taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena México
Posts Tagged CMLL C3
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena México
Black Panther & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra: There was a team here who didn’t understand the legal way to make tags – and that team was the experienced duo of Camorra & Apocalipsis. Black Panther & Flyer are rookies who didn’t do everything perfectly, but at least they’re far more interesting than the rudos in this match. This was mostly the normal opener, but Flyer won a fall with hammerlock!
Lady Afrodita, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Zeuxis: Women’s match which got plenty of time and was built around Blanca vs Marcela. Poor Blanca was so full of joy when she thought she was about to win, and then Marcela dropped her o her head. The Zeuxis/Marcela section in the third fall was interesting too, they need to do that title match sometime this year. Silueta/Zeuxis also worked well together, with Silueta always coming off a little bit angrier when facing her rival. This might have been a pretty good match if they had someone better than Lady Afrodita in it. Tiffany completely led her thru their first fall sequence, with Afrodita being unable to do anything unless Tiffany set her up, and Afrodita was lost and slow the rest of the way. I wouldn’t have trusted her to take Zeuxis’ piledriver finish safely, but she seemed okay after. I have no idea what’s going on there.
Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: Good match. Pegasso did face off with Virus at the start, but him getting the win at the end still came off as a surprise. Los Cancerberos seemed to be having a lot of fun destroying Soberano, even despite Raziel almost dropping the kid on his head. Add Soberano versus Virus as one of the matches we need to see this year, though I’m not sure if it’s worth one of Virus’ two title matches per year. Maybe it can be a lightning match instead of a title one?
Cachorro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Normal trios. Tiger & Puma made the most of Brazo de Plata by bullying him strongly in the second fall, and he got his revenge in the end. Sagrado also managed to block Puma’s jumping front cracker – must be the hurt arm! (Or Puma taking quite a while to set up.) Cachorro fit in here and took a crazy bump, so it was business as usual. They didn’t really play up the Tiger/Puma vs Cachorro thing, sot hat’s been forgotten for now.
La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero: This was not much of a match, but a long story to set up Mascara/Mephisto next week. Zavala and Dorada looked good in the time they had but didn’t have much time. Finally, La Mascara has a good reason to wear the hoodie – it helped him cover up his face after Mephisto unmasked him. (C3 didn’t help much, kind of clearly showing his face for a moment.) I have no idea what took him so long to return; Mascara masks aren’t that hard to find around Arena México. Maybe hea had to have a pink one. Crowd was far more excited for this match than I was.
taped 2014-02-18 @ Arena México
Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Better minis match than usual. They got a little more time and Shockercito was really good. Pierrothito worked well with him – their exchange in the first fall was fun – but Shockercito was also just moving a hundred kilometers an hour. Angelito started off rough (and started off with Pequeño Black Warrior) and did get better, but I didn’t come off from match 1 that interested him. He can do some of the highspots other people can do but he’s not bringing anything different than what those other guys already do, unless he plans on taking crazy bumps on Nitro’s backcracker every week. (Probably shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt in your debut either.) I have no memory of Fantasy in this match. A lot of spots here teasing dives and getting them cut off; they did as good as job as they could, but they really need to think about giving more freedom to the minis.
Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel: There was a match here, but I was totally distracted by trying to figure out what was going on with super Halcon’s mask. The partially open back does not work for him. All three rudos are usually good for fun double teams, but they stuck to holding and hitting, taking it down from what had been a pretty good first two falls. They picked it up for a pretty chaotic end game, but they had lost the crowd a bit by then. Halcon and Bala added their usual bit of insanity and the Triton/Puma sections were fun. There’s nothing smaller that the CMLL crowd hoots about more than not putting a guy on the top of the turnbuckles. I’m not sure why.
Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth: It was a remote possibility this match would be any good given the rudo side and it was not any good. It did add evidence that Black Panther and Cachorro are not just illusions created by Tiger & Puma but really promising young guys. There’s still getting the timing down and getting used to dealing when things go wrong, but they do feel different and you can see how they might have great matches down the road. Misterioso setting up Black Panther on the outside was a nice workaround to set up Ephesto’s usual counter tope. Pierroth remains horrible.
La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas for the Mexican National Trios Championship: Underwhelming for a title match. Kind of underwhelming for a normal match, to be honest. Rush and Negro Casas were up to their usual stuff, but it didn’t feel like anyone else was up with them. Felino and Titan didn’t mix well, Niebla did a little more than usual, and Mascara did not. Everyone stuck 95% with their rival, which meant little team matches and little interesting combinations – this was really routine. Finish came on the first serious near fall of the match and way sooner than people expected; it took longer for the title change to sink it because no one was ready for it. Crowd was still happy to get the unexpected trios title change but it’s one of the weaker matches for these titles in quite some time; it’s definitely not awful, but not worth your time.
Somehow, this had all the gifs too.
taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena México
Pequeño Halcón & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Warrior: Pequeño Warrior tried to claim a foul on armdrag, and even the referee didn’t care. This turned into a usual Pequeño Warrior goofing around match for stretches and was an okay match for other stretches. Nothing not involving him went too wrong, but there wasn’t too much to it. Shorter match than usual for minis, though maybe not for an opener.
Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, El Rebelde, Hijo del Signo: Good for the level. Oro & Soberano both looked good with their bigger spots. Hijo del Signo did better job working with them than I was expecting, and Disturbio was solid as usual. Glad he’s keeping the bald head for the moment. This was a better read on Rebelde than the Gran Alternativa match. I was wondering if he’d be a guy who takes crazy falls like his father. Rebelde managed to nearly fall on his head twice in this match, so that seems like a yes. He’s going to be fun if he lives. Starman seemed slow or just didn’t have great timing, he’s been better in other matches.
Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Shigeo Okumura: This was a fun tercera. The top three are all good matches but this was my favorite. Espiritu Negro dressing in all white for his first match was weird. Espiritu Negro doing the Black Warrior hamstring flip bump was near. He also helped Guerrero Negro get revenge on Super Halcón by using one of the Gen11 moves on him, so good debut. The match did fall apart for a moment in the second fall (when Espiritu fell too soon on a dropkick and Guerrero nearly did a senton onto Bala’s head) but was generally good. It’s amusing Bala has a top rope version of his corner headbutt, but the normal one actually looks cooler. Fuego seems more confident since coming back from Japan and the crowd was actually chanting for him; I don’t know what they should do with Fuego, but they really should be doing something.
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Virus: This was another good match, but the crowd seemed to die sometime in the third fall. I don’t know if they thought it was over with the kiss, but there was a weird lack of noise for guys wrestling the same level the rest of the match. There was nothing noteworthy about this match, everyone was good, but Niebla Roja is another guy I hope gets a bigger chance in 2014 because we haven’t seen what he can do in a feud in a while.
Rey Cometa, Rush, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla: Rush is an unprompted jerk to Tirantes and pays for it. Rush is an amazing técnico. Mr. Niebla playing mentor to Cavernario is so great for both characters. Cavernario generally did well here, though there was at least one point where he was not in the right position for Cometa and the slide to the floor needs a little bit of work. (It’s a good idea for him.) The Titan/Barbaro opening section went better than I would’ve figured. It didn’t feel like Rey Cometa got a whole to do here, but the Brillo Cometa looked superb. It seems like they’re setting up a trios match, but I’d be alright seeing the Niebla/Rush singles match from this.
taped 2014-01-21 @ Arena México
Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel: Good match, more entertaining than most matches at this position. Hechicero fit in well with the Cancerberos; maybe too well, because they’re not moving up any time soon and Hechicero should be on a higher level. Going with a wacky swing based offense was as neat as the first fall mat work. Star Jr. definitely looked better than Dragon Lee at this point, though Dragon Lee really lowered the bar in the third fall. Don’t try to repeat your blown spot with Cancerbero or he will destroy you! (Credit for Dragon Lee for getting a takedown in on the bigger man, and credit Raziel for backing up his partner and settling things down.) This match was also weirdly entertaining for both Hechicero and Dragon Lee learning the weird CMLL tag team rules – Hechicero was totally confused as to why his tag wasn’t legal in the first fall, and Dragon Lee had no idea why he was being yelled at for helping make a cover.
Black Panther, Cachorro, Valiente vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: Another good match in this feud. Valiente & Felino brought something different than Panther & Casas, but it still worked well. Puma & Tiger seemed to control most of the match and looked good doing so. Died laughing when Puma and Tiger did their series of crackers and powerbombs on Valiente – and then didn’t bother to pin him. Had to get in their pose! Cachorro & Black Panther still look very good for rookies. They were more limited here and they’re going to have to face someone besides Puma & Tiger at some point, but that feud is working well for them right now.
La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Terrible, Vangelis, Virus: Titan learned an important lesson here: don’t touch Virus’ hair. This a very good/borderline great match. First fall was superb and the rest of the match went along at a good pace. It never got off track and didn’t have many bad moments. Virus and Titan actually didn’t feel like they fought as much as I’d expect to set up next week’s match, but most of the match was building to just that and was sharp enough to want you to see it. Rush was great just teasing getting into the ring. Rush and Terrible was on against each other too. If they ran another Terrible/Rush hair match, I don’t know if it would draw better, but it would feel twice as big at this point.
Blue Panther vs Negro Casas: Probably the best match on a lot of other Tuesdays but not this week. Their brawling was good but not as good as other brawls, and the match was hampered by the referee inserting himself in the action quiet a bit. It made more sense when they were doing actually illegal spots later on, but he was breaking up holds from the start and the repetitive intervention hurt the match from having any rhythm. I guess they’re building to a genuine no disqualification match here, should they actually be building to anything specific, but it made for a frustrating match here for most of the time. They seemed just to be getting into a long end game when the run-in happened. Crowd was not into the match as much as you’d expect, but very much into the post match feuding.
taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Mexico
Leono & Magnus vs Apocalipsis & Cholo: Bad, one of the worse openers in some time. The end of the first fall was embarrassingly for all involved and the rest didn’t get much better. Comeback was not too smooth and I’m not sure if something got edited in the third fall or if Magnus was supposed to get in no offense before the finish. I don’t have high standards for some of these guys but everyone could’ve done better.
Oro Jr., Robin, Stigma vs Espanto Jr., Herodes Jr., Inquisidor: Congrats to Inquisidor for finding another big set up to do a front cracker. I would fine these guys every time they use a Canadian Destroyer in the first fall of a segunda, but they’re probably not paying them much to begin with. Still, Espanto Jr. can do all sorts of moves but has no idea which ones to do or how to get himself across; Herodes is still greener in the ring but is going to be zooming right past him. Match was wrapping up fine until Tiger Hispano decided not to count three on the third fall planned finish, and everyone runs half lost for two more minutes to come up with a new one. Inquisidor and Robin were better at improvising than Herodes and Stigma.
Hombre Bala Jr., Sagrado, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Guerrero Negro Jr., Raziel: Bad refereeing night continues with Tirantes completely missing Raziel putting his outside foot on the bottom ropes in the third fall. That was clearly not supposed to be an elimination, because Raziel just kept wrestling and Tirantes did his usual bit of reacting to a loud voice in his earpiece. (The kids in the previous match did a better job of handling it.) Raziel was rather angry about it after the match. The match itself had some good moments and not smooth moments; the first fall mat work had a few weird looking spots which may have not meant to be so weird. There was still good stuff here, they just need a bit more work. Guerrero Negro fit in fine enough; I’d be totally okay with a mask vs hair feud with Sagrado before Guerrero Negro goes off to get the new non-indy-looking gimmick he really needs.
Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro: Payoff to all the bad refereeing – one where the referee is supposed to do a bad job! This was much more of a brawl then the previous week’s match, which might have actually worked out better for the young Panthers. They again did surprisingly well, helped by working with the Casas (and a very planned out match) but obviously bringing something to the table themselves. The crowd was really into Negro/Blue specifically, but this is a good feud for everyone. Here’s the “oh, duh” way of telling the Panthers apart – Cachorro means ‘cub’, as in small bear. The guy who’s name implies small is in fact the smaller one. It’s almost like they planned that.
Delta, Super Porky, Valiente vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora: A Super Porky match; I spent way too much of this match trying to figure out if Dragon Rojo had lost weight. (Maybe? I’m not sure, which is why it took so long.) Weird layout with the rudos starting the beatdown, losing the first fall anyway, the rudos continue the beatdown unimpeded, the técnicos make another comeback the end of the second fall, then lose that fall anyway. It was reversals of expectations for the sake of reversing them. Zavala got to work with Delta & Valiente and very little with Brazo de Plata outside of getting a surprise pinfall on Porky. That was a surprise to me, and he handled himself well with two tricky guys. Delta actually landed the moonsault well, another surprise.