CMLL on 2016-01-08 

Okumura makes Stigma even shorter

Recapped: 01/08/2016

What happened: Rush betrayed Caristico, costing him the main event. Both Caristico and Cibernetico want matches with Rush. Rush doesn’t want a match with any of them.

Thunder used brass knuckles to knock out Ultimo Guerrero, then fouled Euforia for the win. Euforia demanded a singles match with Thunder.

What was good: Eh, nothing. I said the Maximo match was the best, but there’s nothing you really need to spend time on. The post main event promos were fun.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my YouTube channel on Tuesday.

Match 1: Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Espiritu Negro
Arena México, 01/08/2016

  1. rudos
    • Camorra grounded reinera Bengala (6:37)
    • Espiritu Negro senton con giro Leono (7:01)
  2. tecnicos
    • Bengala Roll on Espiritu Negro (2:01)
    • Leono cradle swinging neckbreaker Camorra (2:32)
  3. rudos
    • Camorra seated armbar Leono (3:52)
    • Bengala triangular del Solar Camorra (4:24)
    • Espiritu Negro tapatia Bengala (4:44)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 14:17
Notes: Bengala was stretched out

Review: [ok] probably could’ve been worse, though mostly really boring and would’ve been just as fine with about four minutes cut out of it. Leono and Camorra were the least of the four guys, but did seem to try late. Crowd hated the existence of Leono. Espiritu Negro is keeping the Black Warrior rope flip bump alive. Bengala needs better partners, appeared devastated by losing this forgettable match, but actually turned out to be hurt.

Espiritu’s senton con giro
a long monkey flip counts as a highlight

Match 2: Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Virus
Arena México, 01/08/2016

  1. rudos
    • Okumura hanging DDT Stigma (6:04)
    • Canelo Casas top rope splash Esfinge (6:32)
  2. tecnicos
    • Esfinge springboard splash to the back Virus (2:49)
  3. rudos
    • Canelo Casas cloverleaf Pegasso (3:37)
    • Virus motocicleta Esfinge (5:27)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 14:48

Review: [ok] this match was better than expected and had it’s moments, and maybe would get an argument as a better match than the fourth match – the crowd didn’t take as well to this one, which probably sways my thought process a lot. There were a few good spots – Okumura’s DDT on Stigma looked great – and there was also Canelo being bad at things. The last fall felt overly long, with them sticking in the submission break up loop a few times too many, and randomly no one coming in to break up Canelo’s hold after all of that. The right guy did win.

Virus quickly destroys Stigma

Match 3: Silueta vs Dalys in a lightning match

Arena México, 01/08/2016

Winner: Dalys (sit down powerbomb)
Match Time: 8:23

Review: [below average] It’s really hard to give a passing grade to a match where a moonsault misses badly and is pretending to hit in the closing stretch. The match got worse in the last few minutes, probably going longer than they needed to go, and really being nothing than random move trading by that point. They tried hard, but the match just didn’t click from the start – it was a long period of Dalys beating up Silueta that dragged. Crowd did get back into Silueta’s comeback for a moment but they couldn’t sustain the reaction. Silueta didn’t seem to have enough offense for a long singles match in previous matches and seems like she’s added more, but not everything was smooth. Beside the moonsault, the headscissors to the floor was a good move that required some awkwardly looking steps to set up. Maybe some of those things could be worked out if she was wrestling more often.

nine tiny steps?
tornado DDT
feared Silutea was landing on her head

Match 4: La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Arena México, 01/08/2016

  1. tecnicos
    • La Mascara casita Mr. Niebla (1:07)
  2. tecnicos
    • Mr. Niebla top rope splash Maximo. (7:16)
    • Negro Casas & Kamaitachi double suplex Marco Corleone (7:32)
  3. tecnicos
    • La Mascara double knee smash Kamaitachi (4:10)
    • Marco Corleone Aero Italia Mr. Niebla (4:10)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 17:23

Review: [ok] Just a normally comedy match, but the crowd enjoyed it and ended up being the best match on the show. That’s not an endorsement for the show, but it was nice to get a Maximo match which wasn’t his partners betraying him for the entire match. The match had some down points: something got forgotten to lead up to the second fall finish and everyone seemed to be waiting for someone else to do something. The match dragged a bit in the third fall but they got them back in for the finish. It’s nothing that hadn’t been done many times before, but it worked fine on this show. Maximo’s debilitating knee injury seemed to be less of an issue this week, though he was asked to do far less.

Zacarias and Niebla can’t ever win
a good night for the Ingobernables

Match 5: Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
Arena México, 01/08/2016

  1. Revolucionarios
    • Dragon Rojo Jr. top rope double stomp Euforia (1:09)
    • Thunder cradle suplex Gran Guerrero (1:37)
  2. Guerreros
    • Euforia Nirvanalock Pólvora (2:22)
    • Gran Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero Dragon Rojo (2:22)
  3. Revolucionarios
    • Thunder foul kick Euforia (5:38)

Winner: Revolucionarios (2-1)
Match Time: 9:37
Notes: Ultimo Guerrero was knocked unconscious by the weapon shot. Euforia attacked Thunder, Thunder fouled him, and the referee counted that pin for the win. Euforia challenged Thunder to a match next week.

Review: [below average] nothing different than the five hundred other matches between these two teams. Maybe Euforia breaking out the handspring spot is new, but I don’t think so and I really don’t care. Giving Thunder a weapon is a desperate way to get him so reaction doesn’t really make me care any more about him (but does open the possibility that Ultimo Guerrero will get his revenge but still lose his hair, the worst of all possibilities.) No one could possibly care about Euforia versus Thunder, which made it weird Euforia was so passionate in the promo. If only he could’ve channeled that in any other feud.

token gif

Match 6: Carístico & Rush vs Cibernético & Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
Arena México, 01/08/2016

  1. Cibernetico & Volador Jr.
    • Rush foul Cibernetico (3:09)
  2. Cibernetico & Volador Jr.
    • Cibernetico pin Caristico (2:58)
    • COR Rush (3:28)

Winner: Team Ciberentico & Volador
Match Time: 6:35
Notes: Rush repeatedly attacked Caristico and threw him in to be attacked by the other team, then dropped himself with the Rush Driver to give Cibernetico and Volador the pin. Rush walked out of the ring area to get counted out. Both Cibernetico and Caristico challenged Rush, with Rush blowing off both challenges.

Review: [below average] a non match, pretty much an angle that needed the pretense of a match prior to it. The brawling was good while it lasted, it just did not last that long. The whole point of a match is that Rush utterly did not care about winning the match and didn’t want to be in the match, which does not often make for a good match. Rush’s silent pantomime of a promo when his microphone died was a highlight of the night – you’re best just skipping to the post match if you’re going to watch this at all.

Caristico tornillo
Rush wins by losing
working mics are overrated