taped 2014-04-08 @ Arena México
Leono & Metatrón vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco: Four guys in no man’s land where the announcers spent most of the match talking about other matches to come, as if to reassure you that were actually going to get something better if you didn’t go now. Announcers didn’t distract from a good match, at least. Espanto Jr. looked a little more aggressive at times and Leono has yet another look, but this was unremarkable.
Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs El Rebelde, Hooligan, Súper Comando: This was a rough one, definitely below what should be expected from this unit. Oro Jr. had a memorable flip to absolutely nowhere in a spot gone so wrong it was impossible to work out what happened. It took him a while to recover from that. Young técnicos were awfully dumb at the end of the first fall, but the Rebelde balanced it out by celebrating his tornillo splash instead of staying on Pegasso for the clean win. As sure as Dragon Lee is eventually going to injury someone with his finish (and nearly did here), Pegasso’s also got to put the 450 splash on the shelf. It’s not looked any good in a while.
Dark Angel vs Marcela, Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia, Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Princesa Sugheit, Dalys in a cibernetico match for the Number One Contenders to CMLL-REINA INTL championship: Good women’s cibernetico, with ruda Amapola heroically defeating the woman who took her hair and the woman who took her mask to win the tournament. The last bit of Dark Angel versus Amapola was fun and I wish they could find a way to do more Dark Angel singles matches. Princesa Blanca was good in her time – her dive is pretty effortlessly on target lately. The disqualification seemed random, but she didn’t argue it at all. There were some rough spots, Lluvia is not very good at this point and Estrellita is Estrellita, but this was overall fine.
Hechicero vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Very good match made memorable by Hechicero’s crazy fall on the barricade, but there was plenty of other good wrestling around. This wasn’t a one man show, Cavernario kept fighting Hechicero the whole way. All the way to the final, with Cavernario fighting Hechicero to block his hold only for Hechicero to get the great spinning cobra clutch backbreaker was solid. Hechicero’s judging celebration was also great.
Súper Halcón Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Much more the generic move trading lightning match, which is not going to work in this tournament and especially after the last match. They both did some moves, they did a weird suplex and Halcón moonsaulted for the win. These are kind of the matches it seems like they’re told to have, but it’d seem more advantageous to do what other people are not in this tournament.
La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Another Negro Casas/Rush teaser, and a brief one (maybe they still can’t time out the En Busca de un Idolo segments?) Negro didn’t seem to be much of a match for Rush this week, though Negro did beat Rush in the post match mocking. Herodes wasn’t in much and got to take Rush’s dropkick to the face and an extra Mascara heel kick, so it was not much fun for him.
Mistico vs Averno for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Do you like headscissors? Do you like matches which are nothing but headscissors? Well, you probably still won’t like this match because even the headscissors aren’t novel or impressive. Místico La Nueva Era is nearing his two year anniversary and any idea of him growing into the role hasn’t happened so far. Not from an aesthetic crowd, not from a fan interest level. This match drew a crowd who strongly wanted to see Averno win. Averno had no luck, not in getting the win, not in getting this to be something worth watching. Finish itself felt way early and screwed up somehow; Averno was refusing to quit just as it was ruled he did. What a strange way to go (if he went!)