CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-10-26

Herb Dean would’ve stopped it


taped 2013-10-18 @ Arena Mexico
Super Porky vs Rey Escorpión for the hair in super libre plus: I have this as Good and not great – though this is an incredibly weird match to rate. It did really feel like a different match than usual (like the submission match), where the spots they’d normally do in a match (the plancha!) felt wildly out of place and made the match seem more goofy than they were otherwise going for. Same thing with the three falls. There was a case for them, because they got over the holds as finishes in the first two falls and played off them in the third fall, but it seemed really silly to have Escorpion choke out Porky in under two minutes and then the match just keep going like Porky just wasn’t unconscious. When they did play it serious, there were some really serious moments. The punches near the end were really good, but all the brawling just came off as more violent. The finish was kind of in between – it made sense for Máximo to break it up but, if they’re playing fake MMA, it didn’t make sense for the referee not to stop it. Maybe I didn’t understand the rules, but I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that. This was still good more than bad, but I think it was too all of the over the place to be great. It’s one still worth checking out.

Maximo’s boxing skills. (Note Zavala deciding to stay as far out of range as possible.)

Tama Tonga & Terrible vs La Máscara & Rush: Not good, disappointing. La Mascara was not into the match at all, moving half speed and having no energy. I’m not sure if his mind was just elsewhere because of the circumstances, but it turned out to be a poor performance. He and Tama Tonga were so slow in the first fall, as if building to a much longer match than was happening, and the match only picked when Rush was involved. They really could’ve used a much hotter start to distract from the lackluster title change. It didn’t help that they turned the sound way down – probably because of some negative reactions to the bait and switch. It sounded like no one cared, and it was tough to find a reason to care in the match itself at all. I’m very much not excited for the inevitable title rematch.

best thing Mascara did all match was mostly Tonga’s work

Volador defeats Mascara Dorada for NWA Welterweight Title, UG beats Sombra

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 11/19/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Camaleón & Soberano Jr. b Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
Apocalipsis replaced Herodes. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior b Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito
Ultimo Dragonicto replaced Bam Bam, missing back to back shows. Rudos took 2/3
3) Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, La Seductora, Marcela
Dalys was announced as a replacement for Comandante, and Seductora was a replacement for Luna. Rudas took 2/3. They were annoyed at Seductora for helping the tecnicas, but Sedcutora betrayed the tecnicas at the end and Marcela beat Dalys.
4) Delta, Diamante Azul, Titán DQ Ephesto, Pierroth, Terrible
Terrible & Pierroth replaced Averno & Mephisto earlier in the week. Pompin was honored for being in lucha libre 56 years. Tecnicos took two straight, Terrible DQed in the second for throwing Titan over the top rope (powerbomb to the floor onto the tecnicos)
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Thunder b Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada [NWA WELTER]
Mascara Dorada came in as champion. Volador won the first with a frontcracker/backcracker, Dorada took the second, and Volador won the third with a Canadian Destroyer. Volador is the 5th/61st champion. Dorada falls on second defense.

Probably a rematch coming on FantasticaMania (and it doesn’t seem like Volador’s going anywhere else, as it has for a while.) Match sounded like it was the usual quick opening falls and long last fall.

Volador has won these titles, in order: trios titles, tag titles, light heavyweight title, middleweight title, welterweight title. Virus should be concerned about his super lightweight title.

CMLL (TUE) 11/19/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl, Informador]
1) Bengala & Leono b Demonio Rojo & Sádico
Leono replaced Sensei. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Hooligan b Leo, Magnus, Stigma
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta b La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
La Comandante replaced Dalys. Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Shocker
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Último Guerrero b La Sombra
UG took 2/3, the last by pulling Sombra’s mask and rolling him up.

That’s two straight people who’ve lost to Ultimo Guerrero in a seemingly pointless singles match before they go to the NJPW tour. I guess if UG is running thru all the tencicos to build up to the mask match with Atlantis it makes some sense, but I don’t believe there’s actually that sort of plan here.

Dark Angel said on Twitter she would not be in the bodybuilding contest. The streak is over!

ChilangaMask says they’ll run one more show this year on 12/22.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Canis Lupus vs Guerrero Maya and Satanico, Black Terry, Negro Navarro vs Blue Panther, Solar, Super Astro.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Casandro on WrestleTalkUK and PosterMania for the week.

Mamba wants revenge for Pimpinela unmasking him three years ago.

CMLL Gaceta has a preview of the bodybuilding contest.

Elijah Wood saw the AAA show at Morbid Fest.

Estrellas del Ring interviews Rey Inmortal.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Villano I unmasking Brontas.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. AAA taped in Queretaro, their second to last taping before their last major show of the year. The only match announced for Guerra de Titanes is Electroshock challenging the returning Blue Demon for the dormant Latin American championship. Fenix won in the main event, pinning the least important member of la Secta. A womens/exoticos apuesta match continues to build in the opening match.
  2. La Mascara & Rush kept the tag team titles over Tama Tonga & Terrible, with Rush faking foul to win. This apparently ends the Rush/Tonga feud for now, because Rush has returned to feuding with Negro Casas.
  3. Ricky Marvin defeated Belial in the main event of last weekend’s Chilangamask show in what was said to be a great match. Rey Cometa versus Impluso was said to also be great.
  4. Rush beat Shocker in Puebla, but lost again to Terrible for the heavyweight title in Guadalajara
  5. CMLL debuted on Azteca America. They’re matches from the Friday night shows and already airing out of order.
  6. Dr. Wagner declared he was going to invade CMLL, then showed up at an Arena Naucalpan show to challenge Mr. Niebla. It still seems like a stretch that Wagner will make it to Arena Mexico, but maybe CMLL okayed Niebla vs Wagner matches elsewhere.
  • Mistico, Volador Jr., Mascara Dorada, Rush, La Sombra, Mascara Dorada, Titan, Maximo, Ultimo Guerrero, Mephisto, Rey Escorpion, Okumura, Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa, Fuego, Vangellys and Niebla Roja will be on the FantasticaMania shows.
  • Dos Caras won in the first of a series of retirement matches in Arena Lopez Mateos.
  • CMLL lists someone named “Psyco Ripper” as wrestling on Friday. No one has any idea who this is.
  • NWA Mexico folded.
  • EAW returned, ran shows in Sonora to low attendances, will now disappear again.
  • Joe Lider took Angel o Demonio’s hair.
  • IWRG’s Canis Lupus beat CMLL’s Guerrero Maya Jr. to keep the IWRG IC Welterweight championship, with AAA’s Eterno in Lupus’ corner. This is kind of surprising if you stop to think about it, so the people in charge obviously did not.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-10-26


taped 2013-10-22 @ Arena Mexico

Disturbio double knee

Metatrón & Robin vs Disturbio & Zayco: A very formula primera, with the same sequence of events at the same points as all the other openers ever. It was a little bit livelier in the third fall and it was actually one of Robin & Metatron’s better days, but it was so also so incredibly routine and uninspired.


[crowd chant here]
Aéreo, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Stukita is one of the handful of most exciting minis CMLL has, as he was again here, and it’s a shame we’re not getting to see him more often. Pequeño Warrior is one of the worst (Pequeño Universo holds the crown) and he’s seems to be getting a hair loss payoff in the next few months. He really put as little effort as possible here and built no interest in a match with him and Aereo. Everyone else was okay, but this was the rare two fall match where they actually gave the match less time and it showed.


Delta’s rolling over the ropes headscissors

Fuego, Sagrado, Starman vs Namajague, Sangre Azteca, Virus: Didn’t reach the potential of this match but still solid enough. Starman really seemed to enjoy wrestling Namajague and Virus was good, but a lot of the rest of this was the usual bits with the usual guys. An improvement over the last two matches.


great Titanics

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Vangellys: Vangellys has come a long way, but a Vangellys/Atlantis feud and Vangellys actually winning a match over Atlantis is still a pretty shocking sight. Vangellys made it seem not totally absurd. The match itself wasn’t as all out as some of the weekend Maya/Delta exploits but had some good moments.

Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Volador Jr. vs Super Porky, Titán, Valiente: Unusual for a CMLL match building to a hot tag – and then not really getting the técnicos a lot of offense after it. Rudos won pretty quick and easily in the end. Match was fine for a Tuesday main event, but a match with Valiente & Titan where the only guy who did a dive was Super Porky (so totally strange.) Aguila seems to be a Tuesday night star for the time being, but looked decently motivated here.