CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-22


Super Comando versus the buckle


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.

Polvora celebrates too soon

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.


Zacarias runs to escape Rush’s wrath

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.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-15


Sky Kid & Smaker

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.

poor Super Comando

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.

Puma and Cometa are good together!

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22


Mistico tope con giro


taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Much more a 3 versus 3 match than Stigma & Camorra feuding, though they still went with the feud in the end. Camorra was better than last week in that I didn’t notice him much at all; best for the match, probably not great for getting me to care about this match. This was a shorter match without a lot of individual highlights but Triton’s usual dive in the third floor looked great.

SUPER Polvora Driver

taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena México
Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Fine enough match, significantly better than I thought it would be after the previous week’s disaster finish, and proof of Polvora’s magical singles matches powers, but not something particularly memorable. Crowd wasn’t as into the match as they have been for the Titan singles matches or the Volador ones. They’ve really cut down with this Místico is allowed to do – headscissors, armdrags, cradles and dives. It wears a bit thin on longer matches, which they tried to fix by editing down this match. I didn’t see the live version, but the edits seemed mostly speeding up the match by removing the rest breaks and not taking out action. Not sure why they kept going to a crowd hot of people chanting for Pólvora for that, though.


knockout punch

Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila: Of course they didn’t edit out the finish. Of course they showed many replays. CMLL TV editing is not so great at making their luchadors look like stars. They did show Marco talking about in the post match interview, and Porky and Volador recovered for it quickly. Rest of the match was an easy half comedy match that seemed to amuse the crowd and was nothing much to write about. Marco’s punch on Aguila (and Aguila’s spin sell of it) looked great.


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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-15




taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Camorra inexplicable has been pushed harder after his mask loss, and so it’s a chance to prove to everyone he should’ve gotten a chance previously. He’s not taken advantage of that opportunity. He was bad here, bad in the first fall, bad in screwing up the comeback spot in the second fall, and only not bad in the third fall because they didn’t give him much to do. There was a normal tercera around his inabilities. This match also featured one of convoluted applications of the Tag Rules in quite some time, as Triton was not allowed to just roll out for tag (?) so Sangre Azteca just whipped him into a slide out instead. Triton, who seems to be on all these Guadalajara bonus matches but doesn’t win many of them, did look nice in his ocean colored outfit. That’s all I got of this match. This really didn’t near to air – the main event from Coliseo had it’s own screwed up spots, but at least that one was heading somewhere.

Camorra forgets he’s in a lucha libre match
surprise spear is still cool

taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo
Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship: This was a good match but disappointing live and still disappointing on TV. Delta got harsh reviews during the live broadcast, but didn’t look as bad this time thru – because they did a lot of editing, especially in the third fall. (What is reality?) The one take home from this is Puma seemed to be hurt even before we noticed on the broadcast; he was shaking his arm like something was wrong on the failed clothesline over the top on Maya before his dive. Maybe he strained it trying to get Maya over, or maybe it was even something bugging him coming thru. They did get in a lot of the tag spots they were doing in the lead up trios, but I would’ve expected more than the lead up trios in the title match itself, and Puma limited himself to kicks and chops in between. Finish came off as bland – Delta did a move, got a two count, did another move, won. It doesn’t need to be back and forth but it does need to be fought for more to feel dramatic. CMLL’s done a lot of rematches for this title and I hope these two teams get another shot at it soon.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-08


Maya surprise spear is a great addition


taped 2014-01-28 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo vs Arkángel de la Muerte: Perfectly OK match which I’ll have no memory of this time next week. Match was a bit better with Arkangel in control, and could’ve used Gallo to show some more personality or identifiable characteristic. He came off as an OK luchador but not a remarkable one. Using a generic CMLL big match nearfall/finish spot for the finish didn’t help in this case.


taped 2014-02-02 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger: This rematch wasn’t that much less than last week’s match, but the crowd was very less into it this time. There was more of a focus on the tag teams to set up that feud and the crowd did perk up when Atlantis & Negro were in to end it, but event that wasn’t as hot as last week. This match did still feature a lot of neat tag team spots between the two teams and the stage seems set for a really fun match between them next week.


Valiente Special

La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: A match with some exciting moments and sometimes some crowd reactions, but this again wasn’t a crowd that was very into the show. The two triple dive bits were very exciting, and the rudos worked had for the técnicos before getting the win. Sombra seemed well in the background on this one, which is weird for him.

triple dive

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-01


surprise spear!


taped 2014-01-21 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Gallo, Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Nosferatu: They’ve turned the lights way down in Guadalajara as well, which often makes it look like the arena is much more empty. First fall went verylong and didn’t leave much for the other two; Gallo didn’t get a lot in outside of the surprise second fall win and being fouled in the third. The match was built around Arkangel and Gallo feuding, so hopefully that means someone’s thought to air their match next week.

Polvora somehow found an empty seat!

taped 2014-01-26 @ Arena Coliseo
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: GREAT. Championship level match between these two teams, where the titles just happened to not be on the line. Everyone was on, everything went right, and the tecnicos looked spectacular. Crowd was far more receptive to the técnicos (even if they were chanting meaning things at Místico at first), and CMLL would generally feel like they were a much stronger promotion if they ran more DF events in Arena Coliseo. (Or a more full Arena Mexico.) It’s going to take some time to get to used to Kickboxer Dragon Rojo.


triple dive

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger: GREAT and a high level great one. It’s conceivable they could do this match better and they’re obviously getting more tries at it, but this was as great a way to start a feud together. Crowd was totally into it, desperately wanting to see Atlantis versus Negro and well into Puma & Tiger vs Delta & Guerrero Maya. Either of those matches (or other matches) would seem like a big deal later on. The crowd wants to cheer Negro Casas, but he and his nephews were just despicable enough to get the fans to actually turn on him. That’s a major achievement in 2014. Everything looked sharp and felt serious. Atlantis is limited in what he can do, but he does righteous anger really well.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-25


Pollito dropkick


taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Virus: An average match with a few things not working right. Gran Guerrero has been scaled way back – only one DF match in November and December, and looking like none in January as I write this – and he still needs to improve more before he comes back. Gran Guerrero trying to do his finisher on Gallo was a good demonstration of why Gran Guerrero needs a different finisher. Triton didn’t have a good night, and was off in the second fall; he was grabbing his ribs like he was hurt, but I didn’t catch an injury. Felino won in one fall he wasn’t supposed to and another by just sitting down, so it was that kind of night.

Mr. Aguila

taped 2014-01-19 @ Arena Coliseo
Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper: A match where Valiente & Mr. Aguila both failed walking the ropes within 20 seconds. One of those may have been comedy, but it didn’t look good. Kraneo looked unsure of how to beat Blue Panther without Mije around. Maybe that was just me. Third fall closed well but there was a not a lot in this one.


Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Two guys who are sort of limited but still over with the crowd making their way thru a three fall match. This one might have worked better with one. It definitely would’ve have worked with a smoother finish. I don’t know what was supposed to happen after Niebla pulled Atlantis mask, but it didn’t quite happen. Match was otherwise about what you’d expect it to be.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-18


Superkick freeze power


taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura: So much cheating by the técnicos; Pollito breaks up Zavala’s pinfall, then Gallo uses the ropes to beat the rudo. Boby was fun begging off from Gallo in an otherwise ordinary match. Strange decision to air this match; the double hair match was limited to a quick video package (and the segunda was more interesting for other reasons.)

Atlantis takes out the Niebla

taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Mexico
Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger: a sudden pinfall showcase, and a match to have a match. It’s nice to see TRT actually beat a random collection of técnicos, that doesn’t seem to happen a lot. Tiger worked with Panther a lot here, but their bigger feud wasn’t played up on.

Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: These were three short matches, and a long bit of showing the entrances. Niebla sure went a long way to forearm Atlantis in the back. This match was build up to next week’s singles match, and not a lot more. Niebla/Atlantis seem game, but there wasn’t enough here to make this particular match attractive. This is an unusual complaint, but there was not enough La Mascara in this match; he should’ve taken things over for the técnico side more, since Porky was looking really tired and Atlantis was tied up with Niebla for most of the match. Instead, Mascara was half sitting this one out and slow wrestling “action” ensued.

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