CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-19

laughable

Recapped: 04/19/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr.
(15:08 [5:50, 2:49, 6:29], 1/3, good)

Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Tae Honma beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(15:33 [6:35, 3:50, 5:08], 1/3 DQ, ok)

Rey Cometa beat Kawato San in a lightning match
(4:02, 450 splash, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Carístico beat Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
(15:15 [5:26, 3:06, 6:43], 2/3, ok)

The dumb battle royal went 3:14

Cuatrero & Místico beat Hechicero & Stuka Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:36, ok)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Audaz & Templario in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:31, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:23, ok)

Rush & Vangellys beat Gran Guerrero & Valiente in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(2:47, below average)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(3:14, below average)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Rush & Vangellys in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(2:28, DQ, bad)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(6:10, ok)

What happened:

Bienvenido a Mexico

Tae Honma made her debut. She was pinned in the third fall by Dalys, but Dalys and Amapola kept hitting each other by mistake while aiming for Kobayashi. Amapola eventually got disqualified for excessive violence on Kobayashi.

Volador & Último Guerrero won the second block and will face Titan and Cavernario next week.

Thoughts:

The tournament is totally skippable, a far cry from last week. There were no surprises and not much action. Rush wrestled twice while actually wrestling not at all. It was still better than what Vangellys was doing. The first round had two different versions of a team falling apart and fighting. (Audaz & Templario waited until after their to fell apart), but the cameras weren’t there to see. Rush decided to dropkick the referee in the face instead of breaking up a pin. Hechicero & Stuka tried a team and the main event had some effort, but it was so to the formula for both winners that it does not give great hope for next week.

The semi-main was a very easy, the técnicos cleanly doing high spots and not much more to it. Villano III Jr. & Atlantis Jr. didn’t look like rookies. That’s an improvement, though it still felt like a stretch to have them this high up. Villano has added some weight, Atlantis is still skinny and slow at the Atlantida.

he was making certain this would connect

Rey Cometa seemed to be annoyed Kawato had forgotten a sequence in the lightning match and decided to end it immediately. I can’t be sure that was his decision, but Kawato definitely forgot whatever he was supposed to in response to the second handspring and that was that. Cometa’s tope looked really cool, but that was mostly because he aimed it directly at Kawato in a way where Kawato’s head was going to break the fall even if he didn’t get his arms up. After a year, they don’t trust Kawato with must and he proved them right not trust him. He needs a fresh start any place else and it is a waste of his time to keep going in CMLL. This is not working at all and no one’s going to get much out of an apuesta with him.

Honma was not good in her first exchange with Amapola. She’s seemed ok the rest of the way but no strong impression. She was small enough that she made Amapola’s spear look great. Kaho had some bad luck with ugly looking shots during the. It didn’t seem to slow her down. Reina Isis was almost too short to do the Sugehit shove off the off spot.

The opener was a great Halcón Suriano showcase we haven’t gotten from him since long ago Stukita days. Grako & Coyote were fine, better than some of the latter mini rudo performances, and that was enough to be a platform for some impressive moments. Even given his height and travel, it is surprising they don’t do more with him. Though maybe not Grako’s flying elbow drop at all could be a clue. They had a lot more action to it than usual, not just from Suriano, and that effort was enough to call it worth checking out.

you take him

CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-05

full handstand

Recapped: 04/10/2019

Matches:

Metálico & Sangre Azteca beat Magnus & Robin
(10:33 [4:39, 2:16, 3:38], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(14:11 [8:30, 2:58, 2:43], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(10:41 [3:25, 2:41, 4:35], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino beat Hechicero in a lightning match
(9:04, Felino super powerbomb, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán
(10:48 [3:00, 1:45, 6:03], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible beat Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
(5:07 [0:53, 4:14], 1/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Gilbert fakes a foul in the second fall DQ to end a quick main event. The post-match standing around and talking may have lasted longer than the match.

Thoughts:

this was a bad idea Hechicero

The main event had a beatdown and a hot dive sequence and nothing in between because it was barely five minutes. There was no reason for it to be this short, though I guess they spared us eight additional minutes of going thru the motions. Gilbert needed an actual clean pin here but it is whatever.

The semi-main had more energy than some of the undercard trios, going more off personality than action. Cavernario & Negro Casas wrestled most of the third fall, the only one that got any time and interacted well with técnicos. Atlantis Jr. looked good wrestling Negro Casas, which confirms Atlantis Jr. is an object which exists in three-dimensional space. I wouldn’t say you need to see it but it was a good use of time if you had the show on.

The lightning match worked well, with Felino showing he could take a match seriously when given a serious opponent. It was Hechicero was wild, missing crazy stuff to the barricade and making a fatal mistake that caught him. The match played out like Hechicero was the better man but made one too many bad decisions and paid for it.

Audaz

The tercera was standard solid midcard trios action. It was one of those with the stacked up superplex spot. That even worked for a pinfall, though that was more Audaz’s splash onto Ephesto non-captain the superplex itself. And then they got beat anyway. Stuka’s near handstand on his splash was impressive as was the dive train, but this was in the middle of these average of matches.

There’s a sequence in this match where Dalys dropkicks her partners by mistake, the tecnicas dropkick Dalys, the tecnicas try a double suplex on Dalys, Dalys reverses it to her own double suplex, and then she just gets dropkicks again to set up the finish. I would like to know why they did the double suplex there. It’s just stuff happening at that point, and it was also a spot intended to get a cheer for a person who is supposed to be a rudo. This match delivered a lot of Dalys doing stuff so it really didn’t have much to it if you weren’t interested in Dalys. The tecnicas made quick runs to win the first and third falls but it really wasn’t much about them.

The opener was a generic match with the técnicos not getting a chance to show a lot. Robin did find time to do Arez bridging slam. This generally seemed like a showcase for the rudos, who did a little more than usual but aren’t really guys you want to build a showcase around in 2019. Sangre Azteca won with something other than the low blow dropkick so there’s that.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-12

now there’s two crazy caveman

Recapped: 04/13/2019

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Príncipe Diamante & Robin
(10:21 [4:41, 2:23, 3:17], 1/3, below average, 00:01:19 )

Black Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:58 [3:18, 3:13, 4:27], 2/3, ok, 00:18:14)

Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Terrible beat Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(10:51 [3:37, 1:52, 5:22], 1/3, ok, 00:38:16)

the dumb battle royal went 3:26

Carístico & Mephisto beat Flyer & Forastero in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:48, ok, 01:06:35)

Euforia & Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Ángel de Oro & La Bestia Del Ring in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:54, ok, 01:14:58)

Cavernario & Titán beat Blue Panther & Máscara Año 2000 in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(6:31, ok, 01:23:17)

Sansón & Soberano Jr. beat Rey Bucanero & Tritón in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:40, ok, 01:32:45)

Carístico & Mephisto beat Euforia & Guerrero Maya Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(4:45, ok, 01:40:08)

Cavernario & Titán beat Sansón & Soberano Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(6:05, good, 01:47:30)

Cavernario & Titán beat Carístico & Mephisto in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(11:08, great, 01:55:43)

Volador Jr. beat Gilbert el Boricua
(10:24, 1/3 DQ, ok, 02:10:02)

  1. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:35)
  2. Gilbert Mexican Destroyer w/ropes (1:20)
  3. DQ Gilbert for Volador faked foul (7:29)

What happened:

all the dives

Volador faked a foul in the third fall of the main event, payback for last week.

Titan & Cavernario advanced to the final on 04/26.

In their opening round match, Bestia accidentally hit Angel de Oro early in their match. Angel de Oro superkicked him by less of an accident later. The match lasted a while longer, but they didn’t work together and were doomed after that.

Thoughts:

The main event was better than I was expecting. Gilbert couldn’t move more than usual, but he can react quickly when Volador gets close to him, and Volador got close to him at the right times. It fell into the usual pattern of a Volador singles match and Gilbert didn’t seem as out of place of it as, say, Vangellys did in the Último Guerrero match last month. Gilbert is still missing the physically imposing feeling he had as Mil Muertes and I’m not sure he’ll ever get that back. The finish was logical and a way out of a finish they probably don’t want to do at this point but it was still cold. It’s easy to see they should’ve switched this to before the tournament.

adios Dragon

This was a really good tournament! It’s mostly carried by Cavernario & Titan pulling off the unexpected upset win, but they built well to that point. Even the previous partial upset of Guerrero Maya eliminating Mephisto set the stage well for the final: of course Carístico & Mephisto were going to just make comebacks all night and Titan & Cavernario had no real chance. Until they actually did. Titan & Cavernario versus Sansón & Soberano was the short tournament action match, Titan & Cavernario versus Mephisto & Carístico was the full length back and forth and back and forth again match. Mephisto & Carístico switched well to rudos for the occasion, which is a little bit of a tipoff but still worked. That tournament block final alone is worth watching, but you might as well start early and watch the semifinal prior.

There’s nothing else from the tournament strongly worth checking out. Others got into the Blue Panther/Titan mat work section more than I did. The Sanson/Soberano versus Triton/Rey Bucanero first round match was the best to me, though nothing must see. Angel de Oro & La Bestia lasted a lot longer than they should’ve given the break up set up happened pretty early. Flyer had a bad night and didn’t get caught at all on his moonsault. He came up with a limp and got counted out when that might have not been the intended plan. Flyer was able to walk to the back afterward.

The tercera was the most professional of the three undercard matches, though it was missing a bit of a spark. Negro Casas & Dragon Lee have been great together in the past. Casas didn’t seem eager for it tonight and didn’t have the same chemistry. Niebla Roja & Terrible feuded a little bit, just not as good as Hechicero & Stuka the match before. The rest of the action was fine if not memorable.

Titan has two weeks to work on his Worm

There was a good effort in the second match but it didn’t work out. Stuka & Hechicero tried really hard to hype their rivalry, it was the best part of the match and it was strange they didn’t use that for the finish. Rey Cometa is trying so hard with the new look. I hope it gets him his push as skeptical I am of it actually happening. The third fall got derailed a bit. Black Panther tries a headscissors that Polvora was on a different page. Cometa was shook up after hitting the ropes wrong.

This show didn’t start well. Everyone seemed off. Robin and Akuma have faced each many times and the tricky stuff looked worse than usual here. Principe Diamante was a bit sloppy. The Espanto wheelbarrow suplex finish in the first fall was sloppily done and could’ve ended dangerously. He was in a rough mood the rest of the match and probably should never try a reverse ‘rana again.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-29

crazy caveman

Recapped: 03/30/2019

Matches:

Akuma & Disturbio beat Pegasso & Stigma
Pegasso & Stigma beat Akuma & Disturbio
(13:22 [6:04, 3:21, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:01:40)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone beat Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
(12:27 [5:43, 3:02, 3:42], 1/3, good, 00:22:22)

Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario beat Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón
(13:57 [5:05, 2:46, 6:06], 1/3, ok, 00:44:53)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán beat Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón
(14:29 [3:55, 2:39, 7:55], 2/3, good, 01:09:35)

Cavernario © beat Forastero to retain Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
(20:57, 2/3, good, 01:37:17)

  1. Forastero triangle armbar (2:27)
  2. Cavernario plancha neanderthal (2:48)
  3. Cavernario cavernaria (15:42)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Naito, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(10:18 [5:00, 5:18], 1/2 DQ, ok, 02:08:16)

What happened:

Rush fouled Volador for the straight fall loss, then Los Ingobernables unmasked Carístico & Valiente.

Thoughts:

Los Hermanos Lee

The main event was fun in an exhibition fashion, with Naito having fun hanging out with Terrible & Rush when not getting crushed by a Valiente tope. He was into the spirit of things and did more than his partners. Rush seemed pleased with himself on the foul (and the stealing of Bandido’s bit) but was more into posing then coming close on dropkicks. Carístico was good, everyone else was just kind of there. This feels better than last year’s version but it is also only notable for Naito’s cameo.

So. About the title match. Cavernario is very good and the CMLL crowd loved him in this match. Cavernario’s eagerness to throw himself in and out of the ring made this match what it was. Cavernario hit all the big highspots from his match with Titan a month ago and played off last week’s finish, and this still wasn’t close to that match. Forastero just couldn’t put together much of anything compelling in this match, didn’t show the presence of his cousins in big matches. Forastero was just a guy who occasionally doing moves at a slow pace. The first two falls of not much didn’t help, but there was a lack of aggression and urgency here. A rudo/rudo match and a challenger who didn’t have much of a chance to win made this an uphill challenge but Forastero didn’t really rise to the challenge. Anyone else could’ve been put in his spot to get largely the same match.

It is so great to have Negro Casas back. The fourth match reminded me how Casas had a career making matches with Dragon Lee and Titan and probably could have one with Místico if they ever put him in a big singles match. He had the best sequences with each guy here, even if most of the ones with Místico were owning him. I think he and Dragon Lee would put each other out for a month if they had that singles match now but I still want to see it. NGD were OK if only really impressive when powerbombing the técnicos in the first fall, but they were good at being in the right spots for Dragon Lee & Mistico’s big headscissors. I only really liked the third fall but I really liked it a lot and it was much more than I was expecting.

Naito hit by microbus

The técnicos had a lot of ideas for group spots – there’s enough here that you could see Flyer replacing Titan in the trio, though that would also come with them moving down the cards – but it didn’t really come together as an interesting match. Tossing Flyer outside the ring to pull him back in for the finish was also weird and a flat way to end the match. Templario wasn’t bad but he’s had stronger appearances. Rey Bucanero did a piledriver on the apron for no reason.

The extra energy shown by both sides made a difference in the segunda. The técnicos were throwing themselves into moves and the rudos looked better than usual. I think the only one who wasn’t trying to do something crazy was Mije (so hopefully he’s the one who goes to Japan.) Black Panther’s tope at the end looked good. Kawato didn’t have anything seriously go wrong, always a small victory.

The opener was depressing in an unusual way for CMLL opener. They were definitely trying to have a good match, it was just not really happening for them. Stigma and Akuma just weren’t all that tight with the big spots they were doing. Akuma took a big bump to the floor of a headscissors that wasn’t much around the head. Disturbio and Pegasso didn’t actually do all that much. I’m not sure they’re capable of having a better match than this.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-22

effort level tonight

Recapped: 03/22/2019

Matches:

Star Jr. & Stigma beat El Coyote & Grako
(13:47 [6:35, 3:21, 3:51], 2/3, below average)

Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(10:36 [5:57, 4:39], ½ DQ, below average)

Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:02 [3:49, 2:19, 3:54], 1/3, ok)

Forastero beat Cavernario in a lightning match
(9:05, top rope senton con giro, ok)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán
(9:59 [2:17, 2:02, 5:40], 1/3, below average)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:45 [4:24, 2:11, 3:10], 2/3, ok)

What happened: 

Forastero challenged Carístico Cavernario to a title match next week.

Amapola was eliminated but came back in to dropkick Kobyashi anyway for the DQ.

Thoughts: 

an unusual sequence

Volador hit Euforia & Gran Guerrero with a double handspring, they stood there, looked at him, then slowly turned 90 degrees to take the Azul double clothesline spot. Almost no one on this show seemed like they wanted to be there and it was an unpleasurable waste of time for anyone who watched it. If you’re reading this trying to figure out if you should watch it, the answer is no no no definitely not.

The semi-main was short and there was nothing to it beyond the obligatory revenge win. Mr. Niebla was much more over then the guys who just main evented Homnejae a Dos Leyendas, and Titan’s offensive run in the third fall got the biggest reaction. Bestia’s powerbomb is the best you can say for those four, though at least Terrible made it out of this match with two working arms.

Something about Forastero doesn’t totally click in lightning matches. Or I guess in any singles matches since he doesn’t have many singles outside of lightning matches. His matches don’t escalate in ay way, which made it even more out of left field for him to get the clean top rope senton pin. He has a lot of OK offense but doesn’t stand out the way his cousins do. He’ll have another chance next week. Cavernario usually comes thru in big matches.

a Bestia highlight

The tercera had a tripe corner moonsault spot that took forever to set up and also featured Flyer holding up on his own moonsault. Then there were Destroyers. Flyer is a head case at this point and I need Magia Blanca to get healthy and return to take all of his matches. Kawato had some moments of being fine. Audaz had a cool tornillo that wasn’t even close to being caught by Vangellys. Stuka rolled up Pólvora. This was whatever.

The women’s match was whatever. Not sure what happened with Kobayashi and Dalys on that dive. Dalys seemed to take much of the match for his team, which didn’t really add anything. I guess there were occasional hard dropkicks in this match and not much more. A Kaho/Amapola feud is about as random as it can get.

The crowd was quick to boo this match when they were stating out with chain wrestling. On the other hand, it was kind of boring. They escalated to bigger moves than normal for an opener. The pace of this match was still slow and the rudos did little in the second fall. This was fine I guess but I have no interesting in seeing a moment of it again.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-01

Recapped: 03/05/2019

(This is the show I missed while being at PWG.)

Matches:

Astral & Robin beat El Coyote & Grako
(11:31 [5:31, 2:44, 3:16], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
(14:07 [7:08, 2:50, 4:09], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys beat El Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa
(11:28 [3:12, 3:49, 4:27], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Titán beat Templario in a lightning match
(9:08, El Inmortal, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris
(11:52 [2:39, 3:05, 6:08], 2/3 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(7:43 [3:43, 4:00], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

how was this supposed to look?

Los Ingobernables were disqualified in the first for throwing Niebla Roja over the top rope. Terrible fouled Niebla Roja in the second fall, which Edgar missed. Bestia fouled Angel de Oro to save him from the campana, and Edgar did not miss that.

Gilbert unmasked Diamante for the DQ, though it was quite a struggle to get Azul to let it go.

Titan’s new cradle is called El Inmortal this week. That seems to have stuck.

Thoughts:

Templario’s powerbomb works only about half the time

The main event was just a long beatdown with Volador getting in a courtesy dive before the finish. It might have been successful in building up the hair match – that’s debatable at best – but it definitely didn’t work as a standalone match. It was a drag to watch, which was the case for watching most of the show. These shows can be even less appealing if you’re watching them a few days later while knowing nothing worthwhile happens.

The semi-main was sloppy and slow, built around Gilbert & Azul. Gilbert looked slightly more mobile this week but they didn’t much here to suggest a singles match would be a good idea. The Cl4n looked no better than usual. The last thing CMLL needs is more immobile rudos who aren’t really as over as they think, and yet Ciber & the Chris are here. It was funny that their big return after many months ended with them getting out of the ring as quick as possible to separate themselves from Gilbert.

Titan followed up the exciting match with Cavernario with a similarly styled match with Templario. The downside to these Titan matches back to both weeks is they’re no deeper than both guys unloading their moves back and forth for whatever time they have left. The upside is both he and Templario had a lot of cool moves to do, and they’re making a bigger deal out of Titan’s latest cradle finish by having him win with it in back to back weeks.

The tercera was a solid professional midcard match that gets bumped up good possibly because I’m thinking of the grade only after having seen the (much worse) end of the card. It was very much a “Rey Cometa does the diving headscissors” CMLL tercera special, but he did a little more than usual, Hechicero broke out some new hold and Audaz did well. No one looked bad and it was a fun time, so that’s better than most things here.

The women’s matches include attempts to do impressive things, but doing them so slowly or sloppy that they don’t come off as impressive. The Jarochita/Dalys sequence in the first fall stood out that way, with them doing leaping rolls and reversals, but stumbling thru them. These matches are obviously the ones most planned out in advance, but they’ve not executed them well.

The opener was forgettable, which is better than a lot of CMLL openers. It was also so boring that I couldn’t be bothered to figure out how Robin hurt himself I the second fall. The third fall finishes weirdly in that Coyote just did keep doing moves to Astral until he went away, no counters or reversals. Astral appears to be a bodybuilder who dabbles in wrestling at this point, though he didn’t seem as cut up as usual.

this feud is a struggle

CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas: 2019-03-15

wheeee

Recapped: 03/16/2019

Matches:

Hijo del Villano III, Pólvora, Vangellys beat Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón
(10:58 [3:10, 3:47, 4:01], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, El Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Zacarias el Perico
(14:03 [5:05, 4:05, 4:53], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Titán beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(8:02 [2:19, 5:43], 1/2, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Bárbaro Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua, Negro Casas
(16:35 [5:47, 3:56, 6:52], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero © beat Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. to retain the CMLL World Trios Championship
(17:16 [4:09, 2:20, 10:47], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat La Bestia Del Ring & Terrible in a hair match
(21:03 [3:59, 2:30, 14:34], 1 DQ/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Dragon Lee doing Dragon Lee things

Los Ingobernables were Dqed for using belts in the first fall. Terrible’s right shoulder goes out trying to catch an Angel de Oro dive right after La Bestia del Ring has been eliminated. Both Bestia and Tirantes try to pop the arm back into the socket, but neither has much success. Commissioner Rambo teases ejecting La Comandante to buy the doctor some time to work with on Terrible, but it clearly Terrible still can’t do anything. Angel de Oro and Terrible talk in the ring, and Oro quickly beats him with a sharpshooter he’s never used before (because the campana needs Terrible’s arms.)

Terrible is taking quickly to the back to get his arm looked at, with the Chavez fighting it with Bestia del Ring to stall before his hair cut starts. Terrible comes back, in discomfort and seemingly unable to move his right arm, still cutting his own hair before attacking the rudos. The rudos only get their hair cut in the ring, and shaved later backstage.

usually he goes far not up

Negro Casas made his return from injury in the fourth match, though they played off the knee injury in the finish.

Ephesto & Mephisto were wearing Blue Demon themed version of their normal masks. Diamante Azul, who was designed with the idea of being a modern Blue Demon, was wearing a lot less blue than normal (though it may have part of a bigger plan since Soberano was also mostly wearing white.)

With Mr. Niebla back, Zacarias is back to painting Niebla’s chest tattoo on his own body. MicroAngel was the referee.

Blue Demon was remembered after the second match. The actor who portrayed Blue Demon (on the Televisa produced show) was part of the ceremony. Sofia Alonso was announced as commercial director of CMLL, which is a promotion (or a reveal.) This bit got some loud whistles and not the usual big round of applause. Live reports suggest the crowd noise (loud boos) was turned way down.

Thoughts:

Sanson & Forastero

The main event wasn’t much. It was easily the worst match of the night. At last part of it is because whatever they were going to do for the finishing stretch (or maybe just the finish) went out the window with Terrible’s shoulder. The obvious problems going into the match were not solved prior. They built this match around Los Ingobernables offense for two falls, which is not the best of ideas for this team. There’s a lot of two-man spots where Terrible looks to be doing 80% of the work. On the other hand, Bestia del Ring attempting to take bumps for the Chavez offense was also bad. Bestia trying to do Rush bits were a good reminder about how much more charisma Rush has. CMLL’s refusal to show Bestia going into the crowd or the announce desk was a good reminder of CMLL’s own limitations. I don’t know that this really did anything for anyone, but people still showed up for it and I didn’t really understand that either, so maybe I’m missing the whole picture.

The title match was the extended long play of the Guerreros versus a random assortment of técnicos match they’ve run many times before. If you were hoping for something in the match that would explain why these three flyers were teaming, you went home disappointed. If you wanted them to see them run thru every big match spot, you did at least get that. They built to the most spectacular spots at the end, and played off Caristico going for La Mistica too many times. It’d be for the best if something else got cycled in as the big action match, this match does not benefit from being used in the same space so often.

The NGD/Casas match was a little bit better than I was expecting. Gilbert looked better than has in weeks, and much better with NGD than Diamante Azul last week. The NGD guys were fired up for the big show and broke out a few new spots. Sansón losing his mask on his own finish but keeping it together enough cover up while covering Negro Casas was something. Forastero nailed his ramp running dropkick. Casas playing off the leg work and his own knee injury as part of the finishing bit is something only he does around here.

Microman

The tercera was much shorter than usual, without the long fall that usually goes with a two fall match. (CMLL was time conscious on the whole show, sending people out quicker for entrances from the start.) They made up for it by going at a quick pace from the start, with even Mephisto & Ephesto moving around a lot faster than they had in the past. Titan & Soberano looked spectacular on their dives. Diamante Azul was fine until the end, when he struggled oddly with a press slam and weirdly won on his deep armdrag. Not the first time where Azul seemed like he ran out of lifting power by the end of the match.

The micros match was fun, though it felt a little bit sloppier than usual. Maybe the last camera shot centered on Chamuel’s shoulder being up for the final pin is just sticking in my head. There were other moments where people seemed to be in the wrong position or oddly paused during the match. Atomo tripping twice to cradle Mije in the first fall was a sight. Microman did have some cool moments, they got Atomo a moment of his own with his big splash on everyone, and the crowd seemed to genuinely like the match.

The opener was obviously better than what CMLL throws out as openers, but it was also one on the verge of getting very good and never quite getting there. It had the highlights of a spectacle match, with Triton getting in a few big moments, but the drama wasn’t really there. The fans treated this like a big show by booing the first slip they saw. I think Vangellys’ wheel kick is now a big match only move. I can’t recall him doing in the even Último Guerrero series and he used to work that in to every match. Villano III Jr. blended in better, though the decision to have him do a dive and not Audaz was odd. It was also funny when he decided to celebrate his team winning while the match was still going on behind him.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-08

no pasa nada

Recapped: 03/08/2019

Matches:

Nitro & Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr. & Stigma
(12:30 [6:22, 2:46, 3:22], 1/3, below average, 00:01:08)

Kawato San, Tiger, Virus beat Fuego, Rey Cometa, Star Jr.
(12:25 [4:04, 4:08, 4:13], 2/3, ok, 00:22:03)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Rey Bucanero, Universo 2000, Vangellys
(10:27 [4:14, 2:43, 3:30], 2/3, ok, 00:45:34)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:13 [4:10, 3:40, 5:23], 2/3, ok, 01:08:50)

Diamante Azul beat Gilbert el Boricua
(13:12, 2/3 DQ, below average, 01:32:24)

  1. Gilbert spear (2:34)

  2. Diamante Azul powerbomb (3:11)

  3. DQ Gilbert mask pull (7:27)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(8:52 [1:28, 7:24], 1/2 DQ, ok, 01:53:35)

What happened:

here is an Oro highlight

Bestia was eliminated in the main event, then came back into hit Niebla Roja with a belt to break up his pin. He also almost hit Rush with the belt, thinking he was Angel de Oro coming in the ring.

Forastero replaced Shocker. Triton suffered a head/arm injury on a huracanrana late.

Thoughts:

This was an easily skippable show, no different than the Monday & Tuesdays shows often are. If you’re reading this to find out what you should go back and watch, you shouldn’t really go back and watch anything.

The main event didn’t have the intensity you’d expect out of the week leading into a big double hair match. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja tried harder, but it never felt like a big deal. Terrible & La Bestia making a point of not reacting to Caristico’s handspring double back elbow was weird. Carístico was not really into this most of the way.

dives

Gilbert & Diamante was a plodding largely unimpressive match. They seemed to really struggle in the second fall finishing sequence. The rest of the match was the normal Diamante Azul moves at a slower pace than usual. It felt much longer than it was because of that slow pace, and because the crowd didn’t care about much of it. They got into reacting for the near falls and not much more. This would be a good feud to get away from but the finish suggests they want to do more.

The fourth match was probably just average on a normal day but had more life in the third fall than anything that happened earlier. Dragon Lee was fired up in the third fall and it brought the match to a higher level. Atlantis looked solid even if he doesn’t move an inch from the center of the ring most of the time, and the rudos were solid as opponents.

The tercera was about as good as it looked on paper, with the técnicos showing some offense but not at top speed because of what whom they were working against. Titan had the good sense to not try the tricky cradle with Bucanero, who would’ve struggled to go with it. Universo 2000 Jr. is not a noticeable improvement over Shocker.

The segunda had less energy than the usual CMLL midcard special. Rey Cometa seemed interested enough to break out a new Ghost look, but the speed and the level of the action weren’t much. And Cometa got pinned in the end, which is a lesson in not trying.

The opener was boring rather than actively bad in the first couple of falls. It found the expected level in the third fall, with mistimed bumps and Sangre Azteca either messing up his finish or choosing to do it wrong to harm Stigma. It was something to avoid either way.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-02-22

Titan & Cavernario

Recapped: 02/22/19

Matches:

Hijo del Signo & Metálico beat Arkalis & Magnus
(12:24 [6:03, 2:40, 3:41], 1/3, below average, 00:00:41)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus beat Drone, Fuego, Pegasso
(10:43 [5:33, 2:16, 2:54], 1/3, ok, 00:20:55)

Felino, Hechicero, Shocker beat Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano
(11:55 [3:40, 4:32, 3:43], 2/3, below average, 00:41:40)

Titán beat Cavernario
(24:08, 2/3, excellent, 01:04:59)

  1. Plancha Neanderthal (3:56)
  2. Titanics (4:57)
  3. Titanica (15:15)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
(8:11 [2:42, 5:29], 1 DQ/2, ok, 01:38:45)

Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:09 [2:01, 3:06, 7:02], 1/3, good, 01:58:10)

What happened:

i have this file named mistico bowling

CMLL would like you call Carístico, Místico and Volador the Dream Team.

The semi-main had the first fall end in excessive time in the ring DQ. Angel de Oro and La Bestia del Ring were eliminated in the second fall, but Angel snuck in a foul on Terrible to help Niebla Roja win. Bestia dropkicked Edgar after the match. Niebla Roja said they were going to cheat if Los Ingobernables were also going to cheat.

Thoughts:

CMLL tried to end the show with a showcase match for the técnicos, focusing on all the wild moves they could do. They got some of that, but they got a lot of finishes that didn’t look right. The La Mistica in the first fall and Sansón powerbomb in the first and second falls looked not that far off from normal but not exactly right. The Volador reverse huracanrana for the third fall finish (with a Carístico Mistica) looked bad enough that they really should’ve just done any other spot. The rest of the match was good while lacking intensity, feeling more like a Tuesday send the crowd home match than a big Friday night one. It is also not a great sign for CMLL that a slow series of Canadian Destroyers is seen as an important moment in a big match. This was still the second best match on the show but they’re capable of more.

The semi-main was decent build up to to the big match, though it appeared two of the people appeared to believe the big match was Diamante Azul & Gilbert el Boricua. The crowd didn’t seem that into Chavez brothers and Ingobernables this week, though also it seemed to feature a lot more Bestia and a lot less Terrible. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds but it was still fine going two falls.

I was concerned early on in the Cavernario/Titan match. It did not start as a sprint. They were pacing for a long match and it didn’t seem a certainty the would actually get that sort of time. It was not a concern I needed to have; they got their lightning match time in the first two falls and then nearly twice that in the third. They built and built in a match showcasing their best moments, treating this more like the culmination of a long feud than a random one off match. It felt more like an introduction than an evolution of what they’ve done in the past, though maybe that was the idea – if this match does end up on Televisa, it would be the first time either of them were really featured on that channel, their ascension has come during this period when they’ve been off the network. The slight problem with this match is CMLL tropes dictate Cavernario has to try his caverneria at least once before the match ends, and usually, it instantly ends the match. They subverted that a bit and Titan found a moment to pull out his new most favorite strange cradle. This ranks up there with Cavernario’s best non-apuesta singles matches.

The tercera was terminally boring. Only some inventive stuff by Stuka and Hechicero prevented it from being a total waste, and it was still pretty much nothing. This felt much longer than it probably actually was, but it still wasted time that could’ve gone elsewhere.

The second match was very much to form for the six people involved, down to Drone doing Rey Cometa’s headscissors with him not being around. Fuego seemed excited to be there, which was more than you could say about many of the others. The finish with Virus & Drone looked bad but at least no one got hurt. This wasn’t much but it was still significantly better than the one that preceded it.

The opener was not good in many ways but it was really the clotheslines that Metálico was trying that pushed this from the “I don’t want to think about this, ‘ok’” to “i really hate that I’m spending my time on this, ‘below average’”. Hijo del Signo was carrying the load on the rudo team, which was exactly a bad idea as it seemed to be. Arkalis may be a good wrestler but there’s no way to determine it.

a different escape

CMLL on Marca: 2019-02-15

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Recapped: 02/15/2019

Video links were not immediately available, perhaps due to issues. 

Matches:

Cancerbero & Raziel beat Pegasso & Stigma
(13:53 [5:30, 2:31, 5:52], 1/3, ok)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Okumura, Tiger, Virus
(15:49 [7:32, 2:56, 5:21], 2/3, below average)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Pólvora, Templario, Vangellys
(13:24 [5:05, 2:10, 6:09], 1/3, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, La Bestia Del Ring, Mephisto
(6:51 [2:22, 4:29], 1/2 DQ, ok)

Carístico, Místico, Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:21 [4:23, 1:48, 6:10], 2/3, good)

Terrible beat Niebla Roja for the CMLL Universal Championship
(21:31, 1/2, good)

  1. Terrible German suplex (6:32)
  2. Terrible Styles Clash (15:00)

What happened:

Sky Team version 3

Early in the night, Bestia del Ring and Angel de Oro slightly feuded all match long, leading Bestia to foul Angel de Oro at the end.

They both returned as seconds for the Universal final. (La Comandante also tried seconding Terrible and was kicked out.) Angel de Oro was in his brother’s corner. Bestia grabbed Niebla Roja by the leg in the first fall, leading to Terrible beating Roja with a suplex. Roja was about to win a very long second fall when Bestia came in again and broke up the reverse campana. Terrible won seconds later with a Styles Clash. Angel de Oro protested the decision, while Niebla Roja challenged Terrible to a hair versus hair match. Terrible told Niebla Roja to name the time and the place. It was talked about as a singles match, but Angel de Oro & La Bestia del Ring were very involved. It appears to be heading to a tag version of that match.

During the match, Terrible twice grabbed onto the top of Niebla Roja’s trunks while upside down to pull him up for moves, which left Roja partially exposed to the cameras. It is hard to miss on the finish.

Thoughts:

a Cancerbero double team

Despite going only two falls, the main event delivered all the offense you’d expect from a match that went the normal distance. It did follow the usual your move/my move formula of a CMLL big match and Niebla Roja had some less than graceful moments (even when he was fully covered) but the freshness of the match made kept it compelling. It did become clear that something strange was going on when the second fall kept going and going. It would’ve been a memorable match in CMLL if the long second fall was setting up Niebla Roja just barely surviving into a third fall, but CMLL predictability gave away Niebla Roja losing in some crooked fashion in the second fall long before it actually happened. They had the best match they were going to have under the conditions, but those conditions and the match they’re building towards took it down a bit.

Most every undercard match on this show felt like a rerun. At least the semi-main was a good rerun. Carístico played the role of Volador in a familiar Guerreros/Sky Team match from a couple of years ago. Místico hit all his big spots and had a good night, got booed loudly all the same. The rudos generally stayed in the background and supported the técnicos thru a long third fall showcase. Something new would’ve been appreciated but the crowd still seemed to like the double Mistica finish.

The fourth match was rather quick to just get the finish. Stuka & Soberano put in good efforts for as long as they had time to show anything. Angel de Oro did about as well with Bestia del Ring as you could hope to expect, though Bestia is still allergic to catching dives. The tease of Bestia versus Angel de Oro as the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas hair match was the most distressing moment of the show.

needs to be faster but a good idea

What was remarkable in the tercera is someone actually got the ropes while being in a submission in the third fall of a midcard match. The tercera was a decent exhibition for the técnicos, especially in the closing moments. It didn’t seem the most exciting Templario performance, but the execution was smoother than in the match that preceded it.

The second match was a sloppier version of the usual match with those people. It started off with Black Panther & Virus mat work, something normally to get excited for, but they weren’t sharp and Black Panther felt out of a hold. It took to the last sequence with Guerrero Maya & Okumura to wake the matchup, and that wasn’t kind of the way for the whole three falls. Panther’s Boomerang kick spot looked badly timed this week. The third fall had a sequence with cradles where the referee stopped counting and was actually right to stop counting because someone forgot to kick out. They can and they often do much better than this.

The Cancerberos opening the show in their usual grinding fashion. They were generally effective at teamwork spots but the match itself was missing a little bit of a spark or speed to make it memorable. You’ve seen this before and it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere.