CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-05-08 

like old times

Recapped: 05/13/2018

Matches:

Bengala & Leono beat Apocalipsis & Cholo
(11:05 [4:35, 3:07, 3:23], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Metálica, La Seductora beat La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik
(14:39 [5:02, 4:44, 4:53], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Puma, Sagrado, Virus
(14:57 [6:00, 3:16, 5:41], 2/3, great, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Kawato San in a lightning match
(6:43, powerbomb, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. beat Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(12:30 [4:40, 3:32, 4:18], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero  
(9:21 [2:36, 2:03, 4:42], 2/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mistik’s celebrated a bit too soon

Último Guerrero & Stuka randomly started feuding to set up a title match in a couple weeks. UG unmasked Stuka at the end.

Thoughts:

The main event was the standard building stuff with Stuka & UG, plus Diamante Azul doing strong people stuff. There was nothing special to the feud, except for UG calling the handwaving chants on himself after getting himself disqualified at the end. Atlantis did very little in this, and couldn’t take a bump when his time killing hold was broken up in the third fall. They didn’t pin him either, so he wouldn’t have to take that bump. At this point, I’m kind of left hoping he’s picked up a minor injury that he’s working his way thru, because there needs to a chance of an improvement at some point.

Audaz operates on a different set of physics

The lightning match was solid and no one died on a dive, though Tiger did his dive in a way where he landed on his feet about the same time he made impact. Tiger made sure he wouldn’t have to worry about being caught. Kawato showed more varied offense in this than has in his singles match and didn’t build towards the double stomp, so I can’t hate him. It was alright and that’s about what I expected.

The tercera was a cut above usual CMLL midcard matches. The guys involved are usually good, but they were totally clicking in this match. Audaz was unremarkable on Monday and totally impressive in this match better designed to show his talents; the first big evasion spot was amazing. No one else is doing the things like his middle rope springboard backwards into a sunset flip. Audaz does a cool dive here, which reminded me that he’s not really doing all that many dives yet – his big spots are in the ring, just using the ropes in crazy and fast ways. They’ve downplayed the Virus/Audaz stuff – even here, when Audaz submits Virus, it’s not treated as a big deal – but I hope they go back to it to at least give us one awesome. It wasn’t just him. Puma was nailing people with superkicks, and he and Rey Cometa had their usual great chemistry thru the match. Sagrado worked well as a rudo and a base, and Maya was efficient in what he did.
Always glad to have new people involved to learn more individual quirks and peculiarities, but can’t say I was impressed by the new women. Mystique has the flashier moves of the two, including lots of cartwheels, but also seemed like she was struggling the ropes. La Guerrera outright struggled in a couple of moments and didn’t show a personality. The double corner headstand spot was clearly supposed to be their big showcase moment, and instead came off as slow and clunky. Then they seemed lost for a moment on what to do that next. Metálica nailed Maravilla with a forearm in the second fall , one of those ones that remind me why she seemed interesting at first here. She hasn’t been great lately, in a group where not a lot of people are great. Maybe having some young girls to destroy will wake her up; she gave Guerrera a piledriver she’s not doing with the other women.

Tiger wins

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-03-27

this is much more impressive than the stage dives

Recapped: 03/28/2017

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Retro  
(11:48 [5:18, 2:36, 3:54], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia bea Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy  
(15:40 [7:27, 3:22, 4:51], 1/3, n/r, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel beat Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso 
(13:27 [5:51, 3:39, 3:57], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
(10:22 [3:04, 3:32, 3:46], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. beat Cavernario
(16:11, 2 DQ/3, excellent, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Taven beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible
(16:40 [5:50, 2:41, 8:09], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Maya drives Misterioso into the barricade

The opener was joined in progress, the stream started late. Opening mat work was still going on, so probably a minute or so was missed.

Thoughts:

The Tuesday main event was much more than usually happens in that spot, with a lot more time put in. It wasn’t a deeper match than they usually go but it did have more moments where it felt like they cared. Terrible doing the stare down with everyone is fun, and he worked well with Dragon Lee. Matt Taven threw everything into his last tope. Diamante Azul threw Ephesto far on his monkey flip.

gotta keeping GIFing this

The singles match was a treat. Cavernario aggressiveness early caused the match to play a lot different than usual. It never felt like an exhibition, but a war Soberano had to overcome a big early blow, more apuesta grudge than title match. The Mephisto/Soberano match showed off all Soberano could do, this match made you care more about him actually being able to do it. Soberano still got in some of his fancier spots for the sake of doing them, they just made stuff like the stage dive feel more a part of the match than usual. Cavernario’s one of the best at selling or doing anything and not just standing blankly waiting to be hit, which helps a bunch. Neither guy really had to kill themselves for a strong reaction, which was a nice change of pace. I liked this more than Angel de Oro/Cuatrero early. It’s a borderline match for me, and I ended up putting in excellent because it felt like something that didn’t deserve to be lumped in with all the Great matches.

We’ve progressed to the point where Misterioso is getting pins when other people are being dumb. It’s contagious, and the rudos caught it in the second fall of the fourth match. Universo 2000 didn’t feel out of place in the match, though it was heavier on comedy than usual for this crew. I didn’t like it quite as much as the others.

The tercera was the best of this psuedo-series between the Cancerberos & the ex-Minis. Outside of one slip, the rudos held better during this match. The técnicos have tried for more in other matches, but what they did her worked and peaked well for the finish. This match, like all the others on this show, was helped by having a crowd that was far more into this action than usual for a Tuesday.

 

Ephesto in flight

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-03-20 

uh huh

Recapped: 03/26/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(11:28 [5:32, 5:56], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Oro Jr., Sensei, Star Jr.  
(15:55 [5:17, 5:36, 5:02], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 
(11:21 [6:32, 2:05, 2:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero beat Ephesto in a lightning match
(8:41, inverted STF, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Okumura
(15:11 [4:48, 4:12, 6:11], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
(9:44 [2:02, 2:21, 5:21], 1/3 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Cavernario pulled Soberano’s mask for the DQ, setting up a singles match next week.

Pequeño Violencia fouled Acero for no real reason. That was really it.

Thoughts:

a lot for an opening match

The main event was the usual feud build, including Cavernario running from Soberano and them only in the ring wrestling a short portion of the match. Mistico’s dive at the end looked great but this didn’t generally turn into anything big. Weird to see Volador get pinned at all in a third fall, even with Mr. Niebla grabbing the ropes to do so.

Everyone looked fine in the semimain. There were a few neat things here or there – Rey Cometa doing the shhhhhh slap spot but Okumura actually just blocking it was a nice twist on the routine – and it was overall solid match. I don’t want to keep talking about Kawato in every match, but it felt like he was in so much of this match. I think Idol did his moonsault and did his dance and hung out with Mije a lot. Worse jobs to have.

Ephesto & Rey Bucanero finished with a run of both men going for moves, failing at it, and getting caught in other moves. They’re old and slow and it was an idea anyway. Rey Bucaero’s inverted STF is also an idea, albeit one which looks awkward to get on every time. Bucanero didn’t seem a big of catching Ephesto’s tope. This was not the worst match ever and they didn’t over extend themselves by trying things they could not do, but there’s no great need to see it.

The women’s match here was smoother than the H2L match, though it got significantly less time. Zeuxis & Kaho had good chemistry in this match, Kaho survived getting crushed by Zeuxis’ knees to get in a diving headscissors near the end. Maybe they’ll do the women’s match. The ending was very Tuesday quick, coming out of nowhere.

Zeuxis & Kaho

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-03-13 

errr

Recapped: 03/23/2018

Matches: 

Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia beat Angelito & Fantasy
(12:09 [5:38, 2:24, 4:07], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat Eléctrico, Robin, Sensei 
(12:04 [5:08, 3:27, 3:29], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
(12:53 [5:16, 4:54, 2:43], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón
(10:55 [3:52, 4:51, 2:12], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Máscara Año 2000 beat La Bestia Del Ring
(8:14, 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mascara step over tirabuzon (2:57)

  2. La Bestia del Ring crab with ropes (3:22)

  3. Mascara crab with ropes (1:55)

Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr., Valiente beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
(11:01 [2:55, 3:13, 4:53], 1/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Angelito destroyed by a chop

Cancerbero was Mascara’s second and Nitro was Bestia’s second, as the rest of the Munoz family was all in Guadalajara. Nitro interfered much more flagrantly than usual for a second in a CMLL match and was eventually tossed from the match. Bestia used the middle rope on a crab to win the second fall. Mascara did the same in the third fall, though Bestia tapped out before Mascara could grab the ropes it on.

Mascara gestured for Bestia to stay near the ring so he can do a promo bit post match. Bestia instead waited a half second before walking to the back, and he’s gone by the time Mascara gets the microphone to tease future match ups.

Triton suffered a minor knee injury in the second fall of the fourth match, which sidelines him and derails the match. The second fall ends with Triton being counted out instead of them just pinning Titan, which came off as weird. Triton came back in the third fall to set up the planned finish, Mephisto giving Titan a super Devil’s Wings onto to Triton after a shoulderbreaker.

Thoughts:

Tiger clears house

Poor Soberano and Cavenario were having an interesting mat battle to open the match and Niebla running across the ring to slap Marco put an end to that. They worked well together and should have a good match. Soberano and Casas had a nice section right before the finish too. The crowd reacted loudest to Marco and Niebla’s antics, and it was the usual Tuesday match worked for the audience.

The singles was no good and you shouldn’t watch it. It was bad for the clumsily slow reasons you’d expect, and for Bestia messing up the really easy finish of “not taping until Mascara does the thing”. The high points of the match were Mascara doing a good job selling being totally overwhelmed by Bestia (until he wasn’t) and Nitro’s towel trip looking good. I wonder if Nitro was supposed to get more involved than he did; the commissioner seemed unhappy about what was going on enough to stand on the ramp and glare until he was sure Nitro was gone and Mascara wouldn’t throw another beer.

The fourth match doesn’t work out due to Triton’s injury. They can’t cover for it well and cut it short. It wasn’t really going great before it either; the first fall includes the rudos forgetting to trip up Stuka as he bounces off the ropes, only Stuka stops and turns around like it happened anyway. The crowd really got on them for that, and they were only bailed out by Titan quickly and impressively winning the fall right after. Titan’s Titanics headscissors on Mephisto got the other big reaction of the match

The tercera was the better version of the usual Puma/Tiger/Panthers match, with a strong surge in the last moments and a good pace the whole way. Kawato is now an average luchador. He knew how to do the missed elbow drop spot, he can do a senton (though maybe not accurately), he doesn’t feel lost. He also doesn’t feel special. The crowd connection isn’t there yet, and neither is the fire that made him stand out. That’s tougher on the rudo side and he’s still making improvements, I’m just not sure what the finished product is going to look like yet. He’s also not going to make it to being a finished product if he doesn’t turn to catch dives.

CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2018-03-06

Rush & Kraneo

Recapped: 03/19/2018

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro beat Stukita & Último Dragóncito
(11:42 [5:15, 2:49, 3:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante beat Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca
(12:56 [5:22, 2:33, 5:01], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Signo beat Arkángel de la Muerte in a lightning match
(7:40, nudo Signo, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:36 [3:36, 1:47, 5:13], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(15:15 [4:08, 3:27, 7:40], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, La Bestia del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(7:54 [2:41, 5:13], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Stukita cool mat work of the day

Pierroth is now known as La Bestia del Ring, though they go back and forth using each name. Mascara 2000 fouled Bestia for no real reason and it set up a singles match next week.

Thoughts:

The semimain was a usual match that was up and down. Soberano was trying to do too much and it wasn’t working for him. Soberano’s stage dive tornillo looked nice, didn’t really fit in at all in the match. Luciferno totally missed catching him on his dive at the end of the match, and Soberano had two headscissors go wrong. His dive on the end of the match went right.

nope

Drone looked fine in his return, clearly having been training during his secret suspension. He wasn’t going to break out anything new in the fourth match of a Tuesday show, but he didn’t feel like he had lost a step. The first two falls of that match were slow and it didn’t really pick up in the third to make it work seeking out. You could use your time in worse ways.

I didn’t pay enough attention to Signo/Arkangel, but they seemed to be wrestling the standard two dives big spots match lightning despite being the wrong guys to do that match. I’m not sure there is a winning strategy to Signo/Arkangel though.

I wouldn’t normally watch the segunda, but I haven’t checked in on these guys in a while and there wasn’t a lot appetizing on this show. The announcers were very excited for Metalico’s judo takedown on Principe Diamante and not much more. Metalico seemed the best of the rudos, which is not saying much. Principe Odin Jr. seemed to be trying to cut down his running to the times where it’s absolutely necessary and was content to walk from spot to spot. His near gear looks good, probably just because it’s new.

nope

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-02-27 

 

Templario is very good

Recapped: 03/12/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
(12:07 [5:00, 3:36, 3:31], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante beat Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odín Jr.
(13:33 [6:29, 2:48, 4:16], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario beat Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma 
(15:06 [7:50, 2:39, 4:37], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Flyer in a lightning match
(7:03, German suplex, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora
(15:23 [6:55, 2:45, 5:43], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(9:18 [4:30, 4:48], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Pierroth fouled Mascara 2000 in the second fall to start a feud.

Thoughts: 

 

Templario & Star Jr.

I’m probably not giving the semimain enough credit; they were working hard and yet I found it hard to pay attention to. Stuka, one very much into doing the same moves in every match, broke out the handspring he doesn’t do a lot and a sort of DDT I can’t recall him using. Kawato is still taken aback every time he gets to win a fall. His kicks were better, his headscissors looked good, he probably should be a técnico. Niebla Roja is way over with this crowd.

Guerrero Maya is going to be a Blue Panther-ish rudo at some point in his CMLL career. It’d be ideal if it was sooner rather than latter. This lightning match felt like a small preview of why that chance would make sense. Maya wasn’t a rudo here, and it was broadly a técnico/técnico match where both guys dived. It also was Maya out wrestling and out smarting the more acrobatic flyer, all the way to the quick and nifty German suplex finish. Maya assisted Flyer to maybe his best singles match ever, guiding him thru some good mat wrestling portions and kept the match interesting throughout. This felt like a more complete match than I’d expect Flyer to have in this spot, which makes it intriguing what Maya might due with others.

Star Jr. looked great with Templario in the third fall of the tercera. Everyone looked good in the third fall of the match, which really moved compared to the first two falls.

Maya teaches Flyer a lesson

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-02-20 

Panther might have become a little predictable

Recapped: 03/06/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat  Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
(13:37 [6:31, 4:18, 2:48], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel beat Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei 
(11:01 [4:49, 2:44, 3:28], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
(14:55 [7:26, 7:29], straight falls, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora beat Tiger in a lightning match
(9:07, Super Polvora Driver, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther beat Johnny Idol, Mephisto, Okumura
(12:14 [3:32, 3:34, 5:08], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente beat  Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:14 [3:32, 3:34, 5:08], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

In the women’s match, Amapola was disqualified for excessive violence in the second fall, including refusing a choke. That’s it.

Thoughts:

sometimes you need to see something badly to appreciate how hard it is to do well

Último Guerrero whiffed on the Mistico ramp catch spot, which hasn’t been seen much of late. Maybe he’s out of practice. The crowd did not care at all. That’s the Tuesday/Friday difference. This was a Msitico showcase match in the way they haven’ been doing them for a while and the crowd ate it up. No one else continued a lot. It still was better than most Tuesday night main events.

Blue Panther got his annual win via farmer’s roll. Johnny Idol winning with a springboard dropkick on someone who was being held seems more unlikely, the rudos always fail in that situation. Mephisto tripping The Panther up on this springboard dropkick was a nice reverse on a usual bit. This wasn’t a memorable matches except those few spots. It was ok enough for a Tuesday.

The lightning match felt into the pattern of guys just taking turning doing moves. Tiger was nominally the técnico during the match, but Pólvora actually seemed to get the reaction and neither had a strong role in the match. There was no real story besides how’s turn it was, and the moves weren’t done fast or impressive enough to be memorable. These matches should be opportunity do something different, but they usually come off sameish.

Mistico headscissors

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-30 

Audaz even makes Tirantes mark out

Recapped: 02/16/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita  beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(12:06 [5:24, 3:03, 3:39], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca beat Flyer, Magia Blanca, Magnus  
(10:31 [4:35, 2:25, 3:31], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Tritón beat Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
(16:05 [7:18, 5:19, 3:28], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(5:47, casita, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Pólvora beat Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
(13:09 [4:55, 3:07, 5:07], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Rush beat Cuatrero, Shocker, Terrible
(8:42 [4:06, 4:36], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Cuatrero & Angel de Oro feuded in the main event.

Thoughts: 

sliding is tough when you’re 50

The main event was mostly the Angel de Oro/Cuatrero build up. They played it up well, though it still feels manufactured. Angel de Oro blocking the foul only for Cuatrero to unmask him was cute. Rush seemed to have more fun teaming with Dragon Lee than he does even with Pierroth. I think I would enjoy them as mismatched tag team champions.

The semimain had both the pump armbar spot and the star, so they were really into old lucha libre bits. More than half the luchadors were wrestling in t-shirts, which is a bit more modern. The match was the sort of usual offense exhibition you’d expect from both of those situations, plus Stuka trying to do a death valley driver on Luciferno on the apron for some reason.

Rush and Mini Rush

Tiger and Disturbio went better than Puma and Disturbio, but it still felt like a random collection of moves and sequences with no order or meaning. The moves were performed well, the dive looked nice, Tiger slightly played técnico, I didn’t understand why Mije was there.

The third match was better than it looked on paperp Audaz worked with Raziel in the open, Cancerbero in the second fall, and had Tirantes marking out for him. The grumpy guys were noticeable less grumpy this match, but very noticeably not ambushing Audaz like they might otherwise do to a novato. They did drop Triton on his head and Audaz took the piledriver so not everything can work out Nitro being be unable to do the corner slide out spot seems like a really big neon sign he shouldn’t be doing this any more. The third fall wasn’t much but playing with Fuego’s mask so I wouldn’t recommend the match in total. It is a good sign if Audaz is having a good night even with the guys.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-23 

look at how much the mat does not move

Recapped: 02/11/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(12:29 [6:37, 2:32, 3:20], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely beat La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
(15:26 [8:19, 3:16, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Stigma
(12:50 [5:21, 3:37, 3:52], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Pólvora, Shocker beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón
(16:24 [4:55, 3:10, 8:19], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto © beat Titán to keep the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(18:24, 1/3, excellent, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
(11:37 [2:46, 2:17, 6:34], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

 

Nothing except Mephisto keeping his title

Thoughts:

wrong way Cometa figures it out on the second try

Mephisto versus Titan is as good a title match which will happen in Arena Mexico all year. The Volador matches may be more spectacular, but titan brings more of an exciting rollercoaster to his matches. It’s not just the big moves, though there are absolutely big moves in this one. It’s the fast small moves, the submissions that might actually, the back and forth counters and escapes. Titan big title matches are full of drama that’s not just limited two-and-a-half counts. It starts off strong, with Mephisto surprisingly cutting off a normal opening fall sequence to Titan in a submission. It did feel like a fall blown thru because they don’t really want to do three falls, it felt like Mephisto made a smart move and forced the match to end early.

That also made Titan as the underdog for the rest of the match, both on the scoreboard and just from getting pummeled for the next half of the second fall, and rallying back from a deficit is where he excells. He’s also gotten really good at pulling the fans into his matches. The crowd was way into this match from the double dive spot on since it came so fast and spectacularly, but he still worked at rallying them as he was going for his (doomed) headscissors of the apron. It doesn’t feel forced, it feels like he desperately needs that support.

maybe the waving gave away his plan

I thought they went back and forth in interesting ways, not just relying on the big kickouts to get a reaction. It was smart to not just do the Super Devil’s Wings the first chance they had, because it made Mephisto actually connecting on it the second time feel even more sure as a match ender. Titan got something out of it even if he didn’t last much longer. I don’t think Mephisto added a lot besides doing his signature moves a few times and being in the right place, but that’s all he needed to do with Titan. This is an easy recommendation.

Titan is the coolest

 

The fourth match featured Rey Cometa looking the wrong way in a group pose and Shocker & Hechicero having a mid match rock/paper/scissors contest (both went scissors on the first try, Shocker won with paper over rock on the second), so it was not the most serious affair. It was pretty fun CMLL filler, with Triton capable of doing some incredible things. Hechicero set up Shocker’s spear to look great in the end. Cometa is full on committed to being a goofball at all moments – his wacky dance was one thing, but he also exited the ring by laying on the middle rope and falling over to the apron.

Triton is impossible

The tercera was better than usual. There were a few moments of awkward waiting but the pace was really good otherwise. All that teaming with the Panthers has taught Pegasso that the key to happiness is doing a lot of topes in a row, a lesson he tried to pass to his partners here. Magia Blanca suffered a lot in this match. He’s also as good or better than Universo Junior. Universo is greatly benefiting from his name and height at the moment.

the ramp is softer?

The women’s match had a hilarious bad ending to the second fall, where Metalica went up top for the flip senton only to find Tiffany had pulled Silueta too far away to do it and just decided to do nothing. Marcela is wearing gear with “CTFRM” on it and I don’t know what that means.

Tiffany pulls Silueta too far away, Metalica decides she can’t do her senton. The next minute is them arguing with each other and Edgar about who’s fault it was. At least they care!

The opener wasn’t far off the better Friday minis match, for better or worse. The crowd wasn’t much into it at first, but Stukita put on a good performance and Shockercito was trying.

sure!

CMLL Mexico de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-16 

this one moves in all three dimensions

Recapped: 02/06/2018

Matches:

Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia beat Acero & Aéreo
(14:56 [6:19, 4:43, 3:54], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely beat Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
(13:53 [6:37, 3:11, 4:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Starman beat Nitro, Templario, Virus
(14:49 [7:34, 3:10, 4:05], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Vangellys beat Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther  
(9:35 [0:20, 4:30, 4:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:26 [5:41, 2:01, 4:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Euforia
(14:44, 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Euforica Special (1:58)

  2. Carístico springboard huracanrana (1:10)

  3. La Carística (11:36)

What happened:

Templario tossing Magia Blanca around

Titan pinned Mephisto twice, setting up a title match challenge.

Adonis & Idol are beat in the first fall within seconds, cradles from behind while they’re waving their flags.

Thoughts:

Titan off the stage

The main event turned into a lengthy Carístico exhibition. Euforia works better in these spots in some ways because he hasn’t had a chance to do them with smaller guys and feels fresher. He also hasn’t won any of these, which meant they did a lot of nice near falls and the only people buying Euforia having a chance of winning on any of them were the announcers. Carístico getting increasingly frustrated with Tirantes being Tirantes is a nice hidden subplot. It doesn’t feel he’s as much selling the physical punishment of each near fall as he is selling the emotional toll of a referee who just won’t count like normal people. He pulled off the moves too, but that was a more storytelling than the rest of the match had.

The semimain was not super interesting out of Titan getting the surprise pins to set up his title match, and even then the surprise was a bit too much for CMLL’s cameras. They missed his second fall win except for the count, then nearly missed him diving off the stage while showing a relay of that. Stuka & Valiente were taking it easy and the other rudos didn’t stand out.

Typically, a quick first fall will led to the time redistributed elsewhere. This time, it just led to a quick overall match that never really developed. The Panthers ripping the wig off Sam Adonis and then immediately getting dropped for the loss was a bit deflating. It was fine while it lasted, it just didn’t really last long.

Templario matches feel like must watch ones at the moment. One spot with him and Magia Blanca goes badly near the end, though the slightly save that one, and Templario makes an even bigger save for the finish. Templario’s doing springboard dropkicks and then taking headscissors from behind, he is up for doing anything at this point. Pegasso and Nitro both wrestling Superman logos was not great, but Pegasso trying to do a casadora armdrag to send Nitro thru the ropes was worse, Nitro stood no chance of making it thru the ropes.

Euforia makes it look easy