2008 Luchaworld 100
Written By Alfredo Esparza
The LuchaWorld.com 100 is my own personal list honoring the 100 wrestlers who I felt did their best during 2008. Again, I feel like I have to mention this every time I write the list or do a lucha review, but I watch lucha for a number of reasons and it isn’t solely work-rate or hoping, praying for a 5-star match.
When coming up with the list, I look back at what each individual wrestler did during the year. Where they good in the ring? Where they involved in any memorable match during the year? What promotion do they wrestle for (kind of coincides with drawing ability)? Were they injured? Where they pushed in a storyline? Was the storyline good or bad? Did the guy hold his end of the storyline or was he overshadowed by the other? Are they good in interviews? Did they get interview time? Do fans react to them the way they should? Do the fans just freakin’ like them for no reason? Can they dance? (I already know there’s a couple of people online who are going to take that one way too seriously!) Do they have a cool gimmick? Do people attend shows to see them? Will my grandmother sit through one of their matches? etc, etc, etc…
Like I said, its not just one thing I particularly look at when I watch wrestling. Not expecting a great match every show and watching lucha as an overall entertainment option, when there is so much nowadays to distract me, it keeps me sane.
1. Blue Panther (10) – Started the year in similar fashion as a headliner for CMLL working semi- and main event matches. On July 5, 2008, he took the mask of Tigre Universitario at Arena Monterrey’s Ruleta de la Muerte. He also spent most of the year feuding with Villano V with the feud climaxing to a mask match at the 75th Anniversary show, in which Blue Panther lost, to the surprise of many lucha fans. There was some minor controversy as there were a few people who thought Villano IV had replaced Villano V during the match, but CMLL never went with that angle. With Blue Panther losing his mask, many felt he’d be put in the back-burner by CMLL, but what followed were some strong showings by Blue Panther in singles matches against Villano V, Averno and Mr. Niebla. Also won the Copa Diablo Velasco in Guadalajara. The Villanos-Blue Panther feud continued throughout the later part of the year and it resulted in the brief formation of Los Laguneros featuring Blue Panther, Ultimo Guerrero and others from that part of Mexico joining forces to feud with Los Villanos and the remaining members of Los Perros Del Mal (who changed their names various times from La Jauria del Terror to Los Hijos del A Ver No). Continues to be one of the best all-around workers in Mexico despite being in his late forties.
2. Ultimo Guerrero (2) – Excellent worker and the leader of Los Guerreros Del Atlantida. Lost the CMLL Tag Team Titles with Atlantis early in 2008 to Averno & Mephisto. During the summer, as part of a CMLL-TNA agreement, he worked shows for TNA as a member of Team Mexico. Along with Rey Bucanero, Averno and Volador Jr., they were victorious in the World X Cup. As part of the agreement, TNA stars appeared at Arena Mexico. First competing in the Gran Prix and this resulted in a rivalry between Ultimo Guerrero and TNA wrestler, Alex Shelley. In early August, along with Atlantis & Negro Casas won the CMLL Trios Titles. He later saved Blue Panther from an attack by Los Villanos and he, Blue Panther and a few others briefly formed the Los Laguneros faction. Spent 2008 as one of Dos Caras Jr’s top rivals for the CMLL World Heavyweight Title and on December 22, 2008, Ultimo Guerrero won the belt.
3. Mistico (1) – Not only the biggest tecnico in CMLL, but in all of Mexico. He’s also the top draw in Mexico. Spent 2008 feuding with practically every headlining rudo in CMLL, from Averno, Mephisto, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Niebla, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis and anyone who these guys team with, be it in their regular faction or just for the helluva it. Won the Leyenda de Plata Final over El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. On March 10, 2008, with Hector Garza beat Averno & Mephisto to become the CMLL World Tag Team Champions. Followed that up the following month with a title defense against the ex-champs, only to have the commission rule the titles vacant after that match. They had a rematch one month later and again Garza & Mistico reclaimed the titles. They eventually lost the tag titles in December 2008 to Averno & Mephisto. Don’t cry for Mistico because he holds a lot of titles already and if there’s a match with a big shiny trophy, odds are he’ll win that too. Also teamed with Blue Panther and Dos Caras Jr. to challenge for the trios titles in tecnico vs. tecnico matches early in the year. On August 24, 2008, Mistico suffered a fractured collarbone that kept him out of action for 3-months. He was the second to Blue Panther in his mask match against Villano V. During his absence along with the injury and departure of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, CMLL attendance slipped. Made his in-ring return for CMLL in November. Attendance slipped despite his return. Don’t know if its due to CMLL hitting a down cycle or the economy. One of the best high flyers in the world.
4. Cibernetico (7) – Finished 2007 getting thrown through a flaming table by El Mesias and the first part of the year he spent vowing revenge on El Mesias. Teamed with Hellbrothers partners, Charly Manson and Chessman against Konnan’s Foreign Legion, El Mesias and La Secta. At Rey de Reyes, Cibernetico beat El Mesias for the AAA World Heavyweight Title. After the match, he doused El Mesias with lighter fluid and Charly Manson handed him a torch, but Cibernetico showed El Mesias some mercy and decided not to light him on fire. This decision caused a rift between Cibernetico and Chessman, who felt Cibernetico should have paid El Mesias back for his crime (i.e. an eye for an eye). Charly Manson suffered an injury early in the year that kept him out of action for all of 2008 and that had a huge effect on the other Hellbrothers. Feuded with El Zorro and El Mesias all the way up to Triplemania where he beat El Zorro. The friction between Cibernetico and Chessman continued throughout the first half of the year. In August, they teamed a few times and argued during every match. Then Chessman turned on Cibernetico, which led to a World Title match at Verano de Escandalo which Cibernetico won. Continued to feud with Chessman, El Mesias, El Zorro, Konnan and his Foreign Legion. When Konnan won his match to gain control of AAA, Cibernetico immediately informed Joaquin Roldan that he not only was vacating the World Title, but he was also quitting AAA. During his final AAA appearance, Cibernetico was seen wearing a Perros Del Mal T-Shirt. He immediately agreed to work for the new promotion created by El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo. There were reports that Cibernetico’s departure from AAA were due to his problems with Konnan, but judging by the way the top angle was heading it appeared that Cibernetico was merely leaving to return later in 2009. He’s a horrible worker, but has tons of charisma and is among the 5 best promos in all of Mexico and fortunately in AAA, he didn’t wrestle that much since his matches usually consist of 50% promo, 25% wrestling, and 25% run-ins and even more post match promos.
5. El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo (11) – Started 2008 with his ongoing feud with Mistico in CMLL. Added new members to the Perros Del Mal faction, including Averno and Mephisto, which resulted in problems between Perro Jr. and Hector Garza. They had a split that resulted in them having a hair match at the 3/21/08 PPV. Perro Jr. came out victorious in the match. Continued to feud with all the top CMLL tecnicos, but his top rivals were Garza, Mistico, Marco Corleone and Dr. Wagner Jr. Also saved his hair in a 3-way match involving Heavy Metal and Toscano (he lost the match). Lost to Mistico in the Finals for the Leyenda de Plata trophy. Missed a few months with an injury, but made a few appearances with fellow Perros Del Mal members and was the second to Villano V in the big mask match at the 75th anniversary show. In October, Hijo del Perro Aguayo announced he would form his own lucha libre promotion and would no longer be a part of CMLL. The rumor originally was that Perro Jr. would form this new promotion and at some point he and those who were in his promotion would have an interpromotional feud with CMLL (kind of like, New Japan vs. UWF, WCW vs. NWO, AAA vs. LLL, etc.), but CMLL soon decided to break any relationship with Perro Jr. by not allowing any of their wrestlers to appear on his shows. Promociones Perros Del Mal ran their first show in December 2008. Has all the tools you look for when searching for a great wrestler as he is very charismatic and a great worker.
6. Averno (4) – Mistico’s long-time and biggest rival. Matches against Mistico usually result with Averno in the losing end. Held the NWA World Middleweight Title throughout 2008 and with long-time partner, Mephisto, twice won the CMLL World Tag Team Titles. Feuded with Hector Garza and Mistico over the Tag Team Titles. Averno and Mephisto, known as a tag team as Los Sicarios del Infierno, both also joined Los Perros Del Mal in early 2008. As previously mentioned, he was also part of the victorious World X Cup in TNA. When Perro Jr. and other members of PdM quit CMLL, Averno and Mephisto decided to regroup with Ephesto and former Perros, El Texano Jr. and El Terrible, to form La Jauria del Terror (group also known as Los Hijos Del A Ver No). One of the best workers in the world.
7. La Sombra (59) – Regarded by many as the future of CMLL. At 19, La Sombra had an amazing 2008, coming off a strong showing in 2007. Held both the NWA World Welterweight Title and Mexican National Trios Titles (w/ Sagrado & Volador Jr.) througout 2008. Defended his Welterweight Title against Sangre Azteca, Ephesto, Misterioso II and Mephisto. Match against Ephesto on December 7th was a match of the year candidate. Also won the Trofeo Santiago de Queretaro in a torneo cibernetico in July. La Sombra was also a top challenger for Sangre Azteca’s NWA Welterweight Title. In November, La Sombra and Metalik (Mascara Dorada) won the Torneo Corona held in Guadalajara against Ultimo Guerrero and Olimpico. They had to fight twice due to the first match ending in a DDQ. With the numerous CMLL departures in late 2008, La Sombra became a regular semi-main and main-eventer. One of the best high-flyers in Mexico and his mask and overall look reminds me a bit of the late Oro.
8. El Zorro (12) – Member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion established himself as one of the very best rudos in Mexico. He is the self-proclaimed “Prophet of Lucha Libre”. One of the better interviews in Mexico, although his interviews can vary from being great to absolutely confusing. Won Rey de Reyes in 2008. He also challenged Cibernetico for the AAA World Heavyweight Title at Triplemania. When he wasn’t teaming with fellow members of the Foreign Legion, he was battling Cibernetico, El Mesias and Chessman in various matches (singles, tag team, and relevos increibles). Immediately following Cibernetico’s departure from AAA due to Konnan taking control of the promotion, Konnan offered El Zorro the AAA World Heavyweight Title, but El Zorr refused and preferred to win the belt in the ring. At Guerra De Titanes, El Zorro lost to El Mesias in a match for the vacated title.
9. El Mesias (9) – Spent the early part of 2008 feuding over the AAA World Heavyweight Title with Cibernetico. Was the center of the friction between Cibernetico and Chessman as Chessman wanted revenge on El Mesias for the fire incident. Later, El Zorro became involved in the Title scene and when the Hellbrothers eventually split, Chessman joined that mix. Chessman was able to get La Secta to turn on El Mesias and El Mesias had to form uncomfortable alliances with AAA tecnicos like La Parka (AAA). Despite teaming with AAA tecnicos there were still some who questioned El Mesias intentions. When Konnan gained control of AAA, he offered to give the AAA World Title to El Mesias IF he joined the Foreign Legion. El Mesias refused and this set-up a match with El Zorro for the World Heavyweight Title at Guerra De Titanes. Despite the interference of Foreign Legion members and “corrupt” officials, El Mesias was victorious. He asked the fans and AAA wrestlers to forgive him for his past as a rudo and that he was loyal to AAA and to Mexico!
10. Black Terry (13) – Veteran rudo is best known for being a part of the trio known as Los Temerarios. Has found success as a singles star in the past 2 years in IWRG were he blends a little old-school lucha with a rugged brawling style. Competes primarily in IWRG, but also works at times on other indy shows throughout Mexico. Lost the IWRG IC Welterweight title to Multifacetico early in the year. He kept challenging for the title and had a feud with Fuerza Guerrera for the title. Lost a hair vs. title match to Fuerza Guerrera. Had a “battle of maestros of lucha libre” with Negro Navarro, which included singles and tag matches on the independent scene and for NWA Mexico. During September, Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro and Cerebro Negro formed a trio calles “Los Terribles Cerebros” and challenged for the IWRG Trios titles held by Los Oficiales.
11. El Hijo Del Santo (6) – Spent the year working primarily in lucha independents in Mexico. Worked the Scorpio Jr. benefit show held by IWRG. Also worked shows in the U.S., England and Spain. At the December Lucha Libre London show, he was part of an outstanding trios match (Mystico De Juarez/Silver King/Rubi Gardenia v. Cassandro/Magno/El Hijo Del Santo). Still one of the best workers in Mexico, but he doesn’t appear to much on TV due to not being affiliated with either AAA or CMLL. On CMLL President Paco Alonso’s veto list, which also affected the level of competition he faced on the indy scene as anyone who worked with Santito would be banned from working CMLL-affiliated shows.
12. Dr. Wagner Jr. (3) – Had a rather strange year as he had a rocky relationship with CMLL and left the promotion twice in 2008. Feuded with both Los Guerreros Del Atlantida and Los Perros Del Mal in CMLL. Also wrestled for IWRG were he and his brother fought against the Junior Dinamitas. Had his usual ongoing rivalry with L.A. Park that spanned the entire year, whether it be in CMLL or various independent shows throughout Mexico. While gone from CMLL, he ripped them in various publications, but guess what…he made a return to CMLL during the summer and feuded with Mr. Niebla and the Casas brothers (who formed a faction called La Peste Negra). Many of Doc’s matches in 2008 included way too much posing and playing to the crowd. During a match in November, he threw a chair into the crowd. CMLL President Paco Alonso decided to put him on his veto list due to the chair incident and in an interview admitted he was tired of Dr. Wagner Jr’s comments about CMLL. He finished off 2008 working indie shows and for Promociones Perros Del Mal. He also runs shows under the Promociones Wagner name. Also inspired one of the best and coolest lucha sites, La Wagnermania.
13. Negro Navarro (32) Continues to be a fixture in Mexico’s lucha libre independent circuit. Splits his time between IWRG, NWA Mexico and the numerous shows held in Mexico. He made an appearance in Los Angeles as well. His mat work and technical skills have made him an internet favorite. His main rival in 2008 was Solar I, which provided fans with an exhibition of lucha mat work. He also had some matches with Black Terry, most notably at an NWA Mexico show.
14. Chessman (5) – Known for his high-risk bumps, in 2008 he became a top challenger to the AAA World Heavyweight title. Started the year as a member of The Hellbrothers with Cibernetico and Charly Manson. Split from the Hellbrothers due to Cibernetico’s refusal to set El Mesias on fire. Chessman attempted numerous times to get pay back on El Mesias including get La Secta to turn on him. After getting La Secta to turn on El Mesias, Chessman then turned on La Secta and aligned himself with the Psycho Circus. At the same time, feud with Cibernetico climaxed with a AAA World Title Match at Verano de Escandalo, which Chessman lost. Refused to take sides in the Roldan vs. Konnan feud as he vows to spill the blood of those he hates.
15. Marco Corleone (56) – One of the top heavyweights in CMLL and a popular tecnico among women. Does one of the more entertaining high spots for a heavyweight, which is a plancha from the CMLL ramp into the ring. Despite being a top heavyweight, I don’t recall him getting a shot at the CMLL World Heavyweight Title. However the CMLL champ for most of the year was a fellow tecnico, so they probably didn’t want to go tecnico vs. tecnico…Then again, how many times does that belt get defended on an annual basis? Once? Twice? Was part of the Gran Prix torneo cibernetico were he was on the foreigner team, which featured TNA talent. Had a feud with Lizmark Jr. and on 10/17 beat him in a hair match. At around the same time with so many rumors about CMLL wrestlers quitting or jumping to AAA, Corleone’s name came up numerous times. He denied the rumors immediately, but one writer in Mexico brought it up again because she wanted to see Corleone more often near where she lives and AAA runs shows more often there, so others went with what she said, which was more of a wish than actual rumor. Corleone finally denied it on the lucha news show, A Ras De Lona. Seems to have found a home in CMLL.
16. Mephisto (18) – The other half of the tag team known as “Los Sicarios Del Infierno” with Averno. Held the CMLL World Tag Team Titles twice in 2008. Also challenged for the NWA Welterweight Championship held by La Sombra. Was part of Los Perros Del Mal and when they departed, he remained aligned with Averno in “La Jauria del Terror” (Los Hijos Del A Ver No). Great worker who excels in any variation of match (singles, tag, trios, or torneo cibernetico) that CMLL can come up with.
17. Sangre Azteca (28) – Held the Mexican National Welterweight Title throughout 2008. Was successful in his title defenses against Valiente, Sagrado, La Mascara, La Sombra, Maximo, and Dragon Rojo Jr. in 2008. Was on the fringes of the Guerreros Del Atlantida and complained late in the year that the GdA faction rarely teamed together. He decided to quit that group and began to make some noise about forming his own faction (since the end of 2008-early 2009 he formed El Poder Mexica). One of the better rudos in CMLL.
18. Hector Garza (27) – At the beginning of 2008, he was a member of Los Perros Del Mal. Became infuriated when Perro Jr. added Averno & Mephisto to the faction. Garza was kicked out and he began feuding with Perro Jr and the rest of PdM. Teamed with Mistico to capture the CMLL Tag Team Titles from Averno & Mephisto. Followed that up with a hair match at the Dos Leyendas PPV on March 21, 2008 against Perro Aguayo Jr. Garza lost the match. Garza also formed his own tecnico faction known as Los Angeles Celestiales, which seemed to rub Mistico the wrong way. Garza also won the CMLL Trios Titles wtih Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara.
19. Pequeño Damian 666 (48) – One-third of the awesome Cachorros Del Mal (w/ Mr. Aguilita & Pequeño Halloween). Group is based on members of the original group of Perros Del Mal (Damian 666, Mr. Aguila and Halloween). The minis now are much better than their regular-sized counterparts. Pequeño Damian 666 spent most of his time wreaking havoc on CMLL’s mini tecnicos such as Mascarita Dorada and Tzuki. However, 2008 was all about the Pequeño Damian 666 vs. Bam Bam feud, which had them opposing each other in trios and singles matches. They battled for the CMLL Minis Title throughout the year and even had a hair match. Pequeño Damian 666′s work was well-received in Japan as well as he worked a Dradition show. Also competes at times on Ultimo Dragon’s shows. Excellent in the ring and has great charisma.
20. Valiente (33) – One of the best high flyers in the world. His short, stocky build reminds many of Super Astro and Superboy. Won TWO torneo ciberneticos. The first was CMLL’s Rey De Aires torneo and the second was a torneo held in Guadalajara. He also challenged for multiple singles titles, specifically the WWA Middleweight Title (Rey Hechicero), Mexican National Welterweight Title (Sangre Azteca) and the Occidente Light Heavyweight Title (Misterioso II). He also took the hair of Sergio “Vaquero” Romo in Nuevo Leon on 3/23/08. His signature move is the riskydouble jump blind springboard moonsault to the floor, which this year resulted with him getting knocked out during a match when his head hit the ring. One of CMLL’s most entertaining wrestlers.
21. Atlantis (15) – Member of Los Guerreros Del Atlantida. Has now held the NWA Light Heavyweight Title for over 3 years. He defended the belt in 2008 against Shocker, Alex Koslov and Blue Panther. He and Ultimo Guerrero lost the CMLL Tag Team Titles early in 2008 to Averno & Mephisto. Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero teamed with Negro Casas to win the CMLL Trios Titles. The trio of Casas, Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero also had a couple of matches against TNA wrestlers Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and Sonjay Dutt. 2008 was also Atlantis 25th anniversary as a professional wrestler and he celebrated this moment by wrestling one of his long-time rivals, Blue Panther on July 11, 2008.
22. Mascarita Dorada (29) – Currently one of the most exciting and innovative luchadores. Won the 2008 Pequeno Rey Del Aire Torneo Cibernetico (Match of the Year Candidate). Also challenged for the CMLL Minis Title in 2008 against Pequeno Damian 666. He lost to Pierrothito in the finals of a tournament to crown a new Mexican Lightweight Champion on September 23, 2008. Thanks to Robert Bihari, one of Mascarita Dorada’s videos went viral throughout the internet and might actually be the most popular clip in lucha libre to have hit youtube.
23, 24 & 25. Los Oficiales – Oficial Fierro (NR), AK-47 II (NR), Oficial 911 (NR) – The best trio in Mexico. All three are excellent workers, but they’re an example of putting together guys who would have been stuck in mid-card hell in a promotion and instead giving them a gimmick, cool outfits and letting them work their magic. They held the Estado de Mexico and IWRG IC Trios Titles in 2008. Started 2008 as the Estado de Mexico trios champs and took on all challengers from high-flying trios like Freelance/Rey Cometa/Pegasso Extreme to more technically sound trios like Los Terribles Cerebros. They eventually lost those titles to Los Terribles Cerebros in December. Los Oficiales had won the IWRG IC Trios Titles from Capitan Muerte, Xibalba & Cyborg on September 28, 2008. Oficial Fierro also took the mask of Tortuguillo Ninja II in January.
26. Stuka Jr. (25) – One of the premiere high flyers on CMLL’s roster. Always seems to impress in his matches as he’s very fluid in the ring. Blends quick movement in the ring with innovative high spots almost flawlessly. Worked primarily in trios and in torneo ciberneticos in 2008. Teamed with Flash to win the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles back in June. This also resulted in a feud with Los Infernales (Nosferatu & Euforia) over the titles.
27. Jack Evans (NR) – Made his AAA debut on April 5, 2008 as a member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion. Teamed with Teddy Hart as Hart Foundation 2.0. Immediately began feuding with the other AAA tag teams such as the Mexican Powers and La Familia De Tijuana. Lost in the 2008 Alas De Oro match to Aero Star and vowed revenge against Aero Star and AAA. Had a rematch that ended with an attack by the Foreign Legion on Aero Star and Super Fly. Finished up the year feuding with La Hermandad (Nicho El Millonario & Joe Lider) over the AAA Tag Team Titles.
28. Virus (31) – One of the very best workers in all of Mexico. Has been a CMLL regular for well over a decade. Has to be considered the most underrated or underutilized wrestler in CMLL for a long time as he rarely gets the same opportunities that are usually given to either younger guys or 2nd generation wrestlers and its most likely due to his size. Very well respected by his peers. Appeared to be an honorary or fourth member of Los Infernales as he teamed often with Euforia and Nosferatu. Had a bloody match against Super Nova in Gimnasio Nuevo Leon.
29. Freelance (53) – One of IWRG’s best luchadores and one of Mexico’s best high flyers. Nicknamed “Suicidita” as he is a major risk taker and reminds many of fellow IWRG luchador, Mike “El Suicida” Segura. In 2008, Freelance appeared to be in a mission to try and dethrone the trios champs, Los Oficiales, of their titles. He teamed with various luchadores and failed in his mission. However, he along with his random teammates gave Los Oficiales a run for their money and provided fans with some enjoyable matches. Most notably, teaming with Rey Cometa and Pegasso Extreme against Los Oficiales. On May 29, 2008, he beat Aeroman (Mike Segura) to become the IWRG IC Lightweight Champion. Always fun to watch.
30. Cassandro (24) – Exotico luchador who is an excellent worker, good in interviews and has represented lucha libre extremely well throughout the world. Split his time in 2008 wrestling for AAA, lucha shows in the U.S. and in Europe. Teamed with Pimpinela Escarlata in AAA after feuding with him in the past. He was part of a great trios match at one of the Lucha Libre London shows. Has one of the more colorful and entertaining ring entrances in all of lucha libre.
31. Ephesto (70) – Solid CMLL mid-carder. Started the year as a member of La Triada Del Terror with Averno and Mephisto. When Averno and Mephisto joined Los Perros Del Mal, Ephesto never really seemed to become a full-fledged member of that group. Ephesto was one of the first members of Ultimo Guerrero and Blue Panther’s brief faction known as Los Laguneros. Los Laguneros were a group of wrestlers who came from the same area and formed to battle Los Perros Del Mal and Los Villanos. Ephesto turned on the group in October and soon Los Laguneros seemed to split and then Los Perros Del Mal split with Perro Jr. and several members quitting CMLL to create a new promotion. The departure of these guys seemed to be a blessing for Ephesto as the remnants of Los Perros Del Mal formed a new faction called “La Jauria del Terror” (or Los Hijos Del A Ver No) and Ephesto finally was part of an established group and also got a bit of a push late in the year. Had an incredibly good match with La Sombra in December, which was considered a Match Of The Year Candidate.
32. Fabi Apache (39) – One of the most popular and talented luchadoras in Mexico. The first half of the year, she feuded with her father (Gran Apache) and sister (Mari Apache). Won the 2008 Reina de Reinas on May 25th beating Mari Apache and Ayako Hamada in the finals. At Triplemania, Fabi beat Mari Apache in a hair match. At the conclusion of the match, the Apache Family reunited. However, Fabi Apache was still upset at Billy Boy and refused to forgive him. Joined her father and sister in their feud with the Moreno Family (El Oriental and Cinthia Moreno) and challenged them for the AAA Mixed tag team titles. At the end of the Apaches-Morenos match at Guerra de Titanes, Billy Boy returned and beat his wife up to everyone’s surprise, thus reviving the Apaches-Billy Boy storyline.
33. Rey Bucanero (21) – Best known for years as part of the great tag team of Los Guerreros Del Infierno with Ultimo Guerrero. He reunited with Ultimo Guerrero in Los Guerreros Del Atlantida once he turned full-fledged rudo. Has held the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship for over 2 years. Successfully defended the title against Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., Hector Garza and Mr. Aguila in 2008. He represented CMLL and Mexico at TNA’s World X Cup.
34. Aerostar (60) – Member of AAA’s Real Fuerza Aerea. Young, high-flyer uses many innovative and suicidal moves. Perhaps the best known of his moves is his no hands reverse tope (La Dormilona). Won the 2008 Alas De Oro Torneo Cibernetico. This drew the ire of Jack Evans and the two feuded with Evans vowing to punish Aero Star for what he believed to be AAA screwing him out of the win at Alas De Oro. He primarily teamed with la Real Fuerza Aerea in trios matches against La Secta and the Psycho Circus. Has a bright future ahead of him if he doesn’t hurt himself due to being such a risk-taker.
35. Black Warrior (22) – A perennial top star in CMLL for the past 12-13 years. He’s best known for his high-risk, high impact tope suicidas (known as Topes of Death). One of the top rudos in Mexico, who also didn’t appear to be in any faction for most of 2008. Seemed to be overlooked in 2008 in CMLL despite being very charismatic and a good worker. Late in the year, he joined Sangre Azteca and Dragon Rojo Jr. to form Poder Mexica and they should have a great 2009.
36. Volador Jr. (19) – Another one of the many CMLL stars who are second generation wrestlers. The son of the original Volador (Super Parka/Remo Banda) and cousin of L.A. Park. Another one of CMLL’s high flyers. He was part of the CMLL contingent that represented Mexico and won the 2008 TNA World X Cup. Held the Mexican National Trios titles with La Sombra and Sagrado throughout the year. Received a considerable push in 2008 from CMLL as the promotion decided to focus more on young talent than in previous years.
37. Bam Bam (79) – One of the talented luchadores that grace the awesome CMLL Minis Division. Very Good high flyer. Had one of the best feuds of 2008 with Pequeño Damian 666. The rivalry included singles matches with the CMLL Minis title or hair on the line. On July 27, 2008, Bam Bam won the CMLL Minis Title from his rival. They soon issued challenges to a hair match and this time around, Pequeño Damian 666 took Bam Bam’s hair. Name comes from his love of the Flintstone’s character or Bam Bam Bigelow or Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy! I’d like to think he drew some sort of inspiration from all three!
38. Marcela (73) – One of the best workers in CMLL. She’s very smooth in the ring and works at a very good pace. She’s also a pretty big risk taker and lets not forget years ago she nearly cracked her skull falling off the top turnbuckle to the concrete floor at an ENESMA show. Held the Mexican National Women’s Title. Has had a long running rivalry with Amapola. She successfully defended the Mex. Nat’l Women’s Title twice early in the year against her rival, Amapola and against Hiroka.
39. Gran Apache (8) – Veteran rudo and the patriarch of the dysfunctional Apache Family. Continued his years-long feud with Billy Boy and Fabi Apache. He was aided in this feud by his other daughter Mari Apache. Held the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles with Mari. After the Apache Family reunited at Triplemania, they turned their attention towards the Moreno Family. They fought Cinthia Moreno and El Oriental in tag team matches and in trios matches aided by Fabi. Appeared to have accepted Billy Boy as a son-in-law for the first time in 2008, but Fabi Apache was still upset with Billy Boy. Gran & Mari Apache lost the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles to Cinthia Moreno and El Oriental, but the Apache family continued to challenge for the belts.
40. Euforia (54) – Member of Los Infernales with legendary rudo, El Satanico, and with Nosferatu. Very good rudo. Euforia and Nosferatu feuded with Stuka Jr. and Flash over the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles. Their tag matches in 2008 were a highlight on CMLL’s Guerreros Del Ring Fox Sports Español show. He’s an up-and-comer who could be a top rudo in the next few years especially within the CMLL heavyweight division.
41. Villano V (NR) – Member of the famed Villanos/Mendoza dynasty. Along with his brothers Villano III and Villano IV, they feuded with Blue Panther and other CMLL tecnicos. The Villanos had an alliance with Los Perros Del Mal, so Villano V teamed frequently with members from that faction, whenever his brothers weren’t around. Age and injuries have slowed him down over the years and in 2008 it was noticeable as he struggled at times in matches. However, the feud with Blue Panther was pretty intense and built up to a mask match. Stunned the world by beating Blue Panther for his mask at CMLL’s 75th Anniversary Show on 9/19/08 in a very good match. Match had a bit of controversy as some thought that the Villanos might have pulled the old ‘switcheroo’ during the match, but it was never proven and later dropped. Continued to feud with Blue Panther throughout the year.
42. Alex Koslov (46) – Spent most of 2008 in CMLL as an upper mid-carder and was among the more popular tecnicos (especially with women and kids) while there. Frequently teamed with Marco Corleone and Shocker. He was also a top challenger to both the CMLL Light Heavyweight and NWA Light Heavyweight Championships. His final CMLL match was against Atlantis for the NWA Light Heavyweight Title in Guadalajara on 10/7/08 (Koslov lost). Three days later, at the Auditorio Municipal Jose Maria Arteaga de Queretaro TV taping, officially made his AAA debut as a member of De-Generation Mex with Sean Waltman (X-Pac) and Rocky ‘Azucar’ Romero (formerly known in CMLL as the masked Grey Shadow). Koslov felt he had gone about as far as he could go in CMLL and made the jump to AAA because he felt he needed a change. D-MEX immediately began feuding with Konnan and his Foreign Legion. After several sneak attacks by D-MEX, El Zorro and several rudos destroyed D-MEX at Guerra de Titanes, including throwing Koslov through a table. Koslov’s a very talented wrestler and he should have a big 2009 in AAA and has a bright future ahead of him.
43. Teddy Hart (NR) – It is currently February 23, 2009, 8:15 pm PST and TEDDY HART IS STILL IN AAA. C’mon how many of you had him lasting a full year? (and still going!) I’m glad I’m not a betting man because I would have lost a nice chunk of change and in today’s financial crisis, I need to save my money. Member of Konnan’s Foreign Legion and one-half of the Hart Foundation 2.0 tag team with Jack Evans. He brought in a valet named Nikki with him to AAA. Very good worker. As a member of the Foreign Legion he pretty much feuded with everyone, but he and Evans spent the year in the tag team division. Challenged immediately for the tag team titles, but was unsuccessful in winning them. The tag matches usually consisted of multiple teams and ladders.
44. Super Fly (41) – Member of AAA’s Real Fuerza Aerea. An outstanding high flyer. In 2008, AAA decided to give him an opportunity to move up the card. Became involved in the Foreign Legion vs. AAA storyline as Konnan tried to break up the Real Fuerza Aerea by suggesting Super Fly should consider a change in his career. The other members of the faction did not care for Konnan’s opinion, but Super Fly seemed to contemplate the possibility of a change. Octagon, in a mentor-type role to the team, told them not to listen to Konnan. However, Super Fly decided his alliance was to AAA and soon he would suffer the consequences. This was only the beginning of his HUGE push…Soon, on practically every show he was beaten to a bloody pulp by Electroshock and if Electro got tired, he’d maybe let some of the other Foreign Legion members get a few shots in. This went on for about 3-4 months. When Konnan took ‘control’ of AAA, he placed the Electroshock vs. Super Fly feud in with the Pirata Morgan vs. El Elegido and El Brazo vs. Super Porky feuds into one cage with the last man in the cage losing his hair or mask. Super Fly successfully escaped and continued to help defend AAA from the Foreign Legion. Still seems better suited in trios or atomicos matches since he’s still relatively young.
45. Cinthia Moreno (NR) – Part of the Moreno Family. Teamed frequently with her brother, El Oriental in Mixed tag team matches. They have had an ongoing feud with The Apache family for years and in 2008 it came back with a vengeance. Challenged Mari and Gran Apache for the titles early in the year. Cinthia teamed with other rudas like Ayako Hamada and La Diabolica to battle Fabi and Mari Apache in women’s tag team or trios matches. At Verano de Escandalo on 9/14/08, Cinthia and El Oriental beat the Apaches for the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles. One of the best wrestlers male or female or mini or transvestite or inanimate (lets not forget its AAA, folks!) in AAA!
46. Amapola (100) – Veteran ruda and one of the better female wrestlers in Mexico. Held the CMLL Women’s Title throughout the year. Beat every challenger put in front of her during the year. Had a feud with Lady Apache, which led to a hair match with the added twist of it starting as a “relevos increibles” tag match including Marcela and Princesa Sujei. Amapola and Lady Apache lost the tag match and fought in a singles match in which Lady Apache took her hair and later challenged Amapola to a title match for the following week. Amapola successfully defended the title. Also feuded with Marcela and Dark Angel during the year.
47. Misterioso II (37) Won the Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship in a Torneo Cibernetico at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara on February 10, 2008. One week later, he dropped the title to El Gallo in the same building. On August 31st, he regained the championship. Challenged La Sombra for the NWA Welterweight Title. Great rudo who is a CMLL upper-mid-carder. Also uses the nickname, “El Rey Del Yogurt”. There really isn’t a definitive answer to what his nickname’s suppose to mean.
48. Silver King (NR) – Began 2008 as an independent working various indy shows, most notably with IWRG. Teamed frequently with his brother, Dr. Wagner Jr. Feuded with El Hijo de Cien Caras and Mascara Año Dos Mil Jr. Split his time between Mexico and Japan. In Japan, wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling and won the AJPW Jr. Title on March 1, 2008 from Katsuhiko Nakajima. Lost the title in April to Ryuji Hijikata. Made his AAA debut at Triplemania XVI on 6/13/08. A tecnico all year long and sided with AAA in the war against the Foreign Legion. Wears a mask despite having lost it over 20 years ago to El Hijo del Santo.
49. Mr. Niebla (NR) - Started the year in AAA feuding with Abismo Negro over taking control of Los Vipers. They even used the fact that Abismo Negro would disappear for long stretches as part of the angle as to why Mr. Niebla took his position in the faction. Feud looked like it was building up to a mask match. Suddenly in June, Mr. Niebla made his return to CMLL by attacking Dr. Wagner Jr. The following week, Heavy Metal and Negro Casas turned rudos and joined up with Mr. Niebla to form La Peste Negra. Feud with Dr. Wagner Jr. was short-lived due to Doc’s departure from CMLL. Revived old feud with Shocker late in the year. Master of La Neblina!
50. Latin Lover (68) – Long-time AAA star, retired from wrestling last year to pursue an acting career. A celebrity in Mexico due to being a part of a Spanish version of “Dancing With The Stars” and having appeared on various soaps. Retirement lasted about 6 months as he made a return in February and started appearing on indie shows. In October, he made his return to AAA to protect the promotion from Konnan and the Foreign Legion. Feud continued as Konnan gained control and one of his first stipulations as boss was to eliminate dancing from shows. Vampiro, as commissioner, brought Latin Lover back.
51. Ozz (36) – Member of AAA’s Black Family/La Secta. Was placed more in the forefront of the group in 2008. Worked primarily in trios and atomicos matches throughout the year. However, he was involved in some tag matches were he would either team with El Zorro or El Mesias in matches against Cibernetico and Chessman. Along with the other members of La Secta turned on El Mesias (thanks to Chessman) and eventually later Chessman turned on them. Most of his matches end up being wild brawls with tons of highspots, mixed in with a lot of chaos…Your typical AAA style of match.
52. L.A. Park (23) – Known as the “Chairman” in WCW years ago, L.A. Park spent the year as an independent, free to work wherever he felt like, which was primarily for CMLL throughout the year. He also made appearances for various lucha indy groups like IWRG. Continued his off-again, usually, on-again feud with Dr. Wagner Jr. In CMLL, he also feuded with Ultimo Guerrero another one of his long-time rivals. Late in the year, was one of the first to join the new Perros Del Mal promotion.
53. Konnan (NR) Leader of the evil faction known as the Foreign Legion (La Legion Extranjera). Konnan wrestled a bit more in 2008, but isn’t as good as he use to be (due to health and of course age). Fortunately, the majority of the matches he was involved in were more storyline-driven and ended quickly and with AAA his promos/interview skills are what they needed to build the top storyline. Feuded with AAA President Joaquin Roldan over control of the AAA promotion. At one point, stole the ashes of Antonio Peña and used them to leverage his way into a match where if he won, he would gain control of AAA and would return the ashes to Roldan. This storyline led to a bit of what I like to call “Konnan Overload” as he appeared to be on virtually every segment of AAA’s weekly television show. Konnan eventually gained control of AAA in late 2008. He vowed to eliminate all that he dislikes in AAA, starting with all the dancers, like Latin Lover and El Elegido….
54. Pequeño Halloween (49) – Member of the mini faction, Los Cachorros del Mal (named after Los Perros Del Mal). Spent 2008 in CMLL and frequently teamed in trios with fellow Cachorros, Mr. Aguilita and Pequeño Damian 666. Very talented mini rudo had a far more successful year than the wrestler he was named after (Halloween). He was involved in a January 4th Torneo Cibernetico match that received consideration for Match of the Year in 2008.
55. Ricky Marvin (47) – Spends the majority of his time wrestling in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH. He mainly competes in trios and tag matches in Japan. Made a few more appearances in 2008 for AAA. Wrestled mainly in tag matches. Appeared to be an honorary member of Los Mexican Powers as he teamed with them in matches against Jack Evans & Teddy Hart and La Familia de Tijuana. Would be one of the top luchadores in AAA if he worked full-time for them.
56. Dos Caras Jr. (45) – Held the CMLL World Heavyweight Title for the majority of 2008, until he lost it to Ultimo Guerrero in Puebla on December 22nd. Despite holding that title, only defended it twice during the year, which has been the trend for the past 10 years when it comes to wrestlers holding that title. A tecnico with size and agility, but this year he seemed to be just another guy amongst the other CMLL main eventers. Spent most of the year rumored to be heading to WWE. Constant stories about his departure popped up online with very little verification (besides Dos claiming it to be true, no word from WWE at any point). At one point many reporters decided to stop covering the story until it became a reality. When he dropped the title to Ultimo Guerrero, everyone assumed he was leaving CMLL, only to later announce he was remaining with CMLL.
57. Tzuki (71) – Diminutive star continued to provide excitement in CMLL’s minis division. Has been surpassed by Mascarita Dorada as the most exciting mini wrestler, but he is still amazing. Both he and Dorada teamed frequently and feuded with Los Cachorros Del Mal. Worked a brief tour for NWE in Italy over the summer. Amazing high flyer with his size making every move he makes more dramatic. Has competed in various promotions over the years, including WWE as Max Mini.
58. Shocker (44) – Started the year feuding with Los Perros Del Mal. Spent the first half of the year as a headliner in CMLL. He was involved in some of the more prominant matches during the summer including the cage/hair match at “Infierno En El Ring” (CMLL’s 6/13/08 show) and the Gran Prix: Mexico vs. The World Torneo Cibernetico. In late August, he disappeared from CMLL only to resurface in late September in IWRG and in various lucha indy shows. In late November, he returned to CMLL as a tecnico and announced he was going to form another 1000% Guapos faction.
59. Alan Stone (20) – Didn’t have as strong of a year as he did in 2007. Started the year teaming with his brothers (Chris Stone & Super Calo) and with El Intocable in a feud with Los Guapos VIP. When Super Calo, Intocable, Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido left AAA, Alan Stone seemed to be going nowhere and wrestled primarily in random trios matches for a few months in 2008. Later in the year, Alan teamed up again with brother, Chris Stone, and began challenging for the AAA Tag Team Titles. They had matches with La Hermandad (Nicho El Millonario & Joe Lider) and the Hart Foundation 2.0 (Jack Evans & Teddy Hart). He also was part of the group of wrestlers defending AAA against Konnan and the Foreign Legion. Alan has tons of talent and his gimmick (spawned from El Intocable’s gimmick) is popular with the women. He could be a future star in AAA.
60. Hooligan (75) – Long-time CMLL undercarder and one of the least utilized performers in lucha. Very good rudo. Benefited a bit in 2008 as he wrestled more often in matches that appeared on TV, as opposed to having a clipped match or being relegated to the “momentos estelares” (stellar moments) highlight segment. Member of the Los Rebeldes de Desierto (Guerreros Tuareg) undercard faction. Teamed with Arkangel in the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Title Tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals. Was part of the group of luchadors involved in the CMLL tour of Spain in August.
61. Dr. Cerebro (69) – Made his IWRG return in April 2008 after being away for several months. He has been the main local in Naucalpan for the past 9-10 years. Very good technical wrestler, but is known to mix in some brawling and a little high flying in his matches. Immediately reformed his partnership with Cerebro Negro and the two late in the year became involved in a feud with Los Gemelos Fantasticos. The Cerebros team attacked the twins after a match and later both teams issued challenges, leading up to a hair match. The Cerebros were victorious in the hair match. Soon they turned their attention towards the IWRG IC Trios & Estado de Mexico Trios Champions, Los Oficiales. They added Black Terry to their team to form a dangerous trio known as Los Terribles Cerebros. They were able to capture the Estado de Mexico Trios Titles late in the year.
62. Hijo del Fantasma (NR) – The son of Fantasma, not to be confused with his cousin Fantasma Jr. Still very young and raw, but was fortunate to have two things going for him entering CMLL in 2008 and that was him being a second-generation wrestler and CMLL’s youth movement. Immediately challenged for the CMLL Trios titles early in the year. When Hector Garza turned tecnico, he decided he’d form his own tecnico faction to battle Los Perros Del Mal and the other CMLL rudo factions, Hijo del Fantasma was one of the first names announced as part of Garza’s Los Angeles Celestiales (Celestial Angels). Teaming with Hector Garza and La Mascara, the trio won the CMLL Trios Championship in a tournament in June. They held the belts for about 2 months. He was victorious in the Gen75 Torneo Cibernetico in June as well. He also teamed with El Gallo to take the hair of El Malefico & Mascara Magica (2-thirds of La Tercia Toxica).
63. Rey Cometa (35) – Former member of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Left AAA early in the year and began working the independents. Highflyer who’s known for his innovative moves. Frequently teams with Pegasso Extreme. Along with Pegasso Extreme and Freelance came close to uncrowning Los Oficiales as IWRG IC Trios Champions. Joined CMLL late in the year and is pretty much in the same position he was at in AAA (lower in the card).
64. Nosferatu (NR) – My pick for the most improved luchador for 2008. He first appeared in CMLL as Chamaco Valaguez Jr. and didn’t look very impressive. Had a very simple look to him. Immediately grouped him in with the list of bad second-generation wrestlers. However, someone in CMLL saw something in him, repackaged him and put him under the watchful eye of veteran rudo and Mexican legend, El Satanico. He became part of the latest incarnation of Los Infernales with El Satanico and Euforia. As a team, Nosferatu and Euforia lost in the finals of the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Tournament to Flash and Stuka Jr., but continued to be their biggest threats the rest of the year.
65. Pegasso Extreme (80) Former member of AAA’s Fuerza Aerea. Spent the first half of the year in AAA. Left AAA during the summer and began working the independents throughout Mexico. Formed a team with Rey Cometa and both made their way to IWRG. While in IWRG was part of two memorable trios matches against Los Oficiales. Late in the year, he made his return to CMLL after being away for about 9 years. Part of a rather loaded undercard in CMLL.
66. Flash (NR) – Young luchador who received a decent push in 2008. Along with Stuka Jr. won the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles on June 29, 2008. Both complement each other very well in the ring as they both wrestle a fast-paced, high-flying tecnico style. Feuded with Los Infernales, Nosferatu and Euforia, for the belts and also battled against them in trios matches. Was involved in numerous torneo ciberneticos this past year. Might need a name change down the road as there are at least 3 other guys in Mexico who use the same name.
67. El Terrible (84) – Upper-card rudo who spent the majority of the year as a member of Los Perros Del Mal in CMLL. Average heavyweight wrestler, but he has good charisma and his promos are good, so you combine those two attributes with his size and crazy hair, he’s a virtual lock to be high on the card for CMLL. Teamed with Damian 666 in a loss to Animal & Kensukes Sasaki for the UWA Tag Team Titles at an Ultimo Dragon “Toryumania” show in 2008. When Los Perros quit CMLL, he and other former PdM members formed “La Jauria Del Terror” and continued with their brand of violence against CMLL tecnicos. Along with Texano Jr. won the Occidente Tag Team Titles in Guadalajara. He also won the “Leyenda de Azul” trophy by winning a torneo cibernetico for that prize.
68. Mascara Dorada (NR) – Started the year as Metalik wrestling primarily in Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara. His high-flying style helped him find success early in 2008 in that area. He won the Occidente Welterweight Championship on April 13th. He also began getting placed in matches with CMLL regulars. He was also involved in a feud with veteran CMLL rudo, El Jeque. He eventually beat El Jeque in a mask vs. hair match. One week later, he made his CMLL debut still using the name Metalik. He was involved in some of the higher profile matches early as he wrestled the Generacion 75 Torneo Cibernetico, Arena Coliseo Tag Team Tournament, and the Torneo Gran Alternativa (teaming with Dos Caras Jr. and eventually lost in the finals). In Guadalajara, he teamed with La Sombra in the Corona Tag Team Tournament and won in the Finals against Olimpico and Ultimo Guerrero. The two teams actually faced off twice in the Finals, but due to a double-disqualification the first time, they had a rematch the following week. In November, it was announced that for the first time ever there would be a regular-sized wrestler honoring an already established mini wrestler as opposed to the other way around. In a video, Mascarita Dorada introduced the world to Mascara Dorada. He continued to receive an even greater push, teaming with Mistico. Despite struggling late in the year as Mascara Dorada, he has a bright future.
69. Blue Demon Jr. (NR) – On October 25, 2008, Blue Demon Jr. beat “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce to become the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The first Mexican wrestler to hold that title. Granted this isn’t the NWA of the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s, but it was still a pleasant surprise. One of the positives that came from the NWA-Blue Demon Jr. relationship is that Blue Demon Jr. brings in a sponsor like the Full Throttle Blue Demon Energy Drink to the NWA. He also was announced as President of NWA Mexico. In NWA Mexico, he feuded with El Dandy. Also wrestles in other lucha independents and territories throughout Mexico. Traveled quite a bit as he wrestled in US (for the NWA and for other lucha indy shows) and in Europe (most notably the Lucha Libre London shows). Still has an ongoing rivalry with El Hijo del Santo and the two had matches in Spain.
70. Princesa Sujei (NR) – CMLL Ruda and one of the better female wrestlers in Mexico. When she’s not wrestling in CMLL, she sometimes appears in the Monterrey territory. A long-time rival of Dark Angel/Sarah Stock and actually beat her for her mask a few years ago. Uses the nickname “La CazaCanadienses” (means she hunts Canadians) and she lived up to that nickname by feuding with Goddess. Princesa Sujei beat Goddess in a mask match in October. Her name tends to be spelled differently by everyone.
71. Ultimo Dragoncito (87) – The long-time mini version of Ultimo Dragon. A tecnico in CMLL’s mini division. Had many battles against the likes of Pierrothito and Los Cachorros Del Mal. Had a feud with Fire in Puebla, which culminated in a mask vs. mask match between the two. Ultimo Dragoncito came out victorious in the match. Very exciting high flyer and does use some of the moves that Ultimo Dragon made famous. A mainstay in CMLL.
72. Zumbido (58) – Along with Scorpio Jr., quit AAA in the middle of 2008 due to either a pay dispute or feeling that they were not being used properly. Immediately joined IWRG and also worked the independents. Challenged for the IWRG IC Tag Team Titles with Scorpio Jr. When Scorpio Jr. was out of action due to battling an illness, he spent time feuding with Fuerza Guerrera. He has mentioned that he’d like to make a return to CMLL.
73. Negro Casas (40) – A legend in Mexico. After several years as a tecnico in CMLL, he turned rudo and joined forces with Mr. Niebla to form “La Peste Negra”. His brothers soon followed and joined the faction. Casas also teamed with Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero to win the CMLL World Trios Titles. The trio of Casas, Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero also had a series of matches with TNA stars, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt. He also toured Japan later in the year, teaming with Rocky Romero (who had recently quit CMLL and jumped to AAA).
74. Dragon Rojo Jr. (NR) – Formerly known as Diamante Negro. Changed his identity to Dragon Rojo Jr. in July. Immediately received a good push by CMLL as he teamed with Ultimo Guerrero to win the Torneo Gran Alternativa, which is a tag team tournament were a veteran teams with a younger wrestler. At the August 29th PPV, he took the mask of Mictlan. He also briefly became a member of the “Los Laguneros” faction that was briefly formed by Blue Panther and Ultimo Guerrero to battle the Perros Del Mal and the Villanos. Dragon Rojo Jr. also challenged for the Mexican National Welterweight Title held by Sangre Azteca.
75. Billy Boy (30) – Spent the first half of the year in the ongoing Apache Family feud. Was attacked early in the year by the Foreign Legion and Konnan made fun of him being somewhat ‘pussy-whipped’ and never standing up to Fabi and the other Apache family members. After Mari and Fabi’s hair match at Triplemania, the family united and it appeared they had accepted Billy Boy as part of the family. Except Fabi Apache still had problems with Billy Boy and refused to talk to him. During the second half of 2008, he got less TV time and appeared to be demoted to opening match status. Worked in mostly trios matches against the Piratas, Diabolicos and El Poder del Norte. At the 12/6 Guerra De Titanes show, Billy Boy attacked Fabi Apache.
76. Pierrothito (NR) – Long-time mini version of Pierroth. Veteran rudo had a great run in 2008 as CMLL continued to push their mini division. Challenged Pequeño Damian 666 for the CMLL Minis Title back on February 21, 2008. Had a long-running feud with Ultimo Dragoncito. Won the Mexican National Lightweight Title on September 23, 2008. He first had to reach the finals by being one of two finalists in a torneo cibernetico two weeks prior and then beat Mascarita Dorada in the final. A week after winning the title, in Arena Puebla, he and two other mini rudos wrestled a trios match against regular-sized luchadores from that area.
77. Mari Apache (NR) – Daughter of veteran luchador, Gran Apache, and the sister of Fabi Apache. She spent most of her career prior to 2007 wrestling in Japan (ARSION). In 2007, she became involved with the Apache family feud, siding with her father against sister, Fabi, and brother-in-law, Billy Boy. Held the AAA Mixed Tag Team titles with Gran Apache and the two feuded with Fabi and Billy Boy, as well as with El Oriental and Cinthia Moreno over the belts. The Mari vs. Fabi feud came to an end at Triplemania were Mari lost a hair match to Fabi and at the end of the match both embraced and forgave each other. The Apaches continued to feud with The Moreno family for the remainder of the year.
78. La Parka (AAA) (55) – AAA star that often gets confused for the original La Parka (now known as L.A. Park) and also referred to as ‘La Parka Jr.’ to differentiate between the two. He’s not as good as L.A. Park, but has had a pretty good career as he’s been pushed as one of the top tecnicos in AAA for the last several years. After several injury-filled years, 2008 seemed to go smoother for him. He spent most of the year battling the Foreign Legion and has a long-running feud with Kenzo Suzuki. Also holds the Mexican National Tag Team Titles with Octagon. He’s known more as an entertainer with his dancing and playing to the crowd than his wrestling.
79. Dark Angel (43) – Very popular Canadian-born female wrestler. Has been a part of the women’s scene in Mexico since 2004, starting in the Monterrey, Nuevo Leon region. She’s fluent in Spanish, so that has opened the doors for her in CMLL (well that and the fact she’s attractive, helped as well!). She also competed in the bodybuilding competitions that CMLL holds annually. In March 2008, she challenged for the CMLL Women’s title, but lost to Amapola. Mostly competed in trios matches. Very good worker.
80. Scoria (64) – Member of AAA’s La Secta/Black Family. More of a highflyer, but also has become a brawler due to the types of matches he’s usually involved in. Mostly wrestled in trios and atomicos matches. Held the Mexican National Atomicos Titles with the other members of La Secta throughout 2008. Switched from following El Mesias, to Chessman, and late in the year they became henchmen for Konnan in his feud with the Roldans and AAA.
81. Gato Eveready (NR) – Fun character that is played by former Barrio Boy, Alan. While, as a Barrio Boy he was thoroughly disliked by almost everyone online, the same folks who hated him then love him now under the hood. Seriously, I can’t think of anyone who more folks online did a complete 180 on that wrestles in AAA. Does a real good job in the ring as a tecnico and is always fun in whatever trios match he is in. Was involved in the Alas de Oro match in 2008.
82. Lizmark Jr. (67) – Second generation wrestler who never fully lived up to his father’s legacy in the ring. Had a feud with Marco Corleone in CMLL that included a hair match between the two. Lizmark Jr. lost the match. Never seemed to join any of the rudo factions in CMLL as he seemed to team with various rudos in trios matches. Add him to the list of top contenders to the Heavyweight Title, who didn’t seem to get a shot in 2008. Was one of the many luchadores signed by WCW in the late ’90s.
83. Cuervo (85) – Long-time member of AAA’s Black Family/La Secta. Held the Mexican National Atomicos titles (4-person team) with the other members of La Secta throughout 2008. In the past 2 years AAA seems to be moving Ozz to the front of the group, while Cuervo and Scoria are in the background and Espiritu is even further behind them. Spent the year battling various factions in AAA. Turned on El Mesias thanks to Chessman, who later turned on La Secta to side with the Psycho Circus. Cuervo is more of a highflyer, who also gets involved in brawls due to working the confusing atomicos matches.
84. Felino (65) – The most underutilized of the Casas brothers currently in CMLL. Also married to CMLL female wrestler, Princesa Blanca and is also the father of CMLL newcomer, Kid Tiger. Frequently teamed with his brothers in 2008. Spent the first half of the year as a tecnico. In August, he became a rudo and joined his brothers and Mr. Niebla to form “La Peste Negra”. Changed his look to an all black outfit (although he also wears black and white gear as well) to show he was now evil. Known for years as having cat-quick reflexes and working a fast-paced style of match.
85. Brazo de Plata (NR) – Also known as Super Porky. One of the most charismatic and sympathetic characters in all of lucha libre. He’s not anywhere near the worker he was in his prime as he’s gotten older and heftier. However, no one in lucha can play the sympathy card quite like Super Porky. His brother, El Brazo, turned on him and attacked him with the help of Los Guapos VIP. El Brazo’s reasoning for this attack was that he hated ‘fat people’ and took it out on his own brother. This was a funny angle because if you’re not family with Los Brazos, all the brothers are fat. To build up the Brazos feud, AAA ran a storyline that Super Porky was depressed and wanted to retire, but a group of wrestlers joined up to talk him out of retiring. It was quite the odd group as it consisted of El Alebrije w/ Cuije, El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata and others. He decided to not retire and instead feuded with his brother and was able to get a laugh at the expense of him when El Brazo lost his hair in a cage match at Guerra de Titanes.
86. Oriental (89) – Won the AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles with his sister, Cinthia Moreno at Verano de Escandalo. They spent most of the year feuding with the Apache Family over those belts. Strangely enough, when teaming with his sister, he works as a rudo, but when he’s not tagging with his sister, he works as a tecnico. Has had numerous tours of Japan (AAA, Pro Wrestling Noah, Osaka Pro, CMLL Japan, etc.) in his career. One of the better luchadores in AAA.
87. Fuerza Guerrera (NR) – Another veteran rudo who experienced a bit of a career revival in 2008. Worked in several independents, but was frequently in IWRG. There in IWRG, he was involved in a feud with fellow rudo Black Terry. He took Black Terry’s IWRG IC Welterweight Title, Hair and HUMBLED~! him during this feud. Had some matches against his son, Juventud Guerrera (mostly in tag or trios matches), despite both claiming, they wouldn’t wrestle against each other. Known worldwide for his surliness and being a total bad-ass, Fuerza entered thirty years of being in the business in 2008. One of the best rudos of the past 30 years.
88. Lady Apache (91) – Missed 6 months due to knee surgery. Made her return in late May. Immediately began feuding with Amapola. Beat Amapola in a hair match at the 8/29 PPV. She then challenged for the CMLL Women’s Title, which resulted in a loss for Lady Apache against Amapola. She’s still in the mix when it comes to challenging for either women’s title (CMLL or National), but seems to have been surpassed by at least 4-5 women in 2008 and with CMLL continuing to add more women to the division there is no telling what her position will be for the entirety of 2009 and beyond.
89. Vampiro (NR) – Returned to AAA in June 2008 as Joaquin Roldan’s surprise for Konnan and the Foreign Legion. Soon found himself feuding with an old rival from Puerto Rico, El Mesias. They had a wild cage match at Verano de Escandalo. There were rumors that some of the upper echelon stars in AAA were upset at the number of foreigners joining the promotion and many seemed to dislike Vampiro. One rumor had Vampiro asking to work with the younger talent since there seemed to be issues with several veterans. Then there was a rumor of Cibernetico and Chessman threatening Vampiro backstage at a show with the rumor escalating to a possible ‘knife’ being involved. That rumor seemed to die down when Vampiro decided to retire due to injuries. When Konnan gained control of AAA, Joaquin Roldan decided to give him yet another surprise by announcing a new commissioner in AAA, who turned out to be Vampiro.
90. Solar I (NR) – Veteran tecnico has seen a bit of a renaissance in his career as for years he primarily reappeared in reunions with his fellow Space Cadets teammates, Ultraman and Super Astro, and worked on various shows that seemed to go unnoticed. The trio continues to reunite for various shows. However, in 2008 his matches with Negro Navarro have become a staple for various indy groups and have brought Solar back to the forefront of lucha libre. They wrestled each other fairly regularly and the matches have been described as ‘exhibitions of classic lucha libre’. He also traveled outside of Mexico. Most notably working the Lucha Libre London shows.
91. Skayde (NR) – Also wrestled under his real name Jorge Rivera. Best known for being a trainer in Mexico and primarily for Ultimo Dragon’s Toryumon. Wrestled primarily on the independent circuit in Mexico, but he also traveled outside of the country and worked shows in the US (primarily for Chikara) and Japan (Dragon Gate). Won a tournament to become the NWA Light Heavyweight Champion. He’s one of those guys who has developed a fan following amongst hardcore fans (smarks), wrestling insiders, and fellow wrestlers.
92. Cerebro Negro (50) – A regular in IWRG. Happens to be very good in singles, tag team and trios matches. Along with Dr. Cerebro, they have become one of the best tag teams in Mexico’s independent circuit, primarily in Arena Naucalpan. Has held practically every title in IWRG. Was part of the feud with Los Gemelos Fantasticos, which ended with Cerebro Negro and Dr. Cerebro taking the twins hair. Seems to be a big John Cena fan as he uses his intro and at times dresses like him. Very good worker and a part of the great core group of locals in Naucalpan.
93. Decnnis (86) – Probably best known for being a part of various AAA factions such as Los Barrio Boys, Los Guapos VIP and in 2008 with Los Metrosexuales. Along with Scorpio Jr., won a cage match to qualify for Rey de Reyes, where he lost in the semifinals. When El Brazo joined Los Guapos VIP, AAA shot a great vignette were Los Guapos VIP beat down Super Porky (Brazo de Plata) and then road off in an SUV (vignette brought back memories of the Four Horsemen, except you’d never see Arn or Ole have a midget sitting on their lap in the getaway car! Although a mini Ole would fuckin’ rule!). Los Guapos VIP had some sort of money or lack of opportunity/push disagreement with AAA and all, but El Brazo, decided to quit the company. Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido landed in IWRG and it appeared like Decnis and El Guapito would join them there. Then the great El Guapito caper began during the summer. For about TWO WEEKS El Guapito kept changing his mind. One day he’d be heading to IWRG, next day he’d say he wanted to go back to AAA, then he’d say he was loyal to the other Guapos VIP, then he’d say, he was loyal to AAA. Decnis made his decision to return to AAA sooner than El Guapito. Finally, El Guapito returned and reunited with Decnis and El Brazo as Los Metrosexuales, thus ending 2-weeks worth of memorable news updates by Kris Zellner and thecubsfan! Decnis has shown good charisma and is pretty good in the ring and has great chemistry with El Guapito.
94. Texano Jr. (78) - Second-generation wrestler, who finished 2008 as a member of the CMLL faction known as “La Jauria del Terror” or “Los Hijos Del A Ver No” (take your pick as far as what name they used most). Was previously a member of Los Perros del Mal for most of 2008. Won the hair of Heavy Metal in an elimination cage match as he was the last one to escape, leaving Metal in the ring. Also teamed frequently with El Terrible and on 8/26/08 won the Occidente Tag Team Titles in Guadalajara.
95. Turbo (NR) – Trained by Skayde (Jorge Rivera). In Mexico, he worked primarily in IWRG and various independents. In fact, he’s a virtual lock to be working the 3rd or 4th match for some of the better known independent shows in Mexico. He has also toured Japan most notably for Dragon Gate. Also made appearances in the U.S. for Chikara. Was a participant in the NWA Light Heavyweight tournament. A very talented high-flyer with a bright future.
96. Rey Hechicero (NR) – The top local rudo in Nuevo Leon, replacing Super Parka for that spot in 2008. Held the WWA Middleweight Title in early 2008 which included a defense against Valiente. Also feuded with Tigre Universitario, who he lost the title to in April. Competed in the Ruleta de la Muerte on 12/18 and was suppose to be in the finals, but suffered an ‘injury’ at the hands of Misterioso II. There were some rumors prior to the match that Rey Hechicero was the one who was going to lose his mask at this show, so in all likelihood they decided to swerve~! the fans. His look is somewhat similar to that of the current rudo Atlantis. Well-rounded rudo. Would make a nice addition to either CMLL or AAA.
97. Mike “El Suicida” Segura/Aeroman (76) – Worked in 2008 under his name in the independent circuit in Mexico, but in IWRG worked as the masked “Aeroman”. Very easy to figure out that Segura was under the hood, but still nice to see IWRG re-package hiim in a new gimmick following a somewhat chaotic 2007 when IWRG ‘suspended’ several of their locals due to working an alleged ‘outlaw’ show. Was part of several trios lineups that battled Los Oficiales. On 5/29/08, he lost to Freelance in a match for the IWRG IC Light Heavyweight Title. Continues to provide his brand of high-flying, death-defying moves at Arena Naucalpan!
98. Mr. Aguila (77) – Member of Los Perros Del Mal. Teams mostly with Damian 666. When El Hijo del Perro Aguayo quit CMLL to start his own promotion, Mr. Aguila and Damian 666 remained in CMLL for about a month. Then they also left and joined Promociones Perros Del Mal. Best suited for trios and tag team matches were he can showcase his highspots. Doesn’t really do as well in singles matches. Known to most U.S. fans as Essa Rios from WWE fame.
99. Pequeño Olimpico (82) – One of the many mini luchadores who outshined their bigger counterparts this year. Solid tecnico, who spent the majority of the year battling Los Cachorros del Mal, primarily in parejas and trios matches with regular teammates, Mascarita Dorada, Ultimo Dragoncito and Bam Bam. Good high-flyer, but doesn’t have the death-defying moves (due to size) or charisma that many of the other mini tecnicos have in CMLL.
100. El Elegido (NR) – Spent the majority of the year in a feud with Pirata Morgan, due Morgan’s dislike of his dancing and his ‘pretty boy’ image. He also sided with Super Porky (Brazo de Plata) in his feud with El Brazo & Los Guapos VIP (later Los Metrosexuales) and also is part of the regular crew that defended AAA against Konnan’s Foreign Legion. All three feuds culminated at Guerra de Titanes with a steel cage match were the loser would drop his hair or mask. El Elegido helped El Guapito climb out of the cage, leaving El Brazo to lose his hair and dignity. Not a good worker, but his build and strip-dancing skills is a major attraction for the women.