taped 2014-09-30 @ Arena México
Bengala & Robin vs Akuma & Ramstein: [below average] Decisions on airing openers are made because of how much time is left over after the other four matches or because of random chance. They’re sure not made because of any quality decisions. This match airing and some of the Friday matches not shows CMLL’s disinterest in providing the best possible TV product. Bengala was good, Ramstein looks more out of shape than Porky but did a senton to the floor, and this was generally a waste of time.
Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Nitro, Okumura: [OK/GOOD] Match was at it’s best when one or the other side was doing a lot of team works spots – Okumura & Kamaitachi had as good timing as Bala & Halcón – and slow at the other part. Nitro looked much more out of place than Magnus (though the técnicos seemed occasionally seemed surprised that someone was adding a move to their usual combos.) There were good ideas here – running the rudos into – each other to set up a triple backcracker is smart – but some of them needed more work or better people to do them with.
Princesa Sugehit vs Tiffany: [OK] An average match at best, longer than it needed to be. They tried, but didn’t keep the crowd. No idea why Sugehit gave up her winning submission. The visual of Sugehit biting her mask strap to keep Tiffany from pulling it off was the best part. Tiffany’s gear looks weird in HD. Princesa Sugehit has about a 2% success rate on her Asai moonsault attempts.
Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado: [OK] Tough to rate by usual CMLL match scale because this was not a usual CMLL match but at least it had a purpose. Near complete rudo domination – it seemed like the team without a name might not let the técnicos ever have significant control of the match, and they really only had small bursts. The earlier idea that the rudos can’t be in the ring together to long was totally ignored here. This was along the same line of the recent Thunder matches, just with midcard flyers as crash dummies instead of Valiente and Mascara Dorada. I wonder if they’ll get a team name or break up first? (Probably both at the same time.) Sagrado’s small package suplex was neat.
Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora: [OK/GOOD] Generally average match with a more lively third fall, though that even fell in to a long move/break up pin routine. They still worked the match differently enough to prevent Angel de Oro from doing all his Angel de Oro spots, so that was nice. Hechicero took advantage of the random match to go fight Blue Panther, which always seems like a good idea. Terror Chino’s refusal to count two on one submissions surfaced in fall 1.
Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja: [OK] The good thing about these matches being so predictable is that even when they miss the finishing move to cut to the crowd, I’m still pretty I know what it is. This was short, forgettable, and a match where the técnicos lost because Delta was slightly tapped in the back. Skip.