CMLL Puebla: 2019-08-05

Dragon Lee defeated

Recapped: 08/07/2019

Matches:

Centella Roja, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana beat Astro, King Jaguar, Millenium
(12:10 [7:34, 2:54, 1:42] , 1/3, ok,
00:02:27)

Fuego, Stigma, Star Black beat Misterioso, Okumura, Difunto
(16:27 [9:25, 2:02, 5:00], 2/3, ok,
00:23:23)

Eléctrico © beat Virus to retain the Mexican National Lightweight Championship
(22:02, 2/3, great,
00:49:22)

  1. Virus La Rosa (6:43)
  2. Electrico springboard splash (4:12)
  3. Electrico crucifix cradle (11:07)

Ángel de Oro, El Audaz, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys
(16:32 [6:33, 3:14, 6:45], 2/3, ok,
01:19:17)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente
(11:27 [4:50, 2:01, 4:36], 1/3 DQ, below average, 01:45:02)

Volador Jr. © beat Dragón Lee for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(20:59, 2/3, good,
02:11:14)

  1. Dragon Lee casadora cradle (4:34)
  2. Volador Spanish Fly (1:43)
  3. Volador flipping DDT (14:42)

What happened:

Difunto wipes out Stigma

Rush was disqualified for unmasking Caristico in the second fall. That didn’t feel like the planned finish though Rush also didn’t accidentally unmask Caristico. Rush faked a foul in the third fall, setting up a singles match.

Star Black & Difunto replaced Triton & Tiger, though they were probably meant to be working this show from the moment they were announced as being around this week.

Thoughts:

nope

Dragon Lee put in a strong performance for a Monday night, enough to make this watchable on his own, and just didn’t have enough to work with. You could make the argument that Electrico did better in his match than Volador did in his, which is perhaps the harshest thing I’ve ever said about Volador. The two slips on the top rope were the most glaring problems but not the other one. Volador’s issues seemed more fitness-related than health-related. A year of wrestling every match in low gear made very hard for him to shift up to Dragon Lee’s speed. It left Volador exposed as not on Dragon Lee’s level at the moment and hopefully will inspire him to up his game. Volador wasn’t awful and this match had a good plan that it couldn’t always execute. This was another in the string of big Volador matches which weren’t what they should’ve been. In the meantime, maybe CMLL needs to look stronger at not including Volador in these matches and giving Dragon Lee some different challenges.

Los Ingobernables weren’t really feeling like doing much in the semi-final. What these six were doing wasn’t really good. Bestia del Ring almost got up over Valiente at 2.75 in the first fall but the referee wisely counted the pin anyway. Diamante Azul couldn’t take a Boston crab in the same fall. He didn’t seem ready to be back. Caristico and Rush turning over two rows of seats was amusing but it didn’t make for much of a complete match.

The Angel de Oro trios was a typical solid midcard match. Audaz works a lot with Vangellys for a rudo who doesn’t normally seem like a comfortable base. I guess he’s a big target. Vangellys collapsed taking a rana in the first fall, but he and Audaz did better later. Mephisto had trouble keeping up with the Chavez brothers and they’re not the fastest dudes.

Angel de Oro sell

The Virus big title match was a treat, as they usually are. The third fall was just a great dramatic back and forth. There was a good build to that point in the earlier falls, but the third fall put real stakes into every moment. The finish was done cleverly, Virus getting caught just when he was surely safe. Electrico did enough to keep up, from the mat sequences in the beginning to the near falls in the end-stage. Virus subtly kept the match going on track when it might have been a struggle with someone else. Electrico was fine but this came off more a one-man effort on a rewatch.

The segunda was a match was a surprise second fall win, which led to the rudos dominating for a whole bunch of the match. Difunto made a better impression than Star Black, who has the flashy Rayo de Jalisco moves but seems a little bit slow for them. Difunto moves better and has a good chop. Difunto and Stigma did about kill each other getting lost on a spot, but it is Stigma. Good for doing something different on the finish.

King Jaguar decided he was a high flying superstar in this week’s opener. He was wrong. But he tried. Astro did much better at it. Millenium didn’t get much at all.

Astro

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-29

Volador superkick

Recapped: 07/30/2019

Matches:

King Jaguar & Meyer beat Policeman & Sombra Diabólika
(12:46 [6:06, 3:38, 3:02], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela beat Metálica in a lightning match
(9:08, double underhook piledriver, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo, El Perverso, Virus beat Eléctrico, Millennium, Rey Samuray
(11:56 [6:35, 5:21], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Tiger beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma
(15:36 [4:02, 5:18, 6:16], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:12 [2:36, 6:07, 3:29], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Carístico, Euforia, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(12:47 [2:58, 3:36, 6:13], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Dragon Lee challenged Volador to a title match, as did Virus did to Electrico.

Thoughts:

Marcela laying in the double knees

It was strange to see Volador as the tecnico and Dragon Lee as the rudo in the main event, though that’s clearly what it had to be given their partners. Dragon Lee can play rudo fine, but Volador’s better at it and can control the pace a little better that way. They did a bit here to build to next week’s match, though not enough to give an idea of what it might be (and they might switch back to the other way when it happens.) Caristico seemed enthusiastic to face La Bestia del Ring, which is very weird, and there was more effort than usual for an Ingobernables Puebla main event.

Rating everything OK is dumb for many reasons, but also because it implies all the matches are about the same. They weren’t all the exact same matches this time. The Tiger led match was a hard-working match if just a bit too generic to stick out in any way. The Hijo del Infierno match had little going on, with the rudos doing just about nothing while in control, but had a loud crowd helping everything seem much bigger than it was.

The women’s match was the best of the three, though still had flaws that I couldn’t get past. This is a big advantage in hindsight, but the women’s lightning match feels like something not intended to set up a second match. Marcela & Metalica blow thru all the build up near falls in this match, with only the finishers left in a near ten-minute match. They also completely crush each other on the top rope moves, making the match feel a little brutal. There’s still too much getting in position for the next spot rather than fighting. Marcela totally whiffs on a springboard plancha bit to no reaction for Metalica, and Marcela’s brutal double knee drop gives her control for roughly ten seconds before it’s Metalica’s turn to do a spot. This did work for the live crowd and it was borderline match for me.

Virus and Electrico interactions actually seemed to be kept to a minimum in the trios setting up their title match. They were the key points of each fall but Virus wasn’t in a whole lot besides that, letting the locals take most of the match. Virus looked super impressive in his time, Electrico less so. The biggest reaction of the match was really for King Jaguar getting knocked out of the ring and seemingly knocking the tray out of vendor’s hands at the end of the first fall. CMLL never acknowledge it but the crowd sure got into the mess.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-22

don’t feed Negro Casas

Recapped: 07/23/2019

Matches:

El Malayo & Policeman beat Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:08 [5:33, 2:30, 3:05], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys & La Metálica beat Marcela & Skadi
(11:32 [7:22, 4:10], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Perverso, Stigma, Virus beat Eléctrico, Kairos, Toro Bill Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(14:57 [6:47, 3:28, 4:42], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(15:14 [4:47, 4:59, 5:28], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. © beat Negro Casas for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(10:14, 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Soberano armdrag (3:10)
  2. Casas fujiwara armbar (2:24)
  3. Soberano powerbomb (4:40)

Euforia, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(12:36 [4:25, 2:25, 5:46], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

just a bit telegrpahed

Volador appears to be wearing an old Maximo style “Kiss Me” T-shirt but it’s his logo on it so it must be new. He also worked rudo against Caristico and unmasked him after the main event.

Mephisto was called for a foul in the semi-main, though he visibly barely touched Angel de Oro. (Oro jumped more than Mephisto was expecting.)

Metalica hooked the middle rope during a cradle to hold on for the win.

Thoughts:

The main event was weird in that Ultimo Guerrero wanted his team to be the rudos but Volador’s always the rudo against Caristico here so the crowd just kind of turned the match in their favor. The match was fine, though I hoped for more Euforia versus his teammates than they gave us. There was a short bit of it in the third fall, just about as much Volador/Caristico got. CMLL is such in a rut that weird matchups like Euforia against Los Guerreros stick way out as interesting so I definitely wanted more of it.

Casas & Soberano didn’t go long. It was definitely fun while it lasted. They repeated the DDT on the apron spot from the last match (timing it a little bit better). Everything else felt different enough to be worth watching alongside the previous title match, though that one still felt a little fresher. Soberano won with an armdrag and Casas went after the arm in revenge. Casas was wildly cheered and still cheating whenever he had the chance. Soberano does stuff with Casas he doesn’t do with anyone else and Casas breaks him out of some of the bad habits.

needs a bit of work

Kairos in English means an opportune and definitive moment. Puebla terceras are not opportune and definite moments for pretty much anyone. This wasn’t Kairo’s moment in general. He had an unimpressive look, stumbled taking Perverso’s finishing the first fall, barely got anything on his tope, and he did the slowest handspring you’ll see by someone trying to do it seriously. It’s just one match, a strange match with people on different sides for obvious reason. Kairos still has to improve a lot to be a positive addition. I’d rather see him try rather than see another Olimpico match, but it worries me that this is what the CMLL school is putting out right now. The rest of the match was passing by the scale of Puebla.

The women’s match had an ending that didn’t come together smoothly. The rest of the match was smoother but featured a lot of moments where selling was replaced by people just positioning themselves for the next spot. These matches just don’t feel alive to me. It’s weird that, on a show where Negro Casas put over a youngster again, Dalys is out here doing double pin finishes in the only fall she’s asked to lose.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-15

Edgar bump might be the best thing from this show

Recapped: 07/16/2019

Matches:

Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr. beat Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(9:04 [4:22, 2:33, 2:09] , 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela & Skadi beat Reina Isis & Dalys
(10:55 [5:27, 2:30, 2:58], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stigma, Titán beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(16:54 [6:12, 5:09, 5:33], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Perverso beat King Jaguar, hair vs hair
(7:20, 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. King Jaguar pulpo (1:28)
  2. Perverso leg scissors cruz nipona (1:57)
  3. Perverso leg grapevine arm trap (3:55)

Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
(6:23 [3:25, 2:58], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible to retain the Mexican National Trios Championship
(16:05 [5:03, 3:26, 7:36], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

nope

As in every big Ingobernables match they lose, they lost a fall by DQ. This time it was the second fall, attacking referee Edgar and unmasking Sanson.

Negro Casas beat Soberano clean in the second fall and asked for a title match.

Perverso took King Jaguar’s hair.

Thoughts:

The main event was wrestled harder than usual and harder than most Ingobernables matches. They took it seriously, Rush had some moments, Bestia didn’t get in the way. This wasn’t an overcomplicated match and it wasn’t the best NGD match you’ll see. They still came out of it looking strong, ending the match at the exact right moment. This is still not a great mix of teams, but they leaned into the aggression and teamwork to make it feel like a big team battle.

The semi-main was a two fall match and a quick one even by those standards, but they worked hard for the short time they were out there. Volador seemed more into this match than most Friday night matches. Soberano and Casas strongly built up next week’s title match with some fun interactions. Nothing wrong with this.

At least the apuesta match was quick? I was surprised by how little weight it seemed to have. The crowd cheered Perverso as much as they cheered anyone, and didn’t get into this match as much as they’ve thrown themselves into anything. The cheering for Perverso didn’t seem to be based on anything he did in this actual match; he didn’t do much that looked impressive. There was a lot of basic stuff, there was a lot of badly telegraphed spot. Could’ve gone without Perverso running with his shoulder down to signal a backdrop spot. Seemed like there was some really obvious spot calling; if these guys are training, they didn’t seem to train by going thru this match. King Jaguar seemed to like taking backdrops, though it’s probably not a great sign to the skill that he was taking multiple ones. This was not bad in a messing up moves way but it was not performed particularly well or was at all memorable.

The tercera was very long. I have nothing to say about it.

this is in slow motion, they actually moved very slightly faster

Marcela and Skadi doing stereo moves isn’t really going to help Skadi’s moves look any better. Reina Isis, a sub for Amapola, actually struggled more than Marcela’s daughter, looking particularly lost at the end of the first fall. I rated that tag match an OK just to stop thinking about.

The opener moved fast. There’s a case to be made that Fuerza Chicana is the worst Puebla rudo. He seems to show up in bad wrestling moments the most. I’m unsure if Rey Samuray knows we can tell the 450 splash isn’t landing right or if he thinks he’s getting away with landing on his feet. I’d think he’d fix it by now if that was the plan. Samuray’s moonsault armdrag looks much better.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-08

nah

Recapped: 07/09/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika beat Astro & Meyer
(16:35 [8:02, 3:22, 5:11], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Halcón Suriano Jr. & Sonic beat Espíritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis
(14:22 [6:43, 3:48, 3:51], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel beat Eléctrico, Millenium, Pegasso
(14:20 [5:28, 4:07, 4:45], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso beat King Jaguar in a lightning match
(6:44, reversed roll up with ropes, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Soberano Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(8:43 [2:25, 1:38, 4:40], 2/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón in a relevos increíbles match
(9:00 [1:05, 4:48, 3:07], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

butt bump is new

Paco Alonso was honored before the semi-main.

Los Ingobernabales and NGD agreed to a trios title match next week.

Negro Casas fouled Soberano Jr. to conclude the semi-main.

Perverso tried using the ropes for leverage twice and got away with it the second time to beat King Jaguar. He and Jaguar agreed to a hair match.

Everyone in the opening match was wearing black as the main color. I would’ve fined everyone involved heavily. Astro at least had a green mask.

Thoughts:

The main event was the weakest of all the matches rated OK here. The two teams didn’t work well together and neither could figure out who was supposed to be the tecnicos in this rudo/rudo match up. (They both tried it.) Some of the problems seemed to be the usual Bestia related ones though not all of them. Perhaps they’ll do better next week but I don’t have strong hopes for this. Anyway, it’s Bestia del Ring from Puerto Rico why is he challenging for a Mexican title.

Halcon Suriano submission

The semi-main was quick. Mistico pulling out his diving headscissors on Euforia on this show was surprising, but he and Dragon Lee didn’t seem otherwise in it. Casas & Soberano continue to have some chemistry. I’m not sure I need to see the singles match again after it just happened in Arena Mexico, but I’m sure most people are digging into Sunday extra matches.

Perverso & King Jaguar worked hard for about seven minutes and the hair match next week should be as fine as this one. I’m so focused on people doing cool offense and these guys are not. This was a lot of simple stuff done well enough and without any great reason to care. I understand why the fans care – King Jaguar’s there forever – but I wish I found a reason to care myself.

The second match had some random big spots near the finish and a very sudden end. Halcon Suriano and Rey Apocalipsis competed for longest set up to a finishing move. Halcon Suriano has added a wheel kick to his repertoire. It needs work, but what else are you going to do in these matches. I think I’ve talked myself into these matches needing to be worse for people trying things that might not work in case they do, just leaning into the training aspect as long as no one’s taking them seriously.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-01

Dulce Gardenia

Recapped: 07/04/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Rey Apocalipsis beat Rey Samuray, Robin, Sonic
(12:54 [5:50, 3:10, 3:54], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo, El Perverso, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(7:31 [4:19, 3:12], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Dulce Gardenia, Stigma beat Tyson La Bestia, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
(21:17 [10:20, 5:41, 5:16], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán beat Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
(11:03 [1:17, 3:14, 6:32], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(14:03 [2:10, 5:18, 6:35], 2/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rey Samurai does this better than the 450

Sanson fouled Terrible to conclude the main event.

King Jaguar and Perverso feuded during their match, which Perverso won in straight falls by using the ropes on a powerbomb. King Jaguar challenged Perverso to a lightning match and Perverso accepted.

Rey Apocalipsis returns for the first time in months, though his adelita is not with him. Sonic wears a t-shirt which spells his name “Soonny”.

Thoughts:

If you like matches where the rudos have control for most of two falls and the third fall is spent with tecnicos showing off, the third and fourth matches have you covered. Doing the same match formula back to back didn’t really work great for a show that struggles to be a memorable week from week. The rudos in the fourth match were a lot better than in the third but they also sped thru the first couple of falls.

The real thing to take away is the big Arena Mexico introduction to Dulce Gardenia had the intended effect. Arena Puebla was thrilled when Gardenia tagged in, taking to him exactly as the big star he was portrayed. He did well in his role, which helps, but they were into him before he even did his nice looking moonsault. I often wonder how much fans of CMLL pay attention to shows they’re not at; they must’ve paid enough a bit to know Gardenia already. I’m not sure why the match went 20 minutes, though I didn’t grasp it was so long until doing the math.

 

CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-24

CMLL

Recapped: 06/26/2019

Matches:

Astro, Meyer, Rey Samuray beat Black Tiger, Joker, Toro Bill Jr.
(13:49 [5:38, 3:43, 4:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Jaguar, Magia Blanca, Súper Astro Jr. beat El Malayo, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana
(14:46 [8:34, 3:11, 3:01], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge & Tritón © beat Felino & Tiger to keep the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship
(19:28 [6:20, 3:20, 9:48], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Templario beat Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano
(14:26 [5:48, 3:09, 5:29], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:42 [2:07, 3:11, 5:24], 2/3, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Tiger takes out Triton with what appears to be a routine superkick to the chest midway thru the first fall. Best guess is the back of Triton’s head hit the mat falling down, but it’s never really clear. Triton seems barely conscious on the mat for the next 20 seconds, and no one really knows how to react outside of stalling. He eventually recovers enough to tag out. Triton lays and knees on the mat while Esfinge takes over, with the doctor briefly visible checking on him. Triton still looks a bit disoriented of when he comes back in to take the first fall pinfall, then seems more to be playing off it the rest of the match. Triton & Tiger accepted a mask match in post match promos.

It gets much less notice, because it’s happening at the edge of the screen for just a moment and then ignored, but Stigma also seems hurt after his match. He’s down outside the ring as the main event entrances are starting, with a backboard out for him, and then disappears by the next time we’re shown the whole ring.

The main event had Sanson foul to beat Volador, a finish to set up a singles match which just doesn’t occur.

Thoughts:

probably not worth all the effort

The main event was a means to a DQ end, decent action but not the best from anyway. I don’t know if he’s hurt, tired, or bored, but Volador seemed lethargic during the match. To me, there are two other tecncios in the match who would mean just about as much in a match against Sanson while giving Volador a break. CMLL programming sees Volador as necessarily, despite not a lot evidence of that being true right now. (Then they didn’t make the match, which makes this whole paragraph dumber.)

The tag team match was a bit of a disappointment, but one easy to write off due to Triton getting shaken up at the least. Whatever they were going to do in the first fall didn’t happen and it looked like they might have not done all they had planned during other portions. It settled down in the third fall and they had some solid back and forth, though never anything really noteworthy. Tiger and Triton continue to hype their feud. The overall tag match didn’t have that same energy; Felino and Esfinge were present but could’ve been subbed out with anyone. Esfinge occasionally looks clumsy and out of place. The splash/legdrop combo he did with Triton looked like a worse version of stuff Titan & Triton have done in the past and they really should avoid that sort of comparison. Esfinge & Triton really don’t have much tag team spots despite being a team for some time.

I don’t want to write off Magia Blanca but I think we might have to for at least a while.

They did a lot in the opener, more than usual. It didn’t have much of an impact and it didn’t feel sharp. In theory, when it’s six Puebla guys who are training together, they could be running thru these matches during the week before they happen. Didn’t feel that way here. Having these guys in eternal stasis (broken up by twice a year apuesta matches) doesn’t help but they’re not making the strongest case for more.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-17

Ultimo Guerrero

Recapped: 06/22/2019

Matches:

Millenium, Rey Samuray, Sonic beat Black Tiger, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman
(14:02 [6:04, 4:31, 3:27], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Corsario De Fuego, El Perverso, Tyson La Bestia beat King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(15:18 [7:39, 3:30, 4:09], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Kawato San, Tiger beat Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón
(13:50 [3:37, 3:22, 6:51], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:28 [4:47, 2:21, 5:20], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero beat Terrible
(13:20, 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. Pulpo Guerrero (3:55)
  2. Terrible Clash (1:39)
  3. Guerrero powerbomb (7:46)

What happened:

Triton armdrag

Ultimo Guerrero and Terrible both had the ropes in the final pin. Edgar saw neither and counted Ultimo’s pin.

Sanson fouled Volador in the semi-main and rematch challenges followed.

Triton & Tiger feuded in their match.

Thoughts:

Maybe a very slightly better than usual Puebla show. The action in the main event wouldn’t look good in paper and occasionally didn’t look good in the ring (Terrible was limiting his bumps for this one) but they had a positive energy to it. Ultimo Guerrero can project that he really cares about a fight even while going thru the usual motions. It made the brawling parts and the stretch of kickouts a little but more meaningful.

The rest was not particularly strong. The semi-main was fine for the time while not being their best work. Triton & Tiger focused on the rivalry hard but the rest of the match lacked excitement. Corsario de Fuego has moments where he makes a positive impression and also moments where he dropkicks his own patner to break up a pin.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-10

a Corsario de Fuego GIF

Recapped: 06/10/2019

Matches:

Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Fuerza Chicana
(12:57 [5:09, 3:38, 4:10], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, King Jaguar, Pegasso beat Corsario De Fuego, El Malayo, El Perverso
(15:09 [6:10, 4:00, 4:59], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger beat Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón
(11:27 [4:32, 2:07, 4:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
(8:25 [2:46, 2:16, 3:23], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(8:51 [2:38, 3:12, 3:01], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

UG had Terrible beat with the Pulpo Guerrero but Mascara 2000 distracted the referee. Terrible grabbed the bottom rope on his pin of Ultimo Guerrero. This sets up a singles match between them.

Centella Roja is a rudo now. It is not at all important, but I am noting it happened to note it happened with no explanation. Corsario de Fuego also showed up.

Leobardo Magadan has been announcing the last couple of weeks and appears to be a permanent replacement for Julio Cesar Rivera on these shows. (Maybe because JCR is working Sundays now?)

Thoughts:

not sure what this was

Guerreros/NGD was fun while it lasted and told a surprising story about the Dinamitas being the better team than this configuration of the Guerreros, but it is really short. There’s a great match here if they put in the time, and this felt instead like the tournament shorted version of it. It was promising and disappointing at the same time.

Corsario de Fuego is fine, having only one spot but it was with Stigma so I don’t think it even counts. I have no idea how luchadors are chosen to wrestle in Arena Puebla at this point. Corsario de Fuego’s Xalapa is four hours a way and he’s still wrestling there regularly. He’s probably not training with Black Tiger regularly. He doesn’t come across as a young promising guy or the best guy, just a guy. If CMLL is just opening Arena Puebla bookings for people who want to pay their way on, they probably could use more attention for it to get the price up. If it’s just people doing favors for other people, that’s great for them but it isn’t helpful for making the shows entertaining.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-03

Volcano best used as a tall object to stand on

Recapped: 06/08/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito
(11:00 [5:44, 2:58, 2:18], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., King Jaguar
(13:37 [7:26, 2:39, 3:32], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano beat Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Templario
(15:38 [5:18, 3:14, 7:06], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero beat Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(8:39 [2:33, 2:48, 3:18], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Mr. Niebla
(7:19, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mr. Niebla middle rope senton (1:37)
  2. Caristico inside cradle (1:34)
  3. Caristico Mistica (4:08)

What happened:

Terrible fouled UG and UG asked for a rematch next week.

The top two matches both had the rudos attacking the tecnicos before they got the ring. The show was also done earlier than usual.

Thoughts:

nope

I felt pretty sure I wasn’t going to have anything to write about the main event and it proved correct. They didn’t go long, they did simple stuff, and they go out of there without messing anything up. It wasn’t much of a surprise, the match started with less than 12 minutes left in the file, one of the dangers of watching this taped. It also wasn’t a surprise given these two guys, who aren’t going to kill themselves on a random Monday show at this point. Mr. Niebla was my bet to mail it more, so I started counting his strikes to see how many head slaps he’d reach to kill time and move Caristico out . Niebla totaled 9 head slaps, along with two shots with his cowbell, two kicks, two punches, one chop to the chest, one back elbow, one elbow to the knee, and one clothesline. Sprinkled in were six things I’d call “wrestling moves”, but that actually seemed to be more than the Caristico did. One fancy armdrag, a huracanrana, a couple of headscissors to set up dives, those dives, and a La Mistica to get out of there. Wrestling should be more than the moves, but this match seemed even less than the moves.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja tried to do some of their usual teamwork stuff around average brawling. Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara 2000 spent the match feuding, which the crowd was actually excited for, and it was weird when the finish was Terrible/UG instead. Then again, I don’t want to see Mascara/UG again. Mascara trying to catch an Angel de Oro dive was a bad idea.

The first fall of the opener showed off how well Astro and the other tecnicos could move. It never really developed much from there. Don’t do a double stomp if you fall down doing it.