CMLL Puebla: 2016-08-01 

backbreakers for everyone
backbreakers for everyone

Recapped: 2016-08-01

What happened: Dalys defeated Lluvia to keep her title again. Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero are feuding again. A referee blew a finish again.

What was good: I liked the match I thought I was going to like (Panthers/Felinos), though it barely rose to expected level. Sansón & Cuatrero looked great, but there match was non-competitive.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel.

Match 1: Arkalis & Millenium vs Espíritu Maligno & Saurón
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. rudos
    • Espíritu nudo Millenium (7:16)
    • Saurón inverted double arm scissors Arkalis (7:37)
  2. técnicos
    • Arkalis guillotine double stomp Espíritu Maligno (3:46)
    • Millenium top rope splash Saurón (4:08)
  3. rudos
    • Espíritu Maligno nudo lagunero cradle Arkalis (1:57)
    • Saurón Volador Spiral Milenium (2:16)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 14:01

Review: [ok] felt like they were told to keep it from getting too exciting. They did an excellent job! Everyone’s pretty much looked much better on other shows, and did about the minimum they could to get by; Esipritu Maligno didn’t find time to do something crazy. Third fall ended abruptly quick. Sauron’s piledriver seems so out of place in openers.

Espiritu sliding dropkick
Espiritu sliding dropkick

Match 2: Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Ares, El Cuatrero, Sansón
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. rudos
    • Cuatrero springboard elbow drop Tigre Rojo (5:23)
    • Sansón top rope knee smash Rey Samuray (5:47)
  2. rudos
    • Ares powerbomb Black Tiger (4:42)

Winner: rudos (1/2)
Match Time: 10:29

Review: [ok] a rare heavily one sided battle, with Cuatrero & Sansón utterly dominant over the técnicos and Ares just kind of along for the ride. They seemed to lightly be doing an Arez/Black Tiger feud, which will no doubt thrill the masses, but this was mostly the big ranchers just taking out the smaller guys. Tigre Rojo & Rey Samuray looked good in their one moment of glory, but only got just that.

Dinamita teamwork
tecnicos got some offense

Match 3: Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. Felinos
    • Tiger backcracker, Puma double stomp Stigma (5:36)
  2. técnicos
    • The Panther springboard dropkick Tiger (3:12)
    • Blue Panther Jr. german suplex Puma (3:23)
  3. Felinos
    • Puma La Majestry The Panther (4:33)
    • Blue Panther Jr. inside out dropkick Puma (5:00)
    • Felino top rope elbow drop Blue Panther (6:12)

Winner: Felinos (1/3)
Match Time: 15:11

Review: [good] gets credit for going longer in the third fall than I thought they would, with the never ending sequence of backbreakers more fun that usual. Still, they didn’t really connect well on spots and it wasn’t near as good as a match as they usually have. Lots of superkicks that didn’t lot particularly close this time around, and not the creative teamwork they usually have. This wasn’t bad, but usually it’s better than this.

Tiger & Puma finish Stigma
Tiger & Puma finish Stigma

Match 4: Dalys © vs Lluvia for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. Dalys double wristlock cradle (3:02)
  2. Lluvia corner dropkick (2:48)
  3. Dalys superbomb (5:46)

Winner: Dalys (1/3)
Match Time: 11:36
Notes: Mistico & Negro Casas were seconds.

Review: [ok] often felt like a rehearsal or a theater presentation of a match, with Lluvia (and to a lesser extent) not bothering with the pretense of a fight and instead of just moving around to set up another spot. I didn’t think The crowd was game for this match, but the match itself was unconvincing. There wasn’t much drama in the ending either, with Lluvia’s big fall coming off a DDT that didn’t look good, and Dalys surprisingly winning on a powerbomb she doesn’t normally do.

Lluvia lived

Match 5: Atlantis, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. rudos
    • rudos W Guerrero (5:28)
  2. técnicos
    • Atlantis casadora cradle Rey Bucanero (2:34)
    • Blue Panther ankelock Vangellys (2:36)
  3. técnicos
    • DQ rudos [ref attack] (6:58)

Winner: técnicos (2/3)
Match Time: 15:02
Notes: The rudos had the técnicos all pinned for three, when Pompin saw a phantom kickout and didn’t count three. The rudos were furious, perhaps legitimately so, and end up causing Pompin to fall down next to the técnicos and award them the match. Terrible and Vangellys stormed off. Bucanero did the same, but then did some talking to distract the crowd from the horrendous that just has occurred.

Review: [below average] The most generic sort of match, exactly as you’d imagine it with these two teams. You could probably lodge the same criticism at the one match I liked, just the routine spots here happened to be less interesting to me but they were all kind of the same routine. Blue Panther was in full crazy old man mode tonight, which did add some entertainment value, and Atlantis keeping Terrible stuck in a simple hold for an extended period showed some personality. Bucanero was so slow in the late sequnece with Panther, which is not a great sign for him and Super Crazy later on, but he luckily he was overshadowed by the horrendous finish. That’s enough to drop it a grade alone.

Stuka Dragon
CMLL referees

Match 6: Mistico, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
Arena Puebla, 08/01/2016

  1. Team UG
    • Marco Corleone top rope plancha Volador Jr. (1:46)
    • Mascara crucifix cradle Mistico (1:54)
  2. Team Shocker
    • Mistico inside cradle Marco Corleone (2:36)
    • Volador inside cradle La Mascara (2:40)
  3. Team Shocker
    • DQ UG [foul Shocker] (4:42)

Winner: Team Shocker (1/3)
Match Time: 9:16

Review: [ok] Guess I should’ve figured out they were doing Shocker/Ultimo Guerrero. They brawled away from the ring for the finishes but dominated the attention of the match, and the time didn’t leave room for much else to develop. Seeing rudo Marco again was fun, though it forced me to remember if he and Marco were supposed to be friends. (They are not, though that was dropped after Mascara & Rush broke up.) Mistico was not going full out – the situation really didn’t require it – but seemed to be about normal health wise. Shocker was trying, but I really have no interesting in seeing that match.