Sansón ended up injured after taking Diamante Azul’s German suplex. The second fall ended with Diamante Azul possibly trying to German suplex Cuatrero, only Cuatrero had grabbed the top rope. Azul pulled him away from the ropes, though it turned into a sort of rolling reverse cradle where Azul was unable to get over (and Volador actually got the pin.) After the third fall German suplex, Azul seemed unconcerned Sanson’s injury and appeared to stare out of the ring in Cuatrero’s direction instead, which gave the impression it was not an accident. Sansón did not miss any matches.
Dalys unmasked Jarochita in the women’s match.
The main event was a quick match forgettable outside of Diamante Azul’s behavior.
The Blue Panther match had unusual fall endings – a rudo won on the casadora cradle reversal spot instead of a técnico – but the action in between the falls wasn’t special. Esfinge’s tope in the third fall looked good and also good for Zacarias for standing up to Felino.
The lightning match was a normally slow starting Polvoa match building up to an exciting closing stretch. It did not have that exciting closing stretch. Any match Flyer gets out of in one piece is a good Flyer match.
The women’s match may have only gone two falls, but it felt as long as normal. The match pivoted on Jarochita/Dalys sequences, so perhaps CMLL will still be running Dalys single matches even with the belt. Jarochita tried hard given the moment even if not everything looked good; it’d be better if Kobayashi was getting the chance but at least she’s taking it seriously. Though the chance wasn’t serious enough here for her to get any pins on Dalys.
I watched the second match to see what Difunto would do. He didn’t do much. It was a bad idea. He did seem like a decent base, close to being a mildly useful Disturbio (new hair color) then a completely useless Espanto. The CMLL lower card needs more than slight improvements.
Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beatDr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown (13:49, Texano crucifix powerbomb Pagano thru a table, ok, 02:39:38)
Jeff Jarrett hit Wagner with a guitar late in the main event. The two were dead on the apron for the rest of the match. Pagano tried to put Texano thru a table but, of course, went thru it himself.
Earlier, La Parka (in a neck brace) appeared to say he was working with Los Jinetes del Aire to get revenge on the OGTs and Los Mercenarios for their recent attacks. Villano III Jr. and La Parka were seconds in the title match, with La Parka eventually running V3 off after he interfered a second time. After Laredo won, Los Mercenarios attacked Laredo. Vikingo, Myzetziz and Parka ran him off.
Faby Apache & Hijo dell Tirantes mostly got along, at least for them. Tirantes slow count Faby once but then counted the finish fine. They still ended up fighting after the match.
Brazo de Plata was brought out to speak to the crowd early in the show. La Mascara interrupted to tease an attack, Psycho Clown quickly ran him out off and threatened him.
La Parkita was injured, seemingly seriously, on a diving headscissors to the floor late in the match. His head bounced off the floor and he needed a lot of medical attention to be put on a backboard. AAA later said Parkita was out of danger but would be out for a while.
Announcer Jesus Zuniga returned to AAA after being off since Christmas day. He worked as ring announcer and occasional interviewer and appears to be AAA full time going forward.
The standard AAA main event ended the show. Psycho Clown threw himself around a lot, a bit too his own detriment. Jeff Jarrett was careful to pick his spots (yet still took a bad legdrop from Pagano) and bizarrely got to take out Wagner with a guitar in what appears to be his final performance. Pagano had one of his cleaner matches, though a spot where he headbutts a chair to block is dumb on many levels. The weirdest was an AAA rudo winning clean, though they got back on trap by unmasking Psycho Clown for no real reason.
The semi-main struggled off the bat, with Aerostar whiffing on a back springboard and then he and Tito just looking completely lost on a running spot. It was tough to imagine how good the match was going to end up being when it got rolling. These matches are built towards Vikingo doing really big spots, and Vikingo is delivering on the really big spots. The double rope spot with Vikingo & Aerostar was incredible and probably would’ve been a great finish, though they did get in a couple of cool dives. Aerostar recovered with his usual tope into the fifth row. Drago & Poder del Norte were solid as usual. It was the most complete match on the show.
The exoticos matches were about the same as always. A lot more exotico spots, or maybe I just noticed them more because Vampiro & Suicide couldn’t stand them. Máximo is trying hard and his partners were not bad but tehir match wasn’t much. It did get over better than some others.
This fourth match was just a good solid trios match. Myzteziz did some fantastic things and also landed on his face. It leaned more towards the good stuff, though Parka Negra didn’t have his super power basing here. Dinastia did overall well with a different group of people than he usually works against. Super Fly probably was a better person for this match than Jack Evans would’ve been, the extra base helped.
Laredo Kid continues to have really fun matches, though he and Guevera had to get around some limitations on him. Interference spots and the post-match seemed to only exist to give La Parka something to do at the expense of the rest of the match. Pierro not understanding the crotch spot Sammy wanted to do was also hilarious. Still, the athleticism in the closing of the match was incredible. This was the best Sammy’s been in AAA, playing the rudo character that’s worked well elsewhere and it gave the match more of a dynamic than people just trying moves. The moves were cool though. This was borderline good/great for me.
Segunda wasn’t quite as good as usual. Star Fire turned out to be a significant dropoff from Lady Shani, having a match where she looked off at a couple of big moments include the finish. Keyra’s stuff was not as sharp as usual. Villano & Golden Magic were good, and this was the same Lady Maravilla and Niño Hamburgesa finish as we’ve seen a few times. Those other times were better.
The opener was entertaining but very sloppy at times. La Parkita was trying bigger spots than last time out in something that seemed to be a spotlight for him. It ended up not going well for him. He had trouble on the apron headscissors spot and far more on the one all the way to the floor. Latigo & Dragon Bane had the best-looking highlights of a match that didn’t come all together.
This was billed as the start of regular AAA English language streams. AAA had earlier announced they were going to let anyone co-stream their show, because that what was they were doing. Australian Suicide & Vampiro watched the show on a tiny delay, and over the top of the Spanish language feed. This meant the action and crowd noise was very much turned down. Suicide had the funnier lines and a better grasp of AAA storylines than Vampiro, who would get more frustrated with the chat room or having to explain the action when he didn’t like was going on. (He didn’t much like the exoticos match.) Suicide was good enough where he could be part of a good team if he stuck around and had a good partner or two to work off of, but he suggested this was his one and only night at it from the start. He is on the next show.
Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.beatEphesto, La Bestia Del Ring, Mephisto
(6:51 [2:22, 4:29], 1/2 DQ, ok)
Carístico, Místico, Valientebeat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:21 [4:23, 1:48, 6:10], 2/3, good)
Terriblebeat Niebla Rojafor the CMLL Universal Championship
(21:31, 1/2, good)
Terrible German suplex (6:32)
Terrible Styles Clash (15:00)
Early in the night, Bestia del Ring and Angel de Oro slightly feuded all match long, leading Bestia to foul Angel de Oro at the end.
They both returned as seconds for the Universal final. (La Comandante also tried seconding Terrible and was kicked out.) Angel de Oro was in his brother’s corner. Bestia grabbed Niebla Roja by the leg in the first fall, leading to Terrible beating Roja with a suplex. Roja was about to win a very long second fall when Bestia came in again and broke up the reverse campana. Terrible won seconds later with a Styles Clash. Angel de Oro protested the decision, while Niebla Roja challenged Terrible to a hair versus hair match. Terrible told Niebla Roja to name the time and the place. It was talked about as a singles match, but Angel de Oro & La Bestia del Ring were very involved. It appears to be heading to a tag version of that match.
During the match, Terrible twice grabbed onto the top of Niebla Roja’s trunks while upside down to pull him up for moves, which left Roja partially exposed to the cameras. It is hard to miss on the finish.
Despite going only two falls, the main event delivered all the offense you’d expect from a match that went the normal distance. It did follow the usual your move/my move formula of a CMLL big match and Niebla Roja had some less than graceful moments (even when he was fully covered) but the freshness of the match made kept it compelling. It did become clear that something strange was going on when the second fall kept going and going. It would’ve been a memorable match in CMLL if the long second fall was setting up Niebla Roja just barely surviving into a third fall, but CMLL predictability gave away Niebla Roja losing in some crooked fashion in the second fall long before it actually happened. They had the best match they were going to have under the conditions, but those conditions and the match they’re building towards took it down a bit.
Most every undercard match on this show felt like a rerun. At least the semi-main was a good rerun. Carístico played the role of Volador in a familiar Guerreros/Sky Team match from a couple of years ago. Místico hit all his big spots and had a good night, got booed loudly all the same. The rudos generally stayed in the background and supported the técnicos thru a long third fall showcase. Something new would’ve been appreciated but the crowd still seemed to like the double Mistica finish.
The fourth match was rather quick to just get the finish. Stuka & Soberano put in good efforts for as long as they had time to show anything. Angel de Oro did about as well with Bestia del Ring as you could hope to expect, though Bestia is still allergic to catching dives. The tease of Bestia versus Angel de Oro as the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas hair match was the most distressing moment of the show.
What was remarkable in the tercera is someone actually got the ropes while being in a submission in the third fall of a midcard match. The tercera was a decent exhibition for the técnicos, especially in the closing moments. It didn’t seem the most exciting Templario performance, but the execution was smoother than in the match that preceded it.
The second match was a sloppier version of the usual match with those people. It started off with Black Panther & Virus mat work, something normally to get excited for, but they weren’t sharp and Black Panther felt out of a hold. It took to the last sequence with Guerrero Maya & Okumura to wake the matchup, and that wasn’t kind of the way for the whole three falls. Panther’s Boomerang kick spot looked badly timed this week. The third fall had a sequence with cradles where the referee stopped counting and was actually right to stop counting because someone forgot to kick out. They can and they often do much better than this.
The Cancerberos opening the show in their usual grinding fashion. They were generally effective at teamwork spots but the match itself was missing a little bit of a spark or speed to make it memorable. You’ve seen this before and it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere.
Último Guerrero suddenly fouled Vangellys to end the semi-main.
The main event was a pleasant surprise. There’s not much to expect for Puebla main events, Rush main events, and Rush main events after he’s spent the weekend in Miami, yet he easily outdid expectations. Rush didn’t take Cuatrero seriously in the first fall, as he does and got caught for the loss. Cuatrero had to fight to get back into it after that and got in a lot in the third fall before getting dropped on his head. They may want to skip the powerbomb next time they try it, since there were problems with it in the first fall and when it was brought back in the third, but Cuatrero showed a lot of other moves that looked good. And maybe Rush is more willing to do stuff with younger guys who are also willing to take top rope superplexes. This was much closer to being great than ok.
I’d say the semi-main was a long way to go to end up with a foul, but they actually kept it pretty short. Vangellys tries to play Caifan to Último Guerrero and gasses out quick. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano doing mat work was a nice change of pace for them. They did fine with it. Better than at catching dives. Atlantis & Villano IV weren’t much there.
The tercera ended with Sagrado nearly falling out of the ring while powerbombing Drone, something I would not have thought was physically possible had I not seen it with my own eyes. Most wrestlers would believe you should do an additional move to end the match rather than leave it at that. Sagrado decided that was good enough. This was a very good enough match, which included Drone giving up on a pin too soon (helped by Tirantes purposely counting slow in a weird attempt to mess up a sequence he didn’t like, I think.) Drone does some cool things because remains careless. Kawato’s armbar is a million times better this his double stomp but now his hair looks like it could use some dye.
Laredo Kid beat Drago and Flamita
(11:38, Laredo Fly on Drago, great,01:34:01)
Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Blue Demon Jr.in a street fight match
(12:49, Wagner Driver, good,01:55:19)
La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King beat Hijo del Fantasma, Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión
(24:45, Puma King bodyscissors Fantasma, good,02:18:52)
Laredo Kid worked twice, replacing La Parka in the main event after Friday’s injury angle. (It is possible Drago was initially supposed to replace Parka, since he was not in on the original card but around for the weekend.) La Mascara attempted to help Fantasma win but it backfired into a Puma King cradle. The técnicos celebrate for roughly five seconds before the rudos beat them up and left them unmasked.
Faby Apache seconded Blue Demon in the street fight. Wagner had no second, though Taya ran out to attack Faby after about 9 minutes in. Monster Clown ran in to attack her, which normally would mean Aerostar to balance him. Instead, it was Joe Lider (in his only appearance on the weekend) helping out his Perro del Mal ally and putting Monster Clown thru a table. Wagner, face covered in blood, beat Wagner cleanly. Both Taya & Faby attack Hijo del Tirantes after the match.
Faby accidentally dropkicked Hijo del Tirantes, who fast counted a pin for Taya on Faby immediately after.
Lady Maravilla again tried to stop Niño Hamburgers from winning the match, but Lady Shani was able to take her out with a backcracker this time.
A leading off the show segment included Parka talking about his injury on Friday night’s show at Fantasma’s hands. He thanked Laredo, Vikingo, and Myzteziz (who was not there) and challenged Fantasma to any type of match he wanted. Dr. Wagner interrupted to back up Parka and also challenge Demon. One of the Unefon masked men, who usually throw out prizes to the crowd before the official show open (they switched the order this time) pretended like he was a fan of Wagner & Parka only to attack them. He was Blue Demon in disguise. Fantasma showed up in a Blue Demon mask to help and pass the mask to Demon. Vikingo & Laredo eventually made the save.
English commentary was announced as starting with next Saturday’s show.
The main event was, in a thin fashion, a lot like AAA’s normal main events. The rudos attacked before the whistle, beatdown the técnicos for a while, and the técnicos made a comeback. It differed greatly from there. There was no showcase of técnicos spots one by one, but instead fast-paced offense and back and forth to a big finish. I thought the opening beatdown was too long (around nine minutes before the técnicos made their comeback, and a few more before it really turned around) and that made the match too long, but it never seemed like they lost the crowd. They picked up for a big near ending during the match and were able to take it back down and keep going for a while longer. They’ve turned Killer Kross’ unpinned streak from something that only seemed to exist in Twitter promos into something that’s an important moment in matches with the near misses (on this show with Laredo Kid following all the técnicos moves, on the previous show with Vikingo.) Regular match wins and losses are not usually taken all that seriously in AAA but they’ve kind of made some progress on making that win mean something if they ever get around to make it happen. The técnicos showed surprising chemistry for a team that’s never been before and may never be again. Puma in particularly played well off Máximo & Psycho on these shows, in a way where they’d be a fun spot show act. Rey Escorpión and Psycho Clown are going to have a great match once they get around to it. Psycho Clown is not particularly clean, but it’s amazing to see him try to get better when a lot of people in his position would coast. That includes him at times in the past, and I’d love to know what’s brought on the urge to add tope arm drags to his matches. This was a strong ending to a strong show.
Blue Demon/Dr. Wagner was not something I particularly wanted to see, but they used Wagner’s blood to connect with the audience in a way this feud really had not the post. The overbooking craziness was reminiscent of the Shani/Apache TripleMania match, but was more effective here since the expectations were less. Demon & Wagner out there in a straight match would’ve been death, and four other people involved made it work. Joe Lider saving Taya because they are old Perros del Mal friends was a nice touch. And also we only had to see Joe Lider for the run-in.
It was really hard for the Laredo Kid three-way to follow the other three way, but they did enough interesting stuff to still stick out and handled it better when things didn’t go perfect. Laredo Kid had some incredible moments in this. He was clearly the best guy, something that hasn’t always been true, but seemed the case in the end. That’s even with a stronger Flamita performance than on Friday; he’s not pulling out the apron shooting star shoulderblock (?) that often. Drago kept up in something that moved fast, though I was still surprised to see him take the pin.
The tercera was a Mascara/Maximo match, which was fine and got attention to the feuds they wanted and could not follow the match the Vikingo three-way match. La Mascara may have gone thru the weekend without taking a bump. Taya & Faby are ok against each other but they’ve didn’t hit high gear this weekend. Monster & Aerostar haven’t had the same magic they had in their one singles match but they were OK. This kept the plates spinning and at least was a nice buffer between the two action matches.
Taurus started off the second match by UG-like catching Vikingo on a dive and powerbombing him to doom. The match kept going from there, somehow. Hijo del Vikingo isn’t a finished product, there are some headscissors here that didn’t go well (and a top rope splash he and Jack saved into an armdrag nicely), but he what can already do is pretty incredible. The walking the ropes hanging double stomp was new to me from him and followed him getting flattened on a German suplex. Taurus remains a great opponent, destroying Vikingo well when not basing for him. Jack was really good here, and this match flowed really strongly to the end.
The show started off with a great opener. The action built on Friday’s match and surpassed it. Dinastia did well here, maybe his best match in a while, with creativity and speed. The sequence with his and Maravilla leading to Maravilla reversing the behind the back piledriver into a submission was great. The Maravilla/Hamburguesa story is perfect for an early match trios, and they changed up the ending this time.
I really enjoyed Laredo Kid & Taurus when I got to watch it without distraction. The opener was good from that AAA show in Mazatlan, though the rematch two nights later was much better. Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero might not work as well if you are expecting Niebla Roja to win.
Laredo Kid vs Taurus
AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-08
Audaz vs Tigerin a lightning match
CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-05
Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.
Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Máximo, Puma King
(11:40, Blue Demon foul Dr. Wagner, ok,01:50:56)
Killer Kross & Rey Escorpión beat Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown
(14:37, Killer Kross back suplex, good,02:14:57)
The main event saw La Mascara trap/distract Piero while Fantasma gave La Parka a martinete, ending his participation in the match. Laredo Kid came thru the crowd and replaced him, but was eventually taken out. Hijo del Vikingo than ran into replace Laredo, nearly beat Kross, and was pinned.
Blue Demon snuck in a foul to beat Wagner in the semi-main.
Taya got a shoulder up on the German suplex, but Hijo del Tirantes forced the shoulder back down and quick counted three.
Nino let himself get distracted by a Lady Maravilla hug, causing his team to lose. Lady Shani was very unhappy with him after.
An in-ring bit included Fantasma challenging Fenix (not there) again and Rey Escorpión boasting about his tag title reign. Vampiro introduced a Lucha Brothers promo from Vegas where they said they’d be challenging for the tag titles at Rey de Reyes. A fight involving Los Mercenarios, Konnan, Vampiro, Psycho Clown, Laredo Kid, Faby Apache, and Taya ensued.
The main event felt long, but it had a lot of different sections to break it up. The Vikingo run at the end was the best. He took the pin but got to look cool beforehand, while poor Laredo Kid doesn’t get in much before he’s vanished out of existence. I’m not quite sure why he was even there. Kross got more out of throwing Vikingo around then selling for Parka. Rey Escorpión did well with Psycho Clown, saving him on one dive and taking his tope armdrag well. I like that feud better than whenever the Parka stuff is going.
The semi-main was fine, no more. Fantasma is in this tough spot where he can play off the comedy of Máximo & Puma King well, but he sort of needs to be taken more seriously. Dr. Wagner still knows how to get sympathy, though Blue Demon didn’t show enough aggression to make it worth it. La Mascara knows where he’s supposed to be, he just doesn’t seem like he cares to be there.
The chaos of the fourway match didn’t really benefit. They packed in lot of stuff, but it didn’t have much of a direction outside of needing Flamita & Jack to disappear for the finishing stretch. There were cool move sand Vikingo getting a lot of offense to offset him taking the pin. Jack looked good and Flamita did well with what he did, but the structure of the match caused him and Drago to just disappear for a while. I liked the match but it looks better in names than what it turned out to be.
Most of the Aerostar/Taya vs Faby Apache/Monsther Clown match was built on getting heat for Monsther Clown. Watch a match about Monsther Clown unmasking and cutting open Aerostar is not really the most exciting thing, and the técnico comeback spots weren’t interesting enough to make it worth the time. Nothing fundamentally went wrong with the execution, it just wasn’t an interesting story.
Laredo/Taurus was a match with no story, only exists because the card had to be shuffled around, featuring one guy who hasn’t had any purpose since coming back to AAA and another one who is just suddenly getting a main event push. It worked perfectly because they’re both really good. Laredo Kid was good all the way thru the Lucha Capital, and this was Taurus showing he could go at the same level if given the chance. He looked impressive in the big moments, with his pounce and Taurus Driver looking super. The tornillo to the floor going a little bit off was funny, but he showed more than basing, come off as a real threat. Laredo Kid continues to be on fire, looking super with everything he did here. They completely had the crowd by the 450 splash and with everything that followed it in the last minute. I’d like something with more to it than this, but this near as good as you’re going to get for a match coming out of nowhere.
The opener had some fun action in front of the crowd who was very into Niño Hamburguesa drama. The six worked fit well together. Villano III Jr. is eager but maybe the guillotine legdrop to the floor is not his best move. Dinastia’s dropkick bump to the floor looked even worse and clearly was worse since Lanzelot had to hold up on a dive. There were some slight timing issues, though nothing that prevented this from being a pleasant xperience.
Nothing. I mean, the rudas won their match in straight falls, that’s close to something.
I gave up on the semi-main when Vangellys missed his wheel kick to Flyer badly. First fall was all Ephesto/Blue Panther maestro mat work, they came back to it at the end and they might as well just do the match. Flyer is using armbars as finishes now but his flying to finish the match went fine.
Tiger/Audaz was an easy fun short match, the sort, the kind we expect Audaz to have all the time and that Tiger doesn’t get to have. Tiger gave Audaz a lot, both in taking his tricky moves but allowing Audaz to survive his bigger spots. The backcracker is usually the end in Audaz matches, so Audaz kicking out meant something to Tiger even if the crowd didn’t seem to recognize it. Audaz never looked inexperienced and some of that credit has to go to Tiger. Even the early wrestling section was a bit creative. This is his strongest singles outing in recent memory and hopefully gets another chance against a young flyer.
The creative effort was up in the tercera, but there were a number of spots that didn’t look well, and the end of the second fall was messed up by Tirantes being in his own world. It is hard to find the urgency to try new things when you don’t get great support at it and it’s simpler just to do the same things over and over even if it is boring. This paragraph is aware enough to know that it appears in a CMLL b-show review.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansónbeat La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rushin a relevos increíbles match (11:25 [3:05, 3:16, 5:04], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush ripped off Cuatrero’s mask to set up a match next week.
The main event was perfectly fine, with both teams showing decent effort. The Munoz even turned out to be the técnicos, or at least técnico enough that the NGD didn’t have to be the técnicos. (They were far more rudo post-match.) It felt a little different than usual rather than someone forced into a position they didn’t fit in to do the same match as always.
Stigma and Soberano & Angel de Oro doing technical wrestling to open the semi-main was good. It was downhill from there. The first fall bit with Volador taking bumps for elbows that were ’t within six inches looked horrendous, though everyone seemed to be avoiding coming close to Vangellys strikes. Volador did play air guitar before doing a dive so there’s something.
Both early matches were better than usual. Arkalis pulled off a headscissors with Siki Osama that I don’t think he tried with anyone else. His powerbomb finisher looks good.
Maybe Sonic is actually good. He had some good mat wrestling, a cool finish, and amusing bumps in the opening match. The final big spot of the match went wrong, but I’m not sure it was his fault or the Pantera he was wrestling. They looked still very much like they could use the work, though at least there’s only two of them now.
Último Guerrerobeat Cuatreroin a CMLL Universal quarterfinal (4:02, Guerrero special, ok, 02:01:58)
Niebla Rojabeat Volador Jr.in a CMLL Universal quarterfinal (5:04, Canadian Destroyer, ok, 02:07:32)
Niebla Rojabeat Último Guerreroin a CMLL Universal semifinal (6:00, reverse campana, good, 02:13:39)
Niebla Roja won the block to face Terrible next week in the Universal final.
The Villanos jumped Papa Atlantis before the match, and Hijo del Villano III fouled Atlantis Jr. to end it.
I didn’t give most individual matches of the Universal tournament a strong grade, but it was still good as a package and significantly better than usual. Last week’s final had the better high end matches but everything here was watchable with more thought than usual. It’s also possible I would’ve got more into the individual matches if I wasn’t watching two other sat the same time. Only the Diamante Azul match was the traditional “loser uses up all his offense” tournament match. The Niebla Roja/Mephisto match felt like the opposite, Mephisto just getting in nothing in and taking the loss. Volador/Sanson & Cuatrero/Soberano had good counters out of usual stuff, and both the second round matches felt fresh. Niebla Roja really seemed to have a chance when he made the final and beating Ultimo Guerrero cleanly (after beating Volador cleanly seven minutes before) felt like a big deal. It was an interesting and surprising choice that played better than Valiente’s advancement three years ago.
CMLL continues to put over Gilbert strong, even if he’s not very good at this point and they have no particular direction for him. It’s like they’re waiting for something to come up and just keeping him ready until it does. Rush & Carístico were in the semi-main trios a bit, Carístico definitely so, but there wasn’t much going on around them and this was a very forgettable match. Bestia attempted to use a finish that was very much beyond him; stick with the senton.
The tercera was a vast improvement in energy over the two matches. The Villanos are into the feud and the Atlantis are fighting to survive. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano III looked better this week until the very obvious slip late in the match. Hijo del Villano at least reacted well. Papa Atlantis and V4 brawled a lot, but it felt like the sons were the focus. Gran Guerrero & Místico were a level above everyone else and are the match I’d like to see, but that was clearly not the plan here.
The segunda was a standard midcard match, maybe a little worse than usual. Okumura coming in hurt the match, not just because it was Okumura. Kawato helps to add my interest in these because there’s a chance he might actually get better. There doesn’t seem to be chances for the rest of this group. A lot of it is people being overexposed, but The Panther feels less exciting than a year ago. The boomerang kick spot went quite bad, the topes aren’t as good and the mat wrestling is gone. Not that I’d expect it with these rudos.
Metalico’s flashy entrance distracts from the fact that he’s often counterproductive once the whistle blows. He seemed to cause Robin to be hurt at the end of the match. Nitro doesn’t have a flashy entrance. He was the better of the two there. Diamante has cool spots that seemed to take a long time to set up. Avoid this match.