CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 

LA Kamaitachi versus Rush Lee

Recapped: 06/08/2018

Matches: 

Oro Jr. & Star Jr. beat Cancerbero & Raziel
(15:25 [6:38, 4:00, 4:47], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Tiger, Virus beat Drone, Fuego, Tritón  
(14:21 [4:22, 3:24, 6:35], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán
(18:42 [4:11, 5:09, 9:22], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Hechicero beat Stuka Jr. in a lightning match
(8:28, Magia Negra, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
(13:32 [5:50, 2:06, 5:36], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(14:47 [5:24, 9:23], 1 DQ/2 DQ, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

This was great

This week’s main event went to straight fall disqualifications. Rush both fouled LA Park & attacked the referee in both falls, and unmasked LA Park after the match. Rush accepted the idea of a singles match, if CMLL was willing to make it, though LA Park still specifically wants a super libre match and still wants the mask versus hair match.

Rey Fenix made his CMLL debut and was strongly received by the fans with loud chants during and after the match.

Thoughts:

This was the least of the three LA Park/Rush matches so far. They were still pretty good, with LA Park’s spear/dive on Rush working great and the totally unexpected German suplex sequence. It was more the secondary players the issue. Terrible & Volador Jr. were in the background. I guess Hijo de LA Park & Pierroth were too, but their bad nights still stuck out. It made for a messy match, with Hijo de LA Park looking like he didn’t belong in the main event this time. It’s not hurting this feud, but this is also not a feud that needs to be in trios matches for months. I hope they’re doing the singles match next week.

Fenix’s introduced to the serious and stable CMLL

CMLL introduced Rey Fenix first as the least important luchador. He was clearly the biggest star in the match on the end, drawing in people who wanted to see what he’d do in his Arena Mexico debut. Fenix delivered, with an outstanding run of signature offense that made him stand out even in a promotion full of flyers. The luchadors might have figured what the people who sorted the entrance order did not, giving Fenix the spotlight spot at the end of the third fall to wrestle all of the técnicos. Outside of one heel kick that didn’t quite hit, Fenix was sharp with everything and felt like the biggest deal on the show. The rudos worked well with him, and Mistico & Carístico had good nights too, but this was just Fenix’s night.

Hechicero/Stuka was the third most exciting of the three undercard matches, but it was still a good match. It wasn’t as high speed as the other ones, and the crowd just didn’t seem into it. They still had some good action and build spots on top of each other. Hechicero doesn’t do the plancha onto the ropes much and used it well here. His submission catch on the finish was well timed. Stuka’s moonsault looked good too.

oops!

The tercera was the better of the two undercard trios match, with bigger spots from the técnicos and a little bit more creativity on the finishes. I enjoyed the técnicos being dumped over the barricade so the NGD could 3 on 1 Titan to win the second fall. The timing on the third fall finish was superb. The NGD were good most of the match but slightly off on two of their bigger spots. Audaz remains great. I wish CMLL would cut back on the overhead camera shot so we could get a better sense of height on big moves. It looked like Audaz jumped impressively for his late headscissors but we couldn’t really tell.

This week’s Puma/Tiger never reached the heights of some of the previous matches but did maintain a solid level throughouht. Fuego was the smoothiest of the técnicos. Puma & Virus had pretty good nights, with Virus doing the usual low level cool things he always does. I’m surprised more people don’t try the ringpost armdrag because the move is so great.

Audaz is great

The opener was slightly better than usual. The técnicos didn’t get completely shut down, though it still felt like the rudos controlled a lot of match before they took the loss. Oro & Star had an error free match, which is the best case for the openers with these rudos involved. It’d be nice if we could just have a good opener though.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-01

Park (who grabs his thigh on both dives)

Recapped: 06/01/2018

Matches:

Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante 
(17:42 [9:24, 3:18, 5:00], 1/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura, Puma, Tiger beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa  
(14:15 [3:34, 2:20, 8:21], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat  Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. 
(13:23 [3:57, 4:55, 4:31], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero beat Ángel de Oro to keep the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(16:41, 2/3, great, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro reverse figure four with armbar (3:55)
  2. Cuatrero inverted bear hug (1:43)
  3. Cuatrero campana (11:03)

Carístico, Flyer, Mistico beat Forastero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(10:14 [3:33, 2:07, 4:34], 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(16:27 [2:12, 5:29, 8:46], 2/3 DQ, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Puma saw this one coming

The second fall of the main event was full of unseen fouls both ways, with the técnicos coming up on top. LA Park teased giving a martinete to Bestia at the end of the third fall (for an extended period of time waiting for the next spot), and Rush threw a backboard at him to cause the DQ. Rush threw the board at Edgar for the DQ too. LA Park asked Rush for a super libre match, with Rush blowing it off.

Thoughts:

This week wasn’t last week. The main event was still good, but not on the same epic level. The chaos was traded in for more fouls and some mic time. Hijo de LA Park wasn’t as good as Flyer (that double corner plancha spot took excruciating long to set up) and there wasn’t the same energy. It was still fun to see LA Park all over the place and Rush being loathsome, but it did came off as if it might not be a great idea to do these matches every week for the next 14 Fridays.

Angel de Oro

Semimain was the expected técnico showcase. There was enough there to make it worth checking out in an all star match kind of way, though it never came off all that big. I thought it was fun enough to be good, just nothing extraordinary. Flyer didn’t seem out of place, but also didn’t do enough stuff to separate himself from the other two guys. They gave him the last slot in the showcase and it still felt like he was either doing Volador spots or just in and out quick. It’s going to be hard for him to stick at the top level without adding more.

Angel de Oro & Cuatrero had a strong title match. This is the only feud that will have a bear hug reversal spot be a hot spot in 2018, and that wasn’t even the biggest reversal spot of the match. Poor Angel de Oro needs a new finisher after getting so defeated by his own one tonight. The match had solid action leading, the usual smoothness from Oro in his actions. Cuatrero still seems a better trios guy than a singles guy, but he did enough here to keep it interesting. The drama of the finish brought this up, though the Dos Leyendas match is obviously better.

Forastero dropkick

The tercera had no life outside of the Soberano/Hechicero exchanges. They’re pretty good together. Rey Bucanero and Shocker were their usual selves, and Panther Jr. & Roja aren’t nearly good enough to make them worthwhile. The crowd made little noise during this match, and the participants didn’t seem to mind.

Rey Cometa & Puma had some really great exchanges in the segunda. They managed to be a little bit inventive and surprising despite having fought so many times. Everyone else was a notch or so behind, and this didn’t have the speed or excitement of past weeks. It wasn’t bad, but it was a more normal Friday segunda than one where they were allowed to go all out.

I spent the first half of the opener trying to get the YouTube stream to work right. That was more intense than this match, controlled with boring mat wrestling and uninteresting rudo domination. When they finally got around to doing things, it looked sloppy. Skip.

Flyer

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-25 

LA PARK

Recapped: 05/25/2018

Matches:

Cancerbero & Raziel beat Oro Jr. & Robin
(13:17 [6:03, 3:32, 3:42], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Puma, Tiger beat Drone, El Audaz, Fuego 
(14:09 [3:52, 2:41, 7:36], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Cometa went to a time limit draw against Guerrero Maya Jr. in a lightning match
(10:00, time limit draw, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente
(12:53 [5:05, 1:54, 5:54], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, El Hijo De La Park, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(17:54 [6:30, 4:19, 7:05], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(25:55 [4:03, 6:59, 14:53], 1 COR/3, excellent, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

poor suitcase

Los Ingobernables came thru the crowd to attack La Familia Real. Rush & LA Park slightly went into the crowd. A wheeled suitcase sitting by the TV production area was used first by Rush, then utterly destroyed by LA Park. The Ibarra family won the first fall by a very quick countout. Terrible & Bestia beat Volador & Flyer in the second. A very long third fall came close to being stopped by Edgar multiple times. He was eventually taken out by a misaimed Rush middle rope senton. Rush fouled Park, but there was no ref to cover. Volador, who’d dived out of the ring moments early, ran back in from the back with a chair. He smacked Rush in the head with it, then in the side, then covered him for three. Both Rush & LA Park seemed interested in talking on the microphone post match, but the mics were kept from them.

Angel de Oro challenged Cuatrero to a title match next week.

Neither person was close to winning when the time limit draw happened. Guerrero Maya only realized time was just about up when he was standing on the apron to climb to the top rope for a move that wouldn’t work in time.

Thoughts: 

spear

LA Park & Rush was the same intense and mad fight of their previous encounters, an excellent match in a manner completely different from last week’s main event. It was so completely different that Flyer, Volador and the others didn’t really fit, and occasionally came off the guys just sort of in the way of the big stars. Rush & LA Park were so great that it didn’t matter, and it probably gave them some needed breaks. LA Park was on from the moment he came out the door. He had so many giant moments in this match, but even the smaller stuff like getting increasingly frustrated by the referee not letting him in the ring to get showed so much emotion. Park’s charisma can’t be duplicated but maybe people could still borrow his full trick. Rush fighs up to his competition, taking big bumps all over the place for LA Park and being energized by the moment. The finish and the nonsense worked perfectly for this occasion, and the crowd who turned up for this match got everything they wanted from it and more.

The semifinal underwhelmed a little bit while still being watchable. NGD were good if not doing as much team stuff as in other matches. Hijo de LA Park looked nervous and off in the early portion of his third falls showcase, and better off as it came to close. He needed a bit more to get over in his debut, but Soberano was going to be a bigger show and Angel de Oro had a match to set up. The crowd seemed to be over the flippy técnicos after the last match and weren’t really into it.

Maya to row 2

The fourth match was an average match and many nights lifted to something more because the crowd was so into Peste Negra. Mr. Niebla had a really good night, and the crowd was absurdly pro-Negro Casas. Titan looked the smoothest of the técnicos, but it wasn’t about them. This was the match that works really good for the live crowd and probably doesn’t hold up as a rewatch.

Time limit draws are getting a bit old here. Cometa & Maya at least had a pretty good fight leading into it, and clearly could’ve gone a lot longer without problem. Maya outpowering Rey Cometa was really good, that’s the kid of stuff Cometa sells well. Maya diving into the crowd was even better. They had to work to get people to care about a técnico/técnico match, which may have not been the best idea for a rudo leading audience, but they got it over in the end.

Puma has had enough of this

The segunda was iffy early, not smooth and moves off a little bit. It never got as good as some of the recent Puma/Tiger trios, but it did get much better. Audaz is amazing and I’m not even sure we’re seeing half of what he can do. His escapes are more watchable than most people’s moves. Both teams worked together for some nice sequences in the closing fall, including the fun dive train. Kawato still feels like the weak link in all of these, though Drone’s had more impressive moments as well.

The grumpiness level was high in the opener. Raziel landed hard on Robin with his legdrop in the first fall, in a match that was mostly meandering along. There were a few highlights later on, but it lacked much energy.

Park and Rush

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-18 

Guerrero crash

Recapped: 05/18-20/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo beat Astral & Eléctrico
(16:19 [6:24, 4:49, 5:06], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Okumura, Puma, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther
(12:58 [3:45, 2:26, 6:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Fuego in a lightning match
(7:15, Sacrifica Maya, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Soberano Jr.
(13:41 [3:43, 3:57, 6:01], 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo
(11:57 [1:34, 3:42, 6:41], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Templario & Último Guerrero in the CMLL Gran Alternativa final
(20:56 [4:38, 3:11, 13:07], 2/3, excellent, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Flyer & Volador

As soon as the match ended, Los Ingobernables hit the ring to attack Volador & Flyer. Their attack lasted only a few seconds before LA Park and Hijo de LA Park made the save. LA Park thanked the fans on social media for asking for his return, and then asked for a mask versus hair match with Rush for those fans. Rush thanked CMLL for letting a real fighter back into Arena Mexico. He wanted to fight LA Park right then and there, though Terrible and Besita did nt let that happen. Los Ingobernables left and LA Park & Hijo del LA Park celebrated with Flyer & Volador.

Los Ingobernables attacked Atlantis as he walked out, which left him laying on the apron for the entire first fall, only getting up I time to get beat up after the fall. Atlantis wasn’t in at all in the second fall except to do his new side slam finish. Bestia has given up wearing his Bestia outfit, at least for the moment.

Soberano headscissors

Fuego untied Guerrero Maya’s mask early in their match, and Maya did the same to him. Maya’s mask came off on turnbuckle smash on the apron. Cameras missed it. Maya protested for a DQ but didn’t get one.

Finish of the second match saw The Panther pin Puma as Okumura pinned Drone, but Drone was the captain and Puma was not.

Thoughts:

not great times for Flyer

Like last year, the 2018 Gran Alternativa was a dramatic match where the young wrestlers came off as important and as skilled as the veterans. Everyone showcased their best material and were able to blend it together for a match that was exciting until the end. They built it well, and they built in front of a crowd that was completely behind the idea. This was so much of a better night than the Magia Blanca match for Flyer, who wrestled smoothily and impressively thru the match. Templario got show off his agility and his strength in a typically strong performance. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador were wrestling as if this was as important to them as the rookies, and their strong chemistry remains intact. The Guerrero Special/gutwrench powerbomb was huge, the crowd knew what it meant when Volador rolled out without getting pinned. This was a great success.

Rush getting a clean win in the semifinal and Los Ingobernables looking more energetic made a lot more sense after the main event. The extra energy helped the normal set up for the match. Kraneo still seems to be having a lot of fun in his new role. Atlantis was kept out of action, and most of his offense was moving slightly to cause the rudos to run into each other. He took bumps, but he never took a wrestling move.

not great times for Mije

NGD had one of their better trios matches of late. They seemed more energetic and broke out some of their biggera moves that have been put on the shelf of late. Forastero was good on offense and reacting to the técnicos flippiness, and the técnicos did a lot of flips. Soberano was pulling off all his trickiest spots with ease, Angel de Oro was sharp. Mistico seemed like the sixth best wrestler in this match and he was still very good and more over than usual. Worth going out of your way to see.

Maya/Fuego was a good técnico match with some unexpected energy for the crowd being really into Fuego and quick to turn on Maya. They didn’t do anything special besides the mask untying, the crowd just likes Fuego (and he should’ve won here.) Everything was just done cleanly and the back and forth worked well.

not great times for Soberano

The segunda was yet another Panthers/Gatos really good match in the never ending sequence. The bigger spots, like Blue Panther Jr.’s double slam, are getting progressively more over and they speed and mix of action worked really well here. Okumura picked his spots fine, though Drone was the definite better third wheel. They did lose the crowd a little bit after five straight dives and the intentionally confusing finish didn’t help. It still was very good, just you could tell a slight difference between this match and the other really good trios match.

The opener was a sloppy boring mess. The headscissors gone wrong by Eléctrico on Hijo del Signo was as long a sustained bad moment as you get in CMLL, and those weren’t even the worse two. Signo looks like he really had not interest in wrestling today, and his effort is minimal.

not great times for Volador

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-11 

Templario rope walk dropkick

Recapped: 05/14/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(13:47 [5:24, 3:09, 5:14], 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma beat Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
(17:45 [7:01, 4:49, 5:55], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón 
(19:03 [8:02, 3:28, 7:33], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Negro Casas beat Soberano Jr.
(9:08, casita, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 3:03

Akuma & Euforia beat Astral & Niebla Roja in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(5:52, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Star Jr. beat Cavernario & El Coyote in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(9:045, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz & Kráneo beat Príncipe Diamante & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(4:38, ok, via Video: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(4:38, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Euforia in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
(3:37, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Audaz & Kráneo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
(3:30, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Caristico & Star Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal
(7:13, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(7:07 [0:22, 2:41, 4:04], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Casas spikes Soberano

Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa

The no time limit rematch of the ten minute time limit draw between Soberano & Negro Casas went less than ten minutes.

Thoughts:

The main event was a Tuesday style short main event after a very long show, but they tried to get in as much as they could with the time. Only the first fall felt cut short, everything else was just worked at twice the speed as normal, with no time to rest. It was mostly a técnico exhibition and the técnicos looked good – not quite good enough to get the crowd to stop booing Mistico, but good enough.

Audaz takes unusual routes

On this block of the Gran Alternativa

  • Star Jr. was having a nice night before the big slip at the end, and it threatens to overshadow the entire run. He’s very close to being very good, but just a little bit off.

  • Templario got to do a little bit of everything in his tournament matches and pulled it all off well. I was surprised Carístico was willing to take the gutwrench powerbomb at the end, but that’s a good sign for the rudo. The final should be great for him.

  • I wished they switched around the order of the matches to give Audaz more time; he’s got in about 20 seconds of hot spots in the match with Último Guerrero & Templario, but is capable of more than he showed. It’s still surprising they didn’t just do the Templario/Audaz final, and hopefully that means they’re saving his big day for later.

  • Akuma has a good tope, nice looking offense and can set up técnicos well enough. I keep thinking there’s more for him than he’ll get to show here.

  • Universo and his uncle went with mostly in-ring brawling, which wasn’t the most exciting way of controlling their match but fit with their image. It’s tough to make punches to the gut look dangerous when people are taking super powerbombs, and I don’t think they quite achieved it.

  • Principe Diamante working with Audaz didn’t really benefit either of them. They both had to slow down to get a hang of it and it made them look a lot more artificial.

  • Coyote’s made a great effort to look a like Cavernario, but couldn’t wrestle at his level tonight. He was shaky with both técnicos, and didn’t stand out on his own.

  • Astral seems between weight cuts at the moment, looking more like old Valiente than current Valiente, but it didn’t seem to affect his flying – he seemed less than a robot than usual.

  • A modern Negro Casas special: faster pace singles match with some surprisingly big bumps, a fight over a casita, and a finish in under ten minutes. It looked like Soberano was going to be one to take the bigger falls early, but Casas outdid him by receiving that super powerbomb. He was up surprisingly quick after, because they just got to keep matches moving with Casas involved. They got in a lot of Soberano’s trademark spots while making them work in the flow of the match, and this one where he’s not hurt by losing. I thought this was slightly better than the Aramis/Casas match, and you’ll like this if you liked that.

Titan fakes out the production

The tercera was a borderline match, with parts really fun and a feud to liven it up. They did a lot with Hechicero & Esfinge, and fans who don’t follow anything but the local arena are probably going to be confused when that feud is never followed up because it got finished in Guadalajara. Crowd went nuts for Titan’s Mistica into a backslide. The Mexican crowds always react well for a tricky technical move done impressively. Titan & Triton had a normal match, but it was solid, which can also be said for the rudos.

The second match was better than usual, even if it wasn’t quite enough to get a higher grade for me. The second fall seemed to be just a long stretch of Pegasso being unable to legally tag Fuego and that’s a big anchor to the rest of the match. Still, Raziel & Cancerbero seem to be more in to the matches when they’re working with good veterans they trust, and Fuego & Pegasso are good veterans. Stigma was also there, at least until Raziel totally missed catching him on the match ending dive.

The opener was exactly the boring match you’d expect from these two teams. They did a lot near falls for a match no one would’ve missed if it was skipped. Mercurio appears to be growing out his hair, even though there’s no minis hair match obviously coming. CMLL is falling in love with the overhead camera at the wrong times; the bump Mercurio took from the tecnico’s doomsday dropkick finish would look a lot more impressive if we could see how far he was falling. Same thing on the package piledriver at the end.

enough of Star Jr.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04

bad times for Yago

Recapped: 05/04/2018

Matches:

Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito beat Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito
(14:27 [6:08, 3:56, 4:23], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
(14:29 [4:10, 4:18, 6:01], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:15 [4:47, 2:43, 4:45], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush beat Último Guerrero in a lightning
(8:39, inside cradle with feet on the ropes, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royale went 2:37.

Eléctrico & Mistico beat Espanto Jr. & Hechicero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(9:06, DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Yago beat Ángel de Oro & Robin in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(4:21, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis & Magia Blanca beat Ephesto & Maquiavelo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(6:16, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Hijo del Signo & Terrible in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(5:20, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Yago beat Eléctrico & Mistico in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
(6:52, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Atlantis & Magia Blanca  in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
(2:51, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Yago in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament semifinal
(7:49, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Edgar had it coming

Flyer & Volador Jr. advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa on May 18th.

With Hechicero already beat, Espanto decided he’d rather foul and unmask Mistico than get beat himself.

Rush blatantly used the ropes (and was almost out of the ring) when he pinned Último Guerrero. Edgar missed it. UG clotheslined Edgar in retribution.

NGD all wore half Universo 2000 in tribute to their mentor.

Lluvia replaced Lady Maravilla in her first CMLL match since December 18, 2016. Seductora lightly shoved the referee and got shoved back harder, then disqualified.

Thoughts:

Electrico & Hechicero

This block of the Gran Alternativa started off strong before going into a lot of middling matches, not too different from other tournaments his year. They did make the block final victory feel like an accomplishment, though there’s not a lot more you can take out of it. Hechicero provided the best match of the bit with his extra effort in the lead off match w/Espanto Jr., Eléctrico and Mistico. Both técnicos looked great, thanks to one rudo. Espanto Jr. did contribute a hilarious exit from what should be his last ever “rising stars” tournament. It’s not happening for him or his partner in medicore matches Hijo del Signo. Signo whiffed on a trip spot in the opening minute, setting a tone. Maquiavelo has more time, but didn’t feel like he was ready for this competition, nervous and off during his match. Angel de Oro & Robin were the best pairing of the one and done teams, and Robin eliminating himself from the seeding battle royal with a dive was actually a sensible decision. (He didn’t seem to know he was eliminated until the referees told him.)

Magia Blanca didn’t get nearly as much out of this tournament as the last one. He did get in most of the offense in his second round match, with Atlantis not contributing a lot, but it was a match that felt cut short. This was another block final for Yago, but sort of a mixed bag. He looked good his opening round mach, and he took the big moves in the final. different pages in the one in the middle and it felt like he was running out of gas quick. Flyer got kicked in the head by uncle Volador many times, but they survived it well enough to win the whole thing. He was steadier in his flying this time than Torneo Nuevo Valores. This didn’t really set Flyer apart from the others like him, but the Gran Alternativa final is obviously going to be a strong match for him.

Rush

Último Guerrero versus Rush was a surprisingly strong match. Maybe the lightning match caused them to pick up the pace – they were hurrying to finish up before the time limit came into play still – or maybe he just woke up on the right side of bed. Rush was locked in from the start, fighting in an even more serious mode than his Kraneo match. Neither man got a lot past the greatest hits, but they pulled it together well.

The tercera was an acceptable midcard match, as they continue a heavy focus on Kraneo. Forastero actually stood out more with the distance he got on his flying spots, but the NGD were more playing to Kraneo’s strengths. Sansón & Forastero seem like they’ve eliminated the cool springboards that made them stand out at first. It didn’t quite fit their rudo characters, but it was wroth it not fitting to see them.

Robin

Seductora came out more aggressive in the women’s than Friday, trying to take on a tougher persona. It wasn’t enough to make this work, but it was an effort. Seductora still struggled with simple things, like her own signature side slam. Lluvia’s surprise return didn’t led to much – she didn’t get in a lot of offense, and she was there mostly to be the one to be eliminated by Seductora in the third fall. Lluvia’s corner dropkick looked nice, but she was taking the same weird looking hunched over backwards bumps that Tiffany does.

I didn’t hate the minis opener but it didn’t feel like anything worth going out of your way to watch. The usual key spots were there, but the speed and sharpness were not particularly part of it. There was less clowning by the rudos than usual, but it was mostly going thru the motions of a Friday night trios.

flying Forastero

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-27

ups and downs

Recapped: 04/27/2018

Matches:

Drone, El Audaz, Tritón beat Okumura, Tiger, Virus
(12:31 [4:45, 3:47, 3:59], 1/3, good)

Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:58 [6:10, 4:08, 3:40], 2/3, good)

Princesa Sugehit beat La Seductora, hair vs hair
(17:53, 1/3, ok)

  1. Princesaa Sugehit La Regia (3:52)
  2. Seductora seated armbar (2:07)
  3. Princesa Sugehit Michinoku Driver (11:54)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja
(14:33 [6:21, 2:33, 5:39], 1/3, ok)

Kráneo beat Rush
(9:07 [2:49, 6:18], 1 DQ/2, good)

Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
(7:27 [2:16, 1:41, 3:30], 2/3, ok, via)

What happened: 

this was smart

La Seductora lost her hair for the first time in her career, to Princesa Sugehit.

Kraneo beat Rush in straight falls. Rush got himself disqualified in the first fall for an intentional mask pull. After the referee was taken out in the second fall, Kraneo fouled Rush and splashed him for the win.

Thoughts:

The main event was sped thru, really short for even a b-level main event. I’d assume their time go cut when the hair post match took so much time. They were good enough in the time they had that it could’ve developed into something memorable, but instead we got about 15 seconds of Último Guerrero and Volador and quick finishes. The surest sign this was a big show was the crowd booing Mistico every time he did something.

Terrible gets caught

Kraneo almost dying on an ill-advised tope was not a great moment, but Rush made the most of it by selling that Kraneo’s weight landed on his ankle. The entire match was that way – not filled with errors, but making the most of what they had to work with. Rush is a great bully and jerk, more thrilled to rip off Kraneo’s mask in the first fall than to win the fall. Kraneo looked competitive against rush before getting the win, and they did enough that they could come back for a rematch.

The fourth match suffered from following the hair match; it would’ve taken an exceptionally good match to follow that one. This was instead an ordinary match with a few cool spots. They did enough to eventually get the crowd back into it in the third fall – they responded best to Angel de Oro – but felt like they just kept on going a little past their peak.

 

The big apuesta match was probably the best match of La Seductora’s career. She made a good effort, and they tried to shape the match in a way that could work for her. They just didn’t go far enough with it. The brawling they did early got the crowd into it, similar to the Zeuxis/Sugehit match. They even did the drink spots, at random time, just to see if they could get the same reaction. The fans were less interested when they did wrestling spots, because they weren’t nearly as good as that previous match or the matches on this show. They did care enough about the outcome to react to the near falls, but the pace of the match slowed down greatly in the third fall the longer it went. They would’ve been better off just sticking with the brawling, even if that meant they went a lot shorter. I think people who were into this feud or are fans of Princesa Sugehit would be satisfied with the mach but I wasn’t that interested in it.

The two teams in the segunda meshed well, only lacking a little more time. The finish the did was inventive if also disappointing because it felt like the match could’ve gone three or four minutes. The rudos got a nice win out of it, and the técnicos looked smooth up that point. One day, some one in CMLL will come up with a way to set up the dive off the stage in a way where it’s not totally obvious that a dive off the stage is coming.

Frequently, CMLL midcarders shuffled to the opener end up working hard than usual on these big shows. That didn’t seem to be the case here. The opener was fine but not the all out match it could’ve been. Triton looked good on his técnico run, but Audaz and Tiger didn’t work as well together. The match picked up nicely in the third fall, thoughi t still felt a little short of where it could be. Virus/Audaz having little time together was odd.

 

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-06

Titan & Euforia

Recapped: 04/14/2018

Matches:

Cancerbero & Raziel beat Astral & Eléctrico
(14:32 [6:05, 4:47, 3:40], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Tritón beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:45 [3:23, 4:12, 3:10], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas beat Kawato San, Okumura, Sam Adonis
(11:52 [4:43, 1:41, 5:28], 2/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Valiente beat Stuka Jr. in a lightning match
(5:25, seated armbar, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán
(14:59 [7:59, 1:31, 5:29], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(5:34 [1:06, 2:11, 2:17], 2/3, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

things go well for Astral

Rush & Bestia ignore Kraneo early on, not letting him participate in beatings. Kraneo finally works his way in by slamming Carístico in the second fall. Kraneo refuses to pass the invisible ball back to Rush, and La Besita dropkicks him for it. That turns the match for the tecnicos. Rush & Bestia accidentally hit Kraneo in the third fall, Kraneo throw Bestia back in the ring at one point, and Rush attacked Kraneo on the outside. Kraneo splashed Los Ingobernables in the third fall to get them pinned, and then cut off Terrible with a belly bump when he tried running in.

Sam Adonis fouled Negro Casas for the DQ. This was meant to set up a singles match the following week, but it was changed to Soberano/Casas instead.

Eléctrico & Astral changed their team finish so one does a springboard splash, then the other, to prevent any more accidental head injuries when they both at the same time.

Thoughts:

not a delayed sell, Stuka felt that tope and decided to leave wrestling

It’s probably better just to pretend the previous week’s main event was Kraneo’s turn instead of this one, because the crowd treated this one like it didn’t much matter. The third fall felt anticlimactic, with the match essentially over as soon as Rush dropkicked Kraneo. They crowd didn’t react as much to it. If I had watched this show live, I have been concerned the turn wasn’t going to get over. It did better the following week, so maybe chalk it up to a crowd that wasn’t into Los Ingobernables enough to care about this match.

There’s been plenty of variations of the semimian match before and they don’t exactly break a lot of new ground. They are incredibly fast and effective with what they do. The técnicos all getting lots of moments to shine, and the Guerreros pulled out a lot of unique moments only they seem to do. Titan seemed to get the most of this match from the técnicos, and Euforia had another strong outing. This was borderline great match, and worth going back to see if you missed this show.

heck of an impact

The lightning match was a quick but entertaining match, working off the idea that Stuka and Valiente are similar in size and style. The outcome definitely said Valiente was better than Stuka, who got destroyed by topes and never came close to winning. They did enough to get over the idea of them being similar before it, and Valiente looked impressive on the way to winning.

The rudos/Peste Negra match was less Sam Adonis & Negro Casas feuding than I was expecting, given they were supposed to have a singles match the next week. They faced off all match, but it never got as hot as it was in the past. Felino & Kawato didn’t work together well at points, and the match never developed into a lot.

Los Guerreros

The second match was the usual level for the midlevel guys. Timing was good on moves, action was fine, but it also felt like they were just having a normal second match. I don’t understand why, but the shoulder tape makes Misterioso look even fatter. Or maybe his gut was just bigger than usual today. Fuego remains very popular.

Give Raziel, Cancerbero, Astral and Eléctrico enough tries and they’ll eventually produce a good match. The muscle minis are still wrestling robots, going thru spots with no indication there is a crowd present, but they hit all those spots this time. Raziel & Cancerbero were professionals and winners this time around, keeping the match together and getting to long strong in the end for it. This was a lot more watchable than the past attempts, though also probably as good as it gets unless they add another dimension to the match. Any wrestling move that involves one person tossing their victim to another person is a good wrestling move.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-20 

Templario gutwrench powerbomb

Recapped: 04/20/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Yago beat Astral & Oro Jr.
(11:44 [4:22, 2:56, 4:26], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Templario, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
(16:00 [5:04, 4:59, 5:57], 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit  
(13:07 [3:48, 5:11, 4:08], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Dragón Lee in a lightning match
(2:45, ref stop due to injury, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr.
(10:25 [5:16, 1:54, 3:15], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible 
(4:43 [2:22, 2:21], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Niebla Roja can’t stop forearming

Kraneo’s team beat Rush’s team in the main event in straight falls. Kraneo had Rush pinned in the second fall, but Tirantes refused to count for unclear reasons. Rush got up and immediately fouled Kraneo to end the match. Kraneo challenged Rush to a singles match next week.

Dragon Lee suffered a non-contact right leg injury about a minute into his match with Carístico. He collapsed in the middle of the ring and was unable to stand. The referee waved the match off and gave the win to Carístico, who made it clear he didn’t want to win that way. Dragon Lee’s leg was taped up coming into the match.

Seductora beat Sugehit cleanly before their hair match next week.

A fan tried to get in the ring during the semifinal, but was caught by ringside photographer Alexis Salazar.

Review:

Yago got a better finish!

The main event was nothing much. The Kraneo/Rush stuff seemed hotter when they first started it then when they’re getting to the singles match, and it hasn’t been that long of a build. It felt like Tirantes screwed up the finish so the improvised but who knows and I’m not sure it even matters. The idea of Rush throwing around Kraneo (and Mije) next week sounds fun but I don’t have confidence it’ll go that well.

This show needed a really good semimain to make up for the Dragon Lee/Caristico match being cut short. It got a semimain which was worse and shorter than usual. There were some dives, the técnicos did some of their offense, the rudos had some control, but there was just less of everything than usual. It was still entertaining but forgettable.

The lightning match was too short to mean anything before the injury. It did come off like Dragon Lee & Carístico weren’t on the same page during those first few moments, but that didn’t have much to do with the injury.

don’t try to out surprise dive The Panther

The women’s match was the usual angry brawling match before an apuesta match. It feels even more common for a women’s feud, since the brawling seems to cover up what they can’t do. Seductora can’t do much. Her feud with Sugehit works best when she’s beat up Sugehit because Sugehit can actually move around and fall down, and Seductora isn’t great on that. This women’s match had more energy than usual and the crowd reacted. It still wasn’t much more interesting, and it was disappointing when it was revealed to go three falls.

The second match stood out, even by the standards of the usual Puma/Tiger versus Panther action. I was struck by how much the Casas cats went out of their way to integrate Templario into their own usual team offense. Templario came off more as star for it, with all his big moves fitting into the flow of the match. I think this is the first match where Templario did the Sasuke Special splash in and the dive out, though not back to back. He was just as good as setting up others for big moves. The action was really fast, and felt more fresh than expected for two team who’ve fought so much. Pegasso struggled at portions during this match and didn’t seem the level of the other guys; this could’ve been even better with someone else.

I didn’t have my full attention on the opener because I was trying to get my sound to work, but it seemed better than average for that position. Yago getting the win was a slight surprise, but he looked like the best guy in the match. He worked well with Astral, his offense made more sense than Espanto. Astral was fine.

Templario out

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-13 

this went better for Triton than Esfinge

Recapped: 04/13/2018

Matches:

Flyer & Oro Jr. beat Espanto Jr. & Templario
(10:02 [3:37, 2:14, 4:11], 2/3, ok)

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 
(12:35 [4:26, 3:15, 4:54], 1/3, ok)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Okumura
(15:13 [5:04, 3:42, 6:27], 2/3, good)

Negro Casas went to a time limit draw Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(10:00, good)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
(11:02 [4:41, 1:53, 4:28], 1/3, good)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(11:15 [5:14, 6:01], 1/2, ok)

What happened:

just a random powerbomb on Mije

Sugehit thought she had submitted Seductora, let go, and got taken down and pinned when Seductora had both feet on the middle rope. The two agreed to a hair/hair match.

Thoughts:

Rush can be lazy, and Rush can also spend a main event selling big for new técnico Kraneo. Kraneo was going to be the star of the match because the booking was all about him, but Rush took him seriously and made the goofy dancing come off as a threat to one of the top guys in the promotion. The match itself didn’t amount to much, and I’m not sure this is the greatest first feud for the new Los Ingobernables, but the Kraneo/Rush stuff was a lot of fun.

The semimain was an easy match, they really didn’t do anything they normally don’t, but what they did worked well and the crowd was into it the whole way. The ordinary for these guys is pretty spectacular. Euforia and Volador were matched up thru the match and fantastic together. Euforia was too big to be a welterweight championship contender, but he’s perfect as a Volador in these trios matches to do everything Volador wants to do without a problem.

Volador is good but Euforia is better

The lightning match lived up to expectations, maybe exceeded them a bit. I was surprised to see Soberano pull of the Fosbery flop dive in this one, and he didn’t seem to be holding back that much of his flying. (The moment where he briefly teased the Fire Driver scared me, because Casas migth be crazy eough to take it.) Casas forced Soberano to actually lock up and do more mat wrestling and Soberano did fine. The escape from the certain doom of the scorpion into a tapatia was smoothly done. Just like the time limit draw with Angel de Oro Jr., Soberano didn’t seem to understand the time was running out on his match and lacked the urgency you need in that moment, but this was otherwise pretty good.

The tercera was a tremendous success. The técnicos looked like a great team, spectacular and well organized. Triton was trying all of his hardest spots and pulling them off perfectly (while also pulling up his pants a million times.) Titan did some different stuff with him and made it work. Esfinge survived not being caught at all on a dive to have his usual match, with some team spots with Triton. This was the best Dragon Rojo’s looked in his most recent return, not as much with impressive offense as some really good timing and reaction moments. Kawato’s trying to do more than he did at first, with some not great results at times. This trios match was much better than matches which opened the show, closer to being great than to where they were at.

this was odd

The Seductora/Sugehit feud is the Zeuxis/Sugehit match from Pura Raza, just even more focused on throwing drinks at each other and nothing else. Sugehit has to work slower for Seductora to keep up, Seductora isn’t especially great at brawling. The things in their favor are the fans genuinely like Sugehit and will easily get behind her comebacks. Amapola & Marcela was fine. Maravilla’s big técnico run ending with a hair pull because she and Dalys couldn’t get it right was disappointing. Not as disappointing as CMLL doing this feud when they have hundreds of better options.

CMLL actually remembered to put over the guy who’s in a big match later that week, a nice surprise of competency. This match too had competency and some bigger than usual moves to end, but it was clunky at times. The técnicos lacked some urgency in their movements. This felt more like the fifth run thru of the day rather a battle. There are worse openers.