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.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-27

the Zacarias tope is too strong for Soberano

Recapped: 06/02/2019

Matches:

Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
(12:31 [6:28, 3:09, 2:54], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro beat King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:49 [7:10, 2:14, 5:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger
(11:40 [3:03, 2:09, 6:28], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(6:12 [3:17, 2:55], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in the Torneo Increible de Parejas final
(19:36 [5:42, 4:24, 9:30], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton & Esfinge have finally found a third person to pose with

Volador & Terrible won the tournament

Mr. Niebla snuck in a foul on Caristico to win the match. That set up a singles match the following week.

Thoughts:

It was sort of amazing that these four went thru the motions of trying in the main event, given how desperately they did not care for the first two falls. This was dreadful for the first ten minutes. I’m not sure I would’ve thought much of the third fall if it hadn’t followed what came before, the bar was lowered so much. They went thru their usual stuff for a while, which was better than doing nothing at all, but really not worth the extended length of this match. It added it up to something that was technically ok, but boring enough at the start that I wouldn’t think most people would sit thru and it wasn’t enough of a reward at the end for that time commitment. CMLL got the effort they probably should’ve expected from four guys who knew this match was big in name only and should’ve used someone who would’ve been more excited about it.

Nothing super in the semi-main, but they knew they only had about five minutes to work and made it five hard minutes. Peste Negra took most of the match and were super active. Casas & Soberano had a couple of good sequences leading into their title match this weekend. Caristico & Mr. Niebla seems like a bad idea but at least it is a different bad idea.

The tecnicos seemed more motivated than usual in the tercera. The motivation didn’t always pay off but effort is always nice in Arena Puebla. Triton trying to repeat the Fenix spot got laughs from the crowd but I’m just happy he’s keeping up with lucha outside of CMLL. Tiger remains Audaz’s best opponent but it was really strange for Audaz to wrestle the whole with his entrance coat on.

this catch went better for Casas

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-20

classic Niebla

Recapped: 05/28/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & Policeman beat El Asturiano & Rey Samuray
(12:08 [6:51, 2:59, 2:18], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón beat El Malayo, Espanto Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
(11:27 [5:01, 3:34, 2:52], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Flyer, King Jaguar, Soberano Jr.
(9:04 [3:34, 1:32, 3:58], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

the dumb battle royal went 2:12

Audaz & Sansón beat Luciferno & Volcano in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:15, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Hijo del Villano III beat Atlantis & Vangellys in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(2:20, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja & Terrible beat Esfinge & Templario in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:46, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto & Místico beat Felino & Valiente in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:43, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Hijo del Villano III beat Audaz & Sansón in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal match
(3:16, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja & Terrible beat Ephesto & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal match
(3:33, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja & Terrible beat Carístico & Hijo del Villano III in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal match
(8:01, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Niebla Roja & Terrible advance to the tournament final.

Triton seems to pick up a leg injury in the closing moments of the segunda, though he still lands the 450 splash fine.

Thoughts:

Templario

Seven thoughts on this week’s tournament, a series of nothing matches.

  • The brief moment where it seemed as though Volcano was going to beat Sanson was sad. Luciferno had some chemistry with Audaz and no one else did. In retrospect, I wonder if they got yelled at for going over five minutes when no one else outside the final did.
  • Atlantis barely did anything in his match, even by 2019 Atlantis standards. It is a long car trip for standing on the sidelines of a two-minute match. This was barely OK by tournament standards
  • Esfinge looked like a dork trying and failing at being a cool guy coming to the ring and I felt bad for Templario.
  • Valiente seemed to invest himself the most in being rudo of anyone playing against type. It didn’t help the matches much but the effort was nice.
  • They didn’t trust Villano III to base for any of Audaz’s moves. And the quarterfinal match-up was very much not over for whatever reason. Thought Caristicio winning would’ve led into a hard tease of Caristico vs Mistico but it never gets brought up.
  • The Roja/Terrible vs Ephesto/Mistico match had a rare believable near fall in a tournament match when Ephesto landed the shoulderbreaker. I guess he totally would’ve won if he did it to Terrible instead of Niebla Roja.
  • The final is very slow as if they’re working to get to a certain time. The Caristico/Villano 3 rudos aren’t interested in using that time to do anything. The match never as much built as just meandered. Wins and losses don’t mean a great deal in CMLL and still it was hard to believe Hijo del Villano III was going to pin either of Niebla Roja & Terrible.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-13

this is not the way Soberano intends to tornillo

Recapped: 05/22/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & El Malayo beat Millenium & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:46 [5:05, 3:01, 3:40], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Olímpico, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Drone, Fuego, Star Jr.
(13:56 [5:52, 3:51, 4:13], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Rey Samuray beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Toro Bill Jr.
(11:44 [5:53, 1:59, 3:52], 2/3,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 2:30

Ángel de Oro & Euforia beat Guerrero Maya Jr. & Shocker in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(6:44, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario & Flyer beat Negro Casas & Stigma in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(6:23, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. beat Gran Guerrero & Soberano Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:33, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Forastero & Kráneo in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:53, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro & Euforia beat Cavernario & Flyer in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quaterfinal
(6:18, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quaterfinal
(1:26, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Ángel de Oro & Euforia in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(3:44, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Silver King was honored before the battle royal.

Mephisto & Volador advanced in this tournament.

Thoughts:

Stuka tope

If you managed to skip this show so far, keep with that. Nothing terrible, nothing to see here.

Seven thoughts about the tournament matches, submitted mostly as proof I actually watched them enough to qualify for “ok (whatever)” grades

  • Shocker and Guerrero Maya went to get back in the ring at the same time. Guerrero Maya hits the ropes and come back with a clothesline before Shocker gets thru the ropes.

  • Flyer/Stigma having to follow Cavernario/Casas is quite unfair. Flyer beating Casas with a casita seems wrong.

  • Mr. Niebla doesn’t really need multiple matches.

  • There’s a 25 second moment here where Mephisto waves in Volador in for a double team, Volador gets there but keeps on walking to tell off one set of fans, turns around but goes past them again to tell off another side of fans, and then finally comes back for the double whip. It does not work out for Volador or for anyone.

  • Flyer didn’t botch anything but still stuck out as just not being on the level as the other guys in his semifinal,

  • Stuka’s boot clearing tope on Volador was the best moment of this bracket.

  • Angel de Oro is so fired up for the final that it seems like he cares about winning this, a rarity. It is the only one of the matches where Mephisto & Volador seem half awake.

Rey Samuray trying a between the ropes fosberry flop?

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-06

perhaps Misterioso’s best work this year

Recapped: 05/09/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno & King Rocker beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
(12:30 [6:51, 2:01, 3:38], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana beat Asturiano & Millenium
(10:51 [6:03, 2:10, 2:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tritón beat Disturbio, El Coyote, Nitro
(10:39 [4:33, 2:01, 4:05], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Kráneo, Volcano beat Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(13:25 [3:15, 3:10, 7:00], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Atlantis, Místico, Soberano Jr.
(11:30 [6:09, 1:54, 3:27],
1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(14:55, 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Volador inside cradle (2:45)

  2. Místico superkick (2:17)

  3. Volador mask pull small package (9:53)

What happened:

Volador attacked Místico before the start of the match and manipulated referee Edgar often. Volador completely strips Carístico of his mask in the second fall but gets away with it. He does it again for the pinfall in the third.

Thoughts:

I guess it worked!

Carístico was fired up and showed it thru a lot of dives in the main event. Volador was also present. That’s probably too harsh, Volador did a bit too, but this was Carístico working a closer to max effort than Volador. Volador did rudo bits, early and late, but never felt really into the match despite the dramatic near falls late. The Destroyer spot was cool. I’m probably downgrading it based on what I feel like it could be rather than what it actually is; the ceiling should be much higher but this was still better than any other match on this show.

The semimain was an alright match. They seemed to do stick more to mat work in the first fall, the ending came very quick in the third fall, Soberano looked like the best guy on this team. It didn’t interest me a whole lot.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-29

a tigre rojo tornillo

Recapped: 05/02/2019

Matches:

Astro & Meyer beat Joker & Sombra Diabólika
(11:22 [5:29, 3:08, 2:45], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espíritu Maligno & Toro Bill Jr. beat Asturiano & Millenium
(11:26 [5:23, 2:41, 3:22], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Disturbio, Policeman, Virus
(13:00 [5:44, 4:18, 2:58], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela © vs Metálica for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(15:30, 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Marcela double knees (5:11)

  2. Metalica backcracker (3:20)

  3. Marcela top rope double stomp (6:59)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Último Guerrero
(9:49 [4:38, 1:41, 3:30], 2/3, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansón in a relevos increíbles match
(7:35 [3:12, 4:23], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

just watch Hechicero

Volador beat Carístico with a mask pull, setting up a singles match. The post-match back and forth nearly went as long as the match.

Diamante Azul made a surprise return from injury.

Skadi (Marcela) and Tyson la Bestia (Marcela) were the seconds for the women’s title match.

Thoughts:

Volador spent most of the match smiling about the evil things he was doing to Carístico. I think he is really happier being a rudo but he was also not at all taking this seriously and wasn’t really bothered about it. He put more effort into putting up “2” for the two fall win after the match. This was about as good as most feud building matches.

It is possible to have a good match with a lot of people working here and one Atlantis not doing much. It does not appear possible to have a good match with two Atlantis’ not doing much and Diamante Azul might as well have been Atlantis. They really just have borrowed King Jaguar from the cemita stand and sent him back out here because Diamante Azul did almost nothing and actually nothing right. Diamante Azul and Gran Guerrero getting lost in the third fall provided some entertainment value but I’m not sure that’s the way you want to do it. Soberano looked great and was in the wrong match.

Metalica was disappointing. Maybe my hope for something new. She didn’t bring much to the table that isn’t seen in normal trios matches. She also had moments of looking tentative of off – the bear hug spot was not good. The top spot was weird, with Metalica not really coming close to hitting Marcela, taking out Skadi. This was more a lengthy Marcela exhibition, Metalica handled that fine, probably better than most of the rudas would’ve done in that spot, but she didn’t show anything would be promising on her own. The match was fine but not hopeful.

never fun

CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-22

a Policeman senton

Recapped: 04/22/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana beat Astro & Asturiano
(13:59 [4:35, 4:58, 4:26], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL

Magnus & Rey Samuray beat Toro Bill Jr. & Tyson La Bestia
(
13:16 [4:40, 4:19, 4:17] , 2/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Metálica beat Marcela in a lightning match
(4:17, double underhook piledriver, ok
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Templario beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Titán
(
13:24 [4:40, 3:40, 5:04], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Jaguar beat Policeman, in a hair vs hair match
(8:28, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Policeman senton (1:21)

  2. King Jaguar el Pulpo (3:24)

  3. DQ Policeman (3:43)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansón in a relevos increíbles match
(
12:12 [3:16, 3:32, 5:24], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Astro armdrag

The main event finish saw Carístico go for La Mistica on Volador, pause, pause for longer, and finally, Mephisto unmasked him to set up a Volador cradle.

Rey Samuray (Jaguar) and Perverso (Policeman) worked as seconds for the match, which started before they got to the ring. Perverso interfered in the second fall but took a Policeman tope by mistake. Policeman was caught using the ropes for pins multiple times. Bestia Negra was distracted by the seconds while King Jaguar fouled Policeman and then faked his own foul. Bestia Negra teased awarding either man the win, then gave it to King Jaguar.

Both women had their belts. Metalica comes thru the crowd to attack Marcela from behind.

Thoughts:

Tyson La Bestia

You could hear the resignation in Julio Cesar Rivera’s voice as he narrated the badly executed finish of the main event. The rest of the match was ordinary – NGD playing técnicos was the only thing that stood out – and nothing worth going out of your way to see.

King Jaguar & Policeman wasn’t really much of a match. Not in that they were bad. They were solid. There were also there for less than ten minutes, which seems absurdly short for a hair match. I’m not sure they could’ve gone much longer, they seemed pretty winded by the end, but maybe that’s why it wasn’t a good idea. More brawling and less just doing wrestling moves would’ve fit the mood better. They did set up the finish with Policeman heating enough that the referee was inclined not to believe him, but this wasn’t much to remember. CMLL started a tease of Perverso/King Jaguar and perhaps that’s still the destination with Perverso the second, but that doesn’t sound like any better use of time.

The lightning match is really quick, though the pre-match attack does give a reason for them to jump to the right to the middle off the match. What they did was a fine enough demonstration of some of their bigger spots, and hopefully there will be more to it next week. The finish looked brutal.

The second match is worth watching if you want to see Magnus’ will slowly slip away the more he has to deal with Tyson La Bestia. Mine too. Samuray has to get higher on his springboard or tighter with his flip if he’s ever going to land that 450. Everyone is dumb for trying to do a stacked up superplex with a terrible wrestler.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-15

the worst

Recapped: 04/18/2019

Matches:

El Malayo, Toro Bill Jr., Tyson La Bestia beat Asturiano, Oro Jr., Rey Samuray
(12:14 [4:25, 5:09, 2:40], 1/3, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica beat Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
(13:51 [7:08, 3:03, 3:40], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso, Policeman, Virus beat King Jaguar, Magnus, Stigma
(9:52 [4:10, 5:42], 1/2, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:51 [2:30, 2:57, 5:24], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero © beat Valiente for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(14:32, 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Valiente half crab (4:22)

  2. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (2:41)

  3. Último Guerrero Guerrero Special (7:29)

What happened:

Ultimo Guerrero is crushed

Tyson la Bestia (with Valiente) and Stigma (with Último Guerrero) were the seconds, an odd bit of the rudo/tecnico intermixing seconds. No weights were announced.

Both Marcela & Metalica have brought their belts to their match. Metalica also has a sleeve supporting the same train union as Marcela & Tyson la Bestia. Metalica cleanly defeated Marcela, then challenged her to a title match.

Policeman snuck attacked King Jaguar and snuck in a foul on King Jaguar. This sets up a hair match next week.

This was a show temporally unable to watch on VOD due to a YouTube music copyright issue. The sound was muted out from the end of Oro Jr.’s music to the start of Rey Samuray’s entrance when the show was restored.

Thoughts:

a big catapult

The opener started interestingly. The bit about Valiente working over one of Ultimo Guerrero’s leg so much that he couldn’t complete a tapatia and had to tap out to a half crab in the first fall would’ve worked better if Último Guerrero wasn’t running around in the second fall. He heals fast, I guess. It was more disappointing they teased a unique direction to the match before falling back into the same Guerrero pattern. They did that well, Arena Puebla got the best version of an Ultimo Guerrero/Valiente match they’re likely to get in 2019 and it seemed to excite them fine. It just didn’t thrill me the same to see someone try a huracanana on Último Guerrero, Último Guerrero reverse it into a superbomb, and then get a two count.

The semi-main was hot at times. It didn’t come together as a complete match but it had some worthwhile moments. Soberano looked the best on the técnico side, with Caristico & Mistico looking just a bit off. Something went wrong at the end of the second fall – Soberano went for his tornillo too soon – and things derailed a bit. NGD didn’t have one of their bigger matches but were still fine.

Tyson La Bestia is terrible. He has no name value or legacy, he is not an experienced name at the end of his career. There are dozens if not hundreds of people who should be in these matches ahead of him. He should go back to training only before someone gets injured. Instead, CMLL gave him the win.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-08

Soberano and Templario

Recapped: 04/15/2019

Matches:

El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia beat Centella Roja, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(12:14 [4:49, 4:25, 3:00], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Avispa Dorada, Marcela, Sanely beat Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
(13:17 [4:46, 4:12, 4:19], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Misterioso Jr. beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Kráneo
(16:59 [8:55, 2:39, 5:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Hechicero, Templario, Terrible
(17:34 [6:12, 5:28, 5:54], 1/3, good,
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Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul, Mephisto, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(8:58 [4:38, 4:20], 1/2, n/r,
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What happened:

Avispa armdrag

The main event is supposed to set up a tag title match (Ultimo Guerrero & La Bestia del Ring against Diamante Azul & Valiente), only Diamante Azul is ruled out injured the following days.

Policeman gets away with a foul on King Jaguar and the rudos beat up King Jaguar after the opener. It is a prelude to a challenge for next week, only no one notices (including the announcers.)

Mephisto takes a hiptoss into the ring late in the first fall and land on his right shoulder. I’m not sure if he injured it on that, he doesn’t show it, but he also can’t hold up Carisitco on a boost headscissors or La Mistica directly after. Carisitco puts on a gentle armbar on the left arm while Mepshtio gives up. He’s attended to on the entrance ramp for a number of minutes while the match continues on, and he’s eventually taken away. The match continues 2 on 3 for a normal length the third fall. Último Guerrero & La Bestia del Ring challenge for a tag title match after their win and the rudos leave the técnicos unmasked.

Thoughts:

The semi-main might have benefited from being surrounded by a not so appealing show. I think it still would’ve held up as interesting on a normal show. Hechicero did more basing that he’s showed in other matches. The técnicos looked spectacularly in part because his and Templario’s work. Terrible has good chemistry with the Chavez brothers after their recent work. It got a little sloppy at times and the finish was probably helped quite a bit by the camera angle hiding how long Terrible had to freeze in place for Soberano to complete his tornillo but it was still entertaining.

Chavez corner charges