02-17 IWRG: Centvrión vs Golden Magic, Carta Brava Jr., Dinamic Black, Alan Extreme- A match where Alan Xtreme gets piledrived so hard that he loses his mask – and then Dinamic Black piledrivers him again. (I think they screwed up the finish.) More sane than I was expecting, working it mostly as a series of one on ones with a third person jumping into to take over at points – though there was some crazy five way action. Ambitious but too choreographed to set up the planned spots. Fun good if flawed match.
02-26 GDL: Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito: a time when I was excited about the CMLL minis! For good reason, because this was much better than the matches of most of the year. The guys were more creative here – first fall finish is a good example – and generally working smoothier. This is not great, with Astral specifically having good and bad moments, and it’s helped by having a having healthy Demus. It’s also helped by guys appearing more motivated and more practiced. There’s a four man spot which goes perfectly fine here which was blown many ways ten months later with the same exact guys. The CMLL minis division has fallen on tough times, but they had better moments not that long ago.
02-26 GDL: Rey Escorpion, Okumura, Namajague vs Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.: A match so old, Namajague is wearing a mask. Hoped for a hot trios match but they were focused on building up the upcoming mask/hair match and this didn’t develop into anything more, especially given the time and the abrupt DQ finish. This is a match with an extended Rey Escorpion/Hijo del Fantasma pose off. (Escorpion does pull off a big flip to the floor soon after.) You can skip this.
02-28 IWRG: Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Eterno: Fun build up trios match that didn’t feel like one. They were setting up Dinamic/Carta for next week, though Dinamic getting the win is a bit mitigated by Dinamic Black laying face first on the mat after the finish for an extended period of time and had to be strechered out. (And so, in that, it wasn’t a great build up.) Rudos were sharp and Golden Magic did destroyed some chairs.
03-03 IWRG: Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eita, Tomahawk: back in the day where Tomahawk didn’t have gear despite about 50 different people in the Mexico City area who make gear (including probably a couple guys on this card.) If you’re making a list of the best running lucha libre jokes of 2013, Tomahawk’s shorts are somewhere behind Fusion/Evolucion. This was a very average match with some occasional good moments. Apolo and Doc Cerebro have good chemistry, they should try to feud about 8 months from here.
03-07 IWRG: Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic DCOR Argenis, Drago, Fenix (AAA): I watched this while trying to watch something else. It worked out OK; there was no story to be miss. Crazy go nuts match from the start which kind of lost a bit of steam after the first fall. This is a good match of big moves and break ups but absolutely nothing more, and one with an unsatisfying finish to build to the rematch next week. Great if you want the moves. I wanted something different than they they were doing but this will work if you just want high spots – they were pretty on with most of them.