CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-10

Sonic knows a hold

Recapped: 12/10/2018

Matches:

Astro & Sonic beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
(11:22 [5:29, 2:00, 3:53], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Millenium & Rey Samuray beat El Perverso & King Jaguar
(10:36 [5:39, 2:46, 2:11], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Átomo, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías
(11:09, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys beat Fuego, Tritón, Volcano 
(12:22 [6:10, 2:25, 3:47], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
(13:37 [4:39, 4:01, 4:57], 2/3 DQ, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Terrible
(8:40, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Terrible attacked Volador before the whistle and beat him quickly. Tirantes got himself involved in the match.

Cavernario fouled Carístico to the end the semi-main, setting up a rematch for next week.

The micros match was a one fall match for some reason. It was announced as a three fall match but they were working it as a one fall match until the finish.

Thoughts:

got most of it

Volador & Terrible was the mailed-in match expected as soon as they announced the match. Volador not really caring about the umpteenth singles match he’s doing is fair, CMLL continuing to book him in singles matches not fair to anyone else. It is not like this singles match helped the draw at all. Terrible kinda/sorta tried, and maybe Terrible defending his own title against literally anyone would’ve generated a little more hunger. This match that happened would be more objectionable if Volador didn’t have an even more annoying match three days prior. It’s easy just to handwave it and move on.

There were a couple of fun moments but this micros match was one of the weaker ones they’ve done. Changing it to one fall with no reason was strange. It was more meandering than past outings. Microman working primarily with Guapito cut down on the number of high spots. Guapito did more comedy with other wrestlers than Mije usually does, but it wasn’t great enough to make up for it. Atomo and Chamuel felt like they were barely in, with Chamuel just taking one odd looking bump to the floor, and it worked like a 2v2 match for a large portion of the match.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-03

Titan submission cradle

Recapped: 12/04/2018

Matches:

Astro, Meyer, Sonic beat Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker, Sombra Diabólika
(12:17 [6:35, 2:27, 3:15], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, Policeman beat Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:19 [4:46, 3:47, 2:46], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stigma, Titán, Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger
(13:58 [4:16, 3:45, 5:57], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero beat Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(7:56 [2:32, 2:42, 2:42], 1/3, n/r VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul & Volador Jr. beat Rush & Terrible
(7:32 [1:54, 2:05, 3:33], 2/3 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Volador might have had Terrible beat with a bodyscissors cradle, but Rush pulled away Tirantes. Volador hit Tirantes from behind, then faked a foul. Tirantes blamed Terrible and called the DQ. Terrible challenged Volador to a singles match next week and Volador & Rush attacked Volador, who hurried to the back so he wouldn’t have to take a beating.

Thoughts:

One of the more frustrating and unavoidable facts of 2018 CMLL is the non-Friday shows continuing to get worse. The opening match guys are often not talented enough or allowed to do enough to have a good match, and the main eventers often just don’t care. This main event went under eight minutes not because anyone was hurt or in no condition to wrestler, it went eight minutes because the people involved feel like mailing it. It would’ve stuck out more if this wasn’t just the normal now.

The bright spot on the card was the tercera. There were issues that prevented it from reaching some recommendable level – the second fall gets taken over by Tirantes for a bit – but the effort was better than most. Titan is so good right now that he made me want to see him and Kawato in a singles match just to find out if Kawato can now have a good CMLL match. It helped that Kawato wasn’t asked to do his double stomp or catch a dive. (There were almost no dives on this show.) It did not help that Titan is too creative for Tiger or Tirantes, who called a submission before Titan had a chance to finish his cradle. Okumura & Kawato are sure learning a lot of tag team moves for a team unlikely to have a tag team match any time soon, but it’s better than doing nothing. This was much better than what I saw of the rest, but it is hard to rate something good just because everything else was bad.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-26

Rey Apocalipsis worked very hard on this

Recapped: 11/27/2018

Matches:

Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis
(12:29 [6:40, 3:42, 2:07], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Tiger, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo beat Arkalis, Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(12:13 [5:07, 3:00, 4:06], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Kráneo, Volcano beat Felino, Tiger, Tyson La Bestia
(17:16 [6:45, 2:30, 8:01], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Okumura, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
(15:31 [5:57, 2:46, 6:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(10:26 [2:40, 2:31, 5:15], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Announcers have a discussion about Black Tiger being a rudo. Miguel Linares wants to know why he changed sides, while Julio Cesar Rivera taunts his new found ability on the rudo side. It seems like a permanent change. This ends the investigation into Black Tiger rudo turn.

Thoughts:

Zacarias as Black Warrior

The main event was heatless by CMLL standards. There was no reaction to the técnicos comeback in the second fall. The interactions between the técnicos and Tirantes got more attention to the rudos, who aren’t really a much of main event trio at this point. It’s great Último Guerrero got his guy Templario on his team, but these are the Hijos del Infierno are the ones who really need the help if CMLL is going to keep using them in these positions. It felt like they essentially gave up doing all that much in the third fall, with Volador playing handshake games for most of his time in. Carístico did his average run, and the rudos were lost a bit with Valiente. This was a handwave ok match and that feels generous.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-19 

Dalys side slam

Recapped: 2018-11-20

Matches:

Black Tiger & Rey Apocalipsis beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja
(12:43 [6:02, 3:36, 3:05], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso & Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Metálico & Toro Bill Jr.
(12:14 [6:44, 4:10, 1:20], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., El Malayo, Pólvora beat Drone, Fuego, Stigma 
(13:38 [5:50, 5:33, 2:15], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela beat Dalys © for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(8:05, 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Dalys double wristlock bodyscissors cradle (2:36)

  2. Marcela tapatia (1:21)

  3. Marcela Michinoku Driver (4:08)

Atlantis, Octagón, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto
(10:33 [2:51, 2:52, 4:50], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero © beat Sansón to retain the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(17:13, 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Último Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero (4:57)

  2. Sansón torture rack powerbomb (2:23)

  3. Último Guerrero Special (9:53)

What happened: 

Dalys, who usually wears not much, is wearing a full skeleton outfit for this match for some reason.

Hombre Bala was remembered before the third match.

Thoughts:

this remains a bridging suplex blog

Último Guerrero defended his title in the usual fashion. He was overtly the técnico here, instead of just going for cheers anyway while rudo. Tirantes spent the match slow counting him to make sure the crowd knew to cheer for, bu the action itself didn’t change. UG checked off his usual moves and Sansón dutiful went for a moonsault. Sanson’s spots were stuck in the usual breaks between UG’s moves. UG was willing to take everything and Sanson’s power spots looked more impressive against a bigger man. The standing and striking stuff seemed slower than usual.

The women’s title match went just over eight minutes, a stunningly short time for any title match. It’s even more jarring for regular opponents and the end of a long reign. They made the use of the time, hitting their key spots, but it was shocking when it ended so quick. Not everything needs to go thirty minutes and they had a good pace through it, so it was good if not what I was expecting.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-12

Drone tope

Recapped: 11/14/2018

Matches:

Arkalis, Asturiano, Rey Samuray beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Perverso
(12:28 [5:45, 3:26, 3:17], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi beat Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
(11:08 [4:22, 2:06, 4:40], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Máscara Año 2000, Tyson La Bestia, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Drone, Fuego, Pantera Blanca
(16:12 [7:32, 2:16, 6:24], 1/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Felino, Stigma beat Ephesto, Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto
(12:16 [4:46, 2:08, 5:22], 2/3 DQ, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(11:44 [6:20, 5:24], 1/2, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

getting better

Sansón beat Último Guerrero to set up a title match next week

Fuerza Guerrera fouled Atlantis for no real reason.

Marcela challenged Dalys to a title match after beating her two straight weeks.

Thoughts:

The main event was a pretty solid victory for NGD, taking it clean in straight falls after having controlled the majority. It was an odd exhibition for some of both team’s spots – and kind of pointed out how weird that UG doesn’t really do the combo spots everyone else is doing. It never expanded past the simple set up of a Sanson/UG title match next week. The main event served a purpose more than the rest of the card, but you can still safely skip it.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-05 

Hmm.

Recapped: 11/12/2018

Matches:

Astral, Lestat, Pantera Blanca beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Policeman
(12:33 [4:48, 4:53, 2:52], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi beat Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
(9:58 [6:01, 2:21, 1:36], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Kráneo, Stigma beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Tyson La Bestia
(9:51 [3:22, 2:24, 4:05], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(15:00 [5:16, 3:44, 6:00], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush beat Carístico
(10:10, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Último Guerrero unmasked Sansón in the semi-main. Rush faked a foul from Carístico in the main event.

Thoughts:

these kicks look better

The main event wasn’t much of a match before the faked foul finish out of nowhere and meaning nothing. The first two falls had little to them (except for Carístico deciding he wasn’t going to take Rush’s dropkick.) It has Tirantes working rudo for no particular reason, and at least he was giving more effort to that than the wrestlers were giving towards the match. Pass on this.

The semi-main was a long way to go to finish with Último Guerrero unmasking Sansón for no real reason. The match felt like it was building to a big third fall that never really happened. There’s a Gran Guerrero/Cuatrero chop fight early in that fall that doesn’t have an ending, both guys just look at the crowd and move onto something else, and that’s the entire match. Los Guerreros working as the técnicos isn’t much of a surprise.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-29 

NGD

Recapped: 10/30/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno & Joker beat Astro & Meyer
(10:55 [4:49, 2:52, 3:14], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Millenium & Robin beat Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana
(10:51 [3:44, 5:22, 1:45], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Kráneo, Stigma beat El Malayo, Hechicero, Templario
(16:42 [7:27, 2:44, 6:31], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Flyer, Stuka Jr., Valiente
(15:03 [6:29, 3:49, 4:45], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush beat Carístico, Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(12:25 [3:03, 3:04, 6:18], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush fouled Carístico in the main event, seemingly setting up a singles match between them.

Joker and Espíritu Maligno have matching outfits and JCR talks about wanting to see them team more. This is CMLL for “they’ll never team again”.

The video stream is bumpy again, causing the very start of the second fall of the segunda to go missing. This matters to only people who are keeping track of the time.

Thoughts:

Hechicero seems to be the only person Mije trusts to do this right now

The semimain was a usual Dinamita match, not a bad thing. It needed a little more to stand out. Flyer’s third fall offense showcase consisted of a dropkick and a rebound double armdrag. That third fall didn’t go that long, but he needs to show a lot more to be taken well in this level. Stuka & Valiente, having their own normal matches, clearly outshined him. Cuatrero reversing out of Valiente’s move to his own inverted bearhug was a more thought than usually put into those matches and should pop back up in a big match one day.

The tercera features Templario and Hechicero standing around for 15 seconds waiting for Malayo to do something with Stigma, than Hechicero just doing it himself. Malayo was worse than usual and I don’t understand what someone sees in him to continually put him so high on the card. Templario and Stigma have an iffy third fall sequence, salvaged by Templario for the most part. It makes me grateful Tlaxcala’s Templario made the move to Mexico City and didn’t just commute to Puebla like Astro. Match wasn’t worthless but it was worse than the usual Kraneo led match.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-22

Black Tiger

Recapped: 10/23/2018

Matches:

El Perverso & King Rocker beat Astro & Black Tiger
(15:47 [5:17, 5:51, 4:39], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo & Toro Bill Jr. beat Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr.
(12:42 [5:17, 2:40, 4:45], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marcela beat Tiffany in a lightning match
(9:15, Marcela double stomp, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario, Tiger, Virus beat Audaz, Titán, Tritón
(15:00 [8:01, 3:37, 3:22], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(8:31 [2:53, 2:10, 3:28], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Místico, Rush
(12:59 [5:47, 3:16, 3:56], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Happenings:

Carístico & Místico are testy towards each other from the start of the main event. Místico is the rudo of the two. Rush & Místico start throwing Carístico into for the rudos to beat in the second fall. Místico cuts off Caristico’s dive so he can do it himself to end the fall. Místico is sarcastic towards Carístico, the crowd is mean towards Místico, and Último Guerrero tells Carístico to come over to his corner in the third fall. Caristico goes with it and the crowd gets way behind Último Guerrero. The crowd goes nuts when Carístico comes back in and superkicks Místico, then lays down so Euforia can pin him. Místico goes outside to confront Carístico, then comes back in to face the Guerreros. Místico and Rush beat up and unmask Carístico after the match, with the Guerreros long gone and not getting involved. Carístico has white hair again.

Titan is “back” from a hand injury, but obviously not 100% – it’s heavily taped.

Thoughts:

Templario provides a safe landing

The main event was fun for how much they committed to Místico and Caristico not getting along, far enough for Carístico to actually switch teams to end the match. The match wasn’t much – Mistico missed up the bridging spot with Último Guerrero, which is one of those things that just don’t seem possible – but the crowd was into the idea of another Caristico/Místico go around. They really don’t like Místico and he’s good at playing into it when CMLL lets him. His wrestling style doesn’t fit being a rudo at all but he’s at least able to be annoying.

The fourth match was pleasant, though also definitely not the blow away match seemingly possible with the people involved. It was a regular level of effort, and seemingly a shorter and less adventurous third fall than could’ve been had. The final two falls aren’t bad, but this match seems really promising in the first fall and then doesn’t get much better. Audaz seems a little bit off, and Titan seems like he’s working the rust off. Triton did good job adjusting to Virus’ hanging in the ropes bump going wrong and just doing something else.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-15 

Finlay’s fun time in Mexico

Recapped: 10/16/2018

Matches:

Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
(13:55 [7:10, 2:31, 4:14], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Marcela 
(16:32 [8:32, 1:46, 6:14], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Templario beat El Audaz, Stigma, Tritón  
(14:43 [6:14, 3:50, 4:39], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:01 [4:20, 5:04, 2:37], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, David Finlay, Mistico
(11:52 [5:52, 1:57, 4:03], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mephisto pulled Diamante Azul’s mask during his press slam and covered him. The referee initially ruled a win for the técnicos, but spotted Mephisto with Azul’s mask and called for the DQ. This turns out to go nowhere.

Thoughts: 

King Rocker lived

It was hard for me to find much to say about the show. The action was about normal for a B-show, with no match having a substance to get interested in. Everything was fine, it seemed like it was a fun time to be there, nothing was something you have to rush to watch. The fourth match did the best in bringing the crowd up, with the Hijos del Infierno doing a good job of stooging for these técnicos. The tercera seemed like an interesting match on paper but it lost me somewhere along the way. It was one of those matches that took a lot longer to watch than listed because I couldn’t stay focused on it. The main event was simple if success. Finlay looked the best he’s been in the third fall of that match, but he never totally fit in; I don’t think he or the rudos ever figured out a way to make his parts of matches interesting during his run

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-08 

Cavernario

Recapped: 10/14/2018

Matches: 

Asturiano, Lestat, Rey Samuray beat Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Rey Apocalipsis
(17:19 [7:21, 6:00, 3:58], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela 
(11:32 [6:57, 2:27, 2:08], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano beat Felino, Hechicero, Templario
(16:01 [6:51, 3:04, 6:06], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Mistico beat Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
(11:20 [4:59, 1:51, 4:30], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. © beat Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(16:25, 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Barbaro Cavernario grounded octopus (3:45)

  2. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:16)

  3. Volador Jr. Canadian Destroyer (11:23)

What happened: 

Volador retained his title over Cavernario

Thoughts: 

Rey Apocalipsis

Cavernario versus Volador is definitely another Cavernario versus Volador match. They did all the moves, with maybe one more than usual at the end, and then they did them well. It’s just tough to remain interested in the same match being replayed for different audiences. This one had more playing to the crowd to get reactions and some Tirantes involvement, which seemed to play better for the crowd than it did to me. I’d recommend some earlier version of this match over this one, but you won’t be disappointed if you have to see every version of this match. This was much better than the one last month.