CMLL on Televisa: 2012-04-07


taped 2012-03-30 @ Arena Mexico

win via turnbuckle smash

Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpion 2 : The Escorpion/Black Warrior feud itself is just okay – nicely built here despite not playing into the eventual finish – but the best aspect of it is a motivated Black Warrior for the first time since he came back (and probably even longer, because he wasn’t really into it at the end of his last stint.) It’s probably not going to last much longer than the hair match (or whenever they forget about this feud), but it’s much improved over what they’ve got out of him late.

the end

Volador Jr. vs Prince Devitt for the NWA World Middleweight Championship: A really good and enjoyable match. They worked this straight técnico vs técnico, surprising given how much the crowd was in love with Volador. It was about as loud and vocal a support for a CMLL guy in Arena Mexico as I’ve heard in some time. They gave Volador a lot – he kicked out the Bloody Sunday, though the crowd didn’t pick up on it or know enough to care, and Devitt survived almost all of Volador’s usual winning moves – and he seemed like he was just a little bit lesser on this nice but could’ve won if something broke his way.

I believe I did not like this match quite as much as everyone else. All the lead up to the match was about Volador aggressive being a jerk to Devitt. Volador treated Devitt as if he was the second coming of Místico, and such a person existing was a threat to Volador’s own personal belief in himself as the best luchador in the world. Angry petulant chip on his shoulder made this feud special, but Volador dropped the act (and retroactively made it look like an act) for the biggest match feud. This was a good athletic contest, but it had a chance to be something more memorable.