CMLL on 2018-03-02 

Dragon Lee lived (also I accidentally made my GIFs big tonight)

Recapped: 03/02/2018


Shockercito & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(9:21 [3:39, 1:56, 3:46], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat Puma, Tiger, Virus
(12:50 [5:57, 4:16, 2:37], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
(10:44 [2:07, 3:45, 4:52], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Dragón Lee & Mistico  beat  Forastero & Sansón in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(8:50, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Euforia & Kráneo in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Pierroth & Rush beat Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(5:57, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Atlantis & Soberano Jr. in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:18, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Dragón Lee & Mistico in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(2:58, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Pierroth & Rush  in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(3:00, DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a CMLL World Tag Team semifinal
(4:48, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto
(11:42 [5:24, 6:18], 1/2, ok VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton at work

Volador & Valiente won the first block of the tag team tournament. They will face next week’s winner on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Terrible purposefully cost his team their quarterfinal match. Los Ingobernables were happy with it in the name of embarrassing their opponents and posing together.

Angel de Oro beat Cuatrero cleanly as they continue to build to their mask match.

Marco Corleone seemed to jam his right shoulder on the Aero Italiano in the first fall. He finished the match but was in obvious pain.


Dragon Lee & Mistico launch themselves

The main event was the usual post tournament quick match, with a lot of emphasis on the big upcoming feud. Marco & Niebla, unexpected partners in next week’s match, looked good in this match. The Cuatrero fake out before the match was nice, and they got over the emotion of the feud.

The tag team tournament peaked in the first (real) match. Dragon Lee & Mistico against Sansón & Forastero felt better than the similar one back on FantasticaMania, with this NGD duo working smoother as a team and as opponents to the Munoz brothers. Both teams threw everything out there, and wrestled as if it was their only match of the night. They kicked out of a surprising amount of big moves. Sansón & Forastero felt dominant, and made the técnicos comeback even more meaningful. There were some timing issues (Mistico seemed to wait for a long time on the ramp to start his dive) and I’m not sure what was supposed to happen on Dragon Lee’s finish, but that was easily the most enjoyable match of the show.

The rest was the usual too short stuff. Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Valiente/Volador started off like a good nine minute match, only someone hit the STOP button at the three minute mark and that was that. Euforia/Kraneo vs Valiente/Volador similarly showed promise but didn’t last long. Pierroth/Rush vs Mascara/Hechicero went too long, and kept showing Pierroth and Mascara lamely brawling while the other two were being interesting. Los Guerreros attacking Atlantis from behind to take him out early was another indicator that people in the matches have figured out Atlantis isn’t good right now, even if the people in charge might have not caught on. Pierroth/Rush versus Los Guerreros was just a setup for the Los Ingobernables pose, and a beatdown the Guerreros didn’t bother to sell once the main event started. That main event started off well. It just didn’t have enough time to build anywhere.

Dragon Lee & Mistico

The old guys getting the tercera win wasn’t a big surprise, even as it probably didn’t need to happen. Their match felt like it had less to it than the segunda. Felino was more serious as promises, even beyond wearing a shirt instead of facepaint. His comedy act had gotten played out. It’s at least a short term improvement. Casas looked a little slow in Arena Mexico return. He was mostly facing Titan, and Titan was flying around, so it might have been just a perspective issue. The técnicos were alright; the rudos didn’t have much problem working them, but they also kept it relatively simple.

The segunda match is the same consistently good match as ever with that group fo guys. It suffers a bit from from being the same match as usual, where I enjoyed it wile it was going on and can’t pick up many things different about it. At least in a positive fashion, it’s the negative things like the failed bridge spot and the referee being weird which stick out more the well timed double kick to the face to set up Virus submission or the crowd’s reaction to Blue Jr.’s quebradora run. Fuego’s barricade spot worked out well, and Virus’s Gori bomb on the panther looked like it was going to end him.

Gotta to give it up the minis: if they’re not going to do much, at least they’ve decided not to do much over a short period of time. This opener was one of the briefer matches in some time, and a good pace because they knew they were getting out quick. Dragoncito did a little bit this week, which is better than his last appearance.

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