2007 Luchaworld 100
The 2007 Luchaworld.com 100 consists of the top luchadores from this past year based on my opinion. Its not just a workrate oriented listing, which I’m sure you’ll notice with some of the names listed. It has more to do with what I look for when watching lucha libre (workrate, charisma, mic skills, fan reaction, and opportunity). Each and every one of the luchadores/luchadoras made this list based on at least one quality I look for.
The most popular wrestler in Mexico in 2007. Holds numerous titles in Mexico and those he doesn’t hold, give him time he’ll get them. Took the masks of Sepulturero, Skayde and Misterioso in 2007. During the year he feuded with almost every top CMLL rudo. Good in the ring, but needs to add a little more to his move-set just to freshen up his act.
2. Ultimo Guerrero
Won the CMLL Tag Team Titles with Atlantis on 11/2/07. Also briefly held the same tag team titles with Dr. Wagner Jr. Leader of Los Guerreros de la Atlantida. One of Mistico’s top rivals. Also had a feud with former partner, Rey Bucanero. Took the hair of Super Parka in 2007 as well. Excellent worker.
3. Dr. Wagner Jr.
“El Galeno Del Mal” spent 2007 on the tecnico side for CMLL. Had a brief departure from CMLL and worked as an independent for a short period of time, before returning late in the year. Teamed frequently with Mistico and with his brother, Silver King. Feuded with L.A. Park and Los Guerreros Del Atlantida.
The top rival of Mistico as they have feuded on and off (mostly on) for about 3 years. Teams with Mephisto in what is one of the best tag team combinations in the world. Has held the CMLL World Middleweight Title for over a year and on November 30, 2007, beat Mistico for the NWA World Middleweight Title.
Member of AAA’s HellBrothers. Usually the guy that carries AAA’s main event matches and is the guy that takes the crazy bumps for his team. Spent 2007 feuding with La Secta and The Foreign Legion.
6. El Hijo Del Santo
A living legend in lucha libre. Had a major split with CMLL. It was so bad that CMLL did not allow any wrestlers in their roster to work any shows booking El Hijo Del Santo in Mexico. Took the hair of Cassandro in Los Angeles on 7/14/07. Promoted a show called “Todo X El Todo” were the main attraction was going to be a major mask being dropped. Lined up some big names, but due to the CMLL split, many luchadores passed on the show. So basically, he found whatever old-timers and independent workers he could find and drew a pretty good crowd. In the final match, took the mask of Pentagon Black.
Leader of AAA’s HellBrothers. Spent the year feuding with El Mesias, Konnan’s Foreign Legion, and La Secta del Mesias. Gained some mainstream notoriety from dating actress/model/tv host Sabrina. Not a very good in-ring worker, but has great charisma and is good on the mic. Popularity rivals that of Mistico.
8. Gran Apache
Veteran rudo spent 2007 feuding with Billy Boy, eventually winning a hair match. After being tricked by Billy Boy (who wore a mask as Alfa), Gran Apache felt betrayed by Fabi Apache and vowed revenge on both of them. Teamed with other daughter, Mari Apache, to win the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles at Guerra de Titanes and continues to feud with Fabi Apache and Billy Boy.
9. El Mesias
The first AAA World Heavyweight Champion after beating Chessman in the tournament finals for the belt. The Leader of La Secta, spent the year feuding with Los HellBrothers. Survived molten lava, but can he survive TNA?
10. Blue Panther
Spent most of 2007 in semi-main and main event matches for CMLL. Took the mask of Hijo de Lizmark at the Anniversary show in September. Still one of the best workers in Mexico.
11. El Hijo del Perro Aguayo
Looked like it was going to be a promising year for Perrito as a headliner for CMLL and a role on a Spanish TV reality show, but suffered an injury that kept him out of the ring for a few months. Came back, but lost some steam. Still a main eventer and good worker (when he wants to be). Another member of the “rudos feuding with Mistico” club.
12. El Zorro
After years of being a tecnico, El Zorro turned rudo in 2007, joining Konnan’s Foreign Legion. He spent the last few months of the year feuding with the Hellbrothers and getting involved in a 3-way feud with Cibernetico and Mesias.
13. Black Terry
2007 was a great year for him as he was part of one of the best feuds in Mexico. Competing in IWRG, he spent the second half of the year in a feud with Fantasma de la Opera and Cerebro Negro. Feud included several stipulation matches were each wrestler put a title, hair or mask on the line. Best known for being a member of Los Temerarios and Guerreros Del Futuro trios, 2007 he experienced success as a singles wrestler for the first time in years.
14. Sean Waltman (X-Pac)
Re-energized and revitalized in AAA. Member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion and spent 2007 feuding with the HellBrothers and other AAA tecnicos. One of the best workers in AAA.
Member of Los Guerreros Del Atlantida. Holds the CMLL Tag Team Titles with Ultimo Guerrero and has held the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship for about 3 years. Long-time tecnico has spent the past couple of years as a rudo. A legend who can still have the occasional good match with the right opponent and when motivated.
16. Charly Manson
Member of AAA’s HellBrothers. Seems to have improved with age. Won the Torneo Antonio Pena. Spent the year feuding with La Secta del Mesias and Konnan’s Foreign Legion.
17. Super Calo
2007 was a big year for Super Calo. Spent the early part of 2007 as a rudo teaming with Gran Apache in feuds with Billy Boy and La Fuerza Aerea. Lost his mask to Super Fly at Triplemania XV. Upon dropping his mask, changed his look and joined Los Guapos VIP. Later became involved in a feud with Los Guapos VIP after they turned on both he and brother Alan Stone. Formed Los Bellos Stone with brothers Alan & Chris Stone.
Member of El Trio del Terror with Averno & Ephesto. Tag Team with Averno is regarded as one of the best in the world. Held the CMLL World Welterweight Title during the early portion of 2007 before dropping the title to Mistico.
19. Volador Jr.
Exciting 2nd Generation luchador won the 2007 Rey Del Aire and has ascended into CMLL’s upper mid-card. Also held the Mexican National Trios Titles with Sagrado and La Sombra having beaten Los Perros Del Mal in August 2007. Known primarily as a tecnico, but his father (Super Parka) has a knack for bringing out the darker side in him when teaming together at times as rudos in Nuevo Leon.
20. Alan Stone
Started 2007 as a member of Los Guapos VIP, but soon split with them and formed Los Bellos Stones with his two brothers (Super Calo & Chris Stone). Also joined forces with long-time rival, El Intocable. At 2007′s Guerra de Titanes, took the hair of Scorpio Jr in a cage match.
21. Rey Bucanero
Held the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title throughout 2007, which included numerous battles with former partner, Ultimo Guerrero. Was a member of Shocker’s High Society. As a tecnico he appeared to be stuck between semi-main and occasional main event status. Many miss his good old days as a rudo teaming with Ultimo Guerrero.
22. Black Warrior
Spent 2007 teaming with Los Guerreros del Atlantida against various tecnicos, primarily involving Mistico and members of The High Society. Lost a hair match in December. Known to many for his amazing bullet tope suicida to the outside of the ring.
23. L.A. Park
Started the year in CMLL, then briefly left to join El Hijo Del Santo’s Todo X El Todo show, and immediately returned to CMLL before that show. A big year for L.A. Park taking the hair of Villano III, Mascara 2000, Pierroth Jr. and Silver King. Depending on his weight, he can be a heavyweight or light heavyweight title contender. Still a good worker, who on spot shows tends to stick to his comedy shtick.
The best exotico in Mexico. He’s also a very good wrestler. Lost his hair in a cage match to El Hijo del Santo in Los Angeles. Formed an alliance with Pimpinela Escarlata to battle The Night Queens, despite being on opposite sides in atomicos matches in AAA.
25. Stuka Jr.
Another talented luchador currently in the mix of CMLL’s midcard group. Impressive and very smooth in the ring. Won the mask of El Jeque in 2007.
26. Laredo Kid
Member of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Moved up to semi-main and main event trios matches, before suffering a leg injury in September. The “injury” was credited to Ron Killings, so a possible feud seems likely in 2008.
27. Hector Garza
Member of Los Perros Del Mal. With Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Mr. Aguila hold the CMLL World Trios Titles. Spent the year in CMLL feuding with just about everyone. In the Nuevo Leon area, feuded with Super Parka, L.A. Park and Silver King. Took Super Parka’s hair in a feud that involved Hector’s son.
28. Sangre Azteca
Held the Mexican National Welterweight Title the entire year. Talented CMLL wrestler that has worked his way into being a semi-main eventer and at times in main events in trios matches. Was part of the Pandilla Guerrero, but was on the verge of becoming a member of GdA.
29. Mascarita Dorada
The former Mascarita Sagrada 2000, left AAA in mid-2007 and joined CMLL’s ever-growing roster of mini luchadores. Excellent highflyer who uses a variation of flying headscissors and huracanranas.
30. Billy Boy
Tough year for Billy Boy who lost his wife, his son, his friends, his hair, and his mind. Committed to a mental institute were he was able to recover and plan out his vengeance against those who wronged him. Wore a mask and under the new name/gimmick of Alfa, he gained the respect and trust of Gran Apache, who thought highly of him and felt he’d make a great husband to Fabi Apache and a great father for Marvin. After unmasking, he and Fabi reunited, but sadly, Gran Apache and the rest of the Apache family are still upset and refuse to accept poor Billy Boy…Besides that, he’s a decent worker, that has done an outstanding job with the push given to him.
One of the best all-around wrestlers in Mexico. His small-size prevents him from being elevated in CMLL, but his ability to carry others makes him a valuable member to CMLL’s roster. Spent the early part of 2007 as a tecnico before turning rudo in the middle of the year.
32. Negro Navarro
Worked primarily in AULL, IWRG and a few other lucha indy groups. Appears to be the go-to guy for smaller lucha indy groups in need of a big name. One of the best technical wrestlers in Mexico. Also known for being a very good trainer. Refereed matches for El Hijo Del Santo’s Todo X El Todo show.
Exciting CMLL midcarder. Reminds many of a young Super Astro or Superboy. Uses a vast array of aerial moves like the moonsault plancha and a springboard moonsault.
34. Ron “The Truth” Killings
Charismatic member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion. Teamed often with Sean Waltman (X-Pac) and was credited with “injuring” Laredo Kid during the Torneo Antonio Peña.
35. Rey Cometa
High-flyer who is part of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Uses some very innovative aerial moves.
Holds the AAA Atomicos Titles with other members of La Secta. In 2007 was involved in feuds with Los Hellbrothers, Mexican Powers, La Fuerza Aerea and other AAA tecnicos. Also held the AAA Tag Team Titles with Cuervo before losing them to the Mexican Powers.
37. Misterioso II
Compete primarily in CMLL, but also appears in IWRG. Talented rudo who continues to be part of a very good CMLL mid-card roster.
38. Mini Abismo Negro
One of the best all-around performers in Mexico. His size has kept him as a mini, but has shown he can compete with larger luchadores during the atomicos de locura matches, where he wrestles men, women, exoticos and other minis.
39. Fabi Apache
Part of the strongest storyline in lucha libre for the past 2 years. Has reunited with Billy Boy after a long feud where she sided with her father Gran Apache against Billy Boy. With the recent involvement of sister, Mary Apache, there’s no telling when or if this storyline will ever end…which is a good thing!
40. Negro Casas
Held the CMLL World Tag Team Titles with Mistico in 2007, before dropping them to Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero in November. Also won the vacant IWRG IC Middleweight Title by beating Villano III. Due to age has lost a step, but still an okay worker.
41. Super Fly
Member of AAA’s La Fuerza Aerea. Great highflyer with innovative moves. In 2007, unmasked Super Calo at Triplemania.
42. El Intocable
Spent most of the year feuding with Los Guapos VIP. Later became an ally to Los Bellos Grecos in their feud with Los Guapos VIP. Average worker, but his “stripper-esque” looks and gimmick are a draw for women attending AAA.
43. Dark Angel
The main reason why CMLL even has a women’s division. Extremely popular in Mexico. Good worker and CMLL spent the first half pushing her on their syndicated TV show, Guerreros Del Ring.
Leader of CMLL’s High Society (w/ Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero & Alex Koslov). Main eventer in CMLL. Might have hit his peak back in 2004 because since that time, he doesn’t seem the same.
45. Dos Caras Jr.
On July 8, 2007, beat Universo Dos Mil for the CMLL World Heavyweight Title. A title that is rarely defended. Spends most his time working in trios matches. Has great size and is a pretty good worker, but is hindered by his size as there are not that many great heavyweights in Mexico.
46. Alex Koslov
Good CMLL midcarder that has reached semi-main event status in a short period of time. Member of The High Society.
47. Ricky Marvin
Competed primarily in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH, but appeared for AAA in Mexico in September. Also competed against several touring AAA stars in Japan. If he competed more often in Mexico, he’d be in the top 10. Excellent worker.
48. Pequeño Damian 666
Won the CMLL Minis Title on 11/20/07 from Pequeno Olimpico. Member of Los Cachorros Del Mal, which is CMLL’s mini version of Los Perros del Mal. Good worker.
49. Pequeño Halloween
Member of Los Cachorros Del Mal. Very good worker with great charisma. Lost his hair to Bam Bam.
50. Cerebro Negro
Late in the year became involved in a feud with Black Terry and Fantasma de la Opera. The feud included several stipulation 3-way matches. Held the IWRG IC Welterweight Title before dropping it to Fantasma de la Opera. Many luchadores lost their hair at the hands of Cerebro Negro in 2007.
51. El Satanico
Formed a new version of Los Infernales with Euforia and Nosferatu. Despite his age, is still a good worker. Currently a CMLL Midcarder, who is still capable of elevating younger wrestlers.
52. Scorpio Jr.
Known world-wide for his dashing good looks , Scorpio Jr. is a member of Los Guapos VIP. Spent the second-half of the year feuding with Alan Stone after Stone and Super Calo left Los Guapos.
Exciting IWRG midcarder, who has earned the nickname “El Suicidita” for emulating a similar style to that of Micke “El Suicida” Segura. Lost his hair in a 4-way stipulation match to Fantasma de la Opera. Started 2007 in a feud with Avisman with one of their matches receiving match of year consideration.
Member of the latest incarnation of Satanico’s Infernales. Is a very good worker, who is a top challenger to La Sombra’s NWA Welterweight Title.
55. La Parka (AAA)
Popular AAA tecnico spent the year feuding with La Secta de Mesias and the Foreign Legion. Missed a few months of action due to suffering injuries in a car crash. Holds the Mexican National Tag Team Titles with Octagon. Also won the 2007 Rey de Reyes title for a fourth time.
56. Marco Corleone
Member of Shocker’s High Society faction. In 2007, unmasked Universo Dos Mil. Is a top contender to the CMLL Heavyweight Title. Turned tecnico early in the year, despite having more potential as a rudo due to his size and being foreign.
57. Juventud Guerrera
Leader of AAA’s Mexican Powers. Has feuded with La Secta de Mesias, La Familia de Tijuana, and with his father, Fuerza Guerrera. When motivated still one of the better performers, but spent most of the year working garbage matches with the Mexican Powers.
Member of Los Guapos VIP with El Guapito, Scorpio Jr. and Decnnis. Has been feuding with Los Bellos Stone (Super Calo, Alan & Chris Stone) and El Intocable.
59. La Sombra
Being groomed to be the next great tecnico in CMLL. Youngest wrestler to hold the NWA World Welterweight Title at just 18 years old. Also is a co-holder of the Mexican National Trios Titles with Volador Jr. and El Sagrado. Excellent highflyer with a bright future.
60. Aero Star
Innovative high-flying member of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Wrestles primarily in trios and atomicos matches. Has some of the more innovative aerial moves like that back-first plancha and La Dormilona (tope).
One of the better exoticos in lucha libre. The son of Brazo De Plata (Super Porky) is one of the entertaining midcarders currently residing in CMLL. Has a lot of charisma and does some entertaining promos especially when involving Leobardo Magadan. Held the Mexican National Trios Titles with Texano Jr. and Sagrado early in the year.
62. Kenzo Suzuki
The winner of the “Japanese Wrestler I’d Least Likely Expect to Do Well in Lucha Libre” Award for 2007. He’s not great in the ring, but he does a good job for a big guy in lucha. Member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion. Lost his hair to Cibernetico over the summer.
Widely underrated rudo, who has become the lone reliable member of Los Vipers Revolution. Traveled to Japan to compete for Pro Wrestling Noah. Gets stuck in a lot of clusterf*** and garbage matches in AAA.
Currently holds the Mexican National Atomicos Titles with members of La Secta de Mesias. Had feuds with pretty much everyone in AAA during 2007.
Has been an uppercard CMLL wrestler for years, but never has received the level of push that either of his brothers (Negro Casas & Heavy Metal) have had. Teamed with his brothers in CMLL and in IWRG.
Left CMLL in August and resurfaced in AAA. Formed a new “La Familia de Tijuana” with Extreme Tiger and briefly had Nicho El Millonario in the group. Has been feuding with the Mexican Powers. Needs to talk Damian 666 into joining him in AAA.
67. Lizmark Jr.
Lost his mask to Blue Panther in a cage match at CMLL’s Anniversary show on 9/28/07. Later, he and Shocker teamed to win a hair match against Rey Bucanero & Black Warrior. Has never been able to escape the shadow of his legendary father.
68. Latin Lover
AAA mainstay, who has garnered success on various Latin American versions of “Dancing with the Stars”. I think he’s won 2 of these contests. His success on TV has made him a part-time wrestler, but he’s still very popular whenever he steps into the ring and his influence in lucha can be seen with other wrestlers like El Elegido, El Intocable and Alan Stone all teaching new dance moves to a new generation of fans!:)
69. Dr. Cerebro
Long-time IWRG wrestler that spent most of the second half of the year suspended from IWRG. Has yet to return. Held the IWRG IC Trios Championship with Cerebro Negro and Micke “El Suicida” Segura. One of the better workers in Mexico.
A member of El Trio del Terror w/ Averno & Mephisto. Very good trios wrestler. Previously known as Safari and despite the name change continues to be a mid-carder.
Diminutive luchador is now part of the CMLL Minis Division. Formerly known as one of the many AAA Mascarita Sagradas and in WWE as Max Mini. Always exciting to watch in the ring.
72. Super Parka
The top rudo in the Nuevo Leon area. Spent the early portion of the year feuding with Hector Garza including losing a hair match to Garza. Also had feuds with LA Park, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Damian 666, Dr. Wagner Jr., and Silver King. A very underrated rudo, that can have a good match when he wants to.
Prior to 2007, first time I ever saw Marcela was her taking a sick bump off the top rope in a match for ENESMA. Since that time, she’s excelled and become quite possibly the best female worker in CMLL. She is currently the Mexican Women’s National Champion and a top contender to the CMLL Women’s Title.
74. Damian 666
Member of Los Perros Del Mal. Would have made sense for him to jump to AAA with Halloween as he’s probably at the lower rung of Perros Del Mal members. Teams primarily with Mr. Aguila.
Underrated luchador who is still in CMLL’s undercard despite being one of the better performers in CMLL. A member of La Pandilla Guerrera.
76. Micke “El Suicida” Segura
Earned the nickname “Suicida” for his suicidal dives that sometimes take him into the first 3 rows at Arena Naucalpan. Held the IWRG IC Trios Titles with Dr. Cerebro and Cerebro Negro and also lost a hair match to Cerebro Negro in 2007. IWRG’s ridiculous suspension deprived many fans of seeing him on the ever-growing IWRG TV show.
77. Mr. Aguila
Currently holds the CMLL World Trios Titles with Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Hector Garza. Won the 2007 Leyenda de Plata Tournament against Sagrado. Despite the main-event status throughout the year, didn’t seem very motivated in the ring.
78. Texano Jr.
Held the Mexican National Trios Titles with Sagrado & Maximo, eventually losing the belts to Los Perros Del Mal. After the title loss turned rudo and is associated with Los Perros Del Mal. Has traveled to Japan on a yearly basis working for New Japan.
79. Bam Bam
Young High-flying CMLL mini luchador won three hair matches in 2007. Could do well against regular-sized luchadores.
Veteran member of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Another excellent high-flyer in AAA.
Wrestles primarily for IWRG, but in 2007 appeared in All Japan doing a reverse-type gimmick were he played the role of TANAKA, a Japanese wrestler, who MAZADA brought in to combat the Japanese-turned-Mexican Trio of Miguel Hayashi, Pepe Michinoku & El NOSAWA Mendoza (Los Mexican Amigos).
82. Pequeño Olimpico
Recently lost the CMLL Minis Title to Pequeño Damian 666. Has had some good minis matches this year teaming with various tecnicos against members of Los Cachorros del Mal.
83. Fantasma de la Opera
Embroiled in a lengthy feud with Black Terry and Cerebro Negro, which have resulted in various bloody battles and stipulation matches. Current holder of the IWRG IC Welterweight Championship.
84. El Terrible
Member of Los Perros Del Mal and often teams with them in trios matches. Semi-main eventer. Seems to be the “Stevie Ray or Brian Adams” of Los Perros Del Mal! Has charisma.
Member of La Secta del Mesias and currrently holds the Mexican National Atomicos Titles with fellow Secta members (Ozz, Scoria & Espiritu). Have spent most of the year feuding with various AAA factions (Hellbrothers, Fuerza Aerea, and Mexican Powers).
Former member of Los Barrio Boys turned rudo after he and Alan split and left Billy Boy. Briefly aided Gran Apache in his feud with Billy Boy. Disappeared for a few weeks only to reappear as a member of Los Guapos VIP.
87. Ultimo Dragoncito
Long-time CMLL mini has been revitalized with the increase in talent in the CMLL Minis division.
88. Universo Dos Mil
Always a threat to the CMLL Heavyweight Title. Primarily teams with his brother Mascara Año Dos Mil. Lost a hair match to Marco Corleone. One of the better heavyweights in Mexico.
89. El Oriental
In AAA, he often teams with his sister, Cinthia Moreno in Mixed Tag Team matches and is often in Atomicos de Locura matches (male/female/exotico/mini). Traveled to Japan and worked some NOAH shows. Has had far more success in Japan than in Mexico.
90. La Mascara
CMLL Mid-Carder who has received a push and many have argued he wasn’t ready for it. Good high-flier.
91. Lady Apache
For years, she’s been one of the top female wrestlers in Mexico. Now part of CMLL’s women’s division. Held the CMLL Women’s Title before dropping it to Amapola. Her in ring work often gets overlooked due to her good looks and her out of the ring relationships.
92. Heavy Metal
Skills have diminished with age. Due to personal problems, never really fulfilled his fullest potential as in the early and mid-90s, Heavy Metal was regarded as one of the top workers in Mexico. Wrestles primarily for CMLL and on occasion for IWRG.
93. Pimpinela Escarlata
Wrestles primarily in Mixed matches and the Atomicos de Locura Eight-Man Tag matches were he/she teams with a female, male, and mini wrestler. Had a brief feud with Casandro and is currently feuding with The Night Queens.
Formerly known as Tigre Metalico and now insert the “CMLL mid-carder that deserves a push” comment! Always fun to watch in trios matches…
95. Dr. X
One of many talented CMLL mid-carders in need of a push. Member of the Pandilla Guerrera.
96. Mascara Purpura
Received a decent push this year by CMLL in a feud against Emilio Charles Jr., which resulted in him winning Emilio’s hair. Feud was poorly received by fans and flopped.
CMLL has made an effort to push him due to his good looks. This year, won hair matches against Mogur, Toro Bill, Loco Max and Mr. Mexico. Despite the push, CMLL fans have not really accepted him.
98. El Incognito (Juarez Mystico)
Worked primarly for the NWA in the U.S. and in the El Paso/Juarez area. Also worked a few shows for FMLL in Los Angeles. Solid worker.
Formerly known as Fugaz has been an undercarder in CMLL for years. Deserves a shot. Somebody loves him in Neza.
100. La Amapola
Current CMLL Women’s Champion. Has done well as champion. In June, won Diana La Cazadora’s hair. Has shown improvement in the ring in the past year.
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*List compiled by Alfredo Esparza