CMLL on 2016-06-10 

Cavernario tries to break Cometa in half

Recapped: 06/10/2016

What happened: Rey Cometa defeated Cavernario with his own move to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship. Many matches were set up or built towards:

  • Princesa Sugehit challenging Zeuxis for the Mexican National Women’s championship
  • La Mascara challenging Pierroth for a mask match
  • Barbaro Cavernario challenging Rey Cometa for a hair match
  • Valiente challenging Ultimo Guerrero for the NWA Middleweight Championship.

That last one was agreed to for next week. No idea on the others.

What was good: The title match is must see, and I may have underrated it. The main event told a story well.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s site, and the rest will be on my site.

Match 1: Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Metálico
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Metálico rolling headscissors armbar Robin (3:16)
    • Akumua valagueza Star Jr. (at least 3:55)
  2. rudos
    • Star Jr. crucifix cradle Metálico (3:35)
    • Robin sit down powerbomb Akuma (3:58)
  3. rudos
    • Akuma Canadian Destroyer Robin (3:02)
    • Metálico sit down powerbomb (3:20)

Winner: rudos  (2/3)
Match Time: 11:13 seen, probably a couple more took place.

I started the show late and missed the first few moments of this match.

Review: [ok] usual grade, but seemed better than the normal opener from what I saw. Metalico’s comedy stylings working well even when you have the sound off, and his and Akuma’s big moves looked spectauclar. The undercard rudo beatdown segments still don’t have much going on, but I’m wondering if that’s a directive because of how often it is. Star Jr. didn’t get to do a lot in this one either, but looked good in what he did do.

Akuma well timed dropkick
Akuma well timed dropkick

Match 2: Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. rudos
    • Disturbio modified cloverleaf Sobreano (7:02)
  2. técnicos
    • Pegasso 450 splash Skandalo (4:07)
    • Stigma Stigmatica on Disturbio (4:27)
  3. rudos
    • Virus Rosa Pegasso (4:03)
    • Skandalo Driver on Stigma (5:04)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 16:33

Review: [ok] another match better than it’s usual place on the card, with Virus making everything flow together well. Soberano looked super excited for this match, didn’t actually do much, but also made what he did look good. The rudos were well organized and dominant, and the técnicos were just sort of around.

Soberano springboard headscissors
Soberano springboard headscissors

Match 3: La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. tecnicas
    • Vaquerita top rope elbow drop Dalys (5:42)
  2. rudas
    • Zeuxis running double knee smash Princesa Sugehit (3:00)
  3. tecnicas
    • Tiffany short powerbomb Vaquerita (4:19)
    • Lluvia corner dropkick Tiffany (5:12)
    • Princesa Sugehit La Misitca Zeuxis (6:22)

Winner: tecnicas (1/3)
Match Time: 15:04
Notes: Sugehit signaled for a title shot after her victory, but no microphone challenge.

Review: [below average] I had stream issues in the third fall (which looked to be on my side), but I don’t think I would’ve thought much better had I gotten to see the whole thing. This was a lesser version of the usual women’s tag match they had been doing. Lluvia seems to less cool versions of everyone else’s spots. Vaquerita seems to exist to get dropkicked hard by Zeuxis, which is not a fun reason to exist. There were a couple of good Zeuxis spots but not enough reason to spend 15 minutes on this. No real interest in a Sugehit/Zeuxis title match, and the crowd didn’t seem to have much interest in it. Least of the three matches so far.

Zeuxis' dropkick speeds up on impact
Zeuxis’ dropkick speeds up on impact

Match 4: Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Team La Mascara
    • DQ Pierroth [shove to Bestia Negra] (2:19)
  2. Team Pierroth
    • DQ La Mascara [unmasking Pierroth] (5:12)
  3. Team La Mascara
    • Shocker Dos Caras Clutch Rey Escorpión (5:06)
    • La Mascara foul Pierroth (6:05)

Winner: Team La Mascara (1/3)
Match Time: 12:36
Notes: In the third, Rey Escorpión tripped up La Mascara to set up a Pierroth foul. Terrible and Shocker pulled out the ref to stop the count, La Mascara fouled Pierroth and used the ropes to get the win. Mascara demanded a mask match, and Pierroth stalled this out for one more week by not really giving an answer. Pierroth eventually took La Macar’as mask.

Review: [below average] Mostly a Pierroth/La Mascara brawl, with the other guys limited to doing not much and not really impressing when they did. (Terrible’s plancha onto Kraneo was nice though.) The only way those two are going to work are going to be taking every shortcut they could, and they used the announce desk and the fouls for that. I just have no use for this. Mascara was still the face this week. Shocker is still over despite not being very good, and both things were evident in this match.

they're damaging a perfectly good announce desk
they’re damaging a perfectly good announce desk

Match 5: Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Cavernario springboard splash (4:07)
  2. Rey Cometa 450 splash (2:22)
  3. Rey Cometa cavernaria (11:06)

Winner: Rey Cometa, new champion.
Match Time: 17:35
Notes: Soberano & Zacarias

Review: [great] well worked title match, well thought out and with a tone of third fall highlights leading up to the surprise ending. First two falls were calm in terms of spots but good in execution and story building. Cometa seemed in real danger of losing in two straight and it was no simple manner to tie it back up. The third fall had the normal huge spots in CMLL matches, but lots of reversals and left turns when you thought they were going right. It was so much more creative than normal CMLL matches, and they successfully brought the intensity up as they went along. The cavernaria teases at the end were great for people invested in this feud (which not enough of the crowd seemed to be) and Rey Cometa winning with the move himself was a super shock move. The only reason this doesn’t get top grade is we know they have better in them, and they may get to show it again soon. This still was so very good and should be the bar everyone else tries to reach.

Cavernario springboard forearm
Cavernario crucifix powrebomb
Brillo Cometa
Brillo Cometa

Match 6: Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Sky Team
    • Mistico armbar Gran Guerrero (3:09)
    • Volador backcracker Euforia (3:09)
  2. Sky Team
    • Valiente Indian Deathlock Ultimo Guerrero (5:54)

Winner: Sky Team (1/2)
Match Time: 9:03
Notes: Valiente went after Ultimo Guerrero all match, eventually beating him to win in straight falls. Valiente demanded a NWA Middleweight shot, and Ultimo Guerrero accepted for next week.

Review: [good] This was a nine minute match where Ultimo Guerrero refused to fight for about six of it, and it was still very good. Valiente angirly challenging Ultimo Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero refusing to even acknowledge him was totally effective, getting the crowd on Valiente’s side and making it big when they finally fought. They gave it plenty of time to play out and sink it, despite the match obviously being designed to be pretty short. Volador and Mistico still got in big spots despite being in the background, and they made you want to see the title match (even though there’s reason to believe it might not be so great.)

nicely done double bulldog
nicely done double bulldog
Mistico diving headscissors
Mistico diving headscissors