CMLL on Televisa: 2012-12-22


taped 2012-12-14 @ Arena Mexico

Hooray for lucha libre

Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: A, uh, interesting decision for New Young Beautiful Tecnica Champion Estrellita to team with the two much better candidates for that position in her first appearance as champion. (Dark Angel and Silueta appeared to be a really fun tag team anyway.) Estrellita’s strong points are not her moves. She did a lot of of moves here. So. This match was not bad but this is not something I really enjoyed watching. All of my feelings on this are clearly being influenced by this likely ending up with Estrellita beating Amapola to keep her title, a match I strongly desire not to see.

Mascara Dorada coming close to a headscissors on the cameraman

Máscara Dorada vs Averno in a lightning match: one of the best lightning matches they’ve done. Instead of doing a normal singles match with a big chuck on the middle cut out, they more inventively cut out most of Averno’s offense. We got a Dorada highlight reel the most way, Dorada doing everything well and looking in complete control, and Averno dropping him with big bombs on a few occasions. The moves still looked big, and Dorada looked good for surviving them until he didn’t. It came together very well.

barricade really not making Sombra’s life safer

La Sombra vs Tama Tonga in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament final match: a really good match until the finish went wrong. It was almost definitely supposed to end on the top rope double moonsault, only the rolling in position problems Terrible had passed onto his partner. Even after that, it looked like Sombra’s plan was for Tama to kickout and try another finish, but Tama kicked out so late that Babe Richard figured it was supposed to be three. It failed two ways. Still, it shouldn’t overshadow what was a really good match, and easily the best Tonga match he had in this run. The bit near the end where they reversed each other’s finishers was really well done, as was the barricade DDT in the third fall. Tama’s surely coming back in 2013, hopefully they get another chance to conclude this down the road.