Penta debuts in CMLL, King Phoenix defeats Cavernario in excellent match

Penta arrives in Arena Mexico

CMLL (FRI) 06/29/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo b Magnus & Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:29. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Disturbio, Kawato San, Okumura b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:12. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:12. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:49. Rudos took 1/3. Amapola, Mascara 2000, Tony Salazar and Dr. Jose Narro Robles, the former dean of the UNAM university and current Mexico Secretary of Health were given the Copa Bobby Bonales were honored.
19:00. Cavernario took fall 1 by countout after the splash to the floor. Phoenix took falls 2/3.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Ciber the Main Man, Sharly Rock Star, The Chrizh LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:13. Cibernetico is Ciber the Main Man and Zorro is the Chrizh. Klan Kaoz was DQed in the second fall for mask remove, then DQed in the third fall when Penta el Zero M ran in to attack Penta. They fought and cut promos on each other.

CMLL post-match promos: Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo (will form a team if the fans want it), the Copa Bobby Bonales winners, King Phoenix (satisfied with the match and getting revenge on Cavernario), Klan Kaoz (challenge everyone), Penta el Zero M (coming for Caristico’s mask) and Caristico (vs Penta). Box Y Lucha posted the general media interviews with Caristico (thinks his partners are jealous), Penta (likes the idea of a Caristico/Penta and Park/Rush doubleheader at the Anniversario show), and Klan Kaoz.

Penta’s debut got a huge reaction. I thought Caristico got too much on him for their first interaction in Arena Mexico. It probably doesn’t matter. They’re not doing the mask match but they are probably going to have a heated singles match at some point. Maybe not next week, and probably not the week after since Penta is booked elsewhere. CMLL seems to be not using LA Park at this moment because he’s working out the AAA/ELITE show, which would suggest neither Caristico nor Penta are the main event surprise for that show.

Phoenix/Cavernario was worth going out of your way to watch. Phoenix getting the W means CMLL got bigger plans; he’s sure to be on the Anniversario in some form at this point. (Maybe Lucha Brothers vs Dragon Lee/Caristico?) Cavernario should get some bigger plans too – the boos for Phoenix were more about CMLL fans wanting some more for their caveman.

Klan Kaoz didn’t look at the wrestling level of CMLL main events. On the other hand, they’re bringing in Rayo de Jalisco and Octagon in a couple weeks so maybe that doesn’t matter.

Volador is very much the odd man out right now. He looked very unhappy about it in the main event. He attacked Caristico with Zorro’s cane (only after Zorro didn’t get the idea to do it first) even though they’re supposed to be partners in something that didn’t look like part of the plan. Volador was clearly frustrated during the match, showing most life when he got the crowd to chant at Klan Kaoz.

Negro Casas was supposed to wrestle for CWA in Puerto Rico today. Instead, the promotion says Negro Casas was arrested entering the country for not having a proper work visa. There’s no word about his current status, though the promotion writing “hopefully we can bring him in later” does sound like they don’t believe it wasn’t serious. It also seemed like they thought it was a mistake Casas made, not them.

All Pro Wrestling announced Titan will face Flip Gordon in the first round of next Friday’s King of the Indies tournament. Dragon Lee’s first-round match is still to be announced.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

A brief article on the Santo museum in Tulancingo.


CMLL (FRI) 07/06/2018 Arena México
1) Robin & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Atlantis, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Penta El Zero M, Rush, Terrible vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

The main event really doesn’t make any sense – Valiente & Volador are emphatically not Caristico’s friends. CMLL may have changed a lot this year but their booking still doesn’t always have to make sense. At least Penta is an upgrade on La Bestia del Ring.

I’m making a lot of the bad Klan Kaos names because they are very bad. I know the pattern because it’s happened a lot the last few years: someone shows up in CMLL with a strange new name, everyone points out how dumb it is for about two weeks, and then we get used to calling a grown human “Caristico” after a while. These names are absurdly bad. They rely on you knowing the real identity of the wrestlers while being stuck in the mindset that everyone has to have a gimmick name. That’s not really necessary, and it’s actively counter produce here. Just call them Cristobel Martinez and Jesus Luna and Octavio Lopez, and everyone who doesn’t now who those people are will figure out quickly enough, and you won’t look like dopes in the process.

This may all be a moot point if they can’t have a better match than last night. If they can’t be good with the Guerreros, there’s not a lot of hope. The following week card (07/13) is going to be different looking with the celerbation of Atlantis anyway. I wonder if they’ll sneak Tiburon onto the card?

3th & 4th matches should be good. La Guerrera hasn’t made an appearance since her sole streaming match on May 8th, so she’s a surprising inclusion here. But then she can’t be any worse than the tag team of Apocalipsis & Inquisidor. Maybe tune in late.

Of note: if Mexico gets past Brazil on Monday (and gets past the World Cup round of 16 for the first time since 1986), they’d play their quarterfinal game against Japan or Belgium earlier this night.

CMLL on 2018-06-29

King Phoenix

Recapped: 06/29/2018


Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo beat Magnus & Príncipe Diamante
(11:29 [4:17, 3:45, 3:27], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Kawato San, Okumura beat Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma  
(14:12 [5:18, 3:06, 5:48], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat  Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(10:12 [5:21, 2:27, 2:24], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja  
(14:49 [5:12, 3:30, 6:07], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Phoenix beat Cavernario
(19:00, 2/3, excellent,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. COR Phoenix (3:18)
  2. Phoenix double wristlock back bridge cradle (4:35)
  3. Phoenix valagueza powerbomb (11:07)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Charly Rockstar, Cibernético, Zorro  
(10:13 [3:48, 1:59, 4:26], 2 DQ/3 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

Caveman still crazy

The main event wasn’t any good in all the ways where it was obvious this would not be a good mix of people. Volador in particularly appeared frustrated with the quality of his opponents. Zorro/Chrizh was theoretically going to be the best of these three guys but was throwing ugly looking clotheslines when he was even doing that much. He did a running knee that I don’t know what it was supposed to be. Somehow Sharly was worse. Volador & Sharly had a brutal exchange at the start of the second fall, and Valiente eventually forced him to take a headscissors to set up his dive in the third (where I was sure Valiente was going to try and put a hole in him.) Cibernético is not supposed to be the worker of the team. More Klan Kaoz matches would be an obvious mistake.

It didn’t really matter much tonight, because of the ending. Unlike his brother (and unlike Klan Kaoz), Penta was very over from the moment he showed up and the crowd was hot to see him and to see him fight Caristico. If CMLL learns anything here, it should be that it’s about bringing the right people in, not just bringing anyone who was a name at one point.

Cavernario versus the barrier

Penta el Zero M made his CMLL debut by attacking Carístico in the main event, ending the match in a disqualification. (Klan Kaoz, in their debut, got the only clean pins of the match in the opener, with the second and third ending by referee decision.) Penta was there to answer Caristico’s challenge about coming to his building. The two teased a match and brawled until security finally got involved. They’re heading to a singles match, but it didn’t seem like one would happen next week. Volador, theoretically Caristico’s friend, actually took Zorro’s cane and hit Carístico with it during the post match attack. Volador seemed unhappy during the entire match.

CMLL billed the rudo team as Ciber the Main Main, The Chrizh, and Sharly Rockstar. Those names are terrible.

King Phoenix defeated Cavernario cleanly. The crowd was lukewarm on Phoenix, and loudly behind home team favorite Cavernario. Phoenix did win them over to some extent with the finish.

Amapola, Mascara 2000, Tony Salazar and Dr. Jose Narro Robles, the former dean of the UNAM university and current Mexico Secretary of Health recieved the Copa Bobby Bonales.


Brillo Cometa

Phoenix versus Cavernario delivered. It was a fast paced action match that showed off the skill and suicidal tactics of both men. They meshed much better than last week, Fenix had out of this world moves, and Cavernario got to go to a level we haven’t seen in a long time. There were plenty of big spot highlights, without the dead moments between moves in some of the bigger CMLL matches. Their smaller stuff, the cradle sequence at the end of the second fall and the chop fight in the third fight, looked just as good as their bigger stuff.

Reaction to this match on Twitter was as the best match of the year. I had it slightly lower, to the point where I wasn’t sure what grade it was going to give it. Fenix had some heel kicks that didn’t look too convincing, and one big slip that Cavernario nicely covered. The weird negative reactions to Fenix also made the match feel strange at times. There were enough incredible moments, like Fenix paying for going for his rolling cutter way too often in an unexpected fashion, and it’s an easy recommendation even with the nitpicks.

brothers teamwork

Another good NGD match with the rudos continuing to have the Chavez brother’s number. Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero are as good at destroying people as anyone in CMLL, and they equally made Atlantis look as good as he has in a long time. Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro were way into the match and looked good when they weren’t getting superkicked out of existence.

They didn’t get a lot of time in the tercera, but it still was one of the best Rey Cometa performances in quite some time. He was on with his trickiest dives and looking good at them. Only the 450 at the end was a touch off. All the técnicos were flying around a lot, if not quite as far as Guerrero Maya would’ve liked, and the rudos were in the right place for them. Templario is fitting in these type of action matches.

thru the corner tornillo

I had some technical issues during the second match, but it seemed just a touch better than usual. Star Jr. & Stigma having an array of tag team maneuvers was unexpected. Star Jr. looks good when he has a chance to. They did a lot of dives, which sometimes worked out for Kawato. Okumura took a hard landing on his finishing superplex.

Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo remain not very good and took most of the match. The técnicos may appreciate taking the pointless Canadian Destroyers because it’s the only flip they can do with these rudos. There were about 10 good seconds of match near the end of the second fall.