CMLL Martes: 2018-10-02 

this doesn’t seem fun in a CMLL ring

Recapped: 10/02/2018


Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia beat Acero & Aéreo 
(12:52 [5:30, 3:57, 3:25], 2/3, n/r, 

Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca beat Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr.  
(8:15 [4:41, 3:34], 1/2, n/r, 

Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.  
(14:09 [4:51, 2:43, 6:35], 2/3, n/r,

Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
(17:11 [4:43, 5:11, 7:17], 2/3, n/r,

Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(8:22 [1:49, 3:34, 2:59], 1/3, good, 

Carístico beat Gran Guerrero for the NWA World Middleweight Championship
(18:58 [5:21, 1:39, 11:58], 1/3, great,

  1. Carístico cradle (5:21)

  2. Pulpo Guerrero (1:39)

  3. La Caristica (11:58)

What happened: 

Nitro is now wearing pants that match Cancerbero, instead of his old Tuareg gear. The rudos win straight falls easily.


Maestro Caristico

The title match was very much a Guerrero style championship match, which used to be a Carístico/Mistico style match when he had a lot of them here. They didn’t break any new group, but put together something that was pretty dramatic. There’s still something in Carístico for the diehards who are diehard enough to show up on a Tuesday show, and these two worked a match with a lot of near falls sucked them in. Gran Guerrero held his end as a base, keeping up with Caristico’s offense – the top rope headscissors at the end was the only shaky moment to me, and that was more about the ropes being shaky. Carístico took much more high impact than he really had to here, but it made Gran Guerrero come off as a worthy contender. Given their positions in CMLL, I suspect this won’t be the only time we see this matchup, but it’s hard to imagine it going much better than it did here.

I didn’t have much to write about the undercard, but 3/4/5 did all seem like they had more life than usual. The Blue Panther match was as different as usual but they worked well with what they did. The Chavez brothers had a solid match. I thought the Mistico trios match was the best of them all, with a Friday night level effort. I didn’t grasp how short it was – almost as short as the two fall match – until I went to figure it out later. They tried for as long as they were out there.

Dragon Bane still king of the IWRG air, Puebla

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 10/14/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Death Metal b Ángel Estrella Jr.
2) Shil-Kah COR Leo
3) Hijo de Canis Lupus b Hijo del Alebrije
They wanted a rematch in superlibre.
4) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Demonio Infernal b Diablo Jr., Freelance, Multifacetico 2.0
straight falls
5) Metaleón, Pasion Kristal, Rafy b Fantasma de la Ópera, Pitbull, Último Gladiador
straight falls, setting up a Pasion Kristal versus Fantasma de la Opera hair match.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Toscano DQ Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana
Los Masters Juniors lose their first match as a team, though by excessive violence DQ in the third.
7) Dragón Bane © b Aramis [IWRG REY DEL AIRE]
ended in a double pin. They (mostly Aramis) asked for another fall, Black Terry also agreed with them, the extra fall was permitted, and Bane got the win quickly after the restart.

This is really short today because I’ve got other emergencies going on. Puebla has Caristico, Finlay, and Mistico against the Guerreros, which should be alright.

Ovaciones says Ludark & Diosa Atenea will be part of IWRG’s annual Castillo del Terror match and have an intense rivalry. Ludark & Diosa have had two matches ever against each other, the last one being about a year ago.

MLW announced Rush versus Sammy Guevara on 11/08 in Chicago. That’ll be Rush’s MLW debut.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-01 

normal Monday night match

Recapped: 10/08/2018


Black Tiger & Meyer beat Ares & Fuerza Chicana
(14:56 [5:37, 4:10, 5:09], 1/3, n/r, 

Arkalis, Astral, Magnus beat El Perverso, Espanto Jr., Policeman
(14:30 [5:09, 4:38, 4:43], 2/3, n/r, 

Princesa Sugehit beat Reyna Isis in a lightning match
(7:36, Michinoku Driver, ok, 

Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma
(15:11 [4:34, 5:16, 5:21], 2/3, ok, 

Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Michael Elgin beat Cuatrero, Dark Magic, Sansón
(13:44 [2:00, 4:32, 7:12], 2/3, ok, 

Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible beat Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr.  
(19:09 [5:05, 5:22, 8:42], 2/3, ok,

What happened: 

Cavernario beat Volador to set up a title match for next week. It had seemed the last few weeks like they were going in a Rush/LA Park direction, and perhaps something had changed.


LA Park getting away wiht what most people can’t

This whole show kind of dragged and the main event wasn’t as different as I’d hope. There was some fun stuff lately, though it took two long falls to get there. These didn’t feel quite as alive as with Rush in them, with those first two falls feeling packed with LA Park & son spots and the rivalry pushed to the background. They finished well, and a main event in a Park match ending cleanly was surprising. Not so surprising it didn’t involve him, but they did have a nice fake-out with a ref distraction early.

I studied the Dark Magic match the day of the show to find some deep insights on this guy who had barely wrestling in CMLL. It turned out that he looked like a guy who had barely wrestled in CMLL. Beyond the moves, he didn’t seem like he totally grasped where he was supposed to be or what was happening at times. Kawato, as much as he’s struggled, seems to get it more than Dark Magic at this point. Kawato just doesn’t look like Dark Magic. It remains odd to see Cuatrero & Sansón simply being used as bodies to be thrown around by Elgin. It looked sloppy at times; the double powerslam really looked wrong. Cuatrero was much better at the chop spot. The NGD guys can stooge well, they’re just not asked to do it much.


Last week, I thought the Costa Ricans had a less appealing match with the Stigma/Panthers team than usual. This week, the Costa Ricans look a lot better. This was a pretty boring match, more than normal for this trios team. They never really got the match going at a decent speed, and it was plain boring at times. It’s not a great sign when Black Panther is walking thru dives, though it seemed it might have been due to some leg injury. No one did much of anything iht his one.

Reyna Isis, “woman who has trouble removing her pants”, is the most I’ve ever liked her. I guess they’re tropes because they work. The lightning match with Princesa Sugehit was fine in the usual fashion, with nothing much to write about. The notable thing here is CMLL didn’t put up the giant graphics, confirming they exist solely for the big screen on Arena Mexico and the freeloaders watching online aren’t a concern.