CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-11


Mercurio slide


taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis: Not a super match, but easily better than the average women’s match from a few weeks ago. Very much a match to have a match, but a competent one (in front of a small and quiet crowd.) Amapola really wiped out Silueta on the after the second fall Devil’s Wings, and Silueta’s springboard splash in the third fall look good. Finish came really quick after the comeback – actually, they were basically the same thing – and that comeback didn’t get off to the strongest start.

triple dive!

taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Mexico
Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match: A good first half of a cibernetico that fell apart near the end due to the body count. All three final guys ended up messed up. Astral is covered here. Eléctrico getting knocked silly by Demus sticks out on the rewatch (as does some behavior indicating how groggy he was) and Pierrothito was clearly in pain after Electrico’s elimination. It’s too bad, because they were having one of the better minis matches before everything starting going wrong. The pre-elimination section and the first few were all pretty good, as well as the short psuedo-tag portion with Demus/Pierrothito vs Eléctrico/Astral. Hope they get another chance at something like this.

barrier 1, Dragoncito 0

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-04


Caveman are weird


taped 2013-12-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Nitro, Nosferatu: The back of Esfinge’s trunks – replacing Fuego, my results were wrong – say “Kiss Me.” Camorra would approve. He was fine here until part of the third fall. Most of that was with Nosferatu, so he gets a pass. Barbaro again came of as charismatic and worked well with Triton. That seems good, since they’ll probably work with each other 200 times if Barbaro gets called up soon. Gallo versus the Tuareg seemed like a good idea until they both fell over each other for the finish.

one dive catch slightly better than the other

taped 2013-12-29 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Pierroth: Máximo selling Pierroth’s Body Slam like death was a high point of this match. The Mije splash seems more devastating. Once upon a time, Super Porky went to AAA with the idea he’d be doing comedy matches, never did many comedy matches, and is now in CMLL doing comedy matches with a guy from AAA. This didn’t interest me, but the crowd enjoyed it and they’d have something with Kraneo & Porky if it was a decade ago and a lot of pounds less. Porky was gassed by the end of this.



Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs La Máscara, Shocker, Volador Jr.: Note this really great women’s title match did not air on this show; they aired these three matches and gave that a 30 second video package. (Which is more than usually do for other matches.) Not that his match got much time; it was cut down from a short match to begin with, but it’s not a match that had a reason to air and one where they had edit out some of Shocker’s misadventures. (This was not a good night for him.) Volador & Negro had a kick battle in the second, but really didn’t feud as much as expected given where they were and where they were going.


Marcela Driver.

Marcela vs Princesa Sugheit for the CMLL World Women’s Championship: (So I decided to recap it anyway) GREAT. Best women’s match of the year on the last show of the year. They did more in the first than usual; they did a lot of the third fall near fall spots, which mean the third fall was full of variety with other stuff. It also wasn’t really a match full of dives; they did lots of holds and reversals. Sugheit still kicked a lot, but seemed multidimensional compared to her last big title match with Estrellita, and having her fight off one of two of Marcela’s trademark spots made this feel more unpredictable.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-28


Triton Special


taped 2013-12-17 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Gallo, Tritón vs Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura: Rapid sub ten minute match that was OK for the time. Crowd shot editing made it looks like Gallo blew his finish in the second fall, but it seemed fine in the replay. Raziel made a strong save on Triton’s moonsault, which did not go as far as either guy was expecting at first.

TRT Superbomb

taped 2013-12-22 @ Arena Mexico
Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys: Standard semimain with the técnicos focused on more. Rey Bucanero looked hesitant at times in this return match, but still took Atlantis’ monkey flips. They seem to know they have something in Titan versus Terrible because they make sure to do it whenever they’re matched up. It’s really the usual minis técnico/rudo size dynamic with regular sized guys. Mascara was able to name all the members of TRT off the top of his head, one of the more impressive things he’s ever done.


Zacarias headscissors!

Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas: A good and very heated match. I don’t know how Negro Casas didn’t break himself in half for all time with the messed up sunset flip spot. I loved Negro using Volador’s hoodie against him, the parts with Zacarias were good, but mostly it just felt like they were having a fight for lots of this. Crowd was way into this, and Volador did get them back from totally booing him at first. Casas never just wins via foul, he wins via doing something to put the ref out of position and then fouling. It makes it feel more like he had a plan than he looked into a mistake.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-21


Navarro wins


taped 2013-12-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sagrado, Solar I, Stuka Jr. vs Negro Navarro, Olímpico, Psyco Ripper: good different style match. The CMLL regulars aren’t the first four guys you’d choice for a match of this kind, but they did okay here. Olímpico and Sagrado did a little better than the other two. Solar and Navarro seemed to be working faster than usual, with Solar never really getting on a hold for too long except for the first fall submission; maybe because it was a TV match and they didn’t have as much time to work with? Match wasn’t money throwing in good, but they’ve successfully trained the people that they’re supposed to throw in money every time Solar and Negro Navarro have a match.

Casas sneakiness

taped 2013-12-15 @ Arena Mexico

Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero in a lightning match: decent lightning match. Cancerbero is good, Halcón has good matches, and these two have faced each other in trios a decent amount, but they didn’t have much of a flow in this match and it wasn’t as interesting as it should be. Nothing bad, but easily skippable.

Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Pierroth: Build up trios match with little value in isolation. Just really Negro Casas attacking Volador’s right knee repeatedly while the other four guys exist (if sometimes barely.) It would be a good way to make Volador sympathetic if anyone was willing to boo Negro Casas. They probably should stop whipping Volador when he’s meant to be selling his knee, but he did do his dive on his own so I guess it’s not so important. Next week’s match should be interesting, this really wasn’t.

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


Astral is too heavy?


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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