CMLL Puebla: 2016-06-27 

Tirantes wacky bump of the week
Tirantes wacky bump of the week

Recapped: 06/27/2016

What happened: Cibernetico did not appear in the main event, changing the top 3 matches. Volador replaced him, and lost due to Ingobernables assistance. Rey Escorpion went from unofficial Ingobernable to official Ingobernable, and may have a feud with Mistico here (or maybe the main event set up a trios title match.)

What was good: The main event was good, though it didn’t seem close to ceiling for a Rush/Volador match. The rest of the show was highly skippable.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on CMLL’s channel, though it’s not rewatchable at this moment.

Match 1: Centella Roja & Rey Samuray vs El Malayo & Saurón
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. rudos
    • Saurón motocicleta Rey Samuray (5:19)
    • Malaya half straight jacket nudo Centella (8:54)
  2. técnicos
    • Centella Roja kneeling tirabuzon Suaron (4:58)
    • Rey Samuray rope flip moonsault El Malayo (5:25)
  3. rudos
    • Malayo cruceta Centella Roja (2:10)
    • COR Rey Samuray (2:29)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 13:37

Review: [ok] Average opener, with the talented guys looking a little raw. The match seemed to flow weird, with the rudos taking over at random points, and the match kind of fell apart at the end. Rey Samuray kneed Malayo in the midsection on his moonsault, and Malayo got a receipt with a running knee to the head in the third fall that pretty much ended Samuray’s night. Rey Samuray has cool if not always accurate moves and needs to be more accurate. Malayo was good when he wasn’t enacting revenge. Centella Roja and Saurón were ordinary.

Malayo rolling headscissors
Malayo rolling headscissors
not even the hardest Malayo hit Samuray in this match
not the hardest Malayo hit Samuray in this match

Match 2: Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Black Tiger senton Policeman (6:24)
    • Oro Jr. springboard splash Arez (7:07)
  2. rudos
    • Saurón grounded octopus Black Tiger (4:20)
    • King Jaguar el pulpo Oro (4:46)
  3. técnicos
    • Hombre Bala inside cradle Sauron (4:59)
    • Oro Jr. inside cradle King Jaguar (4:59)

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 16:57
Notes: Oro Jr. replaced Super Halcón Jr.

Review: [ok] it feels like we’re seeing this match a lot, or a least some variation of it. King Jaguar, Black Tiger and Policeman are on this show much. It’s usually OK, but it came apart in the end with Black Tiger losing his balance and the finish looking terrible. Hombre Bala continues to be good and underused, and was the better than the veterans in this match. Most of the other guys didn’t look so great.

Bala ramp splash
Bala ramp splash
no
no

Match 3: Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. tecnicas
    • Skadi dropkick Zeuxis (5:20)
  2. rudas
    • Zeuxis frontcracker (la Dulzura) Marcela (3:07)
  3. tecnicas
    • Estrellita bridging backslide Amapola (3:03)
    • Marcela headscissors cradle (3:28)

Winner: tecnicas (2-1)
Match Time: 11:55

Review: [ok] good enough woman’s match, which seems better than usual. They set up a few big spots for Skadi to look good, but she struggles at the other moments of the match. Zeuxis seemed to be taking all the big moves – including Comandante clumsily falling down on her twice in about 15 seconds.

Marcela with a different double knee smash
Marcela with a different double knee smash
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la Dulzura

Match 4: Fuego, Paris, Triton vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. rudos
    • Pierroth senton Paris (4:33)
    • Sagrado springboard moonsault Triton (4:57)
  2. técnicos
    • Triton casadora cradle Pierroth (2:10)
    • Fuego inside cradle Sagrado (2:10)
    • Paris inside cradle Misterioso (5:41)
  3. rudos
    • Pierroth behind the back piledriver Stuka (5:41)
    • Misterioso Gori Special (5:41)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 12:48
Notes: Paris & Triton replaced Stigma & Stuka.

Review: [ok] standard Boricuas match, complete with them blowing a fall as usual (or the técnicos only winning a fall because the rudos were goofballs, however you want to look at it.) Match was competent but not too exciting. Paris looked nervous and not-impressive in his higher than usual spot. Pierroth took a headscissors from Triton without anyone dying, so that was progress. Triton had one great run after the triple dive spot later in the third fall, but otherwise was bottled up in here.

triple dive
triple dive
Triton double springboard armdrag
Triton double springboard armdrag

Match 5: Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr.  vs Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. tecnicos
    • La Mistica on Rey Escorpión (0:27)
    • Stuka suplex Tama Tonga (3:35)
  2. rudos
    • Tama & Tanga Guerrilla Warfare Mistico (4:22)
  3. técnicos
    • DQ Rey Escorpión [Mistico mask pull/foul] (4:30)

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:27
Notes: Stuka replaced Volador. First fall went long because everyone was confused. Tama Tonga was announced as captain, though the finish was clearly for the rudos lose after Rey Escorpión took La Mistica (the tecnicos had taken the other rudos with dives.) Referee Bestia Negra gave the fall to the tecnicos, raising their arms, the signal of the end of all. Everyone treats it as the end of the fall, only the referee clearly gets a communication on his ear piece from someone, likely Tirantes. After a moment, he starts counting out the rudos, then signals Tanga to come back in. Everyone believes this is the start of the second fall, though the referee eventually says something to Stuka. Stuka slams Tanga and does his torpedo splash, but Tanga (rightly) believes this is the second fall and he has to kick out. Stuka makes it clear he wasn’t supposed to after, and Tanga is confused as he crawls back to the corner and tags in his brother. Referee tells Rey Escorpion to get off the apron since he’s eliminated, but Escorpion doesn’t pay any mind. Tama also has no idea what’s going on and continues as if it’s the second fall, with Stuka trying to tell him what’s going on. Escorpion notices enough to come in the ring to distract (and probably tries to figure out what going on), only the referee cuts off Escorpion to tell him he’s eliminated and maybe finally explains it’s still the first fall. You can see Escorpion’s body slump at this outright stupidity, but he sees himself out – and Tama does too, so now no rudos are in the ring. Mistico goes to the apron to get Escorpion, because he doesn’t know either, and Tama attacks Mistico to keep the match going. Stuka breaks that up and grabs Tama. As Tama is punching him in the side, Stuka talks to Tama, suplexes him over, and keeps talking to him as he covers for three to finally end the fall.

Match resumed regularly from there, though it was still a bit rough. Idol accidentally took out Stuka with a dive, Mistico tried La Mistica again, Escorpion blocked it and pulled of his mask for the DQ.

Review: [below average] match was submarined in the first fall and never really recovered. Tama & Tanga felt out of place in this match. Everyone would’ve been confused by the mess up at the end of the first fall (which might have simply been a bad ring announcement), but they were having trouble feeding the comeback. Maybe it’s just one thing going wrong leading to many more. Johnny Idol barely felt in this match. Rey Escorpión & Mistico were essentially working their own match, which was a pretty good match. It’s great news if the finish is setting up a singles version.

Mistica
Mistica
diving headscissors
diving headscissors

Match 6: Rush vs Volador Jr.
Arena Puebla, 06/27/2016

  1. DQ Rush (3:51)
  2. Rush corner dropkick (2:47)
  3. Rush pin (5:31)

Winner: Rush (1/3)
Match Time: 12:01
Notes: Volador replaced Cibernético. Rush had the first fall won, but wouldn’t stop attacking and got Dqed. He dropkicked Tirantes for the call. In the third, Volador landed his backcracker, but Rey Escorpión pulled out Tirantes, Pierroth fouled Volador and Rush got the pin. In the post match celebration, Rush asked Rey Escorpion if he wanted to stay a Revolucionario or become an Ingobernables. Escorpion, already wearing the shirt, picked the Ingobernables. Rush taunted Volador and dropped the mic near him as if Volador was going to respond, but he did not.

Review: [good] Fun action, but just not as thrilling as it seemed when we realized they had made the change. This wasn’t the epic these two guys could have in terms of time and intensity, and it had two different goofy finishes in one match, but it still was a fun time and a teaser of what they could do if they had a chance (or if Liga Elite last long enough.) They fit in a lot of big moments into the match they had, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it.

Still, CMLL’s handling of a main event changing remains consistently poor. If you believe Volador/Rush is a better match, then people are only going to be happier to get that match. And, as much as Volador is liked, there were surely people who paid to see Cibernetico and at least deserved an acknowledgment that they weren’t going to get this match.