taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México
Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero: Good heated brawls for the old and new feud, at least for the first two falls. The rudos didn’t get along just enough to remind of the past issues – the Revolucionarios seem over it, UG still hates them – but not enough to detract from the match. It looks like Dragon Rojo is keeping the sombreros and the other two get the music in the breakup. Dragon Rojo’s dropkick spot actually made sense in the context of this match and made for a good comeback spot, and he seemed to fit in better as a trios técnico here than he did as a single. Tecnicos didn’t really react the same way was UG did, but I guess they don’t want to draw more attention to how abrupt it’s been. Some weird editing to start the third fall, as if they’re out of habit for when a show only has two matches.
Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: GREAT. They told a great story, Rush & Sombra disrespectful to the veterans the entire way but eventually boiling over with frustration about their inability to put them away. Negro Casas kept fighting, Shocker hung on. This is peak Rush/Sombra rudo-ish, and a totally different match than Sombra was working 10 months ago. Sombra still some athletic spots and he and Rush flew around for the champions when it was time to do it, but this was more about conveying emotion through chops and stomps than crazy highspots. Crowd went crazy for Shocker & Casas when they made their first big comeback and when they escaped certain doom in the submission holds late, then was joyous when Negro found a way to even the score. Finish even worked, not just because it was Angry Rush Being Angry but because Negro Casas was clearly going to wi and the challengers were essentially giving up. I wish there was more time spent on the finishes because they came so quick after it was a battle to get to the first one.