CMLL on 2015-12-18

Triton rope climb moonsault

CMLL on 2015-12-18
Recapped: 12/18/2015

What happened: Puma won the cage match preview cibernetico, defeating Triton to be the ultimate winner. Puma and Super Comando did not get along during the match, fighting after some friendly fire attacks, and Puma directly caused Super Comando to be eliminated. Both feuded with the Panther as well.

The other feuds were left in exactly the same position as last week. Maximo and Kamaitachi are feuding, Super Parka and Negro Casas are feuding, nothing new with them (and lackluster matches for them both.)

Caristico returned to Friday night CMLL shows in such an unmemorable way that it’ll only be a foot note.

Lizmark was remembered with a moment of applause

What was good: The cibernetico was the best match on the show. The opener was better than usual, but it’s a long watch for a better than usual opener.

Where can I watch it: I’ll have it on my channel on Tuesday, and a match should surface on ClaroSports.

Match 1: Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Espiritu Negro & Metálico
Arena México, 12/18/2015

  1. tecnicos
    • Oro Jr. toss huracanrana Metailco (8:50)
    • Star Jr. headscissors cradle Espiritu Negro (9:03)
  2. rudos
    • Espiritu Negro senton con giro Oro Jr. (4:08)
    • Metalico double leg takedown Star Jr. (4:39)
  3. tecnicos
    • Star Jr. bridging back cradle Espiritu Negro (4:18)
    • Oro flying armscsissors Metalico (5:04)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 18:46

Review: [good] maybe a bit of a sliding scale for openers, but this was a professionally worked tag match with most of the wrestlers looking like quality. It didn’t start out great – I spent a chunk of this first fall looking thru AAA’s TV show for this week without being distracted by interesting action in the match. It finally picked up more near the end of the first fall and was better from thru the rudo sections. Metalico and Espiritu were a unexpectedly well coordinated tag team for a pairing we haven’t seen much, if ever, and are worth teaming again to see if they have some chemistry – or if Espiritu can be a backup dancer. Star Jr., closing out a mostly wasted year, looked good in his posts. Oro Jr. looked like he was moving at 75% speed most of the match and blew his finish with Metalico, as standard.

Star in orbit
crunching front cracker
seems illegal
Oro sneaks it out
Espiritu is careful
off the apron headscissors

Match 2: Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso, The Panther, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Súper Comando, Tiger in a cibernetico match

Arena México, 12/18/2015

  1. Sangre Azteca counter dropkick Pegasso (4:45)
  2. Blue Panther Jr. nudo lagunero Cancerbero (5:12)
  3. The Panther frog splash Raziel (6:02)
  4. Tiger top rope sunset flip bomb Blue Panther Jr. (9:59)
  5. Super Comando Comando stretch Esfinge (11:36)
  6. Triton climb up ropes huracanrana Sangre Azteca (13:00)
  7. Fuego small package Tiger (14:15)
  8. Puma camel clutch The Panther (15:06)
  9. Triton springboard huracanrana Super Comando (15:52)
  10. Puma powerbomb Fuego (17:12)
  11. Puma foul/mask pull Triton (18:51)

Winner: Puma
Match Time: 18:41
Notes: Match was rudos versus tecnicos. Puma and Super Comando hit each other accidentally, then on purpose before the end of the match, directly leading to Comando’s elimination.

Review: [good] generally very good cibernetico with one or two moments that looked a bit off, and a further push of Puma, The Panther and Super Comando triangle. They haven’t don’t much to build the other rivalries and it’ll be disappointing if those aren’t among the final two next week. Triton is one of the guys who has no strong role in this cage match, but took advantage of the match to look super – he hit on everything complicated that didn’t require the referee. to be in the big spot, and did it all while wearing a silly t-shirt. Pegasso was the other side, looked off a bit when he was early, enough to make moves look muddy and it was OK that he was the first guy out of there. They had enough time for everyone to get in a few trademark spots and had a hot match, though not a crowd that was that totally into it the whole way.

triple dive
well timed frog splash
Tiger tornillo
Fuego is really pumped for Rayo’s match on Sunday
The Panther is just going to go thru someone one day
Triton rope climb headsicssors

Match 3: Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Valiente vs Pólvora, Terrible, Virus
Arena México, 12/18/2015

  1. rudos
    • Terrible top rope splash La Mascara (6:40)
  2. tecnicos
    • Valiente buster on Virus (3:46)
    • Angel de Oro mecedora Pólvora (4:02)
  3. tecnicos
    • La Mascara campana Terrible (4:21)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 15:03
Notes: La Mascara didn’t get along with his teammates, as usual.

Review: [ok] This match was in a really tough spot, directly following the Lizmark tribute (not even with entrances to break it up) and following the cibernetico before it. And it was a badly designed match for this spot, another bit of La Mascara not getting along with his partners (who aren’t going to wow people on their own right now.) The other parts were worked OK, but not excitingly so, and the crowd only came alive when the rudos attacked Monito. It got better form there, with the second fall finish run being good. It was kind of disorganized at times in the third fall, but they finished better than they started.

oh no Monito
usual Angel de Oro

Match 4: Kamaitachi, Euforia, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy
Arena México, 12/18/2015

  1. rudos
    • Ultimo Guerrero Puplo Guerrero Atlantis (2:13)
  2. tecnicos
    • Atlantis casadora cradle Ultimo Guerrero (3:10)
    • Marco Corleone top rope plancha Euforia (3:10)
  3. rudos
    • DQ Kamaitachi [faked foul from Maximo] (3:17)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 8:40
Notes: Kamaitachi blocked a kick, then used Maximo’s foot to simulate a foul and draw the DQ. Maximo challenged Kamaitachi again, but no date was given.

Review: [ok] another build up match to Maximo/Kamaitachi. Since it’s also an Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis match, it’s a very quick match, and not a lot was done. Kamaitachi and Maximo got to feud a little bit, and the match might be pretty good, but it was hard to get the idea from the little bit we got here. Euforia was at least much help than Shocker would’ve been. Atlantis’ Lizmark tribute mask was neat.

Kamaitachi Guerrero
Maximo delivers a present
UG has weak chin
Kamaitachi has studied the ways of Mexico

Match 5: Carístico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
Arena México, 12/18/2015

  1. tecnicos
    • Negro Casas supper Super Parka (2:47)
    • DQ Negro Casas [refusal to let go of hold of Super Parka] (3:03)
  2. tecnicos
    • Super Parka inside cradle Negro Casas (8:10)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 10:57
Notes: This was Carsitico’s first match back on a regular CMLL show since leaving in early 2011. Negro Casas refused to let go of his sleeper choke in the first fall and was disqualified. Super Parka again challenged Negro Casas to a one fall apuesta match. Casas beat up Parka as a reply.

Review: [ok] Match was fine by the standards of a random match on a random show, but tremendously disappointing in the context of Caristico’s big return. It was just a match, one where he had one really bad moment before going on a very good run, and one where he was the fourth most important person in the match at best. Maybe the idea that Caristico on Friday night would draw in a crowd who’d become interested in the Super Parka/Negro Casas feud, but that feud remains so awful that it probably wouldn’t have worked even if Caristico didn’t draw (and they still didn’t bother to give a date, so it wouldn’t have helped much anyway.) Parka/Casas might be the replacement for Thunder/UG, but it’s really been no better series of matches. There were a few highlights but this was a generally forgettable match.

bad times for Zacarias
old times
Volador well timed Asai moonsault
“these barricades are new”, thinks Caristico