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.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-11-12

rough times for Rey Cometa

Recapped: 11/12/2019

Matches:

Angelito & Shockercito beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:01 [5:21, 3:31, 4:09], 1/3, ok, 00:00:00)

Metatrón, Oro Jr., Principe Negro beat Akuma, Espiritu Negro, Nitro
(9:24 [6:32, 2:52], 1/2 DQ, ok,
00:20:17)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Dark Magic, Disturbio, Pólvora
(12:01 [4:24, 3:33, 4:04], 1/3, ok,
00:38:15)

Vangellys beat Esfinge in a lightning match
(6:46, Vangellys spear, below average,
01:02:05)

Felino, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(17:16 [7:57, 4:51, 4:28], 1/3, ok,
01:13:53)

Carístico, Titán, Valiente beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Templario
(15:58 [5:23, 4:12, 6:23], 2/3, ok,
01:43:02)

What happened:

Espiritu Negro went after Principe Diamante all match, including unmasking him for the disqualification in the second fall.

Thoughts:

The main event’s tease of a match that might be good was the Titan/Templario exchange in the first fall. They didn’t get as much later on, but Titan was good thru the usual send them home happy main event. Casas didn’t look right but his partners did pretty well. It was the best match on a typical Tuesday show.

The lightning match was the usual “tecnico does two dives, then a finish” affair. Vangellys being committed to doing nothing at all before getting the win made it worse than usual. Esfinge deciding to kick out of the finish too was a contribution.

The Panthers did their hot comeback but they’ve had hotter comebacks. I hope Polvora gets Dragon Rojo back soon so he gets something else to do. The rudo triple win at the end of the second fall was at least well done.

I’m not convinced Espiritu Negro versus Principe Diamante is a great idea. Espiritu Negro seemed convinced, going after Diamante with an aggressiveness uncommon for him. That does give some hope. There wasn’t much to the rest of the match.

The opener was fine for a minis match. Shockercito tried with some unexciting rudos. Angelito was better than last week but still seemed off, and was really slow off the mat after taking a flip bump on a clothesline.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-10-15

Super Astro

Recapped: 10/15/2019

Matches:

Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia beat Acero & Aéreo
(11:31 [~4:04, 3:49, 3:38], 1/3, n/r, 00:00:00)

Espanto Jr., Grako, Hijo del Signo beat Metatrón, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr.
(12:59 [6:30, 3:06, 3:23], 1/3, n/r, 00:07:08)

Dark Magic, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Drone, Esfinge, Magia Blanca
(13:07 [5:43, 3:31, 3:53], 1/3, n/r, 00:29:55)

Fuego beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(6:24, Fuego springboard plancha, ok,
00:54:05)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Templario beat Blue Panther, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(17:01 [4:54, 6:00, 6:07], 2/3, ok,
01:06:55)

Mephisto, Negro Casas, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr.
(15:10 [6:55, 8:15], 1/2, ok,
01:30:10)

What happened:

Aero actually good

Nothing storyline wise. A referee blew a finish, but that hardly even counts as news. The two fall rudo win in the main event was clean, Negro Casas defeating Angel de Oro in the end.

Disturbio kicks out at 2.9 or 3.0 after a Fuego springboard plancha. That move never finishes anyone, so it’s obviously a goof.

Thoughts:

There’s been worse shows, but little seemed worth writing about. The top matches were standard Tuesday fare. None of the early matches were particularly good. The lightning match seemed to have a little bit left to it, but Pompin and Disturbio conspired to end it early. You can’t cut it close with that referee, and Disturbio at least cut it close. Disturbio had some decent offense, though this didn’t feel like it would’ve been memorable even with the extra time. This is a show that seemed to just exist to suck up time I could be using on anything else.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-09-17

massive power behind that tope

Recapped: 09/17-18/2019

Matches:

Leono & Retro beat Inquisidor & Yago
(11:15 [4:21, 3:15, 3:39], 2/3, ok,
00:01:10)

Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
(13:50 [5:38, 4:39, 3:33], 2/3, ok,
00:19:17 )

Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus beat Drone, Fuego, Star Jr.
(11:55 [5:16, 2:39, 4:00], 1/3, ok, 00:43:28)

Misterioso, Sagrado, Tiger beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr.
(11:14 [4:30, 3:17, 3:27], 2/3, ok,
01:05:07 )

Audaz, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:42 [3:47, 4:52, 4:03], 1/3, ok,
01:27:36)

Volador Jr. beat Cavernario
(11:48 [2:50, 8:58], 1/2 DQ, ok,
01:51:18)

What happened:

Raziel

Volador faked a foul to win in straight falls, building up the hair match.

Thoughts:

The Volador/Cavernario match didn’t start exciting, had a designed unsatisfying finish, and Volador was never so motivated as to remove off his t-shirt. They did do a good B-version of their match in between, giving about the effort expected on this show, just not the effort possible between these two guys. A forgettable but not offensive main event, by Tuesday standards.

The tercera was a brief but entertaining midcard match. Los Cancerberos are better up in the spot because they have offense. I’m used to rudos standing around and doing little. This match was also one of those where Drone angers me by being very good while having messed up his entire career. He seems more like someone you’d do something significant with than Fuego at this point (though Fuego should be higher as well.)

The minis match had some effort, but the speed seemed off. It didn’t come off strong as a result

Yago’s new look is an improvement. I would like him to remodel his finishing move as well, but I guess there are more significant problems here I don’t understand; Yago’s fallen off the map this year. The rest of this match was boring lucha performed as boring. It is tough to tell if Retro is limited or if CMLL limits him.

this is Leono’s finish now. In case it comes up.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-09-10

Stuka being neat

Recapped: 09/11/2019

Matches:

Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito beat Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
(10:31 [3:56, 2:49, 3:46], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Espíritu Negro, Nitro beat Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante
(10:38 [4:58, 2:23, 3:17], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma beat Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica)
(13:39 [5:39, 3:34, 4:26], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Cometa beat Pólvora in a lightning match
(8:04, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys beat Flyer, Kráneo, Stuka Jr.
(12:52 [5:42, 4:33, 2:37], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
(8:28 [0:58, 7:30], 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Cavernario grabbed Volador’s leg to fake a foul, ending the main event in two falls. This set up a singles match next week.

Thoughts:

nope

The main event seemed a bit better than usual. The rudos were aggressive in the opening quick fall, the tecnicos showed more speed than usual. This wasn’t the Arena Puebla walked thru nothing two fall match, this was more trying to make something out of limited time. It isn’t worthwhile on its own, but it was good enough to close the show and set up next week fine.

The semifinal seemed like the happy Tuesday match, except the tecnicos just didn’t go for a pin when they had a sure win, stood around for a bit, one person did a dive, and the two other people got beat easily. Not so satisfying. Flyer looks better working with Hechicero than with anyone else, the truest sign of Hechicero’s evil powers.

The lightning match progressed at a dawdling pace, going eight minutes more because Polvora was taking his time between moves rather than having a lot to do. They forced in a stage dive, a spot that’s becoming meaningless because it’s forced into matches like this for lack of better ideas. It was a solid though not interesting match.

The Arena Mexico version of the Costa Rica tag didn’t have the energy of the similar Arena Puebla one. I haven’t taken a long look at the Costa Rica Wrestling Embassy results in a while, but I suspect the rudo team doesn’t get a lot of chances to work as rudos, definitely not CMLL style, and that may be an obstacle to making this interesting. This was also a lesser group of tecnicos than Monday to be fair. More than moves and even rhythm, they’re missing a bit of personality. I know these guys by their names and their masks but not much else.

Nitro’s flipping DDT was so horrible that he needs to stick to the bad piledriver. That’s all my thoughts about the match.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-08-20

nope

Recapped: 08/28/2019

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro beat Angelito & Fantasy
(13:10 [5:25, 3:49, 3:56], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Coyote, Grako, Nitro beat Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante
(12:09 [6:03, 2:19, 3:47], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Okumura, Sagrado, Virus
(17:28 [6:07, 4:29, 6:52], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
(14:17 [4:19, 6:43, 3:15], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. beat Dark Magic, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
(8:45 [2:04, 2:12, 4:29], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Terrible
(12:39, 2/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Terrible Clash (2:00)
  2. Caristico double arm cradle (3:04)
  3. DQ Terrible (7:35)

What happened:

La Comandante blocked a Caristico dive and was seemingly ejected by Rambo but stuck around. Maybe it was just a warning. Terrible unmasked Caristico for the DQ.

Rey Cometa crashed and burned on a headscissors attempt to the floor to end the tercera. He needed medical attention but was wrestling again a few days later.

Thoughts:

everyone lived

The main was a simple match worked for the tourist crowd, with Terrible being totally evil and dominating the match until heroic Caristico made his comeback. They didn’t do anything too complicated and still got the reactions they wanted out of a Tuesday crowd. It would’ve worked fine with an actual finish and felt flat ending on a mask pull instead.

Negro Casas can rescue a match only so often, leaving a lot of parts that didn’t quite work well with each other. Niebla tried his best with Soberano. I’m concerned Dark Magic tried his best with Dragon Lee, because they didn’t trust him to do anything much.

The idea of putting an inexperienced guy in a high position quickly is to make them a bigger star and have them work with more talented people for them to improve quickly. Neither is happening with Volcano, who had an embarrassing second fall stretch more normally found in a local indie. Stuka & Hechicero are usually great with each other and were much better than any other combination here.

There wasn’t much energy in the tercera and then Rey Cometa took himself out in the end so maybe you can skip that one easy. Really, if Cometa was going to get hurt in this match, I would’ve guessed it would’ve been on Sagrado’s terrible looking slam. Sagrado was good as a rudo at one point but I don’t know about now.

CMLL Martes: 2019-08-06

Audaz

Recapped: 08/09-10/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Arkalis & Robin
(12:06 [3:30, 3:35, 5:01], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel beat Star Black, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr.
(17:37 [7:58, 3:27, 6:12], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso beat Olímpico, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(10:31 [4:42, 3:14, 2:35], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Villano III beat Black Panther in a lightning match
(8:26, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Pólvora, Vangellys beat El Audaz, Kráneo, Stuka Jr.
(13:39 [4:45, 3:32, 5:22], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Templario, Terrible beat Atlantis, Carístico, Soberano Jr.
(12:06 [3:24, 2:51, 5:51], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing.

Thoughts:

I dunno

Another Tuesday, another main event where Atlantis can’t put weight on one of his legs in the middle of a match. Soberano may be the same way someday but he looked springy in this match until his third fall dive demise. Like most of the matches on this card, this worked fine for the live crowd and isn’t something you need to hurry to check out. Another one will be in soon enough.

The semi-final continued the mystery of Vangellys being Audaz’s designated opponent and accomplished pretty much nothing else. He’s getting better at taking the rana. The match was fine.

Black Panther hit some great topes. His 619 kick was on point. The roll into the quebrada was really smooth. It doesn’t matter for him, because Hijo del Villano III is the guy going places and Black Panther is apparently just hanging around the third match for the next decade. Panther worked smoothly and impressively, taking most of the match. He kind of need to do, with Villano III cheap tricks working well but also hides his lack of offense. Black Panther setting up the doomed superplex smoothly set up Villano III Jr. for his splash, though the splash is also the CMLL rookie move of not actually have a finisher. Villano III came off limited in a way only someone watching an unhealthy amount of CMLL would even care about, but Black Panther made the match work for everyone.

Soberano Jr.

The segunda was another match for the Guadalajara visitors. Another time where Difunto’s willingness to bump and play to the crowd overshadowed Star Black’s act. He’s the new Gallo, should probably get a weekend in Arena Mexico every year to give him some credibility but feels to top out as al local star. Star Jr. and Super Astro Jr. outshined him greatly, though Star Black’s moonsaults looked nice. Cancerberos were trying harder, though they seemed to leave Star Black to die on his handspring double back elbow attempt. Difunto doesn’t have much interesting offense, but that’s not especially unique amount rudos.

Coyote & Grako have confidence, but still need more speed on their double teams. They’re promising right now because they’re young and they’re willing to do things surrounded by a lot of rudos who can’t or won’t, but they wouldn’t stand out in the other promotion. On the other hand, not sure how much better they’re going to get working CMLL openers.

 

CMLL Mexico: 2019-07-30

flying Guerrero

Recapped: 08/01/2019

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico beat Acero & Aéreo
(15:10 [6:26, 3:40, 5:04], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, Lluvia, Skadi
(12:55 [6:27, 3:06, 3:22], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr. beat Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match
(7:37, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dulce Gardenia, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys
(12:31 [3:53, 4:19, 4:19], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Audaz, Flyer beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:24 [4:43, 2:41, 4:00], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia & Gran Guerrero © beat Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(16:54 [5:05, 3:39, 8:10], 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Panther spear

Euforia & Gran Guerrero kept the tag team titles.

Guerrero Maya tries and fails to kick out of Okumura’s cutter at the end of the match. It seems like a planned bit but everyone’s so used to the referees blowing the finishes that they default to thinking it happened again for a moment.

Thoughts:

Los Guerreros looked like the best team in CMLL in the competition to decide the best team in CMLL. Good thing they won! The Chavez did their usual stuff in but didn’t step it up as much as the rudos, who apparently had a bunch of cool moves they were saving for a decent opponent. This one lacked a dramatic final stage, but it has a cool inventive finish. Hope CMLL keeps feeding more challenges to Euforia & Gran Guerrero to see what else they break out.

There was a point where Atlantis had to be beaten up near the ropes because he needed something to hold onto and couldn’t afford to fall down. They work over his leg every match to explain his limp. This is crazy and needs to come to end. I don’t think Atlantis should be in the ring at all at this point, but certainly not on a Tuesday semi-main where he’s not even teaming with his son. I don’t know what it’s going to take for someone to say this is enough, and I hope it’s more time than the situation getting worse. If you’re going to watch the semi-main at all, skip ahead to the third fall where they give Flyer and Audaz sometime to do anything instead of building around a Mephisto/Atlantis feud.

Audaz

The Maya trios fell into the usual professional midcard range. Guerrero Maya & Fuego need something to do break them out of being third match robots but they were fine here. The crowd was into Dulce again and he seems fresher given who else was teaming with. Vangellys worked with him surprising well. Universo’s double knee finish where both knees go on opposite does of the head has to go.

Blue Panther Jr. was very dedicated to producing a legdrop that didn’t look effective and achieved that goal. Not much else. He probably needs someone who’s more willing to bump than Misterioso is, though Misterioso did take the big spear well. The Panther pescado tornillo looked good too, but neither of these guys are impressive singles wrestlers.