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 )
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.