Rey Bucanero, Sansón, Shocker beat Audaz, Blue Panther, Kráneo
(13:22 [5:13, 3:29, 4:40], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Rush, Titán
(6:24, 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Último Guerrero snuck in a mask pull on Carístico for a straight fall win. Challenges followed for a singles match next week. There is a detour towards a tease of an extra fall here, which in fact does not happen.
The main event was a speed rush of a match. I thought it was going much longer just based on how long the video was listed, but I didn’t properly figure how long they could all take after the match. They worked fast for the time they went, which is just enough to mark it as OK.
The lightning match was a strong performance by both men. Rey Cometa looked sharp with his flying and strung a reversal into his finish nicely. Templario did some aerial moves of his own but also showed his strength well and set up Cometa’s move well. This match flew by for a seven-minute match; they could do a lot more with a full-length match.
They were trying in the third match. It didn’t really amount to anything for me but I could appreciate the effort. Flyer is a coin flip guy. This was one of those matches where it came up heads and he was fine. It is still a lot of energy to figure out a guy who is obviously not as good as Drone or as over as Fuego.
The opener had some moments. These guys have now worked for so long together that they’re really smooth in sequences, like the Olímpico/Mercurio pinning combination in the first fall on Fantasy. They were much less smooth on the Angelito powerbomb a moment later. He took a hard landing. Angelito has some potential that doesn’t seem to have any hope of being realized in his current position. I don’t know how good he is, but he shows moments of charisma similar to Halcón Suriano.
IWRG (SUN) 05/05/2019Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy DQ Neza Kid
2) Atomic Star & Auzter b Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Marado b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Hijo Del Ángel Hip Hop Man, managing Dragon Fly’s team, said the Mexicans couldn’t win in football or wrestling
4) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Diablo Jr. b Eragón, Toscano, Zumbi
5) Ángel Tormenta, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr. b Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme [super libre] Indeseables asked for a title match after their win.
6) Chico Che, Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus b Fly Warrior, Metaleón, Ovett Chico Che replaced X-Fly. Money thrown in.
7) Aramis, Carístico, Imposible b Emperador Azteca, Trauma I, Trauma II Emperador Azteca was the surprise wrestler. Traumas return to IWRG after being gone for about 8 months. Caristico submitted Emperador.
The build to Sunday’s Lucha Time show in Monterrey had Alberto talking about Pentagon having the potential to be a big star, but not being able to call himself a big star until he stopped working shows in front of 200 or 500 people and instead ones of 10,000 people. This was storyline to build up the match, though Alberto has said similar things before as part of his staking his claim as one of the biggest Mexican wrestling stars of all time. Maybe everyone should’ve looked at the tickets sold before doing this bit because everyone looked foolish when this show – headlined by Alberto & Hijo de Dos Caras vs Lucha Brothers vs Hijo de Wagner/Galeno del Mal – drew what looked like about 500 people to Arena Jose Sulaiman. That’s about 10% of capacity. Alberto’s Combates Americas show last month with Sexy Star outdrew it easily.
Alberto hung himself out to dry with those comments. It doesn’t really reflect well on Penta & Fenix either, though at least they’ll be headling better-attended shows this month. (It is about right for the Wagners, who really didn’t belong in that match at this point in their careers.) Alberto’s been a non-factor since he got fired from Impact last year. There’s been talk of Alberto maybe working TripleMania as part of Cain Velazquez. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see him be asked to work the AAA MSG show too, but I’m not sure how much means to lucha libre fans at this point. Alberto is still great at getting media attention based off that WWE run but he’d need to seem re-energized on regular TV before I think he’d really sell tickets. It also kind of makes me wonder about the “Pro Wrestling Monterrey” super indie promotion teased by Konnan and Roberto Figueroa (promoter of Lucha Time.) Monterrey seems oversaturated with promotions trying to run the same type of shows.
Tonight in Puebla has the latest edition of the Volador/Caristico rivalry. Volador’s been cheating to get wins in the lead-up, which usually means Caristico will get the big revenge win in the end. That’d be a change from usual. Volador typically has won this singles match whenever they’ve met in CMLL since Caristico’s return, with the exception of the one time CMLL decided to run it back to back weeks. Volador won the last match in FantasticaMania earlier this year, as well as when they had it in Puebla about 9 months ago. These two are typically good together, though effort on Monday night can vary.
Mistico, Atlantis, and Soberano take on Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario and Gran Guerrero in a promising semi-final. Hechicero teams with Sagrado & Misterioso to take on Los Gorillas del Ring & Esfinge. I’m not excited for that one, and less so for Triton, Star Jr. and King Jaguar taking on Nitro, Coyote and Disturbio. The first two matches are heavy on locals with no particular interesting matchup.
The show starts at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
In the great ratings controversy of 2019, both Record and El Planchitas have put out articles saying the 5.4 million number for week one of Rey de Reyes is correct. Those articles sort of expose each other as working off the same press release from either Azteca or AAA, since they both come up with the idea that this is the highest rating a wrestling show has gotten in 80 years of Mexican TV. El Planchitas says he called AAA & Azteca to find out the info after last week reporting the lower numbers SuperLuchas had.
CMLL (SAT) 05/11/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Robin vs Apocalipsis, Grako, Yago
3) Sangre Imperial vs Retro [lightning]
4) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja vs Hijo del Villano III, Shocker, Templario
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Sangre Imperial vs Retro is not a match I’m sorry to me. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villlano III on opposite sides agian.
Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansónin a relevos increíbles match
(12:12 [3:16, 3:32, 5:24], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event finish saw Carístico go for La Mistica on Volador, pause, pause for longer, and finally, Mephisto unmasked him to set up a Volador cradle.
Rey Samuray (Jaguar) and Perverso (Policeman) worked as seconds for the match, which started before they got to the ring. Perverso interfered in the second fall but took a Policeman tope by mistake. Policeman was caught using the ropes for pins multiple times. Bestia Negra was distracted by the seconds while King Jaguar fouled Policeman and then faked his own foul. Bestia Negra teased awarding either man the win, then gave it to King Jaguar.
Both women had their belts. Metalica comes thru the crowd to attack Marcela from behind.
You could hear the resignation in Julio Cesar Rivera’s voice as he narrated the badly executed finish of the main event. The rest of the match was ordinary – NGD playing técnicos was the only thing that stood out – and nothing worth going out of your way to see.
King Jaguar & Policeman wasn’t really much of a match. Not in that they were bad. They were solid. There were also there for less than ten minutes, which seems absurdly short for a hair match. I’m not sure they could’ve gone much longer, they seemed pretty winded by the end, but maybe that’s why it wasn’t a good idea. More brawling and less just doing wrestling moves would’ve fit the mood better. They did set up the finish with Policeman heating enough that the referee was inclined not to believe him, but this wasn’t much to remember. CMLL started a tease of Perverso/King Jaguar and perhaps that’s still the destination with Perverso the second, but that doesn’t sound like any better use of time.
The lightning match is really quick, though the pre-match attack does give a reason for them to jump to the right to the middle off the match. What they did was a fine enough demonstration of some of their bigger spots, and hopefully there will be more to it next week. The finish looked brutal.
The second match is worth watching if you want to see Magnus’ will slowly slip away the more he has to deal with Tyson La Bestia. Mine too. Samuray has to get higher on his springboard or tighter with his flip if he’s ever going to land that 450. Everyone is dumb for trying to do a stacked up superplex with a terrible wrestler.