CMLL on Televisa #994 (09/18/2010)

taped 09/17/10 in Arena Mexico

Women’s trios was fun. Ayumi has totally different offense than everyone else is using here, and I wish she was around for more than a week to see more of it.

this followed a half minute of both guys acting exhausted

Invasors/Pesta Negra sounds more interesting on paper than it ever seem to be in the ring. The two concepts don’t work well together – Invasors are supposed to be totally serious, and Pesta Negra is totally the other way. Only Hector has seemed to figure out a way to make it work for the Invasors, and he wasn’t around for this one. Instead, Negro dropped the comedy since he was supposed to be setting up his match with Charly here. Finish didn’t look like it was supposed to be a finish at all, so it’s nice that Psicosis confirmed it went wrong.

I’m done with Mistico singles matches from here on out. I don’t want to be critical of a man who does tornillos to the floor knowing no one will catch him, because he’s sacrificing himself in a significant way, but the matches themselves have nothing to offer to anyone who’s watched one before. Everything is a headscissors, dive, back in for a move and a kickout, everyone lays dead for 30 seconds, everyone gets back up and continues as if they’re perfectly okay. We can break it down in wrestling terminology – the selling is absurd, the psychology is non-existent and nothing that happens in the last fall matters until Mistico tries his finish – but the bottom line is it’s not very entertaining and similar guys are having much more entertaining matches.

CMLL on Televisa #962 (02/06/2010)

taped 02/05/10 @ Arena Mexico

Off of YouTube, no links.

Blue Panther, Héctor Garza, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Terrible – bog standard match with these two teams, nothing that demanded to be seen. (The usual GdR main event, then.)

Atlantis & Máscara Dorada vs La Máscara & Negro Casas in the national parajes inciedble final match – Good match to end a good tournament. This goes dwon as a success, though it did sort of become a footnote at the end with what else was going on.

Místico vs Volador Jr. – “BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”. Evil Mistico is so so great. This match was lots of fun, though I’m kinda bumed about the 7 minutes of fun that was left on the editing room floor.

I do worry about Mistico doing this exact act three straight years from now, in a Dr. Wagner sense, but that’s a concern for three years from now. In this moment, it’s perfect.

CMLL on Televisa #960 (01/23/2010)

taped @ Arena Mexico on 01/22

watched @ WarriorX2000’s YouTube channel

Even though there wasn’t a great match on this show, and the matches were clipped up, this definitely felt like a show worth checking out, where things were actually happening. The Mistico turn stole the headlines, but the winners all came off as true winners. Even shortened, both the tournament and the title match had enough to them that you felt like that side that won proved they were the best. Ultimo Guerrero is clearly better than Hector Garza, and Atlantis & Mascara Dorada were the top team on that night.

The Mistico angle came off great. They teased that the Volador/Mistico matchup in the match, and the excitement was there when they finally faced off. The foul was perfect, and so was the post match. It seemed even less ambiguous watching it; Mistico chooses to foul Volador for his city, but it turns into something beyond once he throws the drink into Volador’s face. Even though it wasn’t the final of the night, it didn’t lose any impact for it.

The main event was too short to be very good, but what they showed was fine.

CMLL on Televisa (01/02)

Again, thanks to the YouTubes! I actually thought to put in links this time!

taped Arena Mexico, 09/18/2009

La Máscara, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto – why in the world did this air? Let me try this another way: if you’re interested in Volador looking like a star, why would you air a match where he seems completely out of his mind? It seemed like he was concussed, but there wasn’t an obvious moment where it happened. I dunno – Poder Mexica vs Fantasma/Dorada/Sagrado probably would’ve been a better idea, and most people wouldn’t have remembered this match existed otherwise.

Atlantis, Black Warrior, Héctor Garza, Último Guerrero vs Jushin Liger, Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yujiro – given hindsight, it’s clear why they had Liger beat UG here, but the crowd sure seemed dead when it happened. It doesn’t sound like it actually was based on Alan’s report, but it came off deflating. And, to a lesser extent than the opener, why does this air? It’s chapter 2 of a story, where chapter 3 already aired and probably won’t air again anytime soon. (Maybe it’s a subtle setup for something to come?)

Místico vs Negro Casas in hair/mask match – to complete the trifecta, this was kinda disappointing to. Clearly, the two matches from the spring exceeded this one, even before the messed up finish. Seemed like they were aiming more to turn the fans behind Mistico than the aesthetics of the match, which makes sense but doesn’t seem to have actually worked. Alas.

(we’ll take a break from these tomorrow. If someone’s actually reading these, feel free to let me know.)

CMLL on Televsia #953 (12/05)

(it’s probably not 953)

By my count, I’ve got something like 15 recaps done but not posted. Fine work on my part. Let’s see what I can do about that this week.

taped 12/04/09

I believe I downloaded LuchaLibreDeMexico‘s YouTube for this, so go check him out. Or buy something from his store.

– Héctor Garza, Místico, Strong Man vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

– La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Ephesto & Mephisto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship – very good match in the usual format, but it didn’t seem like it exceeded the usual format. It’s a match worth seeing, definitely, and among the best in 2009, but it wasn’t the breakout match to make anyone a bigger star. I mean, they did the crucifix powerbomb reversal into a ‘rana for the finish. This may be very pedantic of me, but they always do that finish. It was a very good spot show match and the problems here don’t appear to be as much as physical or mental. Like I said, still one of the best matches of the year, but there was nothing about that was of 2009 – it wasn’t special enough to differentiate between the many variations

(Also, CMLL needs new refs.)

– Terrible & Texano Jr. vs Naito & Yujiro in a double hair match – maybe this one just had the advantage of not being done nearly as much, but this DID feel like the breakout match Terrible & Texano needed to reach another level. It wasn’t as technically good as the previous match, but it was over more with the crowd (for obvious reasons) and seemed like a much bigger deal when it was over. My big question was if enough people saw this match for it to mean as much as it should’ve; I’m sure that’s the reason why it aired on TV the day after, unlike the other big matches this year.

CMLL #924 (05/16)

taped 05/15.

I’ve been working on TV listings lately, and it’s completely apparent how those show numbers are so hilariously off. They’re also still the best I’ve got.

I got this show via download and don’t have DM links for it. But you can easily track it down on YouTube; it’s just not easily broken down into matches for me to link to.

Amapola vs Marcela – about as good a lightning match you’re going to get, because they were all about working the clock as a countdown timer and working in as much as they could before it hit zero. The only nitpicky bit was Amapola has been snapping off her finisher a lot cleaner and quicker than she got it here, and so this finish was missing some of the impact of other recent ones. But it was really good, and it made me wonder why I haven’t recapped Marcela/Rosa yet. (It’s in the pipeline now.)

La Mascara, La Sombra, Sagrado vs Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr. – an okay exhibition to set up the angle. Which was funny, because as much as they tried to make it seem like an unplanned incident, everyone around was reacting to it like a typical fight.

Dos Caras Jr. ©, Mephisto, Averno vs Shocker, Mistico ©, Blue Panther – Hector Garza is the smartest man in the world for extracting himself from this Dos Caras feud. And it’s going to be a legitimate shame if Shocker’s first hair loss comes to Dos Jr. Dos as a rudo has essentially become a more reliable but less interesting rudo Lizmark Jr.. Someone’s got do something to fix this, right?

CMLL on Televisa #903 (12/13)

taped 12/12, aired 12/13

Leyenda de Azul was good, more notable for how the rudos flagrantly broke the rules. Terrible winning did seem to mean something. It seemed so set up for Marco to get the big win, since he had been dominating the match, and so the Texano low blow and Terrible pin really did feel like the rudos were stealing something rather than just a finish. Avernos needed the win more.

UG/Mistico was the high notes of the usual match, just enough to set up the big angle, which in turn sets up – uh. Didn’t set up anything, did it? More like just a way to get out of the match that’s not the usual match.