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.
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)
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.
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.
Místico seems to be taking Marco’s old place as the King of Tuesdays, doing a lot in a match where everyone else was pretty much coasting. It was a quick main event on a quick show but the tourists go home having seen a stage dive, which must’ve been cool for them.
The semi-main was a lot of fun, especially on the Tuesday sliding scale. Soberano & Templario is a magic combination which just needs some decent effort around it. They got a bit more, with Audaz doing crazy Audaz things and Flyer and Kawato having steadier matches than they’ve done recently. Rey Bucanero was not great and visibly struggled with a couple of moves, but he also kept the match on track when it seemed like Flyer was not where he needed to be to start the comeback (maybe Kawato’s fault.) Flyer did a middle rope moonsault instead of the top rope one and seemed more confident at it, which hopefully means he’ll stick with it. Soberano found a different way to do a Destroyer and Flyer didn’t take one, which was nice. There’s a higher ceiling than where they got to but this was still more worth your time than usual.
The fourth match was one of those where they weren’t going long so they went fast. I don’t mind those at all, though the finish felt like it came out of nowhere. The match overall was more professional than Friday’s Panther match, with both brothers looking sharper.
Dalys was wrestling like a female version of Los Cancerberos the first half of the lightning match, being the one to get in her own dive and pulling up Jarochita on two counts as if she was about to win on a dropkick to the back. Jarochita got in her cool tope – mostly cool in how it Dalys seems like she is completely wiped out by it – and then immediately got beat up again. It never got much better. I’m unsure if Jarochita just couldn’t be trusted in doing much or if Dalys decided that was not the way the match should go, but this was close as one sided as these go.
Principe Daniel didn’t show much in the segunda, but it is not as if a rudo crew of the Cancerberos and Nitro are going to showcase anyone at this point. A two fall win for the rudos is not a great help either. This segunda served its true purpose, making sure everyone got in a match towards their monthly minimum, and not really much more. It would sincerely be great if all the wins Raziel & Cancerbero actually paid off in some way, even if it is just a match Triton & Esfinge.
Sansón ended up injured after taking Diamante Azul’s German suplex. The second fall ended with Diamante Azul possibly trying to German suplex Cuatrero, only Cuatrero had grabbed the top rope. Azul pulled him away from the ropes, though it turned into a sort of rolling reverse cradle where Azul was unable to get over (and Volador actually got the pin.) After the third fall German suplex, Azul seemed unconcerned Sanson’s injury and appeared to stare out of the ring in Cuatrero’s direction instead, which gave the impression it was not an accident. Sansón did not miss any matches.
Dalys unmasked Jarochita in the women’s match.
The main event was a quick match forgettable outside of Diamante Azul’s behavior.
The Blue Panther match had unusual fall endings – a rudo won on the casadora cradle reversal spot instead of a técnico – but the action in between the falls wasn’t special. Esfinge’s tope in the third fall looked good and also good for Zacarias for standing up to Felino.
The lightning match was a normally slow starting Polvoa match building up to an exciting closing stretch. It did not have that exciting closing stretch. Any match Flyer gets out of in one piece is a good Flyer match.
The women’s match may have only gone two falls, but it felt as long as normal. The match pivoted on Jarochita/Dalys sequences, so perhaps CMLL will still be running Dalys single matches even with the belt. Jarochita tried hard given the moment even if not everything looked good; it’d be better if Kobayashi was getting the chance but at least she’s taking it seriously. Though the chance wasn’t serious enough here for her to get any pins on Dalys.
I watched the second match to see what Difunto would do. He didn’t do much. It was a bad idea. He did seem like a decent base, close to being a mildly useful Disturbio (new hair color) then a completely useless Espanto. The CMLL lower card needs more than slight improvements.
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(11:26 [4:49, 2:27, 4:10], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event was the usual send the fans home fun b-match at the end of a Tuesday show. The técnicos all did dives, everyone showed a bit of their offense, and the good guys won. That’s actually surprising when it comes to the Chavez brothers, who feel like they’re 1-1000 against various combinations of NGD. Nothing sticks out about this match in particular otherwise but it was a decent time.
The semi-main was a decent action match that didn’t connect with me, despite Hechicero doing some good stuff with Soberano & Titan. It is too bad we can’t just clone him so he could’ve worked with Panther too. Shocker again gamely took some headscissors, and was much more of an asset to the match than Nitro.
It’s nice to see Fuego is alive. It’s less nice that he came back for a very routine match. Sagrado did a running to the corner bit during the match and ran like a man who’s has some significant leg issues. Maybe that’s a(nother) reason why he’s not good now. Kawato did not have a good match, though he’s at least got his finisher working better now.
Super Astro Jr. had himself a nice match while not doing much of his father’s spots. He’s really good. The moonsault to the floor looked great, the kick to the face in the corner on Coyote looked not fun for Coyote. Astro is farther alone than Coyote, who almost wiped himself out hitting the ropes on a dive but recovered the rest of the way. Both had promise here. They would benefit from getting more opportunities like this and the lightning matches would benefit from having more young wrestlers in them.
Mephisto/Niebla Roja was Niebla Roja doing the Volador big match. Niebla Roja isn’t going to do as many tricky springboards. He is better at getting sympathy from the crowd. The style and the pace of the match were otherwise the same, with the quick first falls to establish finishes to kick out of later, and the extended third fall of move turn-taking in no particular order. At no time will anyone be allowed to get two moves in a row, and Mephisto eventually lost for attacking Niebla Roja without immediately going for a pinfall. It’s entertaining but it’s also very familiar, about what every Mephisto singles match does.
The action of the fourth match had some issues – plus the now normal bit of a referee messing up a count – but the format felt different than most two fall matches they’ve done. It was a lot more back and forth, even in the first fall, feeling like the sort of Blue Panther special that hasn’t been seen a lot lately. Hechicero going after Guerrero Maya was a good idea that would’ve been better with less choking around the top rope. Sleeveless Drone is weird.
Tercera is definitely sliding scale B-show good, but I take what I can get. These técnicos usually don’t get to be this high on the card and they seemed motivated to take advantage of it. Super Astro Jr. continues to improve and looked great here. Star Jr. and Kawato appear to be feuding, if only in their own minds, and mixed up well again. This was a little on the short side but finished well.
Mephisto fouling Niebla Roja set up a singles match next week.
Pólvora and Felino had random issues in their match, following up from their lightning match last week. Tirantes heroically pretended it wasn’t happening.
Poor Tiger got pinned his own family’s hold. (Same thing happened to his father moments later.) At least it was in a match where both men were trying, wrestling a technical style for two rudos. Any match with a powerslam on the floor can’t be all bad, but it was just an exchange of random moves and no more.
The third fall of the tercera was unexpectedly interesting, or I’ve been wore down by CMLL b-shows so much that the slightest increase seems like a big deal. I was looking back at NGD results the other day because I couldn’t remember if NGD had every lost a team title match. They have, and they also did when Universo 2000 Jr. was in the Guadalajara team before Forastero existed. Universo has gotten to OK and looked it here, but that would’ve been bad news if that had stuck as the trio. The técnicos were better than usual even if I’m not quite sure what Drone was trying to do on his apron dive.
This was the final show before FantasticaMania for about half the people working these shows. The matches were a bit shorter and lower impact than the names might suggest, though some of that is probably due to being a Tuesday show as well. The last two matches were sort of cut down exhibition showcases, showing some of what these matches could be like while not going full out. This was the more exciting of top two matches, with the rare chance to see the Munoz family together bringing some extra energy. Rush seemed more into than usual for one of these B-Shows. Dragon Lee perhaps less so when he’s winning falls with half crabs, but he and his brother show some nice dives. The spot with Dinamitas ever so slightly tossing Místico up and down on a press slam was impressive.
The second and third fall of the semi-main were about two minutes each. They tried for the two minutes, they just weren’t going to spend a lot of time on this match on this night. Carístico looked the best of the técnicos and the announcers were way too excited about the third fall finish.
I know Templario did things in this lightning match, but nothing besides getting his finisher countered into a headscissors for the loss really stuck out. He kept up with Oro in the match, but this was mostly the técnico making the effort. It was definitely reduced by being on Fantastica Mania travel day.
They didn’t re-invent the wheel in the tercera, but the rudos looked more into the match than usual, and they made the most of what the técnicos were going to do in a match before a big trip. Kawato seemed angry and aggressive, especially early in the match, and it was a vast improvement over seeing lost and confused. He landed a dive and he caught a dive, he is officially over the Yoshihashi line and I can imagine a scenario where he actually has a good match on his own. He and Virus looked pretty good, while Okumura seemed to be off into the background. Audaz did that thing where he looks like the most impressive acrobat in the world for about 30 seconds and then disappears for a few minutes.
The segunda was a strange laid out match. The first fall was even, for the most part, the rudas took over at the end and Sugehit snuck in a pin (which had happen in the opener for the técnicos only win as well.) The rudas took almost all the next two falls, minus a ten-second comeback. This ended up as one-sided as matches can be, though it is not really surprising it was the luchadoras rudas who beat a non-Marcela team pretty dominantly. Skadi got a showcase to start off and was the only tecnica to get in offense in the third fall, so she really needed to be good to make anything out of this. She surprisingly was good, the best she’s looked since coming back. It has the same artificial feeling as some of the other women’s sequences, but at least hers are new.
The opener seemed like it was built around boring the fans in the second fall so they’d be more excited when the comeback finally happened. They were effective in doing that. Sonic seemed the most confident he’s been since coming back from him knee injury, and Bengala let him take a lot of the match for his team. Grako & Coyote continue to have flashes of being interesting.
Carísticobeat Último Guerrero (6:19 [2:41, 3:38], 1/2 DQ, ok, 02:06:40)
Último Guerrero heel kick fouled Carístico for a DQ.
Dragon Lee & Penta had issues during the end of the match and Penta unmasked Dragon Lee after. Fenix jumped in to help his brother, and Dragon Lee was unmasked as second time. The rest of the Munoz family was elsewhere.
Akuma and Camorra lost their mask versus hair respectively. Akuma gave his name as Jose Luis Florenico Matinez from Saltillo. He was billed as 22 years old and 5 years a wrestler, though those do not appear to be accurate years.
The six-minute CMLL main event wasn’t as embarrassing as some other six-minute CMLL matches. They worked hard for the time they were out there, to the point where it was a bit of a tell they weren’t going the distance. UG usually doesn’t go thru his third fall checklist that early if something isn’t up. Still, doing a six-minute match with the same finish as the trios that built it up is lame. They should’ve just made this semi-main if it had to be short and ended with the Lucha Brothers match
The semifinal is a bit tepid for a couple falls. It finally gets to a high level in the last half of the third fall, but it felt like a match that had the potential to be that good the entire time. Fenix had a slip setting up a super tricky dive, but otherwise looked normal coming back from injury. Dragon Lee too looked like his old self. Templario mixed it best of this group with the técnicos, though everyone seemed fine. The post-match angle was fun though it’s unclear if it’s going anywhere in CMLL.
The fourth match capped off a blah start this card, a competent but not really interesting match. Villano III Jr. looked alright working with Hijo de LA Park in this match and based for him fine, but seems like he’s going to have to grow in the position CMLL’s dropped him in. Volcano does a lot of fat mat agile spots poorly, which doesn’t really help in any fashion. This is a chronic problem with how CMLL tries to use bigger wrestlers against type, and it hardly ever works for them.
The apuesta match started off decent and fell off the rails in the third fall. They couldn’t execute the spots they want to do and they seemed to forget what was supposed to happen. The double dropkick spot wasn’t going to even work, but Camorra sitting on the top rope for about 10 seconds to do a dive was kind of just as bad. Akuma willingness to throw himself around on dives (and protecting Signo on his finish after it appeared he took a head injury) was the best part of the match. Yago was not bad but his finish still doesn’t look good and it seemed like he and Akuma messed up the timing on the finish. This apuesta match will be quickly forgotten, which at least is better than it could’ve gone.
The women’s match had good effort, including a totally unexpected dive sequence. It still wasn’t all that much, but at least they tried. Lluvia’s new outfit is a great improvement over her old gear, but it wasn’t enough to actually beat Dalys here.
The opener was a professional match, which felt like it might still be better than things to come. Arkalis seemed to be trying more than Robin, though it wasn’t really working for Arkalis. Coyote & Grako looked solid here, though lack some personality. I wonder if there’s a rule against opening match wrestlers doing 2 on 1 moves, since the rudos should have some sort of teamwork at this point.
Guerrero Maya Jr.beat Misterioso Jr.in a lightning match (7:41, Gori Special, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto (10:25 [4:19, 1:20, 4:46], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. (13:44 [4:47, 2:23, 6:34], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Akuma & Signo are disqualified in the first for putting on a two man tapatia on Camorra. Camorra rips Yago’s mask in the second, really making it unusable. Yago really has no choice but to take Akuma’s mask to cover up, though that also ends the match. Apuesta challenges followed.
The main event was a strange occurrence of a Friday night match on a Tuesday night main event. It looked like it was just going to be a simple but crowd pleasing match, but they found an extra gear. It never felt like a really big match, just one where everyone was really sharp at what they were doing and doing more than I’ve seen on this Monday/Tuesday shows of late. Templario figures to be facing Soberano a lot – he’s in this trio for these matches because Euforia can’t be – and is handling wrestling him and this elevation to a top spot without a problem. He and Gran Guerrero had another moment of really good teamwork here. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja looked much better than they did in Puebla the night before, and the match was fun all the way to the end. A rare treat for putting up with the shows; I might be overrating this because of the show where it is happening, but I think it’s worth people’s time.
The tercera would be recommendable if the rudos weren’t so lame. Crowd at least liked it. Nitro doing a Destroyer and making no effort to catch on a dive was right. Credit to Audaz for making something up when Sagrado completely forgot how to take his finish. I wish it was physically possible for the técnicos to do some other spot off the apron beside a headscissors but it appears it is not possible.
The rudo/rudo feud was energetic if not exactly exciting. Signo offers a willingness to hurt himself on a tope and not much more. Camorra offers less. There really wasn’t a lot of time or opportunity to do a lot in this match but Yago & Akuma didn’t look as interesting as they have had in normal matches. I have little hope for this blowoff match.