CMLL on 2016-10-21

Dragon Lee tope

Recapped: 10/21/2016

What happened: Volador advanced to the final of the Universal tournament. Dragon Lee didn’t, thanks to his brother Rush. They may no longer be brothers. Marco & Máximo are definitely not friends with Rush. Marcela and Dalys are feuding once again.

What was good: I liked the second match and the tournament ifnal.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel soon up.

Match 1: Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
Arena México, 10/21/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Eléctrico springboard elbow drop Pequeño Olímpico (4:48)
    • Ultimo Dragoncito standing arm trap armbar Demus (5:09)
  2. rudos
    • Demus top rope plancha Eléctrico (4:02)
    • COR Ultimo Dragoncito (4:49)
  3. técnicos
    • Ultimo Dragoncito huracanrana Pequeño Olímpico (3:54)
    • COR Eléctrico & Demus (4:22)

Winner: técnicos (1/3)
Match Time: 14:00

Review: [below average] thought about giving this OK, but Pequeño Olímpico was not good in this match and very consistently so, it’s tough to let this one pass. He just didn’t complete moves and looked bad trying other ones. Everyone else was better, but this was the usual low intensity opener. Eléctrico looks like he can do so much more than they let him in these openers; the flip headscissors to the ramp at the end was by far the best moment in this match.

Dragoncito got launched
middle rope slight shove

Match 2: Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Arena México, 10/21/2016

  1. Dinamtias
    • Sansón inverted bow and arrow Esfinge (2:46)
  2. técnicos
    • The Panther double springboard dropkick Sansón (0:50)
  3. Dinamtia
    • Forastero tope rope senton con giro Blue Panther Jr. (10:10)
    • Nudo Egipico on Forastero (10:30)
    • Cuartero sit down crucifix powerbomb The Panther (11:25)

Winner: Dinamitas (1/3)
Match Time: 15:01

Review: [good] if this is CMLL’s future, it should be pretty exciting. Forastero fit in well with his cousins and they contributed to a fast paced match that got the crowd into it at the end. It was an oddly laid out match, with two very short falls and a very long third, but they had enough different things to do to keep the match going (and the crowd liked the quick comeback in the second fall.) The Panther spammed the springboard dropkick as usual, but also added some stuff he hasn’t been doing a lot. Really, everyone did that – there weren’t the usual springboard spots by Cuatrero and Sansón. It was just a lot of action, which can cover up for some weaknesses. This match did feature two attempts at crotching someone on the top rope fail in completely different and unexpected ways; they have placed they can improve. This also had the usual bit of spots set up for dives that just weren’t allowed to be dives because they were in the segunda. That won’t be an issue forever.

macho Panther Jr.
all sorts of kicks
an unusual set of reverals

Match 3: Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
Arena México, 10/21/2016

  1. tecnicas
    • Sanely leg trap full nelson Metalica (6:52)
    • Estrellita Star Gate Amapola (6:52)
  2. rudas
    • Dalys scorpion Amapola (2:21)
  3. tecnicas
    • DQ Dalys [dropkick to the referee] (4:17)

Winner: tecnicas (1/3)
Match Time: 13:30
Notes: Dalys nearly got an excessive violence DQ prior to accidentally missile dropkicking the referee. She and Dalys had to be pulled apart post match.

Review: [ok] at least they finally got around to doing a feud here? Even though it’s the one they’ve done before. This match got cringey with kicks and dropkicks that were missing by a lot by the end, but they kept the crowd’s interest and were relatively solid the rest of the way. Metálica doesn’t really jump out of the screen in any way (neither does her name), but she’s athletic and competent. That puts her way ahead of the curve on the ruda side. Sanely so obviously is going to be over that Estrellita made sure to play off of her.

this seems strangely familiar
hola Metalica

Match 4: Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 10/21/2016

  1. Guerreros
    • Euforia top rope plancha Máximo (5:40)
    • Ultimo Guerrero suplex Marco Corleone (5:52)
  2. Guerreros
    • Ultimo Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero Rush (3:47)

Winner: Guerreros (1/2)
Match Time: 9:39
Notes: Máximo & Marco ignored Rush early on, so he returned the favor and left them to die. He even attacked Marco in the second fall, putting him in the hanging armbar, before the Guerreros got annoyed and attacked Rush. Máximo kissed Rush to send him into the finish.

Review: [ok] this was more storyline than match, so at least the storyline made sense. I mean, there’s no storyline for the match to actually take place, but the people who disliked each other still dislike each other and it didn’t take too long to get to the point. Euforia and Marco had some good exchanges while they were in there.

Marco takes care of business

CMLL Universal Block B
5: battle royal (3:10)
6: Dragón Lee beat Luciferno (3:55, hanging double stomp)
7: La Mascara beat Ephesto (3:40, campana)
8: Volador Jr. beat Dragón Rojo Jr. (3:30, frontcracker)
9: Atlantis beat Rey Bucanero (2:30, casadora cradle)
10: La Mascara beat Dragón Lee (4:32, double knee smash)
11: Volador Jr. beat Atlantis (1:46, inside cradle)
12: Volador Jr. beat La Mascara (6:06, front cracker)

In the Mascara/Dragon Lee match, Dragon Lee seemed close to winning when Rush ran out distract both the referee and Lee. La Mascara attempted both a foul and a mask pull while the referee was distracted, Dragon Lee stopped both, but Mascara superkicked and double knee smashed him for the win. Dragon Lee challenged Rush to a mask/hair match, which Rush brushed off and again declared La Mascara was his real brother. (Rush neglected to help out in the block final.)

Nothing was as good as the Valiente/Euforia final this week. Volador/Mascara was Good, though not close to Volador’s top matches or really even Mascara’s. The other stuff wasn’t as low as the lows last week, but generally forgettable or hurried (Mascara/Lee) stuff.

Luciferno highlights
Bucanero too old for this
Volador wins