CMLL on Marca: 2020-03-13

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Recapped: 2020-03-13

Matches:

Diamond & Principe Daniel beat Cholo & Difunto
(12:59 [5:35, 3:40, 3:44], 1/3, ok)

Princesa Sugehit, Silueta, Stephanie Vaquer beat Amapola, La Infernal, La Metálica
(14:42 [8:10, 2:56, 3:36], 1/3, ok)

Hechicero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero beat Audaz, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr.
(14:59 [6:44, 3:45, 4:30], 2/3, ok)

Titán beat Pólvora in a lightning match
(9:46, double stomp, good)

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer beat Hijo del Villano III & Templario for the Mexican National Tag Team final
(23:19 [8:07, 2:16, 12:56], 1/3, ok)

Felino, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Cavernario, Diamante Azul in a relevos increíbles match
(9:08 [2:08, 7:00], 1/2, ok)

What happened:

the through the ropes to the apron spin always looks cool

Felino beat Cavernario in straight falls and said he’d win next week’s hair match.

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer won the national tag team championships in a tournament final.

Fans were given hand sanitizer upon entering the building (which seemed to be the case at all sporting events.) Attendees going in the garage entrance had their temperature checked as well. This did not appear to be the case for all the entrances.

Thoughts:

The main event was another quick match, with the only purpose of Felino getting the win to show he’s going to win next week (and telegraph he won’t.) They tried for the eight minutes they had, but it was just a few highspots and out. It had a lot of action and go where it needed to go quick.

The moment seemed too big for the four guys in the tag title match. Atlantis Jr. forgot to move out of the way of a partner hits teammate by mistake spot in the second fall (and somehow Villano III was the one who knew what to do.) Templario and Villano III did a weird set up for a Villano III dive. Flyer looked done with half the third fall left. They tried hard and the crowd got into it, but they also looked less impressive than most everyone in the two prior matches. Atlantis Jr. has enough big spots to impress and the first fall was solid mat work, but this title match felt like a reduction of CMLL big match standards.

Polvora knocked Titan out of the sky early in their match, and it set up a great comeback from a lower leg injury story. Too great, because it seemed like the doctor bought it as well and slowed down the match to check on him. Titan fought back, did some cool double stomps, and survived a Super Polvora Driver to win. He’s 2020 skill pickup is dramatic injury selling and he got it over with the crowd here again. Polvora worked with more aggression than in normal trios matches and they made the most out of it.

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Rey Bucanero nailed the frontcracker off Hechicero’s reverse monkey flip and not a lot else. He had trouble basing and got completely lost with Soberano at the end of the first fall of the tercera. It distracted from what was a hot match otherwise, with the crowd getting into the usual tecnico high spots. Hechicero tried to be a one-man guy keeping it together and Lucifierno was fine, but it didn’t totally come together.

Stephanie Vaquer tried a lot we don’t normally see in women’s match – she did the grab your heel escape from a hammerlock of all things – and stood out more impressively in that match that she had before. La Infernal stood out too, as she got badly lost in the third fall. The women’s match was otherwise nothing special though Sugehit did get a clean win leading into her title match.

Difunto & Principe Diamante got for Guadalajara wrestlers to be on a Friday Arena Mexico show. They seemed fired up for it, Daniel showing a lot of fire and Difunto trying to take big bumps. Difunto seemed more main roster ready (whatever that means at this point), and they both had stronger nights than the regular CMLL guys. Diamond doing Santo spots and messing up others is getting him nowhere.

CMLL on Marca: 2020-03-06

Atlantis sunset flip bomb

Recapped: 03/06/2020

Matches:

Mercurio & Pierrothito beat Fantasy & Shockercito
(12:44 [4:48, 3:38, 4:18], 1/3, ok)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Dulce Gardenia beat Misterioso, Sagrado, Virus
(16:29 [8:33, 4:42, 3:14], 1/3, ok)

Titán beat Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(9:09, springboard double stomp, good)

The dumb battle royal went 2:49.

Rey Cometa & Star Jr. beat Pólvora & Vangellys in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(6:39, ok)

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer beat Cancerbero & Raziel in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(6:17, ok)

Felino & Tiger beat Drone & Esfinge in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(2:38, ok)

Rey Bucanero & Shocker beat Audaz & Fugaz in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(2:47, below average)

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer beat Rey Cometa & Star Jr. in a Mexican National Tag Team quarterfinal
(4:38, ok)

Felino & Tiger beat Rey Bucanero & Shocker in a Mexican National Tag Team quarterfinal
(1:23, n/r)

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer beat Felino & Tiger in a Mexican National Tag Team semifinal
(7:04, below average)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Euforia, Último Guerrero
(5:53 [1:28, 4:25], 1/2, ok)

What happened:

Atlantis Jr. & Flyer advanced to the finals of the national tag team tournament. They’ll meet Templario & Hijo del Villano III next week.

The main event ended in two falls, both cleanly.

Thoughts:

Star Jr.

There wasn’t much on this show. The tournament got the most time and was perhaps the weakest of the four blocks in this stretch. Star Jr. & Rey Cometa were impressive, Raziel & Cancerbero tried, Atlantis looked good, but both the wrestlers and the programming left a lot to be desired. There’s no reason Bucanero & Shocker should be wrestling twice. They barely wrestled in either match they were in. Flyer wrestled with all the passion and excitement of someone told on Friday afternoon that they’d now also be working the weekend. Flyer also tired badly in the closing stretch of the final, which was bizarrely booked around him. His generic spots looked worse than usual. Felino & Tiger didn’t take the chance to show anything special as a team, and the final was all about waiting for a Cavernario appearance that never actually happened.

Soberano & Titan was the match of the night, though it wasn’t a complete success. It never developed past being a firework show, but it still is some good fireworks. Soberano looked on point with his flying, Titan was his equal and he added a little bit of rudoness to give the fans some rooting interest. They could’ve used more time to build up the match but they got the most they could in eight minutes. Titan doing his double stomp early and then coming back for it a second time is an unusual deviation from usual CMLL finisher psychology.

The rest wasn’t much worth writing about. The main event was rushed through. The concept might have been to show the tecnicos stand a very good chance of beating the Guerreros, but no one really thought much about the trios title match during the brief time the match lasted. A promo after the match could’ve helped; one not happening suggests the match actually was just short because they were rushing. Dulce Gardenia brought out the best of his teammates and opponents in the segunda, but the match didn’t come together in a memorable way. Shockercito did his usual good spots with Pierrothito and Mercurio, but the opener had nothing to offer beyond that.

CMLL Marca: 2020-02-28

Forastero

Recapped: 2020-02-28

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Halcón Suriano Jr. & Sonic
(9:30 [5:00, 1:56, 2:34], 1/3, ok)

The dumb battle royal went 2:28

Disturbio & Virus beat Pegasso & Stigma in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:45, ok)

Hijo del Villano III & Templario beat Dulce Gardenia & Fuego in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(6:59, ok)

Ephesto & Luciferno beat Black Panther & Blue Panther Jr. in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(3:30, ok)

Soberano Jr. & Titán vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado in a Mexican National Tag Team eighthfinal
(5:56, ok)

Hijo del Villano III & Templario beat Disturbio & Virus in a Mexican National Tag Team quarterfinal
(5:24, ok)

Soberano Jr. & Titán beat Ephesto & Luciferno in a Mexican National Tag Team quarterfinal
(5:18, ok)

Hijo del Villano III & Templario beat Soberano Jr. & Titán in a Mexican National Tag Team semifinal
(13:43, good)

Felino, Negro Casas, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja
(17:25 [5:59, 8:00, 3:26], 2/3, ok, )

Carístico & Forastero beat Cavernario & Volador Jr. in the Torneo Nacional Increible de Parejas final
(12:19 [4:18, 8:01], good, ½)

What happened:

Felino distracted Cavernario (and Volador), leading to Caristico & Forastero beating them in a straight fall tournament win.

Templario & Hijo del Villano III advanced in the national tag team tournament bracket.

Thoughts:

Soberano easily clearing the ring post

The main event followed a dreary semi-mas well as a tournament final that was all about near falls and was going to have a bad WWE distraction finish. It would’ve taken a special to succeed in that spot. Caristico, Forastero, Cavernario, and Volador just had an ordinary high spot tournament final instead. They got more time and probably was technically better than the other one, but that finish was lame and this was still the second one to air, which made it feel too same-ish. CMLL (purposefully) lacks variety in their styles and this is a night where it hurt the enjoyment of the show. The tournament format also hurt, since there wasn’t a natural tecnico team to root for and neither team tried to played rudo. Forastero did do well in this situation, keeping up and having the best of the night. The effort was there, just the first fall wasn’t much and the second fall was extra extended since they weren’t doing three. Even the finish didn’t feel like they had built up to a big moment; Cavernario doesn’t win big with that splash. It all added to a that was fine during the time but I can’t imagine watching again.

The only purpose of the semi-main seemed to be as a buffer between the two tournaments. It was set up for people to get in, work quickly, and get out. Instead, they worked very slow and long. I have no idea what happened or why it did happen. This was persistently boring.

The tournament final is the one of the block worth your time. Dulce remains good and only got one round out of it. Other teams tried and the match didn’t develop. Luciferno & Ephesto really shouldn’t have gone two matches (and maybe one.)

Templario & Hijo del Villano III versus Titan & Soberano suffered a bit from going straight into dramatic back and forth near falls with no build. It took a while in a drama to build enough to match what they were doing. Hijo del Villano III was also inconsistent and didn’t feel like he raised his level to meet the other three people. Soberano & Titan showed more teamwork, which made Templario overcoming them both more impressive.

Dulce Gardenia