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 Navidad: 2019-12-25

Zacarias Nieblina

Recapped: 12/25/2019

Matches:

Robin & Sonic beat El Coyote & Grako
(12:24 [4:56, 2:42, 4:46], 2/3, ok, 00:00:00)

Chamuel beat Microman, El Gallito, Perico Zakarías, Átomo, Guapito for the CMLL Micros championship
(18:44, ok, 00:18:50)

  • 08:35 Zacarias Nieblina Atomo
  • 12:25 Gallito cavernaria Guapito
  • 14:12 Microman handstand corner splash Zacarias
  • 15:37 Chamuel reverse powerslam Gallito
  • 18:44 Chamuel reverse splash (w/ropes) Microman

Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Rey Cometa beat Kawato San, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
(9:26 [4:27, 4:59], 1/2, ok, 00:46:40)

Marcela © beat Dalys for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(14:58, 2/3, good, 01:08:59)

  1. Dalys double wristlock cradle (4:30)
  2. Marcela straight jacket cavernaria (2:27)
  3. Marcela tapatia (8:01)

Atlantis Jr., Kráneo, Soberano Jr. beat Hechicero, Templario, Terrible
(17:56 [6:22, 6:08, 5:26], 1/3, ok, 01:33:01)

Diamante Azul, El Bandido, Místico beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:49 [5:08, 3:00, 4:41], 2/3, good, 02:00:08)

What happened:

Bandido

Mr. Niebla was honored between the third and fourth matches.

The tercera rudos were disqualified for excessive violence on Dulce in the first, then Kawato fouled Dulce in the second.

The micros match was a cibernetico, with tecnicos against rudos. Chamuel used the ropes to beat Microman.

Thoughts:

Bandido’s third fall run of big spots with the Guerreros is what was missing from the debut. That and actually pinning Ultimo Guerrero, which he accomplished here. Not everything was perfect but it felt like he came off as a bigger deal by the end of the match. Mistico seemed to be motivated by the competition to give a bigger match effort. (and got the careta tijeras spot that would normally go to Bandido in this spot.) There’s a bit of curve on this one, it felt like a very strong version of the usual Tuesday main match.

Microman around and around

The semi-main cooled down a bit in the third fall, after what had been an entertaining (if lengthy) random trios match. Hechicero & Templario work together for ideas, though their ideas didn’t quite work well in the end. Atlantis Jr. hasn’t looked out of place in his matches, which is something that’s become surprisingly normal in the second half of the year. (CMLL may take him for granted; he’s been here all year and they don’t have an entrance video – Bandido had one by his second match!) This crowd loved Soberano in a way they usually don’t for tecnicos, though that might have been mostly the women.

Dalys/Marcela was a technically sound match that didn’t really feel alive. It barely produced emotion for me, except for some surprise when Marcela actually won and won clean. The crowd seemed more into it, though cutting to a crowd not reacting at all on the finish didn’t look good. There was no particular story here, but they did their usual offense and more of it as well as could be expected. Dalys’ selling being limited to grimacing doesn’t help the effectiveness of the moves, but they were pulled off better than in most CMLL women’s trios matches. There could’ve been a better build to a finish, with nothing really gone back to do except for Marcela’s double stomp.

Dulce/Kawato has concentrated on building up the heat and hasn’t really done much with the action. The hair match will surely be over and it’s unclear if it’ll actually be good. The chop exchange was good. Kawato seemed confident in his promo. The rest didn’t really have much to offer in this match.

this spot went better than with Melalica

Microman and Chamuel are much better than any other combination, which made the championship cibernetico mostly sixteen minutes of waiting until the good stuff. There were some fine moments before and a dive train where no one really wanted to be catching dives. The micros stuff isn’t going to look as technically sound as the others but perhaps CMLL should’ve cut to a different angle than the one that was showing Zacarias’ shoulder up from two inches away. Could’ve helped. Microman & Chamuel did some good work in the stint together and the inevitable title match should be a lot of fun. This could’ve been better.

All the guys in the opener are asked to do is to warm up the crowd. They warmed up the crowd fine. Those four work sufficiently well together, though the rudos really need to emote more when the match is going against them. They’re visibly into it when the winning but looking more frustrated or foolish would help the tecnicos get over for being crafty, and that’s the best chance Robin & Sonic have at getting over. Sonic’s tricky armdrags are the best part about him.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-11-26

Espiritu Negro

Recapped: 11/26/2019

Matches:

Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pierrothito
(12:39 [5:25, 4:19, 2:55], 2/3, n/r,
00:00:00)

Akuma, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo beat Halcón Suriano Jr., Sangre Imperial, Súper Astro Jr.
(12:22 [6:01, 2:26, 3:55], 1/3, ok,
00:19:10)

Príncipe Diamante and Espíritu Negro went to a draw in a lightning match
(5:05, DDQ, ok,
00:41:18)

Black Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Dark Magic, Okumura, Tiger
(16:39 [5:10, 4:25, 7:04], 2/3, ok,
00:53:39)

Ephesto, Kawato San, Luciferno beat Dulce Gardenia, El Audaz, Rey Cometa
(14:12 [6:21, 2:42, 5:09], 1/3, ok,
01:20:22)

Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Místico beat Euforia, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
(8:30 [4:48, 3:42], 1/2 DQ, ok,
01:44:26)

What happened:

Halcon Suriano

Euforia unmasked Caristico in the second fall of the main event for the DQ.

Kawato San and Dulce Gardenia feuded in their match.

Principe Diamante pulled off Espiritu Negro’s mask as Espiritu fouled Diamante for the double DQ. Mask match challenges followed.

Thoughts:

The main event as the usual “send everyone home happy idea”, though with the oddity of the tecnico offense generally coming in the first fall rather than the end. They seemed to need for the finish, though it wasn’t clear it mattered.

Kawato/Dulce had good if not yet great chemistry. It might work out well. Tecnicos shows the most of anyone in the third fall. The finish was a nice playoff the usual spots. Not memorable but better than most stuff on this show.

Bodybuilding prep left Principe Diamante unable to do all that much, or at least that’s the way it came off. Espiritu Negro continues to look the best he ever has in CMLL, laying in his shots better than before, pulling off a cool dive, and generally showing more aggression. He didn’t have much to work with here.

Halcon Suriano pulled off a couple of impressive armdrags with Hijo del Signo, amazing given what he was working with there. Sonic and Suriano appear interested in doing stuff as a team, which would be more fun matches than the second match turned out to be. It felt heavily rudo dominated for a not great crew of rudos.