, & Mascarita Dorada and Pierrothito was able to escape the cage leaving it down to Sombrita & Dorada. Dorada was able to pin Sombrita and take his mask. Sombrita is 20 year old Javier Tutl Roldan from Puebla, Mexico.

CMLL 03/08 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Sombra de Plata & Trueno def. Apocalipsis & Zayco
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, & Angel de Plata vs. Hooligan, Polvora, & Tiger Kid
3) Felino, Skandalo, & Vangelis def. Fabian el Gitano, Leono, & Stuka Jr.
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, & Ultimo Guerrero def. Blue Panther, Mictlan, & Sagrado
5) Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto def. Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, & La Mascara

CMLL 03/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) In Memoria def. Principe Leo
2) Torneo Tanque Dantes: Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy def. Katana & Malefico
3) Torneo Tanque Dantes: Angel del Mal & Infierno def. Acertijo & Mr. Trueno
4) Torneo Tanque Dantes: Boomerang & Gallo def. Palacio Negro & Samurai
5) Hair vs. Hair: Nube Rojo Jr. def. Valentin Mayo
6) Dos Caras Jr., Shocker, & Valiente def. Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., & Sangre Azteca
7) Marco Corleone, Maximo, & Toscano def. Misterioso II, El Terrible, & Texano Jr.
- Torneo Tanque Dantes will be in a Round Robin format for the next 2-3 weeks.

CMLL 03/10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Astaroth def. Skaxy
2) Virgo def. Guero Loco
3) Idolo def. Angel del Mal
4) Casanova def. Drago
5) Magnum fought Metatron to a DOUBLE COUNTOUT
6) Maximo & Metal Blanco def. Misterioso II & Satanico
7) Shocker & Toscano def. El Terrible & Texano Jr.

CMLL 03/10 Arena Mexico Results
1) Puma King & Tiger Kid def. Rayo Tapatio II & Sensei
2) Electrico, Shockercito, & Ultimo Dragoncito def. Fire, Pequeno Warrior, & Pierrothito
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, & Shigeo Okumura def. Flash, Pegasso, & Stuka Jr.
4) Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, & Sangre Azteca def. Mascara Dorada, Mictlan, & Sagrado
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, & Volador Jr. def. Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, & Rey Bucanero

CMLL 03/13 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Sombra de Plata & Trueno vs. Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Hooligan, Loco Max, & Polvora vs. Angel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, & Rey Cometa
3) Lightning Match: Mascarita Dorada vs. Pequeno Warrior
4) Maximo, Metro, & Sagrado vs. Misterioso II, El Terrible, & Texano Jr.
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Averno, Mephisto, & Villano V
6) Dos Caras Jr., Mistico, & Shocker vs. Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas

CMLL 03/15 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Molotov & Trueno vs. Caligula & Messala
2) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, & Stuka Jr. vs. Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, & Skandalo
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, & Marcela vs. Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, & Rosa Negra
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Mictlan, & Skandalo vs. Ephesto, Lizmark Jr., & Rey Bucanero
5) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, & La Mascara vs. Averno, Mephisto, & Mr. Niebla

CMLL 03/15 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Molotov & Trueno vs. Caligula & Messala
2) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, & Stuka Jr. vs. Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, & Skandalo
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, & Marcela vs. Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, & Rosa Negra
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, & La Sombra vs. Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, & Rey Bucanero
5) CMLL World Trios Titles: Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, & La Mascara (c) vs. Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto

CMLL 03/16 Arena Puebla Lineup
1) Black Tiger & SWAT vs. Karisma & Policeman
2) Bam Bam, Electrico, & Tzuki def. Pequeno Universo 2000, Pequeno Warrior, & Pierrothito
3) Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, & Astro Boy vs. Dr. X, Loco Max, & Skandalo
4) Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., & Sangre Azteca vs. Mascara Dorada, Sagrado, & Toscano
5) Dos Caras Jr., Hector Garza, & Shocker vs. Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, & Rey Bucanero

CMLL 03/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Lineup
1) Hierro vs. Fraile de la Muertge
2) Plata vs. Skaxy
3) Quazar vs. Relampago Azul
4) Shockercito vs. Meteoro
5) Pequeno Violencia vs. Boomerang
6) Flash & Stuka Jr. def. Euforia & Nosferatu
7) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, & La Mascara vs. Felino, Heavy Metal, & Negro Casas


Cibernetico Possibly Done With AAA For Good
This is kind of bizarre. It's been pretty comon knowledge that Cibernetico was on his way back to AAA and that he might possibly be returning at Rey de Reyes, but this past week Wrestling Observor (and a few other sites) have been reporting that he may be done with AAA for good (at least for the forseeable future). Supposedly he was all set to return when he all of a sudden decided to hit AAA up for more money. Well, the only problem is that AAA's business hasn't been down without Cibernetico (and many in the lockerroom are happier without him) so they turned him down. There is obviously time between now and Rey de Reyes for this to change but for now it seems he's done with AAA. So it's either remain on the INDY circuit (which he isn't liking too much apparantley) or go to CMLL or try his hand in America or maybe even Japan (where he would not lost long with his poor in ring ability in my opinion, but could possibly get better).

AAA 03/01 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results
1) Guerrero Blanco & Invasor def. Diabolik & Thunder Brother
2) Fabi Apache & Mari Apache def. Cinthia Moreno & Tiffany
3) AAA North Tag Titles: La Momia & Virtual X (c) def. Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro to retain their titles!
4) Histeria II & Monje Negro Jr. def. Aguila Extrema & TDN
5) Pirata Morgan & Silver King def. Alan Stone & Pimpinela Escarlata
- And of course this is the 2nd straight month I forgot to include AAA North Tag Titles in my Roll Call of Champions. Sorry, guys or maybe I should be appologizing to La Momia & Virtual X.

AAA 03/08 Ciudad Juarez Results
1) Astro Boy (Juarez), Rey Halcon, & Stigma def. Espectro III, Hannibal, & Hermes Jr.
2) Chucky, Samurai, & La Perucha def. El Tirburon, Rafaga, & Romano
3) Mascarita Sagrada 2007 & Octagoncito def. Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
4) Laredo Kid & Super Fly def. Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
5) Killer Clown, Pyscho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. Cuervo, Escoria, & Ozz
6) Vampiro fought El Mesias to a NO CONTEST

AAA 03/11 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results
1) Iron Xtreme def. Rey Dragon
2) Aguila Azteca & Relampago Azul def. Epidemius & Invasor
3) Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, & Tito Santana II def. Aguila Extrema, Guerrero Blanco, & RDN
4) AAA North Tag Titles: Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro def. La Momia & Virtual X (c) to win the titles!
5) Hombre sin Miedo, May Flowers, & Pimpinela Escarlata def. Decnnis, El Brazo, & Escorpion Negro Jr.

AAA 03/15 Rey de Reyes TV Taping Final Lineup
1) Aerostar, Fabi Apache, & Gran Apache vs. Billy Boy, Cinthia Moreno, & Tigre Cota
2) Rey de Reyes Semfinals: Abismo Negro vs. Latin Lover vs. Black Abyss vs. Ozz
3) Rey de Reyes Semifinals: El Elegido vs. Alan Stone vs. Silver King vs. Joe Lider
4) Rey de Reyes Semifinals: Octagon vs. Super Fly vs. Electroshock vs. Nicho el Millionario
5) Rey de Reyes Semifinals: La Parka Jr. vs. Super Porky vs. Escoria vs. Kenzo Suzuki
6) X-Pac, Alex Koslov, & Charly Manson vs. Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, & El Zorro
7) Seconds Hair vs. Hair Match: Vampiro w/Joaquin Roldan vs. Konnan w/Arturo Rivera
8) Rey de Reyes Finals: ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???
9) AAA Heavyweight Title Cage Match: El Mesias (c) vs. Chessman
- Minor changes, Kenzo Suzuki replaces Psycho Clown in the Rey de Reyes Tourney, and they changed the El Zorro & Mystery Partner vs. Charly Manson & Mystery Partner to D-MEX & Charly Manson vs. Hart Foundation 2.0 & El Zorro. Also, Tigre Cota replaces Oriental in the opener. Finally, the Main Event Heavyweight Title Match has been announced as a Steel Cage Match as well! This should be a huge show.

AAA 03/20 TV Taping Lineup
1) Aerostar & Fabi Apache vs. Cinthia Moreno & Oriental
2) Abismo Negro, Gato Eveready, & Ultimo Gladiador vs. Black Abyss, Histeria, & Psicosis II
3) La Parka Jr. & Mystery Partner vs. Silver King & Konnan
4) Charly Manson, El Mesias, & X-Pac vs. Chessman, Electroshock, & El Zorro
5) AAA Cruiserweight Title Domed Cage Match: Alan Stone vs. Crazy Boy vs. Alex Koslov vs. Laredo Kid vs. Super Fly vs. Billy Boy vs. Escoria vs. Jack Evans vs. Extreme Tiger vs. Teddy Hart vs. Joe Lider vs. Nicho el Millionario vs. Mystery Opponent
- Not alot of info on this new AAA Cruiserweight Title except that it's going to be put up in the Domed Cage. A final, 13th, entrant is yet to be announced, possibly Super Crazy?


TNA Cancels Event in Puerto Rico
TNA issued the following statement on their website:
"The TNA Wrestling event scheduled for March 20th in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico has been cancelled. Ticket holders should seek refunds where tickets were purchased."
Last I had heard was tickets were selling very well and TNA hasn't given any reason for the cancelation. Kind of bizarre.

Ricky Reyes Crowned New WWC Jr. Heavyweight Champion
I told you guys a few weeks ago that Ricky Reyes had let me know that he would be getting a shot at the vacant WWC Jr. Title on March 7th, well, just yesterday Ricky e-mailed me once again to say that he had won the belt! So, congratulations to you Ricky! He has told me that the crowds at the shows for WWC have been steadily rising and WWC is back on the rise. This is great for the Puerto Rico wrestling scene. Ricky defeated Carlitos, Hiram Tau, Johnny Styles, Angel, & Tommy Diablo in what he described to me as an "X-Match" (which I am guessing is an Ultimate X). Tua actually pulled the belt down but the referee was distracted and ever the oportunist Ricky hit him from behind and grabbed the belt and showed it to the referee. The full results for the show are below in the results section.

Another Member of the Colon Family Earns Title Shot
The nephew of Carlos Colon and cousin of Carlito & Primo from the WWE, Orlando Colon, has earned a World Heavyweight Championship shot in the Zero-1 promotion over in champion against legendary champ, Shinjiro Ohtani. Orlando is known as "Fire Blaze" Orlando Colon. The match takes place at Zero-1's Samurai TV Taping on 03/15/09. On the same card former TNA superstar, Sonjay Dutt, will face Ikuto Hidaka for the International Jr. Heavyweight Title as well. The full card is below:
Zero-1 03/15/09 Samurai TV Taping Lineup
1) Kohei Sato & Yusaku Obata vs. Shito Ueda vs. Yuzuru Saito
2) Saki Maemura vs. Toshie Uematsu
3) Masato Tanaka & Minoru vs. Minoru Fujita & Takuya Sugawara
4) Shinobu Takano vs. Katsuya Nomura
5) NWA Intercontinental Tag Titles: Mr. Wrestling III & X vs. Ryouji Sai & Osamu Namiguchi
6) International Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ikuto Hidaka (c) vs. Sonjay Dutt
7) World Heavyweight Title: Shinjiro Ohtani (c) vs. Orlando Colon

Cassandro Officially Signs with TNA
A few weeks back I reported about Cassandro wrestling in a dark match at a TNA Taping Dark Match under the Satanico del Exotico name. Well, Superluchas broke the news about Cassandro officially signing this week and TNA has been promoting a new superstar coming soon called "Andromeda" with this graphic:

Cassandro is expected to debut shortly after the Destination X PPV (possibly at it). His dark match was said to go over very well and the fans in TNA's Impact Zone warmed up to him pretty quickly. If you're not familiar with Cassandro, is an Exotico (which is a transvestite or cross dresser) in Lucha Libre most notable for his time in AAA. Cassandro is a great worker in the ring and works the crowd like very few can and is known for his unique ring entrance. This could be an interesting signing for TNA as long as the fans give it a chance.

Dr. Wagner Jr. Talks About His Future
Wagner says the rumors about him possibly going to AAA or CMLL are all untrue because he doesn't want to be locked into a contract with any major company anytime soon. He also talks about wanting to a Mask vs. Mask Match with L.A. Park which would be HUGE and I guarantee CMLL would throw tons of money to get that match in their promotion.

L.A. Park Speaks About The Ongoing Battle for the La Parka Name
Speaking of L.A. Park who stated this week that the legal battle between he and AAA over the La Parka name and look are still in the courts and he may just win (I'm very skeptical about that). He isn't able to wear the original La Parka outfit or use the name on any television but he is back to using the old suit in the INDY's which AAA really doesnt care about. He went on to talk somemore smack about La Parka Jr. (AAA's La Parka).

IWRG 02/28 Arena Xochmilco Results
1) Avisman def. Eragon
2) Fenix & Miss Gaviota def. King Drako & Vampiro Metalico
3) Freelance, Gemelo Fantastico I, & Gemelo Fantastico II def. Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, & Fantasma de la Opera
4) El Hijo del Pierroth, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., & Tetsuya Bushi def. Fantastik, Multifacetico, & Zatura
5) Fantasma Jr., Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. def. Damian666, Perro Aguayo Jr., & Hijo del Cien Caras via DQ

FCW 03/07 Los Angeles, CA Results
1) Jaguar de Oro & Lil Cholo def. Maxim & Rogelio Ruiz
2) Vintage Dragon def. Ryan Taylor via DQ
3) FCW Tag Titles: Black Metal & Capitan Calico (c) def. Enigma de Oro & Kayman to retain the titles!
4) The Youngbucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) & Tito Santana Jr. def. Brandon Cutler, Dustin Cutler, & King Haku
5) Felino & Rayman def. El Hijo del Solitario & Emilio Charles Jr.
6) FCW Title: Scorpio Jr. (c) def. Rey Mysterio Sr. to retain the title!

WWC 03/07 Results
1) Double Image def. The D'Jour Twins
2) Aaron Stevens def. El Comandante
3) Hair vs. Hair: Chicky Star def. Mr. Mac
4) WWC Puerto Rican Title Dog Collar Match: Phenomenal BJ (c) def. Charles Evans to retain the title!
5) WWC Jr. Heavyweight Title X-Match: Ricky Reyes def. Carlitos, Hiram Tau, Johnny Styles, Angel, & Tommy Diablo to win the vacant title!
6) Ray Gonzales def. El Bronco
7) WWC Universal Title ECW-Rules Match: Steve Corino (c) def. Sabu to retain the title!
8) WWC Tag Titles Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match: Thunder & Lightning def. Rico Suave & Huracan Castillo (c) to win the titles!
- Reyes won the Jr. Title in what was said to be an exciting Jr. bout after Tau pulled the belt down with the referee distracted and Reyes hit him from behind and stole the title.
- The stipulations of the Gonzalez/Bronco match was if Gonzales was pinned then he would never get a shot at the Universal Title again, but if he won then he would be named #1 contender.
- Corino and Sabu were said to have brawled all over the place and both busted open before the match was done.
- The Main Event was said to be very exciting and all four were busted open in this one as well.

FULL 03/07 Parque de Beisbol Hermanos Serdan Results
1) Tournament Quarterfinals: Cibernetico, Damian666, & Rosy Moreno def. Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, & Universo 2000 (LOSERS ADVANCE)
2) Tournament Quarterfinals: El Hijo del Santo, Olimpico, & Super Muneco def. Cien Caras Jr., Perro Aguayo Jr., & Mascara Sagrada (WINNERS ADVANCE)
3) Tournament Quarterfinals: Intocable, Tinieblas Jr., & Zumbido def. Esther Moreno, Lizmark Sr., & Veneno (WINNERS ADVANCE)
4) Tournament Quarterfinals: Fantasma Jr., Rayo de Jalisco Jr., & Villano III def. Dos Caras Sr., Huracan Ramirez Jr., & L.A. Park (LOSERS ADVANCE)
5) Tournament Semifinals: Dos Caras Sr., Huracan Ramirez Jr., & L.A. Park def. Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, & Universo 2000
6) Tournament Semifinals: El Hijo del Santo, Olimpico, & Super Muneco def. Intocable, Tinieblas Jr., & Zumbido
7) Tournament Finals: Intocable, Tinieblas Jr., & Zumbido def. Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, & Universo 2000
8) Hair vs. Hair Triple Threat: Dr. Wagner Jr. def. Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000
- In this tournament the losers of 2 matches advance and then the winners of the other 2 advance in the tournament. In the semifinals the two losing teams advance to the finals. The team that loses in the finals goes on to face each other in a 3 way with the man that gets pinned losing his hair.
- Wagner pinned Mascara Ano 2000 in the finals and then shaved his head.

IWRG 03/08 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Halcon 2000 & Miss Gaviota def. Epidemia & Heavy Boy
2) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, & Cerebro Negro def. Galactik, Trauma I, & Trauma II
3) Zatura def. Tetsuya Bushi
4) Arlequin, Hijo de Pierroth IWRG, & Pierroth II def. Oficial AK47, Oficial 911, & Oficial Fierro
5) Super Libre Match: Head Hunter I & Head Hunter II def. Hijo de Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

CHIKARA & Invasion Azteca 03/08 Deleware Results
1) K Atomico def. Payaso del Futuro
2) Stigma & Klondike Grizzly def. Frightmare & Cometa de Oro
3) Chivas Riyadas IV def. Hallowicked
4) Osidian Portal def. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant
5) Halcon Guerrero & Sara del Ray def. Lince Dorado & Roxy Cotton
6) Mike Quackenbush, Kendo, & Solar def. Negro Navarro, Mr. Ferrari, & Claudio Castagnoli

INDY 03/13 Deportivo Siervo del la Nacion Lineup
1) Espiral Negro & Golden Bull vs. El Mimo & Platino
2) Luis Cirio, Manny Cirio, & Tony Cirio vs. Insecto I, Insecto II, & Insecto III
3) 2009 Kato Kung Lee Cup: Huracan Ramirez Jr. vs. Fishman Jr. vs. Coco Verde vs. Dr. Cerebro vs. Jaque Mate Jr. vs. Hermano Muerte II vs. Balcebu vs. Cocolores vs. Hermano Muerte III vs. Enfermero Jr. vs. Hijo del Signo
4) Solar I, Super Astro, & Ultraman vs. Black Terry, Negro Navarro, & Rambo
5) El Hijo del Anibal, El Hijo del Santo, Huracan Ramirez Sr., & Mascara Sagrada vs. Cien Caras Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Septiembre Terrorista, & Shu el Guerrero

IWRG 03/14 Arena Xochimilco Lineup
1) Goleador vs. Mixteco Jr.
2) Galactik & Miss Gaviota vs. Avisman & Vampiro Metalico
3) Multifacetico, Trauma I, & Trauma II vs. Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro
4) Solar I, Super Astro, & Ultraman vs. Arlequin, El Hijo del Pierroth, & Pierroth II
5) Scorpio Jr. vs. Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

PdM 03/14 Sala de Armas Lineup
1) Cosmico & La Parkita vs. Mr. Aguilita & Pequeno Halloween
2) El Hijo del Solitario, Head Hunter I, & Mascara Ano 2000 vs. El Hijo del Anibal, Head Hunter II, & Hijo del Cien Caras
3) Fuerza Guerrera, Scorpio Jr., & Super Crazy vs. Damian666, Halloween, & Mr. Aguila
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & L.A. Park vs. Cibernetico & Perro Aguayo Jr.

IWRG 03/15 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Garra de Aguila & Latin Brother vs. Comando Negro & Judas el Traidor
2) EdM Trios Titles: Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro (c) vs. Gemelo Fantastico I, Trauma I, & Trauma II
3) IWRG Intercontinental Trios Titles: Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, & Oficial Fierro (c) vs. Arlequin, El Hijo del Pierroth, & Pierroth II
4) IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Title: Zatura vs. Tetsuya Bushi (c)

INDY 03/19 Arena Solidaridad Lineup
1) Anarkia, Kryven, & Misionero vs. Black Soul, Titanik, & Voltaje
2) Gran Markus & Gran Markus Jr. vs. Orientale I & Orientale II
3) Rey Hechicero & Tigre Unversitario def. Halloween & Mr. Aguila
4) El Hijo del Santo & Super Crazy vs. Damian666 & Perro Aguayo Jr.

Luchador Spotlight: CMLL Heavyweight Championship

The History of CMLL?s World Heavyweight Championship

In the history of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) there have been 15 different World Heavyweight Champions consisting of Lucha stars Konnan, Cien Caras Sr., Norman Smiley, Silver King, Apolo Dantes, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., WWE superstar Val Venis, Universo 2000, Mr. Niebla, and most recently Dos Caras Jr. and Ultimo Guerrero. Unlike most World Heavyweight Championships this belt hasn?t always been considered the top belt in CMLL but has always been represented by tremendous wrestlers and matches. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Universo 2000 are the only men to the hold the belt on more than one occasion and Universo 2000 is the only man to hold it on the 3 different occasions. Universo 2000 has by far the longest reign to date when he held the belt from December 10, 1999 to April 18, 2003 (a total 1,225 days) and he also defended the belt a record (that still stands) 19 times during that reign. Konnan and Val Venis are the only men to never successfully defend the title at least once and Konnan has the shortest reign from June 9, 1991 to August 8, 1991 (70 days).

The Champions:
1) Konnan (defeated Cien Caras in Tournament Finals 06/09/91)
2) Cien Caras (defeated Konnan 08/18/91)
3) Black Magic aka Norman Smiley (defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Tournament Finals 11/20/92)
4) Brazo de Plata (defeated Black Magic 06/27/93)
5) Silver King (defeated Brazo de Plata 07/28/94)
6) Apolo Dantes (defeated Silver King 06/23/95)
7) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (defeated Apolo Dantes 04/14/96)
8) ?Steele? Sean Morley aka Val Venis (defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 04/18/97)
9) Universo 2000 (defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Cien Caras in Triangle Match after title vacated 10/19/97)
10) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (defeated Universo 2000 09/13/98)
11) Universo 2000 (defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 12/10/99)
12) Mr. Niebla (defeataed Universo 2000 04/18/03)
13) Universo 2000 (defeated Mr. Niebla 10/12/04)
14) Dos Caras Jr. (defeated Universo 2000 07/08/07)
15) Ultimo Guerrero (defeated Dos Caras Jr. 11/22/08)

When CMLL (then known as EMLL) split from the NWA in 1991 they formed their own World Championships and the first one to be crowned was the World Heavyweight Championship. The tournament including 16 wrestlers (Vampiro, Brazo de Plata, Konnan, Black Magic, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Universo 2000, Mascara Ano 2000, El Egipcio, Pierroth Jr., Cien Caras, Nitron, Fabuloso Blondy, Mascara Sagrada, Pirata Morgan, El Egipcio, & Gran Markus Jr.) and took place over 3 weeks at Arena Mexico. The wrestlers were split into two blocks (Block A & Block B) consisting of 8 wrestlers each. Those 8 in each block would compete in an 8-Man Battle Royal with the only form of elimination was pinfall and they would battle until only 4 men were left. Those 4 men moved on to the Quarter Finals. In the Quarterfinals they used the same rules as the 1st Round until there was 2 men left. Those 2 men in each Block went onto the Semi Finals and went one-on-one. In Block A Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Konnan survived to make it to the semi finals where Konnan defeated Jalisco and in Block B Nitron and Cien Caras survived to face off in the Semi Finals where Caras defeated Nitron. In the finals Konnan defeated Cien Caras to become the 1st ever CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. Konnan would then drop the title to Cien Caras in his first defense of the belt two months later. Caras successfully defended the belt on 3 different occasions against Vampiro, Solomon Grundy, & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. before vacated the Championship after following his rival Konnan and the rest of the CMLL contingent that split off from CMLL forming AAA. CMLL then held a 16-man tournament from October 30, 1992 until November 20, 1992 this time in a traditional tournament. This time the tournament consisted of Black Magic (Norman Smiley), Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Sultan Gargola (El Macho), Rick Patterson (Leatherface), MS-1, Popitekus, King Haku (Meng), Brazo de Plata, Aaron Grundy, Gran Markus Jr., Kahoz (Mephisto?s father), Troglodita, Pirata Morgan, Masakre, Vampiro, & El Egipcio. Black Magic (defeating Gran Markus Jr., Kahoz, & Vampiro) and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (defeating Sultan Gargola, Patterson, & Haku) made it to the finals where Magic pulled off the upset becoming the first ever non-Latino CMLL Champion. Black Magic went on to defend the title a record (at that time) 6 times defeating Villano IV, Tigre Canadiense, Brazo de Plata twice, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., & King Haku along the way before dropping the title to Brazo de Plata (in his third attempt) on June 27, 1993. Plata?s shocking victory was followed up by 3 shocking successful title defenses against Silver King, Gran Markus Jr., & Pierroth Jr. until finally dropping the belt on July 28, 1994 to Silver King. The young (at that time) Silver King went onto successfully defend his belt against his brother Dr. Wagner Jr., Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Pirata Morgan, & Zandokan before eventually losing the title on June 23, 1995 to Puerto Rican superstar Apolo Dantes. Dantes successfully defended his belt against Corazon de Leon (Chris Jericho) in one of the more exciting Title Matches and Vampiro before losing it to Rayo de Jalisco Jr. on April 14, 1996. Jalisco Jr. defending the title successfully 3 times in rematches to Apolo Dantes as well as beating Gran Markus Jr. and Mascara Ano 2000 before dropping it to Steel (Sean Morley aka Val Venis of WWE fame) on April 18, 1997. Steele never defended his belt as he left CMLL to join the WWF and vacated it. CMLL responded by putting the belt up in a Triangle Match between the 3 men that CMLL considered the top contenders: Universo 2000, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., & Cien Caras. Universo was the only man in the match that hadn?t won the title previously and he ended up winning the match and the title that night on October 19, 1997. Universo successfully defended the title against Brazo de Plata, Mascara Sagrada, and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. before dropping it to Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in the 2nd defense against him on September 13, 1998 making Jalisco the first man to ever hold the belt on more than one occasion. Jalisco successfully defended the belt twice against Cien Caras and Mascara Ano 2000 before losing it back to Universo 2000 on December 10, 1999 making Universo the only other person to hold the belt on more than one occasion. This would be by far the longest and most successful CMLL Heavyweight Title reign in CMLL?s history as Universo 2000 held the belt for a record 1,225 days and successfully defending the belt 19 times defeating big names like Mascara Sagrada, Brazo de Plata, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (on 8 different occasions), Villano IV, Lizmark Jr., Mr. Niebla, & Violencia before finally losing the title on April 18, 2003 to Mr. Niebla at Arena Mexico. Mr. Niebla successfully defended the belt in the rematch against Universo 2000 as well as in matches against Apolo Dantes, Shocker, Rey Bucanero, & Tinieblas Jr. before dropping the belt back to Universo 2000 making him the only man to hold the belt on 3 different occasions. Universe 2000 defended the belt successfully against Dos Caras Jr., Mr. Niebla, Mascara Sagrada, & Dos Caras Jr. again before dropping it to Caras on his third try on July 8, 2007. Dos Caras Jr. went on to be one of the more disappointing champions defending the title only 4 times in his 533 day reign successfully defending it against Lizmark Jr., Universo 2000, and Ultimo Guerrero before dropping it to Ultimo Guerrero on December 22, 2008. Since winning the Championship Guerrero has already successfully defending the Championship against Hector Garza and Shocker and has title defenses already planned against former champion Dos Caras Jr. and Villano V in the future.