Viva La Raza!: Lucha Weekly
June 19, 2009
By: Josh Boutwell of

Well, another year, another TripleMania in the books and I pretty much bombed on my predictions. I think I was 4-3 when it was all said and done and I did get the two Main Events right. I?ve heard mostly positive comments coming out of the show but I haven?t had a chance to see it yet (it still hasn?t leaked to the internet to my knowledge and I don?t have Mexican PPV so I couldn?t watch it live). I?m looking forward to seeing it and I may review some of the matches for the column or at least post them on the forums. This week reviewed the first 2 Cruiserweight Title Semifinals matches and next week I?ll release June’s Roll Call of Champions.


Dr. Wagner Jr. Officially Signs with AAA
This week AAA President, Joaquin Roldan, announced that new AAA Mega Heavyweight Champion: Dr. Wagner Jr. had officially signed a one year contract with the company. He said that Wagner would finish out any previously scheduled INDY dates but then that’s it. After the first year they will renegotiate for another contract.

El Mesias, Billy Boy, & Hijo de Tirantes Arrested, El Mesias Speaks Out
AAA stars El Mesias and Billy Boy as well as referee, Hijo de Tirantes, were all arrested early this week stemming from a beating they put on a man in a club. It’s been confirmed that they were drunk but witnesses as well as the injured man have claimed that they were high on cocaine as well. The injured man claimed that the 3 jumped him after he confronted them about using drugs in his vehicle. Not such great news coming out of your biggest show of the year. One plus for AAA is that Mesias already dropped the belt. El Mesia responded to these charges and claimed that he had no involvement in the incident and claimed to not use drugs. He says that he was simply attempting to calm the situation between the man, Billy, & Tirantes but thinks the man just wants to mess with their careers.

Pictures from TripleMania!
Here are a few pictures from AAA’s huge TripleMania PPV this past weekend. All pictures courtesy of except for Santo on top of the cage (courtesy of Super Luchas):

The new Cruiserweight Champion:

La Hermandad 187 & Marco/Latin Posing Before the Tag Title Match:

X-Pac tells Zorro what he can do:

The NEW AAA Mega Heavyweight Champion of the World:

El Hijo del Santo making his first TripleMania appearance in over 10 years (since 1995):

Santo wins back control for the Roldans:

The Roldan/Pena Family Celebrate with Team AAA:

1) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. Aerostar, Laredo Kid, & Super Fly
2) Billy Boy, Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Estrellas, & Sexy Star def. El Elegido, Fabi Apache, Octagoncito, & Pimpinela Escarlata
3) Charly Manson, X-Pac, & Rocky Romero def. El Zorro, Escoria, & Ozz
4) AAA Cruiserweight Title Hardcore 4-Way: Extreme Tiger def. Alex Koslov (c), Alan Stone, & Crazy Boy to win the title!
5) AAA Tag Titles: Nicho el Millionario & Joe Lider (c) def. Marco Corleone & Latin Lover to retain the titles!
6) AAA World Heavyweight Title: Dr. Wagner Jr. def. El Mesias (c) to win the title!
7) Cage Match for the Control of AAA: Team AAA (El Hijo del Santo, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr., Octagon, & Vampiro) def. Team Legion (Chessman, Electroshock, Kenzo Suzuki, Silver King, & Teddy Hart)
– Super Fly was stretchered out in the opener. Fly wore his father, El Seminarista’s, mask in the match and Aerostar’s mask was extremely cool. Half of it was like normal and the other half was Abismo Negro’s mask. Very cool of him to do.
– In the Segunda Billy got the pin on Elegido and afterward Mari Apache ran out and jumped Sexy Star.
– AAA paid tribute to Abismo Negro, Antonio Pena, & the recently departed Mitsuharu Misawa.
– In the Cane Trios Match DMEX got the win when X-Pac hit two X-Factor’s on Zorro and then he and Rocky canned the hell out of Zorro after he innitially refused to take the cane shots. He still didn’t take the full 10.
– Lots of tables and ladders used in the Cruiserweight match. Koslov (the champion) was eliminated first by Stone and then Tiger pinned Stone and Crazy to win the belt. Wow, Koslov was champion for all of about 2 weeks.
– Marco went for a dive in the Tag Titles match but evil referee Tirantes tripped him and then Nicho got the pin to keep the belts.
– AAA Title match went about 35 minutes and both men bled. Wager got the clean pin after two Wanger Drivers.
– In the Main Event Silver King didn’t wear his mask but he did wear face paint that looked like his mask (kinda lame, huh?). it was all over the place and many people got invovled including DMEX, Konnan, etc. Evans did an insane dive off the top of the cage onto the Legion. Konnan showed up on the jumbotron and revealed that he had the key to the cage so Cien Caras ran backstage and along with D-Generation MEX got the key back. El Zorro ran out wearing his old mask and jumped Konnan turning tecnico! In the end it was down to Santo and Silver King left in the cage and Santo was able to get out first giving control back over to the Roldans!

AAA 06/14 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results
1) Euforia & Invasor def. Aguila Azteca & Gallo de Oro
2) AAA Northern Tag Titles: Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro (c) fought Iron & TDN to a DRAW to retain their titles!
3) Gato Eveready, Rey Dragon, & Ultimo Gladiador def. Decnnis, Epidemius, & Jesse
4) Mascarita Sagrada & La Parkita def. Mini Chessman & Mini Psicosis
5) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. Cuervo, Escoria, & Ozz

AAA 06/17 TV Taping Results
1) Argenis, Atomic Boy, & Laredo Kid def. Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, & Tito Santana II
2) Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata, & Ultimo Gladiador def. Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, & Yuriko
3) Triple Threat: Decnnis & Sexy Star def. Aerostar & Fabi Apache and Cinthia Moreno & El Oriental
4) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario def. Extreme Tiger & Crazy Boy
5) Electroshock, Silver King, & Teddy Hart def. Jack Evans, La Parka Jr., & El Mesias
– Joaquin Roldan indefinitely suspended Konnan on the show!
– Crazy & Tiger had a little Mexican Powers reunion here.

AAA 06/18 Lineup
1) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs. Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Psicosis
2) Aerostar & Fabi Apache vs. Billy Boy & Sexy Star
3) May Flowers, Pimpinela Escarlata, & Yuriko vs. Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown
4) Marco Corleone & La Parka Jr. vs. Electroshock & El Zorro


Dos Caras Jr. Signs With WWE!
I know, I know, you guys are thinking “not this damn rumor again” but believe it or not this is actually for real. After re-signing with CMLL under a 4-year contract last year after nearly (supposedly) going to WWE several times Dos has finally pulled the trigger. Super Luchas broke the news this week. Dos has recently turned rudo and has been feuding with Shocker. This weekend he missed a show and CMLL claimed that he missed his flight but apparently it was due to him officially leaving. Good luck to Dos Caras Jr. in his venture to America!

Former CMLL Star, El Guerrillero, Passes Away
On Monday morning former CMLL (then EMLL) and UWA star, Cesar “El Guerrillero” Valentino, passed away due to an illness (that his family did not disclose). Guerrillero was a star in the 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s in both EMLL and UWA. He was a star in EMLL for 13 years before joining the UWA and eventually becoming the very 1st UWA Jr. Light Heavyweight Champion defeating Anibal America Salvaje to win the belt in November of 1977. He held the belt until early 1979 (losing it to Gran Hamada) and he went on to have big feuds with the likes of Anibal, Canek, El Solitario, Villano III, Ray Mendoza, & many others. Cesar went on to become a booker for the new AWWA promotion in the 80’s and won their World Jr. Light Heavyweight Title beating the legendary 4-Horsemen: Tully Blanchard for the belt in 1983. He officially retired in 1993. Though he was a legendary wrestler it is possibly his role as a trainer that is his biggest accomplishment. Cesar is responsible for the rejuvenation of the lucha minis in the late 70’s and is responsible for training such minis as Fili Estrella, Gabby da Silva, Gulliver, & Pequeno Goliath. Cesar was 68 at the time of his death. R.I.P. to El Guerrillero!

CMLL Minis to Debut in CHIKARA!
CHIKARA announced this week that this years “Young Lions Cup” show they will showcase a match featuring Mascarita Dorada and Pierrothito! This is the first time CHIKARA has used a Lucha Mini since La Parkita appeared in 2007.

CMLL Star Injured
New second generation CMLL star, Rene Guajardo Jr., who recently debuted in CMLL has suffered the first setback of his young career. He will miss up to 8 weeks due to a foot injury suffered last week.

CMLL 06/12 Arena Mexico Results
1) Pequeno Damian666, Pequeno Warrior, & Pierrothito def. Mascarita Dorada, Pequeno Olimpico, & Shockercito
2) Maximo, Sagrado, & Valiente def. Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura, & Virus
3) Atlantis, Black Warrior, & Mr. Niebla def. Blue Panther, La Sombra, & Toscano
4) CMLL Universal Title Block B Quarterfinals: Hector Garza def. Mephisto
5) CMLL Universal Title Block B Quarterfinals: Mistico def. Ephesto
6) CMLL Universal Title Block B Quarterfinals: Ultimo Guerrero def. Volador Jr.
7) CMLL Universal Title Block B Quarterfinals: Negro Casas def. La Mascara
8) CMLL Universal Title Block B Semifinals: Mistico def. Hector Garza
9) CMLL Universal Title Block B Semifinals: Ultimo Guerrero def. Negro Casas
10) CMLL Universal Title Block B Finals: Ultimo Guerrero def. Mistico
11) Shocker def. Dos Caras Jr. via DQ
– In the Block B Finals Mistico sent UG out to the floor with a head scissors takeover and then went for a Tornillo but UG moved. UG brought him back in the ring and hit the Gory Special for the clean pin which was his fist pin on Mistico in a singles match in their careers! All short matches in the tourney once again.

CMLL 06/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) In Memoria def. Caballero
2) Meteoro & Thunder Boy def. Milenio & Relamago Azul
3) Acertijo, Azazel, & Infierno def. Metal Blanco, Saturno, & Virgo
4) Occidente Middleweight Title: Mr. Trueno (c) def. Neutron to retain the title!
5) La Mascara, La Sombra, & Metatron def. Infierno, Rafaga, & Shigeo Okumura
6) Maximo & Shocker def. Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro
– This is No Limit’s first time wrestling in a Tag Match in CMLL, they’d only wrestled Trios Match until now.

CMLL 06/14 Arena Mexico Results
1) Artillero & Super Comando def. Starman & Trueno
2) Fabian el Gitano, Metalico, & Tony Rivera def. Bronco III, Dr. X, & Skandalo
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, & Vangelis def. Flash, Pegasso, & Rey Cometa
4) Ephesto, Heavy Metal, & Lizmark Jr. def. Blue Panther, Mictlan, & Sagrado
5) Hector Garza, Mistico, & Toscano def. Averno, Mephisto, & Texano Jr.
– The Main Event was Mistico’s 5th Anniversary Match.

CMLL 06/15 Arena Puebla Results
1) Ares, Espiritu Maligno, & Siki Osama def. Black Tiger, Blue Center, & Centella de oro
2) Pequeno Warrior, Pierrothito, & Pequeno Universo 2000 def. Bam Bam, Pequeno Olimpico, & Shockercito
3) Blue Panther, Sagrado, & Shocker def. Texano Jr., Tetsuya Naito, & Yujiro
4) Hector Garza, La Sombra, & Volador Jr. def. La Pesta Negra (Felino, Negro Casas, & Mr. Niebla)

CMLL 06/15 Arena Puebla Results
1) Ares, Espiritu Maligno, & Siki Osama def. Black Tiger, Blue Center, & Centella de Oro
2) Pequeno Universo 2000, Pequeno Warrior, & Pierrothito def. Bam Bam, Pequeno Olimpico, & Shockercito
3) Blue Panther, Sagrado, & Shocker def. Texano Jr., Tetsuya Naito, & Yujiro
4) Hector Garza, La Sombra, & Volador Jr. def. Felino, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas
5) Ultimo Guerrero def. Averno via DQ

CMLL 06/16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Rey Trueno def. Palacio Negro
2) Gallo & Metatron def. Mascara Magica & Satanico via DQ
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, & Zeuxis def. Amapola, Princesa Blanca, & Princesa Sujei
4) Atlantis & Mephisto def. Hector Garza & Maximo

CMLL 06/16 Arena Mexico Results
1) Astro Boy & Principe Valiente def. Camorra & Cholo
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Hijo de Ultraman, & Metalico def. Bronco III, Loco Max, & Polvora
3) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, & Stuka Jr. def. Dr. X, Euforia, & Nosferatu via DQ
4) Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura, & Virus def. Metro, Mictlan, & Valiente
5) Ultimo Guerrero, Tetsuya Naito, & Yujiro def. Blue Panther, Shocker, & Toscano

CMLL 06/19 Arena Puebla Lineup
1) Mr. Rafaga & Toro Bill Sr. vs. Iron & Tigre Rojo
2) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs. Apocalipsis & Zayco
3) Estrella Magica, Lady Apache, & Marcela vs. Amapola, Crazy Star, & Princesa Blanca
4) Cibernetico: Valiente vs. Mascara Dorada vs. Angel de Oro vs. Angel Azteca Jr. vs. Stuka Jr. vs. Virus vs. Loco Max vs. Vagnelis vs. Tiger Kid vs. Puma King
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, & Shocker vs. Atlantis, Tetsuya Naito, & Yujiro

CMLL 06/19 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Bengala & Sensei vs. Inquisidor & Semental
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, & Skandalo vs. Flash, Pegasso, & Rey Cometa
3) Lightning Match: Dark Angel vs. Princesa Sujei
4) La Mascara, Maximo, & Sagrado vs. Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto
5) Hector Garza, Mistico, & Volador Jr. vs. Felino, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas
6) CMLL Universal Title Tournament Finals: Texano Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL 06/23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Lineup
1) Novato vs. Relampago
2) Idolo vs. Rafaga
3) Palacio Negro vs. Saturno
4) Casanova vs. Asesino Negro
5) Mascara Magica & Satanico vs. Metal Blanco & Neturon
6) Mexican National Womens Title: Lady Apache vs. Princesa Blanca (c)
7) Blue Panther, Toscano, & Volador Jr. vs. Shigeo Okumura, Tetsuya Naito, & Yujiro


Dragon Gate USA Announces PPV Deal, New DVD, New Match, & ROH Stars!
This week Gabe Sapolsky and the Dragon Gate promotion made a huge announcement regarding the new DGUSA promotion. Starting in September Dragon Gate USA will be airing PPV’s on InDemand and TVN PPV networks in the United States as well as in Canada. Also, on a very interesting note the company that is handling the PPV distribution for DGUSA is actually G-Funk Promotions who did the same thing for Ring of Honor up until this past month. DGUSA will be presenting 6 PPV’s in 2009 and 2010 starting with next months debut show “Open The Historic Gate” to be shown on PPV in September. The following is the first promotional poster made for DGUSA (courtesy Dragon Gate USA myspace):

Also, DGUSA released their 2nd DVD, “Live In L.A.” this week featuring Dragon Gate’s first ever show in the United States last fall. The DVD features English Commentary and the card is as follows:
1) Genki Horiguchi vs. El Generico
2) Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa vs. Necro Butcher
3) Dragon Kid & Kendo vs. Keni’chiro Arai & Taku Iwasa
4) Open The Dream Gate Title: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. PAC
5) Open The Twin Gate Titles: Ryo Saito & Susumu Yokosuka (c) vs. The Young Bucks
6) Open The Triangle Gate Titles: Yamato, Yasushi Kanda, & Gamma (c) vs. Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, & BxB Hulk
It’s for sale on their website,, for only $15. DGUSA’s first English-commentary DVD released last year featured commentary ROH’s Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard, but this DVD (and I’m guessing all future DVD’s as well) will feature commentary from Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Disco Machine & Excalibur. Hey, Gabe, why don’t you come to talk to me about doing the commentary?! Hey, a guy can dream can’t he? Also, DGUSA announced that the second Main Event for the “Open The Historic Gate” debut show would be Open The Dream Gate Champion: Naruki Doi facing Shingo Takagi in a Non-Title Match! Also, Ring of Honor stars Davey Richards (1/2 of the ROH World Tag Team Champions) and Bryan Danielson have been booked for the Chicago DGUSA show in September!

Rey Mysterio Jr. Puts His Mask On The Line!
At this week’s Friday Night Smackdown taping the ‘E’ announced that Chris Jericho would put his Intercontinental Championship on the line against Rey Mysterio Jr. at The Bash PPV, but Rey Mysterio Jr. would also be putting his mask on the line! This is the 2nd time Rey has put his mask on the line vs. a title, the first being against Eddie Guerrero at Halloween Havoc 1997 and we all remember the classic that came from it. Of course we all know that Rey originally lost his mask in 1999 against Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (one of the dumbest things WCW ever did) but this feud between Jericho and Rey has been by far the best thing on WWE TV in the last few months and every match the two have put on has been simply awesome. I’m one of the ones that really hopes this feud continues well onto into the summer and maybe even further because there is so much these two have to offer and have always had great matches even going all the way back to their WCW days.

DGUSA Announces New CHIKARA Star for Debut Show
This week DGUSA announced that Osirian Portal member (and one half of the CHIKARA Tag Team Champions), Amasis, would be part of the rudo team for the special CHIKARA 8-Man Tag at the DGUSA debut show. Amasis joins teammates Gran Akuma & Icarus has 3 of the 4 members of the rudo team that will be facing Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, and their 2 as-of-yet unnamed tecnico partners. One can only imagine that Amasis’ partner Ophidian will be the final member of the rudo team but nothing has been confirmed yet. Also, former ECW and WWE diva Dawn Marie has been announced as the special “host” for DGUSA’s debut show as well as their second show in the Fall in Chicago.

CHIKARA Announces 2 New Young Lions Cup Participants
This week CHIKARA confirmed 2 more participants for Augusts? Young Lions Cup VII Tournament. New star, Yellow Dog, will make his CHIKARA debut in the tournament. Yellow Dog is an INDY wrestler from the Midwest primarily wrestling in IWA Mid-South. Also, they announced CHIKARA (and ROH as of late) star, Cloudy, would be making his 2nd Young Lions Cup appearance. 7 of the participants have been announced thus far:
– Create-A-Wrestler (3rd appearence in YLC)
– Soldier Ant (2nd appearence in YLC)
– Trik Davis (2nd appearence in YLC)
– Frightmare (1st appearence in YLC)
– Player Dos (2nd appearence in YLC)
– Yellow Dog (CHIKARA debut)
– Cloudy (2nd appearence in YLC)

La Era Bizarra Promotion 06/07 Arena Lopez Mateos Results
1) Principe Infernal & Templario def. Spider & Tornado
2) Mr. Buho & Tigre Volador def. Cosaco Loco & Ministro
3) Mascara Brillante, Mascarita de Oro Plata def. Mini Cibernetico & Mini Scorpio
4) Bandido, Punkers, & Nygma def. Anubis, Mr. Jack, & The King
5) Cibernetico, Emo Xtreme, & Rock Steel def. Mr. Jack, Pirata Morgan, & Scorpio Jr.
– In the Semi-Main, Bandido is Cibernetico’s brother.

IWRG 06/11 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Halcon 2000 def. Osiris
2) Galactik & Jack def. Epidemia & Heavy Boy
3) Barba Roja, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, & Pirata Morgan Jr. def. Freelance, Pendulo, & Trauma I
4) Trauma II def. Zatura
5) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro def. Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera

CHIKARA vs. BJW “Global Gauntlet II” 06/13 Tokyo Results
1) Daikokubo Benkai def. Atsushi Ohashi via submission (Single Leg Boston Crab)
2) CHIKARA vs. BJW #1: UltraMantis Black & Crossbones (CHIKARA) def. Shadow WX & Yuichi Taniguchi (BJW) via pinfall (Diving Cross Body)
3) CHIKARA vs. BJW #2: Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW) def. Chuck Taylor (CHIKARA) via pinfall (German Suplex)
4) CHIKARA vs. BJW #3: Yoshihito Sasaki & Ryuichi Kawakimi (BJW) def. Shane Mathews & Jagged (CHIKARA) via pinfall (Argentine Coaster)
5) CHIKARA vs. BJW #4: Fire Ant, Solider Ant, & Green Ant (CHIKARA) def. Jaki Numazawa, Shinya Ishikawa, & Yuji Okabayashi (BJW) via pinfall (Ant Hill)
6) Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, Green Ant, Jaki Numazawa, & Atsushi Ohashi (CHIKARA) def. UltraMantis Black, Crossbones, Jagged, Shane Mathews, & Chuck Taylor

IWRG 06/14 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Comando Negro def. Fly Star
2) Exodia & Goleador def. Azoka & Osiris
3) Avisman, Black Thunder, & Tetsuya Bushi def. Freelance, Suicida, & Turbo
4) Arlequin, Arlequin Rojo, & Arlequin Verde def. Pendulo, Trauma I, & Trauma II
5) Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Ricky Cruzz, & Veneno def. Angelico, Oficial 911, & Zatura

INDY 06/14 Results
1) Academico Jr. & Diabolico I def. Gatubeda & Skeletor
2) Mask vs. Hair: Skeletor def. Gatubeda
3) 3 way Dance: Los Cadavers I & Los Cadavers Jr. def. Lucero & Torbellino and Cupido Stripper & Dragon de Plata
4) Electroshock & Super Fly def. Charly Manson & Laredo Kid
5) Elegido & La Parka Jr. def. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King via DQ

Promociones Cantu 06/15 Results
1) Drakon & Guerrero Especial def. Brillante Star & Latino Star
2) Black Fenix, Kendor, & Kendor Jr. def. Ave Celestial, Mortal, & Street Boy
3) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. Jaque Mate, Sobredosis, & Violento
4) Cuervo, Escoria, & Ozz def. Hombre sin Miedo, Sangre Chicana, & Killer Clown
5) Handicap Match: Charly Manson & Dr. Wagner Jr. def. Black Abyss, Escoria, & Konnan via DQ

Perros del Mal 06/18 Lineup
1) El Alebrije, Zumbido, & Mystery Partner vs. Histeria, Monsther, & Psicosis
2) Brazo de Plata, Dr. Wagner Jr., & Juventud Guerrera vs. Perro Aguayo Jr., Damian666, & Halloween
– Full lineup hasn’t been announced yet.

IWRG 06/18 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Galactik & Halcon 2000 vs. Comando Gama & Comando Negro
2) Exodia & Jack vs. Azoka & Sauron
3) Chico Che, Rigo, & Trauma I vs. Barba Roja, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, & Pirata Morgan Jr.
4) Intercontinental Lightweight Title: Zatura (c) vs. Trauma II
5) Juventud Guerrera vs. Dr. Cerebro

IWRG 06/21 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Exodia & Galactik vs. Comando Gama & Comando Negro
2) Chico Che, Goleador, & Rigo vs. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, & Judas el Traidor
3) Freelance, Suicida, & Turbo vs. Avisman, Black Thunder, & Tetsuya Bushi
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Ricky Cruzz, & Veneno

INDY 06/26 Jerry Estrada Benefit Show Lineup
1) Fly Boy vs. Maldito II
2) King Balam & Principe del Rap vs. Ivis Guajardo Jr. & Maldito Jr.
3) Black Spirit, Gemelo Muerte, & Turbo vs. Black Thunder, Fight Root, & Skayde Sr.
4) 3 Way Dance: Head Hunter I vs. Kikapoo vs. Tackle
5) L.A. Park, Olimpico, & Super Parka vs. Perro Aguayo Jr., Damian666, & Halloween

PWR 06/26 “Lucha Mania” Santa Maria, CA Lineup
1) Cheerleader Melissa (Raisha Saeed) vs. Rain
2) Billy Blade & Kadin Anthony vs. Polyester Express
3) Jon Anderson vs. Rik Luxury
4) Vaquero Fantasma, Incognito, & Rockero del Diablo vs. El Amante, Ulysses, & Magno
5) Mr. Wrestling IV vs. Gangrel
6) Vacant PWR Tag Titles: Derek Sanders & Zack Reeb vs. Hijo del Rey Mysterio & Super Crazy
7) NWA World Heavyweight Title Cage Match: Blue Demon Jr. (c) vs. Oliver John

PWR 06/27 Bakersfield, CA Lineup
1) Polyester Express vs. Billy Blade & Kadin Anthony
2) Rik Luxury vs. Jon Anderson
3) El Amante & Ulysses vs. Rockero del Diablo vs. Vaquero Fantasma
4) Incognito vs. Magno
5) Gangrel & Raisha Saeed vs. Mr. Wrestling IV & Rain
6) Zack Reeb vs. Super Crazy
7) Blue Demon Jr. & Hijo de Rey Mysterio vs. Oliver John & Derek Sanders

Lucha Match Spotlight:
AAA Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Semifinals
Jack Evans vs. Extreme Tiger

This is the first Semifinals match of the tournament and Evans comes in after defeating Teddy Hart in the Opening Round and Tiger beat Crazy Boy to advance. They lockup in the center of the ring and Tiger gets Jack in a waistlock but Teddy reverses it into a side headlock. Tiger pushes Jack off into the ropes and gets nailed with a shoulder block. Jack then comes off the ropes and hits a dropkick and then whips Tiger into the corner. Evans goes for a Corner Splash but Tiger moves and hits a running dropkick salto in the corner followed by a basement dropkick to the face of Evans. Tiger hits a Split Legged Corkscrew Moonsault! 1..2?NO Evans kicks out. Tiger slaps Evans and then chops him on the ropes. Tiger attempts to whip Evans into the ropes but Evans holds onto his arm and spins around and hits a Spinning Enziguri. Evans with a front kick and then he whips Tiger into the ropes and hits a dropkick salto of his own. Evans stands on Tiger’s chest and hits a Standing Corkscrew Moonsault Legdrop! 1?2?NO Tiger still kicks out! Evans stomps on Tiger and then hits a snapmare followed by a running kick for another nearfall. Evans puts Tiger in a Camel Clutch! Evans then slams Tiger’s head to the mat and hits a Double Foot Stomp to the back of Tiger! Evans attempts to whip Tiger into the ropes but Tiger reverses it. Evans catches himself on the ropes and Tiger charges at him but Evans gets both feet up and kicks Tiger off. Evans? momentum sends him backflipping over the top rope and landing on the apron. Evans then goes for a springboard move but Tiger catches him in midair with a Diamond Cutter! Evans falls out to the floor and Tiger hits a nice Sliding Dropkick through the ropes to Evans on the floor. Tiger attempts to throw Evans into the apron but Evans grabs the bottom rope and swings around underneath the bottom rope into a type of 619 move kicking Tiger in the face! Evans then attempts an Asai Moonsault but Tiger grabs his boot and Evans falls face-first on the apron. Tiger throws Evans back into the ring and gets a nearfall. Tiger starts to whip Evans into the ropes but pulls Evans into him instead of puts him up on his shoulder dropping him in a Torture Rack Slam. Tiger nonchalantly covers Evans and only gets a two count out of it. Tiger chops Evans a bit more and then whips him into the corner but Evans leaps to the middle rope and then springboard moonsaults over the ropes (remember AAA uses the 6-sided ring like TNA) landing on the apron. Evans then hits a forearm on Tiger as he charged at him and goes for the Springboard Spinning Enziguri but Tiger ducks it. Tiger goes for a clothesline but Evans bridges back in the Matrix-type move avoiding the lariat. Evans hits a big Enziguri and then picks Tiger up and wraps him up in the ropes and kicks away at Tigers chest and then hits a Mafia Kick to the side of Tiger’s head! Evans then hits a Standing Corkscrew Moonsault! 1?2?NO Tiger kicks out! Evans attempts to whip Tiger into the ropes but Tiger reverses it and attempts a spinning heel kick. Evans ducks and then kicks Tiger in the sternum. Evans goes for a clothesline but Tiger grabs his arm and attempts to whip Evans into the ropes, but Evans reverses it and Tiger slides underneath the bottom rope to the floor. Evans follows him out and Tiger kicks him and then drapes him over the guardrail. Tiger climbs to the top rope and hits the Guillotine Suicida (Diving Guillotine Legdrop to the floor)! Tiger rolls Evans back into the ring and falls over him, 1?2?NO Evans kicks out. Tiger covers again and still only gets a two count. Tiger comes off the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Evans blocks it with his foot spinning Tiger around right into a Hook Kick! Evans then hits a Running 450-Splash! 1?2?NO Tiger still kicks out! Evans whips Tiger into the ropes and hits a kick to the gut and then charges at Tiger, but Tiger moves and Evans gets hung up in the ropes. Tiger climbs up top and hits a Diving Double Foot Stomp to the hanging Evans! 1?2?NO Evans still kicks out! Tiger picks Evans up and hits the Vertebreaker! Tiger climbs to the top rope but Evans is able to get to his foot and crotch Tiger. Evans climbs up top as well and hits a Superrana! 1?2?NO Tiger kicks out! Both men are exhausted at this point. Evans picks Tiger up and hits a scoop slam and then climbs up top. Tiger gets to his feet and hits an Enziguri to Evans? legs crotching him! Tiger climbs up top and hits a Superplex! Tiger rolls back to float over and hook Evans legs but Evans hooked Tigers legs at the same time and both men’s shoulders are down! 1?2?NO the referee stops because both men’s shoulders are down. He looks again and counts again, 1?.2?.3 but who is the winner?! Both Evans and Tiger are claiming they won and Tiger’s music starts playing but the referee waves it off and both men are still holding their hands up. They declare it a DRAW!

Winner: DRAW

(That was a VERY entertaining match. Both guys worked well together and there wasn?t a ton of botches though some sequences were a little too slow for my taste making them not look as good. If you didn?t like the finish, worry not, because AAA ruled that they have a rematch to decide who will make it to the Finals. ***)

AAA Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Semifinals
Alex Koslov vs. Nicho el Millionario

Nicho defeated his partner Lider in the Opening Round and Koslov beat his buddy Romero in the best match of the Opening Round. They circle each other and then start to lockup but Nicho puts a knee in Koslov’s gut and then whips him into the corner. Nicho with a running clothesline on Alex in the corner followed by another Standing Clothesline and then a Running Bulldog! Nicho hangs Alex’s feet up on the top rope and then hits a Twisting Neckbreaker for the first nearfall of the match. Nicho kicks Alex in the chest and then chops him. Alex comes back and they trade slaps and chops until Nicho pokes him in the eye. Nicho whips Alex into the ropes and drops down and Koslov cartwheels over him into a back flip. Nicho comes off the ropes but STOP! Alex puts his hand up and then does his dance to the amusement of the fans. Nicho comes off the ropes again but eats a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex followed by an arm drag and then Koslov goes for an armbar, but Nicho uses his legs to roll Alex up. Alex rolls through into a Crossface! Nicho claws his way to the ropes and grabs the bottom rope to break the hold. Alex picks Nicho up and throws him into the corner and then attempts to whip him into the ropes, but Nicho reverses it and goes for a clothesline. Alex ducks and then Nicho goes for a backhand but Alex ducks again. Nicho goes for a running dropkick on Alex but he moves and Nicho goes flying through the ropes crashing on the floor! Alex with a gorgeous somersault plancha over the top rope onto Nicho on the floor! Back in the ring Koslov hits a springboard Flying Forearm, 1?2?NO Nicho kicks out! Alex whips Nicho into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Nicho stops and then grabs Alex’s hand and slams him to the mat. Nicho hits a Leg Drop followed by another one and then he picks Alex up and hangs him upside down in the tree of woe in the corner! Nicho hits a sliding dropkick to Alex and then puts the boots to him. Nicho whips Alex into the ropes and then charges but Alex backdrops him over the top to the apron. Alex with a forearm and then tries to suplex Nicho off the apron, but Nicho blocks it and hits a Reverse DDT on the apron! Nicho goes over to the fans and grabs two chairs and sets them up at ringside! Nicho sits Alex down in the chairs and goes for a Slingshot Corkscrew Plancha, but Alex moves and Nicho destroys the chairs! That was sick! Nicho’s knees at them damn chairs up. Alex rolls Nicho back into the ring and chops away at him. Alex attempts to whip Nicho into the ropes but he reverses it and goes for a backdrop. Alex stops and then jumps up onto Nicho’s shoulders and spins around into a sunset flip! 1?2..NO Nicho reverses into a rollup of his own! 1?2..NO Alex kicks out! Nicho screams at the referee and then goes for a Mafia Kick in the corner, but Alex moves and Nicho’s foot gets caught in the ropes. Alex hits Nicho with a right hand and then sets Nicho up on the top rope. Alex climbs up and goes for a Superrana but Nicho counters it into a Diving Superbomb! 1?2?NO Alex still kicks out! Nicho climbs back up top but Alex springboards to the top and hits a Springboard Sunset Flip Powerbomb! 1?2?NO Nicho still kicks out! Back from commercials Alex is arguing with the referee as Nicho has retreated to the floor. Alex springboards off the top into a Springboard Plancha! That guy gets some kind of damn air with that move! Back in the ring Alex and Nicho are trading right hands and then Alex attempts to whip Nicho into the ropes but Nicho reverses it. Alex almost runs into the referee but he’s able to stop and then he ducks a charging Nicho and Nicho nails the ref! Alex rolls Nicho up and then transitions into the Crossface again! Nicho taps out but the referee is out! Alex tries to wake up the referee but Nicho gets up and hits a Flatliner! Nicho goes to the floor and grabs another chair and sets it up in the center of the ring. Koslov attempts to whip Koslov into the ropes but Koslov reverses it and then hits a Leaping Enziguri and Nicho falls face-first into the chair! Koslov covers Nicho and still the referee is down! Koslov is getting more frustrated and Nicho blasts Koslov with the chair in the bag! ?We Fly High? (by Jim Jones) hits and out walks Marco Corleone (Mark Jindrak)! Marco distracts Nicho and then Nicho turns around and Alex tosses the chair at him. Nicho catches the chair and swings it at Koslov but he ducks and then springboards off the middle rope into a Dropkick sending the chair into Nicho’s face! The referee wakes up, 1?2?3 and Koslov moves onto the finals!

Winner & advancing to the Finals: Alex Koslov via pinfall (springboard dropkick)

(Another very good match and very entertaining. Lots of good back and forth stuff mixed with some high spots and submissions. They also furthered the storyline between Marco/Latin and La Hermandad 187 as well. ***1/2 Not as good as Alex vs. Rocky but still very good.)