CMLL on 2018-03-09

Cometa & Puma

Recapped: 03/09/201/8

(CMLL hasn’t put up the video, so none of the video links work. Maybe later.)


Cancerbero & Raziel beat Astral & Eléctrico
(16:52 [5:55, 5:15, 5:42], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany beat Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely
(16:09 [8:04, 4:34, 3:31], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther beat Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Puma
(13:03 [5:21, 2:32, 5:10], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 2:57

Ephesto & Mephisto beat Titán & Tritón in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(3:55, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. beat Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:51, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero & Terrible beat Okumura & Sam Adonis in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:17, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone & Niebla Roja beat Cavernario & Mr. Niebla in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:36, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto & Mephisto in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(3:38, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero & Terrible beat Marco Corleone & Niebla Roja in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(2:37, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero & Terrible beat Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. in a CMLL World Tag Team semifinal
(4:26, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Volador Jr. beat El Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
(7:04 [3:00, 4:04], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

the strut makes it more powerful, it’s science

Terrible and Rey Bucanero advanced to the final of the CMLL tag team tournament, despite Terrible splitting from Rey Bucanero two weeks ago. They will face Volador & Valiente next week.

Cuatrero unmasked Angel de Oro in the first fall for a DQ, and kept the mask. Angel de Oro unmasked himself in the second fall, throwing the mask at Cuatrero while jumping at him. The referee saw Cuatrero with the mask and disqualified him. Both men yelled at each other to build up next week’s mask match.

The opener was Electrico’s first match in a month, after suffering facial injuries in a similar Friday night show.


this is more Panther than Azul thought

You can skip this whole show. I think the tercera was good, weekly TV good and nothing beyond that. The tournament wasn’t much, and the opening matches were dreadful.

The main event was successful in reminding people the mask match is coming. The fans did seem excited for it, which seems good for next week. It just wasn’t much in itself.

The tournament lack the one standout match we’ve seen in these block shows recently. The format itself is exhausted and exhausting. Common sense says CMLL should not hold another one of these for months, even if there was a plan to run a Gran Alternativa soon. Common sense wouldn’t have Terrible & Rey Bucanero as a winning team though.

stereo springboard moonsault

Kawato was enthusiastic if not exactly sharp in his match. He slipped on a missile dropkick, then nearly banged his head on the floor on a tope con giro. He’s trying, he’s getting a better feel for the rhythm of the matches and his kicks look better. Puma and Rey Cometa felt like the glue that held the match together, and they worked well together on a big headscissors to the floor at the end of the match. Braided pony tail rudo Johnny Idol is much more tolerable than the técnico version.

The women’s match had the usual problem. It was shocking to see Seductora do a (very assisted) rope walk plancha because she didn’t seem to be able to do much the rest of the match. Tiffany reduces everyone slap fighting, because it’s not a great idea to do more. Rudas won and looked unimpressive in doing so. Tecnicas got good reactions and tried a little but this match was set up to be no good and was no good. It’d be helpful if the luchadoras themselves are better. It’d be simpler if CMLL stopping booking trios matches for the sake of booking trios matches, and just left the lesser women on the bench.

One of the worst CMLL openers of the year, even with experienced guys. Cancerbero got annoyed and stopped helping the técnicos, leading to multiple poor looking moments. This wasn’t going to have high hopes, it was the usual grumpy rudo format with a bright spot here or there. It was just the worst version of that bad format, with everyone sticking with the plan when it clearly wasn’t working. The last minute felt like everyone wasn’t on the same page and were annoyed to be working with each other. There will be worse matches. This was still fairly terrible.

Astral boost headscissors

CMLL on 2018-03-02 

Dragon Lee lived (also I accidentally made my GIFs big tonight)

Recapped: 03/02/2018


Shockercito & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(9:21 [3:39, 1:56, 3:46], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat Puma, Tiger, Virus
(12:50 [5:57, 4:16, 2:37], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
(10:44 [2:07, 3:45, 4:52], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Dragón Lee & Mistico  beat  Forastero & Sansón in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(8:50, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Euforia & Kráneo in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Pierroth & Rush beat Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(5:57, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Atlantis & Soberano Jr. in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:18, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Dragón Lee & Mistico in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(2:58, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Pierroth & Rush  in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(3:00, DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a CMLL World Tag Team semifinal
(4:48, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto
(11:42 [5:24, 6:18], 1/2, ok VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton at work

Volador & Valiente won the first block of the tag team tournament. They will face next week’s winner on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Terrible purposefully cost his team their quarterfinal match. Los Ingobernables were happy with it in the name of embarrassing their opponents and posing together.

Angel de Oro beat Cuatrero cleanly as they continue to build to their mask match.

Marco Corleone seemed to jam his right shoulder on the Aero Italiano in the first fall. He finished the match but was in obvious pain.


Dragon Lee & Mistico launch themselves

The main event was the usual post tournament quick match, with a lot of emphasis on the big upcoming feud. Marco & Niebla, unexpected partners in next week’s match, looked good in this match. The Cuatrero fake out before the match was nice, and they got over the emotion of the feud.

The tag team tournament peaked in the first (real) match. Dragon Lee & Mistico against Sansón & Forastero felt better than the similar one back on FantasticaMania, with this NGD duo working smoother as a team and as opponents to the Munoz brothers. Both teams threw everything out there, and wrestled as if it was their only match of the night. They kicked out of a surprising amount of big moves. Sansón & Forastero felt dominant, and made the técnicos comeback even more meaningful. There were some timing issues (Mistico seemed to wait for a long time on the ramp to start his dive) and I’m not sure what was supposed to happen on Dragon Lee’s finish, but that was easily the most enjoyable match of the show.

The rest was the usual too short stuff. Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Valiente/Volador started off like a good nine minute match, only someone hit the STOP button at the three minute mark and that was that. Euforia/Kraneo vs Valiente/Volador similarly showed promise but didn’t last long. Pierroth/Rush vs Mascara/Hechicero went too long, and kept showing Pierroth and Mascara lamely brawling while the other two were being interesting. Los Guerreros attacking Atlantis from behind to take him out early was another indicator that people in the matches have figured out Atlantis isn’t good right now, even if the people in charge might have not caught on. Pierroth/Rush versus Los Guerreros was just a setup for the Los Ingobernables pose, and a beatdown the Guerreros didn’t bother to sell once the main event started. That main event started off well. It just didn’t have enough time to build anywhere.

Dragon Lee & Mistico

The old guys getting the tercera win wasn’t a big surprise, even as it probably didn’t need to happen. Their match felt like it had less to it than the segunda. Felino was more serious as promises, even beyond wearing a shirt instead of facepaint. His comedy act had gotten played out. It’s at least a short term improvement. Casas looked a little slow in Arena Mexico return. He was mostly facing Titan, and Titan was flying around, so it might have been just a perspective issue. The técnicos were alright; the rudos didn’t have much problem working them, but they also kept it relatively simple.

The segunda match is the same consistently good match as ever with that group fo guys. It suffers a bit from from being the same match as usual, where I enjoyed it wile it was going on and can’t pick up many things different about it. At least in a positive fashion, it’s the negative things like the failed bridge spot and the referee being weird which stick out more the well timed double kick to the face to set up Virus submission or the crowd’s reaction to Blue Jr.’s quebradora run. Fuego’s barricade spot worked out well, and Virus’s Gori bomb on the panther looked like it was going to end him.

Gotta to give it up the minis: if they’re not going to do much, at least they’ve decided not to do much over a short period of time. This opener was one of the briefer matches in some time, and a good pace because they knew they were getting out quick. Dragoncito did a little bit this week, which is better than his last appearance.

CMLL on 2018-02-23 

near calamity (and a new overhead camera)

Recapped: 02/23/2018


Mercurio & Pierrothito beat Stukita & Último Dragóncito  
(11:13 [4:06, 3:23, 3:44], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Puma, Tiger beat Fuego, Stigma, Tritón  
(13:53 [3:47, 2:53, 7:13], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Niebla Roja went to a time limit draw with Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(10:00, great, via  VideosOficialesCMLL )

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
(11:17 [5:09, 2:07, 4:01], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:46 [3:35, 4:11], ½ DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Rush & Terrible beat Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. in a Parejas Increible final
(19:41 [2:28, 2:51, 14:22], 1/3, excellent, )

What happened:

he survived

The third fall saw Volador eliminate Rush, then Terrible beat Último Guerrero. Volador may have had Terrible beat with a top rope armdrag, but Rush pulled Tirantes out of the ring, then dropped Volador with a Rush Driver. Terrible added a top rope splash and Rush threw Tirantes back in to count three. Rush offered Terrible a spot in Los Ingobernables, and Terrible accepted. Both refused their trophies and even threw money back at the crowd.

Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro to end the semimain after two falls. They continued to go after each other’s masks after the match, then screamed each other on the microphones.

Both Niebla Roja & Soberano missed dives in the last 30 seconds, and probably would’ve been counted out if time hadn’t run out first. Soberano dove second, and might have won if he had simply decided to stay in the ring. Medics checked on both men, with Niebla Roja needing a neck brace and a stretcher, and Soberano helping to carry the stretcher to the back.


Mije is a lethal weapon

The main event was one of the most exciting CMLL experiences of the year. There will be bigger spot matches – the lightning match had craziest moves overall – but the finals of the tournament was an exciting ride to the finish. The last few minutes of this match were as dramatic as anything, and everyone worked so hard for it. The story of this match was Terrible, and this will be one of his most famous matches, but everyone else stepped up their game too. Volador looked surprisingly normal for a man wearing face protection after his nose broke a few days ago. Último Guerrero got in his usual spots but also took as much as he gave, and his dropkick on Terrible was brutal. Rush worked as hard as he has here in any match in the last year, and his personality came strong. The finish was perfect; Rush cheating to help Terrible win was the exact right ending for this match. Seeing this live helped, because the finish felt in doubt the entire way, but I think this is one that’s going to hold up even knowing the result.

The semimain wasn’t a great bout, but it did a great job of heating up the Angel de Oro & Cuatrero feud. They came at each other strong and the final brawl seemed violent and personal. This is still going to be a tough sell as a big match, but at least fans will understand it’s a feud. Dragon Lee looked awesome in the time he was in. Everyone else was secondary but that’s what their role should’ve been.


The fourth match seemed a bit extraneous to the show and played out that way too. It was the usual crowd pleasing match, only the crowd seemed to be more of a rudo group who weren’t into Marco or Stuka that much. They were being more receptive in the third fall and the técnicos were doing more than they’d do on a B-show. Kraneo doing the flip to the apron was amazing for his size.

The lightning match turned very much in to a “do all the moves battle”; it was an all sugar match but really good at that. Neither man really played the role rudo, though Niebla Roja is still pretty good at being in the right position for the Soberanos’ trickier spots. They got to a good pace at the end. The missed dives at the end were both brutal.

an especially chaotic triple dive

The second match was close to good. I was expecting a little bit better pace early and there were some iffy moments. Kawato seemed like he wasn’t quite close enough a couple times and his second fall finishing kick didn’t look strong. CMLL must be thinking highly of him to give him the big spots in the third fall. Kawato did seem a little lost, but Puma is really good at soaking in a moment to allow the crowd to get into it, like he did on the delayed suplex and the double stomp finish. Fuego had a horse!

The opener was a quick bout by those standards. It was also a lot like many Stukita openers, where his antics are the most and only interesting about them. His matches by his willingness to take big bumps are good highlights, but they need to find something for him to do. Dragoncito about the minimum one could do without getting in trouble for doing nothing.

Tiger Bomb

CMLL on 2018-01-26 

Soberano over the top tornillo

Recapped: 01/29/2018


Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Flyer & Robin
(12:14 [4:31, 3:52, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat  Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. 
(17:13 [7:39, 3:46, 5:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus beat Audaz, Drone, Starman  
(13:08 [4:46, 2:44, 5:38], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat  Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:59 [5:00, 5:59], 1/2 DQ, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Terrible © beat Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship
(13:14, Arena México, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Diamante Azul shoulder powerslam (3:21)

  2. Terrible dropkick (1:07)

  3. Terrible fujiwara armbar (8:46)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:29 [4:28, 2:28, 3:33], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened:

a little stiff but they’re making progress

This was the first post-FantasticaMania show. This is also the show up against Guerra de Titanes, which is why it’s showing up so late. (No one asked is another reason.)

NGD and the tecnicos started brawling before they got the ring. The focus was on Cuatrero and Angel de Oro, following the title change at FantasticaMania.

Virus had the ropes for the pin on Audaz.


this is both difficult and a long way to go for an armdrag

The main event was the usual exhibition match when there’s nothing on the line. It came off stronger than usual. The FantasticaMania wrestlers, in this and other matches, looked sharper than usual after a trip. It seemed like they might have more off days with the travel back this time, and that might have helped – Dragon Lee & Volador just looked very on tonight. Atlantis looked better if not yet good, and I couldn’t believe he did the top. He almost didn’t make it. Dragon Lee’s chest still seems scuffed up from his chop fight with Gran Guerrero. Doing the Atlantis/UG gave this more of a direction than usual, and it was a fine for a Friday night main event.

Diamante Azul/Terrible easily overachieved exceptions. They found a few things Diamante Azul can do impressively, didn’t go too long, and Terrible carried the rest.

The crowd surprisingly got into the later stages of this match, which should be declared an obvious success. They mostly baked Terrible, which seemed to confuse Diamante Azul, but shouldn’t have been a total surprise since the Arena Mexico fans tend to support rudos who are talented and don’t get much to do. The middle rope press slam would’ve been really if Azul could’ve held it for a little longer. The finish was a cool idea that also didn’t come off completely right, but they got enough of it to totally thrill the fans. This was a good enough match to make both men look better coming out of it.

Diamante Azul slam

The NGD/Angels trios match seem to bring back some of the spirit from Japan. They were doing spots they had not been doing in Mexico before the tour (the assisted plancha to the floor, the Cuatrero/Angel de Oro chop exchange.) Stuka didn’t get to go to FantasticaMania, so he also got all his suplexing one guy on another spots out for the year. Angel de Oro losing a title but getting a feud with Cuatrero is a strong net positive if he’s going to go as hard as he did; he was a guy desperately in need of something to do and is getting it. Niebla Roja was moving pretty well for a guy who seemed to have leg problems in Tokyo. I couldn’t believe he did the flip onto his feet for a pose.

The tercera had good action all the way thru. Disturbio felt more in like he fit in this place than Starman, who seems to be getting a post-mask win elevation. Maybe it’s just FantasticaMania doing more to change my perception than silly cage matches. Virus continues to work with Audaz a lot. Audaz has a bunch of unique offense which makes him stick out and just comes off as guy with an extra level of athleticism. The downside is you kind of realize he’s not that taller than Virus.

not illegal

The segunda was a predictably rudo heavy match, with not much done to show off Eléctrico in his new role. These are just not the rudos to do that. They took most of the match and didn’t take the tecnico offense well. Star looked better than the other two, but no one looked great there.

The opener showed signs of what a good match might be with some of these guys – Flyer and Akuma are doing mini style double rotation headscissors – but was also boring and uneventful for large portions. The first fall was slow paced ad they never really recovered, to the point where the crowd was whistling at them in the third. Espanto Jr. was a bigger drain on the match I would’ve guessed. Like Hijo del Signo used to, Espanto Jr. has a great classic lucha libre mask that he keeps trying to reinvent, as if he trying to find the right look to get him over. The mask isn’t the issue.

CMLL on ClaroSports: 2018-02-09 

bienvenido a cmll

Recapped: 02/09/2018


Hijo del Signo & Yago beat Magia Blanca & Magnus
(12:14 [4:09, 3:10, 4:55], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 
(13:22 [6:39, 2:34, 4:09], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 4:26.

Atlantis & Mr. Niebla beat Ángel de Oro & Cuatrero in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(7:03, bad, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Forastero & Stuka Jr. in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(7:50, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Euforia beat Dragón Lee & Sansón in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(5:55, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone & Shocker beat Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Atlantis & Mr. Niebla in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(7:41, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Euforia beat Marco Corleone & Shocker in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(2:45, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Carístico & Euforia in a Parejas Increible semifinal
(2:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero
(6:48 [2:01, 1:02, 3:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush trying hard to get over

Rush offered Terrible an Ingobernable salute after they won the block. Unlike Volador & Dragon Lee, Terrible accepted it. It’s unclear if meant anything. They face Volador & Último Guerrero next week.

Mr. Niebla looked out of it in his first round match. That match went off the rails for a couple minutes before getting to the planned spot of Angel de Oro & Sansón fighting and being rolled up by Atlantis & Niebla. Niebla looked in better condition for his second match.

Zeuxis had her Generacion 21 belt.


this was an adventure

The main event was a sloppy rushed mess. Something fell apart in the second fall, where it was completely obvious someone wasn’t in the right spot when they went for the big comeback sequence. Kraneo’s top rope splash got a big reaction and itw as an obvious disaster. It still wasn’t even up to the usual low standard for these post tournament main event trios.

The tournament had it’s ups and downs. The first match was awful, with three guys having a definite plan of what the match was supposed to be and Mr. Niebla being in his own world. They couldn’t reel him back in and they couldn’t find a way to adjust to his madness, and the crowd turned on the match loudly. The two matches which followed it were the best, with the Rush/Terrible & Forastero/Stuka feeling like a real one fall match between people who don’t often wrestle or team with each other. The final two matches were quite hurried, feeling cut down for time reasons. Rush & Terrible were the best team and make for the most interesting final, the process to get there just wasn’t great.

Magnus slam & Magia Blanca llegdrop

The production people thought the women’s match was a showcase for the debuting Kobayashi, replaying her big moves while action was going on. The people in the match made it feel more like an initiation, with Kaho taking the worst of everything the rudas had to offer. The rest of the match was just about ordinary, with Sugehit trying to start up things with Zeuxis again but it not going anywhere. Average effort.

The show started of well, on the opening sliding scale. Magnus looked good. His double chickenwing slam was a nice way to set up a flying move, and he’s going plenty of possible partners with them. Magnus seems like he’s got enough ideas to just run thru guys for a couple minutes, but doesn’t really get the chance. Yago’s powerbomb on the stage was cool and he’s mostly a good base, though the toss catch needs work. The new spot with Magia Blanca look a little bit too much what I could be watching in the Winter Olympics but the thought is good. Signo is as useful as a sack of potatoes.

get in on the Yago bandwagon while there’s still room

CMLL on 2018-02-02 


Recapped: 02/02/2018


El Coyote & Templario beat Astral & Eléctrico 
(11:37 [5:40, 4:28, 1:29], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Audaz, Pegasso, Rey Cometa beat Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
(14:19 [3:10, 5:13, 5:56], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

dumb battle royal occurred

Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja beat Blue Panther & Sam Adonis    in Parejas Increible Tournament eighthfinal
(5:17, ok)

Mephisto & Mistico beat Hechicero & Soberano Jr. in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(6:01, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Cavernario & Titán   in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(4:36, ok)

Diamante Azul & Pierroth beat Rey Bucanero & Valiente in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(2:45, below average)

Mephisto & Mistico beat Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja   in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(5:57, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Diamante Azul & Pierroth in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(4:33, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Mistico in a Parejas Increible semifinal
(7:41, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Carístico beat Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón
(9:30 [4:18, 5:12], 1/2 DQ, ok)

What happened:

Hechicero just is making this a thing

ELITE is back to running Sundays, as they did when they started working with CMLL. They start a week from Sunday, with the usual names advertised.

Cuatrero unmasked Angel de Oro to end the main event. Angel de Oro challenged him to a mask match, and that certainly seems to be the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event right now.

Volador & Último Guerrero advanced to the 02/16 tournament final.

Blue Panther & Sam Adonis broke up during the match. Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja beat them, then broke up themselves in their next match.

Kawato made his CMLL debut. Virus fouled Audaz.

Eléctrico smashed his head into Templario’s on a springboard splash, and didn’t finish the match. He needed a trip to the hospital for dental work and sticheds.


don’t know what happened, but most of my show recording turned out this way (so not many GIFs)

CMLL tournament lucha libre is back! It’s not any good. This show was dominated and dragged down by this block. They felt into every cliché of how these things go. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero winning the block like the right decision by fan reaction, but the rest of the matches were just lazy booking doing nothing interesting with the teams. I started handwaving the matches when they quickly weren’t worth paying attention to, and couldn’t get back into it when they were trying a bit more in the block final or even the trios main event after. This is a regression from where they’ve been in the past, and has never worked well.

The main event was successful in it’s purpose of making sure people went away thinking about Cuatrero & Angel de Oro and the action was alright too. They’re not hiding Atlantis as much as they should be.

monkey dropkick?

Kawato did well when it was simply him doing moves to people. It was tougher when he had to interact and work with people in more complicated manners. He’s been around for one whole day, so there’s no surprise in that and he did enough that you can see why people are interested in him. Virus & Audaz continue to have good chemistry and should have a fun singles match whenever it occurs. I fear we may have to wait a while with the tournament taking up so much space though. It’ll be good whenever it goes down.

Eléctrico & Astral of course looked a lot better in the opener then they had the week before. It’s no surprise – even Coyote looked a better because Templario was there to help him too. There’s no way Astral could’ve pulled off the same headscissors spot he did here with Nitro & Arkangel. This opener was cruising to good status until Eléctrico got hurt. They pretty much didn’t have a third fall as a result. It seems a bit of an injustice Audaz got to move up and Templario did not.

CMLL on 2018-01-19 

Mije lived, I think.

Recapped: 01/19/2018


Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro beat Fantasy & Último Dragóncito  
(10:56 [4:28, 3:04, 3:24], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
(14:24 [6:22, 3:33, 4:29], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)


Raziel, Sagrado, Tiger beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón  
(17:04 [5:33, 3:19, 8:12], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo beat Hechicero in a lightning match
(9:12, Kraneo legdrop, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente
(8:38 [1:56, 2:43, 3:59], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone beat Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
(8:43 [3:00, 2:00, 3:43], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Diamante Azul beat Terrible again, setting up a title match next week.


Triton can do this every week

The lightning match and the tercera are the only ones you should spend time watching if you missed the show.

The main event was the usually Tuesday main event. The técnicos hit their usual big moves, with a big run in the second fall. The rudos really didn’t feel like they were going to an extra level for the rare Friday main event as a trio, just doing the same stuff they did most of the time. It was sufficient to set up Terrible/Diamante Azul and to send people home happy, but I wasn’t excited to watch it.

The semimain had trouble following some of the action that preceded it. It wasn’t as crazy as the lightning match, and the técnicos in the tercera did a lot of the same stuff better earlier in the night. The crowd wasn’t there for the match except for the mascot spots, and they didn’t really have anything to change their minds. There was enough action to make it acceptable, Stuka’s monkey flip dive always looks good, but it was on the short side and fit the lineup feeling like a skippable show.

Hechicero tope

My favorite parts of Kraneo/Hechicero

  • Kraneo taking it to the mat against Hechicero
  • Hechicero apparently deciding the over the top dart tope is just a thing he’s doing to be doing regularly from now on
  • Mije attempting to do a tope and getting caught
  • Kraneo squashing both Mije and Hechicero from the apron
  • Kraneo taking a backdrop
  • Hechicero getting Kraneo up on his shoulders

Kraneo doesn’t need to be winning these matches and Hechicero definitely does, so the result wasn’t great. The match before it was really strong at putting together what they could do well together for a fun outcome.

The tercera has the best action of the night. The rudos were (even Raziel) were working very hard and the técnicos looked pretty spectacular. Triton had one spot go really wrong amid a lot which went really well. Sagrado handled the mess good, and continues to look over qualified for his current role. This match got the most time of the night, just didn’t feel that way. They kept moving it along.

Sagrado brainbuster

The women’s match was alright for the most part, but kind of dry and without any real focus. It was a lot of the usual offense done fine, some stuff done really well, and Tiffany struggling to keep up with the rest. She seemed lost a couple times, and maybe in the way another.

Just a regular tag to open it. Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro have spurts of trying but don’t sustain it over the entire match. Fantasy has about two good spots and doesn’t interact with the crowd at all. No idea why they bothered to do the Último Dragoncito surprise pinfall on Nitro if Mercurio was going to win five seconds later. Mercurio using a piledriver to get heat didn’t get much heat.

CMLL on 2018-01-12 

Triton is pretty good

Recapped: 01/12/2018


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.


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 2018-01-06 

Fiero! or Audaz! or whomever

Recapped: 01/06/2018


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

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

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

  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.


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.


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


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.


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