CMLL Puebla: 2018-09-03 

at least one fan had a good time.

Recapped: 09/11/2018

Matches:

Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
(15:02 [7:21, 5:26, 2:15], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCML)

El Audaz, Fuego, Stigma beat Cancerbero, Disturbio, Virus
(13:55 [6:09, 3:08, 4:38], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:40 [3:53, 6:19, 4:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

the dumb seeding battle royal went 1:33

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Flyer & Volador Jr. in a semifinal
(7:22, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico & Rush beat Cuatrero & Sansón in a semifinal
(8:07, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Mistico & Rush in a final
(4:33, DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Rush fouled Último Guerrero in the tournament final, and almost got away with it.

The opener has the reunion of the Batillon de la Muerte (Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.), at least in name. Adelita and Apocalispis have updated military looks (and Adelita is now blond), while Toro Bill is just in a regular gear. They don’t really work together in the match, and you would not be aware they were a team if you missed them walking out together for the entrance.

Thoughts:

There’s no reason for the tournament and nothing comes out of it, just the same Rush/UG feuding that’ll keep on going without a specification direction or challenge for a while. They do give the matches a lot of time for tournament matches; they’d look normal on a NJPW or US indie card for length of time and effort. The Munoz/Dinamitas is the better of the two semifinals in the rewatch, with some shaky headscissros sticking out in the other one. They’re both about the best from this show, though nothing to go out of yoru way to see. The main event is a little bit lesser and has the cheap finish, Tirantes seeing a foul he shouldn’t have been able to see.

A team with Kraneo makes some sense for Volcano, if only because maybe the comedic nature of the match will make it easier for Volcano to get thru them. He looked exactly unready for the spot sas you’d expect for an inexperienced guy who hadn’t been wrestling much. I’d assume CMLL had not put Warrior Steel in the ring much so people wouldn’t recognize him in the new character, but he’s coming off as not ready for this high a spot on the card. They didn’t really ask a lot out of Volcano in this match and he still couldn’t do a lot.

The segunda was a thoroughly average match hardly worth even writing about. Audaz doesn’t do amazing, but he makes the hard stuff look very easy. He and Virus have had better chemistry in other matches. Going solo has failed to bring out an extra dimension of Cancerbero, though he did get to work in some of his team spots.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-27 

Shockercito torito

Recapped: 09/10/2018

Matches: 

Centella Roja & Meyer beat Ares & Fuerza Chicana
(13:16 [4:56, 4:24, 3:56], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys & La Comandante beat La Jarochita & Marcela
(13:32 [8:04, 3:01, 2:27], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Shockercito © beat Joker to keep the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
(12:17, 2/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Joker Driver (3:15)
  2. Shockercito torito (2:06)
  3. Shockercito reinera (6:57)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Pólvora beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
(14:33 [7:49, 3:44, 3:00], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja beat Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Templario
(15:05 [4:07, 2:22, 8:36], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
(8:44 [2:48, 3:31, 2:25], 1/3 DQ, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Rush fouled Último Guerrero again in the third fall, and his group took the Guerreros masks.

Villano III was remembered after the minis title match.

Thoughts: 

Templario

I picked the fourth match to watch because Triton was wearing the Fish outfit and that’s never not funny, and also to see if I could figure out where Titan broke his hand. Those aren’t strong reasons for anyone else to watch this. Neither team is particularly energetic, with the técnicos taking a lot of low blow shortcuts as part of the comeback. Titan’s injury is a freak bit, and easy to miss as it comes right at the end of the match. The only alert something’s happened is the doctor going over to check on him, and the CMLL cameras ignore it.

Joker didn’t show any hidden depths in his big singles title match. He did some moves fine while keeping an average pace and not breaking out something anything bigger for the moment. Joker did seem a better base than in previous matches and helped make Shockercito’s offense the highlight of the match. This was still a pretty solid match and better than the regular Puebla fare, it just wasn’t something extraordinary.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-20 

Rush

Recapped: 08/21/2018

Matches: 

Asturiano, Centella Roja, Millenium beat Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Sombra Diabólika
(
12:45 [6:04, 4:02, 2:39], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Joker beat Shockercito in a lightning match
(5:52, inverted reinera, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lestat, Pegasso, Tritón beat Cancerbero, Nitro, Policeman
(10:45 [4:44, 2:00, 4:01], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(15:22 [5:21, 6:58, 3:03], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush  in a relevos increíbles match
(12:25 [3:45, 3:17, 5:23], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush fouled Último Guerrero to set up a rematch next week.

Nitro catches a Pegasso second fall dive with a knee to the back. Pegasso continues but is in obvious pain and is strechered out at the end of the match.

Joker pinning Shockercito set up a title match for the following week.

Thoughts:

Triton

The main event was another match of the Guerreros playing técnicos. These rudos are better than Klan Kaoz but the match was definitely a b-show main event effort. They did a little bit in the third fall but were also mostly killing time to get to the finish. Zacarias hanging out with the Ingobernables is an unexpected highlight of this pairing.

The third and fourth matches were the same match: técnicos showcase early, rudos take over for a not interesting control period, técnicos make a quick comeback and win with a top rope move. The Angel de Oro match had higher high points and more obvious things which went wrong. The Triton match had Policeman as the best base of the group. Neither was anything but average TV material.

Joker got little offense in his match with Shockercito outside of his sudden submission to win. He didn’t have sort of impressive output you’d want for a title challenger no one believes is actually going to win. Joker’s jester mask looked fantastic but this was weirdly just a Shockercito showcase against an average base.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-13 

Soberano & Hechicero

Recapped: 08/16/2018

Matches: 

Joker & Mercurio beat Meyer & Shockercito  
(11:59 [4:22, 2:18, 5:19], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita & Mistique beat La Metálica & Reyna Isis
(12:31 [5:05, 4:01, 3:25], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Stigma, Tritón beat El Malayo, Kawato San, Okumura
(14:52 [4:33, 3:33, 6:46], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker beat Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Valiente  
(12:17 [3:17, 2:58, 6:02], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(8:18 [1:31, 2:31, 4:16], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

 

Triton

This show was sponsored by a local Ford dealership and parts seller, including their logo on the mat and on some of the walls. It goes back to normal the following week.

Joker challenged Shockercito to a title match after beating him

Thoughts:

The Matt Taven sections of the main were easily the best. He looked great running thru the Dinamtias in the third fall, and surprised everyone with his dive at the end. Atlantis and Octagon did about as much you’d expect. The NGD were overqualified for this sort of match and there was no follow up to last week’s finish, but the fans liked this match as they did pretty much everything on this show.

Mr. Niebla & Shocker can get over doing not that much, and so the semifinal was them doing not that much. Diamante Azul isn’t over except in the ways all CMLL técnicos are over but it doesn’t seem to matter much to him. Hechicero & Soberano had some good brief moments here and could have more if CMLL would have them match up more often.

Shockercito

Tercera was a serviceable trios match with no great highlights. Kawato and Okumura – struggling with the hang on the ropes spot to end the first fall – both looked less than sharp. The major of the match was normal stuff done fine without being memorable at all.

The women’s match at least has a different feel than the usual women’s matches without those usual people involved. It wasn’t much improved by the action itself – there’s still timing and impact issues – but it was pleasant simply to see different moments than usual in these matches. Metalica was the best of the bunch; Mystique wants to do a lot of agile offense she can’t quite pull together, but she had a better chance of it with Metalica around.

They’re still trying more in the minis match and not killed as much time, but this week’s match felt like there was a less to this match. It was strange how much they worked in the CMLL/CMLL and Puebla/Puebla pairs with Joker/Shockercito coming up. They might not have great confidence in Joker basing for Shockercito, which seems like a problem for them actually having the match. Finish looked good at least.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-06 

no one has been more excited doing a moonsault

Recapped: 08/07/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Meyer, Shockercito
(9:14 [3:47, 2:19, 3:08], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. beat King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:06 [6:28, 1:24, 6:14], 2 DQ/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente  
(12:33 [4:48, 2:53, 4:52] 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:51 [1:54, 2:27, 3:30], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(16:56, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Carístico torito (2:22)
  2. Volador backcracker (3:21)
  3. Volador Canadian destroyer (11:13)

What happened:

Sansón ripped off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ in the semimain

The segunda second fall DQ was for the rudos staying in the ring as a team too long. It did not seem like it was a planned spot, and it also seemed to come after a 10 count instead of a 20. A Universo/Samuray double pin spot in the third fall did look planned.

Shockercito atypically has his title belt, which makes it easy for Joker to challenge for it after his win.

Thoughts:

this whole bit went much, much longer

Volador & Carisitco came off as Volador screwing around thru a main event match, rather than Volador attempting to be a rudo. There were moments, like the long one where he talked to the crowd for about 20 seconds while Carístico motionlessly waited for him to get in position for a move, where Volador seemed like he ‘d rather be any place but there. Carístico wasn’t clean, but he was at least into the match. Volador did just about nothing for the first couple falls, and went thru a couple of his standard finishes to win in the third. Some of the fooling around was fun, the extended moonsault tease amused the crowd, but it’s also tough to care about a match when half the people in it visibly do not. Volador has been pushed to the side with the indie guys coming in, and maybe this was thought to give him a chance for something to do, but he seemed to want nothing to do with it. Maybe enough with Volador/Caristico matches for now.

The semimain left the tecnicos in one piece, and that was good enough. Matt Taven meshed well with the young rudos, though the crowd really had no idea what to make of him and the referee was so slow at moving out of his way on his moonsault. The rudos had a harder time with Octagon’s armdrag spots, and two guys doing the non-moving tosses is odd. Having Octagon do a dive a night seems like a bad idea.

Second and third match didn’t give me much to write about. I have so little to say about Rey Bucanero & Shocker matches in general that we’re getting close to me ranking Rey Bucanero’s bandanas. Hechicero trying to set up Angel de Oro for something Angel de Oro doesn’t do in every match and Angel de Oro failing at it was the definitive Angel de Oro moment.

The minis match wasn’t a fantastic match, and I sort of just want to endorse the thought. CMLL B-show trios matches tend to be the worse the longer they go because no one wants to (or is allowed to) do a lot in them. They just kill time doing the most basic or useless stuff, and it drags matches down into boredom. This wasn’t a long much, but it was a fun one because they cut out all the stuff the filler and just speed thru the important stuff. (The semimain was tolerable in the same way; it was never going to be anything good, so they just got it over with quickly.) It’s so much better than twenty-minute snoozefests and they seemed to be enjoying doing it. Not even match needs to be long and many CMLL b-show matches are probably all longer than they need to be.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-30 

Astro

Recapped: 07/31/2018

Matches:

Black Tiger, Lestat, Rey Samuray beat Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
(12:34 [5:17, 5:47, 1:30], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Joker, Mercurio, Saurón beat Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito
(12:59 [6:24, 3:12, 3:23], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLLgif: 3845/4335/4342

Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón beat Olímpico, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(17:55 [7:07, 3:21, 7:27], 2 COR/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker beat Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(17:34 [5:21, 7:03, 5:10], 2/3 COR, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero  in a relevos increíbles match
(14:57 [4:28, 2:24, 8:05], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Volador wrestled in Último Guerrero’s kilt for a while for fun. He also unmasked and cradled Carístico for similar reasons, setting up a singles match next week.

Thoughts:

that’s probably not how that was supposed to go

It’s still strange Volador & Mistico are the evildoers against Carístico, but they did a good job of being stooges for the Guerreros and Carisitco. The crowd delights at chanting Mistico Pirata and believe in it, so they might as well get to it. The action itself was about usual b-show main event level.

Soberano and Hechicero have some elegant exchange in otherwise to form match. Niebla isn’t doing a lot but is engaging in what he’s doing. Shocker’s jaw issues aren’t the reason he’s walking from spot to spot. Pompin nearly got run over by Niebla Roja at one point, then backed into by him later. He’s got to stay fast enough to get out of the way. The ending, with the técnicos getting beat no more than usual for a brawl outside the ring this time leading to a countout, came off as strange. It was definitely a planned finish by the way everyone was reacted, but not a credible plan.

I guess this is tougher than it looks

The tercera guys weren’t doing any special match but still got the crowd well into the match by the time the dives came around in the second fall. The third fall cooled it off considerably; maybe there’s nothing more to see after Tirantes almost gets kicked low. This was not a Templario dong cool stuff with flyers match, so what’s the point.

Minis matches in Puebla are enjoyable with the right secondary guys (Astro, Asturiano), and when the CMLL rudos try. Mercurio gave a good effort here, and Shockercito’s offense was flashy enough to keep the crowd’s attention. They worked the match at a fast pace than usual for a Puebla undercard match, which helped a lot too. I still wouldn’t recommend the match, there wasn’t so much to it, but it was nothing something you need to speed past either.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-23 

Mistico hulks out

Recapped: 07/24/2018

Matches:

Joker, Mercurio, Saurón beat Angelito, Astro, Shockercito  
(11:50 [6:02, 2:15, 3:33], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Policeman beat Drone, Star Jr., Stigma  
(14:45 [4:12, 4:49, 5:44], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Shocker, Templario beat Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Valiente  
(18:55 [8:52, 2:26, 7:37], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis © beat Rush for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
(12:27, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. Rush corner dropkick (3:23)

  2. DQ Rush [mask pull/ref shove] (3:11)

  3. Atlantis spinning side slam (5:53)

Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Flyer, Mistico, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(17:42 [3:22, 2:12, 12:08], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

I keep expecting this to be a Tiger suplex instead

Mistico ripped off Caristico’s mask for the DQ, which seems to be by accident. Tirantes really has no choice to end the match this time, it’s totally blatant. Tirantes hangs around the ring longer than usual for a DQ, maybe thinking the wrestlers would restart the fall, but instead they make challenges for next week.

Hechicero (Rush) & Valiente (Atlantis) were seconds. Hechicero interferences without being noticed. Alberto Diaz was the Puebla commissioner for this match. Atlantis gave Rush a spinning slam twice for the win.

Thoughts: 

Joker’s submission

The main event is barely passable, with them setting up a big third fall that never gets going because Mistico is a little bit too fired up. AT least it went wrong on the mask pull and not the chair throw he does earlier. Carístico has a wide vary of alternative finishes, using a flapjack cutter here. Flyer probably shouldn’t be doing a headscissors into a submission in this feud. Skip this.

The semimain was the best anyone’s done working around Atlantis’ limitations in a singles match. Rush doesn’t need lots of actions, he’s bringing in a lot of antagonistic personality. Rush brings a big rudo personality, the easy and perfect opposite of Atlantis’ clean legend act. It’s a really simple match for the fans to get in to, the hero overcoming the odds to win once again. Rush is always enough of a team player to make it feel like a win, going into every Atlantis move big to make them look like they have the same impact as 20 years ago. Rush could’ve decided he was too big of a star to lose to this old man, but instead tries to get everything he can out of this match to send these fans home happy with this match. This is a smartly done match, even if it’ll make no one’s list of best matches of the year.

Stuka only does the monkey flip dive with a few people

The third match was built a lot around Niebla Roja & Shocker, which is not an appealing match up. Shocker cut himself near the right eye doing a missed spear into the corner, which was also not an appealing look. Hechicero has flashier offense than Templario, but Templario seemed like the better base when he was working with técnicos here.

The second match was a regular match, though were allowed to do more than most segundas and the crowd got into it after the dives. It’s good that Star Jr. & Kawato are doing something because otherwise this is a lot of people I’m very bored seeing face each other. Star Jr. needs to improve his chops. Kawato needs to improve his dive catches. Star Jr. looked distressingly like Axel in his silver and black outfit. He moved a lot better. He moved a lot better than Axel.

The opener was nothing you need to go out of your way to see, but it was more worthwhile than usual. The minis worked a shorter match than usual and at fast pace. I wouldn’t mind longer matches if they did something with the time; these guys did more with the less than ten minutes they had. Angelito mixed well with Saurón, who usually doesn’t do well with anyone. Astro doesn’t get do a lot in these but was efficient.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-16 

a lot of impact on this fall

Recapped: 07/17/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis beat Millenium, Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:32 [5:21, 3:00, 3:11], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Star Jr., Stigma beat Kawato, Okumura, Policeman
(15:41 [8:18, 2:10, 5:13], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gif: 4449

Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Forastero, Hechicero, Sansón
(15:49 [5:01, 6:07, 4:41], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

gif: 6000/610

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia in a relevos increíbles match
(10:39 [2:43, 7:56], 1/2, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

gif:

Cuatrero © beat Ángel de Oro for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(19:45, 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro Skayde Special (5:22)
  2. Cuatrero inverted bear hug (1:39)
  3. Cuatrero crucifix powerbomb (12:44)

What happened: 

messy

Tirantes slow counted Angel de Oro for no real reason. He seems to do this more often when the técnico is going to lose. Angel de Oro did lose, Cuatrero retained his title.

Rush challenged Atlantis for a light heavyweight title match next week and took his mask too.

Thoughts: 

The main event title match was the usual solid if not dynamic performance by Angel de Oro. He hits everything clean, but he doesn’t mix it up much, just getting Dive #1 and Dive #2 out of the way in series so he wouldn’t have to check them off later. The entire show felt unstimulating intellectual and there was nothing particularly deeper about this one. It was some moves until Angel de Oro’s moves failed him once again. At least he didn’t lose to his own move this time and was able to give Cuatrero his own finish, though didn’t last much more. Good enough for a title match.

I couldn’t be bothered to watch the Ingobernables match but it seemed about normal.

neither dropkick comes close

The tercera wasn’t as interesting as the names involved. Hechicero is really good, but Dinamtias wasn’t the same without all three of them in there. There were plenty of dives in the third fall, but somehow CMLL wrestlers can do those and still not get out of second gear the rest of the match. Dragon Lee’s NJPW time has caused him to watch for people breaking up a pin instead of standing around celebrating at the final pin like most CMLL luchadors.

The second match was a nothing special midcard Puebla match with a bad finish and a worse stacked up superplex going on. Star Jr. & Kawato continue to work a lot together, and a lot smoother than Drone & Kawato did later on. Drone was doing a lot of movements which were probably meant to be charismatic and came off weird. This was barely ok.

I have nothing much to say about the opener. Rey Apocalipsis having a backward version of his mask was the most interesting thing of the opener. Tigre Rojo breaking up a careta with an armdrag instead of headscissors was mindblowing in CMLL.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-09

Black Tiger & Tirantes silliness

Recapped: 07/10/2018

Matches:

Asturiano & Meyer beat King Rocker & Sombra Diabólika
(11:07 [5:53, 2:47, 2:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr. & King Jaguar beat Arkalis & Black Tiger
(10:18 [4:16, 1:59, 4:03], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Lestat, Star Jr. beat Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman
(13:34 [6:31, 2:30, 4:33], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Templario beat Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray, Stuka Jr.
(12:29 [6:29, 3:06, 2:54], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón
(8:24 [4:17, 4:07], 1/2 COR, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(13:54 [4:07, 4:15, 5:32], 1/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

this was unexpected

Rush pulled off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ, then the rudos did the same to the other técnicos. Rush and Atlantis feuded during the match

After winning in straight falls, Mistico did a promo asking for another fall. So did Niebla Roja. It made it feel like maybe that wasn’t supposed to be the finish. Angel de Oro eventually challenged for Cuatrero’s title.

In the second match, the first fall included Signo pinning Astral while Star Jr. was kicking and punching at Signo. The referee kept counting anyway.

Thoughts:

Los Ingobernables weren’t in a mood to do much, and this wasn’t a técnico side that was going to be interesting on their own. Far more concerning was the clear tease of them setting up a bad Atlantis/Rush match next. Euforia doing spots with Bestia is not quite asking Picasso to go paint a barn, but it does seem quite a waste.

powerbomb neckbreaker

The semimain was a less version of last week’s brawl, with less energy and often seeming boring. It wasn’t really toned down, no one told Mistico & Mr. Niebla to cut out the chair throwing or they didn’t listen. It was more missing a lot of energy. The finish feels like it comes right in the middle of the comeback and the match doesn’t amount to much.

The first fall of the four match was a good warm up, with interesting Templario/Samuray and Hechicero/Cometa exchanges which promised a lot for the rest of the match. And then the rest of the match went about 6 minutes and never ramped up in any way, with the most exciting thing happening being Cometa wrestling without his headband. I’d really like to see Templario and Samuray do some complicated stuff one day. They didn’t get to here. Cometa clipping his knee on a middle rope moonsault was a way for that to go wrong that I’ve never seen before.

Asturiano flew around enough to make the opener slightly better, but it was still not interesting. King Rocker’s corner running boot to end the second fall looked bad, mostly because Meyer wasn’t at all interested in taking it. Rocker is willing to take silly bumps but not working with many people who feels the same. Asturiano wandering around to break up the pin because Diabolika was not paying attention also looked silly.

Rush and a stretcher

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-02 

UG is strong

Recapped: 07/03/2018

Matches: 

Ares, Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker beat Black Tiger, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer
(13:45 [5:28, 3:21, 4:56], 2/3, n/r,
via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Oro Jr., Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Espíritu Maligno, Príncipe Odín Jr., Rey Apocalipsis
(14:53 [5:28, 4:41, 4:44], 1/3, n/r,
via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
(11:28, 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Amapola modified cruz nipona (3:24)
  2. Princesa Sugehit La Regia (2:32)
  3. Princesa Sugehit La Mistica (5:32)

El Malayo, Okumura, Olímpico beat Drone, Lestat, Stigma
(12:49 [5:37, 2:31, 4:41], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón
(8:11 [1:53, 2:22, 3:56], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Último Guerrero
(13:08 [2:33, 2:16, 8:19], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Volador backcracker (2:33)
  2. Último Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero (2:15)
  3. Volador huracanrana (8:19)

What happened: 

bowling with Mistico

Sansón fouled Angel de Oro, then unmasked Mistico while Cuatrero fouled Niebla Roja for good measure. Angel de Oro challenged for a rematch

Thoughts: 

The main event was the cut down version of Último Guerrero & Volador. Without checking, I’m going to assume every other match they have had was better than this one. This one was still fine. It had enough that it doesn’t belong with all the OK matches, though I equally would not watch it again. This match-up is exhausted and needs a significantly different approach if it’s going to mean much again. UG’s inside cradle bomb looked cool. Tirantes slow counting UG and helping Volador win made no sense but it got Tirantes a reaction so I’m sure he was happy.

The semimain was unique for the Angel Brothers/NGD matches, with a lot of crowd brawling and not a lot in the ring. The first two falls didn’t have much wrestling to it, and the third fall got cut off before it really got going. It was Mr. Niebla & Mistico who started the brawling, and went further with it than usually done (or permitted) in Arena Puebla. The first rows of seats usually only topple over on dives, not people being thrown through them. The other four eventually got into it as well and the crowd did as well, but it was so unlike what anyone but Rush & Park are doing that it’s likely to get them in trouble for not being Rush & Park.

The women’s championship match was fine, I guess. They tried to do a technical match and keep it simple to keep it clean, but the lack of creativity made for an uninteresting slow match. Amapola got a lot of third fall near wins but never one that convinced anyone but her that she had a chance. It’s probably time for her to go Mephisto and let people kick out of Devil’s Wings often in big matches, assuming she gets another big match. Sugehit definitely has fans but this match was nothing special.

King Rocker SSP