CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 

Triton is pretty good

Recapped: 01/12/2018

Matches:

Eléctrico & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(11:55 [4:02, 2:55, 4:58], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma
(16:42 [6:18, 4:59, 5:25], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sagrado, Tiger, Virus beat Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón  
(15:00 [6:54, 4:13, 3:53], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Titán beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(8:01, figure four cradle, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis
(9:01 [2:54, 2:09, 3:58], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone beat Kráneo, Vangellys, Terrible
(12:22 [4:52, 2:47, 4:43], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Stukita is a wizard

Shocker was supposed to be in this match, then Mr. Niebla, and it ended up with a rare Friday night Vangellys main event. Terrible and Diamante Azul feuded, with Azul pinning Terrible cleanly after stopping a foul and a mask pull.

Negro Casas appeared before the match, giving Blue Panther a present to give to Sam Adonis. It was a new USA flag. Adonis started waving it around without realizing the image in the center was of a bald Donald Trump. Sam also tried wearing his wig all match, only for it to get pulled off just before the end of the match.

The opener was Electrico’s final minis match. He will start in the main division in two weeks.

Thoughts:

Sagrado guides Triton into the barricade

The main event looked like an off night show closer and played out that way for the most part. Marco had good timing on his spots, and Kraneo was amusing as always. Vangellys and Carístico did not have a lot of chemistry, though I’m not sure Carístico would’ve done much better with Mr. Niebla or Shocker. Terrible and Diamante Azul didn’t really do enough to give a sense of how that title match is going to work, but I’d be disappointed if Terrible lose it already.

The bald Trump flag was an inventive way to keep a sidelined Negro Casas still a little bit involved with Adonis, and gave a bit more energy to what looked like a normal match on paper. Blue Panther played Adonis enemy well, so much that third fall couldn’t start due to him waving around the flagpole empty. This was a fine enough match made fun by the little extra thought.

Cometa folds up Titan

Titan/Rey Cometa was an inventive lightning match. It wasn’t the throw everything at the wall match like with Dragon Lee and Titan, but a more building back and forth match. Their was a clear story that Titan had far surpassed Rey Cometa. Everything Cometa could do, Titan could do a little bit better. Cometa pushed Titan to have an entertaining match, but didn’t come all that cross to winning. Matches with definite winners and losers can work too.

Triton walking the ropes to set up the headscissors was incredible in the tercera, but it couldn’t save the rest of his team. T. Panther had some good moments, especially taking Tiger’s DDT. Blue Panther Jr. somehow messed up a roll up with the same Tiger. Sagrado is a fine jerk, but this match was more memorable parts than a complete picture for me.

The second match followed the first with the same layout. The rudos methodically took apart the técnicos for two falls before finally giving an opening. The difference here were the rudos also taking chunks of the third fall for no narrative reason. Raziel at least did some interesting mat work early, but this was a struggle to watch. Universo 2000 Jr. really had a tough time during the comeback and never really was all that good.

The opener should’ve been an Eléctrico exhibition, a showcase of why you should want to follow Eléctrico in the main division. The opener was instead an explanation of why Eléctrico would want out of the minis. The rudos were literally walking thru spots for the first two falls, just going thru their usual offense in a bored fashion. Stukita gave the match a little bit of life in the third. Eléctrico looked alright when he finally got his chance, but just alright – it wasn’t Fiero’s final match, and these rudos were definitely not Templario. It was just the same average minis match as always.

Mije can fly or at least fall

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 

Fiero! or Audaz! or whomever

Recapped: 01/06/2018

Matches: 

Fiero, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs El Coyote, Templario, Yago
(9:44 [6:16, 3:28], 1/2, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso & Titán beat  Raziel & Virus
(24:13 [8:16, 5:22, 10:35], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. beat  Rey Cometa
(6:20, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Rey Cometa Canadian Destroyer (1:37)

  2. Soberano tornillo (1:27)

  3. Soberano springboard legdrop (3:16)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(16:06 [6:52, 3:03, 6:11], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero
(
18:54, 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Gran Guerrero reverse armscissors (2:02)

  2. Niebla Roja huracanrana (3:50)

  3. Niebla Roja Furia Roja (13:02)

Último Guerrero & Valiente  vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(15:26 [4:11, 1:44, 9:31], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero casually catching, strolling, powerbombing

Though Audaz was announced for the match, Fiero wrestled under his previous name. After he won the match, Panico and JCR came to the ring to talk him up, and announce he’d be now known as Audaz. Fiero switched masks and celebrated. Panico spoke about this being the first of a lot of opportunities for young talent this year.

Thoughts: 

cool, but would’ve been cooler if he could pull it off a bit quicker

The main event had the elements of a good match, but it was missing a little heart for me. The issue with this format of rematches of big matches is the rematches are not as big. The rematches lack the same stakes that drove the wrestlers and the fans in the first match, and it feels a little flat in comparison. This one felt more like an all star tag exhibition match of showcasing moves rather than one where people were desperate to win. Último Guerrero, the worst offender, is better in theory in tag matches because there are people who can come in and out and he can’t just do the checklist match. In this one, he crossed a while bunch of the checklist with Volador before finally letting the other people play. They didn’t just do UG’s stuff, they repeated what seemed to be a lot of the final, but no one quite got into it as much the final, and it was one of those matches where no one was really close to winning until it was time to finish. There’s far worse and it entertained the fans, it just wasn’t all that interesting.

The Gran Guerrero/Niebla Roja match went very long. Maybe the plan, maybe because they were making up for other things going short. It led to it having a slow pace all the way thru, not even the rush at the end that happens frequently. Maybe they would’ve gotten to that moment; the finish seemed like it was a three count that shouldn’t have been one. The big moves were impressive, the crowd hating Niebla Roja was also impressive. I think I would’ve better enjoyed a much shorter version of this.

crunch

The fourth match was about normal for the NGD of late. They’ve plateaued on offense, rolling out almost the same spots every match and could use some freshening up there. Their selling is still good, actively making the técnicos look better in a way uncommon for a lot of rudos. Esfinge looked really good in this match, and I can’t credit him for all of that. They got a lot of time and tried to make use of it all the way thru better than the second match.

Soberano/Cometa was going along well enough, then Edgar counted three when Rey Cometa kicked out, or Cometa waited until too late to kick out. It seemed more on Cometa, and it seemed a disappointment compared to what was expected: this was effectively a lightning match with fall breaks. The highlights looked good but the match didn’t come the way it could’ve been. It’s alright if you’re not expecting a lot.

this is going to need a name

The segunda was going to have trouble following what happened to open the show by any means, but this match would’ve been a downer on a dead Tuesday show. Raziel & Virus killed the pace, with only sporadic moments of interest and no real direction. Pegasso & Titan would’ve had to go all out to make it work, and they could just make it sort of passable. The crowd wasn’t reacting to anything they were doing, which just make it stick out worse. They did end up unloading everything they could do b the end, and the crowd did react to Titan eliminating Raziel, but it sure took a long time to get to that point, and it was odd this came down to Pegasso.

I’m probably overrating the match because I was so excited to see an all out match in an CMLL opener, and these guys haven’t been as overexposed as others. Fiero’s superb, and they not so subtly made all the biggest moments of the match about him to build him up for his name change. This still wasn’t a one many show, with everyone else getting their own moments. Templario might one day surpass his técnico rival, and that they had him work every big spot with the guy they’re trying to get over speaks very well of him. Magia Blanca looked completely lost when he started in CMLL and has come so long way. Everyone looked like a strong prospect for the future, a hopeful way to start off this show.

cavernario ends a long day with a celebatory dropkick

CMLL on ClaroSports: 2018-01-01 

Adonis 450

Recapped: 01/01/2018

Matches:

Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(12:03 [4:56, 3:29, 3:38], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman beat Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
(11:42 [6:01, 3:09, 2:32], 1/3 DQ (2 also DQ), ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther beat Nitro, Sagrado, Virus
(14:35 [6:52, 4:33, 3:10], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys beat Esfinge, Titán, Valiente Drone  
(10:36 [2:35, 2:48, 5:13], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:17 [5:57, 4:34, 2:46], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Negro Casas beat Sam Adonis, hair vs hair
(12:37, 1/3, great,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Negro Casas scorpion (2:30)
  2. Sam Adonis 450 splash (3:19)
  3. Negro Casas casita (6:48)

What happened:

Titan clearing out the side

Dalys seconded Casas. Johnny Idol & Okumura were with Adonis, but the commission said he could only have one. After a bit of stalling, Johnny Idol was sent away. It didn’t really factor into the match, though Dalys and Adonis did have a brief post match skirmish when Adonis attacked Casas while trying to get away. He did come back and get his hair shaved.

Signo & Starman continued to feud. Starman fouled Signo for the DQ in the second, Signo unmasked him in the third. The rudos unmasked Star Jr. as well.

Thoughts: 

Casas was taking superplex and dealing missile dropkicks

The main event was a success. The heat was there, the crowd cared far more about this match than anything on this show. It was the action that was more of a surprise, this felt like the best action performance by Adonis in his CMLL run. This wasn’t the hidden flag pole shot, interference match that seemed teased by the build up, but an unexpectedly clean battle. It turned out, at least on this night, they didn’t really need it. The crowd was into every chop, every weird mafia kick block exchange, and stayed with the match the entire way threw. Adonis’ performance (and his post match antics) came off strong enough that I think CMLL could build him up and run something like this again if they wanted to – there absolutely seemed to be more mileage in him. This felt a little shorter than the usual CMLL apuesta match, but it was probably better that way. Casas can go hard for a limited amount of time, and they went just the right time for him. Plus, the sudden casita win was a shocking but memorable way to close it.

The semimain was an alright match after some really boring matches, and nice for that. It still wasn’t NGD at their best, but it had moments of actual excitement before rushing to the finish. It wouldn’t have stood out positively on another show.

The técnicos had some good energy in the fourth match, but they didn’t really have good opponents to work with. Vangellys & Shocker didn’t have much to add, and Niebla’s not exactly carrying this thing by himself. This was not a good match when they put it together and lived up to expectations.

the referee freezing in place really makes it come together as a failure.

The tercera had the usual big run at the end, but it wasn’t that big, didn’t last that long, and didn’t make up for exceedingly mailed in performance prior to it. Everyone was at fault, and no one was trying. Blue Panther Jr. lost Virus on the nudo lagunero (slippery hands) and thought pinning him would just be enough. That was not a correct belief.

Losing his mask has given Signo a little more focus and energy. He’s still not any good and neither was this match. No one besides the two guys in it have much interest in this feud going on, and the brawling wasn’t enough to turn it around.

An ordinary minis match led this show off. This had more effort than the equivalent match on the Christmas Day show, but they weren’t going that hard – Mercurio seemed more interested in what weird stuff he could work into the match. He did a lot of not a lot. Some day, the minis will have a direction and it’ll be mindblowing.

just a nice camera angle

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-29 

another week, another miss

Recapped: 12/29/2017

Matches:

Universo 2000 Jr. & Metálico beat Magia Blanca & Robin
(11:08 [5:08, 3:27, 2:33], 1/3, below average, YouTube)

Puma, Sagrado, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther  
(11:36 [3:21, 3:14, 5:01], 1/3, good, YouTube)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán  
(16:08 [5:22, 3:27, 7:19], 1/3, good, YouTube)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat  Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
(7:59 [4:25, 3:34], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, YouTube)

Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero beat Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(11:34 [5:25, 2:06, 4:03], 1/3, ok, YouTube
)

Volador Jr. © beat Carístico for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(19:21, good, YouTube)

  1. Carístico headscissors small package (2:26)
  2. Volador backcracker (0:47)
  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (16:08)

Gif: 5528/5846/6511

What happened: 

what a chop

Flyer & Titan were the seconds in the title match. That proved pivotal, with Flyer distracting Tirantes as Carístico applied La Mistica for the certain win. (Flyer was probably a sub for Mistico.) Carístico let go, and was soon hit with a Canadian Destroyer for the win.

The post match was a race to see who could take control of the narrative. Volador tried to brag about beating Carístico, but Carístico hurried in to put the belt on Volador to prove he’s a bigger man and also didn’t care all that much about losing. It came off both unprofessional and very clear CMLL was not going any farther with the program any time soon.

The rudos stomped on Casas until they were Dqed in the first, then Adonis used the flag to hit and choke Casas for the DQ in the second fall.

Universo 2000 Jr. replaced Arkangel de la Muerte in the opener

Thoughts: 

enjoying Mr. Niebla while it lasts

The main event felt a bit similar to last week, but Volador is so good at playing subtle heel and the crowd was very into Carístico. It still worked. They used Carístico missing the crowd dive instead of missing the one out of the ring, they varied up the highspots a bit and the moves looked cleaner. It was taken down by the first two falls being such a thumb to the eye of the concept of three falls. The first fall was almost nothing before the finish, the second fall was little more. It takes you out of the match when they put so little into it.

The semimain was a very regular match. Shocker wore camouflage, which fit because the better part of the match as where he blended into the background. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero wrestle all the time and no one cares, so it’s like August all over again.

The crowd is ready for the hair match, and the Casas/Adonis match was just about demonstrating. Casas too; the silent angry he showed watching Adonis walk out was really good, as was his selling of the choke. Casas getting the comeback and the choke was probably too soon, but they sold that match big.

Blue Panther Jr. dumped

The NGD put on a very strong performance in the tercera. Forastero stuck out the most of me of the trio, with his reactions and his selling as much as smartly catching a pointing Cometa into an armscissors. Titan & Rey Cometa have good timing with these guys and Angel de Oro runs in place amusingly. It does feel like Angel de Oro is doing the stage dive onto a Dinamita every week but they may be going somewhere with him.

The second was a fun action match that was a drastic improvement over the match that preceded it. The Panthers and the felinos have faced each other so many times but they did manage to mix it up this time. Sagrado handled Star Jr’s slip better than anyone did in the opener. The more power spots Panther does, the better of he is as a way to separate himself from everyone else.

The opener’s first fall was so nothing that I quickly shifted to figuring out what else was going on. This was a good call, because this match ended in a disaster. Robin had a really great idea for an exciting springboard headscissors, it’s too bad he’s not capable of doing it at this point, at least not with Metalico. The ramp run went ever worse. Keep reaching for the stars.

KO kick

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-25 

THE ONE GOOD SPOT ON THE ENTIRE SHOW is a overstatement but not really a gross overstatement

Recapped: 12/25/2017

Matches: 

Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito beat Fantasy & Shockercito
(12:24 [5:33, 3:17, 3:34], 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit  beat  Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
(12:37 [6:23, 2:12, 4:02], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja beat Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(12:21 [5:43, 1:55, 4:43], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Kráneo, Pierroth, Sam Adonis beat Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas  
(9:35 [3:33, 1:48, 4:14], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Signo lost to Star Jr., NitroOro Jr.TemplarioStarmanCancerberoFiero,  PegassoRaziel in a cage match, losing his mask
(19:40, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Pegasso out (3:42)
  2. Nitro out (4:40)
  3. Cancerbero out (6:08)
  4. Oro Jr. out (7:00)
  5. Raziel out (8:47)
  6. Fiero out (9:29)
  7. Templario out (11:23)
  8. Star Jr. out (12:15)
  9. Starman Air Raid Crash Hijo del Signo (19:40)

What happened: 

so out of practice, someone forgot to stand up.

A new inexplicable twist in the cage match was a firework explosion would go off any time someone tried to climb out early. This required people to try to go out a lot earlier, and keep trying it even though things were exploding. There was also a giant Sin Salida graphic super imposed over the ring during the countdown, which made it really hard to watch the action. There was plenty of other places to put the graphic and the graphic didn’t add anything.

Signo Jr. and Starman climbed out of the cage after Star Jr. did and brawled out on the outside before going back in for their actual match. Signo badly ran out of gas and it took three tries for Starman to lift him up for the finish. Signo unmasked as Marco Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez, 38 years old. He attacked Starman too.

The MicroStars were out earlier to help Niebla promote the 01/01 show, and all came out again as part of the semimain. Microman, Zacarias and Guapito stayed far away of the ring. Mije, Chamuel, and someone in a Grinch mask (Chico Temido?) got involved a little bit.

Thoughts:

he lived

This was about as B-show as B-shows can be. The cage match didn’t change that, the holiday didn’t change it. The effort all around was actually lower than usual for most of the matches, and the crowd response matched it. There is no reason to watch this show more than a minute or two of this show.

The lucha cage match was a lucha cage match. The explosions were a strange new twist, but the action itself wasn’t anything special outside a few Templario spots. There were also crowd dives, which were forgotten as quick as they happened. Signo & Starman’s brawl outside was good, but their match in the ring was really bad.

The show was better off for the bit of randomness with the micros being around the semimain. The match wasn’t helped off, it was a strange way to build up Casas/Adonis as a serious thing, but this show was boring and The Micro Grinch choking people from the apron at least gave a uniquely strange feel. They didn’t go as crazy as they could’ve with the micros, which was a bit of a disappointment, but they did enough that it didn’t feel like a regular match.

The tercera was mostly a dry match, but it at least picked up in the last few minutes. The rudos were willing to go with the técnicos when they went thru the offense in the last few minutes, and there was passing reference to the upcoming Blue Panther Jr/Hechicero title match. This just felt like it too a long time to get anywhere though.

The women’s match felt like they were putting for decent effort, but it just wasn’t that interesting. Sugehit & Zuexis had an obligatory confrontation, and it would’ve been more interesting for them to feud instead of doing nothing, but they just went with nothing. The people who are usually not good remained so. The Jarochita tope felt like the one high spot of the match.

The minis disappointed, doing less than usual. Pequeño Nitro throwing himself into post was just about it, and the lack of effort in the opener set a bad tone for the rest of the show.

Monito is dangerous

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 

he survived

Recapped: 12/22/2017

Matches: 

Fiero & Oro Jr. beat Raziel & Templario
(5:48 [2:45, 3:03], 1/2 DQ, ok, YouTube)

Puma, Tiger, Virus beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. 
(13:31 [5:34, 4:22, 3:35], 2/3, good, YouTube)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Cuatrero, Negro Casas
(14:46 [6:12, 2:35, 5:59], 2/3, good, YouTube)

Rush defeated Mr. NieblaÚltimo Guerrero, Terrible, Shocker, Sansón, Kráneo, EuforiaMáscara Año 2000Rey BucaneroGran GuerreroForastero, PierrothHechiceroMisterioso Jr.Vangellys  to win CMLL’s Leyenda de Azul tournament
(28:40, ok, YouTube – right to the match, skipping the battle royal)

  1. Sansón submitted Misterioso Jr. (9:10)
  2. Hechicero Magia Negra Vangellys (13:11)
  3. Pierroth Boston crab Mascara 2000 (13:34)
  4. Euforica on Shocker (14:12)
  5. Rey Bucanero small package Forastero (15:16)
  6. Mr. Niebla Nieblina Rey Bucanero (17:58)
  7. Mr. Niebla pin Gran Guerrero (21:30)
  8. Gran Guerrero pin Mr. Niebla (21:30)
  9. Rush corner dropkick Hechicero (22:20)
  10. Kraneo running hipcheck Sanson (23:05)
  11. Terrible drokick Kraneo (23:32)
  12. Último Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero Terrible (24:33)
  13. Rush pin Último Guerrero w/help from Pierroth (25:44)
  14. Euforia armabr Pierroth (26:54)
  15. Rush martillo negro Euforia (28:40)

Carístico beat Volador Jr.
(15:26, 2/3, great, YouTube)

  1. Volador backcracker (2:56)
  2. Carístico torito (2:55)
  3. Carstico La Caristica (9:35)

What happened:

Templario and Raziel probably could’ve just won the second fall

Carístico challenged Volador to a NWA World Welterweight championship match for next week. Volador said OK, before playing around doing it tonight and then walking out.

Pierroth & Rush fought, but only for a moment before hugging, and teamed up to cheat Último Guerrero out of the tournament. Rush at first mocked the trophy, then seemed happier with the belt.

Sansón unmasked Angel de Oro for no obvious reason.

Rudos had the técnicos dead to rigths in the second fall of the opener, but choose to unmask them instead for the DQ.

Thoughts:

welcome back Kraneo

Carístico dying on a missed dive early on gave this match with a Volador a different feel from the start. Volador repeatedly waiting in the ring for Carsitico to climb back, content with a countout win but more eager just to kick Carístico’s head in as he got into the ring, made sure he came strongly as a rudo and that this was something more move turn taking. They still did a lot of big spots, and Carístico seemed to recover from his death a little too easily, but they got the fans into it after some less than interesting stuff that preceded it. Volador going for La Mistica as the ultimate humiliation and getting caught in the other way was a smart finish for Caristico’s big win. Next week is going to be challenging, I’m not sure there’s enough there to come back for a third singles match between them in such short time. I don’t blame them for trying.

The Leyenda de Azul tournament didn’t seem to have any reason to exist, except that somehow Rush hadn’t won one of the 30 different tournaments or titles CMLL had this year so I guess that had to be checked off before the calendar page turned. Crowd seemed to tire of this concept about 7 minutes in and these guys weren’t the ones to get them back. Mr. Niebla had a really good night and some guys (Euforia, Terrible) had obvious fun working as técnicos for limited periods, but this was a really long match that didn’t go anywhere interesting. There are better ways to use your time.

Niebla was in good form

The tercera was alright, but after two matches that were almost what they could’ve been, I was again hoping for a little bit more. The crowd was so into cheering Negro Casas and booing Mistico that it kind overshadowed everything else. It made it more memorable that way, though it was fighting the way they wanted the match to go. Angel de Oro’s moonsault to the floor on Cuatrero in the second fall was really well timed.

The second match looked like it could be great, especially with Soberano added to the match. It felt more like they worked to the position on the card, with some fast moving action but not going over the top with big action as they shown at other times. Everything they did try looked pretty well, with some good timing on on a slightly unusual sequence at the end, but I think people might still view this one as a little bit of disappointment given the names involved.

The opener was all about letting people know these people are having a cage match in three days by shredding everyone’s masks. They did get a few good spots, and it’d be nice to get a real version of this match someday. Fiero & Templario looked nervous in the first fall, but a lot steadier in the second fall. They did a cool reversal of Fiero’s finishing armbar into a powerbomb that would’ve been way over if people knew it was Fiero’s finish. The match didn’t go long enough see if Raziel was actually trying, but his suplex at the end was cool.

Angel de Oro timing

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 

whatever works

Recapped: 12/15/2017

Matches: 

Star Jr. & Starman beat Hijo del Signo & Templario
(8:53 [3:39, 5:14], 1 (DQ)/2, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Shockercito © defeated Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
(12:54 [3:52, 2:50, 6:12], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

  1. Mercurio wheelbarrow facelsam (3:52)
  2. Shockericto torito (2:50)
  3. Shockericto reinera (6:02)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
(12:52 [6:23, 1:45, 4:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(19:49 [5:53, 4:47, 9:09], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora
(11:06 [2:09, 1:53, 7:04], 1/3, ok via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Terrible, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(15:45 [1:48, 2:33, 11:24], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

good for Templario, good for Star Jr., not good for Hijo del Signo

Volador & Mistico continued to wrestle as rudos against Carístico, with Mistico even wearing some devil horns to the ring and his team jumping the opposition (including a Carístico/Mistico fight atop the stage.) The finish saw an atypical chain of chicanery while Tirantes out on the floor: Terrible unmasked Soberano, Guerrero fouled Terrible, Mistico fouled Último Guererro, Carístico unmasked Mistico after a brief fight, and Volador fouling Carístico for the deciding pin. That pivoted the focus of the issue to Carístico versus Volador. Carístico challenged his rival to an apuesta match as usual. Volador, as he’s done on Informa a couple times, declared Caristico’s match wasn’t that valuable and he’d rather face Último Guerrero in a hair versus hair match (calling UG’s hair the most valuable in the promotion, which pleased Guerrero.) Nothing was really settled, and a second post match scrum saw Mistico & Volador attack Carístico, and Volador cover Carístico for a Mistico three count. The impression now is Volador/Caristico is the big match next week, with Mistico only involved if they expand it to a tag match with Soberano or Último Guerrero, but nothing’s was certain at the close of the show.

Pólvora was a replacement for Shocker, who’s father Pato Soria passed away earlier in the day and was honored before the fourth match. Shocker himself had been a replacement for Negro Casas.

Pequeño Oimpico and Último Dragoncito were the seconds for the championship match.

The opener featured heavy mask ripping. The rudos were Dqed for excessive violence in the first. Signo was counted out in the second fall after missing a tope and needed medical help.

Thoughts: 

good clean for Volador

The main event was better from a whistle to three count match standpoint, and it was even stronger to get people interested in what big matches could be next. CMLL’s frequency of teasing big ideas and not paying them off makes it hard to buy into completely to anything they’re selling – already, they’re moving away from the direct Carístico/Mistico confrontation they were setting up just last week. Still, this felt like a much bigger deal than the big matches they have set up. The cage match is a nothing happening match, Adonis/Casas will get over when Casas is back, but just the sliver of the possibility of the matches teased here had the fans as interested. I assume CMLL’s ending this next week, but it’d probably be more worthwhile to string along at least enough to be underneath matches on those two big shows.

Volador’s best personality work is as the sort of sarcastic rudo he played here. Volador’s the top CMLL técnico because Sombra turned rudo way back when, and because now there’s been no one better for that more important spot, but it feels CMLL has something here worth upending it’s plans and figuring out everything else as it goes; this is not propping up a concept that’s not working like Los Ingobernables, this is something with life behind it. The Mistico character doesn’t fit as a rudo, but the person behind it seems to be enjoying playing Volador’s partner in crime. Terrible didn’t get as big a part as last week, but feels much more vital hanging out with these guys than Vangellys and Bucanero for obvious reasons. Again, this is CMLL, so it’s very likely they’ll do the big singles match this week or next and then everyone will suddenly be friends again, but it’d be a waste.

strut

The finish was all sorts of screwy in a fashion that doesn’t happen on CMLL shows, but that’s fine. This is an unusual feud, so back to back weeks of unusual finishes makes sense (even if it a little bit concerning for what we might be getting in that singles match.) As long the exceptional doesn’t became the normal, it works fine.

Sam was definitely hated but his match itself didn’t have a lot going on. His fight with Cavernario got the crowd to care, but the rudo/rudo bit didn’t work otherwise. Técnico Tiger would’ve been better than técnico Pólvora but that’s probably not how the decision was made. Ephesto and Cavernario did leapfrog and roll spots and it was a struggle for poor Ephesto. Ephesto had to bump backwards out of the ring and that was very slow. Someone please challenge Ephesto to a mask match.

The NGD match felt like it was missing a bit of energy. The rudos were slower than usual in the first fall and when they were back in control late. They did a lot of their usual stuff, but it felt like it was missing intensity and the crowd wasn’t as into them. This was not bad but I feel like they’ve had much better and the técnicos were fine.

Shockercito huracanrana

There wasn’t much interesting in the women’s match. Lady Maravilla and Amapola had some bad interactions in the first fall for people who I generally think of as good. It went better for them in the third fall. Amapola kneeling on the apron, watching Marcela hit Dalys with a top rope double stomp with doing anything, was odd. It worked out for her team, she’s the former champ, guess she knew better. I think I’m going to watch the Isis/Sugehit match because either Isis pulled off a lot we’re not seeing from her in the trios matches or it must’ve been a struggle.

Shockercito put on a one man show in the minis match. Mercurio didn’t have much to contribute on offense, and Shockercito added most of the action. Mercurio works with team moves in trios matches but did not impress in control of the match, and isn’t gifted enough to help Shockercito look impressive. The story of the result was Mercurio wasn’t in Shockercito’s league but it also felt that way with the work. The big moments were enough to get me to like it, and them going back to play off the first fall finish in the third, but I could people getting all they’re going to get out of it watch just the highlights. The crowd wasn’t much into this match outside of chanting for Shocker at one point, and that probably wasn’t about what was happening in the ring. They’ve been given no great reason to care about these guys and they weren’t able to change minds in this match.

This opener was the Templario show, and the portion of the crowd that was around for the opener must’ve been impressed. Signo had a good match because Templario was carrying so much of it, and because he utterly destroyed himself on a missed dive. The técnicos were just along for the ride for most of the match. Not a complete good match but more interesting than usual.

dives

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-08 

hooray team

Recapped: 12/08/17

Matches: 

Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico beat Shockercito & Stukita  
(12:36 [4:25, 2:42, 5:29], 1/3, ok)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus beat Oro Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr.
(12:26 [5:11, 2:12, 5:03], 1/3, ok)

Euforia, Hechicero, Pólvora beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(14:14 [6:47, 2:37, 4:50], 1/3, ok)

Dragón Lee beat Titán in a lightning match
(8:30, Dragon Driver, good)

Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis beat Marco Corleone, Negro Casas, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(6:34 [1:49, 1:33, 3:12], 2/3, ok)

Carístico, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero went to a draw against Mistico, Terrible, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(13:47 [2:22, 2:12, 9:13], Team Mistico won first + Team Carístico won second + double count out of the ring in the third, good)

What happened:

Titan DDT

Volador’s team wrestled as rudos, with Mistico going after Caristico’s mask. Carístico was the only person who really tried to get in to beat the 20 count but it was not to be. Último Guerrero and Mistico challenged the opposition to settle things with one more fall, but Terrible wanted a rematch next week.

This was the first Friday night Arena Mexico CMLL show to end in a draw since Negro Casas & Blue Panther went to a draw in the main event of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas in 2012. (A 2016 Elite show also ended in a draw.) The only CMLL Arena Mexico main events I have ending as specifically ending in a double countout of the ring is are a 2004 Santo/Perro Jr. match, and a 1995 El Dandy/Ray Gonzalez title match, but I’m surely missing many.

Adonis was disqualified in the first fall for excessive violence, pinned Casas clean in the second, and snuck in a foul on the third. Adonis hyped the hair match on 1/1 after his win, then fought Casas more.

Mije was with Euforia (so Kraneo was probably booked for his spot at some point.)

Misterioso is hurt in the second fall when Pegasso’s 450 splash lands badly on one of his wrists.

Mercurio challenged Shockercito to a title match next week, which Shockercito accepted.

Thoughts: 

star smashed

The main event could’ve had more technical moments given who was involved, and there definitely were times where wrestlers playing unusual roles for the night had trouble making it work. (Soberano didn’t get as much help here as he might from the Dinamitas.) Still, it was overall an interested and heated match. There was great chaos at the beginning, the silliness of Carístico & Soberano raising the roof for Último Guerrero and big action moments like the dive sequence. It remains weird that the guy CMLL’s picked as the rightful Mistico is the rudo here, even to Carístico calling him a pirated version of Mistico. Still, it’s well established that the crowd is going to pick the original over the replacement, so they might as well go with it. The fans got into that rivalry again, and CMLL’s taking their time going to that match. It could happen in two weeks, and it could be very big whenever it happens.

The semimain was really quick, but it actually accomplished something. That’s ahead of most. Crowd is into the Casas/Adonis stuff and the last run of the match was pretty good. They seem to be working better at this point. I barely even noticed Pierroth was in this match, always a victory.

Dragon Lee/Titan was a really nice change of pace from the undercard, with all the wrestlers involved really wanting to have a great match. It didn’t quite work – the opening exchange had a cross up, Titan slipped later trying an incredible escape, the finish didn’t look right – but there was enough that still went good that it easily interesting. The one thing both guys brought back from Japan over their many trips is a love of hard chop exchange and the occasional stomp to the head. They were brutal to each other at times while still keeping the idea of a técnico/tecnico matchup. This felt like just a small portion of what they could do in a longer match – we didn’t even get a Dragon Lee dive – but it was easily the best of the same style lightning matches that have cropped up in the last few weeks.

LOD got small

The tercera never really hit the heights it looked like it could on paper for any extended period. The ending dives were cool, Hechicero & Maya did some early good mat work, but Maya also was off later during the match. Cometa was unusually a non factor.

The second match was the typically alright match in this spot. Star Jr. & Virus had a really fast exchange, and the match rolled along nicely at times, but it didn’t come together to anything interesting. It was really weird having técnicos who are in the cage match and none of the rudos, and then have those técnico lose. Oro leans on the cutter spot too much.

There didn’t seem to be much juice to the Shockercito/Mercurio issue before the challenge. The opener was worked like an average minis match, and got over just as much as those have of late. The two man pedigree is a pretty heavy finish to be using in the first fall of the first match. On the other hand, the big offense by the rudo was one of the few notable things about the opener. Stukita seems to have been worn down by the CMLL machine a bit.

Pierroth wanted nothing to do with this tope

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-01

Zacarias

Recapped: 12/01/2017

Matches: 

Shockercito & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:45 [4:21, 3:41, 5:43], 2/3 DQ, below average)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus beat Astral, Pegasso, Stigma  
(12:28 [8:14, 4:14], 1/2 DQ, ok)

Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Silueta beat Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
(13:44 [5:49, 3:55, 4:00], 2/3, below average)

Hechicero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys beat Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(17:06 [5:19, 4:33, 7:14], 1/3, ok)

Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente  
(11:09 [4:38, 0:35, 5:56], 1/3, ok)

Niebla Roja beat Carístico, Negro CasasVolador Jr.MephistoMisticoShockerDragón LeeEuforiaSansónStuka Jr.Felino for the Copa Jr. VIP
Arena México, 12/01/2017

  1. 07:39 Euforia armtrap armscissors Stuka
  2. 09:35 Dragon Lee hanging double stomp Felino
  3. 14:18 Sansón powerbomb backbraker Dragon Lee
  4. 15:00 Caristica on Euforia
  5. 16:54 DQ Shocker
  6. 16:54 DQ Volador
  7. 18:00 Carístico casita Negro Casas
  8. 19:00 Sansón torture rack Mistico
  9. 23:22 Carsitico pin Sanson
  10. 23:56 Mephisto Devil’s Wings Caristico
  11. 27:45 Niebla Roja inverted campana Mephisto

What Happened:

Mistico had one big spot in the match

Niebla Roja has two bad falls near the end of the main event. There was no Casas/Adonis interaction.

Again, no Kraneo, but Mije comes out anyway in the match Kraneo was booked for (and mostly stood there without doing anything.)

The rudos went after Pegasso’s mask often during the segunda match. Pegasso unmasked Raziel for the DQ. No one else seemed to be added to the match.

Stukita eliminated Pequeño Olímpico, then Mercurio tossed Shockercito over the top onto his partner for the DQ. It appeared this was meant to be the start of a feud.

Review:

this was good

This show needed a strong main event to save it. It got anything but that. The Copa Jr. VIP was good in segments – Dragon Lee and Euforia had a great exchange, Volador had some good moments while he was on – but was already tending to disappointing territory before the last few minutes. Niebla Roja took a bad accidental fall on his head to the floor, then an even worse one on his neck in the middle of the ring. I’m not sure if he thought (like everyone else) Mephisto was going for a Devil’s Wings and got a powerbomb, or if he was just completely out of it after the first move. I do know this is the second time this has happened this year, after Matt Taven had near about the same thing happen with him and Mephisto. The goal of this match was to give Niebla Roja a big win, and there’s definitely a story you could tell with him surviving near death to win the match, but they moves were so obviously screwed up (and they’re so bad at improving) that they had to pretend everything was fine and to go the normal finish right away. It clearly was not fine.

It wasn’t fine before that moment. Carístico wrestled as if he was spooked by the WWE being back in town, making more errors than he had since leaving that ring. He still got most of the eliminations, oddly being pushed far ahead of CMLL’s own Mistico now. An awful double elimination spot saw Volador get disqualified for superkicking Tirantes after Shocker slightly pulled him in the way. Tirantes didn’t bother selling the kick, instead ceasing on his spotlight to gesture wildly and make himself the center of attention as always. He later accidentally counted down Niebla Roja for three, which caused the crowd to be a little stronger against the técnico as he was trying to win the match. Sansón got some big wins but also seemed not completely sharp. And CMLL’s transparent ambition to turn Niebla Roja into a Garza – he debuted the stripping spot in this match – is a bit out of a turn off. I guess a borrowed personality is better than none, but Roja’s added nothing new to the concept, and came off as an uninspiring cover band in a wrestling world where two other people (Garza Jr., La Mascara) are already playing those same songs.

The semimain was the match that got shorted on time because the the rest of the matches were much longer than they needed to be. This was the run of match, made worse because the rudos aren’t good with the most athletic stuff the técnicos can do. Niebla’s backwards fall to the floor is going to hurt him a bunch one day and isn’t getting a reaction now. Monito & Zacarias were the highlight of this match, even while doing their same stuff as usual.

a few seconds of Euforia & Dragon Lee

The fourth match was a fine enough match, but my interest in the show had been pretty well killed by the undercard. It wasn’t helped by Tirantes having one of his more involved performances, but this is one which felt like the peak was everyone attacking Adonis and then it just kept going longer. Some of the better spots were after that moment, but a show that was dragging could’ve used a fast paced match at this point. This would’ve been better on a different show.

The show really dragged for the first three matches. The women’s match wasn’t any good and the crowd let them know. Tiffany is painfully slow. Maravilla did 90% of the work for a headscissors she was in. There were few good moments, and the only positive is they weren’t actually blowing moves.

The second was clearly going two falls, if only because they were going way too long to go to a third one. It was strong build to a Raziel/Pegasso feud, which probably ever lead to a singles match and may not even exist a month from now. Los Cancerberos looked like a well oiled team at parts, which is odd only in that they barely ever get to team as a trio. I was bored during this match.

The minis opener felt like they were trying, but working at a slow pace. Stukita can take over a match at times, but he didn’t have that level of performance here. Mercurio didn’t bite anyone, so that was a plus, but he’s not as quick at the multiple headscissors as Demus. This didn’t separate itself from the average minis match and it wasn’t really clear why they bothered with that DQ finish. It didn’t accomplish much, except start out the show with two in a row.

if you made it this far, here’s Monito

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-11-10 

Templario’s move needs a name

Recapped: 11/22/2017

Matches: 

Akuma & Templario beat Magia Blanca & Robin  
(11:02 [4:43, 2:56, 3:23], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Oro Jr., Pegasso beat Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Raziel
(18:30 [7:23, 5:18, 5:49], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Marcela beat Amapola, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
(12:19 [5:38, 2:27, 4:14], 1/3, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja beat Stuka Jr. in a lightning match
(8:03, rolled thru plancha, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Puma, Sam Adonis, Terrible
(12:09 [5:07, 7:02], 1/2 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone, Mistico, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(9:40 [4:20, 2:03, 3:17], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Metalica Stampede

Puma is a late replacement for Shocker, and not really happy about his partners beating up on Negro Casas, but it doesn’t really affect the match. Sam hits Casas with the flag pole for the second fall DQ, then uses the flag itself to choke Casas over the ropes. Niebla breaks the flagpole over Adonis’ back to break it up.

Thoughts: 

The main event was the usual B-show main event on a Friday. Really quick with each guy going thru their highlights but not ever getting into too deep. Cuatrero and Sansón fit in fine and gave Marco two new tall guys to deal with. Mistico’s reaction came thru positive on TV, a little kinder than in person. The finishing sequence was a nice visual.

Raziel finishes Esfinge

The Casas/Adonis stuff acme thru stronger in this match than the recent ones. I think they’re just getting better at figuring out how to play off each other. Adonis is selling a bit bigger and doing more comedy, Casas seems more engaged. The match itself wasn’t much, there wasn’t a lot here beyond the feud, but it felt more successful. Referee Edgar didn’t seem at all clued into the post match stuff; Adonis has to shove him a couple times to get him to take a bump, Edgar gets back up right after anyway, and tries to break up the choke bit before it gets going. Puma was a definite upgrade to this match: I can’t see Cavernario trying to do the thru the post tope on Shocker.

The lightning match was just a Niebla Roja showcase, coming off as if Stuka Jr. had been a last minute substitute for a rudo than the planned opponent all along. CMLL is weirdly pushing Niebla Roja better after he lost his mask than before it with these sorts of wins, but the match itself, also showed how few things he still does on offense. Stuka didn’t do much himself, but that was the idea.

operacion dragon

The women’s match had more action than usual, especially when the production could keep up with it. The double finish in the first fall looked better in the building, while the cameras missed Maravilla’s suplex. Likewise, Marcela’s double knee drop on Reina Isis looked brutal in person and goes without much notice here. There’s probably a really good match where Maravilla and Metálica forearm each other hard and supelxes each other all over the place that we’re never going to see in CMLL. The dive train seemed screwed up – how did they have three rudas dive before the second tecnica?

The second match was the first one I saw full live, and it seemed like a funnier than expected match. It’s the best difference from seeing a show live and seeing it on tape about two week later. This felt like guys having an ordinary match on the second viewing. Oro’s moonsault looks good, Raziel almost kills Esfinge on his finish, and the match moves faster than usual, but it doesn’t come off near as noteworthy.

Maravilla wipes out the field

I missed most of the opener live, but it came off a lot more fun than the usual opener on video. This was young guys trying stuff, and that’s kind of what I want out of openers. Templario has a lot of offense he hasn’t had a chance to get in other shows, from the looks of it. This was a Fiero-level “next hyped star” performance out of him. Using the ramp for cartwheels is an interesting idea. Magia Blanca continues to slightly improve, and I’m not just talking about ditching the bad looking top. Robin’s probably never getting a push because he’s been an opening match guy for so long but things like his bottom rope springboard con giro are starting to convince me he might have be able to do something. Akuma’s leaping into the ring Destroyer really needs the right opponent to look good.

a long leap on this dropkick