CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-19

laughable

Recapped: 04/19/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr.
(15:08 [5:50, 2:49, 6:29], 1/3, good)

Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Tae Honma beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(15:33 [6:35, 3:50, 5:08], 1/3 DQ, ok)

Rey Cometa beat Kawato San in a lightning match
(4:02, 450 splash, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Carístico beat Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
(15:15 [5:26, 3:06, 6:43], 2/3, ok)

The dumb battle royal went 3:14

Cuatrero & Místico beat Hechicero & Stuka Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:36, ok)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Audaz & Templario in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:31, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:23, ok)

Rush & Vangellys beat Gran Guerrero & Valiente in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(2:47, below average)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(3:14, below average)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Rush & Vangellys in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(2:28, DQ, bad)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(6:10, ok)

What happened:

Bienvenido a Mexico

Tae Honma made her debut. She was pinned in the third fall by Dalys, but Dalys and Amapola kept hitting each other by mistake while aiming for Kobayashi. Amapola eventually got disqualified for excessive violence on Kobayashi.

Volador & Último Guerrero won the second block and will face Titan and Cavernario next week.

Thoughts:

The tournament is totally skippable, a far cry from last week. There were no surprises and not much action. Rush wrestled twice while actually wrestling not at all. It was still better than what Vangellys was doing. The first round had two different versions of a team falling apart and fighting. (Audaz & Templario waited until after their to fell apart), but the cameras weren’t there to see. Rush decided to dropkick the referee in the face instead of breaking up a pin. Hechicero & Stuka tried a team and the main event had some effort, but it was so to the formula for both winners that it does not give great hope for next week.

The semi-main was a very easy, the técnicos cleanly doing high spots and not much more to it. Villano III Jr. & Atlantis Jr. didn’t look like rookies. That’s an improvement, though it still felt like a stretch to have them this high up. Villano has added some weight, Atlantis is still skinny and slow at the Atlantida.

he was making certain this would connect

Rey Cometa seemed to be annoyed Kawato had forgotten a sequence in the lightning match and decided to end it immediately. I can’t be sure that was his decision, but Kawato definitely forgot whatever he was supposed to in response to the second handspring and that was that. Cometa’s tope looked really cool, but that was mostly because he aimed it directly at Kawato in a way where Kawato’s head was going to break the fall even if he didn’t get his arms up. After a year, they don’t trust Kawato with must and he proved them right not trust him. He needs a fresh start any place else and it is a waste of his time to keep going in CMLL. This is not working at all and no one’s going to get much out of an apuesta with him.

Honma was not good in her first exchange with Amapola. She’s seemed ok the rest of the way but no strong impression. She was small enough that she made Amapola’s spear look great. Kaho had some bad luck with ugly looking shots during the. It didn’t seem to slow her down. Reina Isis was almost too short to do the Sugehit shove off the off spot.

The opener was a great Halcón Suriano showcase we haven’t gotten from him since long ago Stukita days. Grako & Coyote were fine, better than some of the latter mini rudo performances, and that was enough to be a platform for some impressive moments. Even given his height and travel, it is surprising they don’t do more with him. Though maybe not Grako’s flying elbow drop at all could be a clue. They had a lot more action to it than usual, not just from Suriano, and that effort was enough to call it worth checking out.

you take him

great match roundup, week of 2019-03-30

All 2019 round-up posts2019 MOTYC list is up now.

This was a strange week where the Tuesday CMLL show was the best one. I really liked the trios title preview. It was also good that the AAA Tijuana taping had the weird locals match to make it memorable. There were other matches but it blends in with a lot of tapings this first third of the year.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
good Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
good Rey Cometa vs Templario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
good Black Destiny vs Genio del AireDrakeJonathanRayo StarFantastik  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Rayo Star vs Fantastik vs Drake vs Genio del Aire vs Jonathan vs BlackDestiny | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good Drago © vs Hijo Del VikingoMyzteziz Jr.AerostarArgenis for the AAA Latin American Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Argenis vs Myztezis jr vs Hijo del Vikingo vs Aero Star vs Drago | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | VillanoIIIJr, LadyMaravilla & Keyra vs LaHiedra, Lady Shani & Niño Hamburguesa | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good Hechicero vs Felino in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Lluvia, Marcela, Sanely vs Dalys, La Magnifica, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Esfinge, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Olímpico, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero vs Euforia, Mephisto, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
ok Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Maximo, Mamba & Pimpinela vs Averno, Super Fly & ChessMan | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Joe Lider & Pagano vs La Máscara & Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Joe Lider & Pagano vs La Mascara & Texano Jr | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr. & Rey Escorpión in a cage match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | PsycoClown & Dr. Wagner Jr vs BlueDemon Jr & Rey Escorpión | Lucha en Jaula | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Magnus & Robin vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
below average Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
bad Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
not rated Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
not rated Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
not rated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Kawato San, Nitro, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02

This was also WrestleMania weekend, so how about a detailed yet unthoughtful list of rating for stuff I saw live, as best I can remember two weeks later.

04/04 Mark Hitchock WrestleCon Supershow:

  • Masato Tanaka vs Eddie Kingston: good
  • Rey Fenix vs Pentagon Jr: great
  • Tajiri, DJZ, Puma King, Samantha Heights vs Sammy Guevera, Santana, Ortiz, Diamante: good
  • Robbie Eagles vs Arez vs Flamita: good
  • Jushin Liger, X-Pac, Hurricane Helms vs Caleb Konley, Zane Riley, Jake Manning: ok
  • Dragon Lee vs Cavernario: great
  • Zach Sabre Jr. vs Shane Strickland: good
  • SCU vs Orange Cassidy & Best Friends: good
  • Will Ospreay vs Bandido: great

(favorite match: Dragon Lee/Cavernario)

04/04 AIW
(from where I got there)

  • Shinjiro Otani vs Eddie Kingston: good
  • Scott Steiner vs Swoggle: OK
  • Eddie Page & MJF vs Colt Cabana & Space Monkey: OK? good? do not trust my memory of it, delivered exactly what you’d think
  • Mance Wagner vs Nick Gage: good? not my thing?
  • PB Smooth vs Tom Lawlor vs Tim Donst vs Matthew Justice: good

(favorite match: Otani/Kingston)

04/05 US vs the World

  • Brian Pillam Jr. vs Emil Sitoci: ok?
  • Ethan Page vs MJF: ok?
  • Daga vs David Starr: great
  • Darby Allin vs Black Taurus: good
  • Jiro vs Rich Swann: good
  • Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, Zachary Wentz vs Adam Brooks, Australian Suicide, Robbie Eagles: great
  • Hart Foundation vs LAX: below average
  • Puma King vs Sammy Guevera: ok – crowd was so cold that it hurt the enjoyment of the match
  • Brian Cage vs Masato Tanaka: good? have no memory of

04/05 RevPro

  • Jonathan Greshman/Chris Brooks vs Alex Coughlin/Karl Fredericks: good/great borderline
  • A-Kid vs Carlos Romo vs Kid Lykos vs Flamita: good
  • Brian Cage vs Michael Oku: good but too long
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi/Willy Ospreay vs Minoru Suzuki/Zack Sabre Jr: great
  • Rocky Romero vs Ryussuke Taguchi: OK? So loooong.
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs David Starr: have no memory of, good?
  • RPG3 vs Aussie Open: not good enough to stop me from leaving early

04/05 NXT

  • Street Profits vs Fabian Aichner & Marcela Barthel: missed most of it
  • Jaxson Ryker vs Danny Burch: initially confused why the bald Euro guy was in two straight matches, OK I guess
  • Candice LeRae vs Aliyah: shaky enough that I thought they would cut it from TV
  • War Raiders vs Aleister Black & Ricochet: great
  • Velveteen Dream vs Matt Riddle: great
  • Watler vs Pete Dunne: great
  • Shayna Baszler vs Io Shirai, Biana Belair, Kairi Sane: good
  • Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole: excellent
    • (I left my seat before Ciampa came out, am dumb)

04/06 Pancakes & Piledrivers
(wandered in during the show with no one checking me for a ticket, so good value)

  • Hoss Fight: seemed good while I was talking to people
  • Ricky Shane Page vs Tessa Blanchard: seemed good while I was talking to people
  • oVe vs Joe Gacy, Eddie Kingston, Shane Strickland: did not seem good while I was talking to people

04/06 NJPW/ROH

  • Kagetsu, Jenny Rose, Hazuka vs Hana Kimura, Stella Grey, Sumie Sakai: ate a pizza and checked Twitter during most of this. Sumie wore Kamaitachi gear so this is “good”
  • Honor Rumble: OK
  • Jeff Cobb vs Will Ospreay: great
  • Rush vs Dalton Castle: good
  • Kelly Klein vs Mayu Iwatani: went on a journey including looking for a nacho bar that turned out to be closed, sounds like I had the better experience?
  • Flip Gordon, Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins vs Bully Ray, Shane Taylor, Silas Young: OK, too long.
  • Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori vs Bandido: excellent, “that’s not a real move”
  • the four-way tag match: OK? actually “good” for PCO’s latest death
  • Zach Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: technically good but it did move my heart
  • Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito: great, so so close to being excellent
  • Matt Taven vs Jay Lethal vs Marty Scurll: great, did not feel long to me and maybe only me
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White: great

AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05

Pagano

Recapped: 04/11/2019

All matches aired from Auditorio de Tijuana.

Matches:

Black Destiny beat Genio del Aire, Drake, Jonathan, Rayo Star, Fantastik
(9:55, Black Destiny Spanish Fly Drake, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Drago © beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr., Aerostar, Argenis to retain the AAA Latin American Championship
(9:21, Drago Dragon’s Tail cradle on Argenis, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr. beat La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa
(11:20, Keyra cradle Lady Shani, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(13:50, Pimpinela cradle Super Fly, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara & Texano Jr. beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(13:45, Texano/La Mascara wheeelbarrow frontcracker Joe Lider, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr. & Rey Escorpión in a cage match
(15:33, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

  • 9:35 Psycho Clown escapes

  • 11:18 Rey Escorpión escapes

  • 15:33 Dr. Wagner Jr. escapes

What happened:

the power of Hamburguesa

Dr. Wagner Jr. escaped the cage by unmasking Blue Demon Jr. as they were both sitting on top of the cage.

La Hiedra escorts La Mascara to the ring. She is the newest member of Los Mercenarios and gets involved with the match many times.

La Hiedra seems unhappy about being a tecnica before the match, with the rudas trying to convince her to come over to their side. She plays fair most of the match, but pushes Niño Hamburguesa off the top rope when he hesitates after a Maravilla distraction. Hiedra cuts a promo upset about being booked on a tecnica side, she’s a ruda. V3 seems thrilled with these events and escorts her to the back. Niño Hamburgesa carries Lady Maravilla to the back again, which seemed to surprise Keyra. Keep up with the show, Keyra!

Thoughts:

Myzteziz

AAA spent 20 minutes setting up a cage and then all these guys in the main event just to decide to brawl outside off the ring. It didn’t last too long but it was still dumb. Otherwise, it was like most lucha cage matches, with lots of brawling and the rudos destroying the técnicos for an exhaustingly long time until they made a mistake with a whip. The cage bit added little to the match and felt unnecessary after just doing the same bit on the last show. They even did a very similar powerbomb spot to set up Psycho Clown’s escape. Demon had some good punches. Psycho and Escorpión fought strongly enough that I’m looking forward to their singles match. It still felt like a long match. The only interesting thing here is how Wagner cheated and was loudly booed for it. Blue Demon was the cheered one last time out too. Maybe they’re heading to TripleMania with both men cheered or Demon being the face.

Los Mercenarios had a trademark average match, keeping up with Pagano’s messy brawling while not really creating much to remember themselves. La Hiedra seemed alright as a second, probably will get better with more time, shouldn’t have been laid on in her first match in the role but it doesn’t matter. This was a CMLL midcard match that I will never remember.

The exoticos worked hard in their match. It just didn’t connect much with me. The crowd seemed to enjoy it and there was a lot of life to it, it just seemed like the same standard match we’ve seen before with a few more dives. It is good to have (seemingly) escaped the La Mascara/Maximo feud but these only really work as buffer matches. It would’ve been much better placed as the second match on the card.

fun for all

The tercera could’ve been a little bit shorter; it was a long way to go for a partner betraying her team finish. The action still seemed good enough. Lady Shani showed a little more personality than usual and Hiedra adapted fine to the tecnica side. Most of the rest was the usual Lady Maravilla/Nino Hamburguesa story but it developed better than some of the recent matches.

The biggest problem for the second match is it followed the first match. This was the better of two multi-man matches, but having them back to back dulled the impact. There’s only so long you can see two people do moves and a third person rush in to do their move next. I thought the luchadors in this looked better, with Hijo del Vikingo & Myzteziz working as opponents better than I would’ve expected and they peaked the match towards the end a lot better. It still all sort of blended together.

The opener was the usual collection of non-stop moves. It suffered a bit because the action never rose or fell, it just kept going at the same level for ten minutes. Keeping it going seemed more important than what was going on, with the key being to roll out of the way so the next two guys could do their moves more than the moves. That’s not to bury the match but it was a limitation of it. This had a lot of GIF-able moments but wasn’t much deeper than that. Drake fit in fine despite probably never working with these other five before. The only spot of his that went wrong was his dive, and that was more Genio del Aire not being in the spot. Despite that, I still thought Genio del Aire looked the best in this match and should be a regular on non-Tijuana shows. Black Destiny seems to have gained weight, though it didn’t affect his offense.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-05

full handstand

Recapped: 04/10/2019

Matches:

Metálico & Sangre Azteca beat Magnus & Robin
(10:33 [4:39, 2:16, 3:38], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(14:11 [8:30, 2:58, 2:43], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(10:41 [3:25, 2:41, 4:35], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino beat Hechicero in a lightning match
(9:04, Felino super powerbomb, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán
(10:48 [3:00, 1:45, 6:03], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible beat Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
(5:07 [0:53, 4:14], 1/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Gilbert fakes a foul in the second fall DQ to end a quick main event. The post-match standing around and talking may have lasted longer than the match.

Thoughts:

this was a bad idea Hechicero

The main event had a beatdown and a hot dive sequence and nothing in between because it was barely five minutes. There was no reason for it to be this short, though I guess they spared us eight additional minutes of going thru the motions. Gilbert needed an actual clean pin here but it is whatever.

The semi-main had more energy than some of the undercard trios, going more off personality than action. Cavernario & Negro Casas wrestled most of the third fall, the only one that got any time and interacted well with técnicos. Atlantis Jr. looked good wrestling Negro Casas, which confirms Atlantis Jr. is an object which exists in three-dimensional space. I wouldn’t say you need to see it but it was a good use of time if you had the show on.

The lightning match worked well, with Felino showing he could take a match seriously when given a serious opponent. It was Hechicero was wild, missing crazy stuff to the barricade and making a fatal mistake that caught him. The match played out like Hechicero was the better man but made one too many bad decisions and paid for it.

Audaz

The tercera was standard solid midcard trios action. It was one of those with the stacked up superplex spot. That even worked for a pinfall, though that was more Audaz’s splash onto Ephesto non-captain the superplex itself. And then they got beat anyway. Stuka’s near handstand on his splash was impressive as was the dive train, but this was in the middle of these average of matches.

There’s a sequence in this match where Dalys dropkicks her partners by mistake, the tecnicas dropkick Dalys, the tecnicas try a double suplex on Dalys, Dalys reverses it to her own double suplex, and then she just gets dropkicks again to set up the finish. I would like to know why they did the double suplex there. It’s just stuff happening at that point, and it was also a spot intended to get a cheer for a person who is supposed to be a rudo. This match delivered a lot of Dalys doing stuff so it really didn’t have much to it if you weren’t interested in Dalys. The tecnicas made quick runs to win the first and third falls but it really wasn’t much about them.

The opener was a generic match with the técnicos not getting a chance to show a lot. Robin did find time to do Arez bridging slam. This generally seemed like a showcase for the rudos, who did a little more than usual but aren’t really guys you want to build a showcase around in 2019. Sangre Azteca won with something other than the low blow dropkick so there’s that.

CMLL Martes: 2019-04-02

Sanson gets caught

Recapped: 04/09/2019

Matches: 

Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(13:25 [5:35, 3:27, 4:23], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr.
(9:10 [4:41, 0:41, 3:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Nitro, Sagrado beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. 
(10:32 [3:54, 1:53, 4:45], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(9:19, Templario gutwrench superbomb, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:59 [7:13, 2:46], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(17:11 [5:01, 4:17, 7:53], 1/3, great, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

The main event set up a trios title rematch for the following week.

The rudos were disqualified in the second fall of the segunda for refusing to leave the ring in a timely manner. It seemed like the plan finish. The net effect is the técnicos really didn’t win a fall, though they got in some offense in the third fall before being cut off.

Thoughts: 

Panther tope

I’m watching things in an odd order; I watched the title match set up here just before getting to this main event. (It’s been a long week.) That match is easily better than this match but this match holds up pretty well on its own and they both seem different enough that it’s worth going back to see the less famous match. This is a smooth fast paced match with NGD creating some chaos to come take over the match, and the técnicos coming back with hot moves to win it. The repetitive nature of the Chavez brothers is less a problem when everything is moving too fast to really think about it, and this is a match which takes advantage of having so many people to keep going at all time. The finish was a bit complicated and came across well. These two teams have some great chemistry.

The difference in Maya & Triton and the top guys is more in how they’re booked than what they can d. They lost in two falls here. The first fall of them taking it to the Guerrero was good fun rendered meaningless when they lost in two falls cleanly. We’ll still always have Guerrero Maya and Gran Guerrero’s chop fight and Triton doing Místico spots, but this didn’t live up to the potential it showed early.

The lightning match turned into the Rey Cometa dive exhibition. I guess it makes sense when Templario is there to catch him. The back and forth cradle stretch – with Cometa nicely making something out of a broken move – worked a little better. Still, it was Cometa getting a lot of offense to make up for him taking the loss in the end rather than a competitive match. It was fun but missing a little bit of drama.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-01

Tiger has had enough headscissors

Recapped: 04/02/2019

Matches: 

El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia beat Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin
(13:59 [5:16, 2:43, 6:00], 1/3, bad,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Magnifica, Tiffany beat Lluvia, Marcela, Sanely  
(12:32 [6:03, 3:48, 2:41], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Flyer, Rey Cometa beat Kawato San, Olímpico, Tiger
(13:01 [4:16, 2:41, 6:04], 1/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL

Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero beat Euforia, Mephisto, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(10:15 [2:57, 1:48, 5:30], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero
(10:34, 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Gran Guerrero package powerbomb (1:33)

  2. Volador backcracker (2:29)

  3. Volador Spiral (6:32)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero’s new finish

Gran Guerrero is unable to kick out of a Canadian Destroyer about 6 minutes into the third fall. Edgar holds up his count anyway, and he has a quick with the wrestlers. They must not believe it is all that serious because Volador gets in a (rarely seen) Volador Spiral to end it instead. The move doesn’t look good, and Gran Guerrero is unable to stand without assistance after the match.

Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero fought in the semi-main, which is treated here like a big deal and treated like no deal by a day later.

Thoughts: 

Volador’s match with Gran Guerrero had a couple of things different than usual – Volador is smart enough not to take the powerbomb on the floor on a Monday match – but it was still a Volador match with both guys taking turns doing big moves until it is just done. Volador must be certain this is a winning formula since it never changes. It did expose that the match ended early, since Volador got in two straight moves in a row to win the thing after Gran Guerrero got hurt. Guerrero was having a solid match then, and it does say something positive that Volador trust him to take the Volador Spiral, a move he’s pretty much given up doing otherwise. Still, this is just another Volador matches and you know what you’re getting with these now.

not as good at the powerbomb as his brother

It was fun seeing Último Guerrero and Euforia briefly go at each other. They were smart enough to make it a thing in a match that needed a thing to work. Valiente and Carístico weren’t on the same level, and Bestia working as a sort of tecnico was just weird. It was really quite short and didn’t have much to it but they at least did something.

The tercera was not quite the typical professional midcard match but it wasn’t too far below. Tiger and Rey Cometa would be a fun feud in a world where those guys were allowed to feud. Kawato’s double stomp is horrendous and I can’t believe no one’s explained that him yet. Flyer did a better German suplex than Kawato in his match, though that may have something to do with Esfinge. Esfinge and Kawato proved to be a poor pairing in this match repeatedly. Flyer was better than that.

The women’s match gave us Lluvia & Sanely as a tecnica duo, a half decent idea that will never go anywhere (and they were immediately beat), and La Magnifica’s debut. She did well, looking solid on offense and putting some impact into her kicks. Tiffany & Dalys not giving her much to do not seem like a great sign, but Marcela seemed to enjoy wrestling against her. Hope she’ll be back.

I don’t know why I watched the whole card but at least the opener gave me something to write about. Tyson La Bestia was horrendous, looking like someone who had no business being in a CMLL ring. The Gemelo Panteras are generally boring but seem trained. Tyson was horrendous here. The second fall finished with King Jaguar and Arkalis almost shoving each other to get into their spot. I generally like Arkalis, but he and Perverso teamed up from some wretched backbreakers in the third fall.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-12

now there’s two crazy caveman

Recapped: 04/13/2019

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Príncipe Diamante & Robin
(10:21 [4:41, 2:23, 3:17], 1/3, below average, 00:01:19 )

Black Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:58 [3:18, 3:13, 4:27], 2/3, ok, 00:18:14)

Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Terrible beat Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(10:51 [3:37, 1:52, 5:22], 1/3, ok, 00:38:16)

the dumb battle royal went 3:26

Carístico & Mephisto beat Flyer & Forastero in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:48, ok, 01:06:35)

Euforia & Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Ángel de Oro & La Bestia Del Ring in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:54, ok, 01:14:58)

Cavernario & Titán beat Blue Panther & Máscara Año 2000 in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(6:31, ok, 01:23:17)

Sansón & Soberano Jr. beat Rey Bucanero & Tritón in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(4:40, ok, 01:32:45)

Carístico & Mephisto beat Euforia & Guerrero Maya Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(4:45, ok, 01:40:08)

Cavernario & Titán beat Sansón & Soberano Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(6:05, good, 01:47:30)

Cavernario & Titán beat Carístico & Mephisto in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(11:08, great, 01:55:43)

Volador Jr. beat Gilbert el Boricua
(10:24, 1/3 DQ, ok, 02:10:02)

  1. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:35)
  2. Gilbert Mexican Destroyer w/ropes (1:20)
  3. DQ Gilbert for Volador faked foul (7:29)

What happened:

all the dives

Volador faked a foul in the third fall of the main event, payback for last week.

Titan & Cavernario advanced to the final on 04/26.

In their opening round match, Bestia accidentally hit Angel de Oro early in their match. Angel de Oro superkicked him by less of an accident later. The match lasted a while longer, but they didn’t work together and were doomed after that.

Thoughts:

The main event was better than I was expecting. Gilbert couldn’t move more than usual, but he can react quickly when Volador gets close to him, and Volador got close to him at the right times. It fell into the usual pattern of a Volador singles match and Gilbert didn’t seem as out of place of it as, say, Vangellys did in the Último Guerrero match last month. Gilbert is still missing the physically imposing feeling he had as Mil Muertes and I’m not sure he’ll ever get that back. The finish was logical and a way out of a finish they probably don’t want to do at this point but it was still cold. It’s easy to see they should’ve switched this to before the tournament.

adios Dragon

This was a really good tournament! It’s mostly carried by Cavernario & Titan pulling off the unexpected upset win, but they built well to that point. Even the previous partial upset of Guerrero Maya eliminating Mephisto set the stage well for the final: of course Carístico & Mephisto were going to just make comebacks all night and Titan & Cavernario had no real chance. Until they actually did. Titan & Cavernario versus Sansón & Soberano was the short tournament action match, Titan & Cavernario versus Mephisto & Carístico was the full length back and forth and back and forth again match. Mephisto & Carístico switched well to rudos for the occasion, which is a little bit of a tipoff but still worked. That tournament block final alone is worth watching, but you might as well start early and watch the semifinal prior.

There’s nothing else from the tournament strongly worth checking out. Others got into the Blue Panther/Titan mat work section more than I did. The Sanson/Soberano versus Triton/Rey Bucanero first round match was the best to me, though nothing must see. Angel de Oro & La Bestia lasted a lot longer than they should’ve given the break up set up happened pretty early. Flyer had a bad night and didn’t get caught at all on his moonsault. He came up with a limp and got counted out when that might have not been the intended plan. Flyer was able to walk to the back afterward.

The tercera was the most professional of the three undercard matches, though it was missing a bit of a spark. Negro Casas & Dragon Lee have been great together in the past. Casas didn’t seem eager for it tonight and didn’t have the same chemistry. Niebla Roja & Terrible feuded a little bit, just not as good as Hechicero & Stuka the match before. The rest of the action was fine if not memorable.

Titan has two weeks to work on his Worm

There was a good effort in the second match but it didn’t work out. Stuka & Hechicero tried really hard to hype their rivalry, it was the best part of the match and it was strange they didn’t use that for the finish. Rey Cometa is trying so hard with the new look. I hope it gets him his push as skeptical I am of it actually happening. The third fall got derailed a bit. Black Panther tries a headscissors that Polvora was on a different page. Cometa was shook up after hitting the ropes wrong.

This show didn’t start well. Everyone seemed off. Robin and Akuma have faced each many times and the tricky stuff looked worse than usual here. Principe Diamante was a bit sloppy. The Espanto wheelbarrow suplex finish in the first fall was sloppily done and could’ve ended dangerously. He was in a rough mood the rest of the match and probably should never try a reverse ‘rana again.

great match roundup, week of 2019-03-23

bad times for a smurf

I’m usually good on getting everything from CMLL watched prior to Monday’s Puebla show. On occasion, I’ll even have the recaps done and scheduled to be posted before Puebla airs. This is a very rare instance where I’m so far ahead that this post is going up on what would be considered on time before the next week starts. On the other hand, I haven’t worked a moment on my taxes. So maybe not great life priorities. (It definitely won’t be this way next week, there’s no way I’m getting to CMLL Marca before Monday.)

Lots of watchable stuff even if nothing great. People seemed to like the Tuesday show (03-26) more than I did but it was the rare CMLL B-show I was ok with writing about everything.

Recommended Matches 

rating matches TV Show taped
good Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
good Flyer vs Titán in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
good Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Kawato San, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
good Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán vs Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
good Cavernario © vs Forastero for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Audaz, Drone, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
ok Astral & Eléctrico vs Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Nitro, Templario, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Pegasso & Stigma vs Akuma & Disturbio LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
ok Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
ok Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Naito, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
not rated Astro, Asturiano, Meyer vs Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
not rated Arkalis, Pantera Blanca, Súper Astro Jr. vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Hijo del Signo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
watch later Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship CAMPEONATO DE TERCIAS LA NGD(SANSON CUATRERO Y FORASTERO) VS ONE-ATOS STYLE(ESFINGE TRITON Y TITAN) (posted by A Los Raketazos) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón [MEX TRIOS] (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-03-23 2019-03-19

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-26

just wanted to see the Twitter reaction

Recapped: 03/26/2019

Matches:

Astral & Eléctrico beat Inquisidor & Yago
(11:52 [5:05, 2:50, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:02:00)

Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr.
(16:01 [4:34, 4:40, 6:47], 2/3, ok, 00:22:10)

Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Pólvora, Templario, Virus
(9:23 [5:46, 3:37], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:47:41)

Titán beat Flyer in a lightning match
(8:45, el Inmortal, good, 01:07:29)

Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
(12:32 [6:12, 2:30, 3:50], 2/3, ok, 01:22:11)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón
(12:06 [4:52, 4:10, 3:04], 1/3, good, 01:45:40)

What happened:

the new look does work for dives

Templario fouled Rey Cometa for no great reason.

Inquisidor is a sub for Cholo. CMLL still plays Cholo’s music for a few seconds before figuring it out. Yago is mentioned for recovering from injuries suffered in the apuesta match months ago. He’s got a good over his mask, which also may have been changed. The Subzero faceguard still is very bright.

Thoughts:

The main event fulfilled the goal of a positive match to send the people home happy. I’m not sure if I’ll remember it by the time this actually goes up, but they did a quick match and a good pace, keeping the match moving thru the rudo section to the quick comeback and win at the and. This is what they seem to try for every Tuesday and it worked a little better than usual even while being shorter than usual.

Remember the time Averno left CMLL and Mephisto & Ephesto needed a new partner and veryone wanted it to be Hechicero and it ended up being Luciferno? That didn’t really work out for us but maybe it worked out for Hechicero? He’s doing OK, though he showed how well he could work with the other two if given the chances. Hechicero and Stuka worked this match like their feud was something CMLL cared about, and they brought the rest of the match-up. The downside was the timing was just off in the third fall Atlantis run, and that’s enough to make him look really old. Atlantis working Tuesday show semi-mains doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

Raziel having a good day

The lightning match was a rare moment of Titan not being the underdog. Flyer is still a bigger size than Titan but he was the one who had to keep sneaking in the superkick at the right time to avoid taking big blows and eventually made the big mistake that cost him. This was more Flyer getting in limited shots at the right time and get knocked around a bit, and he did better at it than the generic aerial luchador on some Fridays. It probably doesn’t work against anyone but Titan, who looked as good as usual, but there’s some hope there.

The tercera felt cut short because of the foul finish, which was too bad because the técnicos looked on. Audaz did a few evasive Audaz things but also got so much height on his dive. Maya looked sharp too. Cometa/Templario should happen when Templario eventually gets a title but it was a random bit to end in a DQ here. Templario did get dropped right on his skull on a Rey Cometa Spanish Fly. Maybe the foul was a bit justified.

The segunda was I guess fine, but too long for me. They took advantage of the space to try some weird offense instead of just the usual same brawling, though maybe Oro Jr’s attempt at a handspring stunner could use some work. They did get in a dive in the segunda, a Tuesday rarity, and Raziel did that thing where he looks like great for about five minutes.

The opener was more competent than usual. The year of being the lowest people on the totem pole has definitely taken a big toll on Astral & Electrico’s energy. They were just fine here. Yago moved like a guy who wasn’t dealing with an injury, though the t-shirt at least made him look like he gained weight. He had some creativity and was willing to set up for técnicos. There are parts here that could’ve worked in a better match.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-29

crazy caveman

Recapped: 03/30/2019

Matches:

Akuma & Disturbio beat Pegasso & Stigma
Pegasso & Stigma beat Akuma & Disturbio
(13:22 [6:04, 3:21, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:01:40)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone beat Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
(12:27 [5:43, 3:02, 3:42], 1/3, good, 00:22:22)

Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario beat Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón
(13:57 [5:05, 2:46, 6:06], 1/3, ok, 00:44:53)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán beat Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón
(14:29 [3:55, 2:39, 7:55], 2/3, good, 01:09:35)

Cavernario © beat Forastero to retain Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
(20:57, 2/3, good, 01:37:17)

  1. Forastero triangle armbar (2:27)
  2. Cavernario plancha neanderthal (2:48)
  3. Cavernario cavernaria (15:42)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Naito, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(10:18 [5:00, 5:18], 1/2 DQ, ok, 02:08:16)

What happened:

Rush fouled Volador for the straight fall loss, then Los Ingobernables unmasked Carístico & Valiente.

Thoughts:

Los Hermanos Lee

The main event was fun in an exhibition fashion, with Naito having fun hanging out with Terrible & Rush when not getting crushed by a Valiente tope. He was into the spirit of things and did more than his partners. Rush seemed pleased with himself on the foul (and the stealing of Bandido’s bit) but was more into posing then coming close on dropkicks. Carístico was good, everyone else was just kind of there. This feels better than last year’s version but it is also only notable for Naito’s cameo.

So. About the title match. Cavernario is very good and the CMLL crowd loved him in this match. Cavernario’s eagerness to throw himself in and out of the ring made this match what it was. Cavernario hit all the big highspots from his match with Titan a month ago and played off last week’s finish, and this still wasn’t close to that match. Forastero just couldn’t put together much of anything compelling in this match, didn’t show the presence of his cousins in big matches. Forastero was just a guy who occasionally doing moves at a slow pace. The first two falls of not much didn’t help, but there was a lack of aggression and urgency here. A rudo/rudo match and a challenger who didn’t have much of a chance to win made this an uphill challenge but Forastero didn’t really rise to the challenge. Anyone else could’ve been put in his spot to get largely the same match.

It is so great to have Negro Casas back. The fourth match reminded me how Casas had a career making matches with Dragon Lee and Titan and probably could have one with Místico if they ever put him in a big singles match. He had the best sequences with each guy here, even if most of the ones with Místico were owning him. I think he and Dragon Lee would put each other out for a month if they had that singles match now but I still want to see it. NGD were OK if only really impressive when powerbombing the técnicos in the first fall, but they were good at being in the right spots for Dragon Lee & Mistico’s big headscissors. I only really liked the third fall but I really liked it a lot and it was much more than I was expecting.

Naito hit by microbus

The técnicos had a lot of ideas for group spots – there’s enough here that you could see Flyer replacing Titan in the trio, though that would also come with them moving down the cards – but it didn’t really come together as an interesting match. Tossing Flyer outside the ring to pull him back in for the finish was also weird and a flat way to end the match. Templario wasn’t bad but he’s had stronger appearances. Rey Bucanero did a piledriver on the apron for no reason.

The extra energy shown by both sides made a difference in the segunda. The técnicos were throwing themselves into moves and the rudos looked better than usual. I think the only one who wasn’t trying to do something crazy was Mije (so hopefully he’s the one who goes to Japan.) Black Panther’s tope at the end looked good. Kawato didn’t have anything seriously go wrong, always a small victory.

The opener was depressing in an unusual way for CMLL opener. They were definitely trying to have a good match, it was just not really happening for them. Stigma and Akuma just weren’t all that tight with the big spots they were doing. Akuma took a big bump to the floor of a headscissors that wasn’t much around the head. Disturbio and Pegasso didn’t actually do all that much. I’m not sure they’re capable of having a better match than this.