Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto
(14:40 [5:06, 3:29, 6:05] , 2/3, ok, 01:39:47)
Caristico bizarrely stormed the announce booth to demand a mask match with Mephisto. The two hadn’t been feuding much in the match; Caristico submitted Cavernario to win.
Espiritu unmasked Principe Diamante for the DQ again.
Angel de Oro eventually getting to grab his hair and point at Felino dressed up an ordinary main event. The send them home happy match usually has a few more highspots than this tecnico trio is really going to do. They didn’t get booed by the tourists, so that’s one plus for putting the Chavez on a Tuesday.
The semi-main wasn’t really worth seeking out but it was a bit wild. Ephesto did a surprise tope in the third fall and seemed surprised when he got caught in the middle of the comeback spot in the second fall. Luciferno’s attempt at a shoulderbreaker ended up with a knee right to Cometa’s head. Kawato has come back deciding to murder everyone, which is at least interesting. The finishing sequence on Dulce looked rough, and maybe the start of a feud. Dropping him on a headscissors seemed less intentional.
This Vangellys lightning match was better than last week’s Vangellys lightning match. There was the slightest bit of a story because Vangellys was the rare luchador to actually go after the heavily taped body part. It didn’t end up going anywhere, but it gave a purpose to Vangellys methodical attacks and was an obstacle for Guerrero Maya to overcome. Nothing you want to see but something watchable.
Espiritu and Principe Diamante’s feuding was held off until the last stages of their match, which made the match feel a lot more routine the last week. They seemed to work ok together but not a lot was interesting here until the finish. Espiritu at least covered for not being able to get the mask off on the first try better than most.
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.beatEuforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (7:12 [3:06, 4:06], 1/2, ok,VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valiente beat Ultimo Guerrero in both falls to set up a title match.
Niebla Roja retained his title. Templario & Angel de Oro were the seconds.
The main event was a sprint, to get to the title match. It was not super quick, but that was definitely the idea. An easy night for most everyone.
The title match reversed the usual Mephisto title match pattern. It was Niebla Roja who controlled most of the match, just being unable to finish off Mephisto time after time. That seemed to work. Niebla Roja has more offense to work thru, Mephisto’s finish was able to be saved for a long time and a big moment. Roja also strung together pinfall moves instead of the usual back and forth, which prevented the long third fall from dragging. It really wasn’t super notable until those last minutes, but the way they did the match built up the drama. This was better than expected. The Go To Sleep spots could use a rethink in CMLL in general though; they seem afraid of connecting that they don’t come anywhere close. The ones here were comically bad.
Dulce Gardenia did well with this crowd. So did Angel de Oro, Arena Puebla is just nicer than Mexico City that way. Templario & Villano III did well to set up Gardenia in a decent showcase match.
A positive thing I can say about the CMLL women’s matches is they seem generally well organized. There wasn’t a lot wandering around to figure out who to grab and what to do with them next, they just went from one spot to another. It can be a bit too familiar or slow, but they’ve put more work in planning than most of the men’s matches. Magnifica moved well, though it was funny when Miguel Linares talked about her perfect Spanish Fly while it looked a lot more like an armdrag. The Jarochita Code Red on Metalica was sharp.
Halcon Suriano hasn’t gotten the CMLL memo to refine the same five spots for infinity, instead tries new and interesting stuff. It didn’t work right to close the second fall but it is more fun. The segunda was full of other guys who are willing to do something when motivated and it made for a more entertaining match than usual in that spot. It didn’t really build well to the end but the effort was noticeable.