CMLL (FRI) 10/27/2017 Arena México [CMLL, luchablog, Wrestling with GIFs]
1) Starman & Stigma b Metálico & Nitro
15:58. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela
13:09. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther
14:34. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Soberano Jr. b Mephisto [lightning]
9:17. Soberano top rope tornillo got the win, though he was shaken up after teh match.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
10:44. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
12:28. Rudos took 1/3.
Main event was great with a matchup we haven’t seen a lot this year. 3 & 4 were good in ways that have been seen more often.
Pretty much everything I have to write for Saturday is either out of date now, or will be just as in date Sunday. So I’ll wait until Sunday. I’m thinking of playing around with another way of doing this, or at least making it a lot smaller, while I’m in Mexico. The idea is to make the vacation actually a vacation, which I’m not so great at doing. Maybe I’ll get around to trying that idea this week; watch this space.
CMLL (FRI) 11/03/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Robin vs Artillero & Espanto Jr.
2) Drone, Esfinge, Rey Cometa vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker
4) Dalys © vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
13th defense, 6th against Marcela
5) Diamante Azul vs Mistico, Soberano Jr., Valiente, Cuatrero, Forastero, Hechicero, Sansón [Rey del Inframundo]
6) Carístico, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Imagine being in charge of CMLL. You apparently have freedom to do whatever you please, as long as you get people their correct amount of bookings. Your boss may check in with you a couple times of year, but mostly you’ve got not oversight: you’re free to try whatever nonsense you want with a wrestling promotion. And mostly what they’ve been trying in 2017 is nonsense. At this point, I do not believe the people in charge of deciding wrestling matches in CMLL really like or care about wrestling matches so much.
CMLL hinted towards three title matches on Friday. The title match actually happening is, uh, Dalys defending Marcela. That was set up by, uh, Reina Isis beating Marcela. It’s not like this title match was sprung on them, CMLL books in advance and planned Marcela getting the title shot when they also decided she’d lose last week. Meanwhile, CMLL’s went thru the effort of creating for (and paying for) a new title belt – for a match that will not sell a single extra ticket because it happens to be for this new belt. And it won’t sell an extra ticket next year either, because they’ve positioned it as the semimain thing, not really that important, with the real important people having a bigger match. Dalys/Marsela will probably be pretty good. The cibernetico definitely will. None of this makes any sense as a wrestling promotion.
I think people in charge like putting on a show, and this will be a big production. This will also probably be one of the better turnouts of the year. Not a single complaint about how a poor job they’ve done here (and most of the year) really is going to matter to them. We should still take a step back every so often and note that CMLL is complete nonsense.
Negro Casas & Shocker are the tag team champs, something goes wrong every single time they team, but Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja would make totally obvious challengers and it’s something CMLL should’ve done as soon as Niebla Roja turned if they cared about the Anniversary turnout – but they clearly did not.
I’m going back and forth about staying home to watch this one, or going to AAW and finding some way to watch this on a bus or plane trip the next couple of weeks. I should see a good show either way. As down as I am about the creative “effort” in CMLL, these matches should still be a thing. There’s even a non-zero chance of something big happening in the main event given that totally combustible tecnico side.