CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-30 

Sagrado is actually the best

Recapped: 10/31/2017

Matches: 

El Perverso & King Jaguar beat Millenium & París 
(10:14 [3:25, 3:54, 2:55], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero & Raziel beat Espíritu Maligno & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(16:05 [4:53, 5:50, 5:22], 2/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Virus beat Astral in a lightning match
(7:41, legscissors kneebar, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Olímpico, Pólvora, Sagrado beat Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Rey Cometa  
(18:24 [8:00, 3:21, 7:03], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr. beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Rey Bucanero
(13:25 [5:12, 4:48, 3:25], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
(10:20 [3:15, 2:21, 4:44], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: Nothing. There were some matches! People won, people lost, nothing meant anything. Nothing was much good either.

Thoughts: 

Virus is secretly strong

The main event was less than you’d expect. This was an off night for Volador, only notable for his continued new love of polo shirts. He seemed to be dealing with right knee pain between the last two falls, laying on the apron after he tagged out. It seemed to throw off the third fall a little bit, but it didn’t seem as if they were headed to anything big to start with. This was not a fraudulent main event, but it didn’t seem like much of one.

The semifinal fit the mold of most of the rest of the show, crowd pleasing matches which didn’t offer interesting offense. It was a fair effort if not exciting outside of Sobreano’s big move. Marco’s leap onto Kraneo was good too, and he brought back the oversell comedy spot he’s not done a lot of late. Bucanero caught Soberano’s dive well.

The tercera was not much. Do you want a long stretch of rudos attacking Blue Panther’s arm with no payoff? This match is for you. The técnicos played strongly to the crowd and get reactions, so this match probably sounded better in the arena than it did watching, where nothing much happened or mattered. Sagrado overselling was a highlight. Blue Panther Jr. is so much slower at doing the corner springboard spot than his brother that he really shouldn’t be trying it. Olímpico gave up his submission so fast that no one was sure if Fuego had submitted or not.

Mije fun

It’s always nice to see Virus in singles action, even if he and Astral didn’t totally mesh here and it was they were probably only matched up because they’re the shortest guys on the roster. Astral messing up a flip in the ring made him look silly. He was better on his dives. Astral doesn’t do much strength moves for a guy who’s all about how muscular here. Virus is fast when he needs to be and sells Astral’s holds better than Astral could. I have no idea how his finish worked but it’s Virus so it’s always credible. This turned out to be the best match of the night.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-23 

this is how the show went

Recapped: 10/26/2017

A disposable show with nothing much to recommend it. None of the match I watched was bed, but it’s very replacement level CMLL.

Matches:

Black Tiger, Meyer, París beat Ares, King Jaguar, Sombra Diabólika
(15:51 [6:58, 3:34, 5:19], 2/3, not rated, via:
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkángel de la Muerte, El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis beat Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(19:32 [6:57, 5:40, 6:55], 2/3, not rated, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado beat Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther
(11:00 [5:13, 0:34, 5:13], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys
(14:51 [5:49, 3:04, 5:58], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Kráneo, Mephisto
(11:58 [2:42, 2:42, 6:34], 2/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Carístico and Volador don’t get along, but it’s played down after the opening moments. Cavernario sort of ducks Volador all match, and fouls him at the end.

Review:

this is the only other GIF I grabbed

The main event had lifeless parts, and they didn’t do much to make the Cavernario/Volador direction obvious until the finish. (You would’ve thought it was Cavernario/Carístico for most of the way.) It was about average quality for the rest of the show. Valiente and the rudos seemed to be on different pages for the comeback spot, and then there was so much stalling before the third fall really got going. Mephisto came off as really passive. The luchadors can get the crowd to react, and I guess that’s all that matters. It’s a bit tedious to watch if you’re not there and OK feels generous.

The semimain was as routine as the rest of the show. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja show more life as a tag team then they do separately, and it’s too bad CMLL doesn’t have a functioning 2v2 division to roll with it. Usually, Terrible probably should be getting some wins over Diamante Azul to build suspense, but no amount of trios wins is going to convince fans the obvious is not happening and so they might as well go all the with Diamante Azul if they’re so set at it.

The tercera was a standard and less interesting variation of the usual Panthers/Misterioso/Sagrado match ever present thru 2017. Pólvora being the one cradled was the one twist, but it also meant a short second fall and the rudos lethargically controlling most of the action. The Panther is putting on weight, which is making it slightly harder to tell him from his brother. I don’t need that. Pólvora lifting a guy much larger than him for his finish was impressive.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-16 

Cuatrero is done messing around

Recapped: 10/17/2017

Matches:

Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja  beat  Ares & El Perverso
(13:46 [7:12, 3:15, 3:19], 1/3, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana beat Lestat & Millenium  
(9:35 [4:30, 2:35, 2:30], 1/3, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Asturiano, Eléctrico, Stukita beat Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Mercurio
(15:46 [7:14, 3:25, 5:07], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero & Sansón © beat Esfinge & Stigma for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
(17:27 [6:40, 2:44, 8:03], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat  Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(11:29 [3:48, 6:06, 1:35], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone © vs Rush for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(9:47 [0:18, 2:20, 7:09], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. DQ Rush belt shot (0:18)

  2. Rush corner dropkick (2:20)

  3. Marco Corleone back suplex side slam (7:09)

What happened: 

fun for all

Rush took the belt away from Marco and the commission during the title match presentation (though this was a battle), and hits Marco in the head with it. Marco’s bleeding near his eye next time we get a good look at his head; he got his hands up, but it looks like the belt wrapped around his arm and still struck him in the head. Rush is immediately disqualified in fall 1, but goes after the cut anyway. Rush stays in control thru the second fall, and Marco fights back in the third to keep the title.

Volador and Mistico didn’t want anything to do with Caristico during the match, even refusing to come back after Carístico was beat in the second fall. Volador stole Caristico’s pin in the third fall. They attacked and unmasked Carístico after.

The Dinamitas retained their title. Esfinge needed medical attention after attacking a Cuatrero crucifix powerbomb for the finish. It didn’t seem like a bad landing and could’ve just been selling the finish.

Hijo de Centella huts an ankle on an moonsault to end the second fall and is not a big part of the rest of the match.

Thoughts: 

an accidental version of the comedy rope running spot

The main event worked much better than expected, in part because the opening belt shot worked better than expected. The story of Rush ambushing Maroc and Marco having to fight his way back from a Rush beating to keep his title was a solid one, and the accidental blood made it even more dramatic. It didn’t feel like a usual match from either, there was more thought into it and definitely more effort than usual on Rush’s side. It’s still brief compared to a normal title match and Tirantes getting involved to stop Rush didn’t really help anybody, but the attempts to make Marco title matches interesting are working.

The semimain was more story telling of everyone hating Carístico that a match. In typical CMLL form, they missed the moment where Volador and Mistico actually attacked Carístico, but it was good otherwise. It sure is going to be weird when they go back to teaming like usual after this, but I still believed that would happen at this point.

Esfinge is not smooth

The Coliseo tag team title match was sloppy and not interesting for two falls, with the big moves in the third fall making it more watchable more than what preceded it. Stigma and Esfinge come off as knock off wrestlers from a promotion trying to imitate CMLL, doing a lot of spots bigger stars already do, but doing them with the polish or snap that makes those top guys better. Cuatrero angrily German suplexing Stigma for pinning his brother was pretty great.

Malayo stretches Asturiano

The comeback spot in the third fall of the minis match was super contrived by Asturiano & Stukita go to do splashes on the ramp and that was cool. I have no idea what Joker’s finish on Asturiano was supposed to be.

Opener was boring. The older Centella Roja isn’t good, and the third fall seemed like they gave up whatever they had planned once the younger Centella was hurt between falls. The segunda boring rudos / Millenium was also is not good. Neither worth was watching. It didn’t feel as bad as hyped on Twitter but I could not wait until moving onto something else.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-09 

Rush, 2017

Recapped: 10/10/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico

Matches: 

Joker & Sombra Diabólika beat Astro & Meyer
(13:39 [6:26, 3:23, 3:50], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Inquisidor & Rey Apocalipsis beat Centella Roja & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:13 [5:51, 3:20, 5:02], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys © beat Princesa Sugehit for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(14:23, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Princesa Sugehit satellite armbar (3:29)
  2. Dalys double wristlock cradle (2:04)
  3. Dalys casita (8:50)

Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Virus
(13:44 [7:05, 6:39], 1 DQ/2, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto
(9:34 [5:40, 2:03, 1:51], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush, Sam Adonis, Terrible beat Euforia, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(8:47 [2:07, 2:33, 4:07], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Terrible big slaps are great

Rush challenged Marco to at title match next week after his win, and Marco accepted with a punch.

The first fall ends with the rarely seen over the top rope toss DQ. A Coliseo tag title challenge follows.

Thoughts:

this was smooth

The main event was another generic match. Marco brought good intensity to his feud with Rush. Rush brought Rush. Terrible walloped Sam hard by mistake. I don’t know why we get so much of the Guerreros as técnicos but they were fine. This was better than having Pierroth involved.

Disappointingly short. Sky Team looked great when they were in control of the match; they were in control of the match for something less than 3 minutes. The rudos were good, but this was one of those CMLL matches where it felt like the some of the participants would rather be doing something else. No need to go out of your way to see this.

The fourth match was more exciting the undercard matches, and the two teams are getting better at working at each other. The same headscissors blocked into a powerbomb spot worked a lot better this week. The crowd was also shockingly into this match, and not just about Stigma. The técnicos still are far from my favorites and I wasn’t into to this as much as those fans, but I can’t complain too much about getting an actual big 2v2 match.

Cuatrero powerbomb

The women’s match qualified as good, but I didn’t really get into it all that much. It’s the usual problems with Dalys; she’s ambitious in trying stuff in the ring, but it looks forced. The Gory Stretch spot came together awkwardly, where it wasn’t clear who was doing what until they finally got the move together. She’s done the double wristlock cradle then she did to win the first fall here. Both women pulled off a lot but it never came off like a big match.

The first two matches were ordinary. Joker & Diabolika were tougher to tell apart with matching outfits, which doesn’t say much for Joker. Rey Apocalipsis had some energy and neat submissions.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-02

this match was over the top

Recapped: 10/03/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Matches: 

Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr.  
(16:48 [6:09, 4:38, 6:01], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lestat, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. beat  El Malayo, Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar
(16:26 [7:16, 5:29, 3:41], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit & Sanely  beat  Dalys & Zeuxis
(13:52 [6:16, 3:38, 3:58], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Virus
(14:47 [7:42, 2:54, 4:11], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. © beat Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(28:05, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Soberano running tornillo plancha (6:19)
  2. Cavernario hammerlock headscissors (2:05)
  3. Soberano cavenaria (19:41)

Euforia, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero beat Flip Gordon, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(10:44 [4:45, 5:59], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

don’t try to do things with Pierroth

The Guerrero/Marco team worked as técnicos. Rush and Marco feuded, and Rush fouled Marco for the DQ.

Sugehit challenged Dalys to a title match next week after beating her this week.

Review:

The main event was about average for a Rush match and none of the other guys stood out. Euforia trying to put Pierroth in his Soberana submission was the most obviously going to fail moment in sometime. Pierroth is not flexible. Pierroth also has Octagon’s look behind you bumps on point. I wish we did get to see that Euforia/Flip match because they did have good chemistry the little we saw them together. Flip’s moonsault looked good, but the disjointed the schedule meant he didn’t really have a chance to go all out in a match.

Soberano and Cavernario was an epic, though maybe not exactly with the formula you’d expect. Cavernario did an unusual amount of ducking out after headscissors and stalling, keeping the pace slower than you’d expect for these two. It may have just been that Cavernario was purposefully taking it easy because he knew how long they were going. It was nearly a 30 minute title match, surely the longest singles match in this building this year. The length added to it, just because it gave them time to do one big move after another for a near fall. It may have bene too much, or lacking some other story beside two count kickouts, but it was Soberano throwing out pretty much everything he knew how to do. The first fall finish could’ve looked better, and the Fire Driver would’ve been a better ending the cavernaria that followed, but Soberano’s dives keep raising the game. The over the top tornillo looked spectacular. Cavernario comes off as more violent than the average wrestler, with his slaps coming off punishing, and he’s a great young wrestler to face these tecnicos.

Sanson’s finish needs a name

The fourth match was solid but not exciting. The rudo controlled portions early were the stuff that worked best for me and I lost interest as it went on. Stigma and Esfinge did a lot of team work in the last fall to push the idea of them being a pair, but that gets you nowhere in CMLL.

The women’s tag match wasn’t impressive. Dalys was at her mechanical worst, looking like a TV host trying to learn wrestling spots for the morning show more than the world champ. Zeuxis, like a true lucha libre main eventer, wrestled her entire match in a t-shirt. She seemed to be taking it easy here. Sugehit had the best performance.

this is not great

CMLL Puebla: 2017-09-18 

Flip doesn’t know Titan did this for years and the rudos are ready for it

Recapped: 09/30/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla

Matches:

Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja
(15:21 [7:00, 5:22, 2:59], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio & King Jaguar beat Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno  
(14:35 [9:13, 2:41, 2:41], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
(10:28 [2:52, 2:21, 5:15], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka Jr.  
(14:20 [5:09, 2:36, 6:35], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. beat Kojima, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
(12:11 [4:11, 2:46, 5:14], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero beat Niebla Roja 
(9:56 [3:52, 6:04], 1/2, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

how rude

Gran Guerrero winning in straight falls was to set up a title match. They agree to it after the match, but it doesn’t happen (at least here) due to the earthquake.

Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis continue to feud in their match, and that one does seem like it’s hanging around during the earthquake.

Thoughts: 

NGD have had enough these triple dives

Guerrero & Niebla came out with great energy, but the action just wasn’t that compelling to me. Niebla Roja kept it to the basic stuff, and it’s really Gran Guerrero who’s trying to established himself by trying to separate a bit more from his brother. (At least in moves, if not style; he’s getting his own submission like UG has his Stretch, but it’s something being used the same way.) An unmasked Niebla Roja should have more to offer than he showed here.

The semimain was a long way to go for a foul finish, though it at least was one they were setting up during the show. It felt like most of the guys were taking it easy and this didn’t live up to the names involved. Kojima still didn’t fit in here, but he seems like he’s having a fun time. Wrestling should be fun so that’s nice to see.

this didn’t go well

The NGD were entertaining in the fourth but didn’t have much to work with. Stigma and Esfinge were up and down, and they were a reminder of how lucky we are that the Cien Caras kids are turning out to be really good. The rudos seemed to do more mat work early on than usual, and their finish on Esfinge looked really good. Stuka does just enough masked that I wonder if he’s going to turn out to be a surprising charismatic guy if he ever loses that mask.

The women’s match was the usual post mask match feuding, with the loser getting the win back clean. Zeuxis & Sugehit are still going full speed with good chemistry, and I’m hoping they get another title match out of this. Dalys royally screwed up on a hair grab of Sugehit and they just repeated the spot. Maybe she’s tougher to grab with the mask. Dalys generally didn’t have a good night, was one of the weaker points of the match, and was a reason I only had this OK. This was a higher OK than usual, if you’re looking for CMLL women’s matches to watch.

NGD put a stop to Esfine

CMLL Puebla: 2017-09-11 

Kraneo

Recapped: 09/21/2017

Matches: 

Centella Roja, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer beat Ares, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana
(15:11 [4:38, 5:36, 4:57], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Espanto Jr., King Jaguar beat Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:34 [5:09, 4:00, 5:25], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys beat Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther
(10:38 [2:47, 3:51, 4:00], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente beat Cavernario, Felino, Johnny Idol in a relevos increíbles match
(11:37 [3:12, 3:50, 4:35], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Octagón, Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Negro Casas
(12:44 [3:54, 2:40, 6:10], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Octagon taking a bump

Nothing really. Octagon submitted Negro Casas in the main event in what appears to be his last appearance for the moment.

Review:

The main had not much interesting, except for how strongly they’ve put over Octagon in this test run. The crowd enjoyed the match and most of the action on the show, but there’s not much needed to watch. Volador, probably only here because Niebla Roja wasn’t, pretty much worked like it was his day off. He didn’t appear to have gear except for his wristbands and armbands and took it easy. Octagon is the master of looking behind him before he falls down bumping. Negro Casas never looked younger than he did with these guys around him.

Kraneo splash

The semimian was an average match. Kraneo returning to his técnico roots but warped from his years as a weird rudo was a sight to see, and the only thing that seemed to justify the really weird sides. Johnny Idol is trying to bounce his pecs now. It didn’t work. Cavernario wildly smack Angle de Oro from the apron while Idol was going after his mask did work. No one else stood out.

The tercera was a good match in the first fall that slowed down when the rudos took over and didn’t regain pace until much later. Everyone hit their big spots: Misterioso got pinned while not paying attention, Stigma blew a spot, and Sagrado did his best to pick up the pieces. Vangellys forgetting he was meant to be pinning Stigma for the second fall was also a delight. The técnicos didn’t get to make a full comeback and got clowned in the end, which I guess is at different than usual but not don very interestingly. Tirantes was out of his mind in this match often. I don’t know if he’s drinking before these matches but he might as well, because he’s giving off the impression he’s under the influence of something anyway.

Rey Samuray tricky headscissors

CMLL Puebla: 2017-09-04 

Octagon

Recapped: 09/15/2017

Matches:

Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
(17:42 [5:41, 4:49, 7:12], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCML)

Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico beat Asturiano, París, Último Dragóncito
(15:40 [7:55, 3:34, 4:11], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Drone, Soberano Jr. beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
(13:53 [4:48, 4:41, 4:24], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis beat Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Valiente
(12:31 [5:08, 1:30, 5:53], 1/3, ok, via  
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Octagón, Volador Jr. beat  Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Último Guerrero
(11:53 [5:43, 1:39, 4:31], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Octagon returned to a CMLL show for the first time in 25 years. He is only working select Puebla shows at this point, clearly getting a trial run.

Cavernario and Adonis had a testy relationship but didn’t actually betray each other.

In the opener, Tirantes forgets who’s on which team, and grabs Tigre Rojo’s arm to raise simply because he’s close to him when the fall ends. Tigre Rojo is a tecnico, it’s the rudos who won, and Tigre Rojo explains this to Tirantes.

Thoughts:

Soberano tornillo

This was a very boring show. Nothing was too terrible, but nothing was worked all that hard. Any match that looked promising really wasn’t much, and most everything felt like it never got out of first gear.

In the main event, Octagon looked no different than he did in all of his indie matches – like he probably shouldn’t be wrestling at this point and definitely isn’t interested in taking any bumps. He did do a tope, which is more than you’re going to get out of him in a random Mexico State show, but he’s way too limited to be part of good matches. But, if having good matches was what mattered, he wouldn’t have been brought in the first place. His performance wasn’t a surprise and probably was meaningless.

Soberano’s having a trouble landing his tornillo as a plancha of late. He’s always landing on his feet and sort of leaning forward into his rival. It doesn’t look right.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-08-28 

grande Mike

Recapped: 09/12/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Matches: 

Asturiano & Meyer beat Ares & Joker
(11:22 [4:31, 4:22, 2:29], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo & King Jaguar beat Millenium & Rey Samuray  
(15:03 [7:45, 3:42, 3:36], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado beat Drone & Guerrero Maya Jr.  
(14:24 [5:49, 3:07, 5:28], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(10:31 [2:04, 2:22, 6:05], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Millenium

Volador Jr. won a 12 man cibernetico over Diamante Azul, Euforia, Rush, Último Guerrero, Valiente, Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin, Sam Adonis
(27:03, Volador reverse huracanrana Elgin, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Último Guerrero pulpo Guerrero Johnny Idol (9:16)
  2. Sam Adonis Michinoku Driver Valiente (12:07)
  3. Marco Corleone plancha Euforia (12:51)
  4. Rush corner dropkick Sam Adonis (14:43)
  5. Diamante Azul escuedo Marco Corleone (15:50)
  6. Michael Elgin sit down powerbomb Rush (18:30)
  7. Volador backcracker Juice Robinson (19:29)
  8. Último Guerrero pin Matt Taven (20:27)
  9. Matt Taven pin Último Guerrero (20:27)
  10. Michael Elgin spinning back fist Diamante Azul (22:29)
  11. Volador reverse rana Michael Elgin (27:30)
MIstico superkick

The main event was more of a traditional cibernetico than the Gran Prix. It had the teased big brawls as the Friday match (plus Rush checking out on the brawl to pose in the ring instead), but it had the more normal speed elimination period. It was fun enough, but it’s inescapable to compare this (and the GDL one) to the Gran Prix and the Gran Prix was much better and more memorable. This is a good preview of the Gran Prix if you saw it before it happened, and of no great value after it happened. Of everyone, Elgin seemed most into doing stuff, though Diamante Azul had no idea how to take his backfist.

The undercard wasn’t much. I gave attempts to watch a lot of them, because it seemed like names were interesting. On closer inspection, the tecnicos are the interesting ones and there’s not enough rudos to make it work. Asturiano’s occasional appearance is better than this. Millenium and really Rey Samuray can move, but need rudos who are motivated and capable than the two here. Even the all CMLL 2v2 match wasn’t as good as usual and there’s nothing to write about the 3v3 match.

 

CMLL Puebla: 2017-08-21 

Volador is a jerk

Recapped: 08/22/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Matches: 

Astro, Asturiano, Meyer beat El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
(10:40 [4:28, 3:34, 2:38], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Rey Apocalipsis beat Arkalis, Astral, Tigre Rojo Jr.  
(15:50 [8:01, 5:27, 2:22], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Johnny Idol, Stigma beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
(15:17 [7:52, 2:25, 5:00], 1/3, OK, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Juice Robinson, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush
(11:02 [5:29, 2:02, 3:31], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone © beat Diamante Azul to keep the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(8:07 [1:56, 1:27, 4:44], 1/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Marco Corleone inside cradle (1:56)
  2. Diamante Azul German suplex (1:27)
  3. Marco Corleone Mark of Perfection (4:44)

What happened: 

Diamante Azul tope

Marco kept the heavyweight title in the main event.

Juice Robinson offered a tag to Volador and pulled it back early, which seemed to convince Volador not to bother helping at all. He stood on the outside while his partners got beat and eventually turned on them after Rush fouled Taven.

Thoughts: 

double slingshot armdrag (which they cut away from too soon, so this GIF is not great)

The main event hit the highlights effectively, showed better chemistry than expected for two guys who aren’t opponents all that much. Not everything looked perfect but enough of it did to surpass my small expectations. The brief length really stood out, and there’s no mistaking this for an epic title match, but I’m left thinking I’m happy with them getting out fast than pushing into areas they wouldn’t do as well. Diamante Azul worked slightly more rudo, but it wasn’t strong either way even with the Mexico/Foreigner story all over these shows.

The semimain was smoother the foreigners/Mexicans match on Friday. Progress is a good sign, but they also seemed to be less here, with the match really just a setup for Volador deciding not to get along with this partners. You can skip it.

The third match was usual good people having just a routine average match. The Revolucinarios didn’t seem into it, and there was no one singular performance by the tecnicos to make it worthwhile.

I breezed thru the opener but it still stuck out as better than usual. They seemed to have more freedom to do stuff in the open; not dives, but the double slingshot armdrag spot might as well be a dive. Astro& Asturiano are signs of good matches, and I think Perverso is getting better. They had less time but worked a faster pace, and so the match felt like it ended at the right time.

Asturiano doing things