CMLL on 2018-08-31 

the most effective move Naito did all match

Recapped: 09/06/2018


Akuma & El Coyote beat Arkalis & Robin  
(11:37 [4:27, 2:41, 4:29], 1/3 COR, 

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela  
(11:59 [6:27, 1:52, 3:40], 2/3, ok, 

Felino, Negro Casas, Tiger beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:14 [3:20, 2:50, 6:04], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero  
(8:23 [4:12, 4:11], 1 DQ/2, ok,

Matt Taven beat Cavernario
(13:41, 2/3, good,

  1. Cavernario la Cavernaria (1:33)
  2. Matt Taven springboard moonsault (4:37)
  3. Matt Taven foul (7:31)

Diamante Azul, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat Bushi, Naito, Rush  
(16:11 [3:40, 6:43, 5:48], 1/3 DQ, ok, 

What happened: 

it didn’t look like a figure skating move for once!

Evil, Bestia, Terrible and la Comandante accompany the Ingobernable trio to the ring, and the 7-3 brawl does not go well for the técnicos. It doesn’t really go well for the Ingobernables, who are in each other’s way and hit each other by mistake a couple times. Evil says at ringside while the others go to the back. Evil came back in to cause the DQ after the fact. Bestia and Terrible helped beat up the técnicos after the match, though they tried to rally and attack again while the Ingoberables were posing. La Comandante is part of the group in the intro, but not part when Rush mentions the members at the end.

After some Volador/Rush foolishness, Taven got in a foul on Cavernario to win. It’s in revenge for Cavernario fouling Taven recently, though there’s a decent amount of fans who react like Taven’s the man in the wrong.

Euforia & Gran Guerrero used Zorro’s cane in the first fall for no reason and got disqualified.

Arkalis was counted out in the third fall after taking an apron running Akuma dropkick in a planned finish.


the physics on this are hard to figure

The main event worked only on a novelty basis. The Okada match was good in any context. This was a meandering match with not much energy behind it no matter which side was in control. Rush did two different walkouts in the second fall, it was going that way. For as long as the main event went, guys like BUSHI and Diamante Azul had no memorable moments. It went very long. They teased LA Park/Rush a couple times, with Park purposefully backing off so Volador could fight instead, so Park is being a good soldier about all this. Fans booed, so they’re not.

It never really hit the heights of living and dying one very near fall, but it was still good enough as part of a build to a bigger match. Cavernario & Taven seemed to be figuring out how to work with each other as the match went on, and it improved closer to the end. Cavernario got most of the big spots than I was expecting and kicked out of all of Taven’s big moves. Cavernario might not have gotten the win but looked like he was capable of winning one, and the Arena Mexico crowd will go crazy if he’s the one who gets it done in the Anniversario match. There wasn’t as much interference as I thought there was going to be. Tirantes sure got distracted pretty easily, but it didn’t affect the match all that much.

Caveman tope

Klan Kaoz won a squash, which was weird in a promotion that doesn’t do squashes. The Guerreros got a brief comeback at the end of the first fall, and then never again. Whoever’s putting this together seems to think the problem with Klan Kaoz is they’re not seen as a big enough threat for the Guerreros, and that having them win here big (and clean for once) will help. The problem seems more than the CMLL crowd doesn’t really care about Klan Kaoz, and having them just do moves doesn’t seem to help with that. Maybe, because the only thing people do get into is the Guerreros comeback, it needs to be saved for the big match. Kaoz was efficient in what they did but show no personality for a trio of guys were mostly built up by personality and wildness. There may not be a winning formula but turning them in AAA Guerreros doesn’t seem to be it.

The tercera had some flaws, but it was the most energetic match on the card so far, was just barely enough to recommend. Felino & Tiger seemed motivated by their opponents into having an interesting match and the NGD tried to work what they do around what would work here. More Felino & Tiger would’ve been nice, as they seemed to fit better as opponents. There was a moment in this match where NGD almost murdered Negro Casas and it was the scariest thing. Casas’ comeback on them was fun, but they weren’t sure what to do with him on offense. Sanson was trying to be super safe with Casas at the end and it hurt the feel of the match. The crowd still was into Casas sneaking out the win.


The women’s match was one of the better trios match that group has for a while, though still not enough to be recommendable. It’s still feeling over-rehearsed. They’re planning a pretty decent match, it’s that they’re still doing the actual match like it’s a rehearsal. There was a third fall sequence where Isis & Lluvia were exchanging pinfalls, and each woman was laying on the mat with their hands up, getting ready for their next spot rather than selling the move that was supposedly putting them down for three. It was at a point where no one ever gets pinned, but they weren’t changing that idea. These things might easily able to overlook if there was any story to this, but it was just the twice-weekly match women’s match with nothing going on.  Jarochita stood out a little more than usual and Lluvia had a nice headscissors.

The opener wasn’t interesting. It was a lot of simple moves, with the complicated stuff seeming to take a while to set up. The third fall was a lot of turn taking for the sake of turn-taking and never got any moment. Arkalis looked fine for the opener level, but it’s not a great sign to just look fine in the opener. Akuma’s dropkick woke the crowd up, but then it was over.