Volador beats UG in paint by numbers main event, AAA in Xalapa tonight

a rare exciting moment on this show

CMLL (FRI) 12/07/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Robin & Súper Astro Jr. b El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:46. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela b Amapola, Metálica, Reina Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:02. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario b Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:19. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Bestia Del Ring LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:56. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente b Cavernario, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:56. Atlantis replaced Volador Jr. (moved up) on Tuesday. Straight falls, the second by DQ when Bestia ran in for the DQ.
12:47. Volador replaced Caristico (injury) on Tuesday and took falls 1/3 to win.

CMLL Promos: Sangre Chicana with his daughter Lluvia, Gorilla del Ring & Stuka, Rush, Terrible & Cavernario, Diamante Azul & Valiente, and Volador.

The main event was a heartless version of the usual match, which nonetheless was rewarded by money and praise in some of the recaps. This was a show to skip, something that’s already become normal on Monday and Tuesdays.

No sign of the Universal tournament.

Ovaciones interviews Audaz, who says he found out he made the FantasticaMania tour from his fellow wrestlers before CMLL called him. Audaz then called his father, who thought he was joking about going to Japan before congratulating him.

AAA is back on Twitch tonight from Xalapa on Twitch. The poster has an 8:30 pm, which means the start will be something after 9. It doesn’t look as promising for good matches as last week’s show, but last week’s show didn’t exactly work out as expected. It is a little concerning AAA promoted the show on Twitter using a poster with no lineup; matches are always subject to change.

The scheduled main event has Wagner, Pagano, and Psycho taking on Demon, Killer Kross and Rey Escorpion, continuing the lukewarm Demon/Wagner feud. The OGT/Poder del Norte feud resumes in the semi-main. It may be a virtual #1 contenders match for the trios titles. Aerostar & Monsther Clown’s recent issues will lead to a chain match, which seems a definite disadvantage to the flying tecnico.

The best match on the card has new trios champs Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo and (probably) Myzteziz Jr. taking on Suicide, Jack Evans and Taurus. That should have some fireworks. Black Danger & Ultimo Maldito, back to those names for now, team with Lady Maravilla versus Dinastia, Lady Shani and Nino Hamburguesa. The opener is the most curious match of the night, AAA’s ignored minis division returning with Mini Psycho Clown and apparently five new wrestlers. The mini divisions in CMLL & AAA haven’t been great the last few years, but there’s not exactly a lot of traditional minis on the indies either to fill those spots. Perhaps some of the small indie wrestlers seen in AAA – an Astrolux, a Draztick Boy or a Belial – have been talked into taking on these identities to get a regular spot.

La Parka’s Record column talks about AAA’s annual visit with children from La Magia de un Deseo and the La Parkita viral video. La Parka won’t be in Xalapa to give anyone a new gimmick tonight, because he’s headlining a show in Hidalgo with the C-team. I suspect Monster Clown is replaced by Dave the Clown on that show.

An interview with Pachuca’s Hijo de Gasparin.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-12-07 

Audaz & Templario

Recapped: 12/07/2018


Robin & Súper Astro Jr. beat El Coyote & Grako
(13:46 [5:40, 3:36, 4:30], 1/3, ok, 00:01:15)

La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela beat Amapola, Metálica, Reina Isis
(13:02 [7:47, 2:22, 2:53], 2/3, ok, 00:22:54)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario beat Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr.
(14:19 [4:36, 3:03, 6:40], 1/3, ok, 00:47:00)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Bestia Del Ring
(15:56 [6:50, 4:16, 4:50], 2/3, ok, 01:11:46)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
(12:47 [6:44, 6:03], 1/2 DQ, ok, 01:37:56)

Volador Jr. beat Último Guerrero
(12:47 [2:45, 1:36, 8:26], 1/3, ok, 02:02:16)

What happened:

not a fun night for the caveman

La Besita del Ring ran out to attack Atlantis for the finish, with the Ingobernables ripping up Atlantis’ mask and taking off Valiente’s mask.

The announcers promoted the holiday shows after every fall. It was a bit much.


Último Guerrero and Volador didn’t seem particularly excited for this singles match. They walked thru a recitation of their usual match, with scarcely anything new. I think the suplex in the third fall might have been new, or might have just been a replacement for the suplex off the apron. The one arm powerbomb is not new but at least it looks good. Everything else was not new, though it did end earlier than anyone was expecting. If nothing matters in CMLL, and CMLL certainly treats their matches like nothing matters, they could at least book matches their wrestlers were interested in doing. Any other version of this match would be better time used than watching this.

The semi-main was the moment were it hit how much I wasn’t into this show it at all. This one in particular just had a lot of warmed-over spots from other matches with nothing particularly interesting behind them. Atlantis and Rush did the required feud, but that was it. Diamante Azul toping Barbaro Cavarnario was sure a significant weight difference but I guess they needed Cavernario out of the ring to set up the angle.

he climbs those ropes too easy

A slow paced match and a slow-moving match. Volcano doesn’t move so fast to begin with, so there evasion corner sot looks really bad when other people are moving even slower. I think Volcano is supposed to be a kid’s hero but I’m not sure he’s fun enough to work. Kraneo still is outshining him in charisma. The springboard armdrag was impressive but there was a lot of working around him.

The tercera had a very good two minute stretch near the end of the third fall, and some good moments scattered thru the rest. It was significantly better than anything before it on this show. It also had some moments of confusion and lost wrestlers. The end of the second fall had good moves but also people visibly confused as what was supposed to be happening when. Soberano pinning Templario off a trip and after a stage dive was the strangest. The técnicos did well here but it’s obvious that Templario is one of the best guys in Mexico right now.

a Lluvia highlight

The women’s match had little excitement to it. It was a typical one where what went wrong was more interesting than what they did. There was a dive cut off trip spot that looked very strange to end the first fall. Jarochita having to put herself into Isis’s Gori Special means maybe it’s not a move that is great for her to be doing. Lluvia’s plancha was nice, though it left me worried she was going to get her legs stuck underneath here and suffer a knee injury.

The opener was steadier than some recent Coyote & Grako matches, with one bit of weirdness on a sunset flip really sticking out. It also wasn’t nearly as exciting, with Super Astro & Robin’s best moments left out of this match. Not sure if they were asked to tone it down or if that’s just the way this match went, but they’ve looked better.