taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
taped 2014-04-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Leo vs Camorra for the hair: Best match of their feud. Match in their feud with the fewest springboards. These are not coincidences. Leo is not an agile flying guy but can do a good tope and can do near falls, so that’s what they did. This is not near as good Stigma/Camorra and Camorra does not have Pólvora like super powers, but this was better than I thought it would be based on the feud leading up to it. The finish is so random, the crowd is still to busy chanting at each other to notice at first, and then don’t react much when it’s made clear. They worked a storyline about Leo having an injured shoulder early on, but kind of abandoned it until it’s supposed to play into the finish. Like the match, it doesn’t quite work. I have no better understanding of why this feud happened after watching it.
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Watched this via the Terra recording, drove myself mad with the sound slowly drifting apart from the video. There was a match underneath that, which seemed more active and varied than their match in this same building a few months ago. We’re still in the moment where 51 year old Atlantis can have good 10-12 minute singles matches, but CMLL doesn’t seem in a hurry to have the ones that they really need to have before that time runs out. This particular match was Atlantis’ usual classic moves, a couple dives, and a little bit of Niebla goofiness, though less than you’d expect – he took it more seriously than usual. The finish is pretty definitive and seems like an end to this feud for now, which means they’ll be back at it someplace else by the time you read this.
Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Acero, Pequeño Halcón, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito, Último Dragoncito, Fantasy in a cage match, loser loses mask: If you’re in a cage match, and someone’s trying to be the first person to leave, and you’re the only person there to stop them, why are you stopping them? You only really win a cage match by escaping, so as long as you’re pretty sure you’re not going to be the last person left by letting someone go, let them go and worry about yourself. The only time you should be thinking about stopping people from escaping is if you really hate them enough to want to finish it with them, or if you’ll be stuck in the final if they escape. These are the things I think about when lucha libre makes me watch too many pointless cage matches in a short time. (Also, the climb over the top part as elimination bit is still not as dramatic as touching the floor. At least CMLL came up with the last two having to finish like a real match.) As usual, match improves when there are less people in it, which makes you wonder why all all those people who were so unnecessary that they quit the match a dozen minutes before it ended were ever in the match to start with. Nitro blowing his own escape was a delight. Eléctrico may want to consider wearing pants which aren’t easily pulled down the next time he’s in a cage match – or maybe he doesn’t want to consider that. Final match between Astral and Pequeño Halcón was not as rough as it sounded on paper, more like an intense lightning match than might be feared.
taped 2014-03-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura: The problem with pushing Leo as a young upcoming técnico is Leo does not appear to be much good at this point in his career. He is young, maybe he’ll get there, but Camorra also isn’t a guy who is going to cover his mistakes. The good part of this feud is it’s hair feud between two people who have hair. The not-good part of this feud is everything else. It’s not horrendous, but it’s strange it’s even happening. Same thing for this match. Sadico lost his mohawk and was a little better last week, but came off as more interesting than his fellow Guadalajara youngster.
taped 2014-03-30 @ Arena Coliseo
Fuego vs Ephesto in a lightning match: This show aired four matches this week because it was important to show Fuego, who has a whole elaborate dance routine (occasionally with back up dancers!) that’s made him more interesting to the general public, losing to going nowhere Ephesto. This is the best example of the random carelessness which most CMLL booking decisions are made. Speaking of random, this match had Ephesto use his big shoulderbreaker on Fuego, walk to the apron, put his hand on the top rope, and hurry back into pin. I have no idea why. Match was turning taking for the most part, though Fuego did get in a lot of dives before his eventual loss.
Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys: Clipped down low stakes trios match where Titan was still flipping around. And so he got beat too. This was a big whatever. No one looked bad, nothing you need to see.
Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión: Atlantis/Niebla build up for the following week’s trios matches, which pretty much follows the same formula. Rudos attack but Atlantis rallies back to win the first fall anyway, then Niebla wins the second fall with a splash. Third fall is the only different (and some of what happens in between the finishes.) Máximo and Rey Escorpion brought up their feud and Negro Casas and Marco Corleone have an established routine and that’s what this was.
taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura: Sadico, as lesser Guadalajara Eterno, was more interesting than Leo in the battle of random Guadalajara youngsters. I couldn’t tell why the Camorra/Leo feud was happening based on the results and I’m even less sure watching the matches. Referee had no idea what Okumura was doing at the end; neither did I.
aped 2014-03-23 @ Arena Coliseo
La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper: Lots of Super Porky comedy, not a lot of much else. Sombra seemed to exert more energy reacting to things from the apron than actually wrestling for portions of this match. Ripper lost by failed bodyslam, is supposed to be someone on Volador’s level. Olímpico is still so upset about Sombra unmasking him that as soon as they got in together in the third fall, Olímpico just went to pose. That unmasking was just a thing that happened, much like this match.
Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: Straight build up to a hair match which may eventually be happening. Escorpion & Máximo feuding left two of the smaller rudos fighting two of the taller técnicos, not a great mix for action for the first two falls. It got better in the third fall and was probably the best match on the show, but it was not a memorable show.
taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship: Disappointing. Sky Kid and Smaker came off as over rehearsed and slow. It really stuck out when they only half tried at teasing their first dives, instead going to their alternative positions, counter a counter Artillero & Super Comando hadn’t fully tried yet. They knew what spots they wanted to do but couldn’t pull it together as a match, and I’ve never seen a high flying team be so slow climbing the ropes in general. Artillero & Super Comando didn’t bring much special to the occasion, outside of Comando’s big bump at the end, and the match was missing any sort of intensity.
taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja: Cut down for time, including Marco somehow going from holding Niebla’s legs to punching Kraneo in the face over a camera switch. There wasn’t a lot of Casas/Rush here to begin with, and the only extended in ring period is the end of the third fall (which also ends suddenly.) The other four guys are fine, but nothing much to write about the match. We need the Kraneo/Marco lightning match some day.
Volador Jr. vs Ripper: Also cut down for TV, though the full one wasn’t much better. Ripped isn’t the best choice for a ‘my move your move’ exhibition, and that bit works better when people think both guys might win. (Ripper needed to cheat a lot more, it would’ve helped.) They didn’t screw up anything, but they weren’t interesting. The crowd came off as more into it very late live than they did on TV.
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid, Smaker, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Súper Comando: Fun match, better than expected given the newness off most of the participants. Might have been great if they had more time to do a bit more, but still really good and sets up an exciting tag title match. Sky Kid and Smaker looked a lot more steady than previous appearances. Super Comando is vastly underutilized but had a chance to look good here and did. Maybe the best Akuma’s look took, because he was an efficient cog in the rudo war machine. Akuma had a quick trigger in the second fall; he submitted before Star Boy could even finish the hold. Third fall finish was a very sudden change of momentum.
taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Coliseo
Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Fun midcard match, with Cometa & Delta doing the athletic stuff and Porky being integrated into the match well. Rudos looked good, and Cometa was impressive in reversing Puma’s finisher at the end. Brazo de Plata is the only one who gets an apology from Bestia Negra when he refuses to count for other people being in the ring. Cometa dizzying himself on his own headscissors was hilarious, as was the rudos schoolboy tripping Porky over Tiger.
Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible: Standard build up trios match which wasn’t interesting much itself and was edited down in time quite a bit for TV (though not edited down enough to include any of the post match promo!) Reapper/Volador has just not been that compelling and finish was half screwed up. Volador’s headband, in the Escorpion/Cometa style, is at least better than his towel scarf. Bucanero & Valiente seemed to be having a battle over who could look in their finishing hold for longer.