[FREE PREVIEW] Lucha Clasica Ep. 13: Box y Lucha 1967 Annual

December 7, 2017

Free Preview of Lucha Clasica Ep. 13 with Kurt Brown & Fredo Esparza covering Box y Lucha Annual 1967 which recapped 1966. Full episode is available at patreon.com/LuchaWorld as a $3 or more reward! We look back at Rene Guajardo, Ray Mendoza, Jerry London, Black Shadow, Mil Mascaras, women's wrestling in Mexico, the newcomers and much more from 1966! 

There are two ways that you can subscribe to get access to the Lucha Clasica podcast. You can subscribe at http://luchaworld.podbean.com/ for $2.95 per month. If you would rather pay via paypal, you can subscribe to the show via our patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/luchaworld at the $3.00 per month reward option. Here are this podcast links:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/lucha-clasica-ep-15742494
Podbean - https://luchaworld.podbean.com/e/lucha-clasica-ep-13-box-y-lucha-1967-annual/

 

Topics include:

  • The best of 1966
  • Rene Guajardo & Karloff Lagarde
  • Jerry London's amazing 1966 and what happened to him after his time in Mexico.
  • The formation of the Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco tag team
  • Black Shadow turns rudo and revives his classic feud with El Santo!
  • The top 10 tecnicos and rudos of 1966
  • Quotes from Ray Mendoza
  • Chucho Villa, El Solitario and Anibal's first year in EMLL!
  • Mil Mascaras becoming a superstar
  • Writers critquing luchadores
  • History of women's wrestling! How it started in Mexico, the Mexico City ban & how it got unbanned in Mexico City!
  • Plus tons more!

Fun episode as we look back at 1966! 90+ minute show!

 

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Lucha Clasica Ep. 13: Box y Lucha 1967 Annual

December 7, 2017

Lucha Clasica Ep. 13 with Kurt Brown (a.k.a. Vandal Drummond) & Fredo Esparza covering Box y Lucha's 1967 annual as they look back at the best of 1966 in lucha libre!

Topics include:

  • The best of 1966
  • Rene Guajardo & Karloff Lagarde
  • Jerry London's amazing 1966 and what happened to him after his time in Mexico.
  • The formation of the Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco tag team
  • Black Shadow turns rudo and revives his classic feud with El Santo!
  • The top 10 tecnicos and rudos of 1966
  • Quotes from Ray Mendoza
  • Chucho Villa, El Solitario and Anibal's first year in EMLL!
  • Mil Mascaras becoming a superstar
  • Writers critquing luchadores
  • History of women's wrestling! How it started in Mexico, the Mexico City ban & how it got unbanned in Mexico City!
  • Plus tons more!

Fun episode as we look back at 1966! 90+ minute show!

[FREE PREVIEW] Lucha Clasica Ep. 12

October 27, 2017

Free preview of Lucha Clasica Ep. 12 covering Lucha Libre issue #1160 (4/27/1986). Preview is the first 15 minutes of show. Full episode available at patreon.com/Luchaworld as a $3 or more reward! 

There are two ways that you can subscribe to get access to the Lucha Clasica podcast. You can subscribe at http://luchaworld.podbean.com/ for $2.95 per month. If you would rather pay via paypal, you can subscribe to the show via our patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/luchaworld at the $3.00 per month reward option. Here are this podcast links:

Full Show Topics include: 

  • Sangre Chicana matches & we find out why he shows up late to shows! 
  • Martin Lucero's other job!
  • La Fiera & Mocho Cota turn tecnico & we hear from some of their rivals and not from them despite being on this issues cover! 
  • Some fan mail from that era! 
  • Negro Casas, Blue Panther, Super Raton & El Salvaje interviews! 
  • El Solitario's passing with family giving details at a press conference.
  • Comando Ruso shares a teenage love story! 
  • Rey Misterio Sr info & how he would later impact the Tijuana lucha scene. 
  • Emilio Charles Jr. not allowed back home since turning rudo! 
  • Plus we talk about the monstrous Box y Lucha 1967 annual that will be featured on our next show & preliminary discussion on a new podcast show. 
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Lucha Clasica Ep. 12: Lucha Libre #1160 (4/27/1986)

October 27, 2017

 

Kurt Brown (a.k.a. Vandal Drummond) and Fredo Esparza return with the latest episode of Lucha Clasica as we look thru the pages of Lucha Libre issue #1160 (4/27/1986).

Topics include:

  • Sangre Chicana matches & we find out why he shows up late to shows! 
  • Martin Lucero's other job!
  • La Fiera & Mocho Cota turn tecnico & we hear from some of their rivals and not from them despite being on this issues cover! 
  • Some fan mail from that era! 
  • Negro Casas, Blue Panther, Super Raton & El Salvaje interviews! 
  • El Solitario's passing with family giving details at a press conference.
  • Comando Ruso shares a teenage love story! 
  • Rey Misterio Sr info & how he would later impact the Tijuana lucha scene. 
  • Emilio Charles Jr. not allowed back home since turning rudo! 
  • Plus we talk about the monstrous Box y Lucha 1967 annual that will be featured on our next show & preliminary discussion on a new podcast show. 

[FREE PREVIEW] Lucha Clasica Ep. 11

September 26, 2017

Free preview of Lucha Clasica Ep. 11 remembering Ruben Juarez & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Full episode available at patreon.com/Luchaworld as a $3 or more reward! In this preview we talk about the Juarez-Ladd feud in L.A. 

Full episode is 90 minutes!

There are two ways that you can subscribe to get access to the Lucha Clasica podcast. You can subscribe at http://luchaworld.podbean.com/ for $2.95 per month. If you would rather pay via paypal, you can subscribe to the show via our patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/luchaworld at the $3.00 per month reward option. Here are this podcast links:

 

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Lucha Clasica Ep. 11 - Ruben Juarez & Bobby Heenan

September 26, 2017

Kurt Brown (a.k.a. Vandal Drummond) and Fredo Esparza return with the latest episode of Lucha Clasica as we look back and remember the careers of lucha legend Ruben Juarez and the great Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. 90 minutes looking back at their careers.

We discuss Ruben Juarez time in the Los Angeles, CA territory in the early 70s where he had a memorable feud with Ernie "The Big Cat" Ladd. Plus Juarez career in Mexico as a wrestler, matchmaker and promoter including his time as one of Mexico's top Light Heavyweights during the 1960s and his feud with Los Espantos. We also talk about some of Juarez thoughts on promoting and matchmaking.

We go off-topic from lucha libre and remember one of the all-time great wrestling managers Bobby "The Brain" Heenan from the first time we first saw him, managing pre-WWF the likes of Nick Bockwinkle, his WWF run as a manager and then joining the commentary team with Gorilla Monsoon, plus heading to WCW.

This was a fun show to do and we also preview upcoming Lucha Clasica episodes!

[FREE preview] Lucha Clasica Ep. 10 - Onita in Lucha

August 4, 2017

Free Preview of Lucha Clasica Ep. 10 covering Atsushi Onita & FMW co-promoting with WWA in Tijuana & Los Angeles.

Kurt Brown (a.k.a. Vandal Drummond & Fredo Esparza are joined in this Lucha Clasica by Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims as they look back at Atushi Onita & the FMW promotion co-promoting 2 shows in Tijuana & Los Angeles with Benjamin Mora's WWA. The trio also talks about Kurt's big mask vs. hair match against the Gemini Kid in Los Angeles.

There are two ways that you can subscribe to get access to the Lucha Clasica podcast. You can subscribe at http://luchaworld.podbean.com/ for $2.95 per month. If you would rather pay via paypal, you can subscribe to the show via our patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/luchaworld at the $3.00 per month reward option. Here are this podcast links:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/lucha-clasica-ep-13647357
Podbean - http://luchaworld.podbean.com/e/lucha-clasica-ep-10-onita-in-lucha/

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Lucha Clasica Ep. 10 - Onita in Lucha

August 4, 2017

Kurt Brown (a.k.a. Vandal Drummond & Fredo Esparza are joined in this Lucha Clasica by Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims as they look back at Atushi Onita & the FMW promotion co-promoting 2 shows in Tijuana & Los Angeles with Benjamin Mora's WWA. The trio also talks about Kurt's big mask vs. hair match against the Gemini Kid in Los Angeles.

Some of what was discussed in this episode:

  • Vandal Drummond vs. Gemini Kid in a mask vs. hair match on 5/10/92 in Los Angeles.
  • Kurt's thoughts on being one of the few wrestling writers/historians who can give insight in this type of match.
  • Tijuana Promoter Benjamin Mora.
  • Kurt & Dave Meltzer travel to Japan & stay at Wally Yamaguchi's house.
  • Atsushi Onita in lucha libre. How he got involved & who did he deal with to work out these two shows.
  • The WWA/FMW 5/15/92 Tijuana & 5/16/92 Los Angeles shows.
  • Tinieblas without Alushe.
  • Tijuana & Los Angeles fans reaction to the FMW talent and the weird mix in some matches.
  • Dr. Lucha's disappointment that there would be no Onita-type match (Explosions! Barb Wire! Fire! Fire! FIRE!!!)
  • Thoughts on the FMW women on the show compared to the AJW that everyone was more familiar with at that time.
  • Los Mercenarios and those who wrestled at certain points in that trio.
  • Lazer-Tron (Not Hector Guerrero!), Super Muneco, Ultraman 2000
  • Kurt gets distracted by Reggie Bennett so he missed the Tinieblas semi-main event trios match in L.A.
  • The Los Angeles main event of Hijo del Santo, Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto vs. Negro Casas, Horace Boulder & Tim Patterson
  • The no-shows for those two events plus Rey Mysterio Jr.
  • Negro Casas is in heavy demand as the top opponent to Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Hijo del Santo, and wanted by the LLI, CMLL & AAA promotions.

Fun 90-minute show!

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Lucha Clasica Ep. 9 - L.A. Park

June 30, 2017

L.A. Park Special!!! 

Fredo Esparza is joined in this Lucha Clasica special by Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims as they take a look back at the career of one of the biggest names in lucha libre from the past 25 years, Adolfo Tapia Ibarra, better known worldwide as L.A. Park or the original La Parka! We look back as his career from the early days, to joining AAA, his role in WCW, joining CMLL, battling over his name with AAA, and being an independent and lucha libre's free spirit! 

Some of what we discuss in this episode: 

  • His early days under numerous gimmicks including Principe Island
  • Where did Antonio Peña get the inspiration to create the La Parka character & how Adolfo Tapia would get to be the character.  
  • La Parka in AAA & how he went from just a fun character to one of the bigger names in AAA. 
  • La Parka feuds with Lizmark over Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title. 
  • La Parka turns tecnico and feuds with Jerry "El Puma" Estrada with bonus Estrada tale.
  • Feud with Pierroth Jr. that would be one of the biggest feuds in Mexico in the late '90s. 
  • La Parka joins WCW and how that time period is viewed by fans and how it affects his legacy. 
  • La Parka becomes an independent and goes to battle with AAA over the use of the "La Parka" name. What Antonio Peña and Adolfo Tapia's relationship was like after this lawsuit. 
  • L.A. Park joins CMLL and how that ended with issues between the promotion and himself. 
  • L.A. Park's AAA return and the Triplemania match with AAA's La Parka. Was there heat between these two? (Oh yeah!!!) 
  • L.A. Park as an independent and his very brief return to CMLL in 2015. 
  • His feuds with Hijo del Santo, Dr. Wagner Jr., and Rush. 

And much more!!! Over 100 minutes of L.A. Park discussion!!! 

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Lucha Clasica Ep. 8

June 16, 2017

Kurt Brown returns and joins Fredo Esparza to talk about the world of lucha libre back as they go thru the Box y Lucha May 15, 1992 issue! Plus Kurt talks about a memorable Titanes En El Ring storyline involving La Momia and David El Pastor!

Some of what we talk about in this episode: 

  • CMLL results from early May 1992 including Lizmark vs. Satanico, Felino and Ciclon Ramirez feuding, Ringo & Cachorro Mendoza winning tag tournament, Rey Gestas facing Principe Island and feuding with Konnan. 
  • Andre The Giant tours Mexico with UWA. 
  • Too Cold Scorpio debuts in Mexico as Black Scorpio. 
  • La Ola Lila! 
  • Xochitl Hamada refuses to name who her boyfriend was at that time. 
  • Espanto Jr. talks Hijo del Santo, titles & fears
  • 1936 news - Salvador Lutteroth brings in new talent to Mexico City including Sterling "Dizzy" Davis (later known as Gardenia Davis in Mexico) and Lupe Zarate, who was a luchador with no arms! 
  • Titanes En El Ring - La Momia & David El Pastor angle! 
  • Plus weird kid shows of the past including those with clowns and one hosted by Xuxa!