Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Rush beat Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerreroin a relevos increíbles match (9:03 [2:47, 2:32, 3:44], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
I scanned thru most of this show, only stopping for the main. I was rewarded with a short mostly aimless match. The unique sides really didn’t become interesting, with both Atlantis and Diamante Azul just wrestling like normal members of those teams. Atlantis insisted on going thru his normal offense on a show where most people didn’t. Diamante Azul and Gran Guerrero looked not so great to end the match.
There was no news on this show outside of Flyer suffering a leg injury in his match, but eventually returning to it. The main event didn’t set up anything. The second match seemed the most watchable match on the show, though still off at points. The third fall all cradle finish would’ve been good with some better timing, instead of Sangre Azteca walking and then standing in place until he got beat. Rey Samuray’s performance waking up a sleepy if packed crowd. I wonder how much help he’s getting with his flying; he hasn’t gotten the refinement he ends but is obviously talented.
CMLL announced the full 10/05 Gran Prix teams yesterday
Rest of the World: David Finlay, Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe, Dark Magic, Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Gilbert el Boricua, Matt Taven
Mexico: Sanson, Cuatrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Diamante Azul, Caristico, Hechicero, Euforia, Terrible, Voldaor Jr.
Michael Elgin replaces Volcano on Monday in Puebla.
This headline says “LA Park has decided when the date he’s going to retire.” He’s not really decisive if you read the article, literally saying “I do not know when I will retire, only God knows.” The date the headline is pointing towards is “two years”, but even then he’s just going to see how he’s doing by then. He could go longer, he could go shorter if he gets hurt. “Two Years” is the standard lucha libre length of time that seems close enough to be real but far enough away that you don’t have to actually do anything about it.
That article also includes LA Park taking credit for business going up this year in CMLL & AAA and saying business would go up if more talent could go back and forth. I think he’s right in the short term, but wrong in the long term. There’d be no long term planning, everyone would just be running thru the ready made big matches, and then there’d be less interest than ever when those matches are exhausted. The article also has interviews with Rush & Psycho Clown, and had a great design in the newspaper version.
Alberto says wrestling is not serious enough now, with too much interference in title matches. He praises Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park as those who maintain the respect of wrestling. No one does more interference and shenanigans in title matches and all matches than Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park.
Tirantes explained the great conspiracy against himself and the wrestling fans of Xalapa is Arena Xalapa raised the rent after their first show. Tirantes was going to promote four shows in Xalapa with CMLL talent. He ran one, it went well, and then the owners of the building (listed as Martinez Aguilar family) raised the rent “four fold.” A lawyer representing the family says they had agreed to the amount in a contract and they had not signed one for the second and third dates. Tirantes says he still wants to run the shows and the project – despite not having a building or firm dates – is more alive than ever. If you know of a building Xalapa which wants to host CMLL events, his number is listed in the article.
CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
5) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Gran Guerrero [NWA MIDDLE] 1st defense
The main event should at least be fun.
Tiger and Blue Panther Jr. are going back and forth on Twitter, which is good since they seem stuck facing each other once a week with zero resolution for the next decade.
Raziel will go at least 112 days without a match. It has to be a serious injury or a retirement, but I’ve dropped him off the active CMLL roster at this point because he’s definitely not active.
Carístico & Volador Jr. beat Penta Zero M &The King
(12:12, Volador pin Penta, ok,thecrash.luchalibre)
Daga invited himself to be Penta’s partner, replacing Fenix (who was not mentioned by the name.) Penta knew something was wrong and did not like this idea. Daga attacked Penta with a chair to give Volador the win, then unmasked Penta after. Volador took Caristico’s mask. Volador took Caristico’s mask for good measure.
Garza was special referee of the semimain, and of course favored his friends. He maintained he was important after the match.
La Rebelion Amarilla introduced Fatu as a new member. He had teamed with them previously.
Daga challenged Hechicero to a rematch.
The announcers were under the impression Sugehit & Blanchard was for a title, but it didn’t appear to be the case. Sugehit instead challenged Blanchard for a title match, though that didn’t appear to be coming soon.
The main event was the second worse match of the show. Daga working twice after a long match didn’t help, but there wasn’t a lot of energy by the other guys either. It was match headed to a turn from the get-go, and took some shortcuts with crowd brawling for a while. The action in the ring was fine but rarely something special; the Caristico/Penta stuff was the belt. Volador wasn’t much better than he was Friday night, and his half-hearted effort caught up to him on a terrible dive screwup. This wasn’t tragic but the main event guys seem the least motivated ones on the show – even Tessa & Sugehit were trying more, it just wasn’t working.
The Rebelion/NGD match was a good meeting of the two rudo factions. The NGD adapted some of what they do and made a good impression with their efforts in a different ring. I haven’t seen a lot of the Yellow Rebellion this year, and not all of Fatu. Fatu seemed like he was specifically showcased here, and came thru big with his double slam and his dive near the end. Bestia & Mecha Wolf did well in their spots, especially the DDT on the end. I was expecting some sort of angle with Garza, but he just acted as a normal evil referee would. This felt like just a taste of what these two teams could do and even just that was really good.
StrongHearts vs Horuz/Soberano was good as long as it lasted on the stream. It died in the last couple of minutes. The La Poesia version has most of the missing material, though there’s a big obvious. It’s a fun match that doesn’t feel totally essentially. Soberano & Horus are showcased well before the OWE team puts them down, and it’s worth your time if you’re into these guys. CIMA & T-Hawk were better for me here than they were a week later at PWG. Maybe they’re just a better fit in tag formats than singles.
Hechicero brought out the best performance in Daga in some time. The early portion mat wrestling of the match was so good that it was a disappoint they stopped it out to go outside and strike, but they eventually made that work when they came back inside too. They had the crowd into the near falls for a long time, with everyone freaking out with Daga’s corner dropkick didn’t work. Daga was a more complete wrestler, and a sharper one, than he’s looked elsewhere this year. Hechicero going long is as good as anyone in Mexico at it, and it was nice to get a bonus version of him doing it in a little different style than CMLL ones usually do. This had peaks and valleys nicely, and less a reliance on dives than you might happen in Arena Mexico.
The women’s match wasn’t good. They had trouble working their different styles together, so we didn’t see the best of either woman. What they tried went wrong way too often, with some obvious messed up spots. It was a slow-paced match that wasn’t really exciting even when they were hitting their moves. Tessa storming out after the match did not seem a professional reaction but you could kind of see where she was coming from.
I’m missing notes on the opener, but it was the classic Tijuana spot fest opener. It felt too all over the place and spotty for me, but might be for you if you want moves on top of moves.