CMLL Martes: 2020-03-10

maybe it was correct to shut down CMLL

Recapped: 2020-03-10, 2020-03-19

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Leono
(10:36 [4:48, 3:29, 2:19], 1/3, ok, 00:00:00)

Akuma, El Coyote, Espanto Jr. beat Arkalis, Magnus, Robin
(11:57 [5:13, 3:38, 3:06], 1/3, ok, 00:18:05)

Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel beat Drone, Pegasso, Stigma
(13:46 [6:03, 2:55, 4:48], 1/3, ok, 00:38:35)

Blue Panther Jr. beat Dark Magic in a lightning match
(8:29, Blue Panther JR. one arm powerbomb, below average, )

Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys beat Kráneo, Star Jr., Volcano
(15:58 [6:06, 3:28, 6:24], 1/3, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
(9:26 [4:05, 5:21], 1/2, ok, )

What happened:

Valiente used the ropes to beat Gran Guerrero after Gran Guerrero had tried and got caught a moment earlier. This set up a singles match for the following week, which wouldn’t happen when the shows were canceled.

Thoughts:

Bengala salvage efforts

It’s hard to believe the Gran Guerrero/Valiente match will ever pick up, being a rare non-title feud built around a freak injury in the first place. They seemed fine here, though most of it was mask ripping and ducking out on the big confrontation. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja are among the many acts who get over better with the casual Tuesday crowds than the Friday night ones.

Kraneo is a vet enough to know that Shocker is safe taking a chop and reeling backward, and not much more. Having Shocker catch a Star Jr. dive isn’t as good a use, though I suppose it was better than him taking a big splash. This semi-main was a predictably poor mix of people; the big tecnicos really need smaller rudos to bump around. Star Jr. needs someone not dropping him on his head as Vangellys did here.

Blue Panther & Dark Magic felt like they didn’t plan out anything before coming out and they’re not two guys who can wing it. Panther is never big on selling and barely did anything here, and Dark Magic needs someone working hard to make his stuff look good. The quebradora con giro spots were atrocious and I wasn’t sure what Dark Magic was meant to be doing half the match. This shouldn’t be acceptable.

The tercera was easily the best of the first half. It moved much better than the earlier matches and everyone looked relatively professional. Cancerbero did blow the monkey flip escape but it was balanced out by Pegasso looking smooth. Stigma and Okumura remain a badly mixed pair, with Stigma kicking Okumura right in the head on the match ending dive. Stigma did look better as a partner for Pegasso than he normally does.

Espanto seemed to hurt his leg kicking midway during the match, which is about right for him. That derailed the end of the second fall a bit, though it’s not like they were onto something great. Espanto could barely move when he came back in for the third and probably should’ve just stayed out. He didn’t do Arkalis any favors by not being able to get in the right place for his clothesline. But Espanto was getting to win so why would he leave the match?

Bengala is better at drawing in the crowd better than most of the CMLL roster. He gets a reaction simply from by high stepping after a leapfrog. It’s the piece Leono never got; he looks going through the motions here more than ever. Inquisidor has a clumsily moment on the second fall finish, not his first. The third fall comes of as if they were told they had to finish immediately and got it done in 20 seconds.

CMLL Martes: 2020-03-03

Angelito

Recapped: 2020-03-03

Matches:

Angelito & Kaligua beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(12:40 [6:03, 3:06, 3:31], 2/3, n/r, 00:00:00)

La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat La Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(11:24 [6:10, 2:14, 3:00], 1/3, 00:20:02)

Dark Magic, Okumura, Olímpico beat Drone, Magia Blanca, Stigma
(10:07 [4:53, 2:16, 2:58], 1/3, 00:41:10)

Star Jr. beat Virus in a lightning match
(7:15 seen, finish not shown, ok, 01:01:23)

El Hijo del Villano III, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys beat Flyer, Fuego, Stuka Jr.
(11:29 [5:12, 2:23, 3:54], 1/3, n/r, 01:11:08)

Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(10:39 [4:36, 6:03], 1/2, ok, 01:34:59)

What happened:

Gran Guerrero pulled off Valiente’s mask and pinned him to get the two fall win for the rudos.

Angelito & Pequeno Olimpico mildly feuded at the start of their match, but the issue from last week was dropped.

Thoughts:

Drone

The main event was only interested to see if Valiente would do his tope again a week later. He never got a chance, the match just didn’t go that way. It didn’t go much at all, with no one trying that hard. Niebla Roja’s toss into a kick looks really bad without good effort, and he made no effort with the kick here. Gran Guerrero/Valiente is a rare feud without a singles match. It’s not two guys I’m eager to see but at least it’s a sign CMLL can still do those – assuming it goes somewhere.

Star Jr. had some ideas in the lightning match, which made it more fun than usual. I’m not sure the dropkick landing on the apron made it more effective but I bet that landing is easier than the floor. The set up to the superman punch in the ring was a little forced, but it was cool to see a guy use this set up to try new concepts instead of just running through the usual ones. Virus was motivated too and it was going along good until it got cut off about 25 seconds before the finish.

CMLL Martes: 2020-02-25

Recapped: 2020-02-25

Matches:

Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia beat Angelito & Kaligua
(10:46 [6:36, 4:10], 1/2, n/r, 00:00:00)

Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Sangre Imperial
(12:21 [6:08, 2:16, 3:57], 1/3, n/r, 00:17:33)

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
(11:34 [5:47, 3:30, 2:17], 1/3, good, 00:38:53)

Rey Cometa beat Tiger in a lightning match
(9:42, handspring Canadian Destroyer, good, 00:59:30)

Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano
(12:03 [5:26, 2:34, 4:03], 1/3, n/r, 01:14:28)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente
(12:38 [5:23, 1:35, 5:40], 1/3, n/r, 01:37:24)

What happened:

Valiente is knocked out on a match closing tope and doesn’t move as he’s put on the stretcher. It’s not clear on the original angle what happened, but a replay shown as the announcers are about the close the show reveals Valiente bounced off Euforia and struck the back of his head on the barricade.

The second fall of the opener included a Pequeno Violencia & Kaligula double pin, then Pequeno Olimpico pulled Angelito’s mask and cradled him for the unusual opening match straight fall win.

Thoughts:

The main event was a strong iteration of the usual send everyone home happy match, though it’s tough to recommend a match where someone gets straight knocked out. It’s unreal how Atlantis Jr. fits into these matches and sadly probably helpful to him that his father took time off rather than continuing to team with him and hold him back.

Cometa/Tiger didn’t bring a lot of new to the table and included some early stalling so they could get to nine minutes, but it finished strong. Cometa didn’t nail the handspring destroyer as well as had earlier yet it was still impressive. So were the near falls and back and forth in the last few minutes, this being a rare lightning match to really take advantage of the time situation to build drama and still give a finish. Tiger seems like he doesn’t have a lot of offense, but all a sudden showed a lot in minute eight of this nine-minute match.

There may be some Tuesday curve here, but the women’s match seemed noticeably better than usual. It was the opening stint with Dalys & Jarochita which stood out the most, with some long sequences and creativity. It felt like a break from the routine and held together during a long run. The match went more back to form the closer it got to the end but it’s still one to watch if you’re looking to watch a CMLL women’s match.

CMLL Martes: 2020-02-18

Kraneo needs to put him down safer

Recapped: 2020-02-18

Matches:

Inquisidor & Apocalipsis b Bengala & Sonic
(11:06 [4:37, 3:17, 3:12], 1/3, n/r, 00:00:08)

Oro Jr., Retro, Robin beat Grako, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
(11:25 [5:28, 2:34, 3:23], 1/3, ok,
00:17:12)

Misterioso, Okumura, Sagrado beat Diamond, Dulce Gardenia, Stigma
(10:18 [2:46, 2:53, 4:39], 2/3, ok,
00:37:25)

Rey Cometa beat Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match
(8:30, senton, ok,
00:57:22)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Hechicero, Luciferno, Vangellys
(12:54 [6:01, 6:53], 1/2, ok,
01:10:30)

Euforia, Felino, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Carístico
(11:54 [4:55, 2:40, 4:19], 1/3, ok,
01:34:07)

What happened:

Hechicero used the middle rope to foul Stuka, ending the semi-main in straight falls.

Thoughts:

Rey Cometa throwing himself in it

Hechicero & Stuka resuming their feud gave some life to an otherwise unremarkable second match. It’s hard to believe it’ll go anywhere this time but they seemed excited about it. Volcano went a whole match without anything going seriously wrong, which is a victory in itself.

Rey Cometa threw himself into making a match with Universo 2000 work and got the best out of him that he could. I’m not sure it’s a match you need to go out of your way to see, because Universo is still clumsy and doesn’t add much himself, but he was willing to get by a lot of dives and takes a shaky superplex at least.

The tecnico team in the tercera was interesting because Diamond looked nervous and unsteady and Dulce Gardenia seems totally ready for a higher position. The fans also get into Dulce a lot and make no noise for Diamond. It’s not really a fair comparison.

The second match had people trying things and it barely kept together, but it did keep together.

CMLL Martes: 2020-02-11

aggressive flossing

Recapped: 2020-02-13

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Sangre Imperial & Sonic
(12:10 [4:54, 3:26, 3:50], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
(15:56 [7:10, 1:54, 6:52], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Rey Cometa beat Dark Magic, Pólvora, Tiger
(15:05 [6:44, 2:25, 5:56], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(14:49 [2:50, 3:20, 8:39], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible beat Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(13:37 [5:11, 4:01, 4:25], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Sansón
(16:40, 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Sanson fouled and unmasked Caristico for the DQ.

Thoughts:

Sonic is a reason to watch the openers

The strength of current CMLL is wringing every bit of drama out of singles matches. There’s clear good and bad, especially when Caristico is involved, and their crowd gets into that aspect strongly. It also produces a slower match with less creativity, trying to keep it simple for the smallest child or the least paying attention adult to keep follow along easily. The athleticism in this match wasn’t as impressive as matches Sanson has had with Soberano, but they got the crowd to care nearly as much as while doing less. It was definitely less, and an overally long feeling second fall to do the surprise two fall ending. If they’re going to keep it simple in what they do in the matches, the matches themselves have no need to be as long as they currently are.

The micros had another match built on different match ups, which meant not much of the Microman/Chamuel one. It’s still a work in progress, with a lot of work needed. The first fall meandered so badly that Zacarias was beating up Microman on the stage while his partners were waiting to finish the fall. It got better in the second fall but never strong.

CMLL Martes: 2020-01-28

Pequeno Olimpico goes to his death

Recapped: 02/09/2020

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(13:17 [4:29, 4:47, 4:01], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany beat Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Princesa Sugehit
(13:14 [7:38, 3:24, 2:12], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Súper Astro Jr. beat El Coyote in a lightning match
(7:06, casadora bomb, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Misterioso, Sagrado beat Diamond, Oro Jr., Pegasso
(15:48 [10:06, 2:16, 3:26], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(18:47 [10:11, 2:33, 6:03], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:44 [6:49, 5:55], ½ DQ, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Sanson fouled Caristico for the DQ.

Aereo is the most anonymous good wrestler in CMLL.

Thoughts:

a different double submission

The semi-main was very long for a Tuesday match, though it rarely felt like it was getting stretched out. Blue Panther doing a long even grappling exchange with Terrible isn’t exactly the way the semimain was expected to go, but that’s sometimes what you get from a Blue Panther match. Lately, you also get a strangely motivated Rey Bucanero in these matches too, and an interested crowd which didn’t give up despite the length. This wasn’t as strong as the other recent strong Panther/Bucanero trios match, but they did re-imagine some of the usual spots in a different order. It stood out for a Tuesday match.

The most interesting part of the fourth match is Diamond doing the same spots Sagrado did a decade and a half ago in his debut with a very similar gimmick, only to Sagrado. It goes better for Diamond than it did Sagrado and the match is getting good reactions until Oro Jr. messed himself up. Pegasso struggled in fall two and the third fall had a weird feel with no real comeback. Diamond coming back 1 on 3 – Pegasso was eliminated by pinfall despite Diamond breaking up the pin – would’ve been a great moment for a new gimmick but CMLL’s just not that into him.

Oro Jr., apparently attempting a Brillo dive, misses the middle rope and tumbles over the top rope. The fall looks more dangerous in real-time than it turns out to be, thanks to Oro Jr. being able to turn over, but it derails the match. Referee Pompin is too distracted to count the pinfall at first to the opening fall, then the following two are wrestled 3 v 2.

The lightning match had one of the least creative setups for a stage dive you’ll see. The crowd still cheered loud for a moonsault off the stage, so it’s not stopping any time soon. Coyote was willing if not always capable opponent for Super Astro, though two young guys working together meant this had highlight spots and not much in between. That walk to the stage really annoyed me but maybe others would get more out of this.

Avispa squashed Metalica

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2020-01-21

Bengala magic

Recapped: 2020-01-22

Matches:

Cholo & Príncipe Odín Jr. beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:39 [5:29, 4:06, 4:04], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Grako, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Magnus, Oro Jr., Robin
(12:33 [5:05, 3:50, 3:38], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espíritu Negro, Misterioso, Sagrado beat Diamond, Pegasso, Stigma
(9:12 [3:29, 5:43], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(6:28, STF, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Máscara Año 2000, Templario, Vangellys
(16:38 [5:04, 3:22, 8:12], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis Jr., Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
(13:12 [6:08, 2:26, 4:38], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

The third match rudos were disqualified after staying in the ring too long together in the first fall. There is no ring girl or whistle to start fall 2, the rudos just keep going after fall 1.

Thoughts:

Nitro being techinical?

The main event was technically fine but not as exciting for the casual crowd as other versions. Atlantis Jr. getting the surprise pine probably would’ve worked better on a Friday where more people know who Atlantis is, rather than a crowd who just sees him as another guy. The surprise pin meant no big tecnico run, just a sudden end. Diamante Azul worked harder than Volador in the main event.

The Panthers were setting up for the usual big comeback, but the rudos cooled the match too much and the timing of some the offense was off. It was a match with Mascara & Vangellys, it was going to be slow, but the first fall had better action than the rest could provide. The highlight of this match was Julio Cesar Rivera saying Blue Panther Jr.’s new double half crab spot adds up to one full crab. You can’t argue with that math.

It is at the point where I groan when the guys start knocking each other up the ramp because it means it’s time to force in a stage dive to try to get a reaction. There was that, there was the dive to the floor, there was a Destroyer so Cometa could do a flip bump, and there wasn’t much in between. Maybe those are three the same things, but the CMLL guys have figured out a way to build naturally to a dive and the other stuff feels forced. Cometa’s become the worst at doing the stage dive just to do it. Polvora was also in the match.

Diamond cradle, all cradlestoday

The tercera was all about the mask feud not being over, though it’s hard to believe they’re going to keep it going anywhere. Diamond had some flashy stuff he didn’t really use in the mask match but the new name and mask didn’t get him much of a reaction. A little whistling and not much more; the real test will be his first Friday night show. Diamond’s face was totally exposed to the camera on the mask pull, which seems unfortunate.

Nitro was in an unusually jovial mood in the segunda. He winning a match with a cradle, he did the hopping spot with Robin, he took bumps and didn’t get in the third fall win. I’d much rather see than the angry piledriver Nitro.

The opener was about as good as it’s going to be with these four, which meant Cholo fell down awkwardly taking a key Sonic high spot. Principe Odin Jr. does understand that at least 50% of being a good lucha rudo is being a fool, but then he’s also faced Bengala a thousand times so they know how to play off each other.

CMLL Martes: 2020-01-14

Recapped: 2020-01-18

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia beat Acero & Aéreo
(14:02 [5:16, 2:53, 5:53], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Eléctrico, Magnus, Oro Jr. beat Grako, Inquisidor, Nitro
(11:56 [5:32, 2:37, 3:47], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dark Magic, Misterioso, Sagrado beat Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma
(14:17 [6:45, 3:04, 4:28], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario beat Drone, Rey Cometa, Kawato San, Príncipe Diamante, Akuma, Black Panther, Hijo del Signo, Star Jr., Virus, Esfinge, Disturbio in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire
(23:22, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  • 09:22 Drone rope flip moonsault Akuma
  • 10:50 Disturbio front backbreaker Principe Diamante
  • 11:55 Black Panther springboard dropkick Hijo del Signo
  • 12:34 Kawato knee neck breaker Drone
  • 14:05 Virus octopus cradle Black Panther
  • 14:46 Rey Cometa 450 splash Kawato San
  • 15:18 Templario spinning powerbomb Rey Cometa
  • 16:15 Esfinge nudo egipico Disturbio
  • 18:03 Templario ramp cartwheel splash Esfinge
  • 19:16 Star Jr. Valenca Virus
  • 23:22 Templario moonsault powerslam Star Jr.

Místico beat Mephisto
(15:51, 1 DQ/2, good
VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. DQ Mephisto [pulled Mistico’s mask] (3:55)
  2. Místico top rope headscissors (11:56)

What happened:

Rey del Aires is tecnicos versus rudos.

A new ring announcer debuted. Jesus is from Guadalajara and his last name may be something like Escara, but I’m not sure. He replaces Enrique Gil, who retired in December.

Místico made mask match gestures after the main event.

Thoughts:

Tuesdays are an alternate world of CMLL, where the fans are eager to cheer Místico against the forces of evil. There were more Mistico chants in this match than most years of Friday shows. Mephisto played his part by being cruel early on; the mask pull right when Mistico made a comeback worked with it. Mephisto also expanded what he did a little bit, though someone might want to notice the “surprise” Canadian Destroyer got no reaction. The unexpected two fall structure helped, though it was hard to ignore it was happening when the second fall was more ten minutes old. It didn’t overstay their welcome; getting out when they did instead of doing more just to do more was the right call. A perfectly satisfying main event.

The Rey del Aire was a lot better in the ring than on paper. Templario and Star Jr. got showcased big, and they were good picks for the role. They had a strong last four minutes, with the crowd really buying into the Dragon Rana/Torito near fall. The pace was strong there and all match, with the match never really letting up after it got going. The rudos who didn’t fit, like Akuma & Signo, threw themselves into topes and stayed out of the way until getting eliminated. Panther threw a lot of topes, though one less than the announcers thought. He’s learned from his father to do things that stand out even and to keep getting reactions even when he’s not in the plans (and going on fifth meant he was really not in the plans here.) This held together well with no problems or dead moments. There’s been better Reyes del Aire but it was better than it had seemed.

CMLL Martes: 2020-01-07

V3 almost throws himself over the barricade

Recapped: 01/09/2020

Matches:

Arkalis & Robin beat El Coyote & Grako
(9:22 [2:15, 3:36, 3:31], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
(13:19 [6:30, 3:32, 3:17], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dulce Gardenia beat Okumura in a lightning match
(6:34, moonsault, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Titán beat Hijo del Villano III, Luciferno, Pólvora
(12:24 [3:57, 5:15, 3:12], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Euforia, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero
(9:16 [5:50, 3:26], 1/2, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Mephisto beat Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr.
(10:10 [2:55, 3:15, 4:00], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

everyone has a sit.

Forastero wears a camera strapped to his chest to start the match. The way the show the rest of the show went, I expected him to wrestle with it still on. Mephisto unmasked Místico and rolled him up for the win, setting up a singles match next week.

Mascara 2000 betrayed his partners, seemingly because he had to work on a Tuesday. Or maybe because the rudos kept accidentally hitting each other.

The stream started during the first fall of the opener. The second match was delayed because no referee was out there. Edgar ran out in his NJPW track pants to referee.

Thoughts:

None of these matches were really worth watching. The top two were specifically low effort, but the others weren’t much better. The second match guys were working hardest but it didn’t come together well.

Dulce Gardenia played up his gimmick a lot. It was hard to determine if that was to get ready for Japan or if it was just the best option working with Okumura. Dulce did a bit of moves in between, Okumura hardly was involved.

CMLL Sin Piedad: 2020-01-01

he does more flips in Mexico

Recapped: 2020-01-06

Matches:

Black Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(10:44 [4:13, 2:50, 3:41], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Mephisto beat Audaz, Rey Cometa, Star Jr.
(13:55 [6:50, 7:05], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Bárbaro Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas beat Atlantis Jr., Kráneo, Soberano Jr.
(13:47 [5:55, 3:36, 4:16], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Príncipe Diamante beat Espíritu Negro, mask vs mask
(11:25, 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Espiritu Negro Canadian Destroyer (1:23)
  2. Principe Diamante Spanish Fly (2:15)
  3. Principe Diamante arm scissors (7:4)1230-2017

Carístico & Místico © beat Cuatrero & Forastero for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(19:24 [6:08, 3:42, 9:34], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dulce Gardenia vs Kawato San for the hair
(11:34, 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Kawato armbar (2:00)
  2. Dulce Gardenia posing armbar (1:55)
  3. Dulce Gardenia reverse campana (7:39)

What happened:

I like how this looks, though the landing must not befun

Kawato San lost his hair, Espiritu Negro lost his mask, Mistico & Caristico kept the tag titles and this is all very old news by the time you’re reading this.

Thoughts:

There was a point where Kawato in a big-time match like this would’ve been a disaster. This was not a disaster, so that’s progress. I think Kawato was not supposed to catch Dulce’s early dive as well as he did, which is a remarkable change of habit. It was also missing much excitement from Kawato; the only near fall he has late is a referee distraction induced cradle. It is Dulce Gardenia spots from there for the last couple of minutes, Kawato existing only as something Dulce can easily overcome. Both wrestlers seemed hesitant at times during the match, more affecting how much the other had to stand to wait for moves rather than causing something to go wrong. It didn’t go wrong, the match was just missing some snap. The crowd and the occasion carried this to worth watching, though I can’t imagine wanting to watch it again.

The concept of going all in the semi-main was doing the same run of Destroyer seen on the indies two years ago. It wasn’t really strong then either. The tag title match did give all the usual beats with these two teams, just with one less man on each side. They were successful in getting the tecnicos an impressive win, doing a lot of the usual stuff well. Forastero broke out the ramp dropkick for this match. Cuatrero messed his springboard finish but was smart enough to keep going. This was solid and enjoyable even if not really creative.

Drone out

The first fall Canadian Destroyer in the Principe Diamante/Espiritu Negro match was horrendous, shouldn’t have ended the fall, and may have dug a grave too deep for the rest of the match to dig out. The mask match got negative reviews live and seemed fine a week later on video. It wasn’t great, they couldn’t dig out of that hold because they did nothing particular to stand out. Principe Diamante & Espiritu Negro had a competent match without going the extra mile expected in title matches. Espiritu looked more tentative, perhaps more nervous than he had in the lead up to this match. Diamante, forever consigned to looking like eight different tecnicos on the roster, added a flash armbar as a special finish. It wasn’t special, especially since Espiritu was so close to the ropes but couldn’t try to get on them. They didn’t blow anything badly beyond that Destroyer, which puts this ahead of some matches in a spot. They also didn’t really seize the opportunity.

Negro Casas had fun interactions with Kraneo in the third. Cavernario was so over at the end. Soberano looks impossibly more rail-thin in his gold gear. Everything was fine and there’s not much to remember about this match.

Two long falls mean no third, as demonstrated in the second match. The match didn’t have a great rhythm with that setup, with the first fall being a more enjoyable than the first. Hechicero seemed to take most of the match for his team and seemed worn out by late in that second fall. Audaz brought back his flip escape spots, but the timing on the team spots wasn’t great. Tiger Infante had some weird counts in this one.

The opener had midcard names and a midcard match. It was better than the usual but wouldn’t have stood as the fourth match on a Tuesday. Guerrero Maya, Black Panther, and Drone are all underpushed teams, though they didn’t make a notable impression in this one. Tiger did well in keeping up with Drone.