CMLL on 2017-02-17 

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Recapped: 02/18/2017

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente advanced to the final of the incredible pairs tournament. Diamante Azul & Pierroth agreed to a mask match. Yoshitatsu debuted.

What was good: The opening minis match was the best match on the show, and the opening tournament match was the best of those. The Azul/Pierroth trios build up was dreadful.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel

Match 1: Eléctrico & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
Arena México, 02/17/2017

  1. rudos
    • Mercurio dropkick to the head sliding dropkick Electrico (4:30)
    • Pierrothito nudo Stukita (5:02)
  2. técnicos
    • Stukita triple moonsault Pequeño Pierroth (3:32)
    • Eléctrico springboard elbow drop Mercurio (3:50)
  3. rudos
    • Pierrothito Pierrothina Stukita (4:10)
    • COR Eléctrico [Mercurio tornillo] (4:37)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 13:29
Notes: There are now edecanes in Volaris outfits, positioned closest to the cameras. They’re not allowed to do anything but stand there and pose, and block our view of the people who are dancing I guess. Stukita appears be imitating Silver King with his water spit. He wears a half Halcón Suriano mask to the ring.

Review: [good] Fun minis opener. They were missing the drama of a match down later in the card but they worked in more than usual at this spot (including Mercurio getting in his first tornillo in who knows when.) Stukita seems like he’s going to get a bigger role with Astral not around – maybe the #4 mini técnico, maybe the #2? – which helps freshen things up a little bit. He can do mat work with Pierrothito that were weren’t seeing from other people. This was fast paced but felt fluid, and the rudos seemed into it. Hopefully the cibernetico on Sunday goes the same way.

this is both good and bad at the same time
Mercurio tornillo

Match 2: La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely vs Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
Arena México, 02/17/2017

  1. rudas
    • Tiffany inverted crucifix powerbomb Marcela (6:00)
  2. técnicos
    • Vaquerita elbow drop middle rope elbow drop (3:32)
    • Sanely inverted STF Metalica (3:32)
  3. tecnicos
    • Vaquerita Rosa DDT Reina Isis (3:38)
    • Marcela double stomp Tiffany (4:14)

Winner: tecnicos (2/3)
Match Time: 13:46

Review: [ok] Better than expected, though still not good. Sanely’s opening exchange with Metalica was tough – she had to run across the ring to retry a springboard, she fell oddly on a dropkick, her own dropkick didn’t look good. Isis struggled too. Metalica has some rough moments, but this match just showed she’s way ahead of those other two. Sanely has more flashy offense than Isis, but more moments where spots go obviously wrong. Tiffany and Marcela did a good job as possible as working around Tiffany’s limitation (which mostly meant just putting Tiffany in spots and having Marcela do the running.)

Vaquerita lands hard on Isis on the elbow drop
flying Sanely

Match 3: Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Yoshitatsu
Arena México, 02/17/2017

  1. rudos
    • Kraneo running hipsmash Marco Corleone (1:45)
    • Pierroth second middle rope elbow drop Diamante Azul (2:52)
  2. rudos
    • DQ Diamante Azul [mask pull] (3:59)

Winner: rudos (1/2)
Match Time: 6:51
Notes: Diamante Azul is now just wearing the sponsor’s t-shirt, but also has masks to hand out to children (who seemed very ready for the masks to be put on them.) Azul rushes Pierroth, and the new girls are a little slow to realize they need to get out of there. Yoshitatstsu still takes his time getting introduced. Volador knocks off Violencia off the ramp. Tatsu is still wearing his Bullet Hunter gear, but he’s got half his face painted white.

Diamante Azul challenges Pierroth to a mask match while facing the crowd and not Pierroth, which seems odd. La Mascara and Rush come out to confront Azul while the rudos get Pierroth a new mask. Azul says he’ll beat Pierroth, then Rush. Pierroth accepts.

Review: [below average] maybe a generous grade! This is not good in itself and not good in what it means for the next six weeks or so of matches Never has an elbow drop made me laugh as much as the one Pierroth did in the first fall. He put so much effort into it for something that still looked bad. Tatsu put a lot less effort into his top rope wheel kick and it still looked bad. Tatsu appeared to have limited idea of what was going on, but who was exactly supposed to be communicated with him on his team? It seemed like Kraneo was directing him, but this was a tough ask for anyone to start. CMLL cutting away from a Monito/Mije fight to show Pierroth brawl badly with Azul is the worst thing they’ve done. Pierroth’s punches are awful. Pierroth is awful. This feud is pretty awful.

Volador rids himself of Pequeno Violencia

Match 4: Negro Casas & Ripper vs TerribleÚltimo GuerreroLa MáscaraEuforiaDragón Rojo Jr.Hechicero in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a seeding battle royal match
Arena México, 02/17/2017

  1. Dragon Rojo Jr. out (0:48)
  2. Euforia out (1:15)
  3. Terrible out (2:21)
  4. Hechicero out (2:43)
  5. Último Guerrero out (2:54)
  6. La Mascara out (3:08)

Winner: Negro Casas & Ripper
Match Time: 3:08

no one told Terrible this was a dumb battle royal

And in the tournament itself

Match 5: Atlantis & Euforia beat Dragón Rojo Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. (6:33) – a good energetic tag match with the underdog team coming off as if they really had a chance. This felt like an actual match with a beginning and a middle (instead of just the end game) and was the best of this block.

Maya hits everything on the way down

Match 6: Rush & Terrible beat Hechicero & Stuka Jr. (7:47) – the feed dies during this match, and struggles the rest of the match. Significant sections of matches go missing along the way. It didn’t seem to be any big loss in this match, with Rush not doing much and Terrible looking hurt late in the win.

Match 7: Último Guerrero & Valiente beat Dragón Lee & La Máscara (6:33) – the first half of this was unwatchable due to stream issues, the second half ends with La Mascara breaking up a Dragon Lee pin. In between, Valiente surprises by taking the apron headscissors but that’s about it.

Dragon Lee takes out Valiente

Match 8: Mistico & Negro Casas defeated Ripper & Titán (6:10) – match is going along OK when Titan is counted down for three by Tirantes on a Mistico huracanrana. Titan did wait until the last moment to kick out, but he did, and it clearly wasn’t meant to be the finish. Tirantes kicked Titan out and this stumbles to a finish. The Titan/Mistico stuff seemed interesting and it would’ve been neat to see how they finished.

Match 9: Atlantis & Euforia defeated Rush & Terrible (4:02) – feed is at it’s worst during this, going out at the finish (though you can see it coming.) Terrible accidentally punches Rush to lead to the team’s defeat in a forgettable fight.

Match 10: Último Guerrero & Valiente defeat Mistico & Negro Casas (4:14) – wasn’t as good as it would’ve seemed with the names involved, Casas & Valiente even do a double duck down bit. They seemed to be rushing or just short on time.

Match 11: Último Guerrero & Valiente defeat Atlantis & Euforia (7:14) – Último Guerrero wrestling the same UG match, but the novelty of him doing with Euforia. Valiente working rudo was sort of interesting, but this match wasn’t.

that is a lot of Euforia to flip over

Black Terry & Diablo Jr. I win El Protector, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/19/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
2) Cadillac & Kanon b Acero & Picudo Jr.
straight falls
3) Cerebro Negro, Power Bull, Súper Mega b Pantera I, Rafy, Teelo
Power Bull replaced Yakuza.
4) Danny Casas b Veneno
Danny Casas won via chair shot
5) Apolo Estrada Jr. COR Relámpago
Relampago couldn’t return after a tope. Apolo wants a title match.
6) Alfa & Dragón Fly b Hijo del Alebrije, Diablo Jr., Black Dragón, Hip Hop Man, Imposible, Demonio Infernal [El Protector]
Alfa replaced Emperador Azteca on Tuesday. Winning team will get a title match against Veneno & Chicano
7) Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera b Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Alebrije [El Protector, quarterfinal] Hip Hop Man y Mr. Electro vs Negro Navarro y el Demonio Infernal en  Protector 2017. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Herodes Jr. attacked Hijo de Dos Caras
8) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. I b Herodes Jr. & Imposible [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Black Terry replaced Pirata Morgan. Imposible switched teams with Hip Hop Man.
9) Demonio Infernal & Negro Navarro b Hip Hop Man & Mr. Electro [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Hip Hop Man (switched teams with Imposible) & Mr. Electro had issues.
10) Dragón Fly & Villano IV b Alfa & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [El Protector, quarterfinal] Villano IV y Dragón Fly vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr y Alfa en el Protector 2017 (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
11) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. I b Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera [El Protector, semifinal]
12) Demonio Infernal & Negro Navarro b Dragón Fly & Villano IV [El Protector, semifinal]
13) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. I b Demonio Infernal & Negro Navarro [El Protector, final] Black Terry y Diablo Primero Jr vs Negro Navarro y el Demonio Infernal. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) El protector  DIABLO JR contra DEMONIO (posted by lucha libre)
Black Terry & Diablo Jr. win the tournament and a tag title shot against Veneno & Chicano. This was Terry’s fourth tag match of the day.

Four matches is a long day, but Terry & Diablo have a decent chance of winning the tag tag titles. Rob posted video of the Relampago dive; poor guy destroys himself.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from yesterday’s Lucha Memes show.

CMLL has the most ordinary show possible tonight in Puebla: five matches, all trios matches, absolutely nothing to any of them. The main event is Dragon Lee, Mistico & Volador against Euforia, Niebla Roja and Yoshitatsu. Tatsu hasn’t shown a lot in Mexico so far, but this is a better chance to have a decent match than Friday. The semimain has Angel de Oro, Maximo and Valiente vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible, where Hechicero is tonight’s replacement for the injured Shocker. Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Triton face Kraneo, Olimpico, Ripper in the tercera in what might be the best match on the show, which is to say there may not be a good match on this show. First two matches have the usual mix of Puebla luchadors and low ranked DF guys: Lestat, Pegasso and Tigre Rojo Jr. face Disturbio, Espiritu Maligno, and Policeman, and Flyer, Millenium, Zaeta Roja versus Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar and Perverso open the show.

CultIcon has a preview of the show. It’ll air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

La Union has an interview with luchador Chamaco Valaguez. The upside down neckbreaker called La Valagueza is named after him, and he explains his other job as a butcher gave him lots of practice to carrying large weights over one shoulder, making it easy to do the same with an opponent. Valaguez says El Anibal was the best luchador, talks about his match with Mocho Cota as his best match.

LigerFever has a full transcript of Penta el Zero M on Los Reyes del Biutiful.

KDNA promotions seems offended by whatever Konnan said last night in Monterrey, posting a photo of their mostly full arena and accusing Konnan of being on drugs.

Lucha 2000 #861 hypes LA Park vs Rush.

PWR’s debut show on FloSlam is this Saturday.