CMLL’s Gran Alternativa continues tonight. The winner of today’s eight team block of rookie/veteran tag matches face Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson next week.
Most of the teams don’t look to have much of a shot, as always. At least one of Mephisto & Raziel, Astral & Valiente, Angel de Oro & Oro Jr., Akuma & Pierroth, and Canelo & Negro Casas will win a match because someone has to, but would be shocking finalists. Caristico & Soberano would normally be the overwhelming favorites, only it would both set up a rematch of the Copa Junior held just weeks ago. (Caristico doesn’t seem to get the big wins either in this CMLL run, but simply advancing to the final is not a big win, next week would be.) Flyer & Volador are a dark horse team; Volador’s one of the most important people in CMLL, but Flyer is one of the least important, rarely escaping the opening matches. Drone & Niebla Roja might be the smart pick, since it would continue the Roja/Guerrero issue and Drone’s used as high on the card than as any rookie here. He’s also been doing these forever.
Past Gran Alternativa experience:
4: Hombre Bala (2011 first round w/La Mascara, 2012 first round w/Marco, 2013 final with Atlantis, 2014 first round with Maximo)
3: Oro Jr. (2013 first round w/Mascara Dorada, 2014 semifinals w/Sombra, 2016 first round w/Valiente
2: Akuma (2013 first round w/Mephisto, 2014 first round w/Rey Bucanero)
2: Soberano Jr. (2013 semifinals w/Sombra, 2014 finals w/Volador)
1: Flyer (2016 quarterfinals, w/Atlantis)
1: Canelo Casas (2014 first round w/Negro Casas)
1: Raziel (2012, semifinals w/Volador)
ESTO has an interview with Mephisto and his rookie, 23 year vet Raziel. They think experience will give them the edge. I think they probably could’ve stuck an actual rookie in the match since they’ll only be around for maybe five minutes. This is Raziel’s only second Gran Alternativa – he was in the 2012 one prior.
It’s a packed show with four other matches. Dragon Lee returns to Arena Mexico tot team with his brother Msitico and Dragon Lee against the Guerreros in what should be a fast paced match. Guerrero Maya Jr. & Misterioso meet in the lightning match. (Maya won the one singles match they’ve had five years ago.) Sugehit & Zeuxis again face off in the women’s match, which feels like it should be going somewhere. A midcard title match next week could fit with a tag main event. Metalico & Arkangel take on Principe Diamante & Robin in the usual level of opener.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 06/18/2017Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs King Rocker & Rey Samurai
2) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Blue Tiger, Hijo Del Vikingo, Perverso Jr.
3) Rey Apocalipsis vs Eterno
4) Sádico & Terry 2000 vs Multifacetico (Puebla) & Prayer
5) Toxin vs Arkalis
6) Iron Kid vs Demus 3:16
Quick turn around for Lucha Memes with an all indie crew. It’s kind of a home/home with the Arena Puebla show, with the first five matches all Mexico City/Mexico State versus Puebla. Hijo del Vikingo is the recent standout on AAA shows. Arkalis & Rey Samuray in an environment with no limits is interesting.
Not much. Marco beat Terrible in the main event to end their feud for a moment. Sagrado unmasked Blue Panther Jr. for no real reason. Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis feuded as always.
The usual forgettable Tuesday show overall, thought the main event felt a little different the usual. It was a lot more about the win and less about playing to the crowd, with Marco and Terrible taking some of their usual chemistry into a quick three falls match. There were more than a few spots that felt like it was a dry run for the cibernetico a week later, especially Marco pulling out the same cradle here that he’d use to win the title. They made it work for the time they had and it wasn’t far of from being good.
The rest of the bigger matches were about the same for me. The third one held together a little better than the two trios after it, and didn’t have a pointless DQ like the fourth match. Tiger & Puma looked very smooth in the match (the opposite of Oro Jr.) and made that match work. Universo 2000 Jr. looked alright, but he’s maybe a match higher than he should be at this point and not yet at the level of his cousins.
Soberano worked well with the semimain rudos. Mephisto’s obviously the big match for him, but I also wanted to see him work with Gran Guerrero – if only to see how far Gran Guerrero could throw him on his finish if he didn’t really care about hurting Soberano.