CMLL on 2017-05-12

let’s just pretend this was the finish

Recapped: 05/12/2017


All matches aired live from Arena Mexico.

Leono & Sensei defeat Artillero & Hijo del Signo (12:40 [6:08, 2:22, 4:10], 1/3, below average)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus beat Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Robin (18:20 [7:47, 3:30, 7:03], 1/3, ok)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. (16:18 [6:05, 3:37, 6:36], 1/3, ok)

Soberano Jr. beat Rey Cometa © for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship (16:32+, great)

  1. Cometa Spanish Fly ?:??
  2. Soberano guillotine moonsault 0:50
  3. Soberano Canadian Destroyer 15:42

Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas (12:36 [2:49, 2:08, 7:39], 2/3, ok)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. defeat La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
(14:14 [2:28, 3:30, 8:16], 1 DQ/3, below average)

What happened: 

the not-minis do something cool!

Soberano Jr. defeated Rey Cometa to become the 75th Mexican National Welterweight Championship. CMLL’s feed went out prior to the opening fall of the match but returned to show most of the match.

Atlantis and Rush feuded in the main event, which could be spun into something more later on but more felt like they were just doing a usual bit


Pretty much a one match show, with the title match being the only thing notable and memorable from the show. It was a great exhibition of big moves, with more than a half dozen dives in the third fall alone. The flaw of the match is it didn’t feel like there was any build or sequence to the moves, with the most spectacular dives done early on and some of the lesser stuff added on late just to do moves. The match also suffered from going about a move too long – Soberano’s Fire Driver finish looked great, the Canadian Destroyer which followed didn’t, and they clearly missed their moment. Still, I thought the highlights were pretty good and the ending of third fall was still decently dramatic even as a move exhibition. It also felt like something was accomplished with a tournament and a championship match, which doesn’t always happen here.

The rest was filler. They always should go with the title match last, and tonight was a good reason why. Peste Negra at least played to the crowd while running their usual match. The main event was a whole lot of nothing, as flat as the opener with bigger names involved. The Dinamitas match wasn’t as good as usual, with the timing especially being off during the second fall comeback. The second match had one really neat spot, which is admittedly one more than usual.

Forastero pulled it off.