CMLL on Televisa #1023 (04/09/2011)

Mascara Dorada

recap: here
file: here

taped @ Arena Mexico, 03/25/2011 and 04/01/2011

I don’t really have specific thoughts on every match, but some general stuff tends to repeat. So, first are the links

Diamante & La Sombra vs Hijo del Signo & Mr. Niebla
Escorpion & Último Guerrero vs Mortiz & Terrible
Escorpion & Último Guerrero vs Diamante & La Sombra
Dragon Lee & Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada & Metal Blanco
Negro Casas & Puma King vs Averno & Palacio Negro
Máscara Dorada & Metal Blanco vs Averno & Palacio Negro

Generally, everyone was trying really hard, but the crowd didn’t seem to be into most of the matches both nights. Both semifinals were long enough to draw the fans into rooting for the tecnicos, but it didn’t feel like any one new was coming off a star in the making. (A lot more should’ve been made about Escorpion beating Sombra, but little was.)

I can not believe Tirantes is still in this promotion. He’s great at what he does, but what he does is not what this promotion is geared towards. It’s tough to tell any other story when Tirantes is cheating the tecnicos. If CMLL can’t trust Sombra, Ultimo Guerrero, Avenro and Mascara Dorada to keep the fans interested in their matches without someone making fast and slow counts, then – I dunno, they need to some trust building exercises or something, because that’s kind of silly. Tirantes seems to be only working Friday nights, which means I haven’t been seeing him on the shows I usually recap, and probably indicates whoever is in charge of this show feels a lot stronger about what Tirantes adds than everyone else.

Palacio Negro could not have cared any less about losing his dream of winning the Gran Alternativa. More to the point, Palacio Negro appeared to have been instructed not to care, and was sort of explaining it to fan. It’s one thing for Averno to lose by DQ – it’s not his tournament, he’s more concerned with embarrassing Dorada – but if people in the tournament don’t even care when they’ve been cheating out of winning, why should anyone watching care? It was a horrible act by Averno that no one found that interesting. CMLL paradoxically expects their tournaments to be meaningful while treating the matches as meaningless. (Ultimo Guerrero & Escorpion having a near fight over the same finish in the next tournament was quite the opposite – I don’t think they learned as much as different people booking different tournaments.)

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #281 (04/09/2011)

didn't kill himself on this, this time.

taped @ Arena Coliseo, 04/03/2011

file: here
recap: here

Dragon Lee, Hijo del Signo, Hombre Bala Jr. vs Apocalipsis, Escorpion, Semental: Semental is just great. He’s a far more interesting mat worker than guys his age (and tries more than guys much more experienced), he makes the tecnicos look good and he has a good dive. There are four guys in this match who are in Forjando un Idolo, and he may be better than any of them. I’m glad this Team Primera vs Gen11 feud is happening so Semental can get sucked into it, but I’m not sure why he’s stuck at this level. Maybe he just needs to network better? (Apocalipsis is not good.)

Rush vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship: Expected this to be a small bit of torture and it was actually perfectly acceptable leaning towards good. My faith in Rey Bucanero has been somewhat restored, and Rush held up his end. There is room to improve: Rush’s crushing tope to start the second fall shouldn’t have been blow off so easily, and there were other spots which didn’t go as intended. But when Rush started to climb the top rope, got massively booed (as usual) and flashed a smile back at the crowd, I was sure I was seeing a great rudo in the making. (Too bad CMLL hasn’t figured it out.)

CMLL on LATV (04/09/2011)

weird submission of the week

taped @ Arena Mexico, 04/01/2011

file: here
recap: here

Höruz & Robin vs Bronco & Cholo: Robin and Bronco were so great together to start the match, I ran to the match finder to figure out how many times they’d worked together to get good. Turns out, this was only their second match. Huh. This was by far the best Bronco’s been at being the big man facing the small somewhat scared small man. Disappointing the match more or less ended after Cholo’s injury (and sad Cholo got hurt.) Bronco probably should’ve gotten to do something a bit more destructive than run Robin into a ring post to draw DQ, but maybe they’ll figure that out next time and Robin did a fantastic job of being concussed the rest of the way. Horuz…had new gear. (And didn’t get to much here.)

Metálico, Starman, Tigre Blanco vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro: I wonder if these guys were thrilled that they got to work with exclusively with each other, instead of random kids? This was a very strong effort from a group of guys who are totally stuck in their positions anyway. The Metalico/Blanco stereo Asai moonsault was really well timed (and without the guys staring across the ring at each other forever, which is usually how they get that timing), though it doesn’t come of as well on TV.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #41 (04/03/2011)

Truenos at work

taped @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 02/15/2011

file: here
recap: here

I think Maximo quitting CMLL (for a few hours) caused his match to be bumped from this match. Very disappointing; it might have been great, but it would’ve been entertaining. It’s not like this show was filled with other winners.

Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno: A dream match! Easily the best thing on this show, nothing extraordinary, but a well done veteran tag with the home team winning.

Lluvia, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany: Luna Magica. I dunno. What can you say? This wasn’t a long match and that was fine.

Hijo del Fantasma & Toscano vs Mr. Águila & Olímpico: Guadalajara walk thru special.

CMLL on Televisa #1022 (04/02/2011)

Super Porky tope

taped @ Arena Mexico, 03/18/2011

file: here
recap: here

La Sombra, Rush, Toscano vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: A usual match between these teams, though the crowd didn’t seem to be into Peste Negra as usual. (Different crowd than usual? Crowd still hated Rush and Toscano and weren’t fans of Sombra) Mr. Niebla defeating Sombra could be setting up something…in a parallel universe where Niebla could be trusted.

Averno vs Máscara Dorada for the NWA World Middleweight Championship: It was a great Mascara Dorada aerial show. It needed to be something more than that. If Dorada is going to become what CMLL wants him, he’s got to show he’s got more than cool dives. Dorada came across as a spectacular midcard guy, but not a top guy who came very close. This just being a set up for Black Warrior’s return doesn’t help, and that might have been more effective if he prevented the interference rather than waited until after the match to get involved. I wonder if someone decided Dorada couldn’t win this one, because he was going after Lyger’s title? I’m not sure he’s going to win that one either.

Máximo & Super Porky vs Terrible & Texano for the hair: Better than I expected. The last match was worked true to form – it was a lot of a Mistico/Averno match with Dorada plugged in – this match was worked outside the usual beatdown->comeback format, going back and forth all the way. Alvarados dropped the comedy, fought seriously for the occasion, and acquitted themselves well. I always dislike the short falls, but I think this was about as long a match as Porky could’ve gone.

AAA on Televisa #984 (04/02/2011)

taped @ Plaza de Toros Monumental, Morelia, Michoacan, 03/13/2011

file: here
recap: here

Fabi Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship: Not a lot of time and Fabi appeared to be hurt, but it was good for the time they did have.

Heavy Metal vs Electroshock in a bull terrier match: An AAA chain match, for sure. The idea of getting these guys over by their matches was undermined by having the Maniacos interference decide nearly every match. It’s almost over now.

Billy el Malo, Charly Manson, Taboo vs Silver King, Último Gladiador, Zorro: Billy was murdered last week, won a match this week. He should die more often.

Dr. Wagner Jr., Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Hijo del Lizmark: Same brawl they do every week. The more the Clowns are on TV, the less the announcers seem to know their names. It’s bizarre.

El Mesías, Joe Lider, La Parka vs Cibernético, Escoria, Nygma: Nice for all these groups to have ready made people to take all the falls. The Parka & Cibernetico singles match can’t possibly happen in 2011, but they continue to move in that direction.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #280 (04/02/2011)

taped @ Arena Coliseo, 03/27/2011

file: here
recap: here

Bobby Zavala, Hijo del Signo, Hombre Bala Jr. vs Inquisidor, Mortiz, Rayo Tapatío I: Zavala & Signo are ill suited for being tecnicos, but were fine here. Weird that Hombre Bala’s big showcase dive isn’t a straight tope – he is the bulletman, after all.

Rush, Toscano, Valiente vs Mephisto, Misterioso Jr., Rey Bucanero: Really didn’t like this one much, as much for the layout as anything. Bucanero’s being set up (with a 1 week build!) for a title shot against Rush…so he runs away from Rush thru the match, for no reason other than he is Rush and he is mighty. Bucanero doesn’t want a match with Rush, Bucanero isn’t the champion, why should I want to see them have a match? Okay, let’s go with that anyway, Bucanero runs because he can’t match up with Rush, and then the finish is…Bucanero beats Rush, completely clean, with a powerbomb. No feet on the rope, no foul, no Zacarias interference, Bucanero just beats the big scary guy, who’s not actually that tough after all. Sure, Bucanero earns a title shot, but it’s a match between a scared guy and a beatable guy. Not a good build.

CMLL on Televisa #1021 (03/26/2011)

taped @ Arena Mexico, 01/21/2011

recap: here
file: here

Ultimo Guerrero is cooler than you

Pólvora vs Sangre Azteca in a lightning match: Bad with a lame finish. Among the high points of Sangre Azteca being a tecnico (which he wasn’t yet here) is cutting down from the low blow dropkicks. It’s still two or three a match, but that’s better than every other move.

Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: As seen on LATV. It was good then.

Diamante, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura: Diamante screwed up in early, and the fans were done with the tecnicos for the rest of the match. Arena Mexico can be very supportive, but it doesn’t take much for them to loudly turn on someone. Raziel was so thrilled to get a pinfall in the third fall of a major show; it’s been a good fifteen months. Euforia pulling off Stuka’s mask was a fine build to the mask match they’ll surely be having, sometime in 2024. Slooooooow build.

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero: This was the only match on the show that felt like a proper (re)-introduction to CMLL, or even a big match on a big show. There’s no way CMLL planned this week’s TV show to be a big anything – once they knew they were up against a Mexico National Team Futbol game, there’s no sense in that at all – but I also don’t think particularly care that they’re back on in the US and this was the first show. They’ve made no mention of this show (or the LATV show, or the Teleformula show, and the Puebla show is iffy at best); there are surely some people in CMLL who know and care, but those people aren’t the big decision makers or the ones in charge of promoting things.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #40 (03/27/2011)

taped @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 02/08/2011

file: here
recap: here

Gallo, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca vs Escorpion, Misterioso II, Pólvora: HATED this match. Rudos were a slow, unhurried annoyance to Sangre. There wasn’t anything more to the match, and what they were doing was too passive and too scattered to be interesting. And then wont forever. A dreary GDL match; between this match and the Polvora/Sangre Azteca lightning match, it felt like a really good idea they didn’t do a mask match between then at Dos Leyendas. Sangre’s been improving as a tecnico, but there wasn’t much of that here.

Felino & Rey Bucanero vs Máscara Dorada & Máximo – as action, this feud hasn’t been much, but it’s made up for it with wacky shennangins. This was the oddest conga line ever.

AAA on Televisa #983 (03/26/2011)

no comment

taped @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla, 03/04/2011

file: here
recap: here

Fenix, Lolita, Mari Apache vs Billy Boy, Jennifer Blake, Sexy Star: Two matches in, and Lolita still comes off a star. It’s possible she may be someone who can do neat headscissors spots and not a lot more, but then that’d make her “Lita” at worse, and that’s pretty good. Two matches in, and we know Fenix has a really different dive and not a lot else. At least he made it to two matches! The Tirantes angle seems like it may have come to late: he’s facing Apache because he’s a horrible biased referee, except he’s refereed fairly in every match (including this one!) I’m fine with this, less evil refreeing the better.

Charly Manson, Escoria, Nygma vs Espíritu, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario: Maybe something like 75% of Nygma’s offense was clipped out, often right as he was going for a move. That’s never a good sign. Other people were fine. Charly being the evil guy in this match and being attacked by Zorro means Zorro’s the good guy, right? I’m willing to go with that.

Heavy Metal vs Electroshock in a street fight: this one was different because they put each other thru more stuff, you see. There was a really loud ding noise when Metal got hit with the bottle, and I hope that means they added it in later and Heavy Metal didn’t really take a glass bottle to the head. Silver Kain really needs to learn how to take no for answer, there’s got to be someone else he can add to his group who won’t be this much trouble.

Carlito vs Jack Evans vs Decnnis vs Ozz in a AAA’s Rey de Rey tournament semifinal match: Carlito was just “Carlito” here. They should probably decide these things and then tell everyone. He was not particularlly interesting and not particuarlly over, but I would’ve tried him here too. Sexy Star, Italian, was at least funny.

So…they gave away Billy was the Bizarro and traitor on TV, and this was still a surprise come next week? Stealing outright from Oscar winning movies is a better idea than being inspired by WWE, let’s go with that.

Cuervo, El Mesías, Extreme Tiger vs LA Park, Silver King, Último Gladiador: Mesias seemed to lose two gallons of blood last week…which just meant he showed up too late to actually get beat up this week and they needed four people to hold him back. Odd they would’ve let Mesias get his pinfall back on LA Park here, when that’s supposed to be one of the driving points of the PPV and they’ve given Extreme Tiger absolutely nothing to do here. Tiger pinning Gladiador wouldn’t do that much for him, but not much is still more than seeming like a completely meaningless guy in this match (which is what they communicated in the post match.)