CMLL on Marca: 2018-12-14 

a good moment

Recapped: 12/14/2018

Matches:

Halcón Suriano Jr. & Robin beat Espanto Jr. & Grako
(10:04 [3:53, 3:08, 3:03], 2/3, ok, 00:01:10)

Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel beat Astral, Eléctrico, Fuego
(16:14 [7:57, 3:20, 4:57], 1/3, ok, 00:18:43)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Misterioso Jr., Templario, Vangellys
(14:02 [4:51, 4:57, 4:14], 1/3, below average, 00:43:48)

Forastero beat Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(9:24, Forastero spinning reverse slam, ok, 01:08:06)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
(10:06 [2:23, 7:43], 1/2 DQ, ok, 01:23:00)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(10:02 [2:49, 2:42, 4:31], 1/3, ok, 01:42:20)

What happened: 

This was a very skippable show.

Rey Bucanero tried to fake a foul from Niebla Roja and got caught.

Titan hit the apron on a springboard moonsault to the floor, which followed some confusion about who was supposed ot be diving where. Triton hit the ropes as Titan was moonsaulting it, which caused the accident. Titan seemed more frustrated than hurt.

Thoughts: 

this wasn’t supposed to be quite this but it worked out okay

The main event was a walked thru match of no intensity. They blew the comeback spot and didn’t a lot before or after it. Monito challenging Sansón was the match highlight. The whole show felt like a b-show, and this was no different.

The semi-main alternated between bad and forgettable, which was the theme for the show. It was a match I would’ve gleefully and correctly skipped thru on a Tuesday show. Bestia is worse than Shocker.

Forastero & Soberano matches are missing the spark and energy they both show in trios matches. They executed their spots better than in the previous matches, but there was no particular order or build to make them more exciting. The last couple of spots were some of the less impressive moment of the match; they’re struggling at putting together what the know how to do in a meaningful way. Both could use some matches with people who do know how to do that, but I’m not sure who that would be. This was borderline ok/good match that I wasn’t really excited about so it go the lower grade.

The tercera was a very standard and not unemotional version of the usual Guanatos Style match for the first two falls, with a bonus moment of the técnicos looking really dumb to end the second fall. They seemed to get lost in the third fall, with Titan almost paying a big price for it. No one tried to do much they don’t already do in this one, and there’s a lot better matches you can see it.

The segunda was boring, even by Cancerbero standard. The first fall was interminable. Raziel was back in form if that form is not being in the right position for the tecnico moves. It got better in the third fall, though they had long lost the crowd. Fuego being in this match seemed like punishment and he wrestled like a guy who didn’t much want to be there.

Halcón Suirano celebrated his promotion to the main division by doing an illegal dive in the opener. He’s absolutely doomed and will never make it out of the first two matches but he’ll be a pleasure to have along for as long as he can manage to last. This wasn’t a good match – Grako is still not all the way there, Signo Espanto will never be there – but Suriano will probably eventually have the rare CMLL good opening match at some point. He just needs to find the right opponents on the right day.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-12-07 

Audaz & Templario

Recapped: 12/07/2018

Matches:

Robin & Súper Astro Jr. beat El Coyote & Grako
(13:46 [5:40, 3:36, 4:30], 1/3, ok, 00:01:15)

La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela beat Amapola, Metálica, Reina Isis
(13:02 [7:47, 2:22, 2:53], 2/3, ok, 00:22:54)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario beat Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr.
(14:19 [4:36, 3:03, 6:40], 1/3, ok, 00:47:00)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Bestia Del Ring
(15:56 [6:50, 4:16, 4:50], 2/3, ok, 01:11:46)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
(12:47 [6:44, 6:03], 1/2 DQ, ok, 01:37:56)

Volador Jr. beat Último Guerrero
(12:47 [2:45, 1:36, 8:26], 1/3, ok, 02:02:16)

What happened:

not a fun night for the caveman

La Besita del Ring ran out to attack Atlantis for the finish, with the Ingobernables ripping up Atlantis’ mask and taking off Valiente’s mask.

The announcers promoted the holiday shows after every fall. It was a bit much.

Thoughts:

Último Guerrero and Volador didn’t seem particularly excited for this singles match. They walked thru a recitation of their usual match, with scarcely anything new. I think the suplex in the third fall might have been new, or might have just been a replacement for the suplex off the apron. The one arm powerbomb is not new but at least it looks good. Everything else was not new, though it did end earlier than anyone was expecting. If nothing matters in CMLL, and CMLL certainly treats their matches like nothing matters, they could at least book matches their wrestlers were interested in doing. Any other version of this match would be better time used than watching this.

The semi-main was the moment were it hit how much I wasn’t into this show it at all. This one in particular just had a lot of warmed-over spots from other matches with nothing particularly interesting behind them. Atlantis and Rush did the required feud, but that was it. Diamante Azul toping Barbaro Cavarnario was sure a significant weight difference but I guess they needed Cavernario out of the ring to set up the angle.

he climbs those ropes too easy

A slow paced match and a slow-moving match. Volcano doesn’t move so fast to begin with, so there evasion corner sot looks really bad when other people are moving even slower. I think Volcano is supposed to be a kid’s hero but I’m not sure he’s fun enough to work. Kraneo still is outshining him in charisma. The springboard armdrag was impressive but there was a lot of working around him.

The tercera had a very good two minute stretch near the end of the third fall, and some good moments scattered thru the rest. It was significantly better than anything before it on this show. It also had some moments of confusion and lost wrestlers. The end of the second fall had good moves but also people visibly confused as what was supposed to be happening when. Soberano pinning Templario off a trip and after a stage dive was the strangest. The técnicos did well here but it’s obvious that Templario is one of the best guys in Mexico right now.

a Lluvia highlight

The women’s match had little excitement to it. It was a typical one where what went wrong was more interesting than what they did. There was a dive cut off trip spot that looked very strange to end the first fall. Jarochita having to put herself into Isis’s Gori Special means maybe it’s not a move that is great for her to be doing. Lluvia’s plancha was nice, though it left me worried she was going to get her legs stuck underneath here and suffer a knee injury.

The opener was steadier than some recent Coyote & Grako matches, with one bit of weirdness on a sunset flip really sticking out. It also wasn’t nearly as exciting, with Super Astro & Robin’s best moments left out of this match. Not sure if they were asked to tone it down or if that’s just the way this match went, but they’ve looked better.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-11-30 

Recapped: 11/30/2018

Matches:

Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón beat Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana
(14:41 [6:25, 4:39, 3:37], 1/3, below average, 00:01:45)

Gallito, Guapito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
(14:39 [6:09, 1:46, 6:44], 1/3, ok, 00:25:45)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Cavernario, Rush, Terrible 
(14:15 [8:12, 6:03], 1/2 DQ, good, 00:49:41)

Felino, Mano Negra, Solar I beat Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada, Negro Navarro
(17:35 [10:16, 2:41, 4:38], 2/3, bad, 01:14:20)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero © beat Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. to retain the CMLL World Trios Championship
(11:33 [3:26, 2:00, 6:07], 1/3, great, 01:44:43)

Atlantis, Blue Panther, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. beat Canek, Máscara Año 2000, Villano IV
(9:57 [4:09, 3:09, 2:39], 2/3, below average, 02:10:48)

What happened:

Microman plancha

This was the annual Leyendas show, featuring three matches built around returning old stars. Emphasis on old. Super Muneco and Super Pinocho teased their indie feud after the opener, and Canek & Rayo were among those obviously trying to drum up interest for one last feud.

Rush got a hat track to end his match: he knocked down Edgar, he fouled Sansón and he unmasked Sansón.

Thoughts:

The Guerreros/sort-Sky Team match stood out massively from the matches around it. They would’ve looked speedy and super athletic with a normal match. They looked ultrasonic because they tried to compress a much longer title match in a short time. (This seemed a consequence of previous matches running long; a CMLL show ending with the two shortest matches is peculiar.) There was a mistake here or there, notable Euforia missing a catch on a Místico dive and Gran Guerrero & Volador needing two tries on a chokeslam, but it held together relatively well for the conditions. There’s higher to go if they had a moment to let things sink in, but this was a match where what used to be third fall sure finishes were blown thru in the second fall. Or they were just near falls in the middle of chaos. It was an all action match with the técnicos looking very on. They made the most of their time.

don’t tope con giro UG

The Dinamitas/Ingobernables match lacked much of an end game, but it was a lot of fun into them. The NGD got to work a lot as técnicos while still doing much of their teamwork spots. Los Ingobernables were trying in the first fall and built well to the comeback. It was thrown a little off by the first fall going very long to make up for no third fall. They still built to an exciting third fall with a combination of brawling. I think they have a better match as trios in them, but it seemed more like they were setting up the singles match.

The Microstars match was not as exciting as many of the past ones. Chamuel and Microman were magic together in the third fall, but it didn’t have as many strong moments or as good build as past ones. It started slow and didn’t really pick up until the crowd was horrified by Mircoman getting beat up to end the first fall. There were individual good moments but a lot of uninteresting parts too.

I wrote reviews of the legends match, but there’s really no point. All were varying levels of bad. None of it matters. It didn’t even seem to matter a lot to the fans who came for this show: the Trio Fantasia/Diabolicos match might have gotten the most reactions. The fourth match was frightening silent throughout. The performances were frightening too. Jerry Estrada made his return but looked like he was in no condition to be in the ring. Canek is increasingly immobile. There were no happy surprises this time: Los Diabolicos were worse this year, Solar & Negro Navarro gassed early (and their match seemed to fall apart in the first fall) and Atlantis didn’t look out of place in that main event. There’s nothing good you can take from those matches.

x marks the spot

CMLL on Marca: 2018-11-23 

barbaric

Recapped: 2018-11-23

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. 
(11:39 [5:38, 2:14, 3:47], 1/3, ok, 00:00:48)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(12:38 [5:00, 2:31, 5:07], 2/3, ok, 00:19:45)

Soberano Jr., Titán, Tritón beat Dark Magic, Luciferno, Vangellys
(9:37 [4:54, 4:43], 1/2, ok, 00:41:58)

Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Penta 0M
(11:11 [3:09, 2:16, 5:46], 1/3, ok 01:01:24)

Cavernario beat King Phoenix to win CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament
(20:26, 2/3, excellent, 01:25:26)

  1. Phoenix Fire Driver (4:25)
  2. COR Phoenix (4:49)
  3. Cavernario cavernaria (11:12)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero
(11:10 [3:55, 2:26, 4:49], 1/3, good, 01:58:55 )

What happened: 

Fenix dive

Mascara Año 2000 wrestled in his mask for his 40th Anniversary match. Templario now has a color matching Guerreros outfit and was said to be an official member post-match. UG tried to use a rope grab to beat Mascara 2000, but Mascara escaped with help from the ref, and Mascara did the same to UG. Mascara challenged Último Guerrero a hair match after, and Guerrero seemed to agree.

Fenix dramatically landed on the floor after a Cavernario moved out of the way of a tope con giro. Cavernario splashed him, and Fenix was counted out to end the second fall. Cavernario later splashed Fenix from the stage in the third fall, which may have left Fenix injured (or maybe more injured.) Cavernario defeated Fenix on his second cavernaria though the finish came off strangely – Edgar didn’t indicate a submission immediately, rushing to break up the hold and then declaring Cavernario the winner. The doctor immediately checked on Phoenix with more concern than CMLL’s usual worked injury spots, and he was stretchered to the back as Cavernario was given the Leyenda de Plata.

Thoughts:

Templario gets a little help

Mascara 2000 might have improbably had the best Anniversario match of the four this year. They had him do less than the legends in the other matches while picking his spots and giving him a suitable win. It worked fine because the other seven guys were having a strong match around them. The Dinamitas and Guerreros meshed better than in the recent Puebla run, and Templario looked great as the newest Lagunero. If CMLL had actual tag teams, he and Gran Guerrero should take the good chemistry they showed here and form a regular team. The kids provided a lot of action and Último Guerrero getting outsmarted at the end worked for the occasion. I do not think a Mascara 2000 versus Último Guerrero singles match would be a good idea, but this went well enough that they could talk some fans into it.

King Phoenix versus Cavernario was the CMLL house version of Toxin versus Fly Star. There was extreme violence by Arena Mexico standards, some very impressive and deadly moves that probably should not be done by right-thinking people. If you’re going to crash and burn on a tope con giro the floor, and maybe you shouldn’t, at least they made the most of it. They made Cavernario’s splashes memorable if also completely insane. Both men were more selling “broken” than “exhaustion” by the end, and it was very believable that they were broken. Most everything seemed to go how they wanted and it was pretty exciting in the end, though it did seem like the crowd was stronger into the last match than this one. I’d put this match about the same as level as the quality of the last, and hope they don’t try to top this for personal damage.

The fourth match didn’t come off well. Penta missed on catching Místico and then missed on a trip in the second fall. The comeback was off too, with wrestlers not taking a bump for Volador’s offense, probably because Penta had to go right into a spot with Carístico. Even the Mistica at the end didn’t go well. They had a lot that got over with the crowd I between that, but the match could’ve obviously gone better. It’s still a little frustrating on CMLL bringing in Penta to do nothing with him, but I’m about to give up on that.

pay attention Espanto

Titan’s team won in straight falls while also taking a lot of the match, which meant a lot of high points to the match and good action. The rudos did better basing for the técnicos than figured, with Dark Magic doing fine catching Triton’s dive and Vangellys moving around better this week. Luciferno worked very hard on his side to make the match worked and it was a borderline good match.

The second match was an average Panthers match. It was a little stronger in the third fall with near falls every fifteen seconds. It was a little weak in the first fall when Black Panther was trying to led Kawato thru some complicated mat work. This was crowd pleasing and quickly forgettable.

Super Astro has a sort of magical style, and that made the opener better than usual. He brings a bit more fun to these matches than most técnicos. Oro had a good springboard headscissors. The match was still sloppy, especially at the end of the first fall and the length set up to the Signo/Espanto spot on the outside.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-11-16 

King Phoenix

Recapped: 11/16/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Grako beat Astral & Eléctrico
(13:30 [5:22, 4:12, 3:56], 1/3, below average, 00:01:10)

La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(11:33 [6:03, 5:30], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:23:20)

Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Vangellys beat Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(12:20 [5:35, 2:57, 3:48], 2/3, ok, 00:44:10)

The dumb battle royal went 2:52.

King Phoenix and Cavernario advanced past Titán, Volador Jr, Flyer, Místico, Soberano Jr., Tritón, El Audaz, Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Virus, Mephisto, Templario, Kawato San, Tiger in CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament
(34:52, great, 01:16:34)

  1. Audaz springboard headscissors Kawato San (7:56)
  2. Templario frontcracker powerbomb Tiger (9:35)
  3. Dragon Rojo double stomp Triton (12:20)
  4. Soberano front piledriver Audaz (13:28)
  5. Virus motocicleta Flyer (14:51)
  6. Felino superpowerbomb Titan (18:19)
  7. Mephisto super Devils’ Wings Virus (19:20)
  8. Cavernario springboard splash Dragon Rojo (20:43)
  9. Soberano guillotine moonsault Felino (21:27)
  10. Volador reverse rana Templario (23:01)
  11. Fenix springboard dropkick to the face Mephisto (24:24)
  12. Cavernario cavernaria Soberano Jr. (25:25)
  13. Volador Canadian Destroyer Místico (28:50)
  14. Cavernario cavernaria Volador Jr. (34:52)

Gran Guerrero, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente
(9:42 [2:14, 1:29, 5:59], 1/3, ok, 01:56:30)

What happened: 

Audaz

UG turned a La Mistica straight into a crucifix cradle.

Felino might have picked up a hip injury taking Soberano’s moonsault. The final four came down to only Místico left on his team against King Phoenix, Volador and Cavenario. Those last two decided to start fighting Phoenix, and fought the final as a three way leading to the finish. Cavernario & Phoenix advance to next week’s final, a rematch from earlier this year.

Dalys would not let go of a choke – a choke she’s never ever done before and probably will never do again – and she was disqualified without a count. (This was a typically strange way to do a DQ in a women’s match where there’s no mask involved.)

Grako lost Astral on a powerbomb. Instead of picking him up again, he just dropped him badly. Eléctrico was strechered out after taking Grako’s hanging double underhook facebuster, though it was less clear if that was a real injury (brought out by his head being too low) or if he was selling the move.

Thoughts: 

Caristico DDT

The main event seemed liked it was going to be a usual super rush trios match to follow a really strong match for two falls. It slowed down and gave a little bit of time in the third fall, though the action was never really noteworthy. It was more interesting what they didn’t do (Azul/UG dropped) than anything they did do. Penta based well for Carístico but mostly existed as something for Valiente & Diamante Azul to be angry about. They seemed annoyed he’s so over, which is an odd thing to be angry about. The finish was nicely done.

The Leyenda de Plata was easily the best of the recent run of ciberneticos, a borderline great/excellent match. The overall performance level was better than those, and this had an insane section of the match that was just missing from the others. The action was really solid for most of the way – until Fenix’s slip on a springboard felt like it derailed the action and the crowd for a couple of minutes. Fenix got them back with a dive, but it was just long enough where I couldn’t go with the high grade. Fenix looked super throughout the rest of the match, with his best moments coming in the second half of the match. Templario had a great run, carrying a lot of the middle and doing great with whoever he was working with them. Soberano looked really good if also a bit dangerous. Triton & Audaz did well in short runs (while you could’ve replaced Felino with anyone and gotten the same.) Would’ve liked to see more of Titan but they did get to mix it up with other people. This is an easy recommendation.

Soberano tornillo

Vangellys getting a strong showcase win in his return was the purpose of the third match. That’s a strange purpose but I suppose he was fine with it. Rey Cometa did an impressive dive and then Vangellys quickly pinned him. The match was the most professional of the undercard, the standard solid if predictable CMLL midcard trios match.

The women’s match was the same as always, just with a little less crowd reaction than normal. It held all the way to the finish, where no one really bought the finish. This division desperately needs something fresh to happen. This was the opposite, Dalys & Marcela feuding again. I feel like I’ve seen the Amapola dropkick the person on the middle rope spot 1000 times and La Guerrera took the bump differently than everyone else, so that’s something to say for this match. It didn’t go well.

The opener kind of derailed when Grako dropped Astral badly, as tends to happen. The rudos stalled out the second fall to give Astral some time to recover, and openers don’t need any more time to cool down. Grako seemed off the rest of the match, though he hasn’t looked on a lot. Grako trying to take a bump into the corner off an Electrico dropkick and landing on referee Pompin’s feet is about as well as this one went.

Templario

CMLL on Marca: 2018-11-09 

poor Mije

Recapped: 11/09/2018

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Arkalis & Príncipe Diamante
(11:46 [5:33, 3:11, 3:02], 1/3, ok, 00:00:00)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
(14:07 [5:30, 2:54, 5:43], 2/3, ok, 00:19:45)

Cuatrero, Hechicero, Sansón beat Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano
(18:39 [6:29, 5:52, 6:18], 2/3, ok, 00:46:42)

Forastero beat Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(7:24, headscissors/armbar, ok, 01:15:04)

Diamante Azul, Místico, Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:45 [5:18, 4:27], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, 01:27:20)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
(11:02 [2:16, 2:50, 5:56], 2/3, good, 01:45:56)

What happened:

Diamante Azul and Último Guerrero feuded. Diamante Azul was meant to toss his mask to Último Guerrero to draw the DQ in the first fall, but dumbly spiked it on the mat instead. Último Guerrero legit unmasked him in the second fall.

Thoughts:

Forastero out dived Soberano

There wasn’t a lot to the main event, like there wasn’t a lot to all the matches on the show. The main event felt like an upper level house show main event, people working decently hard while not switching up from the usual routines. Angel de Oro seemed fired up to get a Friday night main event, and went thru his usual spots with more energy than usual. Cavernario took big bumps for him, for Carístico and made the finish looked spectacular. The little Caristico/Rush stuff they did worked fine.

Místico had a mostly good run in the second fall, being showcased well against the Guerreros like usual. The rest was fairly forgettable. Valiente had a really bad moment where he couldn’t get a tapatia on in the first fall, and recovered to be fine in the second fall. Azul & UG didn’t really work a lot together except for the finishes. There’s no reason to see them again so soon (or at all) after their recent title match.

The dives in the Soberano/Forastero match were nice, but they needed a lot more in between and the finish really didn’t feel built to at all. This felt like they were pacing it out for a match that would easily take them past ten minutes, and then Forastero just suddenly got on his usual armbar finish for the win. They never really found a higher gear or showed much depth. I expected more.

Mistico & Euforia

The tercera seemed pretty long to me. The crowd enjoyed the Gorillas, and the rudos meshed well as their opponents. Stuka & Hechicero themselves didn’t feel like they meshed well, with less chemistry in a long first fall sequence than you’d expect from guys who recently feuded. That match flowed better when Volcano & Kraneo were on offense or when all three rudos were working as a unit. Volcano was solidly ok, a step up from usual. Not something you’d need to see but was fine over the course of the show.

The second match got the crowd going, but there wasn’t a lot to it that the técnicos don’t do in every match. Titan taking out all the rudos from the apron is always well done, but not particularly novel. The catapult/DDT spot was an awesome idea that almost worked, just Pólvora was not taking a face-first bump on the apron. I’m not taking that bump either, I don’t blame him, but it could’ve worked a lot better. Triton had his one cool rope trick spot and then not much more. It’s still more than Esfinge. This was fine.

The opener fit the same mod as last week: everyone was more willing to do things than in the veteran openers, and everyone was much less smooth at doing those things than those veteran openers. I’d rather have the effort than the boredom, but there were hesitant and off moments here that could use work. Arkalis’ legdrop to win the second fall looked good, but he looked off in bigger spots in the third fall. Coyote & Grako were just alright, and the finish with Grako and Arkalis looked mistimed.

would’ve been awesome

CMLL Dia de Muetros iPPV: 2018-11-02 

Ultimo Guerrero is normally a rudo

Recapped: 11/02/2018

Matches:

Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. beat El Coyote & Grako
(15:56 [6:25, 1:59, 7:32], 2/3, n/r)

Átomo, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
(17:13 [6:14, 1:59, 9:00], 2/3, good)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Stuka Jr.
(11:19 [4:08, 7:11], 1/2, good?)

Atlantis, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico beat Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
(12:55 [5:45, 1:44, 5:26], 2/3, good)

Sansón © beat Templario to keep the Rey del Inframundo championship
(16:46, 2/3, great)

  1. La Templaria (3:54)

  2. Sansón backbreaker powerbomb (2:36)

  3. Sansón super backbreaker powerbomb (10:16)

Diamante Azul, LA Park, Michael Elgin beat King Phoenix, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(13:45 [5:36, 4:00, 4:09], 1/3, good)

What happened:

Microman

This was the first of a weekend Dia de Muertos shows. There wasn’t as much of a set this year, instead relying on more video boards than usual to present a background. The lightning, the special makeup and the dragging people to hell (starting with the fourth match) continued on.

This was also an iPPV, announced just a day before the show. The iPPV was not good quality. Background music played instead of match audio for most of the first match, with the feed being cut off at the finish of that match. The feed buffered for the next four matches makes the matches unwatchable at times. The stream finally started working fine by the second half of the Rey del Inframundo match. It leaves this show as hard to recommend. The undercard is enjoyable and would be worth watching if it were either available for free or available complete, but neither option exists. The Sanson/Templario match and the main event aired well enough to watch and good enough to want to watch, but it’s tough to recommend paying for an iPPV where 2/3rds of the matches are messed up and no one involved seemed all that bothered about it.

During the show, CMLL announced the Leyenda de Plata would return on 11/16, and the 11/23 show will honor Mascara 2000.

Thoughts:

Templario

The good points of the main event outweighed the low points. This was one of these matches where Diamante Azul felt glaring out of place, caught between the delusion of the great luchador CMLL appears to believe he is and the guy who needed to repeatedly told where to go he actually was. It was still a great match when he wasn’t around. The Elgin/Phoenix sequences were strong, two guys who have some obvious chemistry and idea how to make each other look impressive. LA Park was more picking his spots than usual, but fit in better as a background player than he has in other matches. Último Guerrero and Pentagon has good moments, and this overall would’ve been better good as the similar Anniversary match if they had one better person.

The Templario/Sanson match had a slow start, working more of a technical match than expected between two rudos or a show with such big ideas. It turned out they were saving the bigger spots all for the last half of the third fall, which was full of dives and near falls. Templario looked impressive while coming up a little short, exactly what they wanted to get out of this match. The Dia de Muertos atmosphere added to the stakes of the match, but this seemed really Sansón establishing he can handle an important title match without a veteran in there to hold his hand. He did it last year with Soberano, he did it this year with Templario, and he’ll probably be doing it a lot to come with slightly more important titles.

I have notes on the other four matches, but nothing I really want to point towards after the feed hurt them. The micros match captured the fans, as it usually does – it’s strange that what could be the small comedy wrestlers instead push themselves harder to add and improve their matches more than the serious full-sized people. Coyote & Grako had shaky moments in the opener but put in a lot more effort than usual for that position. It’d be good if they worked more Friday matches, at least until being stuck in that spot kills their enthusiasm as well. The middle two trios matches were better than usual for Friday nights, but the show had killed my enthusiasm by that point.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-10-26 

this was probably supposed to be a powerbomb into a backcracker but there weren’t much knees

Recapped: 10/27/2018

Matches:

Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado beat Príncipe Diamante & Star Jr.
(9:21 [3:49, 2:18, 3:14], 2/3, bad, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora beat Drone, Fuego, Pegasso
(9:36 [4:52, 4:44], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario defeats Esfinge, Audaz, Black Panther, Tritón, Flyer, Cuatrero, Forastero, Guerrero Maya Jr., Virus, Kawato San, Tiger to challenge for the Rey del Inframundo championship next week
(24:45, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Triton guillotine legdrop Kawato (7:39)
  2. Virus fujiwara armbar Black Panther (8:55)
  3. Audaz tornado armbar Tiger (10:42)
  4. Forastero head and arm submission Triton (13:03)
  5. Cuatrero inverted bearhug Audaz (13:44)
  6. Flyer hammerlock Virus (15:10)
  7. Templario suspended armbar/leglock Guerrero Maya (16:26)
  8. Esfinge springboard splash Forastero (17:53)
  9. Cuatrero crucifix Flyer (19:07)
  10. Esfinge nudo Egipico Cuatrero (20:43)
  11. Templario gutwrench super powerbomb (24:45)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Dark Magic, Negro Casas
(14:31 [6:20, 8:11], 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(9:25 [4:04, 1:32, 3:49], 1 DQ/3 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Casas didn’t win this exchange

The first fall in the ring ended with “too long in the ring” DQ, with Edgar rapidly counting to get that intended finish to happen. Rush fouled Carístico in the third, then they unmasked the tecnicos.

Cavernario and Místico feuded in the semi-main, with Cavenrario unmasking Místico for the DQ.

A guardian of hell appeared before and after the Rey del Inframundo to hype up next week’s Sansón/Templario match

Thoughts:

Cuatrero

On one hand, the main event went short and had two disqualification finishes. On the other hand, it wasn’t going to be good anyway so maybe I’m ok with the pain being quick. Besita remains terrible. He gave Valiente no protection on his superbomb. It looked bad and it was only luck it didn’t go worse. Bestia also made the minimal effort on Valiente’s dive. This didn’t feel as much the start of a feud as the Ingobernables getting to do their thing against unwilling victims.

The semi-main got more time than the earlier two fall match. It wasn’t a lot better for it. There was lots of Místico and Cavernario in their match, primarily because they were feuding and secondary because it meant other people were being kept out. Dark Magic is very limited. They can’t hide his limitations, but they ask don’t ask him to do anything that’ll look bad. (He still didn’t know to move out of Zacarias way for his 619.) Negro Casas only works limited potions of matches too, which sidelined Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja for a lot of the match. Místico & Cavernario had some highlights but it wasn’t their best match and weren’t enough to make this meaningful on its own.

Triton

The cibernetico was a good, but not the great match it could’ve been with the people involved. It was entertaining while missing a really high-level stretch. There were more people having a bad day than anyone stepping up for the occasion. Esfinge lasted to the final while seemingly doing nothing more than he’d do in a usual trios match. Templario looked great because of the time, but it’s hard to credit anyone else who benefited. Audaz & Templario did some spectacular things while also looking like they were a little off – Audaz’s kick and the wrist grab spot were not quite on point, and he didn’t get a lot of time to make up for it. Black Panther has now gotten eliminated quickly in two straight ciberneticos. That seems like a bad sign for him. The Tiger catch spot was the most disappointing spot of the night – the técnicos seemed like they were surprised they actually caught him and couldn’t come up with a quick plan to use him. Flyer did not special, and was off more than he was on. His series with Virus was not good. This was good by the rule of having 12 people do a lot of offense is going to produce an exciting match, and this turned out good because Templario won (though on a messed up pin), but it was a little bit less than I’d hope.

The straight falls gimmick is at least producing faster-paced matches. There’s no killing time rudo beatdown when they’re working under ten minutes. This still had a bit of a técnico comeback and a big series of moves near the finish without something in the middle. It did miss any really stand out individual performance because this little amount of time means there’s not a chance to highlight someone without completely freezing out other people. I guess Drone was the best guy, but it wasn’t really a match where there could be just one person. The match was a definite big improvement over the opener.

no on the opener

A lot of the openers are not fun to watch because no one does much of anything. They were trying to do things in the opener here. They were just awful at doing them. Sagrado had been one of the best rudos who gets nothing to do in CMLL, but his performance has slipped in recent times and he was not good at all here. Star Jr. was also noticeably worse than usual. Misterioso isn’t usually this bad. I wonders if being in an opener got them to mentally, because these guys were not into this one mentally at all.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-10-19

Panterita del Ring

Recapped: 10/19/2018

Matches:

Pegasso & Stigma beat Cancerbero & El Coyote
(9:57 [4:33, 2:58, 2:26], 2/3, below average, 00:00:00)

Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente beat Dark Magic, Felino, Negro Casas
(9:06 [4:05, 5:01], 1/2, ok, 00:16:55)

Ángel de Oro, beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Espanto Jr., Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., and Templario to win the Copa Halcon Suriano
(24:57, good, 00:34:43)

  1. Blue Panther Jr. fujiwara armbar Espanto Jr. (5:28)
  2. Misterioso Gori Driver Black Panther (5:28)
  3. Stuka Jr. torpedo splash Luciferno (9:18)
  4. ref stop Blue Panther Jr. [injury] (10:05)
  5. Niebla Roja inverted campana Misterioso (14:16)
  6. Dragon Rojo grounded octopus Stuka Jr. (14:51)
  7. Angel de Oro casadora Templario (16:05)
  8. Dragon Rojo Dragon Bomb Niebla Roja (19:31)
  9. Angel de Oro huracanrana Dagon Rojo (24:57)

Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Euforia, Panterita del Ring beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
(14:30 [5:18, 2:59, 6:13], 2/3, good, 01:13:34)

Cavernario, Rush, Terrible beat Carístico, David Finlay, Penta 0M
(13:24 [2:39, 3:52, 6:53], 1/3, ok, 01:50:46)

What happened: 

proof Misterioso can do a dive

Penta was defeated Rush cleanly with a Rush Driver, and need to be stretchered out. He was fine on Twitter later.

Like with the Negro Casas anniversary, Sofia Alonso gave Blue Panther a plaque for reaching 40 years. Blue Panther’s family – except Junior, see below – came out to pose with him for a photo. This included the not-yet-debuted Hijo del Blue Panther, who wore a white Panther mask.

Stukita appeared before the Copa Halcón Suriano to show his name/mask change to Halcón Suriano. Many of the wrestlers in the match either entered wearing Blue Panther Jr. homage masks or wore all blue in tribute. Most people on the show wore Blue Panther 40 armbands. Blue Panther Jr. took a wrong step on the top rope while trying for a dive, and fell to the floor instead, taking out a cameraman in the process. Panther was put on a backboard and could not finish the match. He did not appear when the rest of the family came out to honor Blue Panther (although whoever has his Twitter account was active.)

Thoughts:

proof Luciferno can do a dive

The main event had the people for a big feud or even a really good match. It was neither, resembling the Tuesday post-big match main event in the effort if not time. There was no great build to anything and not a lot of work. Carístico & Penta had the slightest of issues, maybe on their own to keep the issue going, because it’s obvious CMLL has moved on. Carístico outperformed Penta easy. Finlay actually fit in better than usual but still has no strong purpose. Terrible looked off, both in taking Finlay’s (maybe Stunner?) finish and with Penta’s Slingblades. Cavernario carried most of the work, as usual. Rush beating Penta clean was weird. Rush beating anyone clean is very unlike him. It’s the kind of finish that feels like the end of Penta in CMLL for now, but also makes you wonder why they bothered to bring him back for this in the first place.

The Blue Panther match was more enjoyable for the action itself, and not just the nostalgia like the other similar matches this year. There was no great thematic reason to do a Lagunera versus Jalisco match, but it functioned together better than the all old men versions of these tribute matches. The NGD moved around great and were able to keep Black Warrior & Blue Panther looking reliable. Warrior looked visually much better than Panterita walking to the ring, but Panterita blew him away in the match. He was able to change up his style from what he’s done as Ephesto for years, pulling off some highspots well. (The dive didn’t go well, but the recovery made up for it.) Warrior seemed surprisingly old; his tope at the end would’ve been fine by any standard except his old ones. They gave Blue Panther good moments, he got the win, and everyone went home happy.

The Copa Halcón Suriano was in the same range as the Gran Prix and the heavyweight championship match. It looked like it was going to be better until Blue Panther Jr.’s injury seemed to derail things for a while. The first eight or so minutes of this match was a lot of fun, with people doing more for the occasion. (Misterioso showed a dropkick, pulled off an Asai dive, and went off the top rope!) Blue Panther Jr. was probably supposed to be around for a while, though I’m not sure how long. The end game – down to having the Chavez brothers as the final two left – seemed to play out fine without him being. It was good enough to keep the crowd interested after they showed signs of turning on it without any Panther involved. The last six minutes of Angel de Oro and Dragon Rojo going back and forth was nicely done to build dramatics, and smartly played off the previous eliminations in a way which would’ve been hard to put together on the spot and is atypical for both. It was worked well, with the Angel de Oro submission reversal spot standing out as something not normally done. Dragon Rojo’s moves come off as shakey, but everything, including the double stomp that I hate, worked really well. Angel de Oro comes up well in trios matches all the time and this was a nice solo effort from him. This isn’t a must see, but it’s a worthwhile use of your time.

almost all my notes for GIFs were dives so I stopped making GIFs

The second match was so nothing that I didn’t really grasp it was over at first; it just didn’t process that the técnicos actually won both falls until they went to the Roshfrans commercial. There wasn’t a lot to it. I guess it was fine. What action they did provide was the usual Negro Casas/Mistico bit. Casas did a lot of bumbling, Mistico outsmarted him and beat him with his own move, and the crowd hated it because they just want to cheer for Negro Casas. Diamante Azul & Dark Magic worked a lot together, have no special chemistry, but Dark Magic is a large man Azul can try to throw around impressively and perhaps that’s a reason to exist.

The opener was a nothing match, peaking OK but uninteresting action. Trying to figure out what happened on Exatlon (nearly 1/3rd of the people on the show quit after the plane they were on did an accidental 360 in mid-flight! But not Dragon Lee! And somehow they had replacement people ready to go!) captured more of my action than the match. They didn’t go too far for fancy spots, which made it worse when things didn’t work well. Cancerbero and Pegasso have worked together hundreds of times but were the worst pair, somehow.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-10-12

Ultimo Guerrero, for your consideration

Recapped: 10/12/2018

Matches:

Akuma & Camorra beat Robin & Star Jr.
(13:07 [5:42, 3:18, 4:07], 1/3, below average, 00:01:25)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
(14:45 [7:21, 3:19, 4:05], 1/3, ok, 00:22:47)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario beat Audaz, Esfinge, Soberano Jr.  
(12:22 [4:57, 7:25], 1/2, good, 00:48:23)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rey Bucanero, Okumura beat Atlantis, David Finlay, Hijo de LA Park
(11:33 [5:32, 2:18, 3:43], 2/3, below average, 01:09:24 )

LA Park, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Hechicero, The Chris
(15:40 [5:48, 4:52, 5:00], 1/3, great, 01:33:29 )

Último Guerrero beat Michael Elgin
(18:44, 1/3, great, 02:02:06)

  1. Pulpo Guerrero (5:58)
  2. Michael Elgin powerbomb (2:36)
  3. Guerrero Special (10:10)

What happened:

After he lost wrestling as a rudo, Michael Elgin turned back técnico. He told the crowd he loved Mexico and respected Último Guerrero.

Okumura replaced Shocker in the fourth match.

Rudos won clean in the third match for no particular reason. That seems to be a second men’s match pattern now.

Thoughts:

LA Park

Michael Elgin versus Último Guerrero will be talked about as one of the best matches of the year in Mexico. It had strong action, with the two working together like they’d wrestled a hundred matches. It had Elgin looking strong and powerful at every opportunity, laying it into Último Guerrero on chops and clotheslines. Other people on this show looked impressive too – if you want spectacular looking offense, this is a good show for you. What broke this match out was Último Guerrero’s epic performance. Último Guerrero has spent most of his career as a powerful, skilled and dangerous rudo. He’s been pretty great at it. Somehow, someway, Último Guerrero is even better the exact opposite role, at being a sympathetic underdog. UG reacted to every blow, fought thru the beatings, crawled on his hands and knees to get show he was refusing to give up even while he was totally overmatched. The nominal top rudo in the promotion is better at showing a tecnico’s fighting heart than most of the técnicos. It’s crazy he’s so good at something isn’t really his part most of the time. Elgin helped too, mocking Último and demonstrating rudo qualities much more than he had the rest of this tour. He did a great job of being the big obstacle UG had to keep fighting back against. This could’ve gone down just like something the two people in the match were interested in finding out who was better, but they told a great story that made sure the entire crowd was sucked in. This was an all-time Último Guerrero match.

I have small quibbles with Elgin’s style, though even then I think he was better than usual. I can’t find in myself to give it an excellent, which probably means it’s the elephant in the room. At the same time, I think that if there was a vote among Mexican CMLL fans about the best match of the year, this match would beat even the LA Park/Rush match.

the future of CMLL

The semi-main was outstanding trios match when it was going strong, and it was going strong for a lot of the way. The Mistico toss sequence both were executed well, but also looked great, with the overhead camera being utilized well for once. The bit of Mistico & Hechicero trying to wrestle with unceasing interruptions in the first fall gave a different feeling to this match, and the match stayed feeling different from the usual CMLL match the rest of the way. It also allowed LA Park to interact and react to Mistico, and he’s so good at the little things like that. This match overcame an amazingly terrible triple suplex spot early to look really good later, with the third fall particularly going really well. Cavernario came off as more serious than usual, and Hechicero fit in well with the main event guys. LA Park looked like he was having more fun than any other non-Rush match here too.

The fourth match couldn’t follow the match which preceded it. It also wasn’t good by any other standard. Bestia del Ring treated the world to his usual batch of physical and mental mistakes. Bestia not being able to hold up light Hijo de LA Park on a running powerbomb was amazing. Finlay continues to show nothing interesting, though he hasn’t been in a good scenario on Friday night yet. Rey Bucanero & Okumura weren’t on the level of the rudos who Hijo de LA Park usually wrestlers with CMLL and his performance was less impressive as a result. An easy match to skip.

not safe for all audiences

The tercera was a great exciting showcase for the técnicos, who also somehow lost in straight falls. I have no idea why we’re getting so many rudo two fall wins, but at least this one was fun getting there. Audaz looked very impressive, and he did it while barely working with Templario. He was getting around the ropes and onto his opponents with ease no matter who he was facing. That meant Templario worked a lot with Soberano, and that turned out to have strong chemistry. Soberano worked pretty hard for a guy who’s about to head to Japan for weeks, pulling off a nice tornillo at the end. I hope he and Templario get to a title match at some point. Even Esfinge was good when he was annoying, and the other rudos contributed. The only thing holding this back from being a great match was a bit more time.

The women’s match was the usual not much match. It was something I wasn’t really interested in beforehand and they didn’t do much to change my mind. Avispa Dorada got to her dive but not much more. I was worried they were going to freeze her out after getting over last week, but Dalys did give her a little bit of time in the third fall. Jarochita looked off a lot. Dalys tried hard, seemingly because she was getting her win back this week.

Soberano

Robin was the only one in the opener who looked like a possible good wrestler. Star Jr. normally is one but was off often on offense. His second fall moonsault was so not close to hitting that CMLL actually held off showing the replay. He really needed to have the awareness to realize his mistake and add in another move there. Akuma sometimes is but didn’t have a good night as a base. Camorra never is good and lived up those expectations, blowing the setup to his finish and then struggling to get Robin from the ropes.