CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 

microsplash

Recapped: 09/07/2018

Matches: 

Hijo del Signo & Metálico beat Pegasso & Príncipe Diamante
(15:09 [6:08, 4:53, 4:08], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Gallito, Guapito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías
(13:30 [7:03, 0:44, 5:43], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys beat Reyna Isis in a lightning match
(8:10, senton, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Templario
(21:38 [9:56, 11:42], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, L.A. Park, Mistico beat Gilbert El Boricua, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(14:38 [4:22, 2:33, 7:43], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(6:41 [3:50, 2:51], 1 DQ/2, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Chamuel coming thru

Volador & Taven cut off Rush’s promo post-main event to brawl. The brawl died down for a bit, then continued, with Volador & Taven getting the better of it.

Gilbert (Mesias) made what appears to be his CMLL debut in the semimain. Gilbert trained with CMLL two decades ago but never officially wrestled with CMLL. The match was built towards him and LA Park fighting. It drew upon their AAA rivalry, though AAA wasn’t mentioned by name.

Reina Isis had new music and new genie pants, which she stripped off after doing a stop sign and dance.

Thoughts:

most of my video recording went as poorly as this went for Hechicero

Not much of a main event on a show that wasn’t much of a show. CMLL is going into an Annivesario show as cold as I can remember. This was such a nothing match that it felt like the four guys in the main event were told to go back out and brawl for some more to try and salvage it. The post-match brawl was better than anything they did in the ring, but it was not even close to being enough, just like the entire feud hasn’t been close to being enough. CMLL will coast thru next week based on their history and how much the fans already care about the principal characters involved. Still, the weeks since announcing this main event have been even worse than expected. The hot streak CMLL was on is a distant memory.

The semimain was barely passable, and a disappointment at that. Gilbert spent most of his big debut in first gear, coasting thru a match that didn’t have any energy besides his debut. Fighting LA Park finally woke him up a bit, though LA Park still easily outclassed him and Gilbert brainlocked on one spot badly. Casas had some fun interactions with Park, something CMLL hasn’t done much on this Park run, but this match didn’t have much else to offer. Mistico didn’t look great, and Atlantis and Mephisto were background figures. CMLL obviously has big plans for Gilbert and lukewarm performances aren’t likely to change them, but this was not impressive.

you can see the moment where Casas regrets agreeing to take this spear

They went for in the fourth match. They did not get it. They did go a long time, so there’s probably 12 minutes of a good match wrapped around some sloppy moments. Esfinge was out of position and looked off at times – Hechicero dragging him away so they could catch Triton’s dive was particularly inescapable. Templario was shakier than usual, with a tricky dive spot with Hechicero taking a long time to set up and going almost disastrously wrong. He struggled down the stretch. Dragon Rojo didn’t have much to add. If they were going to go 20 minutes, it would’ve helped if they had a direction or some sort of flow, but they just did 20 minutes work of moves sometimes in no particular order.

The women’s singles match gave me a better appreciated for the women’s trios matches. The 3v3 move along at a better pace than this match and have better action than this one here. They just didn’t have enough to do to fill out eight minutes, and what they did wasn’t ever impressive enough. Isis doing a stop hand sign and dancing felt like she was trying to copy Dark Angel, though I guess she’s been gone long enough someone ought to try. It didn’t work well, though it added to the evidence Isis is the next person who’s getting pushed in this division, should CMLL ever get around to pushing anyone else.

sure Microman escapes with an armdrag but the power of Zacarias is impressive

The Micros rose to their usual heights. They had a strong first fall and built to a lot of highlights later. Microman came off as a star, as usual. Chamuel’s the best guy on the rudo side still, moving around much easier the rest and basing the best for Micro’s spots. Some of the work was a little sloppier than usual, Guapito seemed to have the toughest moments. Still easily worth watching.

The opener went very long for that sort of match and didn’t have much to say for the time it took. Metálico had his usual entertaining entrance and not entertaining wrestling. Signo looked like a tough guy, does not wrestle like it. Two Destroyers in a row was so bad indie wrestler. Principe Diamante tried to do some things but doesn’t have the people to work with here. A waste of time.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 

the most effective move Naito did all match

Recapped: 09/06/2018

Matches: 

Akuma & El Coyote beat Arkalis & Robin  
(11:37 [4:27, 2:41, 4:29], 1/3 COR, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela  
(11:59 [6:27, 1:52, 3:40], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Negro Casas, Tiger beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:14 [3:20, 2:50, 6:04], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero  
(8:23 [4:12, 4:11], 1 DQ/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Matt Taven beat Cavernario
(13:41, 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Cavernario la Cavernaria (1:33)
  2. Matt Taven springboard moonsault (4:37)
  3. Matt Taven foul (7:31)

Diamante Azul, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat Bushi, Naito, Rush  
(16:11 [3:40, 6:43, 5:48], 1/3 DQ, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

it didn’t look like a figure skating move for once!

Evil, Bestia, Terrible and la Comandante accompany the Ingobernable trio to the ring, and the 7-3 brawl does not go well for the técnicos. It doesn’t really go well for the Ingobernables, who are in each other’s way and hit each other by mistake a couple times. Evil says at ringside while the others go to the back. Evil came back in to cause the DQ after the fact. Bestia and Terrible helped beat up the técnicos after the match, though they tried to rally and attack again while the Ingoberables were posing. La Comandante is part of the group in the intro, but not part when Rush mentions the members at the end.

After some Volador/Rush foolishness, Taven got in a foul on Cavernario to win. It’s in revenge for Cavernario fouling Taven recently, though there’s a decent amount of fans who react like Taven’s the man in the wrong.

Euforia & Gran Guerrero used Zorro’s cane in the first fall for no reason and got disqualified.

Arkalis was counted out in the third fall after taking an apron running Akuma dropkick in a planned finish.

Thoughts: 

the physics on this are hard to figure

The main event worked only on a novelty basis. The Okada match was good in any context. This was a meandering match with not much energy behind it no matter which side was in control. Rush did two different walkouts in the second fall, it was going that way. For as long as the main event went, guys like BUSHI and Diamante Azul had no memorable moments. It went very long. They teased LA Park/Rush a couple times, with Park purposefully backing off so Volador could fight instead, so Park is being a good soldier about all this. Fans booed, so they’re not.

It never really hit the heights of living and dying one very near fall, but it was still good enough as part of a build to a bigger match. Cavernario & Taven seemed to be figuring out how to work with each other as the match went on, and it improved closer to the end. Cavernario got most of the big spots than I was expecting and kicked out of all of Taven’s big moves. Cavernario might not have gotten the win but looked like he was capable of winning one, and the Arena Mexico crowd will go crazy if he’s the one who gets it done in the Anniversario match. There wasn’t as much interference as I thought there was going to be. Tirantes sure got distracted pretty easily, but it didn’t affect the match all that much.

Caveman tope

Klan Kaoz won a squash, which was weird in a promotion that doesn’t do squashes. The Guerreros got a brief comeback at the end of the first fall, and then never again. Whoever’s putting this together seems to think the problem with Klan Kaoz is they’re not seen as a big enough threat for the Guerreros, and that having them win here big (and clean for once) will help. The problem seems more than the CMLL crowd doesn’t really care about Klan Kaoz, and having them just do moves doesn’t seem to help with that. Maybe, because the only thing people do get into is the Guerreros comeback, it needs to be saved for the big match. Kaoz was efficient in what they did but show no personality for a trio of guys were mostly built up by personality and wildness. There may not be a winning formula but turning them in AAA Guerreros doesn’t seem to be it.

The tercera had some flaws, but it was the most energetic match on the card so far, was just barely enough to recommend. Felino & Tiger seemed motivated by their opponents into having an interesting match and the NGD tried to work what they do around what would work here. More Felino & Tiger would’ve been nice, as they seemed to fit better as opponents. There was a moment in this match where NGD almost murdered Negro Casas and it was the scariest thing. Casas’ comeback on them was fun, but they weren’t sure what to do with him on offense. Sanson was trying to be super safe with Casas at the end and it hurt the feel of the match. The crowd still was into Casas sneaking out the win.

noooooo

The women’s match was one of the better trios match that group has for a while, though still not enough to be recommendable. It’s still feeling over-rehearsed. They’re planning a pretty decent match, it’s that they’re still doing the actual match like it’s a rehearsal. There was a third fall sequence where Isis & Lluvia were exchanging pinfalls, and each woman was laying on the mat with their hands up, getting ready for their next spot rather than selling the move that was supposedly putting them down for three. It was at a point where no one ever gets pinned, but they weren’t changing that idea. These things might easily able to overlook if there was any story to this, but it was just the twice-weekly match women’s match with nothing going on.  Jarochita stood out a little more than usual and Lluvia had a nice headscissors.

The opener wasn’t interesting. It was a lot of simple moves, with the complicated stuff seeming to take a while to set up. The third fall was a lot of turn taking for the sake of turn-taking and never got any moment. Arkalis looked fine for the opener level, but it’s not a great sign to just look fine in the opener. Akuma’s dropkick woke the crowd up, but then it was over.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-24 

HdPark trying to end Hechicero

Recapped: 08/24/2018

Matches:

Angelito & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(13:18 [5:35, 2:50, 4:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón beat Kawato San, Templario, Virus
(15:24 [5:41, 2:34, 7:09], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro beat  Titán in a lightning match
(9:17, mecedora, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Mephisto, Negro Casas beat  El Hijo de L.A. Park, Flyer, Soberano Jr.
(20:17 [6:40, 5:35, 8:02], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Gran Guerrero, L.A. Park, Último Guerrero
(14:41 [5:07, 4:05, 5:29], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr.
(8:06 [1:10, 6:56], 1 DQ/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

away we go

Volador blatantly fouled Rush in the first fall of the main event. Cavernario used the ropes to beat Taven in the second fall, which set up a singles match next week.

Ciber beat Último Guerrero with a foul. Either Rockstar or The Chris was hurt on the outside after the match, which would be the second straight match of that.

Villano III was honored after the third match, with members of his family (including his wife and sons) there. Mephisto and LA Park wore Villano tribute outfits.

Thoughts:

please don’t kill Negro Casas

All those people Rush heard last week who was more excited to see him face Volador than Park sure didn’t seem to show up this week. The crowd was not dead, but it was also nothing special, and nothing feels like an Anniversario three weeks away. CMLL building up a match they could not deliver, then substituting a lesser match seemed to kill the enthusiasm for this match and this whole show. These guys were still working hard, but it felt desperate. Cavernario doing the splash to the floor on Taven for no reason – it wasn’t played up as a big spot and they were both back up to do a finish with a cradle a moment later – felt like a super desperate attempt to create a moment. Carístico was a non-factor and Bestia was his usual determent. The time and hurried feeling of the match didn’t allow the other guys to show their best, and nothing they did felt like it was more than a regular feud on a Tuesday. It’s not the fault of the people in the match, but you’d have to be pretty delusional to watch many of the Friday night shows and not realize something’s gone wrong here. Luckily for CMLL, they appear to be mostly delusional.

Different day, same song. Klan Kaoz is honestly trying to have good matches good matches, it’s not happening, and it’s painful how little the crowd cares when they’re in control of matches. CMLL diehard fans love of the Guerreross is the only thing keeping any heat in this match, but they could get the same reaction with any other trio. This was the least LA Park has been over since being back. It’s not clear if it’s this matchup that hurt him or not having the other one. The third fall was best of anything, but it was not something you need to watch.

Audaz and Templario

The fourth match was a classic CMLL match that would look great cut down into a highlight reel and felt bloated in real time. There was just too much for the sake of having a lot. The flow was not existent times because they were just going for moves. Flyer had an off night and didn’t mesh with Negro Casas at all. Hechicero & Soberano were good together, but Soberano is another guy who has a need to do all of this spots and take all of his bumps, even if it doesn’t really fit. This was the most indie Hijo de LA Park we’ve seen yet, for good and bad.

Angel de Oro & Titan came up with some different ideas to work in the usual offense, and it made the match fun. The strike exchange early on was really strange for a CMLL match, but Titan using a bunch of closed fists got the crowd to turn against him and gave the match clear sides. I’m not sure if that was even the idea when they did it, but it worked. That they got to do dives obviously helped, but there was more effort than usual for a lightning match, all the way thru the finish. Not must see but easily the first really worthwhile match.

Soberano caught

The second match didn’t come together; The limitations of being that early in the card definitely limited the match. It’s still had plenty to watch with Audaz involved. He looked spectacular. CMLL is cruel for not doing the Templario match yet because those two are awesome together whenever they’re together. Kawato and Audaz even did a well together. Most everyone else was doing their B-match, and I’m afraid to know what Audaz’s A-match is if he was taking it easy here.

The opener was a boring match most of the way that turned out to be a little better late. Most people had turned out by the time Angelico had decided to do tricky moves, somehow starting with the most tricky and moving down from there. This wasn’t a match where anyone in looked all that interested in being there and they communicated that feeling well.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-08-17 

Mistico & Okada

Recapped: 08/17/2018

Matches:

Disturbio & Yago beat Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr.
(10:57 [5:18, 2:48, 2:51], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora beat Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Rey Cometa
(14:24 [4:58, 3:20, 6:06], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Kráneo 
(13:07 [4:05, 5:42, 3:20], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Forastero beat Audaz in a lightning match
(9:34/9:31 officially, Forastero armbreaker, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Negro Casas, Okada, Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente
(16:31 [6:46, 3:18, 6:27], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr.
(10:30 [1:39, 3:17, 5:34], 2/3 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

flying Forastero

A lengthy finishing sequence saw Cavernario fouled Taven once again, only for Volador to again make the save on the pin. This time, Rush was the one who faked a foul in the confusion to draw the DQ. Volador challenged Rush to a hair versus hair match. Rush asked the fans if they’d want to see him face LA Park or Volador. The crowd seemed to loudly support Park. Volador threw a drink at Rush before he could continue, and Taven attacked Cavernario in the skirmish. Taven declared he was sick of the fouls and suggested a Cavernario/Rush vs Volador/Taven match. Rush got the mic back to say he wanted a one on one match only, but Volador again soaked him with a drink before he could finish and another brawl broke out.

Okada wrestled Mistico for most of the match and defeated him cleanly with the Rainmaker in his CMLL debut. Diamante Azul attacked Okada after the match, which appeared to confuse everyone else. Okada threw chops back at Diamante Azul, so I guess it was planned but didn’t feel that way.

Oro might have suffered a knee injury taking Yago’s finish on the ramp to end the third fall. There was no injury update on YouTube.

LA Park was announced for next Friday’s show, which takes place the night before TripleMania.

Thoughts: 

Yago with a smooth submission

The main event was a strong brawl, with a very hot first fall and good total chaos to end it. The post-match back and forth was well done too, about as good as they could to build to any of the matches teased. There’s just the slight problem that CMLL has been heavily building towards a much better match for months and nothing here will convince anyone that they’d rather see Volador/Rush or Volador/Taven vs Rush/Cavernario even close to as much as they want to see Rush/Park. There’s no lemonade to be made from these lemons. The best case is Park & Rush being in a cage match with eight other people, and that’s not a great case either.

It’s weird that Taven fits better as a técnico than a rudo in CMLL, but his offense worked really well in spurts in this match. He even managed to work with Besita ok (though Bestia still couldn’t catch his dive.) A Cavernario/Taven match would probably go great, and I hope they get to it somewhere in this mess. Volador seems to be into whatever this is, very into this match and into antagonizing Rush afterward. Volador/Rush would also probably go great, but it’s not the right time for it.

not enough Okada raising the roof

Okada’s appearance in CMLL was basically one of the best possible FantasticaMania trios matches transplanted to Mexico. Okada threw himself into the match, wrestling as a rudo against Mistico and ripping his mask up for the cameras, taking a stage dive and particpating in UG’s usually triple team. The fans reacted to Okada stronger than they had for Tanahashi in the past when he was the NJPW guy, though he was still mostly booed as evil outsider. Okada did enough to make those who came to see him feel like they got to see something, and Okada worked well enough with Mistico so the people who didn’t come to see him didn’t feel out of place. Everyone else did their part well. UG did his part and then some at times, graciously catching both Valiente & Diamante Azul’s dives so Negro Casas could live another day. Diamante Azul brawling with Okada hurt the moment of his win and it’s hard to believe it’s going anywhere, so I have no idea why they bothered.

Audaz was showcased well in the lightning match. He pulled off moves, and strings of moves, in ways no one else is doing, and it won over a crowd inclined not to care about this match. There were a couple things that didn’t go right, but nothing galling, and it built to bigger stuff near the end. Forastero was right where he needed to be for Audaz’s moves and got a few in his own, especially the great dive near the end. These two should meet again and it’ll probably be better when they do

Kraneo’s efforts in the first fall peaked the tercera, and it slowed down a bit when the rudos took over. Kraneo’s moves and comedy work in any situation, while the Guerreros throwing people around doesn’t work as well with Kraneo and Atlantis on the other side. The double super press slam spot looked like it was going to go very wrong for a moment and didn’t look that good when they tried to do it. Ending was flat too.

change of directions

The segunda was a disappointing match. It’s an OK but only barely so. I wasn’t expecting high art from most of the people involved, but I did expect more than the two boring falls they had to start this match. Rey Cometa looked good, but no one else did much of anything interesting and they did not much for a very long time. Esfinge is not very good.

The opener was better than usual, with the rudos showing a lot and the third fall being pretty good. They were held back a bit by being in the opener and tried to make it work via apron moves. I write a lot about Yago in these matches but he stood out here again. The thing about Yago is he’s not a guy who seems for sure like he’d do better elsewhere. He’s a decent base, does a little comedy, has a couple nice spots (like his submission here) but doesn’t seem like he’s being held back. He’s a good fit as a CMLL luchador in what he does, but he’s limited doing it because he’s stuck as an occasion opener guy. He was a good fit with Disturbio here, who was working much lower than usual.

Kraneo

CMLL Marca: 2018-08-10 

Hechicero sault

Recapped: 08/10/2018

Matches:

Oro Jr. & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(8:47 [2:59, 2:11, 3:37], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

La Jarochita, Marcela, Mystique beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(12:11 [6:31, 3:07, 2:33], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Felino, Negro Casas, Okumura beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Titán
(11:26 [3:51, 4:25, 3:10], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente beat Hechicero in a lightning match
(9:50/”9:09”, estacas india, good, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico beat Euforia, Penta El Zero M, Último Guerrero
(10:29 [2:58, 2:32, 4:59], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

King Phoenix, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(7:17 [3:03, 4:14], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

Misitco diving headscissors

The main event was two straight DQ finishes. Rush faked the corner dropkick on Fenix and pulled off his mask to end the fall instead. Cavernario fouled Taven in the second fall, but Volador broke up the pin. Volador faked a foul moments later, drawing a DQ on Rush. Challenges were made for a straight trios rematch and a Rush/Volador match. Cavernario also suggested a singles match with Taven backstage.

There was no storyline at all in the semi-main. Mistico & Carístico had no issues. Carístico & Penta had slight issues, but Carístico pinned Penta clean in the end. This was followed by a video announcing Penta would be the 09/14 Anniversario show.

There was a clock malfunction in the lightning match; the screen read about 7:47 when the match started, and then CMLL avoided showing it for a while. By my watch, the finish came about 10 seconds short of ten minutes, though they just had started to tease the draw in reality.

Isis pulled off Jarochita’s mask for the DQ in the women’s match. This either means nothing at all or everything during Anniversario season, depending on if they’re back next week.

Thoughts:

opening match teamwork (could be a little cleaner)

The main event was fine while it lasted but it didn’t really last, but it didn’t last long. Usually, two fall main events still go a decent amount of times, but this one felt like a little bit of action a lot of rushing to the finishes. Fenix got to do the least he’s shown since coming here, but that wasn’t as much him as of how everything went. This was really the sort of the main event you get after a big semifinal match, except there wasn’t one of those either.

Mistico & Carístico looked very good working with the rudos in the semimain. Maybe too good, if only because I would’ve thought they’d be setting up something with Penta and they just beat him as no big deal. The crowd was very into the idea of them facing off and they could’ve gotten a lot more out of that. This was a clean and nice trios match but could’ve easily been more.

bad times for Hechicero

Hechicero and Valiente seemed like a match that was going to be a slow started building to a few dives and a finish. Instead, they threw bombs in the first few minutes, with Hechicero both taking a big shot with the armdrag to the floor and coming back with his own moonsault. It was a hard pace early and they kept it up well throughout and felt like a big fight for the win. The crowd was really into the frontcracker reversal sequence late, and cared about the kickouts in a way they don’t normally seem to do in these lightning matches. Hechciero losing to Valiente before a title defense doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it was good otherwise.

Tercera was a generic showcase match for the técnicos, sticking out even more that way because they took the bulk of the first two falls. They ran thru their usual offense before the rudos had much of a chance to do anything. It didn’t really get much more inventive; everything was performed well but it was as if someone just ordered the usual. Okumura being a replacement in this match while his ribs are hurt enough to need wrap is a great CMLL mystery. Perhaps him getting a win over Soberano is a clue.

The women’s match was about the same women’s match as always. Literally as always, as Dalys, Isis and Amapola did the rudo control moves in seemingly the same way they always do. The action is usually OK, but don’t ever watch the other people waiting around to do their move – Jarochita & Reina Isis were holding hands and walking while out of the way when Jarochita was going her dive.

The opener was quick, it had a few decent moves, and it didn’t have Espanto messing up things. That’s an upper tier CMLL opener. Oro was also more solid than usual and he and Star had some good combination offense.

sure way to get Bestia dive is to dive right thru him

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 

 

LA Park

Recapped: 08/03/2018

Matches:

El Audaz & Fuego beat Templario & Virus
(12:54 [6:51, 3:15, 2:48], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:44 [3:46, 3:56, 4:02], 1/3, ok,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(14:31 [3:35, 3:43, 7:13], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas beat Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Solar I
(11:25 [5:22, 3:10, 2:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Volador Jr. beat Matt Taven © to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(16:39, 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

  1. Matt Taven frogsplash (3:43)
  2. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:51)
  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (11:05)

King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M beat Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush
(19:35 [4:29, 4:59, 10:07], 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

a big night for Parks

Rush dropkicked LA Park twice at the close of their match, covered LA Park, and picked him up before three both times. Rush then purposefully unmasked LA Park and fouled the referee when he called for the disqualification. Rush grabbed camera cords from the outside and brought them in to repeatedly whip Park, payback for Park doing the same thing after their singles match. Rush told Park the time for talking was over, he wanted a mask versus hair match at the Anniversario show, and he wanted it to be no rules because he wasn’t planning on following them. LA Park wanted that too, and said the rules were the only thing stopping him from finishing Rush last time they met. No one specifically said the match was on. CMLL was careful to say they were on the road to it happening, not that it was happening. Still, fans were left with the idea that would be the match with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

Volador regained the NWA Welterweight Championship from Matt Taven, despite some slow counts from Tirantes. Rush, for no particular reason, attacked Volador after the match. Taven got involved and got attacked, but Taven and Volador were eventually able to repel Rush out. (Flyer, Volador’s second, was no help.) Taven was clearly a técnico afterwards.

The Negro Casas Anniversary match was wrestled cleanly, with no match being set up. Negro Casas’ family (including Warrior Jr. and the Psycho Clown babies, but not Psycho himself) came to the ring to honor him and Sofia Alonso gave Casas a plaque. Many of the wrestlers and referees wore silver 4:40 armbands in his honor.

Thoughts:

Air Taven

The show delivered. If there’s a better top to bottom CMLL show this year, it’s going to be an amazing show. The legend match felt special even it wasn’t good, and the segunda felt more like it belonged on a regular show. Everything else was very good or better, and it felt like a huge night of wrestling.

It probably felt even better in the building. It’s two straight days of pretty good wrestling shows where the production was unable or unwilling to show all of the action. Outside of the usual bit of missing in between fall action to air replays, CMLL seemed reluctant to show LA Park & Rush brawling past the barriers. There were multiple moments in the opening falls of the main event where CMLL went to a wide shot of the arena, showing nothing in particular, while Park & Rush were a half-dozen rows deep into the crowd. It sounded like an exciting match, but it wasn’t looking like one when they were giving us shots of the Lucha & Briscoe Brothers keeping in a little lowkey when they thought the attention was elsewhere. The third fall was outstanding, with the Jay & Mark vs Fenix & Penta action being surprisingly well laid out action for two teams who hadn’t interacted before. All four worked really well together, and I’d love to see them have a straight tag match down the line. LA Park and Rush was LA Park and Rush, with an amazing reaction for the faceoff they did near the end. I wish I could trust that they were actually doing the mask match, but CMLL spent a summer with Último Guerrero & Atlantis declaring they were going to have a mask match only to end up with Volador & La Sombra. Giving wrestling promotions the benefit of the doubt is foolish.

 

a beautiful Mistico toss headscissors

Matt Taven versus Volador was the usual big Volador title match. It had the two early falls, it had all of his big spots, and it had Matt Taven getting near falls off moves he’d established early. The crowd very much feared Taven was going to win off the frog splash in the third fall. (They didn’t react as much to the headlock driver, which was what set up the win last time around. CMLL doesn’t remind people of finishes from five months ago.) I still don’t understand why CMLL did this title change, but Taven’s willingness to work a Volador style match on Volador’s home turf might be a reason they keep going with him. Taven seemed as if he hurt his knee early in the third fall, but perhaps it was just a slip since he kept on going fine and was there for all of Volador’s offense. I wonder why they had to turn him técnico post match, but maybe there’s as much reason as there was for this title change.

The legends match was the expected more of a “good to see these guys” than an “actually good” match. Fuerza Guerrera stole the show by actually doing a dive and instigating fights where every they could. I assume they’re going to keep bring these same guys for legends matches regardless, but the number of Solar matches left in Arena Mexico can probably be measured in single digits. He looked very old struggling to finish the first fall. Octagon looked usual Octagon bad more of the match but did manage a dive in the end. They got thru the match well enough, but the money getting thrown in at the end spoke more to these guys being legends enough for the fans to overlook the quality of the match.

 

bad times for Audaz

Everyone was on in the tercera. Mistico & Carisitco looked clean in their big moves. The NGD did a pretty good destruction for a fall and a half, adding some new ideas to the stuff they have in down right away. The big show crowd always has it’s hatchets out for Mistico. He was good enough in big matches to get them to forget to boo him at times. It was easily Hijo de LA Park’s best match in CMLL so far and a match fitting a big show.

The second match wasn’t really impressive. It didn’t seem to be any better than the usual match between these teams, and you’d expect it a little bit more for this bigger show. Panther did get his dive right and had better backbreaker than usual, but didn’t seem all the way into it. All the técnicos seemed a little thrown by the boos for them, which should’ve been expected. Mephisto and crew did the usual ok but unspectacular work as usual.

The opener was a solid match. The crowd was in the mood for more flying than they were doing early and so was I. The no opening match dive poly was well in effect, but they figured out a way to pick it up. Templario’s apron dropkick looks to be a frequent spot now, while Audaz made up a new move when his original idea didn’t go well.

Monito wins

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-27 

when in doubt, Monito GIF

Recapped: 07/27/2018

Matches:

Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito beat Kaligua & Último Dragoncito
(13:29 [5:34, 4:18, 3:37], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura, Templario, Tiger beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr.
(14:22 [6:00, 3:43, 4:39], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Soberano Jr., Titán, Valiente
(16:28 [5:17, 5:58, 5:13], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Cavernario in a lightning match
(8:45, La Mistica, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(10:03 [2:05, 3:03, 4:55], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris  
(9:55 [4:51, 5:04], 1/2, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

gently laying a man down as your finish

Klan Kaoz unmasked the Guerreros and used The Chris’ cane in the first fall, drawing a DQ. Último Guerrero beat Cibernético using a cradle and the ropes to get the pin. There were no post-match promos. The Chris flipped over the guardrail taking a dive in the third fall, and was belatedly found to have suffered an injury on the landing.

Blue Panther slipped on the edge of the ramp trying to do his usual dive in the second fall of the segunda, and fell hard to the ground. He got some medical attention, tried to continue, and left the match moments into the third fall.

Thoughts:

The most forgettable Friday night show in quite a while.

Kaligula springboard armdrag

The main event took Klan Kaoz back to square one, a first fall with the same kind of errors that doomed than in their debut. The Chris whiffing on a superkick sent the crowd over the edge, and it might not have even been his fault. Gran Guerrero ducked and maybe wasn’t supposed to there. The match was still lost at that point, and the Guerreros forcing in stage dives didn’t really find it again. Klan Kaoz seemed to be walking thru their planned offense with no intensity. It’d make more sense if they’d been told this was it regardless, and the finishes (and, more so, the lack of post-match promos) suggested this might be it for them. It may for the best, it’s not going to be great if they come back on 08/10.

Back to the meandering Los Ingobeanbels in the semimain. It was a B-show main event as the second from the top match. Diamante Azul making his big return by clipping the top rope on his ramp dive clothesline was about right. He had no presence this match. Volador was barely there outside a dive. There’s a case this was below average, but the main event was just noticeable worse.

Cavernario/Caristico wasn’t close to being Cavernario/Phoenix or Dragon Lee/Caristico. They worked a simple Carístico showcase match, at a slower speed and with seeming less intensity than either of those. Carístico got to show off his main dives. Cavernario didn’t get nearly as much; the Zacarias 619/Cavernario splash sequence was the one good moment where it felt like he had a chance. It was a clean match that seemed solid but not as exciting as hoped. It’s a borderline recommendation and not something you’d have to go back and watch if you missed it.

Templario ends Blue Panther Jr.

This NGD match was enjoyable, if just a little bit off as it went along. The técnico section seemed less fluid than usual as if they were moving around the ring to different spots but not stringing thing together in the second fall. It was better in the third fall for me, with Soberano and others looking spectacular at times, and Sansón doing a strong job of keeping it together on his springboard dive. This was still pretty good, I’d just have it a little lower than their best.

The second match is just going to be the match where Blue Panther’s ramp dive went very badly for him. He wasn’t doing so well before it, and it was a mercy ending when Templario’s dropkick in the third fall took him out of the action. There’s no remembering anything else from this ordinary midcard match, because that moment looked spectacularly bad. Templario had an OK match that would’ve been good if he got to work with anyone else on the rudo team. Tiger appears to want to try some new gear now that he’s on his own but he’s still stuck with the same opponents.

Kaligua didn’t show much more than the Acero/Fantasy group of minis in his debut, with his best work being a couple of highspots in the third fall. I’m not sure where you would show a lot in CMLL minis matches though. The rudos weren’t good and the crowd wasn’t interested in this match existing at all. Maybe he’ll be better in more time but it might be tough to tell.

CMLL Viernes: 2018-07-20 

tribute to Super Astro is also a little bit of a tribute to Rayo

Recapped: 07/20/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Yago beat Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr.
(12:53 [6:15, 3:12, 3:26], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Lluvia, Marcela, Mistique 
(13:05 [6:40, 3:31, 2:54], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Pólvora
(14:16 [4:00, 5:23, 4:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero went to a time limit draw against Mephisto in a lightning match
(10:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Penta El Zero M
(12:17 [5:26, 6:51], 1/2 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 
(11:26 [4:02, 4:35, 2:49], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas

A promo aired, with LA Park saying he’d be at the 85th Anniversario. The match with Rush was implied but definitely not said.

Cibernético used the ropes (barely) to beat Último Guerrero in the main event.

Barbaro Cavernario fouled Carístico and unmasked him to end the semimain in two falls.

Rayo de Jalisco was remembered before the third match.

Thoughts:

Caristico with some impact

Klan Kaoz versus Los Guerreros didn’t have the Guerreros flying all over the place out of the gate and suffered for it. It had a lot of the Klan Kaoz working together on team moves instead. They are trying – they don’t do the dives and take the big bumps in the third fall if they’re not trying. This was much better than the debut. It’s just also visibly not working and that’s making it a tough watch. Kaoz is not good enough to come off as a threat to the Guerreros, the fans already want to write them off for just being ex-AAA wrestlers, and they’re missing the presence and charisma they had to overcome the work. They’re just coming off as guys who do some moves, nothing special. The Guerreros comeback was fun, UG teasing there might be another match before Ciber made it clear it was the title match was not fun. That feels like it will be it for Kaoz, but maybe CMLL will see the crowd booing afterward as a great rudo reaction and not them rejecting the match.

The semimain didn’t totally fulfill the potential of the people involved, but still was easily the best and most heated match of the night. Fans were excited for Penta versus Dragon Lee and Carístico, and the técnico in-fighting was done well soon. The brawl at the start was superheated, even if CMLL’s cameras didn’t seem to follow Penta into the crowd. The disappointment is CMLL didn’t really take as much advantage of it. They telegraphed it only going two falls from early on and downplayed Penta despite him being the most over character in the match. Maybe Penta’s not coming back for a while, but this should’ve had more than a taste of the Dragon Lee/Penta stuff teased over the last couple months, and Penta instead losing to Mistico was weird. (Perhaps we’ll have to see that match elsewhere.) Negro Casas took some big bumps for any age and Cavernario looked good as always, it was a good match, just not really the match everything leading in suggested. Don’t run your own feuds in CMLL, I guess.

Kawato’s job was to stand in place blankly and that’s his best move.

The Cuatrero/Mephisto match followed the Rayo de Jalisco tribute and had an uphill battle to get the crowd back up. It wasn’t really the right combination for that, and the match they had wasn’t much good. It was generally a professional lightning match, with one cringe moment in the middle where Cuatrero stayed still until Mephisto walked over to whip him. Neither man played técnico and the usual pro-NGD crowd didn’t care much about the generic action they were treated towards. They worked slower to make sure they could go long enough, and that didn’t help either, but neither guy seems like a great singles wrestler on their own in 2018. This was cold and disappointing. Giving it an OK grade is probably a little bit generous.

Tercera really dragged with rudo control in the first two falls and never got solidly beyond that. Titan & Triton had some moments, but not enough to make this worthwhile. Matching up Kawato and Esfinge to end a fall was some special magic, delivering the botched spot we were all expecting. They went back to in the third fall, it didn’t look good, and Esfinge was at least selling an injury after. Maybe don’t do that.

Penta taking out Dragon Lee

Dalys and Marcela had a good opening exchange, Lluvia looked the best she has since this return (and better than some time before), and the rest was a totally forgettable women’s match. Mystique is shaky and slow. Her blowing her entrance to the match turned the crowd against the tecnicas and it was odd they had her go last in the opening exchanges. The last two falls weren’t much.

Principe Diamante/Super Astros openers are better than Electrico/Astral ones, though this kind of cooled off after the good first fall. Yago’s willing to go along with their offense, which comes off as fresher than the muscle minis. Super Astro Jr.’s reverse tope looked nice. At least Espanto Jr.’s over the top Canadian Destroyer on the floor was a countout this time.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 

Mistico

Recapped: 07/13/18

Matches: 

Metálico & Sangre Azteca beat Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr.
(20:50 [9:31, 3:53, 7:26], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:03 [4:06, 2:28, 8:29], 2/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Dalys beat La Jarochita in a lightning match
(4:27, powerbomb, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(11:40 [3:00, 1:49, 6:51], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. beat Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero
(12:59 [1:59, 3:55, 7:05], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Rush & Terrible beat Valiente & Volador Jr. © to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(23:01 [5:19, 4:13, 13:29], 1/3, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

bringing back an oldie

Rush & Terrible won the tag team titles, though with a foul on Volador to do it.

Atlantis was honored for his 35th Anniversary. All the wrestlers wrestled in their mask for a traditional match. Money was thrown in after. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Atlantis appeared with Atlantis prior to the match.

Carístico and his partners didn’t get along, though it wasn’t played up a lot. They had a standoff post-match, but the camera shot the crowd instead.

Thoughts: 

doomed

The main event worked as the show ender on a big show. There was a simple story of Los Ingobernables just being a little bit better in form as a team than Valiente & Volador. One team crashed into each other on a dive, the other successfully distracted the referee for a foul. The match itself tried to bridge the two different styles; this wasn’t quite the athletic display of other Volador big matches, nor was it the brawl Rush has been doing with LA Park. Terrible still seemed nervous taking the big Volador moves, but it and the Spanish fly on Rush went OK. The crowd made this feel like a big match, taking the matchup from good to something more borderline.

The legends match was a perfectly fine match – so much better than usual CMLL legends match. Including Último Guerrero feels like cheating, it brings the average up so much. Still, Fuerza Guerrera and Mascara 2000 also worked well off the técnicos too. This might have been Mascara’s best performance of the year, or at least the one where he felt least out of place. Fuerza taking backdrops in his sixties is crazy. The rudos were able to work thru the técnicos usual spots, and there was never a sad moment where they were failing at them. Rayo seemed to wrestle an out-sized portion of the match, but it means less Octagon and a little less Atlantis and that was fine. Everyone got what they wanted out of this and it didn’t overstay their welcome.

The fourth match was primarily a técnico showcase. They were so focused on the técnicos doing neat moves that they didn’t really have time for the técnicos to feud among themselves and they went out of their way to ignore after the match. This wasn’t the most they could do, but plenty to impress a crowd which seemed more willing to cheer the técnicos on this show. It was notable to see Gran Guerrero catching the big diving headscissors to the outside. These matches used to go out of their way to keep Gran Guerrero from being in those positions and now he was in the center of them.

Audaz comes at it from a different direction

Dalys matches continue to look like a cold repetition of match practiced many times, and a single match exposes that style more. The match had plenty of action but was short because they were running thru their prescribed spots at a fast pace, and didn’t think to do anything in between. Both women also reacted to the moves when they expected them to be happening, not when they actually did. The style did have a lot more moves than expected for a women’s match, but those weren’t performed well. La Jarochita’s big spot is her facewash running boot to the face, but her kick and Dalys’ face didn’t come close to each other. Jarochita’s suplex looked good, and she didn’t have much more offense to go wrong, because Dalys seemed to take 70% of the match. It’s unusual to control so much of a match and still win, but that’s about where the women’s division is right now.

The segunda was better fun than it looked on paper. Kawato and Star Jr. have been working together enough that they have some chemistry and a lot of spots to do. (Star Jr. could use something other than a cutter though.) Universo did more basing for Audaz in this match than their lightning match, and they could hide the errors better in a trios match. Fuego was way over and Okumura also existed. The third fall went long and the crowd seemed antsy for them to get on with the parts of the show they came for, but the action was still good. This was closer to being great than OK.

The opener got a lot of time, more than usual, and it allowed us to see more of the técnicos than usual. The absurdly long first fall lost my interest a bit, but surely allowed the Atlantis photo session to go on a bit longer. It got better in the second fall once the técnicos finally got their comeback and picked up the action. The wrestling wasn’t clean. Metálico took Principe Diamante’s to end the second fall really nicely, though only after he and Diamante got lost on the spot to set it up, and after he lost Astro on a headscissors. Super Astro has an advantage on most of these rookies of late by being able to do his father’s spots, which are still recognizable but still seem fresh since he hasn’t been wrestling regularly in a long time. Astro is talented him, but it’s helped him stand out in a way Principe Diamante hasn’t gotten to yet.

Kawato can do a sequence.

 

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-06 

flying guerreros

Recapped: 07/06/2018

Matches:

Robin & Starman beat Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
(11:43 [5:06, 2:55, 3:42], 1/3, ok)

Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany beat La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Marcela 
(13:31 [6:48, 2:45, 3:58], 2/3, ok)

Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón beat Puma, Tiger, Virus
(15:30 [5:22, 4:21, 5:47], 2/3, ok)

Atlantis, Flyer, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:11 [4:24, 2:48, 5:59], 2/3, ok)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:40 [3:00, 4:09, 3:31], 1/3 DQ, ok)

Penta El Zero M, Rush, Terrible beat Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(9:52 [3:11, 1:59, 4:42], 1/3, ok)

What happened:

Puma

Volador & Valiente made no attempt to help Carístico in the main event, even arguing with him in the third fall. Los Ingobernables attacked Valiente & Volador, so they did participate in the match. Terrible pulled Valiente’s mask off in the second fall for the DQ. While Penta & Carístico feuded, it was Rush & Terrible who pinned Valiente to set up a tag title match in the future. After the show ended, and in the back, Rush & Terrible attacked Penta.

Ciber snuck in a foul on UG to win. The Chris hit Gran Guerrero & Euforia with cane shots afterward. Both teams suggested the idea of a trios title match in backstage promos.

Thoughts: 

Caristico

The main event was strange. The crowd seemed into the Caristico/Penta feud, but they didn’t play that up as strong as they could’ve. The crowd could’ve gotten into Volador & Valiente betraying Carístico too, and going for the tag team title match was presented as an underwhelming third choice. The match seemed disjointed. The part that stood out was a long camera shot of Valiente waiting in the corner, with both the técnico and the production crew anticipating a moment where he’d start running for the Valiente Special, only it just never came. It wasn’t clear what happened, though it was noticeable that everyone was distracted by Penta & Carístico brawling outside of the ring. It was two different matches going on at the same time in moments, and the match didn’t live up to expectations.

I guess Klan Kaoz was better this week, but the semimain was mostly about the técnicos working really hard and out of character as técnicos. They did a great job of it, it’s not every day you get Euforia & Gran Guerrero stage dives. Klan Kaoz was willing, I couldn’t believe Ciber took the big press slam. It’s just that everything the Guerreros were doing here were smoke and mirrors they could’ve done with any other team, so either the Klan Kaoz have to come off as a big deal (and they didn’t) or they have to be really promising to build off. The finish suggested we’re not done with them any time soon.

Flyer

The fourth match was largely better than expected. The NGD were aggressive, impressively attacking Atlantis early on. They were good matches to Soberano and Flyer’s aerials. The Forastero/Flyer sequences were the best he’s looked since winning the Gran Alternativa (and a reason to be disappointed that Tuesday bit never went anywhere.) Atlantis dropping Sansón badly on the Atlantida was sad, and sadder still is no one being able to convince him to cut out attempting a move he can not reliably do well. No one would have an issue with Atlantis winning with cradles, and it wouldn’t be as deflating ends to otherwise good matches like tonight’s finish.

The tercera was slightly disappointing to me while still being fine. This match didn’t seem quite as fast moving and sharp as some of the recent Puma/Tiger matches. The individual parts seemed right, and Esfinge wasn’t Esfinge enough to take it down, but the match just didn’t work all the way thru for some reason. There were good moments; Puma’s first fall front cracker on Maya looked fantastic.

The women’s match was the usual rehearsed feeling matches, not fast enough to evade the feeling of people running thru a routine. This division is missing people who standout; la Guerrera’s careful rope walk + springboard spot gives her something. Jarochita has been around for far longer and doesn’t have anything that interesting. Unfortunately, the spin was still the same Dalys/Marcela stuff that’s been done to death, complete with Dalys running thru everyone before the finish.

Inquisidor and Apocalipsis remain a thoroughly uninteresting pair of luchadors. They were more willing to take moves on the floor and moving a little faster on a Friday night, but they were still largely forgettable. Starman and Robin didn’t do a lot better.

La Guerrera