CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-04-14 

Esfinge’s kick actually looked good!

Recapped: 04/14/2018

Matches:

Drone, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
(11:41 [4:16, 3:34, 3:51], 2/3, ok)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship
(20:33 [6:40, 4:05, 9:48], 2/3, good)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(4:42 [1:37, 1:40, 1:25], 1/3, ok)

All matches are in this playlist.

What happened:

drone tope

The easiest way for me to record this is to use my streaming software to capture it. I watched it live to make sure it recorded ok (it did, except for a dive in the title match), and thought I might as well do a recap.

The NGD kept the trios titles.

Negro Casas & Cavernario pinning Volador & Valiente sets up a tag title match next week.

Thoughts:

The main event was barely notable. I’m not sure if it was quite as short live, there might have been editing, but it was barely much on TV. The Valiente/Negro Casas war was the easy highlight of this match. If you already knew they were heading to a tag title match, you could make some sense of the finish, but it didn’t have any meaning otherwise.

NGD ruining Titan’s fun

The title match took a while to get to an interesting level. Outside of the mat work, it would’ve been tough to tell they were even trying for a bigger match than usual thru the first two falls. The third fall felt like they blew threw where a normal match ends and kept going for a lot more. They seemed to get a lot more time than normal for a Guadalajara TV match and that extra time gave them opportunity to do that much more. (I wonder if the pace would’ve worked better for me if I wasn’t worried they’d run out of time when they were starting slow.) Titan and Sansón probably did one too many forearm battles, but were the best at adding those dramatic moments to the match. Titan getting a believable near fall before he lost really helped. Triton & Esfinge did well – Esfinge actually connected on his kick! – though Triton had a better match the previous Friday night. Everyone did well, it just needed more early to be really something.

The opener was not much. There were great names for action in the match but it never got good. Very much a match always stuck in first gear with a couple nice spots. It wasn’t horrible by any means but nothing you need to seek out.

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