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.

CMLL Martes: 2019-07-02

down goes Edgar

Recapped: 07/02/2019

Matches:

Retro & Sangre Imperial beat Akuma & Rider
(11:41 [5:22, 3:22, 2:57], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, Marcela, Sanely
(11:19 [6:39, 1:54, 2:46], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr. beat Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match
(7:15, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Kawato San, Vangellys beat Blue Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(14:32 [6:15, 3:36, 4:41], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Mephisto, Templario
(10:43 [4:30, 2:34, 3:39], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Dragón Lee beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
(10:33 [2:02, 2:27, 6:04], 2/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Felino finds out which leg is the bad leg

Cavernario fouled Dragon Lee, setting up a singles match for the following week.

Rider debuted.

Thoughts:

Cavernario and Dragon Lee were so fired up to fight each other for the random build up trios match. It gave me great hope for the title match, even with them not breaking out the biggest moves. It’s not just another Tuesday when they face. Casas & Angel de Oro, a long forgotten rivalry, showed they still had good chemistry here as well. This was still mostly about an effective build to next week’s match.

It is painful to watch Atlantis painfully limp around the ring. He was struggling to move on this show so much that I was hoping he was going from the show to the operating room for more surgery. Not sure that can actually be fixed but it feels like he’s reached the point in his decline where that match with Villano IV can’t actually happen without being sad.

 

Rider wins?

Guerrero Maya & Hechicero are beautiful wrestling together. I guess it would get old if they just faced each other all the time, but CMLL should try it much more than they do just to find out. Kawato seems to have gotten more confident after winning the super light championship, or at least is putting out that aura. The top rope double stomp still looks bad. Vangellys stealong Arez’s finish from Robin remains hilarious. It needs to get continue to be stolen by about two more people up the chain before it makes it to a relevant match.

Universo decided to wrestle his lightning match with his straps down. It was not an ideal look for him. As he stood visibly gassed in the ring, I reflected on how his cousins all seem to be in great shape and are pushed hard and Universo is neither. Misterioso is no cardio monster himself but was clearly carrying Universo thru the last few minutes. Universo is not terrible but he’s clearly established himself as a guy who is in CMLL because his family was in CMLL.

Rider fit in CMLL immediately as yet another bland luchador. He seems competent and he was willing to take tecnico offense but he didn’t show much. It is not recommended to make your big spot of your debut match “taking a suplex”, that doesn’t help you much. If you’re reading this back ten years from now and Rider is a star, it definitely wasn’t obvious he was going to be one someday. He was just a guy. I think he’s better than Retro, but Retro has size so he’s likely going to get a chance at some point. Rider didn’t show a standout attribute.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-06-25

Audaz

Recapped: 06/25-26/2019

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico beat Acero & Aéreo
(14:17 [4:47, 5:26, 4:04], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat Magnus, Retro, Robin
(16:09 [6:43, 3:20, 6:06], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Súper Astro Jr. beat Halcón Suriano Jr. in a lightning match
(8:30, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora, Vangellys, Virus beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego
(12:58 [5:02, 3:29, 4:27], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Templario beat Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa
(15:11 [5:26, 4:29, 5:16], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(12:42 [3:08, 5:00, 4:34], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing.

Thoughts:

this GIF isn’t for the botch but how annoyed Hechicero is about it

Mistico is the new king of Tuesday tourist shows. People like him there. They booed NGD. There wasn’t many of them but it is a very safe space for the gold and silver prince and maybe they’d like to take advantage of it. He jumped right into the finish instead. Oh well. This was otherwise the usual Tuesday night special, enough highspots for the casuals while not doing anything you haven’t seen before.

The semi-final was off a little bit at moments, especially early on, that kept it from being a match I’d recommend. It still felt better than the usual CMLL match, with Hechicero & Audaz particularly showing what they can do when they get a chance. It wasn’t one of the stronger Templario performances, notable being way out of position on a spot that mad Hechicero look bad (and he couldn’t hide how upset he was about it.) I wish Cometa’s new look came with a few new spots.

The lightning match had a good flow until the first big dive, then it kind of lost momentum a bit with Super Astro taking a header. There were some beautiful spots, but the match felt like it was drifting back and forth with no big impact. Astro’s tope was cool but really weirdly set up by Halcon doing a neck crank over the ropes to set it up. Both guys had good spots like that, more so for Halcon, it just didn’t feel complete. I’d like to see them against a rudo opponent in the same situation.

Good for Acero & Aereo for getting somewhat matching gear. They’ve progressed as a team by having dozens of this match. Acero is still better of the two but any progression is nice. If only it could go somewhere.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-05-21

Star Jr. tornillo

Recapped: 05/29/19

Matches:

Leono & Sonic beat El Coyote & Grako
(
14:18 [5:58, 3:20, 5:00], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Halcón Suriano Jr., Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. beat Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
(
13:05 [5:22, 2:52, 4:51], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Star Jr. and Sagrado went to a draw in a lightning match
(10:00, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Pólvora, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(
14:03 [4:53, 3:41, 5:29], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Kráneo, Rey Cometa beat Hechicero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
(
12:44 [5:53, 2:15, 4:36], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja in a relevos increíbles match
(
15:07 [2:13, 3:43, 9:11], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Halcon Suriano is quick to holds as well

Los Ingobernables were DQed for excessive violence in the first fall of the main event. Rush faked a foul in the third fall to draw the win and set up a singles match for next week.

Star Jr. & Sagrado went to a time limit draw. Sagrado blocked a moonsault about twenty seconds before the time limit, then covered Star Jr. just as time expired. Star Jr. still immediately kicked out. Sagrado unmasked and powerbombed Star Jr. well after the time limit.

Thoughts:

The main event was not actively bad, but it was also pretty much a nothing match. Los Ingobernables weren’t strongly into the match and Atlantis was involved, so this wasn’t going to be much. The first two falls weren’t much, the third fall was long without being interesting and with a bad ending.

Audaz flip rana

I am often hard on Audaz. I think it’s the cross-promotion comparisons; the AAA young flyers are having good/great matches fairly often and Audaz is in a lot of forgettable matches. The AAA high flyers are also working with great bases, while Audaz did a flip rana onto to Universo 2000 Jr. here. There’s got to be some allotment for degree of difficulty. Tiger was much more Audaz’s speed and those two have the best chemistry together. Maya & Panther seemed to take a step back to let Audaz do his stuff, and his stuff looked as good as it ever has here. The finish was neat, a smart reversal that only happens with Blue Demon. This was much better than a usual Tuesday match, and it was no surprise they were still picking up money while the next match came out.

The lightning match was Star Jr.’s best match in sometime. His big dives, both to the ramp and to the floor, looked out of control and yet really cool. Sagrado kept up with Star Jr.’s offense well while still looking sharp in his own moments. There were a couple of good near endings near the end, especially the Spanish Fly that could’ve ended it. The match ending indecisively with no plan to follow up is disappointing, but a standalone good lightning match is still a good lightning match.

Is Sonic the new Camaleon or the new Fresbee? He’s better than the openers but he’s small so he’s never escaping them (or being booked more than twice a month), so I guess it comes down to him forming his own lucha libre promotion or not.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-02-05

Audaz

Recapped: 02/06/2019

Matches:

Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. beat Bengala & Sangre Imperial 
(14:32 [5:34, 4:18, 4:40], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Metálica beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Lluvia
(11:14 [6:03, 5:11], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Sagrado beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma 
(16:58 [5:55, 3:33, 7:30], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz beat Tiger in a lightning match
(7:01, code red, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Flyer, Titán beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
(11:40 [4:04, 2:21, 5:15], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible beat Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
(9:43 [3:41, 1:56, 4:06], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing. I mean, the rudas won their match in straight falls, that’s close to something.

Thoughts:

this is Tuesday execution

I gave up on the semi-main when Vangellys missed his wheel kick to Flyer badly. First fall was all Ephesto/Blue Panther maestro mat work, they came back to it at the end and they might as well just do the match. Flyer is using armbars as finishes now but his flying to finish the match went fine.

Tiger/Audaz was an easy fun short match, the sort, the kind we expect Audaz to have all the time and that Tiger doesn’t get to have. Tiger gave Audaz a lot, both in taking his tricky moves but allowing Audaz to survive his bigger spots. The backcracker is usually the end in Audaz matches, so Audaz kicking out meant something to Tiger even if the crowd didn’t seem to recognize it. Audaz never looked inexperienced and some of that credit has to go to Tiger. Even the early wrestling section was a bit creative. This is his strongest singles outing in recent memory and hopefully gets another chance against a young flyer.

The creative effort was up in the tercera, but there were a number of spots that didn’t look well, and the end of the second fall was messed up by Tirantes being in his own world. It is hard to find the urgency to try new things when you don’t get great support at it and it’s simpler just to do the same things over and over even if it is boring. This paragraph is aware enough to know that it appears in a CMLL b-show review.

CMLL Mexico: 2018-09-11 

getting so many hits from a Metalico GIF

Recapped: 09/25/2018

Matches:

Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro beat Magnus, Robin, Star Jr.
(11:54 [7:30, 4:24], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger beat Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma
(13:47 [4:41, 3:09, 5:57], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Shocker beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(11:57 [5:46, 2:21, 3:50], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Kráneo, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(9:51 [3:57, 3:36, 2:18], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Cavernario
(>4:00, 1?/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

The Mexico men’s soccer team was playing a game against this show. It might be responsible for CMLL forgetting to stream the opener, and for the segunda going two falls for no other reason.

The stream also goes out during the first fall of the main event, joining in the second fall (though it’s not at all clear a fall break has been missed until the match is over.)

Thoughts:

I watched the main event just so I could give an OK and write these words, because it’s going to be weird to have a streamed Volador/Cavernario match without a rating. There’s no reason to watch this one – I’m rating it OK primarily so I don’t have to recall why I didn’t rate it – because Volador is doing almost nothing and the match is messed up pretty badly by the stream dying. There’s no circumstance where a good match would’ve come out of matching these two guys up days before their Aniversario match, and this exists as a testament to the weaknesses of CMLL’s booking.

The rest of the card was usually Tuesday filler. I watched most of the show that aired and yet don’t have it me to do match reviews. The Fuego match was the most classical fan friendly easy Tuesday match, a borderline good match where everyone worked hard in usual midcard fashion. Blue Panther tried to switch it up a little bit during his match, and it was more distracting than creative this week. Also distracting was Dragon Rojo deciding he needed to start wearing white face point. The semi-main was aggressively nothing, as was the Nitro match.

maybe not the only move Volador did but it seemed that way

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-07-17 

Sanson backbreaker pwoerbomb

Recapped: 07/18/2018

Matches:

Angelito & Fantasy beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(15:30 [8:10, 3:18, 4:02], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Astral, Eléctrico, Robin  
(12:52 [5:54, 2:24, 4:34], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso beat Disturbio, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:35 [5:38, 2:36, 6:21], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Templario beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(16:17 [7:12, 2:54, 6:11], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja © vs Sansón for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
(19:33, 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Niebla Roja reverse campana (4:43)
  2. Sansón backbreaker (2:02)
  3. Niebla Roja super Furia Roja (12:48)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Rey Bucanero
(8:04 [1:38, 2:55, 3:31], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

this is done a lot but still cool

Niebla Roja retained his title, the second streaming title defense in two days.

The rudos were awful in the segunda, with Metalico blowing an Eléctrico spot on the floor, and Sangre Azteca just deciding not go for a Robin armdrag. These matches are unpleasant to watch, sand I’m watching as little of it as I can.

Angelito nearly dies in the opener because Pequeño Violencia doesn’t bother to get both his arms up to catch him and cannot catch a man tossed to him with one arm. He limped thru the third fall, eliminated without really getting in offense. 

Thoughts:

great effort

The main event was the usual rushed post-title match Tuesday main event trios. Though, of now, I’m thinking they prefer to be in this spot than have the title match last so they can get out with a quick match. A lot of this match was Rey Bucanero taking bumps scared of Atlantis, who was not taking bumps but did pull off a huracanrana in the end. Soberano meshed well with the Dinamitas as always, and they did get in some spectacular moves in the short time this match lasted.

Niebla Roja & Sansón had a much superior match to their two brothers on Monday. They seem like they’re much more adept at singles matches. They have deeper reservoirs of offense to pull from, instead of just the same stuff we see in trios matches without their partners. They also can make those moves feel like they’re more important; Sansón freaking out as he was about to be finished was a nice touch a lot of people in CMLL don’t do in general. These two guys got the crowd by building to bigger and bigger moments and keeping the crowd guessing. There’s are parts where they could improve – chop exchanges are probably overdone, but these guys could’ve used some other than an impact move or a dive to mix it up some – but this was a lot of fun and worth going back to watch.

I thought Black Panther did some reversal until Luciferno got the pin

I thought the Panther match had moments but was overall sloppier than usual. Luciferno seemed to mess up his own finishing move among other moments where people had to take sudden left turns to get in position. Blue Panther & Ephesto had a basic mat wrestling over six minutes that didn’t go anywhere interesting, but it was better than Blue anther Jr. looking backward before deciding to bump. It’s not as bad as this is making it sound but it was definitely off a bit.

The tercera was borderline good on the Tuesday sliding scale, with good if unfocused action. Didn’t like one of the finish I like Disturbio. I enjoyed his Neymar comedy spot. I did not like him going to a double pin with Audaz. CMLL has decided Disturbio is not special and I do not want them to do the same to Audaz. This wasn’t Audaz’ most show match, but he still springboarding from angles not many are trying.

Audaz angles

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-07-03

lucha libre!

Recapped: 07/04/2018

Matches:

Stukita & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(14:24 [7:49, 2:46, 3:49], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Metálico beat Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante  
(14:18 [6:12, 4:06, 4:00], 1/3, bad, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Sangre Azteca beat Drone, Fuego, Pegasso
(11:02 [5:03, 2:01, 3:58], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz beat Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match
(6:34, springboard huracanrana, ok, via
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Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto  
(12:17 [3:39, 2:39, 5:59], 1/3, ok, via
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Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:37 [5:39, 2:43, 5:15], 2/3, good, via
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What happened: 

Nothing really. Sansón pinned Niebla Roja in the main event, which might go somewhere but might not. Black Panther appears to have new music.

Thoughts: 

Black Panther swing kick

The main event was a usually efficient NGD/Chavez match, maybe a touch less their Friday matches but not so much less that the Tuesday crowd minded. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja are getting good at figured out how to work in whatever partner they had that week, and the NGD showed more of their offense than they sometimes do on Tuesday. Cameras missed the shot of Mije getting kicked, when seems to defeat the point of him being kicked.

The semi-main was about the usual from the people involved, which satisfied the crowd on this night. They did a bit of a misdirection on the finish, which would’ve meant more to a crowd familiar with the rules. CMLL should probably be doing something with the Panthers already other than endless meaningless trios matches. Black Panther has figured out how to get reactions from Tuesday crowds pretty reliable and should be trying to master something else.

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The lightning match won’t go into the Audaz highlight reel, but it was a good job of getting around Universo’s limitations. This match seemed both an admission he’s not ready for a singles match with a flyer, but that he or Audaz or whoever put this match together was smart enough to keep it simple for him. Audaz did his usual amount of rolls and flips, but never really needed Universo to be involved in them. He was going around and into the rudo, but Universo wasn’t called upon to do much basing in this match. They didn’t do the armbar finish, they went with a middle rope huracanrana instead (and Universo’s bump was mistimed.) Universo’s offense was a kept to a few things he does well and he looked strong even in a defeat. This could’ve been a disaster and was not.

The segunda had gotten notice as one of the worst matches in CMLL this year, so I decided to pay attention to it instead of the probably OK tercera. It lived up to the hype. Eléctrico and Metálico got totally lost in the first fall, staring at each other like rookies for an awkward amount of time. Astral fell jumping into the ring in the third fall and it didn’t get any better for him. It felt like the rudos decided just to go home early instead of dealing with him for a moment longer. I don’t know how much of Astral’s performance was the bad fall because he was not much better earlier. Akuma got to do two dropkicks and not a whole lot more. His third fall spots with Eléctrico were slow looking, though still the better moments of this match.

Suirano Suplex