CMLL Mexico Viernes: 2016-08-12

no one's safe
no one’s safe

Recapped: 08/12/2016

What happened: Super Crazy, acting more rudo, fouled Rey Bucanero to end their lightning match. Dragon Lee beat La Mascara cleanly. Virus cheated to beat Soberano.

What was good: Everything! The third match might have been the best match of the night, but everything was good. Main event had best action per minute, just didn’t last long.

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

Match 1: Shockercito & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
Arena México, 08/12/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Stukita torpedo splash Demus 3:16 (5:47)
    • Shockercito crucifix cradle Mercurio (5:54)
  2. rudos
    • Demus 3:16 top rope splash Stukita (3:33)
    • Merucrio powerbomb onto Demus’ feet on Shockercito (3:52)
  3. rudos
    • Merucrio cradle pieldriver Shockercito (3:36)
    • Stukita La Rosa Merucrio (4:11)
    • Demus double underhook piledriver Stukita (4:30)

Winner: rudos (2/3)
Match Time: 14:16

Review: [good] Solid match between four of their better minis. Stukita remains entertaining and feels like he’s adding a little bit every time we actually get to see him. Mercurio and Demus can combine for some painful looking stuff, especially what they did to Shockercito. The Demus/Shockercito armdrag spot has a lower hit rate of late, but the finish pinfall sequence was a bit different than and that helped. Those piledrivers looked brutal at the end.

this can’t feel good
Demus gets Stukita so high before taking down hard

Match 2: Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
Arena México, 08/12/2016

  1. rudos
    • Hombre Bala rope flip moonsault (3:18)
    • Distubrio powerbomb Homrbe Bala Jr. (3:56)
    • Disturbio front bckcbreaker Pegasso (4:16)
  2. rudos
    • Skandalo Driver Hombrea Bala (5:22)
    • Virus cradle w/ropes Soberano (5:56)

Winner: rudos (1/2)
Match Time: 10:12
Notes: Virus clearly used the bottom rope for leverage, but the referee missed it.

Review: [good] Borderline grade. This was crazy at times, especially the sequence peaking with Pegasso’s armdrag to the floor. It was also a bit dominated on the rudo side by Skandalo’s usual (and not very interesting) act, with not enough of some other people. Skandalo really struggled just standing in the right position for Soberano’s tornillo. The young guys looked pretty good was enough to carry it for me, but this went by really quick.

demented backbreaker
demented backbreaker

Match 3: Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Arena México, 08/12/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Titan el Inmortal Rey Escorpión (4:51)
  2. rudos
    • Super Pólvora Driver on Angel de Oro (4:08)
  3. rudos
    • Dragon Bomb on Guerrero Maya Jr. (8:17)
    • Rey Escorpión package piledriver Titan (9:30)

Winner: rudos (2/3)
Match Time: 18:29
Notes: Dragon Rojo & Guerrero Maya fought early, but their feud wasn’t played up.

Review: [good] This was a well worked trios match, with the ex-Revolucionarios working well together as usual. The match had a few more twists than usual, with the first fall coming together pretty well and some unexpected reversals later on. These are a good group of técnicos for comebacks, and they just built the match on them doing a few of those. Guerrero Maya & Dragon Rojo’s issue gave the match some structure early, and Rey Escorpión & Titan were another very good pairing. Maya hit the ropes pretty bad on his tope con giro, but at least landed in one piece. Hopefully Titan is in one piece after the piledriver the end.

Maya survived
El Inmortal
El Inmortal

Match 4: Súper Crazy vs Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
Arena México, 08/12/2016

Winner: Rey Bucanero (Super Crazy foul DQ)
Match Time: 6:34
Notes: Super Crazy was the evil outsider and Rey Bucanero the heroic homeland defender this week, flipping the sides going into next week’s match.

Review: [good] Well, this is a strong sign – they both decided to kill themselves to try and make this work. They started that way and it left them looking exhausted after four minutes, so who knows how a 12 minute hair mask is going to go. Still, we got sentons and missed moonsaults on the ramp and big moves in the ring; if they do the same but pace themselves a little better, it might work. Flipping the sides makes much more sense too, since the casual crowd is likely to get behind the home group guy if they’re going to get behind anyone at all (and they didn’t really get behind anyone here.) I have more hope than I did before this match.

ramp dive in the 1st minute
ramp dive in the 1st minute
senton to the floor in minute 2
senton to the floor in minute 2

Match 5: Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
Arena México, 08/12/2016

  1. rudos
    • Gran Guerrero Oklahoma Stampede Valiente (3:55)
    • Cavernario pump splash Stuka Jr. (5:05)
  2. tecnicos
    • Atlantis huracanrana Mr. Niebla (2:35)
  3. técnicos
    • Stuka torpedo splash Cavernario (4:14)
    • Valiente buster Gran Guerrero (4:19)

Winner: técnicos (2/3)
Match Time: 11:59
Review: [ok] another solidly entertaining match. This had less novelty to it than some of the other matchups, other than Gran Guerrero breaking out a new way to destroy his opponents, but it got the crowd easily. The crowd enjoyed the Peste Negra comedy parts, and they held up when the técnicos filed back. It’s very much a modern Atlantis match, with everything looking simple but good. Atlantis & Niebla interacted, but no sign of a feud with them either.

Zacarias can't fly
Zacarias can’t fly
Gran Guerrero turnbuckle DVD
Valiente attempts to send a man thru the barricade continue

Match 6: Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 08/12/2016

  1. rudos
    • La Mascara corner death valley driver Mistico (0:57)
  2. técnicos
    • Volador top rope headscissors Euforia (2:52)
    • La Mistica on Ultimo Guerrero (2:58)
  3. técnicos
    • Dragon Lee hanging double stomp La Mascara (3:15)

Winner: técnicos (2/3)
Match Time: 7:10

Review: [good] shortest tag match on the show, but really well done while it lasted. Mistico & Volador were completely on for the time they had, with all their big moves looking spectacular and a lot more of them squeezed into this time than you’d expect. Dragon Lee and La Mascara had much better chemistry with each other than in their singles match, not asked to do as much but looking sharper whenever they interacted. This would’ve been great if they had given it a few more minutes. The crowd completely trolling La Mascara, who legitimately pointed out Dragon Lee’s verbal typo, was very amusing. Interesting that Dragon Lee won clean.

tope con giro
La Mascara can’t shake Dragon Lee