I had planned on putting the Luchador Spotlight on the different factions/groups in Lucha since I had a few e-mails on who was in what, but for some reason I forgot to do so last week, so I?m doing it this week instead.
CMLL Announces May Plans
CMLL announced their plans for May which will include a Kid’s Day at Arena Mexicon on 05/01 that will feature a special card (featuring Sagrado, Hijo del Fantasma, & Valiente vs. Dragon Rojo Jr., Black Warrior, & Sangre Azteca and Mistico, Sombra, Volador Jr., & La Mascara vs. Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Felino, & Atlantis as the Main Events) and Atlantis’ new kids movie. On 05/02 they will how their show at the Lucha Libre Expo, on 05/03 it’s Fan Appreciation in Guadalajara featuring Shocker, Blue Panther, Ssagrado, Sombra, Lizmark Jr., Dragon Rojo Jr., Dos Caras Jr., Mr. Niebla, and more! On 05/05 and 05/10 they will be holding Fan Appreciation Shows in Mexico City.
CMLL 04/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Quazar def. Hierro
2) Angel del Mal def. Idolo
3) Rey Trueno def. Nube Roja
4) Leon Blanco def. Asesino Negro
5) Satanico def. Metal Blanco
6) Stuka Jr. & Metro def. Misterioso II & Shigeo Okumura
7) Atlantis & Mr. Niebla def. Hector Garza & Shocker
CMLL 04/17 Arena Mexico Results
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Sombra de Plata def. Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, & Ultimo Dragoncito def. Pequeno Violencia, Pequeno Warrior, & Pierrothito
3) Lightning Match: Hiroka def. Dark Angel
4) Mascara Dorada, Metro, & Valiente def. Shigeo Okumura, Skandalo, & Virus via DQ
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, & La Mascara def. Felino, Mephisto, & Negro Casas
6) Dos Caras Jr., El Terrible, & Texano Jr. def. Hector Garza, Mistico, & Shocker via DQ
* NOTES *
– This was Dos’s first match officially as a heel. He took his own mask off when the referee was turned around and tossed it to Shocker. When Shocker caught it the referee turned around and saw Shocker with it causing the DQ.
CMLL 04/19 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Molotov & Sensei def. Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Fabian el Gitano, Metalico, & Tony Rivera def. Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, & Hooligan
3) Lady Apache, Marcela, & Sahori def. La Nazi, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
4) Black Warrior, Felino, & Heavy Metal def. Shigeo Okumura, Stuka Jr., & Valiente
5) Blue Panther, La Mascara, & La Sombra def. Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., & Negro Casas
CMLL 04/21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Angel del Mal def. Plata
2) Astaroth def. Depredador GDL
3) Metatron def. Dragon
4) Magnum def. Infierno
5) Stuka Jr. def. Mascara Magica
6) Mascara Dorada & Mictlan def. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
7) Hector Garza & Shocker def. Atlantis & Mr. Niebla
CMLL 04/21 Arena Mexico Results
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II def. Apocalipsis & Semental
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, & Angel de Plata def. Caligula, Messala, & Polvora
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, & Shockericto def. Pequeno Damian666, Pequeno Universo 2000, & Pequeno Warrior
4) Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr., & Misterioso II def. Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, & Valiente
5) La Mascara, Mistico, & Volador Jr. def. Averno, Ephesto, & Mephisto
CMLL 04/24 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Molotov & Sensei vs. Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, & Princesa Sujei vs. Lady Apache, Sahori, & Lluvia
3) Mascara Dorada, Metro, & Stuka Jr. vs. Euforia, Nosferatu, & Virus
4) Lightning Match: Mictlan vs. Dragon Rojo Jr.
5) Blue Panther, Volador Jr., & Maximo vs. Felino, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas
6) Dos Caras Jr., El Terrible, & Texano Jr. vs. Hector Garza, La Sombra, & Shocker
CMLL 04/26 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Bengala & Trueno vs. Carrona & Cholo
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Bronco III, & Super Comando vs. Angel de Oro, Fabian el Gitano, & Sensei
3) Loco Max, Skandalo, & Shigeo Okumura vs. Flash, Stuka Jr., & Leono
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, & Valiente vs. Felino, Heavy Metal, & Mr. Niebla
5) Blue Panther, La Mascara, & Volador Jr. vs. Averno, Dos Caras Jr., & Mephisto
CMLL 04/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Lineup
1) Astaroth vs. Ebola
2) Hierro & Metatron vs. Drago & Rafaga
3) Magnum & Neutron vs. Mr. Trueno & Satanico
4) Electrico, Tzuki, & Ultimo Dragoncito vs. Pequeno Warrior, Pequeno Violencia, & Pierrothito
5) La Sombra, Mascara Doarda, & Mistico vs. Black Warrior, Rey Bucanero, & Ultimo Guerrero
Silver King Mask Controversy Continues
Over on the WrestleView forums we’ve had a pretty good discussion in the past few weeks about when and if a luchador can remask or put their mask back on after losing it. I have given the official rules before but I willd do it again. When a wrestler (in Mexico) loses his mask to another wrestler, he is no longer allowed to wear that mask ever again. BUT, if he wants to, in 5 years he can remask under a different mask/name. That is what the official rules are supposed to be but in the last decade or so it’s been ignored quite a deal. One of the people that has more blatantly ignored the rule is AAA star, Silver King. He has not only lost one mask but he has lost 2 masks in his career. His first mask, the one that he wears now, was lost to the legendary El Hijo del Santo in 1987 as a part of UWA. He then held the honoring of wearing the Black Tiger mask as the third man to hold that distinction (Marc Rocco was the first and Eddie Guerrero was the 2nd) and he lost that mask to L.A. Park (the original La Parka) in Mexico on 02/04/06. Silver King never once wore his old mask during his time in WCW or before or after he became Black Tiger until a few years ago when he began wearing the mask again sometimes (mostly in Japan). Sometimes he would take the mask off before or after the match but either way he was not supposed to be wearing this mask. Technically Silver King can’t wear any mask yet (as it’s only been 3 years since he lost the Tiger Mask mask) but even if you ignore that, he can’t wear the original Silver King mask at all. If he was to wear another mask he would have to change his name and his mask. This has garnared the attention from the Box y Lucha Commission many times but Silver King has always ignored it for the most part. Until this past week that is. He spoke on the issue and said that him wearing the mask what for marketing purposes only and not allowing him to wear the mask would be like telling someone they couldn’t have long hair or makeup. That statement itself spits on the entire tradition of Lucha Libre. The whole makeup of the mask in Lucha has been that it means more than just a piece of merchanidise in this world and it should represent the sould of the luchador. Coming from a man that is in a lucha family (his father the legendary Dr. Wagner and his brother Dr. Wagner Jr.) this is very dissapointing and Silver King should be ashamed. I, personally, didn’t care that he wore the mask but now my feelings have changed and I wish the Box y Lucha Commission would punish him in some way (a fine or a suspension) now that he has made statements like this.
Another Luchador Leaves AAA, More Rumored To Be On Their Way Out
El Angel made it official this week that he was leaving AAA and said that he was leaving on good terms and would be allowed to keep his name (though he is planning on changing his look). He hopes to work his way to CMLL soon. Pimpinela Escarlata and El Zorro (who is currently involved in a major feud with X-Pac) are both rumored to be on their way out the door in AAA. Nothing for sure yet and they are both still considered members of the AAA roster at this point.
AAA 04/15 Results
1) Torneo Cibernetico: Principe Futuro def. Black Lord, Halcon Dorado, Lover Boy, Black Sabah, Migra II, Migra I, Apolo Star, America, & Cosaco Loco
2) Mascarita Sagrada 2007, Mini Charly Manson, & Octagoncito def. Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, & Mini Chessman
3) AAA Mixed Tag Titles: Cinthia Moreno & El Oriental (c) def. Fabi Apache & Gran Apache
4) Abismo Negro Trophy: Black Abyss def. Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Alan Stone, Principe Futuro, Chris Stone, Gato Eveready, El Angel, & Espiritu
5) El Elegido, Marco Corleone, & Pimpinela Escarlata def. Chessman, Electroshock, & Kenzo Suzuki
AAA 04/17 TV Taping Results
1) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata, & Ultimo Gladiador
2) AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament 1st Round: Laredo Kid def. Super Fly
3) AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament 1st Round: Alex Koslov def. Rocky Romero
4) Kenzo Suzuki, Oriental, & El Zorro def. X-Pac, Charly Manson, & El Elegido
5) Electroshock & Silver King def. La Parka Jr. & Marco Corleone
6) Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario def. El Mesias & Vampiro
* NOTES *
– Koslov & Romero hugged after their match but Super Fly refused to shake Laredo Kid’s hand after their match. Super Fly worked the match as a rudo.
– So La Hermandad Xtrema pickup a win in the main even this time, well at least the champs can finally beat a team that never teams together (though they needed help from La Legion to win).
AAA 04/21 TV Taping Results
1) Mascarita Davina, Mascarita Dorada 2007, & Octagoncito def. Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, & Mini Psicosis
2) Rio Bravo, Tito Santana II, & Tigre Cota def. Aerostar, Argenis, & Super Fly
3) Black Abyss, Decnnis, & El Brazo def. Crazy Boy, Gato Eveready, & Pimpinela Escarlata
4) AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament Semifinals: Jack Evans fought Extreme Tiger to a DRAW
5) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, & Zombie Clown def. La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone, & Laredo Kid
6) AAA World Heavyweight Title #1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way Elimination: Dr. Wagner Jr. def. Electroshock, Vampiro, & El Zorro
* NOTES *
– After the opening minis match Gaupito came out and invited all the Minis into his new faction: Los Chihauahuenos del Mal and gave them t-shirts.
– In the segunda the tension between Super Fly & the rest of the Air Force continues as he walked out on his team.
– In the Cruiser Title Tourney Evans and Tiger fought to a DRAW when they pinned each other at the same time. Both men are eliminated from the tournament.
– La Hermandad attacked Marco costing his team the match.
– El Mesias came out after the Main Event and told Dr. Wagner Jr. he was the real champ in AAA
AAA 04/30 TV Taping Lineup
1) Aerostar & Mystery Partner vs. Billy Boy & Mystery Partner
2) Alan Stone, Crazy Boy, & Ultimo Gladiador vs. Black Abyss, Decnnis, & El Brazo
3) AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament Semifinals: Alex Koslov vs. Nicho el Millionario
4) Charly Manson & El Mesias vs. Joe Lider & Chessman
5) Latin Lover & Marco Corleone vs. Electroshock & Kenzo Suzuki
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr. vs. Silver King & El Zorro
* NOTES *
– Two interesting things coming out of this taping. 1st, Latin Lover has been rumored to be leaving AAA because he doesn’t want to work with somone that’s supposedly copying him (Marco) and 2, because we get Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King on opposite sides of the ring.
Dark Angel Debuts in TNA
“Dark Angel” Sarah Stock finally made her official debut with TNA Wrestling this week at their TV Tapings after a few months of VISA issues. She wrestled in a dark match against the former Knockouts Champion, Awesome Kong. She lost the match but was said to look impressive. On the second taping she defeated former Knockouts Champion Taylor Wilde in a match taped for Xplosion (internet). No word on when she will make her TV debut, though. The following is a picture of Stock at the TNA show (courtesy of SuperLuchas):
Rey Mysterio Sr. Seriously Injured
Recently Rey Mysterio Sr. (uncle and trainer of Rey Mysterio Jr.) suffered 3 herniated discs in his back and lost mobility in his legs as a result. He will undergo emergency surgery to correct the problem. I’ll keep you guys updated when I hear more about this. I want to wish Rey a speedy recovery and I hope he will be fine.
IWRG 04/16 Arena Naucalpan Results
1) Halcon 2000 def. Zaico
2) Daga & Eterno def. Chico del Barrio & Comando Negro
3) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, & Sexy Gladis def. Avisman, Hijo del Signo, & Mixteco Jr.
4) Arlequin & Arlequin Verde def. Hijo de Pierroth IWRG & Pierroth II
5) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro def. Negro Navarro, Trauma I, & Trauma II
NWA Mexico 04/18 Results
1) Odiseo def. Arkanos
2) Avisman def. Extrano
3) Eragon def. Rey Lobo
4) Celestial & Turbo def. Mr. Tanaka & Skayde Sr.
5) Angelico & Super Astro def. Black Terry & Negro Navarro
6) Blue Demon Jr. & Huracan Ramirez def. Hijo del Cien Caras & Veneno
IWRG 04/23 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Azoka & Draga vs. Chico del Barrio & Comando Negro
2) Bobby Lee Jr., Freelance, & Multifacetico vs. Arelquin, Tetsuya Bushi, & Kushida
3) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, & Trauma II vs. Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro
4) El Alebrije, Fuerza Guerrera, & Olimpico vs. Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, & Veneno
IWRG 04/25 Arena Xochimilco Lineup
1) Halcon 2000 vs. Avisman
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs. Carta Brava Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Eragon, Freelance, & Multifacetico vs. Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro, & Oficial AK47
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, & Dr. Cerebro vs. Negro Navarro, Trauma I, & Trauma II
5) El Alebrije, Porky, & Zatura vs. Head Hunter I, Hijo del Cien Caras, & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
IWRG 04/26 Arena Naucalpan Lineup
1) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs. Tetsuya Bushi & Kushida
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, & Oficial Fierro vs. Freelance, Ghost Rider, & Multifacetico
3) Trauma I & Trauma II vs. Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II
4) Angelico, Bobby Lee Jr., & Porky vs. Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., & Veneno
LUCHADOR SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
THE GROUPS of LUCHA LIBRE
THE DARK FAMILY: Ozz (leader), Cuervo, Espiritu, & Escoria
The Dark Family (also known ass The Black Family) is a long time group in AAA and former members include Charly Manson & Chessman in the past. The Dark Family are also members of La Legion as well and are currently feuding with the Psycho Circus and Chessman.
D-GENERATION MEX: X-Pac (leader), Rocky Romero, & Alex Koslov
D-Generation MEX is a three man group consisting of former D-Generation X member X-Pac and former CMLL stars Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov who both jumped to AAA and immediatley joined X-Pac’s newly formed group. The group feuds with members of La Legion and Alex Koslov is currently in the Quarterfinals of the AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament and X-Pac is in an ongoing feud with El Zorro.
GUAPOS VIP: El Brazo (leader), Decnnis, Escorpio Negro, & Gaupito
A longstanding group that has been a part of both CMLL and AAA in the past and is currently an undercard group in AAA. CMLL star Shocker initially started the group in CMLL and other former members include the Stone Brothers, Scorpio Jr., Super Calo, Zumbido, and others.
LOS GUERREROS de la ATLANTIDA (The Warrios of Atlantis): Ultimo Guerrero (leader), Rey Bucanero, & Atlantis
Los Guerreros has been one of the top groups in CMLL throughout the 2000’s and has seen many former members that include Mascara Magica, Toscano, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca, and many others but Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero and Atlantis (since he joined) have always been the core memebers and continue to team together regularly. They have all won many titles including the Trios Titles, Tag Titles, and Heavyweight Titles. Bucanero currently holds the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion while Ultimo Guerrero is the current CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. Atlantis was the NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion for almost 4 years (longest title reign in its history and most successful title defenses) before dropping the belt to Texano Jr. a few weeks ago. The trios team is certain to get a Trios Title shot in the near future once again.
LA HERMANDAD EXTREMA (The Extreme Brotherhood): Joe Lider & Nicho el Mllionario
Group formed by the original Psicosis (Nicho) when he and Joe Lider (who had just turned on the Mexican Powers) joined forces along with X-Fly (original El Mosco de Merced) to form the group and do battle with La Familia de Tijuana before kicking X-Fly out. La Hermandad is currently members of La Legion as well as currently holding the AAA World Tag Team Championships.
LOS HIJOS del AVERNO (The Sons of Hell): Averno (leader), Mephisto, Ephesto, El Terrible, Texano Jr., & Misterioso II
The longtime group formerly known was Jauria del Terror (Hounds of Terror) is led by the current NWA Middleweight Champion: Averno and holds alliances with Los Villanos and continues to feud off and on with Los Guerreros de la Atlantida as well as Mistico and other technicos. Texano Jr. is currently the Occidente Tag Team Champion along with El Terrible as well as just recently defeating Atlantis for the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship.
LA LEGION EXTRANJERA (Foreign Legion): Konnan (leader), El Zorro, La Hermandad Extrema, Hart Foundation 2.0 (Teddy Hart & Jack Evans), Silver King, Kenzo Suzuki, Electroshock, & Dark Family
La Legion is the biggest and main group in AAA and possibly the biggest rudo faction in all of Mexico. It currently feuds with all loyal members of AAA (primarily former member El Mesias, D-Generation MEX, Dr. Wagner Jr., Chessman, Charly Manson, and others and has been led from the start by Konnan. Konnan wants to take over completely AAA and plans to do so with his Legion of Foreigners. There has been countless former members that have been a part of La Legion at one point or another and they include El Mesias, X-Pac, Scott Hall, Abismo Negro, Antifaz del Norte, Sabu, Ron Killings (R-Truth in WWE), Bryan Danielson, Head Hunters I & II, Rikishi, RelliK, Histeria, and many others including members of the TNA Wrestling roster (Jeff Jarrett, L.A.X., Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, AJ Styles, Abyss, Lance Hoyt, Kaz, Scott Steiner, Rhino, & more!).
LOS ANGELES CELESTIALES: Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, & Angel Azteca Jr.
A young trios that primarily competes on the undercard and openers in CMLL.
MEXICAN POWERS: Crazy Boy (leader) & Ultimo Gladiador
A mainstay AAA group that was originally started by former AAA superstar, Juventud Guerrera, is now just an undercard tag team consisting of Crazy Boy (the cousin of Super Crazy) and Ultimo Gladiador. Over the last few years many AAA stars have come in and out of the group including Psicosis II, Juvi of course, Joe Lider (he and Crazy Boy are former Tag Champs), Extreme Tiger, and Japanese stars Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin. Crazy Boy is currently a part of the AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament.
LOS OFICIALES: Oficial AK47, Oficial 911, & Oficial Fierro
The very exciting young trios in IWRG are the current IWGP World Trios Champions and even held the Distrito Federal Trios Titles at the same time before dropping them recently. The young trios group is the 5th incarnation of the Los Oficiales stable that has been a part of AAA in the past. The group was voted as the top trios group in many magazines and newspapers in 2008 and they are considered to be one of the top in-ring trios groups in all of Mexico.
OLA LAGUNERA: Ultimo Guerrero, Blue Panther, & Black Warrior
Ultimo Guerrero’s 2nd family in CMLL formed in 2008 to do battle with their rivals Los Villanos and Perros del Mal (until they left the promotion). Currently still feuds with Los Villanos when Guerrero isn’t teaming with his other faction and when Warrior isnt teaming with his.
LA PESTE NEGRA (The Black Death): Mr. Niebla (leader), Negro Casas, Felino, Heavy Metal, & Princesa Blanca
A rudo group formed in 2008 by Mr. Niebla after he jumped from AAA to CMLL. Niebla immediatley brought in Negro Casas and Heavy Metal who then brought in their brother Felino and his wife Princesa Blanca (the only luchadora in the group). La Pesta Negra are mainstays in the undercard of CMLL and have also ventured in the Main Events of some shows.
PODER MEXICA: Black Warrior (leader), Dragon Rojo Jr., & Sangre Azteca
The newest rudo group in CMLL has already become very successful with an impressive undefeated streak as a team in Arena Mexico as well as winning the Mexican National Trios Titles on their first try (they are the current champions). The group continues to gan more and more success on the midcard and main events of CMLL events.
PORDER del NORTE: Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, & Tito Santana II
A young undercard team that primarily wrestles on spot shots for AAA.
PSYCHO CIRCUS – Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown, & Killer Clown
A very successful group in AAA that has an impressive winning streak in AAA and is one of the main groups currently feuding with the Dark Family.
REAL FUERZA AEREA AAA (The Real Air Force of AAA) – Laredo Kid, Super Fly, Aerostar, & El Angel
A group of young high flying stars in AAA primarily appearing on the midcard of events. Laredo Kid & Super Fly have begun to find more success and both are involved in the current AAA Cruiserweight Title Tournament. Former members include Pegasso & Rey Cometa (both in CMLL now) and Nemesis.
REBELDES del DESIERTO (Rebels of the Desert) – Nitro (leader), Dr, X, Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Loco Max, Skandalo, & Camorra
A group of young high flyers on CMLL’s undercard led by Nitro (until he severly injured his knee in early 2009).
LOS VILLANOS (The Villains) – Villano III, Villano IV, & Ray Mendoza Jr. (Villano V)
The infamous sons of the legendary Ray Mendoza are a group of brothers that have also included Villano I & II in the past (they along with Ray Mendoz have all passed away). Villano III has been wrestling the longest (debuted in 1970) but Villano IV & V are the most famous due to their stint in WCW as cruiserweights. Villano IV is the only remaining Villano brother (not dead) that still has his mask. Villano III lost his mask to Atlantis in 2000 while Villano V lost his to Ultimo Guerrero earlier this year. All three currently wrestle in CMLL (as well as the INDY scene) together but Villano V has began using his given name of Ray Mendoza Jr. (as well as Villano V) since losing his mask. All of the Villanos brothers are considered legends in Lucha Libre.
LOS PERROS del MAL (The Dogs of Evil): Perro Aguayo Jr. (leader), Cibernetico, Mr. Aguila, Damian666, Olimpico, Pequeno Halloween, & Halloween
A longtime main event faction in CMLL before the core members left the promotion. The current group wrestles for Perro Agayo Jr.’s Perros del Mal promotion as well as all over the INDY scene. Cibernetico is teasing a turn on the group at the current time.
Did I miss one or two or three? Let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org.