CMLL Martes: 2019-04-30

nah

Recapped: 05/02/2019

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Espíritu Negro beat Bengala & Sonic
(
11:21 [3:56, 2:29, 4:56], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, El Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
(
13:50 [6:42, 1:51, 5:17], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger beat Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr.
(14:04 [7:05, 2:42, 4:17], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(8:22 [2:56, 3:11, 2:15], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(12:38 [5:32, 3:20, 3:46], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Último Guerrero
(10:45, 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. Carístico Torito (2:31)

  2. Último Guerrero Guerrero Special (1:45)

  3. La Mistica (6:29)

What happened:

Nothing really. Caristico beat UG on Kid’s Day and that’s it.

Thoughts:

Sanson power

The main event fit the rest of the show, a simple match – with less near endings than a Friday version – that worked well with the more casual Kid’s Day Crowd. Both these guys know how to get over with that sort of crowd. It’s not something must see to watch later but wasn’t meant to be.

The overall semi-main wasn’t as good as even the names might indicate. Stuka and Atlantis didn’t mesh well with NGD in this match. Atlantis was just as limited as always, but Stuka and NGD seemed to be on different pages on sequences that ended with people looking at each other. Parts of this would’ve got booed on many Fridays. Soberano was really good, the third fall was heavy with Soberano doing things, so it is the one fall that saved this for me.

Raziel doing a thing

Standard Panther stuff out of their match, the Hijo del Infiernos happened to be the opposition for their topes and submissions. This was kept simple by Panther standards, which worked for the Kid’s Day crowd. The first fall ending, with Luciferno rushing in to break up Blue Panther Jr.’s finishing hold, then freezing two feet away because Blue Panther Sr. had gotten in the wrong but just stood there instead of breaking it up, was a bit embarrassing. Luciferno sprinted across the ring at the end of the second ring to make sure he’d have someone to hit.

The tercera was a solid professional match in front of a crowd that was willing to cheer it. Nothing you haven’t seen prior but solid. Raziel & Cancerbero were really effective because they were actually trying.

I hope it’s not a situation where the bloom is off the rose of the micros entirely and they’re just either having a bad spell or not caring on Tuesday mode, because this was another one that wasn’t much special. The big Microman headscissors off the electronic sign was the highlight, but there was much that wasn’t good – including the header in the finish – and a lot that was just boring. The best parts of these matches have been Microman and Chamuel working together. They just didn’t work together much (and had a bad headscissors when they did.) Mije played the comedy better than Guapito did here.

Black Panther topes

CMLL Mexico: 2019-04-23

keep your eyes up for Drone

Recapped: 04/23/2019

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico beat Angelito & Fantasy
(13:20 [5:45, 3:24, 4:11], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. beat Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(13:13 [7:16, 2:57, 3:00], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Flyer, Fuego beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:11 [4:29, 4:40, 5:02], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Cometa beat Templario in a lightning match
(7:30, 450 splash, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Sansón, Shocker beat Audaz, Blue Panther, Kráneo
(13:22 [5:13, 3:29, 4:40], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Rush, Titán
(6:24, 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

 

Templario’s agility

Último Guerrero snuck in a mask pull on Carístico for a straight fall win. Challenges followed for a singles match next week. There is a detour towards a tease of an extra fall here, which in fact does not happen.

Thoughts:

The main event was a speed rush of a match. I thought it was going much longer just based on how long the video was listed, but I didn’t properly figure how long they could all take after the match. They worked fast for the time they went, which is just enough to mark it as OK.

The lightning match was a strong performance by both men. Rey Cometa looked sharp with his flying and strung a reversal into his finish nicely. Templario did some aerial moves of his own but also showed his strength well and set up Cometa’s move well. This match flew by for a seven-minute match; they could do a lot more with a full-length match.

Angelito

They were trying in the third match. It didn’t really amount to anything for me but I could appreciate the effort. Flyer is a coin flip guy. This was one of those matches where it came up heads and he was fine. It is still a lot of energy to figure out a guy who is obviously not as good as Drone or as over as Fuego.

The opener had some moments. These guys have now worked for so long together that they’re really smooth in sequences, like the Olímpico/Mercurio pinning combination in the first fall on Fantasy. They were much less smooth on the Angelito powerbomb a moment later. He took a hard landing. Angelito has some potential that doesn’t seem to have any hope of being realized in his current position. I don’t know how good he is, but he shows moments of charisma similar to Halcón Suriano.

CMLL Martes: 2019-04-16

maybe their best one of these yet

Recapped: 04/17/2019

Matches:

Príncipe Diamante & Robin beat Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
(9:32 [3:40, 3:00, 2:52], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma beat Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro
(11:52 [5:01, 2:51, 4:00], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dark Magic, Kawato San, Pólvora beat Blue Panther, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(10:31 [2:55, 4:21, 3:15], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario beat Flyer in a lightning match
(7:02, Canadian Destroyer, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Hechicero beat Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Triton
(10:05 [5:29, 4:36], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Místico, Titán
(12:42 [5:19, 1:58, 5:25], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

new rudo trio with a corner triple dropkick

Último Guerrero stole Caristico’s mask and pinned him.

Thoughts:

The main event was an easy match for a loud crowd. They hit the high points for the wrestlers. It didn’t have much depth to it and there’s nothing here that hasn’t been seen many times before, but it worked for Tuesday fans who just wanted fun moments.

The semi-main was another straight fall wins for the técnicos, though again the técnicos were fun before they got there. Triton seems more confident working with these guys and was a steadier presence in this match than Soberano. Stuka did his usual spots for a crowd who much appreciated them. The second fall slowed down when the rudo beatdown didn’t have much out of the ordinary, but the finish was well done. It’d be nice if these two fall cleans wins were going somewhere but let’s not get crazy.

The lightning match was good if also a bit disappointing in content. Flyer did some basic flying early, then just got beat up a lot by Templario without showing much. He was going for more of flying acrobatic moves than his power stuff, in a match that would’ve seemed set up for being a good base. Maybe there’s just not that much to be done with Flyer, but doing the handspring bit twice seemed unnecessary. The Destroyer seems more Flyer’s idea, because it’s always his idea.

a nice alternative out of the usual

CMLL Martes: 2019-04-09

Soberano’s headscissors don’t work every time.

Recapped: 4/16/2019

Matches:

Astral & Moreau beat El Guerrillero & Espíritu Negro
(15:36 [5:22, 5:23, 4:51], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, El Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías
(15:31 [6:57, 1:28, 7:06], 2/3, ok
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz, Tritón beat Kawato San, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(12:40 [6:00, 3:08, 3:32], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Felino in a lightning match
(5:51, DQ for Felino foul, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(7:09 [2:39, 2:11, 2:19], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. to keep the Mexican National Trios Championship
(24:43 [5:28, 4:56, 14:19], 2/3, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Chamuel!

Nueva Generacion Dinamita retained the trios titles.

Angel was the referee for the Micros match.

Moreau and Guerrilero are Nitro trainees (trained in France, but neither is originally French), who just happened to be in Mexico when Eléctrico and Hijo del Signo happened to miss their match.

Thoughts:

The main event was an exciting match between the two young teams. There was a lot of drama in the third fall, which went longer itself than most Tuesday main events tend to go. They didn’t lose any steam going that long. The big near falls felt like they could end the match either way. This was one were it felt like all six men were on the same level contributing, though Sansón got the big moment in the end. There were some sloppy moments that stuck out a bit more on a rewatch. I didn’t even notice Cuatrero getting medical attention live. It is enough to say it probably won’t make the best matches of the year, but it’s a solidly in the group just below.

Diamante Azul wears a t-shirt and doesn’t tag in during the early sequences. He drops off the apron to the floor as soon as the rudos take over the ring. Azul does not go in, letting Titan and Atlantis get pinned. He does come in after they get pinned, takes one kick to the midsection from Luciferno, ducks a forearm, and rolls out. Azul actually starts in the ring in the second fall, taking a double drop toe hold and then rolls to the apron. Titan has to help him off the apron to the floor where he’s finally medically attended to by the doctor. It is clear whatever injury Diamante Azul had dates to prior this match and unclear why he was allowed to wrestle in such condition. Titan steals the second fall as Diamante Azul is strechered away, and the third fall last just enough for the técnicos to get in some offense before Mephisto unmasks Atlantis.

Guerrillero slam

The lightning match wasn’t much. Flyer did not seem into this at all. There’s a sequence in the four-minute mark where he’s walking to take the backdrop to the apron, then taking two tries on a moonsault. The finish was strange, a shot that didn’t look like a normal foul but that was the only possible intent of the move. I don’t understand what they were going for.

The segunda answered the question “do the main micros have an easy match?” This was it. Chameul was great, with some impressive mas skills early, and Gallito did a plancha to the floor for some reason. Not much of the rest was good or memorable. This also felt like one not as much laid out in advance as previous ones, as it meandered a bit and had no direction. The end was a big three-man highspot which seemed like it came out of nowhere. You can skip it.

The one-off APC guys made the opener at least a bit worth some curiosity. Guerrillero/Hugo Perez stood out as a rudo with some power and a few impressive spots. Moreau looked like a lesser version of a lot people who are already here (or a worse Johnny Idol.) Their finish went quite bad. It is not a good idea to read too much into one match but I’m not sure we’ll ever see them again. Espíritu Negro got to do his bump and Astral had his first dive on a stream in a long time.

CMLL Martes: 2019-04-02

Sanson gets caught

Recapped: 04/09/2019

Matches: 

Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(13:25 [5:35, 3:27, 4:23], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr.
(9:10 [4:41, 0:41, 3:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Nitro, Sagrado beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. 
(10:32 [3:54, 1:53, 4:45], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(9:19, Templario gutwrench superbomb, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:59 [7:13, 2:46], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(17:11 [5:01, 4:17, 7:53], 1/3, great, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

The main event set up a trios title rematch for the following week.

The rudos were disqualified in the second fall of the segunda for refusing to leave the ring in a timely manner. It seemed like the plan finish. The net effect is the técnicos really didn’t win a fall, though they got in some offense in the third fall before being cut off.

Thoughts: 

Panther tope

I’m watching things in an odd order; I watched the title match set up here just before getting to this main event. (It’s been a long week.) That match is easily better than this match but this match holds up pretty well on its own and they both seem different enough that it’s worth going back to see the less famous match. This is a smooth fast paced match with NGD creating some chaos to come take over the match, and the técnicos coming back with hot moves to win it. The repetitive nature of the Chavez brothers is less a problem when everything is moving too fast to really think about it, and this is a match which takes advantage of having so many people to keep going at all time. The finish was a bit complicated and came across well. These two teams have some great chemistry.

The difference in Maya & Triton and the top guys is more in how they’re booked than what they can d. They lost in two falls here. The first fall of them taking it to the Guerrero was good fun rendered meaningless when they lost in two falls cleanly. We’ll still always have Guerrero Maya and Gran Guerrero’s chop fight and Triton doing Místico spots, but this didn’t live up to the potential it showed early.

The lightning match turned into the Rey Cometa dive exhibition. I guess it makes sense when Templario is there to catch him. The back and forth cradle stretch – with Cometa nicely making something out of a broken move – worked a little better. Still, it was Cometa getting a lot of offense to make up for him taking the loss in the end rather than a competitive match. It was fun but missing a little bit of drama.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-26

just wanted to see the Twitter reaction

Recapped: 03/26/2019

Matches:

Astral & Eléctrico beat Inquisidor & Yago
(11:52 [5:05, 2:50, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:02:00)

Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr.
(16:01 [4:34, 4:40, 6:47], 2/3, ok, 00:22:10)

Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Pólvora, Templario, Virus
(9:23 [5:46, 3:37], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:47:41)

Titán beat Flyer in a lightning match
(8:45, el Inmortal, good, 01:07:29)

Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
(12:32 [6:12, 2:30, 3:50], 2/3, ok, 01:22:11)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón
(12:06 [4:52, 4:10, 3:04], 1/3, good, 01:45:40)

What happened:

the new look does work for dives

Templario fouled Rey Cometa for no great reason.

Inquisidor is a sub for Cholo. CMLL still plays Cholo’s music for a few seconds before figuring it out. Yago is mentioned for recovering from injuries suffered in the apuesta match months ago. He’s got a good over his mask, which also may have been changed. The Subzero faceguard still is very bright.

Thoughts:

The main event fulfilled the goal of a positive match to send the people home happy. I’m not sure if I’ll remember it by the time this actually goes up, but they did a quick match and a good pace, keeping the match moving thru the rudo section to the quick comeback and win at the and. This is what they seem to try for every Tuesday and it worked a little better than usual even while being shorter than usual.

Remember the time Averno left CMLL and Mephisto & Ephesto needed a new partner and veryone wanted it to be Hechicero and it ended up being Luciferno? That didn’t really work out for us but maybe it worked out for Hechicero? He’s doing OK, though he showed how well he could work with the other two if given the chances. Hechicero and Stuka worked this match like their feud was something CMLL cared about, and they brought the rest of the match-up. The downside was the timing was just off in the third fall Atlantis run, and that’s enough to make him look really old. Atlantis working Tuesday show semi-mains doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

Raziel having a good day

The lightning match was a rare moment of Titan not being the underdog. Flyer is still a bigger size than Titan but he was the one who had to keep sneaking in the superkick at the right time to avoid taking big blows and eventually made the big mistake that cost him. This was more Flyer getting in limited shots at the right time and get knocked around a bit, and he did better at it than the generic aerial luchador on some Fridays. It probably doesn’t work against anyone but Titan, who looked as good as usual, but there’s some hope there.

The tercera felt cut short because of the foul finish, which was too bad because the técnicos looked on. Audaz did a few evasive Audaz things but also got so much height on his dive. Maya looked sharp too. Cometa/Templario should happen when Templario eventually gets a title but it was a random bit to end in a DQ here. Templario did get dropped right on his skull on a Rey Cometa Spanish Fly. Maybe the foul was a bit justified.

The segunda was I guess fine, but too long for me. They took advantage of the space to try some weird offense instead of just the usual same brawling, though maybe Oro Jr’s attempt at a handspring stunner could use some work. They did get in a dive in the segunda, a Tuesday rarity, and Raziel did that thing where he looks like great for about five minutes.

The opener was more competent than usual. The year of being the lowest people on the totem pole has definitely taken a big toll on Astral & Electrico’s energy. They were just fine here. Yago moved like a guy who wasn’t dealing with an injury, though the t-shirt at least made him look like he gained weight. He had some creativity and was willing to set up for técnicos. There are parts here that could’ve worked in a better match.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-19

he won the match

Recapped: 2019-03-24

Matches:

Angelito & Fantasy beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(12:29 [4:35, 3:43, 4:11], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Magnus, Robin, Star Black
(13:52 [6:46, 2:54, 4:12], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
(12:13 [5:20, 2:43, 4:10], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Kawato San, La Bestia Del Ring beat Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano
(10:55 [3:03, 2:20, 5:32], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Místico, Valiente beat Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Templario
(11:21 [4:11, 3:39, 3:31], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee defeats Mephisto © to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(17:42, 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mephisto trap cradle (2;50)

  2. Dragon Lee casadora cradle (2:54)

  3. Dragon Bomb (11:58)

What happened:

Dragon Lee wins the CMLL Welterweight Championship from Mephisto

Star Black in his Arena Mexico debut appears accidentally eliminated early in the third fall. He got his shoulder up on a Disturbio, but it was the shoulder shielded away from referee Edgar. The rudos were winning eventually anyway but Star Black doesn’t get a chance to show much.

Thoughts:

a Star Black highlight

Mephisto versus Dragon Lee was a strong way to end Mephisto’s title reign. It was a like most of Mephisto’s title matches, with a long third fall of back and forth big kickouts, with the smaller técnico battling to stay alive. It bordered on reaching level of too much when it got to the Canadian Destroyer, but it seemed balanced out by some small touches that made it stick out a bit more. The first fall surprise trap cradle was really well done, coming both as a surprise and looking really good. It didn’t work quite as well in the second fall, but they broke the trope of dong finishes in the first fall just to kick out of them later and made it more a question of what would end up the match. Mephisto did a great job of sneaking into a cradle while Dragon Lee was arguing over a count, Dragon Lee had the moment of ripping down his knee pad before delivering the knee to the face that set up the finish. Dragon Lee still destroyed himself in different ways during the match, you weren’t let down there, but it was more than usual title match formula.

The semi-main and the third match were similar in structure. There were disallowed técnico tag spots and the match turning around when the rudos were too busy posing rather than paying attention. An important difference is Negro Casas is great and brings out the best in Mistico. Another difference is Tirantes didn’t count three when he was bored. Atlantis & Rey Bucanero had trouble moving around but it didn’t prevent the semi-final from being very watchable.

Dragon Lee topes

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-12

Star Jr. almost hit by a flying Espanto

Recapped: 03/23/2019

Matches:

Bengala & Leono beat Apocalipsis & Cholo
(11:43 [4:58, 3:21, 3:24], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro beat Magnus, Retro, Star Jr.
(11:39 [3:52, 3:23, 4:24], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa
(10:43 [3:58, 2:56, 3:49], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther beat Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match
(8:55, springboard dropkick, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Audaz, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Kawato San
(11:01 [3:51, 2:54, 4:16], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Místico beat Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
(8:17 [5:06, 3:11], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

checking in on Cholo

The main event was Mr. Niebla’s return to the promotion as a replacement of Negro Casas. Mephisto is disqualified for excessive rudoness in the first fall, which didn’t seem all that excessive but did seem like the planned finish. Dragon Lee pins Mephisto to set up a title match next week.

Bengala has a hamstring injury in the second fall enough that the doctor very slowly makes his way to ringside to check on him. Bengala continues, though the third fall derails a bit when Bengala is limping around on the outside and Leono won’t just go in.

Thoughts:

Audaz is cool (though Hechicero stared at him for a long time waiting for the spot)

I liked the lightning match. It ended with a usual spot – or two of the usual dropkicks, actually – but it felt like Panther broke out a lot of stuff we don’t often seem from him in trios matches. Universo 2000 is a bland wrestler but felt like he was putting in an effort at least. He put in effort should first on his tope, going shoulder first with no fear of re-injuring it after all, and seemed to make it thru a match in one piece despite the lack of tape. Nothing super here but it didn’t feel routine.

The tercera was the professional midcard trios match that we’ve seen for the last few years with variations of the six people involved. It was both not much to write about and something worth acknowledging because the very workman-like average match has seemingly become much scarce late. The match is lacking a distinguishing moment but it is still entertaining.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-05

Audaz is getting better at this

Recapped: 03/14/2019

Matches:

Angelito & Shockercito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(12:17 [5:39, 3:18, 3:20], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Mystique beat Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(14:09 [6:47, 2:40, 4:42], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Metálico, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(16:02 [6:49, 2:39, 6:34], 2/3, n/
r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(9:21, Blue Panther fujiwara armbar, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Templario
(11:05 [4:41, 2:00, 4:24], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible beat Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán
(13:07 [4:00, 4:13, 4:54], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing happened (TM Rush)

Thoughts:

proof the minis still exist

The main felt a little lifeless for the Tuesday happy main event, but it really picked up with the big spots in the third fall. Titan and Terrible did their usual back and forth, Místico and Mephisto looked great, Soberano got in a cool dive. There was nothing deep to this but at least it gave the fans something to go home with.

The ten minute time limit doesn’t really work with the kind of match Luciferno and Blue Panther want to do. A slow moving but still somewhat interesting mat section just ends because they’ve got to get to the best part. Panther then doesn’t get in any offense until it is time for a tope, gets beat up for a while longer, and then again comes back just to get in the tope. It has the weird twists of a Blue Panther match but feels disconnected from what happened prior and nothing feels fleshed out. It was different than getting the usual lightning match but I’m not sure it was really any better.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-02-26

stop looking at me

Recapped:02/28/2018

Matches:

Akuma & Inquisidor beat Retro & Sangre Imperial
(
11:20 [4:48, 2:30, 4:02], 1/3, n/r, 00:01:55)

Disturbio, Nitro, Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr., Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr.
(10:00 [7:38, 2:22], 1/2, n/r, 00:20:50)

Fuego beat Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match
(5:49, huracanrana, ok,
00:39:13)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
(11:08 [5:05, 2:03, 4:00], 2 DQ/3, ok, 00:50:57)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano
(12:45 [2:59, 3:44, 6:02], 1/3, n/r, 01:13:38)

Atlantis, Místico, Valiente beat Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV
(7:46 [2:14, 2:00, 3:32], 2/3 DQ, ok, 01:36:39)

What happened:

Villano IV unmasked Atlantis to end the main event, though it was a struggle to do so.

Universo has tape only on his left shoulder.

Misterioso pulled off Esfinge’s mask for no good reason in the second fall, on his second try of doing it.

Super Astro slips when running up a corner and falls backwards badly. It looks like him going for a reverse tope and Nitro moving out of the way on its own, but it comes off more like a slip-on attempted backflip (which I guess could’ve gone worse.) The rudos react dumbly, hurriedly trying to throw a hurt Super Astro out of the ring and actually sending him into the middle rope. They’re visibly lost when trying to deal with Oro Jr. right away; Sangre Azteca looks either confused or shaken up.

Thoughts:

The main event was a lesser version of the usual everyone goes home match. Hijo del Villano III is still green to be in the main event, and there was no narrative reason for him to be up so high with no Atlantis Jr. He’ll get better working with these but stood out poorly a couple of times. Not that the more experienced wrestlers were flawless. Último Guerrero & Místico royally messed up La Mistico, but UG at least had the awareness to try a different move. Villano IV is trying to brawl his way into the biggest payday and I can’t blame him as much as I don’t want to see it.

Maybe the first half of the first fall of the fourth match was good, but it didn’t hold up much from there. The second fall played to the people in the front row and wasn’t much good elsewhere. The DQ was rather lame. Titan looked like the best guy in the match; he had a good exchange with Kawato while Esfinge struggled.

The lightning match was short as far as they go, but the lift powerbomb into a huracanrana spot was as good a place to end as they were going to get. Fuego did a couple of fun things and Universo didn’t get in the way. My time really differs from the CMLL time for this match but I’m not possessed enough to figure out why.