CMLL Puebla: 2016-09-19


Recapped: 10/08/2017

What happened: Negro Casas & Shocker kept the tag team titles by taking out Mistico’s knee. Ultimo Guerrero/Rush and Angel de Oro/Dragon Rojo matches were set up.

What was good: I really liked the main event and there was a lot of solid stuff in the undercard.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel, and the Guerreros del Ring TV version has aired by the time you’re reading this (which curiously omitted the title match.)

Match 1: Centella Roja & París vs Espíritu Maligno & Guerrero Espacial
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. rudos
    • Guerrero Espacial kick Centella Roja (7:53)
    • Espíritu Maligno powerbomb Paris (8:05)
  2. tecnicos
    • Centella Roja straight jacket camel clutch Espiritu Maligno (4:39)
    • Paris Springboard headscissors Guerrero Especial (4:58)
  3. rudos
    • Espíritu Maligno rolling Rosa Paris (1:55)
    • Guerrero Espacial arm trap armbar Centella Roja (2:09)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 15:12

Review: [not rated] I actually watched this one, but at double speed and not as paying attention as normal, so I didn’t get a rating. It’s somewhere in the OK range. Two things I did get: the match derailed a bit in the second fall when Guerrero Espacial took put Paris before Espíritu Maligno could get in his big corner spot (and so they had to bring in Centella Roja for a moment, get rid of him, and bring back Paris before they could move on.) Centella Roja also generally looked better than he did in his early appearances. Not good, but good enough that he wouldn’t bring down a match on his own and you could have a good match with enough other people. The first fall finish, Centella Roja missing a double springboard moonsault and then being pinned by a weak kick, was bizarre.

Centella Roja

Match 2: Meyer & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. Batilion del Muerte
    • Toro Bill Jr. double knee smash Meyer (8:24)
    • Rey Apocalipsis tornillo moonsault (9:00)
  2. técnicos
    • Tigre Rojo middle rope armdrag Rey Apocalipsis (4:05)
    • Paris legscissors Toro Bill Jr. (4:27)
  3. Batillon del Muerte
    • Toro Bill Jr. pulpo guerrero Tigre Rojo Jr. (3:58)
    • Rey Apocalispsis Indian Deathlock Paris (4:28)

Winner: Batillon del Muerte
Match Time: 17:55

Review: [good] I sped thru this match at first, but it got good enough to slow down and watch. The Battilon seemed to be doing a lot more in this match than they have of late. They still didn’t give the técnicos a lot (and the técnicos seemed handcuffed by the limitations of segunda), but there was good action here and the Tigre Rojo middle rope armdrag spot really stood out. They really need to mix these two rudos in with the regular CMLL guys, just to see how it’d go.

stick horses
the pounding on the head just seems cruel

Match 3: Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Robin vs El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. rudos
    • Cuatrero inside springboard elbow drop Robin (6:44)
    • Sansón springboard kneedrop Magnus (7:39)
  2. técnicos
    • Robin senton con giro Cuartero (3:49)
  3. rudos
    • Cuatrero cutter Robin (4:56)
    • Sangre Azteca counter dropkick Hombre Bala (5:23)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 16:51

Review: [good] I’ve seen most of the rest of the show live. This stood out the first time for all the Dinamitas double teams, and those hold up pretty well. They’re quick and agile, and they take so much of the match that Sangre has no time to spam him low blow dropkicks. The técnicos are a really good part of the match too, especially working together on the second fall finish, but generally making the rudos offense look very impressive. This is an unusually fun match for this low on the card.

Hombre Bala clears him out
camera angle helped a bit here

Match 4: Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Titán vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. técnicos
    • DQ Dragon Rojo [Angel de Oro mask pull] (5:44)
  2. técnicos
    • Angel de Oro mecedora Dragon Rojo (6:34)

Winner: tecnicos (1/2)
Match Time: 12:!8
Notes: Angel de Oro set up a title match with Dragon Rojo next week.

Review: [good] this was a lot of fun! Dragon/Angel was the focus, but the other guys were really good and the match flew by. Pólvora kind of outshined his buddy, not by big spots but matching up well with the other two técnicos. (I kinda want to see a Dragon Lee/Polvora title match.) Dragon Lee was in the background but still stood out. The main feud didn’t thrilled, but it was good enough that I’m looking forward to getting to that title match.

Dragon Rojo does a jumping kick?
Dragon Lee tope con giro
inside out moonsault
la mecedora

Match 5: Marco Corleone, Pierroth, Rush vs Matt Taven, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. Team Rush
    • Pierroth powerslam Ultimo Guerrero (1:54)
  2. Team UG
    • Máximo inside cradle Pierroth (4:17)
    • Matt Taven springboard toe kick Marco Corleone (4:22)
  3. Team Rush
    • Rush foul UG (4:19)

Winner: Team Rush (1/3)
Match Time: 10:35
Notes: Match is build up to Rush/UG, with the oddity of Taven and Marco being on the ‘wrong’ sides (since UG is essentially a técnico the whole way thru.) UG gets a pin on Rush, Pierroth pulls out the referee, and Rush fouls UG for the win. Match is in the OK range.

Match 6: Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Mistico & Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
Arena Puebla, 09/19/2016

  1. rudos
    • Negro Casas casita Mistica (5:54)
    • Shocker tiburazon cradle Volador Jr. (5:59)
  2. técnicos
    • Volador backcracker Shocker (2:34)
    • Mistico casita Negro Casas (2:47)
  3. rudos
    • Negro Casas casita Volador (9:59)
    • Shocker reverse figure four Mistico (10:29)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 19:15
Notes: Negro Casas kicks Mistico’s knee at the end of the first fall, then traps his leg in a chair and kicks it a few times. Mistico is (very realistically) limping the rest of the way. Shocker attacks the knee between the second and third fall, and Mistico looks unable to continue. He does, though, with the rudos continue to target his knee.

Review: [great] even though it’s more obvious Mistico was working a knee injury on the rewatch, the match holds up pretty well. Body part selling is not done often in CMLL, and this match really makes a case to do it much more in big matches: Mistico sold his knee much better than you’d expect from him with his lack of experience, and the rudos (especially Shocker) were effective in attacking the knee. The técnicos got to look spectacular before the injury clicked in, and Volador came off as a superhero fighting off two guys at once. They had a lot of drama in the near falls, though it would’ve been nice if there was a little more between the eliminations. Shocker still had moments where he was standing around blankly waiting for moves, but this was as good as you’re going to get out of him in 2016 and they should be proud of getting this match out of it.

Negro attacks the knee (on a spot built around Shocker being out of position!)
double tope con giro
Casas silla
Volador breaks it up with a plancha