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

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-09 

strange things

Recapped: 02/05/2018

Matches:

Magia Blanca & Retro beat Akuma & Yago
(10:24 [4:35, 2:31, 3:18], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(12:40 [6:40, 2:44, 3:16], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(4:13, casita, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa
(11:46 [5:13, 1:55, 4:38], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
(9:35 [1:45, 3:23, 4:27], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(6:27 [3:15, 3:12], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

pobre Yago

This is the final show before FantasticaMania for many of the people on this show, with them heading to the airport after this show. The average match quality is down from usual as a result, with luchadors trying to primarily stay in one piece before getting on a plane a few hours later. Euforia and Carístico aren’t going anywhere, so they feud in the main event to set up a singles match next week.

Drone’s match turns out to be his last Arena Mexico match for time being. He’s currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time following wrestling in no condition to perform in Japan.

Thoughts: 

this doesn’t work

Assuming everything progress on like we’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of NGD vs Dragon Lee/Soberano matches in the future, and this was a little preview of that. Little because it didn’t even crack ten minutes, yet the young guys showed promising chemistry. Rush seemed to even be into the match at times. It makes me think Rush’s ideal promotion might have been Leyendas Inmortales, where he could’ve just brawled with old men in main events constantly. The Mr. Jack match would’ve been something.

The Axis of Evil have some rougher moments with some of the tecnico spots, but get enough of that matches like the fourth match can hold together. Johnny Idol has found his calling as guy who losses in poses to Niebla Roja. He’s an easily dislikable dork on many occasions in that match. The técnicos are smooth like always, but there’s not a lot going on.

The opener very much felt like a rookie match, though in a way that’s or interesting than most of the openers. Retro is awkward as ever, but at least seems to have a decent amount of offense now. Yago is hero or a fool for taking Retro’s cutter. Akuma and Magia Blanca seem to have some chemistry, showing some emotion against each other. Both of Magia Blanca’s finishes looked poor though.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-12-12 

one of many times where I’ve wondered what Idol is doing

Recapped: 12/18-19/2017

Matches:

Bengala & Sonic vs Espíritu Negro & Yago
(
10:07 [4:57, 3:37, 1:33], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante
(18:00 [10:10, 3:04, 4:46], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus beat  Fuego, Oro Jr., Starman 
(5:57 [2:48, 3:09], 1 DQ/2, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr. beat Tiger in a lightning match
(7:36, Gori Bomb, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Titán beat Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys
(12:33 [4:36, 5:11, 2:46], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr.  
(11:15 [2:54, 2:27, 5:54], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Shocker’s back is broken

Misterioso took Tiger’s mask after their match.

Rudos (w/Mije) attacked the técnicos at the start. Tecnicos rallied and Starman unmasked Raziel for the DQ. Of note, Starman gets Raziel with his finish in the third fall but Raziel kicks out, then beats Starman with a powerbomb for the win.

I tried watching a Sangre Azteca/Arkangel match to see if Flyer or Magnus did anything cool and I really should’ve known better. I apologize to all the people I’ve let down by masking this mistake. Magnus’ uppercut is coming along anyway.

Thoughts: 

Magnus’ uppercut is really coming along

I wasn’t convinced the Sky Team/foreigners feud would work, but they showed enough here that it might turn out pretty OK. To be fair, this was helped a lot by Dragon Lee being a ball of energy and I’m not sure Mistico would be the same, but the rudos were able to keep up with enough action to feel like a big match. Johnny Idol is the weak link, still making mistakes on the rudos side. Maybe he’ll get better yet, but right now he just comes off as lucky there wasn’t another foreigner around when they needed a third. Dragon Lee is a good guy to have around if you want to get over a DDT as a finish. Okumura taking the hanging bump off the double stomp onto his head/neck didn’t seem to as great an idea (and he turned a lot so his shoulder would take it.)

Semimain was the usual Marco Corleone match. Titan and Cavenario getting each other’s face makes me sad we’re not getting that direct match much any more. Shocker was doing a lot of comedy reactions in this match, which is something he’s still pretty good at.

Tiger played the role of generic técnico in his lightning match. He did it fine, his tornillo was cool, and I was pleasantly surprised by the ‘rana off the top. It’s just tough to get much interesting out of Misterioso in a singles match, and this was no different. Apparently Misterioso’s finish is the most deadly in the world because he doesn’t need to do much prior to it.

Tiger tornillo

The tercera was just a short match to push the feuding guys. They’re really sending hints that Starman is about to lose here, and it’s weird to have Starman be in any story at all. Oro does know he’s feuding with these guys at this point, but this was just about getting to the two finishes.

The opener ended super quick into the third fall, with Sonic seemingly coming down badly on a flip powerbomb escape and Yago quickly covering him to get him out there. It didn’t seem that serious, and I would’ve like to see what Yago could’ve done with more time if gotten the opportunity. He continues to look quietly good, if lacking the spectacular moves of Templario. He got himself a bodyscissors submission hold, a great improvement over his old finish.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-12-05 

the entire section ducks and still gets drenched

Recapped: 12/13/2017

Matches: 

El Coyote & Espanto Jr. beat Retro & Sangre Imperial
(14:22 [8:15, 2:45, 3:22], 1/3. below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fiero, Oro Jr., Starman beat Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Raziel
(7:31 [2:24, 5:07], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(12:05 [3:22, 2:43, 6:00], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:47 [4:31, 4:20, 3:56], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
(15:10 [5:09, 2:58, 7:03], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero beat Rush
(10:04, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Rush corner dropkick (2:03)

  2. Pulpo Guerrero (3:48)

  3. UG pin with ropes (4:13)

What happened: 

Pegasso’s dive is now Fiero’s

This is the debut of the Adonis/Idol/Okumura trio, which seems to be a set unit and an important deal going forward. Rudos challenge for a trios title match, which they’re not getting yet even though the técnicos are all for it.

Mije hangs out with Universo for that match. Someone should give Mije a cowboy hat so he can just be a Dinamita until Kraneo returns from his home planet.

Rudos jump Starman on the way to the ring, which seemed to come as a surprise to the edecanes. Rudos are disqualified for excessive violence on Starman in the first, and for a Nitro foul on Starman in the second. Rudos destroy técnicos after the match.

Thoughts: 

wait, Tiger can do that without Puma?

Último Guerrero/Rush was the better match of the two, the one where it felt like the put in some genuine effort, and still nothing close to what I think a top match between these two could be. I’m convinced they’re facing off at FantasticaMania, and I’m just as convinced they’re going to have a much better match than what we saw in these two days. When the guys at the top don’t seem to be that into it, it’s not a surprise there’s so much filler here.

The new rudo trio did well for their debut match. They’re playing more more heel than the other groups, which gives these matches have a much different feel than the more fast paced spot trios match that preceded it. It was also just nice to see Sky Team working together and doing the fun things we got to see regularly when CMLL remembered these guys were an interesting act. Like last week, this match featured a Valiente and someone getting completely lost near the end but they brought it home OK.

The fourth was an easy good match, close to great. It’s very much what I’ve liked about the NGD trios this year, with a strong and interested group of técnicos working with them. NGD are not just better at teamwork, but better at setting up their opponents. It wasn’t just a reversed whip or a missed corner charge that gave the técnicos their last chance, but their deadly triple corner strike that backfired. I also think what CMLL is doing with Niebla Roja is working based on the reaction he got in this mach. Fans are taking to him in the same way as Marco Corleone, and it doesn’t seem like it’ll take that long for him to be as popular as the sort of similar Hijo del Fantasma, which would’ve been a huge reach at the start of the year. I’m not sure Niebla Roja is going to deliver the same peak matches, but it’s good for him anyway.

Coyote’s suplex is nice

The tercera was much better than the two that preceded, if only because the third fall really picked up in speed an intensity. They also found time to let Mije do something, instead of looking disinterested like his recent appearances. Disturbio seems like a guy who’s trying very hard to get in a groove before FantasticaMania (where he’ll wrestle 7 minute openers, but still.) I am slowly figuring out things Universo Jr. does: a sit down double knee drop, not put his arms out to catch on a dive.

I totally forgot Nitro was actually in the cage match until he fouled Starman to end their match. I guess this match is a good thing. Fiero had a nice 15 seconds round and everyone feuded to build up a show that’s happening on a different day. This was successful if not super memorable.

The opener seemed slower paced than usual. Retro doesn’t move fast, and the rudos were not in a hurry to pick up the pace. Coyote has a couple of nice spots but needs to be in a good match. Maybe he’ll get that chance in 2018.

Forastero is out of here

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-11-21 

since when can Robin do this?

Recapped: 12/06/2017

Matches: 

Fantasy & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:08 [4:59, 3:36, 4:33], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Flyer, Robin vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Templario
(10:42 [4:40, 1:54, 4:08], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(16:28 [8:03, 4:01, 4:24], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego vs Pegasso in a lightning match
(6:22, pinfall, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mr. Niebla
(6:50 [2:35, 4:15], 1/2 DQ, ok via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
(11:43 [5:12, 3:56, 2:35], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Ephesto fouled Stuka in the semimain. That didn’t go anywhere. That’s it.

Thoughts: 

foream battle

Marco is the right main eventer for these Tuesday shows. He gets over really easy with the casual fans, and those fans in generally seem to react the intended ways for the matches. A lot of the match, especially the first fall and third fall, was getting the crowd to react to spots and it all worked for them. He should on Tuesday shows a lot, though maybe that doesn’t work out financially. Niebla Roja had better chemistry than Negro Casas than Gran Guerrero. It’s Casas, everyone’s good with Casas, but there’s nothing left over from the Anniversario show. There wasn’t much there to begin with, and Niebla’s essentially a new person now.

The semimain is a by numbers quick match, with not much to it. It’s interesting they were going with a Stuka/Ephesto direction. If it was meant to be going anywhere (doubtful because neither man has a title), it was dropped to do the Johnny Idol heel turn again. Mr. Niebla took a Titan diving headscissors to the floor and it want perfectly fine.

The técnico/tecnico lightning match didn’t feel much different than usual. Neither guy hinted toward being a rudo, but no one really plays strong rudo in these anyway, and they did the same set up of dives and not many near falls as they’d do in any other lightning match. Pegasso reacted well to Fuego anyway. Pegasso’s 450 splash causing his downfall was a nice touch, but they really botched Fuego’s cradle as the finish. They really should’ve gotten up to do something more rather than end it like that.

Flyer jumping, spinning and landing on a rope before a moonsault

The women’s match starts with a sequence where Reina Isis or Silueta seems to forget what they’re doing. It improved, but never that better. Silueta would be a lot better if she was a little bit faster.

The second match might be a bit of a sliding scale for the second match, but it came off as fun when I watched it. One of the downsides to getting to see so much of CMLL is you see guys very early in their careers quite a bit, and those first years of performance can solidify an opinion of a wrestler that’s tough to shake. Akuma started appearing on these shows at 17, wasn’t much of a guy, and was easy to right off as a someone who would never been a guy. Either something’s clicked with him in the last six month or so, or it took me a while to notice, but he’s a much better rudo now, with him and Flyer matching up very well in the third fall. He’s still only 22. Robin looked more agile than ever here; he hasn’t done that ramp armdrag much, and I can’t recall the cool dive he did either. These guys have been in the opening matches for so long that it’s going to be tough to get the fans to take them as something else, but at least there’s a chance for some good matches with the Fiero/Templario class that’s coming. Even Astral, looking every bit like a man who’s two days away from his biggest competition of the year, still was moving around fine and pulling off good highspots. This is not must see, but it was fun and hopeful.

Mini opener was an ordinary match. Stukita has added a dance to his ole waves. Mercurio can do a lot of stuff when he wants to. He doesn’t want to often. Pequeño Olímpico is at better shape at his age than I will be, but I am not trying to be a professional athlete so I’m not sure that’s a fair comparison.

Astral double jump headscissors

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-11-07 

the soliders from hell seem biased

Recapped: 11/21/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & Grako beat Bengala & Sonic 
(12:31 [5:31, 2:50, 4:10], 1/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Eléctrico, Stukita, Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
(12:11 [5:26, 2:57, 3:48], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(6:41, Nudo Egipico, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany beat Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
(14:40 [6:49, 3:02, 4:49], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vbeat Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
(11:15 [5:18, 1:11, 4:46], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente 
(8:21 [2:06, 1:49, 4:26], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Monito splash

Everything after match two was in the Dia de los Muertos setup, with losers being dragged away.

Terrible and Último Guerrero wrestle the main event in their evil gold outfits, as they’d been working as a solider and the king all night prior. The other guardians had been helping the rudos all night, and come into the Guerrero huddle dance between the second and third fall.

Review:

The main event felt like a minimal performance given who was involved, with everyone doing a fraction of what they normally do. The crowd was enough into this show to still be into this match and the rest. Still, there was no urgency to have a great match on today’s show even in those that a halfway decent lineup. This finish was dive run right into the submission. The only point to this match was to get the rudo win so all the guardian could come in and pose with Último Guerrero, and they did that.

Stukita with a slightly bigger splash

Seeing Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja three straight shows is not particularly interesting. It was alright, the crowd was very into Diamante Azul. Shooting Barbaro Cavernario’s fall ending dropkick thru a cloud of smoke is probably the worst Dia de la Muertos related camera choice they’ve made on these three shows. At least they got a replay.

What I learned from the women’s match is Dalys wins a lot. Tiffany looked terrible. Metálico is still working out how to give people the Air Raid Crash or Marcela has no idea how to take it. (She did have an idea to get the win one move later.)

The lightning match was a standard two dive, a bunch of pinfall attempts outing. Disturbio is being booked higher of late, but gets less chance to do the personality stuff that made him stick out earlier. He still reacts to the match, which is more than you can say for Esfinge.

Sonic mortal

The mini rudos realized you can trip Stukita after the second moonsault. This is a great leap in knowledge. The rest of the match didn’t feature any other great leaps of knowledge, was about normal for the minis in this spot, but lacked any excitement. Stukita shows dedication thru a wide variety of masks.

Artillero & Bengala literally walking thru the opener was embarrassing. Grako did nothing worth remembering. I didn’t have trouble identifying Sonic on indie shows but, in this match, his mask looks like Flyer is doing some fusion with Avern. I won’t be checking him out much if he gets stuck in more matches like this, but he seemed fine here.

CMLL Domingo Familiares: 2017-11-05 

Soberano

Recapped: 11/20/2017

The CMLL Sunday Arena Mexico is usually not aired, but they make an annual exception for the Dia de los Muertos show.

Matches: 

Oro Jr. & Príncipe Diamante beat Akuma & Espíritu Negro
(10:06 [4:35, 2:07, 3:24], 1/2, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(12:09 [5:14, 3:40, 3:15], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado
(10:55 [4:38, 1:58, 4:19], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Luciferno
(8:39 [2:39, 1:56, 4:04], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr. beat Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
(13:42 [4:22, 5:19, 4:01], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened: Matches 3 on are played with Dia de Los Muertos rules.

Espíritu and Oro went to a double pin (so a double pin on back to back shows after none for months.)

Thoughts:

this didn’t seem fun for Jarochita

How many different ways can I say “an average match”?

The main event was rote – if you’ve seen Mephisto & Marco do the height gags, you’ve seen a lot of this – but the only match to really feel like it got a decent amount of time. Soberano & Carístico used it to showoff a bit, and it kind of turned into the best match of the night. Not that means much, this was a match of short fights taking a big backseat to the pageantry, and absolutely none of this is worthwhile seeing after the fact. This main event at least did get the crowd going better than the rest of the card.

The semimain looked like the most promising match on paper but never really got to an interesting level. The Chavez brothers didn’t do much special, the rudos control didn’t last long, and it ended quick. Short matches were the order of the day, and this one didn’t crack 10 minutes.

this did look like fun for Jarochita

Panther matches have a way of just continuing to keep going and eventually getting good for it. This match was a whole bag of nothing for 2.5 falls, and then it got a little bit better for the last few minutes. In no way should this encourage you to watch this show, and it’s just about what you’re going to get with these guys all the time and is pretty much a waste of time, but it didn’t annoy me.

The women’s match fits in the category of matches with few errors but also few moments of actual excitement. They ran thru the usual offense for the usual amount of time and it was alright, I guess. There’s no evolution to these matches, just varying level of performances. It’s a small pool of women, and it sometimes sticks out that they’ve never try any team work spots except for two people doing the same move at the same time. Jarochita and Isis are bad together, though it did lead to Jarochita hitting Isis really hard by accident twice in the last ten seconds. She’s got to get a lot better at the moonsault or has to get rid of the moonsault; no one’s impressed by a crummy looking moonsault in 2017.

The opener was short, but better for it. They had to keep moving. The técnicos got in a few high spots, the rudos didn’t waste too much time, and it didn’t overstay it’s time while still not offering a whole. Oro is usually a level ahead of these guys and didn’t really show much more than the other three, which is not exactly a great thing.

action

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-10-24 

perfect Tuesday attitude

Recapped: 10/30/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Sensei 
(13:55 [5:38, 2:45, 5:32], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Cancerbero, Raziel beat Astral, Magnus, Star Jr. 
(16:06 [7:26, 3:04, 5:36], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
(15:06 [5:03, 2:41, 7:22], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
(17:26 [8:47, 3:06, 5:33], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush beat Felino, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto in a relevos increíbles match
(10:19 [1:28, 3:09, 5:42], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja © beat Cavernario for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
(21:30 [4:52, 2:32, 14:06], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Niebla Roja code red (4:52)
  2. Cavernario hammerlock headscissors (2:32)
  3. Niebla Roja top rope Furia Roja (14:06)

What Happened: They actually give weights in title match. Cavernario is 92 kg, Niebla Roja is 92.5.

Mephisto replaced Negro Casas.

Sagrado unmasked Blue Panther Jr. for the DQ

Thoughts: 

double jump headscissors

Niebla Roja is going to be more successful unmasked. He’s got a personality that he couldn’t get across though his mask, and it really helps him as a tecnico. His wrestling hasn’t improved all that match. This was a good match, but not among Cavernario’s best with other técnicos. Roja doesn’t bring the fantastic spots as others, and he doesn’t do something else to take that place. It’s partly his environment, the dives that are about run of the mill in CMLL would stand out more elsewhere but don’t here – he’s really become closer to being a clone of his brother in that way. The length of the third fall helped give it some drama, and it was still a worthwhile title match. It just definitely wasn’t great, and something that was lesser for watching it twice. When the main event style is simply do a lot of moves, the people with the less impressive moves lose out.

The semimain became a lot easier to bypass once Mephisto was in Negro Casas space. Rush seemed to like fighting Mascara 2000 for whatever reason. This was not good even in fast forward.

The fourth match wasn’t Blue Panther and Hechicero fighting each other forever and so was a failure. (Hehichero really wanted to do that, you could tell, but they just did a spot or two there until the end game.) Angel de Oro leaping over nothing at all was an indication of the effort level. Polvora didn’t have a good night. This picked up late.

Fuego tope

The tercera were the usual names doing their usual match well. It felt a little bit too much usual to me to stand out, and the DQ came out of nowhere, but I could understand people liking this a bit more than me. The second fall finish was exciting, and the match was going well at the end until the unmasking.

I must not be well, because I really liked the segunda. The pace was good, there was nice action, and they did the slightest Star/Raziel issue to give the match something to build towards. Raziel torturing Star Jr. as a taller version of Virus was amusing, and the rudo killed the tencico with his finish at the end. The first fall also didn’t go to the form, with guys being counted of usual spots, which was a surprising level of effort. These guys are having the corner dropkick to land well, or they had trouble not actually nailing people and now they’re pulling it short and it doesn’t look good. Magnus was sharp and I want the lightning match with him and Akuma to exist. Astral has random moments of smoothiness. Raziel & Cancerbero were into this match, which made a lot of difference. I was glad I didn’t skip this, which isn’t a frequent thing with CMLL segundas.