Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:56:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Online World of Wrestling no Online World of Wrestling info@blackpants.net info@blackpants.net (Online World of Wrestling) Online World of Wrestling Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Professional Wrestling Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com DDP tricks the Macho Man http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91450/ddp-tricks-macho-man/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91450/ddp-tricks-macho-man/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:56:00 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91450 In a match against Randy Savage, "La Parka" suddenly executed Diamond Dallas Page's finisher, the Diamond Cutter on Savage and gained the pinfall.

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ddp 3Here is a classic video from the July 7, 1997 edition of WCW Monday Nitro.

In a match against Randy Savage, La Parka suddenly executed Diamond Dallas Page’s finisher, the Diamond Cutter on Savage and gained the pinfall. After the match “La Parka” unmasked to show that it was Savage’s rival Diamond Dallas Page under the mask, using the ruse to get back at Savage. A couple of weeks later, Savage wrestled against the real La Parka defeating him to gain a small measure of revenge.

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Wrestling star passes away http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91443/wrestling-star-passes-away/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91443/wrestling-star-passes-away/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:55:00 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91443 British wrestling legend Ricki Starr passed away on September 20th after a short illness.

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British wrestling legend Ricki Starr, who was a star on TV in the US during the 1950’s and the UK during the 1960’s and 1970’s, passed away on September 20th after a short illness. He passed away in London, where he was living, and was 83. Above is below of 1wrestling.com’s Bill Apter getting thoughts from WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr.

WWE posted the following on Starr:

“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Ricki Starr, 83, a talented grappler most famous for his balletic moves in the ring and his nearly unbeaten streak in British wrestling promotions during the 1960s and 1970s.

Our deepest condolences go out to Starr’s family, friends and fans.”

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Stephanie McMahon enjoys being the main heel in WWE http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91441/stephanie-mcmahon-enjoys-main-heel-wwe/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91441/stephanie-mcmahon-enjoys-main-heel-wwe/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:44:17 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91441 Playing the bad guy is so much fun for me and I’m not sure why. But it’s very impactful when I do the community service such as the anti-bully campaign.

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Courtesy of Ted Gruber, of www.chicagonow.com:

When the WWE comes through Chicago, there is a lot of buzz and anxiety that is felt not only from the roster but from the viewing audience. The city has been labeled as one of the hottest crowds in the world and Monday night was no difference. Before WWE Raw hit the airwaves Stephanie McMahon was kind enough to talk with me about the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wrestlemania in Chicago and her character on television.

This is the 3rd year the WWE has partnered with the Susan G Komen Foundation. What have you seen from the WWE audience that makes the partnership great for both, your company and the foundation?

Originally we started with John Cena and then we expanded our partnership that included our all of our superstars. This year the theme is entitled “Courage, Conquer, Cure”. We are using all of our social media outlets to push the foundation as well as all of our TV outlets. The WWE is turning pink for the next 4 weeks and that includes the ring ramp, the middle ring rope as well as the rink skirt. Total Divas will also be branded “pink” for the 4 episodes as well as the WWE Network.

Kicking off this partnership in Chicago had to line up perfectly with the thought process of you and the other business partners when wanting to announce the Susan G. Komen partnership?

Chicago is a core of the WWE business and is a part of our DNA. Wrestlemania 2 was here in this building but was also available on closed circuit television.

You can say I grew up with Chicago through my years in the company and coming back here is always special. I am honored to be here and very excited to partner with Susan G. Komen in front of very these fans, which is pretty special.

You have expanded the t-shirt line this year to include more divas and superstars in the pink campaign. Have you had other roster members come up to you and speak with you about getting involved with not only the pink campaign but other charitable opportunities?

Absolutely. It’s interesting because our superstars and divas aren’t contractually obligated to participate in any community service. Unfortunately breast cancer effects everyone and that does include our roster. We have had several superstars come to us and let us know that they want to wear pink.

This year when fans go to WWEShop.com they will have the option to donate 1, 5, or 10 dollars to the foundation. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pink merchandise will be donated to Komen for research and other services.

For many years your father (Vince McMahon) was the main heel of the WWE. With “The Authority” now in the picture it seems that you have slowly transitioned into that role. What is it like for you to become that character?

I wouldn’t say I am taking over for my Dad. My husband and I are involved in a fun storyline where we represent the “evil owners”. Playing the bad guy is so much fun for me and I’m not sure why. But it’s very impactful when I do the community service such as the anti-bully campaign. I have the opportunity to tell these kids about entertainment versus reality. Are whole goal is to give these kids tools to stand up to bullying.

It’s funny when I get to show footage during a speaking engagement such as Hijack Raw that happened in Chicago. I will often to show footage that features my character in villainous light and people laugh. The speech I’m giving is in my executive voice and me as a person. Seeing me in character is a complete opposite take of who I am outside of the ring. It’s fun and enjoyable and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.

With the NXT you have a great development system to help combat main roster injuries when they happen. How have you seen the roster been able to adjust quickly to somebody who is expected to miss an extended period of time?

In terms of the creative writing process, injuries will happen. We just have to prepare for those types of unforeseen incidents. NXT is absolutely one level of our developmental systems. That is really our foundation. The NXT slogan is “The Future Is Now” and we have to prepare the next superstars and divas for that call they could get at any time. The plan also is to have several talent at many levels ready to move up when an injury occurs.

Chicago has been a host to WrestleMania multiple times. Could another WrestleMania be in the future for either the Allstate Arena or down the street inside Soldier Field? 

I would say we would love to have that happen again. Like I said before these fans are the most energetic, engaged and passionate fans and Chicago is a huge part of the WWE history.

Nothing can be announced officially, but we would love to come back for another WrestleMania.

Looking back at your years in the WWE, what has been your personal favorite moment when stepping out into the Allstate Arena or back then known as the Rosemont Horizon?

I would have to say most recently, since it’s fresh in mind is when Brie Bella slapped me and said she quit. It was such a huge moment because it was part of a big storyline and it was the first time my character was taken down a peg or two.

It’s truly an honor to be a part of the show and to have that opportunity to help elevate Brie Bella is what it’s all about.

— Ted Gruber

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Kamala shares his thoughts on his WWF face turn http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91436/kamala-shares-thoughts-wwf-face-turn/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91436/kamala-shares-thoughts-wwf-face-turn/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:06:13 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91436 I just didn’t like being a babyface, and there was nowhere else for me to go really. So being a babyface, it just wasn’t my thing no way.

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Host Jack E. Jones welcomed “The Ugandan Giant” Kamala to IYH Wrestling Radio.

Highlights included the following:

* His thoughts on his face turn in the WWF:

“Yeah, it was weird for me because it was something that I just didn’t want to do. So, it was either do it or die; do it or you wouldn’t have a job. I just didn’t like being a babyface, and there was nowhere else for me to go really. So being a babyface, it just wasn’t my thing no way; I just liked being that big mean heel.”

* His thoughts on the Kamala II angle with Plowboy Frazier in Memphis:

“I didn’t like it at all. That was a slap in the face, because during that time they had just created me. When I went to Memphis that night to see a friend of mine, there was nobody in the (Mid South) Coliseum. There was nobody there. So anyway, they did that little vignette, a video of me in the woods, where I was going to be wrestling Lawler that Monday night. When they showed that, that Coliseum was sold out and turning people away, because they believed that I was a Ugandan and they believed everything they saw just about. So, it was drawing good, and then the next thing I know they had painted Plowboy Frazier up, who everyone knew, and he had been in Memphis as a cowboy, some of everything. And it just killed the gimmick; the houses stopped drawing right then. So I was just there about three or four months. And the thing of it is…they wanted me to draw, but to keep on drawing? They didn’t want that because Jerry Lawler was the king there. That’s why I say they killed it…And he’s the one that created me; that’s what I can’t understand. He’s the one who created me and
he’s the one who killed me.”

Other topics discussed included:
* Who was his favorite manager?
* Did he enjoy working with Bret Hart and did he ever expect him to be a world champion?
* Did he prefer wrestling smaller guys or matches when they were both big guys?
* Has he ever been to Uganda?
* What was his favorite country to visit during his wrestling career?

Kamala’s official autobiography will be coming soon. For information on how to donate for Kamala’s book and to help with his medical costs, please visit http://www.kamalaspeaks.com/

This interview is available for listening at http://www.iyhwrestling.com/viewnews.php?autoid=25396 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4MW1JgMDok

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WWE legends headline event on October 11 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91432/wwe-legends-headline-event-october-11/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91432/wwe-legends-headline-event-october-11/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:29:34 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91432 The main event matches feature legends the Honky Tonk Man and Bushwhacker Luke.

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WWE Legends Live Event Sat, Oct 11, 8 pm
@ IWF Centre, 75 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ

For tickets & info www.campiwf.com/events.html

Main Event Matches featuring:

The Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champion of All-Time THE HONKY TONK MAN & WWE Legend BUSHWHACKER LUKE

** The Honky Tonk Man & Bushwhacker Luke will also host a Meet & Greet with fans! **

Also featuring all the Stars of the IWF and Rookies from IWF Wrestling School, including…

Fifth Element Roman Zachary (IWF Heavyweight Champion)
Phat Daddy Biggie Biggs
Kevin Knight
Simply Ravishing Shawn Donavan
Rude Dude Corey Havoc (IWF American Champion)

Outlaw Shane O’ Brien
Self-Made Michael T. Blake
Kasey Coresh
Mike Dennis
Golden Boy Mike Cammett
Mandrake Espinal
Dan Kinnally
Manuel Arocho
Johnny Angel
Mad Dawg Jenkins
Referee Jose Aponte

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ClickWrestle Match of the Week: Kellie Skater vs. Leva Bates http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91429/clickwrestle-match-week-kellie-skater-vs-leva-bates/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91429/clickwrestle-match-week-kellie-skater-vs-leva-bates/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:35:37 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91429 Kellie Skater takes on Leva Bates, who is wearing a Catwoman outfit for her match.

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This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is Kellie Skater vs. Leva Bates match from October 27, 2012.  Kellie Skater takes on Leva Bates, who is wearing a Catwoman outfit for her match. She’s wearing it give herself more confidence inside of the ring, but that might not be enough to defeat Kellie Skater.

All week, this match’s price will be cut in half: from $2.49 to just $1.25.

Click here to view a preview of the match and purchase at ClickWrestle.

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WWE goes pink for 3rd consecutive year http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91425/wwe-goes-pink-3rd-consecutive-year/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91425/wwe-goes-pink-3rd-consecutive-year/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:09 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91425 WWE and Susan G. Komen will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign.

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STAMFORD, Conn., September 29, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Susan G. Komen® will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign beginning tonight on Monday Night Raw® with WWE Superstars and Divas wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel and WWE platforms “going pink.” The “Courage Conquer Cure” campaign will continue throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and WWE will donate to Komen 20 percent of the retail sales price of all co-branded merchandise sold on WWEShop.com and at WWE live events, as well as

5 percent of all other WWE merchandise sold on WWEShop.com. For the first time, fans will have the option of donating $1, $5 or $10 upon checkout from WWEShop.com with all proceeds benefiting Komen.

WWE and Komen will also feature special “Keep Calm and Never Give Up” t-shirts inspired by WWE Superstar John Cena®, “Support the Twins” t-shirts and pink Hulk Hogan® “Hulkamania™” t-shirts.

To support Komen’s mission, WWE will utilize all its assets including WWE Network, TV and pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, PSAs, digital and social media to generate awareness and encourage fans to get involved. The campaign will also be featured on the hit reality series Total Divas, in an episode that airs on Sunday, October 19 at 9 pm ET on E!. Throughout the month, the WWE announcer table, entrance ramp and ring skirts will be co-branded and the middle ring rope turned pink to promote the fight against breast cancer. In addition, a co-branded WWE and Susan G. Komen flag will be flown outside of WWE’s corporate headquarters.

“WWE has made a tremendous commitment to women and men facing breast cancer, not only in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness month but all year round,” said Komen President and CEO Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. “WWE’s partnership has raised funds for Komen’s research and health programs, and helped us reach millions of people with potentially life-saving information about their risk for breast cancer. We’re deeply grateful to our friends at WWE and their fans worldwide for their commitment to our mission to end breast cancer forever.”

“Susan G. Komen has truly transformed the world’s support for breast cancer research and awareness,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “WWE is exceptionally proud to continue our partnership with Komen and be at the forefront of this movement, as we continue to utilize our global platforms to raise awareness and funds for a disease that affects so many people.”

Susan G. Komen and WWE have a history of success in raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The partnership launched in 2012 with the successful “Rise Above Cancer” campaign and has generated more than $1.2 million for Komen to date. The two organizations also partnered for “Make Mom Proud,” a campaign that coincided with Mother’s Day and called on supporters to do something meaningful for their moms and other important women in the their lives. This past May, Komen and WWE teamed up again for National Women’s Health Week with a campaign to remind women how a healthy lifestyle is critical in the fight against breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, and funds community outreach programs, public advocacy and global programs. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States. There are 3million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org/wwe or call 1-877GOKOMEN.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $804 million in research and provided $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 170 countries and 35 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich, Dubai and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

About WWE’S Corporate Social Responsibility

WWE’s global community outreach programs address important social issues, including education, diversity and inclusion, military support and providing hope to those in need. WWE and its Superstars and Divas support a wide range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide, including the “Be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign, WrestleMania Reading Challenge, Susan G. Komen, Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics USA Games, Special Olympics Connecticut, KaBOOM!, Hire Heroes USA and many more. For more information please visit WWECommunity.com.

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TNA takes Bound For Glory to Japan http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91422/tna-takes-bound-glory-japan/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91422/tna-takes-bound-glory-japan/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:56:26 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91422 TNA Wrestling, in conjunction with Japanese-based promotion Wrestle-1, will produce and broadcast its biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory, outside of the United States.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2014) —  TNA Wrestling, in conjunction with  Japanese-based promotion Wrestle-1, will produce and broadcast its biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory, outside of the United States. Emanating from the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Bound For Glory will be available exclusively on Pay-Per-View (PPV) Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

“Taking Bound For Glory, our company’s tent pole event, outside of the United States for the first time is the culmination of years of strategically introducing and growing the TNA brand and affiliated properties internationally,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “TNA has cultivated an incredible relationship with Wrestle-1, and we are proud to join forces in bringing wrestling fans what will be a historic and memorable evening of professional wrestling broadcast from one of the most legendary fighting venues in all the world.”

At Bound For Glory, arguably the most-recognized Japanese athlete in all of professional sports, The Great Muta, will join forces with “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri to face Muta’s former student, the “reborn” Great Sanada, who will be teamed with his new mentor and leader of the revolution, James Storm in a much anticipated grudge match.

The newest members of the TNA Hall of Fame, Team 3D – Bully Ray and Devon, will be inducted into the exclusive club at Bound For Glory. Bully and Devon will also be in action as Team 3D for the first time faces fellow hardcore legends, The Monster Abyss and Tommy Dreamer.

Bound For Glory will feature unique, one-time-only inter-promotional matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 Superstars including:

The unstoppable Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe defending his X-Division championship vs the awe-inspiring Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi

The undefeated EC3 vs former sumo wrestler Ryota Hama

The charismatic and devious MVP vs the global phenomenon Kazma Sakamoto

The masked, unpredictable Manik vs the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka

In addition the card for Bound For Glory will include a Knockouts battle between the destructive Havok and 2-time Knockouts Champion and 2015 TNA calendar cover-girl Velvet Sky.

“I can confidently say this will be the most intriguing and captivating three hours of professional wrestling action all year,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s executive vice-president, talent relations and creative. “With an incredible card pitting the best professional wrestling athletes against one another in never-before-seen matches, Bound For Glory will once again set the standard for the best wresting in the world.”

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Bruiser Brody to be honored at the 50th CAC Reunion http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91407/bruiser-brody-honored-50th-cac-reunion/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91407/bruiser-brody-honored-50th-cac-reunion/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91407 Bruiser Brody to receive the Posthumous Award at the 50th CAC Reunion this coming April in Las Vegas, NV.

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Bruiser Brody to receive the Posthumous Award at the 50th CAC Reunion this coming April in Las Vegas, NV.

This announcement was made during Old School Hustle this past weekend in Ft. Worth, TX by Executive Vice President-Elect of the Cauliflower Alley Club, Morgan Dollar, in Front of Barbara Goodish, Stan Hansen, Jim Cornette, and other members of the Southern Wrestling Hall of Fame!

Very exciting news!

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A Lucha Rivalry for the Ages http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91404/lucha-rivalry-ages/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/91404/lucha-rivalry-ages/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:16:28 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=91404 CMLL Anniversario 81 had the main event of Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero, who have been both partners and hated enemies. This match was five years in developing.

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AS I SEE IT: A Lucha Rivalry for the Ages
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com

There’s always been a controversy among wrestling fans about what “isn’t wrestling”. Some didn’t like ECW because of its violent matches (while ignoring the other matches the promotion had, including those on the caliber of the Eddie Guerrero-Dean Malenko series). Others continue not to like lucha libre or high-spot based wrestling, feeling it’s nothing more than a collection of high spots, and has no character development or “wrestling”. Some don’t get various styles of Japanese wrestling, usually because of limited access to it. Still others don’t like Southern wrestling, feeling it has next to no action. and is “boring”.
All too many Americans don’t understand lucha libre. I’ve heard Power Ranger jokes. I’ve heard it’s nothing more than anonymous faces under masks tumbling and flying (insert Vince Russo reference here). Lucha libre may have its flyers.

But like any almost any form of wrestling, it has traditional rudo (heel) vs. tecnico (babyface) feud like any wrestling promotion. There are storylines with heel and babyface stables (see Four Horsemen)…all of which is much like American wrestling.
Well, Mexico’s CMLL (Consejo Mundo de Lucha Libre) lucha libre promotion has its 81st Anniversary show (think Wrestlemania) on September 19th, which aired via United States TV on the Azteca network this past Saturday. On Anniversario…you want big matches…they had big matches. You want spectacular entrances…they had spectacular entrances. Lucha libre has its flyers. But not every match.

Like I said, it also has traditional rudo (heel) vs. tecnico (babyface) feud like any wrestling promotion; and has storylines with heel and babyface stables…all of which is much like American wrestling. You want character devlopment and big matches…how about a match five years in the making?

The main event was a mascara con mascara (mask vs. mask) match. This is the ultimate blowoff for a feud in lucha libre. CMLL Anniversario 81 had the main event of Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero, who have been both partners and hated enemies. This match was five years in developing. These days, it would be unheard of for any storyline to go longer for much more than a year, with the way WWE cannabilizes storylines to build a monthly PPV/event.

This match was as close as any match in any form of professional wrestling representing an old school 1980s-style wrestling match; and has been said to be “truly the end of an era, once and for all”. Atlantis has worked a old school Championship (think Harley Race/Jack Brisco/Dory Funk) style.

Atlantis has been primarily a tecnico (but not entirely) throughout his 31 year career. He’s won 33 championships and major tournaments won. He’s won 13 mascara con mascara matches (Villano III, Mano Negra, Kung Fu, Talisman, Hombre Bala, Tierra-Viento-Fuego, Animals I&II) and won 3 máscara contra cabellera matches (MS1, Fidel Sierra, and Gran Markus Jr.).

Ultimo Guerrero has been primarily a rudo through his 24 year career. He’s won 24 championships and major tournaments, and has won 4 mask (Villano V, Mr. Aguila, Guerrero Zulu, and Difunto II) and 4 hair matches (Cuchillo, Stuka, Super Parka, and Scorpio, Jr.)

Their match was the most highly anticipated match in recent CMLL history in 20 years. The show will likely be the first million-dollar (US) gate in CMLL’s 81 year history.

If you want the full storyline of the Ultimo Guerrero-Atlantis storyline (it’s a bit long to reproduce here, plus they’ll do it better than I can) and some notes on where to find lucha telecasts online or on local/cable/satellite TV, go to websites like PWBTS contributor Kris Zellner’s Lucha World website, or The Cubs Fan blog

The match has been aired online via Terra.com.mx, and is available to watch below. You don’t have to understand one word of Spanish to know that between the entrances, the commentators, their tone of voice, the crowd, and what you’ll see in the ring…this is truly a big deal.


Atlantis vs Último Guerrero, mask vs mask

News bulletin: the constant pullbacks inbetween sequences to show the crowd are annoying, yes. But it did serve to get this over as a big match.

So give it a look over the next

To conclude, three promotions have agreed so far to do Toys for Tots and related shows:
DJ Hyde has agreed and plans are underway for the annual Toys for Tots collection (in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve) to take place for the tenth year in a row with Combat Zone Wrestling’s 16th annual Cage of Death, to be held at The Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ with a 7:30 pm bell time. Tickets can be purchased at CZW events, or online soon.

The originator of Toys for Toys…at least in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region, United Wrestling Coalition, will be holding their Toys for Tots event the same evening as well. More details to come.

ECWA Pro Wrestling will hold its annual Toys for Tots show on December 6 in Newark, DE.

Between the two, thousands of children have been able to have a Christmas or Hanukkah. Please help your local independent promotion do the same, or encourage them to schedule an event soon for the Holidays if they haven’t already.

Until next time…

Bob Magee

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