CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-06 

no one has been more excited doing a moonsault

Recapped: 08/07/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Meyer, Shockercito
(9:14 [3:47, 2:19, 3:08], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. beat King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:06 [6:28, 1:24, 6:14], 2 DQ/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente  
(12:33 [4:48, 2:53, 4:52] 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:51 [1:54, 2:27, 3:30], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(16:56, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Carístico torito (2:22)
  2. Volador backcracker (3:21)
  3. Volador Canadian destroyer (11:13)

What happened:

Sansón ripped off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ in the semimain

The segunda second fall DQ was for the rudos staying in the ring as a team too long. It did not seem like it was a planned spot, and it also seemed to come after a 10 count instead of a 20. A Universo/Samuray double pin spot in the third fall did look planned.

Shockercito atypically has his title belt, which makes it easy for Joker to challenge for it after his win.

Thoughts:

this whole bit went much, much longer

Volador & Carisitco came off as Volador screwing around thru a main event match, rather than Volador attempting to be a rudo. There were moments, like the long one where he talked to the crowd for about 20 seconds while Carístico motionlessly waited for him to get in position for a move, where Volador seemed like he ‘d rather be any place but there. Carístico wasn’t clean, but he was at least into the match. Volador did just about nothing for the first couple falls, and went thru a couple of his standard finishes to win in the third. Some of the fooling around was fun, the extended moonsault tease amused the crowd, but it’s also tough to care about a match when half the people in it visibly do not. Volador has been pushed to the side with the indie guys coming in, and maybe this was thought to give him a chance for something to do, but he seemed to want nothing to do with it. Maybe enough with Volador/Caristico matches for now.

The semimain left the tecnicos in one piece, and that was good enough. Matt Taven meshed well with the young rudos, though the crowd really had no idea what to make of him and the referee was so slow at moving out of his way on his moonsault. The rudos had a harder time with Octagon’s armdrag spots, and two guys doing the non-moving tosses is odd. Having Octagon do a dive a night seems like a bad idea.

Second and third match didn’t give me much to write about. I have so little to say about Rey Bucanero & Shocker matches in general that we’re getting close to me ranking Rey Bucanero’s bandanas. Hechicero trying to set up Angel de Oro for something Angel de Oro doesn’t do in every match and Angel de Oro failing at it was the definitive Angel de Oro moment.

The minis match wasn’t a fantastic match, and I sort of just want to endorse the thought. CMLL B-show trios matches tend to be the worse the longer they go because no one wants to (or is allowed to) do a lot in them. They just kill time doing the most basic or useless stuff, and it drags matches down into boredom. This wasn’t a long much, but it was a fun one because they cut out all the stuff the filler and just speed thru the important stuff. (The semimain was tolerable in the same way; it was never going to be anything good, so they just got it over with quickly.) It’s so much better than twenty-minute snoozefests and they seemed to be enjoying doing it. Not even match needs to be long and many CMLL b-show matches are probably all longer than they need to be.