CMLL on ClaroSports: 2018-01-01 

Adonis 450

Recapped: 01/01/2018


Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(12:03 [4:56, 3:29, 3:38], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman beat Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
(11:42 [6:01, 3:09, 2:32], 1/3 DQ (2 also DQ), ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther beat Nitro, Sagrado, Virus
(14:35 [6:52, 4:33, 3:10], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys beat Esfinge, Titán, Valiente Drone  
(10:36 [2:35, 2:48, 5:13], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:17 [5:57, 4:34, 2:46], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Negro Casas beat Sam Adonis, hair vs hair
(12:37, 1/3, great,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Negro Casas scorpion (2:30)
  2. Sam Adonis 450 splash (3:19)
  3. Negro Casas casita (6:48)

What happened:

Titan clearing out the side

Dalys seconded Casas. Johnny Idol & Okumura were with Adonis, but the commission said he could only have one. After a bit of stalling, Johnny Idol was sent away. It didn’t really factor into the match, though Dalys and Adonis did have a brief post match skirmish when Adonis attacked Casas while trying to get away. He did come back and get his hair shaved.

Signo & Starman continued to feud. Starman fouled Signo for the DQ in the second, Signo unmasked him in the third. The rudos unmasked Star Jr. as well.


Casas was taking superplex and dealing missile dropkicks

The main event was a success. The heat was there, the crowd cared far more about this match than anything on this show. It was the action that was more of a surprise, this felt like the best action performance by Adonis in his CMLL run. This wasn’t the hidden flag pole shot, interference match that seemed teased by the build up, but an unexpectedly clean battle. It turned out, at least on this night, they didn’t really need it. The crowd was into every chop, every weird mafia kick block exchange, and stayed with the match the entire way threw. Adonis’ performance (and his post match antics) came off strong enough that I think CMLL could build him up and run something like this again if they wanted to – there absolutely seemed to be more mileage in him. This felt a little shorter than the usual CMLL apuesta match, but it was probably better that way. Casas can go hard for a limited amount of time, and they went just the right time for him. Plus, the sudden casita win was a shocking but memorable way to close it.

The semimain was an alright match after some really boring matches, and nice for that. It still wasn’t NGD at their best, but it had moments of actual excitement before rushing to the finish. It wouldn’t have stood out positively on another show.

The técnicos had some good energy in the fourth match, but they didn’t really have good opponents to work with. Vangellys & Shocker didn’t have much to add, and Niebla’s not exactly carrying this thing by himself. This was not a good match when they put it together and lived up to expectations.

the referee freezing in place really makes it come together as a failure.

The tercera had the usual big run at the end, but it wasn’t that big, didn’t last that long, and didn’t make up for exceedingly mailed in performance prior to it. Everyone was at fault, and no one was trying. Blue Panther Jr. lost Virus on the nudo lagunero (slippery hands) and thought pinning him would just be enough. That was not a correct belief.

Losing his mask has given Signo a little more focus and energy. He’s still not any good and neither was this match. No one besides the two guys in it have much interest in this feud going on, and the brawling wasn’t enough to turn it around.

An ordinary minis match led this show off. This had more effort than the equivalent match on the Christmas Day show, but they weren’t going that hard – Mercurio seemed more interested in what weird stuff he could work into the match. He did a lot of not a lot. Some day, the minis will have a direction and it’ll be mindblowing.

just a nice camera angle