CMLL on 2017-11-17 


Recapped: 11/17/2017


Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón beat Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana
(17:42 [11:10, 3:30, 3:02], 1/3, below average)

Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther beat Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(18:15 [7:05, 4:58, 6:12], 1/3, ok)

Solar I & Súper Astro went to a draw against Black Terry & Virus
(18:08 [8:22, 3:13, 6:33], técnicos 1 + rudos 2 + double pin 3, good)

Fuerza Guerrera, Negro Casas, Satánico beat Blue Panther, Mano Negra, Octagón
(11:56 [5:45, 3:19, 2:52], 2/3, below average)

Dragón Lee, Rush, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:23 [3:06, 7:17], 1/2, good)

Dos Caras Sr., Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano IV beat Canek, Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000
(10:44 [5:50, 2:47, 2:07], 2/3 DQ, bad)

What Happened:

a summary of the action

Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero run in when it appears Rayo might won the third fall in the main event. Rayo & Cien challenge for a singles match.

Rush seemed to offer both Dragon Lee & Volador an Ingobernable salute after the match. Both were hesitant to accept, and Rush pointed as his head to encourage them to think about it.


Super Astro!

The main was only not the worst match of the year because other matches have been so bad and they kept it relatively short. Cien Caras looked like physically did not belong in the ring and appeared to be lost as to what to do next at times. Rayo de Jalisco still looks like Rayo de Jalisco, but always has been not any good and now is quite worse. Those two feuding was a bad idea for the match, but it did take the attention off everyone else’s performance. Like, Canek didn’t stick out as bad as usual, but just because they other guys over shadowed them. The same weird dynamic from last year was present too: it seemed like the crowd was up to see these guys, but they booed the expected poor action. Maybe they were there to see something else, because this was just about what people would imagine it would be.

The semimain was a sprint unlike anything else on the card. They were coming out fast because they only had two falls, and they’re all under 50 years old and can actually move. This was nothing but the highlights, but Rush working hard as a pseudo-tecnico is a rarity. He can do it, he just doesn’t really choose to do it all that often. Dragon Lee & Volador looked spectacular, and everything went well into the iffy coordination on the finish. Euforia looked hurt on Rush’s dropkick after all of that.


Dragon Lee at work

Negro Casas & Blue Panther were moving about 20x faster than the rest of the match when they were in on the fourth. It really showed how slow the rest were going. The crowd hating Octagon was a treat. He did nothing to convince them they was wrong about him. Satanico still wrestles from time to time in Guadalajara and wrestles like he’s in better shape than he was in the past. Mano Negra looks old.

The maestro match was a really fun match for one fall that slowed down a lot as they went on. A lot of the matches on this show would’ve been better if they just went one fall and about 10 minutes, and Solar & Super Astro seemed winded the longer they went. There were still some nice submission holds, but the rudo side seemed to have much more left by the end of the match and it was not as exciting as bigger Virus or Terry matches. The double pin finish was such Solar.

llave lucha

I had stream issues during the second match, but it seemed slow for the first two falls as far as I could see. This group is really good at two minute spurts of action and got into one as the match turned around. Hechicero’s dive was cool, and Maya’s crowd dive was fun as always. Crowd sort of had turned on this by the time it actually had gotten good, probably because they wanted to see the old guys, but it turned out decent.

The Diabolicos are good enough for normal shows and did a lot of comedy and teamwork to make this work. They didn’t have much to work with on the other side, Trio Fantasia don’t have a lot left. There were so many timing hitches or missed armdrags that it was distracting. This would’ve been the worst match on a normal show, and maybe average on a legend’s show because the Diabolicos were trying so hard. Super Raton looked like a giant globe but actually could move the best of the técnicos. I couldn’t believe Pinocho did a dive. Muneco looked like he could not take a bump.

the level of the awkardness