CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-23

Comandante Pierroth unable to roll


taped 2013-11-19 @ Arena Mexico
Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior: Another lackluster CMLL minis match. Rudos didn’t get into totally screwing around mode until the second fall but got there. Crowd did not care at all about the técnicos. Tedious to watch.


Terrible can’t stop powerbombing Titan


Estrellita, La Seductora, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit: Obviously pointless match as soon as Seductora showed up on the técnicas side. They took longer to get to the turn than expected, but then did it with little build up. Not like it derailed a good match either.

Mascara Dorada puts his head into the tope

Delta, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Ephesto, Pierroth, Terrible: Titan is crazy for taking that powerbomb to the floor, especially given Azul and Delta wouldn’t be high on ht list of people you’d want to catch him. This match seemed a bit beneath Terrible, and he took advantage by destroying people. Titan versus Terrible is not a match CMLL would seriously pursue because of the size difference but is actually an entertaining possibility just because of that. Pierroth is awful and having him work with Azul doesn’t help things.


no idea what this is

Máximo, Super Porky, Thunder vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga: If you like people being whipped into the barricade, this is the match for you. This match continues the switch over from Brazo de Plata versus Rey Escorpion to Máximo versus Rey Escorpion. The new one isn’t as interesting. Not even as much comedy as you’d expect.


all the piledrivers

Máscara Dorada vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship: There were 14 moves (or spots or whatever) in this match from Dorada’s diving headscissors off the ramp to the floor to Volador’s Spanish Fly. Those 14 spots followed a perfect pattern – Dorada does a move, then Volador does a move, then Dorada does a move, then Volador does a move, then the whole thing keeps repeating until it feels very fake. This was an athletic and entertaining good match at times, but nothing is taking me out of the ‘big title matches’ more than the predictability of how they’re laid out. I didn’t need to be surprised to like a match, but it has to feel like a competition and not a move doing exhibition and this drifted into the later category. I guess the story of the match is if you can do two straight moves – or three! – you can actually win the match. The crowd liked this a lot and you may too, but it did not interest me as much as it should given the talent involved.

Christmas Day shows, Jesus Nunez, Perro Aguayo on US plans

Jesus Nunez passed away Tuesday. Nunez was one of the original office employees for AAA and was still working there in the PR department until his passing. The last couple posts on his Twitter account are photos of him escorting AAA luchadors to different TV shows.  He’d been on screen as the AAA barber for hair matches. Nunez had been in the hospital for a few days and passed away due to pneumonia. There was an outpouring of messages about his passing on Twitter – this is an incomplete list – with AAA and non-AAA people calling him as a great friend.

There are a lot of lucha libre shows tonight in Mexico. All the regular Tuesday & Thursday shows are taking place today, and all the arenas who only run shows occasionally (like Arena Neza or Arena Azteca Budokan) are active for the holiday. The Arena Mexico show has a weekend start time of 5pm, Atlantis, Titan, La Mascara vs Hijos del Averno main event there. The main event in Guadalajara is Shocker, Porky, Volador versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangelis, but the gift match is Blue Panther & Solar I versus Arkangel de la Muerte & Negro Casas. IWRG celebrates the holiday with a tournament around the Rock y Lucha title. IWL runs in Tlalnepantla, Familia de Tijuana main event a home building show, and there are mask vs hair matches in Juarez, Queretaro and Chihuahua.

Perro Aguayo Jr. says the Perros del Mal will invade the US in January or February and give a big challenge to the WWE. If AAA US is airing in March, that date makes sense – they’ll probably need more time in between taping and airing that show at least to start. The second part I’m not so sure about.

Pentagoncito and Gran Misterio are teaching lucha libre in jail. Pentagoncito is in jail for murder (27.5 years) and Gran Misterio is in for kidnapping and robbery (32 years) and trying to help other people live better lives while they’re stuck in prison.

Gimnasio San Francisco Tecoxpa will be renamed Gimnasio Tony Sugar this weekend in honor of the luchador.

Today’s the 34th anniversary of Sangre India dying in Arena Coliseo.

LuchaWorld has PosterMania for the week and a recap of Sunday’s Terra show.

Bill has highlights of 09/08/13 CMLL and IWRG 09/01/13 with IWRG vs AULL.

Medio Tiempo recaps April & May.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-23

Zavala counter dropkick


taped 2013-11-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Pegasso, Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus: One of the better Guadalajara matches since they started showing them again. They got time, they had a group of guys who knew what they were doing and they were motivated to have a good match (the last part was the most surprising.) Sangre in particular was more into the match than he seems at other times, and everyone was really solid. Finish was a bit off but the action in the third fall which lead up to it was fun.

Dark Angel knee smash

taped 2013-11-17 @ Arena Mexico
Dark Angel vs Dalys in a lightning match: Possibly Dalys’ best match ever? Dark Angel was really good in her return, but they also did a good job of having Dalys doing what she does best (the kicks!) and not doing the stuff she struggles with (a lot of the moves she was doing as a técnica!) Dalys also seems to scream less as a ruda, which is much more palatable. Everything seemed to go well, or at least was afraid to look good while they were working, and the finish came at a good time. This is a match they both should be very happy with.


best & last Brillo Cometa of 2014

Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Thunder vs Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.: Shorter than usual Thunder/Porky match where the more interesting story was the Rey Cometa injury. Cometa was protecting his wrist before he even tagged in for the first time. He’s done his best storytelling job as a luchador ever if CMLL really believes he was hurt in Arena Mexico (though I guess it’s slightly possible he could’ve made it worse on the dive.) It’s too bad because this is an even higher mix of guys than usual for Cometa and the slight Volador/Cometa and Niebla Roja/Cometa matchups seemed very interesting.


almost got ’em

La Sombra, Titán, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: Another short match which didn’t have enough time to develop into much more than then abbreviated version of the usual spots. Even the Averno/Titan issue didn’t get a lot more than the finish, at least in this version of the match. The timing of the finish was good – it was the rare surprise sudden ending which worked.