CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-14

 

Astral is too heavy?

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taped 2013-12-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior: Usual unappealing minis match including the routinely appallingly bad moments. End of the second fall was a trainwreck, if the train was first lit on fire. There were three different champions in this match, which no one would’ve known if JCR hadn’t pointed them all out. It’s a credit to JCR for being able to remember but doesn’t much to the point of those championship. I have no idea why this aired, but I’m starting to believe they decide on the GDL match without ever seeing the tape.

almost!

taped 2013-12-08 @ Arena Mexico
Máscara Dorada, Thunder, Valiente vs Averno, Euforia, Tama Tonga: usual midcard okay match with nothing going on. Rudos spent more energy on working with for the tecnicos than for themselves (and the middle rudo fall dragged as a bit). Thunder was not horrible but was not good. Dorada and Valiente got in moments.

 

their work did generally get better later on

Máximo, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Volador & Negro’s names were pulled out of the hat, and so they’re feuding. The Volador técnico turn has been so tremendously lacking and now they’re matching him against the most cheered rudo left. Maybe they’ll have a fun time with it but it’s not actually a way to get someone over. Match was okay but nothing extraordinary (outside of Niebla & Zacarias’ outfit) and I thought the finish sequence looked poor.
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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-07

 

Titan versus gravity

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taped 2013-11-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sagrado, Starman, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: A perfectly fine Guadalajara match. Nothing you need to go out of you see, but one of the better Guadalajara matches they’ve aired since coming back – everyone was working hard, and the Cancerberos are really good when they’re working hard. This was more a showcase for them than the técnicos, and they showed off with some good matwork in the first match (Raziel) and neat finish in the third (Cancerbero.)

body surf tope

taped 2013-12-01 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo, Mistico, Thunder vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Not good. They tried to limit Thunder to doing almost nothing, and he still seemed to mess that up. Máximo versus Pesta Negra is over familiar and there was nothing remarkable about the Místico stuff. The post match promo – which didn’t air, because CMLL – teased Thunder versus Niebla in a singles match but they clearly don’t even trust him in a trios.

 

one more time with feeling

Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship: EXCELLENT. A strong storytelling match, the rarest possible match in CMLL (but not so rare when Averno’s involved.) Titan looked like a valiant técnico who kept surviving against all odds, but Averno also looked tough. It was a surprise rollup finish that felt like a real surprise (not a spot they did just because they always do that spot), and opened the door for a lot more rematches. The match before it was go-d too, with Titan getting in enough of his regular stuff, but not forcing it all in (no Titanics, no need for it) and Averno breaking up a usual Titan move to turn around the match. Everything they tried worked, and Titan was trying some tricky stuff. Titan may be the best programmed luchador in CMLL this year (Rey Escorpion or Rush might be close) and this helped his continued rise.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-30

 

Comandante finds the pool empty

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taped 2013-11-19 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany: a better than usual women’s match. Comandante is a better luchadora than some of the ones who seem to work regularly; she was fun against Silueta here. Goya did more than her usual comedy (even though she was way over the moment she got in the ring.) Everything seemed to go the way it was supposed to and the finish was good. Not an extraordinary match but no problems.

Goya as rhinoceros

taped 2013-11-24 @ Arena Mexico
Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Sagrado, Thunder: Typical CMLL filler match to have a match. I don’t think there’s ever a point to Thunder, but I’m not sure why you still use him when he’s not getting better and he’s losing to the likes of Felino clean. That’s not how you’d use a star in the making, and there’s no point in having Thunder be just a guy when he’s not any good.

Diamante Azul tope

Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: felt like it dragged for the first half, and shifted up many gears after the comeback. That part was exciting and there were moments earlier (like the powerbomb) on the outside which built to Averno/titan well, but it didn’t feel like a complete match in itself. Title match should be a lot of fun. Titan’s popularity – as a pure técnico in 2013 CMLL – is amazing.

Averno powerbombs Titan on the ramp

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-23

Zavala counter dropkick

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taped 2013-11-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Pegasso, Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus: One of the better Guadalajara matches since they started showing them again. They got time, they had a group of guys who knew what they were doing and they were motivated to have a good match (the last part was the most surprising.) Sangre in particular was more into the match than he seems at other times, and everyone was really solid. Finish was a bit off but the action in the third fall which lead up to it was fun.

Dark Angel knee smash

taped 2013-11-17 @ Arena Mexico
Dark Angel vs Dalys in a lightning match: Possibly Dalys’ best match ever? Dark Angel was really good in her return, but they also did a good job of having Dalys doing what she does best (the kicks!) and not doing the stuff she struggles with (a lot of the moves she was doing as a técnica!) Dalys also seems to scream less as a ruda, which is much more palatable. Everything seemed to go well, or at least was afraid to look good while they were working, and the finish came at a good time. This is a match they both should be very happy with.

 

best & last Brillo Cometa of 2014

Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Thunder vs Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.: Shorter than usual Thunder/Porky match where the more interesting story was the Rey Cometa injury. Cometa was protecting his wrist before he even tagged in for the first time. He’s done his best storytelling job as a luchador ever if CMLL really believes he was hurt in Arena Mexico (though I guess it’s slightly possible he could’ve made it worse on the dive.) It’s too bad because this is an even higher mix of guys than usual for Cometa and the slight Volador/Cometa and Niebla Roja/Cometa matchups seemed very interesting.

 

almost got ‘em

La Sombra, Titán, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: Another short match which didn’t have enough time to develop into much more than then abbreviated version of the usual spots. Even the Averno/Titan issue didn’t get a lot more than the finish, at least in this version of the match. The timing of the finish was good – it was the rare surprise sudden ending which worked.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-16

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weird how the rudos always try to Shocker after his stunner and it never works

taped 2013-11-05 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
La Máscara, Rush, Shocker vs Tama Tonga, Terrible, Vangellys:  Build up trios, maybe a little less than a usual Sunday main event. Terrible and Rush should be fun if they air here, but there was nothing special for it in this match. It’s good that Shocker’s already over.

worst faked foul

taped 2013-11-10 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis, Blue Panther, Super Porky vs Niebla Roja, Pierroth, Tama Tonga:  a Super Porky special, with everyone else taking it very easy. Crowd was happy with this match but it was not much on Terra or when it aired on TV. Mephisto exerted more energy in the post match promo than in the match.

 

Valiente Special

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero: These matches were not interesting matches when they aired on the internet and didn’t become more interesting with a 52MX channel bug. Routine matches, in that they did (part of) their routines and got out. Very tedious show to get thru; no one produces more shows than CMLL, and no one produces more boring ones.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-02

appeared to be an armdrag

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not totally sure what this was.

taped 2013-10-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Black Metal, Esfinge, Leo vs Espectrum, Hooligan, Nitro: In a world where CMLL was actually bringing Leo to Mexico City soon (instead of just something invented by the announcers to kill time), why would you air a match where Leo is so bad? CMLL airs hours and hours of TV, but they also have hours and hours more – why is picking the good stuff hard? Leo did look bad, but Nitro was also not in a mood to help him out at all. Everyone else was in shouting distance of alright but nothing memorable.

no one gets destroyed like Namajague

taped 2013-10-27 @ Arena Mexico
Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Namajague, Puma, Tiger: Very good, borderline great. A really fun trios match for something only two falls and note exceedingly long.) Under the circumstances, they actually built stronger to a Namajague/Maya singles match than the actual tag match, but both are good ideas. Atlantis was surprisingly good working against Tiger and Puma and Delta were good as well. There were definitely places that could’ve been cleaned up – not sure what the German suplex near the end was supposed to be – but overall a pretty fun time.

 

Mistico always goes straight up on backcrackers.

Mistico, Rush, Titán vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.: Good booking for next week, although Mephisto and Titan actually had more rough spots than every other combination. Still, Titan looked very strong in the end here; someone’s working hard to make him look good. The surprise sudden turnaround is done too much (because there’s three falls), but the dropkick a seated guy off the apron bit that set it up here in the second fall is also way over exposed and never looks that good. It doesn’t seem like an easier bump, and it’s not really a more impressive one at this point.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-26

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Rudas plan needed some work.

taped 2013-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: Only aired because everyone was on auto pilot. Not a good match, not really interesting in anyway. Between the rest of CMLL’s Sunday show and the Guadalajara one, there surely were more interesting matches to be had, but what we had was a lackadaisical luchadora match.

Valiente crushes Ultimo Guerrero

taped 2013-10-20 @ Arena Coliseo
Valiente vs Último Guerrero: Straight up Ultimo Guerrero match, with Valiente plugged into the opponent spot. He did fine and the crowd was into him but it really wasn’t about him. There’s been a lot less singles UG matches of late and it’s been a pleasant change. UG still has no plans of changing how he does singles matches – not even the order of the moves in the third fall – so at least they’re giving chances to other people instead of doing these. This seemed a little longer and little better live, but neither version is worth going out of your way to see.

 

can’t believe this didn’t work!

Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: This seems like a real match live, but was edited down to not be much of one for the first two falls and then total autopilot for most the last two falls. I guess it was enough, but it was also very nothing special.. Crowd cheering more for Mascara than Sombra is feels so wrong but happened here. Unclear if there was a plan for a Mephisto/Mascara match the following week which got scuttled, or if this was just usual a CMLL random finish.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-19

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It’s tough being Triton

taped 2013-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: High energy match with some occasional flaws. Triton and Sagrado had typical moments of things going not there way, but there was still enough here to make it worthwhile. Rudos are fun when Tiger & Puma are clicking.

 

 

 

Niebla Roja is a braver man than me

taped 2013-10-13 @ Arena Coliseo
Mistico, Thunder, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero: build up match for Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero with not a lot to that feud. Valiente brought the emotion, at least. And the tope. Niebla Roja got stuck working with Thunder and barely lived to tell the tale.

 

Valiente crushes UG

Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr.: Standard main event with no surprises. Just a standard Sunday main event. Volador is still way over but the crowd will still chant for Máximo to kiss him.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-12

Astral & Olimpico take out the champ

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Sacrifica Maya

taped 2013-10-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia: a much more solid match for the técnicos than their recent (at the time) Arena Mexico appearance – Astral wasn’t missing things by a foot this time. Pequeño Violencia, on the other hand, didn’t look good and did not seem much into the match. Olímpico was fine and the match was generally the same, getting better in the end

Guerrero Maya straight on tope

taped 2013-10-06 @ Arena Mexico

Virus ringpost armdrag

Virus vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship: EXCELLENT – the best testament to the quality of this match is how people reacted to the Guerrero/Malenko cradle reversal spot. An overdone cliché spot that never ends a match, got people to believe it might actually end that way. (Since a hold no one was expected actually did it, the people probably should’ve expected it!) All three falls were great fun and built on top of each other well. The first two falls were as much a fight as a Rush match, just a fight over skill rather than force, and they both beautifully built into the finish. The third fall was more like a normal CMLL big match, thought his one had runs of offense and guys in trouble for minutes only to rally back (and a lot more than move and a kickout.) They even brought back the finish of the previous match from two years ago as a near fall, which I don’t even know if most people who saw this remembered but really worked well if you did. They did everything right here. This is one of the best matches of the year.

GANADOR: Virus

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