CMLL on CadenaTres #273 (02/23/2013) 
Recapped: 02/27/2013

Announcers welcome us to the show. No Bucanero this week.

Match 1: Oro Jr. & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
Arena Mexico, 02/19/2013

  1. rudos

  2. técnicos
  3. técnicos

Winner: técnicos
Match Time: 10:19
Rating: okay
Notes: Referee is Pompin.

1: Pairs are Oro Jr./Akuma and Robin/Espanto. Oro gets in a headscissors from the mat to send Akuma out. Oro Jr. bumps big off an Akuma dropkick, then Espanto trips Robin walking up the turnbuckle to set up a Akuma tree of woe dropkick. Espanto comes in and submits Robin while Akuma uses the family hold to beat Oro Jr.

2: Oro Jr. takes a catapult dropkick. Robin nearly bounces his head on a spinebuster. Announcers lose their minds saying Akuma's mind, then have no reaction to Akuma doing a reverse Death Vally Driver, if even was it was. Two man hiptoss into a faceslam looks painful. Gori Special/bulldog on Robin. Rudos have moves, técnicos get knocked around for another cycle until Robin kicks away a charge. Oro Jr. and Espanto go thru a couple spots before Oro Jr. lands his moonsault, and Robin submits Akuma.

3: Oro Jr. goes for the moonsault again, Akuma closes in, Oro Jr. backflips behind him ahead and rolls into a headscissors. Springboard tornillo armdrag sends Akuma out. Robin and Espanto Jr. avoid at high speeds, Robin stops it with a superkick. Slam, top rope senton con giro connects, and that's it for him. Oro submits Akuma and this one is done. Which one of these goofball is using “Time of My Life?” as their theme music? It's a dance remix, but still.

Match 2: Metálico ©, Sensei, Soberano Jr. vs Bobby Zavala © , Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
Arena Mexico, 02/19/2013

  1. técnicos

  2. técnicos

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 13:03
Rating: ok
Notes: Referee is Bestia Negra. Soberano looks thrilled to be in a segunda.

1: Pairs are Metálico/Signo, Sensei/Disturbio, and Soberano/Zavala.

Metálico grabs a waistlock on the mat and just starts rolling Signo around, which is nice. Their segment is fast back and forth, though no one locks on anything interesting. Announcers say hello to Disturbio's mom. Disturbio does not try kung fu this time. Soberano doesn't quite have the spinning shoulderblock collapse worked out yet. He goes down hard on a Zavala chop, and Signo kicks him from outside the ring. Soberano and Zavala end up on the rap there for a Soberano rope bounce armdrag and Zavala time out. Disturbio destroys Soberano with a back elbow – guess Soberano being sub-lightweight is hurting him here. Running leg lariat to the back of the head sends Soberano rolling out. Sensei pump kicks Disturbio, pulls of a corner rope spin escape on a charge, and a springboard flipping armdrag to send Disturbio away. Signo dropkicks Sensei in the knee, than the head, and Metálico and Zavala take turns with their dropkicks as well. Zavala escapes a corner charge, gets Zavala with a fireman's carry and rolls him around for a crucifix cradle and the pin. Zavala turns out to be the captain, so that's that. Signo and Disturbio demand answers from Zavala, but apparently are happy with the ones they get because they're over it pretty quick.

2: Soberano wants Zavala for some reason. Zavala asks Signo to step aside and they start in. Zavala chops Soberano once, down goes Soberano. Soberano assures us he's got this, and slaps Zavala back. Zavala goes back in the ropes, but doesn't go down. Face slap by Bobby, dropkick by Soberano. Soberano off the ropes, waved by, Zavala flips him with a clothesline. Zavala misses a corner charge and throws himself out, and Soberano follows with a headscissors to the floor. Soberano comes back in to pose. Signo and Metálico exchange clothesline counts until Signo lands his. Signo slaps Metálico down on the ropes, and takes a shot at Signo while he's at it. Whip, reversed, Metálico jumping back elbow knocks Signo down. Metálico taps Signo with punches to the gut, then adds a big slaps to the chest. Whip, reverses, Metálico springboard armdrag sends Signo out, Signo flees at the dive tease, but stays close enough that Metálico can pull off an Asai armdrag. Metálico back into do his Tigre pose. Sensei and Disturbio show off their martial arts poses. Disturbio doe the crane pose, and Sensei just sweeps him. Smart man! Springboards and armdrags. Sensei does his block/karate kick routine, with Disturbio celebrating mild success too soon and taking a kick to the back of the head. Corner whip, reverse, Disturbio charges in, Sensei pulls him into a tarantula. Zavala breaks that up with a dropkick, Soberano springboard headscissors him, Signo shoulderblocks him, Metálico springboard topes him. Metálico with a casita variation, one two NO. Metálico wants a faster count. Small package, one two NO. Metálico argues the count again, but he's got to keep on Signo. Whip, Metálico trips up Signo with a clip, pulls him into the corner of the ring, spine kick off the ropes, running neck snap. One two NO. Whip, Metálico and Signo both dodges the same way, just miss, and Metálico gives Signo a couple quebradoras. Not too great of ones. Signo gets up, grabs his back, and foul kicks Metálico. That was random! Zavala attacks the other técnicos and Signo stops Metálico, but the ref gets in to call the DQ.

Match 3: Fuego, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Virus ©
Arena Mexico, 02/19/2013

  1. técnicos

  2. rudos
  3. técnicos

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:48
Rating: okay
Notes: Referee is Tirantes.

1: Fuego and Sangre have a long mat section to start which reaches no conclusions. Puma and Fantasma are next, which concludes that Fantasma can armdrag Puma a lot. Sagrado and Virus move faster and lasts the least, Sagrado recovering from Virus' clip quick enough to roll thru an inside cradle to an arm trap armscissors. Even Sagrado's partners seem surprised with how sudden that ended. Loud boos.

2: Puma clotheslines Fuego and punches and stomps his forever hurt shoulder. Fuego may want to invest in an orange arm sling this point. Fuego comes back the usual Fuego way. Sangre goes a long distance on Fantasma's monkey flips. No Sagrado turn, instead Fuego comes back in, takes Puma's two kick combo, and Puma goes out with a tope con giro on Fantasma (who'd given Sangre a quebradora.) Virus and Sagrado in now, Sagrado drops Virus by the corner, corner springboard moonsault eats boots, Virus covers for three. Fuego jumps into Sangre counter dropkick for the other pin.

3: Puma kicks Fuego around inside, and swings him into the barricade on the outside. Sagrado takes kicks to the leg. Sangre gets in his low blow dropkick on Fantasma, and Puma gets in his dropkick to the back side on the técnico. Fuego top rope back flips over a double clothesline to start the comeback. All three rudos are sent out, but only Fantasma does a tope while the other two técnicos hang out in the ring. Sangre and Puma come in to take care of them, but are both quickly beat by 'ranas. Fuego is way too excited to win this match

Match 4: Ángel de Oro, Atlantis ©, Máximo vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto ©, Pólvora
Arena Mexico, 02/19/2013

  1. rudos

  2. técnicos
  3. técnicos

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 14:16
Rating: ok
Notes: Referee is Tirantes.

1: Pólvora tries to hold onto Angel de Oro while Oro rolls and flips around to escape armbars to start. Máximo messes with Dragon Rojo. Rudos cheap shot Atlantis immediately to start the beatdown. Rudos spread apart, choking and mask pulling two of the técnicos while Rojo is left with Angel de Oro. This seem fraught for disaster, but Rojo keeps it together. Corner clotheslines set up Rojo's low blow dropkick and that's the finish. Crowd entertains themselves by cheering for a kiss between falls.

2: Generic single man on man beatdown. Rojo goes for Atlantis' mask. Should he still be angry about Atlantis leaving the Guerreros? Dragon Rojo left the Guerreros too! Atlantis and Mephisto screw up a whip reversal, Atlantis lands a quebradora, other técnicos dropkick other rudos, double topes by them and roll up by Atlantis for the pin. Máximo slowly chases Mephisto for that kiss.

3: Tecnico brawling/mask pull revenge before everyone heads to the corner. Máximo does not get to kiss Mephisto yet, but does headscissors him out. Atlantis gets the best of Pólvora and Dragon Rojo, who are so slow they don't even bother completely a friendly fire spot. Quebradoras for everyone. Mephisto kicks Atlantis before he can tag out, and takes a quebradora. Angel de Oro and Polvora's face slap battle next the most exciting part of the match so far. Oro comes back with the kip superkick on Pólvora, then a backwards roll into a headscissors on Mephisto. Dragon Rojo planchas and dropkicks Oro to stop him. Máximo makes his own comeback on the rudos, Mephisto kicks him, Atlantis dropkicks him out, and Oro follows with his moonsault out. Máximo kisses both the other rudos, and that's the match.

CMLL History Capsule: Rudy Blancante, the referee for the Black Shadow/El Santo mask match.

Stellar Moments

Triunfo: Pegasso 450 splash on Bobby Zavala

Combinacion: Angel de Oro moonsault onto Mephisto, Valiente Special onto Averno, Namajague foul on Stuka.

Rudo: Dragon Rojo Jr. Dragon Bomb on Hijo del Fantasma

Admirable: Brazo de Plata top rope splash on all the rudos.

Sensacional: Sombra springboard imploding tope con giro on Volador.

Match 5: Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Arena Mexico, 02/19/2013

  1. técnicos

  2. rudos
  3. técnicos

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 10:10
Rating: eh
Notes: Rey Escorpion has his new belt and a mask. No Zacarias! It's nearly 5 minutes in before the match starts, and this isn't that long of a file. Referee is Pompin, who doesn't seem to get main events often.

1: Rey Escorpion and Diamante Azul start with minor stuff. Negro stays in with Panther as little as possible before tagging in Felino, but comes back into headbutt Panther and sends him into the técnico corner for a tag to Porky. Rudos try double suplexing Porky, can't get it, and the técnicos step in for a 3 on 2 suplex. Azul starts to cover Rey Escorpion, then stops so Negro can run into Porky and get splatted, then pins for the fall.

Edecan interview here too. Not that this match holds much promise outside the Panther/Negro match up, but it's not much of a main event.

2: Panther and Casas do have that fight here, but again only for about 15 seconds before Felino's brought in and others are not far behind. Felino's flattened by a Porky splash, but the rudos get it together after that. Drop toe hold/legdrop for Azul. Lots of kicks for Panther. Negro submits him for the fall, then holds on a little loner, and Felino adds his own armscissors.

3: Rudos are in control until they're suddenly not, Porky hiptossing Escorpion around and backdropping him all the way to the floor. Azul goes 1 on 2 on the Casas brothers until Escorpion comes back in for armdrags and quebradoras. Azul topes Escorpion, which means no one's neck is being broken tonight. Other four in, one more Porky's splash, and they're done.

Announcers hype Sangre Nueva for next week.