CMLL Martes: 2019-06-18

Cholo Driver

Recapped: 06/22/2019


Arkalis & Bengala beat Cholo & Yago
(10:31 [3:11, 3:01, 4:19], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Retro beat Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro
(11:16 [5:02, 3:27, 2:47], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica beat Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Maligna
(13:22 [5:56, 2:35, 4:51], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Vangellys beat Esfinge in a lightning match
(7:49, northern lights suplex, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:00 [4:04, 3:35, 6:21], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Místico, Titán, Volador Jr. beat Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
(10:09 [3:05, 2:02, 5:02], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Esfinge is wearing Titan matching gear (or Titan’s actual gear) for who knows what reason.

The opener is the debut of Tigre Infante (Metalico) as a referee. By a remarkable coincidence, Arkalis happened to go in to a (fake) seizure after taking the Cholo Driver but Metalico was right on top of it and did all the proper medical procedures as if proving he was ready for his new role.


an Oro Jr. highlight

The semi-main had the most life of any match on the show but it still left me wanting more. They’ve run this same formula too many times and it could use a different bit. Twenty years from now, we may still be wondering if Black Panther was a good wrestler or just a guy who can have hot runs in trios matches. There would seem to be plenty of chances for CMLL to determine this themselves but they have no interest in doing so. There is a trend with Blue Panther matches where he’s treated like a delirious old man who has somehow accidentally put into a wrestling match but it turns out he can fight well against every odds. This works great for the tourists who have no idea who this graying man is and are very impressed at what it turns out he can do. I know Blue Panther is Blue Panther and I would like to see him just be good the entire match instead of being crazy old man doing topes. I probably should accept that’s not really going to happen at this point.

The CMLL tecnicas winning the first fall is very inspiring, like the Washington Generals winning a quarter. You know it is still going to go bad for them, and it did, but there was a small moment of victory. No Dalys, same story. La Metailca and Avispa Dorada worked the best together of any pair here, especially in the first fall. It’d be interesting to see them get real time in a match. Jarochita’s chops are bad. The third fall was leading to a tecnica comeback that lasted for one move.