CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-18 

CMLL is weird

Recapped: 06/19/2018 

Guerrero Espacial & Policeman beat Black Tiger & Meyer
(17:18 [9:23, 4:44, 3:11], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Acero, Astro, Asturiano, Stukita beat Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Saurón
(16:46 [6:44, 4:43, 5:19], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola & La Seductora
(19:33 [8:55, 4:38, 6:00], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma beat Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Okumura
(15:46 [7:09, 2:54, 5:43], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo beat Rush
(7:53, 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Rush dropkick to the back (1:36)

  2. Kraneo splash (3:04)

  3. DQ Rush [ref attack] (3:13)

Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(8:30 [3:11, 5:19], 1/2, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Stukita splash

The main was a quick build-up to next week’s title match. It was split pretty evenly between getting Titan over as a rudo in this feud and showing what they could do in a singles match. Hopefully, they get a lot more time next week. Flyer continues to get the status boost from being in the top two matches without actually doing all that much in them.

Titan continues to wrestle as a rudo, going as far as ripping off Soberano’s mask in the second fall. (Tirantes belatedly distracts himself with the Guerreros as to not call a DQ.) Titan challenged for a title match after submitting Soberano in the second fall.

Rush had his match seemingly won with a dropkick to the corner on Kraneo. Referee Pompin held up at two despite Kraneo not kicking out at all. Pompin restarted his count and got to two again, but Rush yanked Pompin by the shirt, angry about the count. Pompin explained something to Rush, shoved Rush from his knees, and crawled over to raise Kraneo’s arm to give him a win. Rush dropkicked Pompin – who never takes physical contact – then grabbed a beer from outside he ring and threw it to him. Kraneo half sold and half checked on Pompin, as did medics. Pompin seemed to tell him he was ok, but they still put him on the stretcher to sell the attack.

Amapola rather flagrantly used the ropes to beat Princesa Sugehit. Sugehit demanded a rematch.

Arkangel was honored in between the third and fourth matches.

Thoughts:

Soberano can leap

The original Rush/Kraneo benefited from the crowd really into the concept. It was just a match here, and the minimal action itself wasn’t enough to carry it. The finish was classic CMLL, unclear if it was an ending completely and embarrassingly falling apart or a weird way to protect both men from having to go to a decision. It was far more interesting than the match.

I’m not sure why I watched the fourth match. It wasn’t going to be any good when Okumura is the best guy on his side. Kawato and Stigma didn’t seem to be a good matchup but nothing was a good matchup. Esfinge and Mascara 2000 doing shoulderblock spots was some unconvincing wrestling. This match had plenty of dropkicks that didn’t seem to connect right if that’s your thing.

I wanted to like the minis/locals match. Some parts were really good. I wish Stukita had one of the fifty singles titles in this promotion so we could see him in a singles match with Pequeño Nitro after their short time together. Asturiano & Astro got to do dives and that was nice. It was just still boring in large stretches and the work wasn’t always solid. Astro’s handspring flop wasn’t great. Stukita landing on Nitro’s knees and just popping back up because they needed him for the next bit looked silly. Maybe if they got rid of the Sauron’s and Acero’s, it would allow the better wrestlers to do more to make up for it.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-11 

Titan knows a tricky hold!

Recapped: 06/12/2018

Matches: 

Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Star Jr. beat Disturbio, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo
(16:36 [7:57, 1:53, 6:46], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:39 [3:41, 5:10, 6:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto for the Mexican National Trios Championship
(16:35 [4:29, 3:19, 8:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Kráneo, Niebla Roja beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(9:43 [5:39, 4:04], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(11:13 [4:31, 1:41, 5:01], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

work in progress

Titan worked as a rudo in the main event, though he won cleanly. Soberano asked for a rematch.

Rush removed Kraneo’s mask in the second fall for the DQ to lose in straight falls. Rush then insulted the fans and fat people for a couple of minutes. Kraneo challenged him to a singles match.

NGD retained the trios championship in a match pushed back a week.

Thoughts:

Soberano & Titan meshed very well in the main event. Titan had rudo moments and cut a rudo promo post-match, but still worked his in enough of his usual offense. It felt more like a big tournament final than Titan having to betray his usual nature to make the match work. The eventual singles match is going to be must-see. The other four guys really faded into the background and it didn’t feel like there was a lot more than that feud, but they got me excited for that feud.

I feel like Tirantes probably should’ve stopped the match

The semimain was standard feud build up stuff, with the rudos taking most of the match. The latest Ingobernables jerseys are unpleasantly gaudy, and will probably sell pretty well. Rush laying on Kraneo while starting his promo was the best move of the match. It was a simple night for the non-Kraneo técnicos.

The NGD/Infierno match was a big improvement from the match that set up this one. There was a bit more effort from both teams and faster pace at times, though it tended into trios cliché spots instead of something interesting. The reason to watch this match is more just to see how over the NGD are as a técnicos for the night. The crowd goes insane when they make their third fall técnico and are strongly behind them all night long, something that doesn’t always happen in these rudo/rudo matches. The NGD’s strengths are not as técnicos right now, though they do show some unusual things for them in the first fall, they definitely have grown a fanbase with their success.

The second match felt like a tercera and was overall alright. Okumura got the 450 knees to the midsection in the first fall, thanks to a combination of Maya position and Triton landing. He lived, to watch as Triton slipped on a multiple springboard spot in the second fall. It finally went right for Triton in the third fall with Universo 2000 Jr., which led me to believe he might now be the best rudo of these three. Kawato’s attempt at doing the cartwheel out of a headscissors was as charming as it was awful.

The opener had more of the main roster group than usual. They were better off with Star Jr. & Disturbio and the match had more to it as a result. Samuray looked good and worked as well with Signo as anyone does. The end wasn’t great; Star Jr. needed to find something to do instead of standing in place for five seconds after Disturbio hit the ropes and dived into him, and Signo looked silly pinning Arkalis while holding one of his shoulders off the mat so he couldn’t touch the ropes.

Triton

CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-04 

needs a little work

Recapped: 06/09/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja 
(12:45 [7:00, 2:57, 2:48], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., King Jaguar, Policeman beat Astral, Eléctrico, Tigre Rojo Jr.  
(13:03 [5:52, 3:09, 4:02], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Estrellita & Marcela beat Tiffany & Zeuxis
(10:54 [5:07, 2:31, 3:16], 2/3, below average, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Puma beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Tritón  
(15:47 [5:21, 3:55, 6:31], 1/3 ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(9:26 [4:26, 5:00], 1/2, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Titán in a relevos increíbles match
(11:00 [3:55, 1:54, 5:11], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

I don’t even know

Team Titan worked as the rudos in the main event, with Niebla & Cavernario making sure to rough up Felino.

The semimain was scheduled to be a national trios titles match. However, Mephisto could not return from a match Guatemala in time for the match due to a volcanic eruption. The title match was pushed back to next week and Hechicero filled in this week.

This was Zeuxis’ final match for CMLL for the time being, having given notice a while back. It wasn’t played up in the match. She appeared to say goodbye on Informa.

Thoughts: 

The main event was interesting for the novelty of people working different sides and really for no other reason. It was a trip to see Titan as a rudo and a partner of Cavernario, and the crowd enjoyed Felino standing up to his usual teammates. It disguised that the work wasn’t all that special, with Volador having one of his vacation days and Soberano/Titan never being as in-depth as you might hope. That felt like the match they were building until Soberano just pinned Titan to send everyone home happy. Maybe it should and will be the match they end up with, but this match didn’t come off as the first part of a plan.

Puma on target

It’s really too bad Hechicero was the substitute guy in the trios title feud, because he was obviously better than the two guys on his team who will be in the title match next week. Hechicero taking a big quebradora and Luciferno struggling to take the same move from the same man 10 seconds later was not great. This was a weird feeling matches because the NDS were técnicos and never had long control of the match, just brief moments of hope to break up the domination. It did get the crowd behind the intended team, though that team would’ve really struggled to take that much of the match without Hechicero.

The crowd was way into the fourth match. The work didn’t seem that special, just a generic toned down match. They did play to the crowd a lot. Perhaps that why it worked for them. Kawato is seemingly acting a little bit more wild and rudo-ish of late, though the rest of his wrestling is not anything pleasant. He remains an interesting person because he’s evolving in a promotion where most people are locked in the form they’ll be until their skills decline. I’m just not sure he’s evolving into anything good.

Estrellita was brutal at the end of the first fall, her work so bad that everyone else looked as if they messed up as well. There was a Marcela/Zeuxis dropkick spot that looked not good, and everyone generally felt a beat slow in reacting and moving. Marcela seemed angry throughout the whole match and it showed in her performance. I don’t know that it’s going to be a sure thing that Zeuxis will do great on the indies; this CMLL division being so underwhelming has taken her down from where she was even a year ago. Still, it’s a lot better chance for her improving than hanging around here.

 

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-28 

nope

Recapped: 06/06/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno & King Rocker beat Meyer & Millenium
(11:37 [6:09, 2:10, 3:18], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lestat, Oro Jr., Rey Samuray beat Fuerza Chicana, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II
(13:23 [5:41, 2:05, 5:37], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Pantera Blanca, Stigma beat King Jaguar, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:28 [3:58, 3:48, 7:42], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(11:15 [4:39, 6:36], 1/2, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
(7:26 [1:32, 2:24, 3:30], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero beat Terrible
(13:52 [3:22, 3:28, 7:02], 2/3 DQ, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Tirantes helped distracted Último Guerrero to set up Terrible’s dropkick in the first fall. UG attempted to replaced Tirantes with Terror Chino in the third fall to no avail and Tirantes continued to get involved. Terrible fouled UG no real reason.

Mephisto fouled Sansón and faked a foul, getting the DQ call for his team. Tirantes earlier slow counted the NGD on multiple pins. Challenges followed.

Thoughts: 

nah

This was a bad show. I passed by the first half without even giving it a try for good reason, and the second half wasn’t much better.

The main event was a disappointment. They led off with Terrible dominant brawling, which really didn’t come off to hot. It was met int the middle by Tirantes interjecting himself in the match. It was the second time in the night that he turned the focus of a match on him. Like the other match, there’s a potential justification – they wanted to make sure the fans understood Guerrero was the técnico tonight – but it was even more unneeded this time and seemed to happen primarily to put the attention the referee. That worked, the crowd was going nuts to get rid of Tirantes after the second fall with Guerrero playing into it, but the match wasn’t helped by it. The third fall had the Guerrero cliches and a pointlessly inconclusive ending that made the whole thing feel like a waste. These two have had some good moments in tag matches but maybe they’re not meant to have a strong singles match if this was the most they were willing to do on this night.

The semimain was close to an average match in front of a favorable crowd. Even then, it was not up to the usual standards, with some clunky moments form people who work together all the time. Soberano looked a little off, Mistico looked a little slower than usual, and Volador was barely in this match. This is a passing grade only so I don’t have to spend any time thinking about a match not wroth any thought.

A nothing match controlled by the older rudos. Or more grinded to a halt. They barely did anything for the second fall, Tirantes decided he was either protecting the young guys who were going to lose in two falls or getting himself over by slow counting the Dinamitas on their comeback (slowing down the action even farther), and it made for a thoroughly boring waste of time.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-21

a classic

Recapped: 05/25/2018

Matches: 

Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger beat King Roker, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika
(15:31 [6:50, 4:29, 4:12], 2/3, ok, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, Magia Blanca, Rey Samuray beat Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis, Sangre Azteca
(22:03 [12:55, 3:29, 5:39], 2/3, n/r, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat El Malayo, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(13:28 [5:18, 4:24, 3:46], 1/3, ok, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(11:22 [4:55, 1:52, 4:35], 1/3 DQ, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(11:52 [2:00, 2:54, 6:58], 2/3 DQ, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

introducing King Rocker

Terrible fouled Último Guerrero for the DQ in the main event, setting up a trios match next week.

Third fall of the semimain is really longer than listed up there. The two teams brawl on the ramp between falls, so the edecan doesn’t walk out past the entrance with the ring fall, so the ring announcer doesn’t think to blow the whistle to start the fall. Mephisto pulled off Sanson’s mask for the DQ, then the two teams set up a rematch for next week.

Thoughts:

a Policeman GIF

The main event had a lot of Los Ingobernables fooling around in usual fashion. Terrible/Ultimo Guerrero doesn’t seem to fit the flow of the match early on. They’re just randomly paired up with the attention on Kraneo & Rush in the first couple of falls. You can spot if you’re looking for it in reverse, seeing Terrible duck out on Último Guerrero early in the third fall in the fashion people do when they’re setting up a match. It’s just confusing the first time thru.

The semimain was a generic feeling match, strangely so for both teams getting a rare rudo opponent. It felt like the first part of a feud in effort if not in build. The NGD were slightly better. Going for and missing the triple swandive headbutt against the Hijos del Infierno is deep cut luchadork stuff.

closer

I rated the third match OK, but it was borderline below average considering the people involved. The rudos were really not feeling like doing all that much, and this felt like everyone’s B or C match. The rudos losing both falls due to not paying attention was perfectly lazy. Malayo is fine, but the reasons he’s being featured more aren’t obvious.

King Roker – which he seems to want to spell King Rocker, and CMLL might catch up to at some point – seems to move well and takes good bumps. He’s Rey Samurai’s older brother, and hopefully we get to see what they can do together. The opener was better than usual for the first two falls and then seemed to fall into the usual meandering ways.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-14 

escape

Recapped: 05/23/2018

Matches:

Astro, Black Tiger, Meyer beat Ares, El Perverso, Rey Apocalipsis
(20:37 [8:38, 7:32, 4:27], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, Asturiano, Príncipe Diamante beat Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
(18:50 [9:03, 3:55, 5:52], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCML)

Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
(15:34 [7:15, 4:03, 4:16], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(8:51 [4:30, 4:21], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja  beat Cuatrero, Mephisto, Sansón
(16:34 [5:29, 5:02, 6:03], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened

Terrible again sided with Rush over his teammates in this no-stakes match, fouling Kraneo to end the match. Rush unmasked Kraneo and teased a match next with him & Terrible vs Kraneo & Bucanero next week. That didn’t exactly happen.

Thoughts: 

the one fall NGD won

The main event began with Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja unmasking, then Mistico trying to do the same thing before Niebla Roja stopped him. That’s exactly the mood they were in for this one, having some fun and also doing some wrestling. This was the usual post-singles match trios main event, only with no singles match and a bit more time. The crowd seemed to be having fun with all the posing. The work wasn’t great, and it’s nothing you need to go back to at this date. Mistico was in Korakeun Hall trios match here, easy enough to get a reaction that he should still stay over after his athletic prime. This match didn’t use up much of that athletic prime.

I wanted to write about at least two matches, and there wasn’t a second appealing match on this show. There was barely one appealing match on the show. I thought the opener might be worth a shot, and would be more interesting than watching the women’s match. This was a mistake. The danger in being so far behind this is you forget you’ve read things, like how this opener went near 20 minutes without accomplishing much. Action picked up a little at the end of the third fall but I was long tuned out by then. This is an “OK” match that got rated that way just to not give it a second thought.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-07 

stop messing with Valiente

Recapped: 05/07/2018

Matches:

Policeman & Saurón beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja 
(14:13 [7:02, 5:02, 2:09], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL

Espanto Jr., Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar beat Arkalis, Lestat, Rey Samuray
(15:48 [7:41, 3:51, 4:16], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso beat El Malayo in a lightning match
(8:29, 450 splash, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Stigma beat Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:02 [4:31, 2:52, 2:39], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(8:44 [1:52, 2:05, 4:47], 1/3 DQ, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Carístico & Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(19:11 [5:55, 3:54, 9:22], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Stigma step up headscissors

Universo 2000 was remembered before the semimain.

Rush and Kraeno feuded in their match. Terrible laid down for Rush in the first fall and did not help out his teammates in the second fall. He did jump in to pick up a pinfall victory to end that fall. He also talked Kraneo down from attacking Rush outside the ring at points.

Thoughts: 

The title match had a good closing stretch and got the fans to react like it was a big match. I think it was good, and it was enough for a main event title match, but it’s also nothing I’d think I’d need to watch twice. There was no great story or effort to the match, and some parts didn’t work well. Carístico failing on a tapatia was peculiar, as was he and Volador having problems on a spot early in the second. Volador’s Mistica at the end didn’t look great either. Último Guerrero & Volador really wedged in all the checklist top rope spots in a minute’s time, with no regard to if they fit in the match. They were just set on getting those spots in as quick as possible. Valiente seems half committed to the rudo role. This was still four of the top guys doing their usual things but didn’t transcend that.

almost

The semimain never turns into much of a match. The Guerreros work hard, which is odd because no one else is. Rush & Kraneo pushing their feud would come across better if they were part of natural teams instead of Terrible refusing to fighting his friend.

The fourth match was underwhelming for a 2018 Audaz match, seemingly relegated to the third most important técnico in a brief match by CMLL standards. There’s potential in Felino, fastest luchador in the world, not being able to catch up to Audaz if they do something with it. Sagrado telling Zacarias that he should fight Stigma instead because they’re about the same height was good. Stigma looked a little slow and a little robotic tonight.

Not a lot to the lightning match despite being on the long side for that sort of match. Malayo occasionally had a plan to go after Pegasso’s right knee. It seemed sound, except Pegasso didn’t sell it all that much. Neither man pressed the action much earlier on and it didn’t get that much exciting later. Pegasso’s 450 splash looked not good, was still called perfect.

synchronized weird submissions

CMLL Puebla: 2018-04-30

catching Mije not recommended

Recapped: 05/07/2018

Matches: 

Asturiano & Millenium beat Ares & Sombra Diabólika
(
12:46 [6:28, 3:43, 2:35], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Pegasso beat El Perverso & Fuerza Chicana
(
13:12 [6:31, 3:19, 3:22], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Gallito & Microángel beat Átomo & Guapito
(10:27, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma  
(13:49 [5:58, 2:02, 5:49], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
(8:32 [3:09, 3:56, 1:27], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero beat Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(11:47 [2:18, 3:01, 6:28], 2/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

whoops

The main event set up a tag title match the following week.

The micros had a one fall match. Atomo & Guapito worked as the rudos in this match between four micros who aren’t working as mascots.

Thoughts: 

Ultimo Gallito

The tercera didn’t fire on all cylinders. Templario screwed up a trip spot early, then totally lost on a torito later. In between, he mostly just put a hand on his head on shock over what had just happened repeatedly. Maya had two dives where he seemed to stop flying at the point of impact, and the impact itself wasn’t all that much. Fuego was very popular, but everyone involved has had better matches.

The Micros match showed they’re going to have trouble having good matches in this concept without the principal people involved. The crowd was the match and rooted for Gallito, but the action was a lot shakier than the previous micro matches. MicroAngel seems to get lost at times and was clumsy at other times. He may turn out fine. For now, he seems like a guy rushed to the ring because they needed one more people. Guapito looked rough too. It really didn’t matter to this crowd how good the match was, and maybe it’s just going to need CMLL picking their spots well.

The crowd reacted huge to Ares and Asturiano exchanging simple chops. It makes me wonder how they would’ve gone if there were a lot of energy in the match. Millenium did a few impressive things, but there wasn’t a lot around them. These rudos will go with those moves but aren’t interesting on their own.

this didn’t seem like it was meant to be a slam

CMLL Puebla: 2018-04-23 

Kaho

Recapped: 05/01/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis beat Astro & Meyer
(10:53 [5:57, 2:56, 2:00], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Príncipe Diamante & Robin beat El Malayo & King Jaguar
(12:46 [4:54, 3:52, 4:00], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Kawato San, Virus beat El Audaz, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. 
(16:31 [7:17, 3:34, 5:40], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys © beat Kaho Kobayashi for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(10:32, 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Dalys campana (2:50)

  2. Kaho Kobayashi headscissors armdrag (2:07)

  3. Dalys spinning powerbomb (5:35)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. beat Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
(7:11 [1:24, 1:49, 3:58], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero  in a relevos increíbles match
(8:45 [2:13, 2:32, 4:00], 1/3 DQ, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Lestat twisting legdrop

Team Volador jumped Caristito from behind to start the main event early. UG was caught fouling Volador in the end

Audaz is stretchered out after taking a Virus Gori bomb on the finish, but it’s clear it’s nothing major on the replay.

Thoughts: 

Casas dragged

A main event where Último Guerrero works técnico and ends up fouling Volador anyway is not really a great use of time. This was the second of two quick matches to close out a show, which ended quicker than usual despite having more falls than normal. Volador wrestling in a sideway baseball cap was amusing.

The semimain was a perfunctory match to make sure everyone got paid. They sped thru what they did, and maybe calling it OK is generous. Negro Casas’ antics with Diamante Azul were the highlight.

Malayo

The title match was Kobayashi’s best in Mexico, maybe by a good distance. She showed off a lot more varied offense than we had seen from her during this tour – I can’t recall the reverse DDT and the Shining Wizard coming up before. Kobayashi trying to cut down the bigger woman with anything she could gave it a different feel than Dalys’ title matches, and brought out her best. I liked this a lot more than last week’s lightning match.

Audaz shined in the first few moments of the tercera, with a complex evasion spot getting a strong reaction from the crowd. The rest of the match was solid but not as interesting. Lestat & Tiger Rojo have moments of being good but never a full match of it.

Audaz’s best moves are his escapes

CMLL Puebla: 2018-04-16 

Zacaraias tope as a distraction ploy

Recapped: 04/23/2018

Matches: 

Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito beat Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio
(15:02 [8:11, 2:35, 4:16], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kaho Kobayashi beat Dalys in a lightning match
(8:30, headscissors to inside cradle, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Puma, Stigma, Tiger beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Pantera Blanca, Stuka Jr.  
(13:46 [3:50, 6:21, 3:35], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja
(14:34 [2:35, 2:57, 9:02], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas   in a relevos increíbles match
(9:21 [2:12, 2:12, 4:57], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

a rudo combo

Volador offered Carístico a handshake post-match, and then unmasked him with the other hand just to do it.

The NGD used their belts on the técnicos, which is probably more a danger to those ancient belts than they are to the técnicos. They won cleanly this week.

This was a rare CMLL streaming show without Julio Cesar Rivera. I didn’t catch an explanation of where CMLL’s lead announcers was. Miguel Linares and his son handled the announcing instead.

Thoughts: 

The main event allowed Volador to play rudo, but it seems like we get to see that a lot, and Mistico is better as a partner for that than Valiente. It ended up just feeling like them fooling around. The finish felt disjoined, maybe the camera angle hid whatever counter Terrible was suppose have done.

The semimain was the B-match version of an NGD match, only they ended ran past the usual finish mark and gave about three more minutes of action. This was not close to the best match they can have and it was still decently watchable. Angel de Oro’s usual match is fresher unmasked, though I wonder how much longer it’ll stay that way. Dragon Lee was not wearing tape it this match, though he was slightly limping if you were obsessively looking for it.

NGD press

The appearance of an actual 4v4 CMLL match just produced the same trios match, only longer and not interesting. The Panteras had no personality and Blanca wasn’t especially good. There are worse luchadors but I didn’t get much out of seeing them for 20 minutes. I hope they were able to use this to get a crowd in Texas at least. Big mystery is how Arena Puebla hero Stigma ended up on the rudo side. Did they decide him being on the winning side was more important?

I didn’t like Kobayashi/Dalys and I can’t pinpoint why. I know I was in the minority, the crowd seemed pretty thrilled for Kobayashi to pull the upset win. I guess it was because it was match heavy on strikes, and Dalys’ never seems like she hits hard. There wasn’t many moves, though Kobayashi’s cradle at the end was well done.

The opener was closer to good than usual. Mercurio is a really good base when he tries but, even in this one, he made sure to let you know he was still fooling around. Astro & Joker tried to do some stuff to mixed results, and the técnico locals have a really fun comeback. I’d be fine with this level match every week, but it still seems a little short.

a good Dalys moment