CMLL on Marca: 2018-08-17 

Mistico & Okada

Recapped: 08/17/2018

Matches:

Disturbio & Yago beat Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr.
(10:57 [5:18, 2:48, 2:51], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora beat Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Rey Cometa
(14:24 [4:58, 3:20, 6:06], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Kráneo 
(13:07 [4:05, 5:42, 3:20], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Forastero beat Audaz in a lightning match
(9:34/9:31 officially, Forastero armbreaker, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Negro Casas, Okada, Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente
(16:31 [6:46, 3:18, 6:27], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr.
(10:30 [1:39, 3:17, 5:34], 2/3 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

flying Forastero

A lengthy finishing sequence saw Cavernario fouled Taven once again, only for Volador to again make the save on the pin. This time, Rush was the one who faked a foul in the confusion to draw the DQ. Volador challenged Rush to a hair versus hair match. Rush asked the fans if they’d want to see him face LA Park or Volador. The crowd seemed to loudly support Park. Volador threw a drink at Rush before he could continue, and Taven attacked Cavernario in the skirmish. Taven declared he was sick of the fouls and suggested a Cavernario/Rush vs Volador/Taven match. Rush got the mic back to say he wanted a one on one match only, but Volador again soaked him with a drink before he could finish and another brawl broke out.

Okada wrestled Mistico for most of the match and defeated him cleanly with the Rainmaker in his CMLL debut. Diamante Azul attacked Okada after the match, which appeared to confuse everyone else. Okada threw chops back at Diamante Azul, so I guess it was planned but didn’t feel that way.

Oro might have suffered a knee injury taking Yago’s finish on the ramp to end the third fall. There was no injury update on YouTube.

LA Park was announced for next Friday’s show, which takes place the night before TripleMania.

Thoughts: 

Yago with a smooth submission

The main event was a strong brawl, with a very hot first fall and good total chaos to end it. The post-match back and forth was well done too, about as good as they could to build to any of the matches teased. There’s just the slight problem that CMLL has been heavily building towards a much better match for months and nothing here will convince anyone that they’d rather see Volador/Rush or Volador/Taven vs Rush/Cavernario even close to as much as they want to see Rush/Park. There’s no lemonade to be made from these lemons. The best case is Park & Rush being in a cage match with eight other people, and that’s not a great case either.

It’s weird that Taven fits better as a técnico than a rudo in CMLL, but his offense worked really well in spurts in this match. He even managed to work with Besita ok (though Bestia still couldn’t catch his dive.) A Cavernario/Taven match would probably go great, and I hope they get to it somewhere in this mess. Volador seems to be into whatever this is, very into this match and into antagonizing Rush afterward. Volador/Rush would also probably go great, but it’s not the right time for it.

not enough Okada raising the roof

Okada’s appearance in CMLL was basically one of the best possible FantasticaMania trios matches transplanted to Mexico. Okada threw himself into the match, wrestling as a rudo against Mistico and ripping his mask up for the cameras, taking a stage dive and particpating in UG’s usually triple team. The fans reacted to Okada stronger than they had for Tanahashi in the past when he was the NJPW guy, though he was still mostly booed as evil outsider. Okada did enough to make those who came to see him feel like they got to see something, and Okada worked well enough with Mistico so the people who didn’t come to see him didn’t feel out of place. Everyone else did their part well. UG did his part and then some at times, graciously catching both Valiente & Diamante Azul’s dives so Negro Casas could live another day. Diamante Azul brawling with Okada hurt the moment of his win and it’s hard to believe it’s going anywhere, so I have no idea why they bothered.

Audaz was showcased well in the lightning match. He pulled off moves, and strings of moves, in ways no one else is doing, and it won over a crowd inclined not to care about this match. There were a couple things that didn’t go right, but nothing galling, and it built to bigger stuff near the end. Forastero was right where he needed to be for Audaz’s moves and got a few in his own, especially the great dive near the end. These two should meet again and it’ll probably be better when they do

Kraneo’s efforts in the first fall peaked the tercera, and it slowed down a bit when the rudos took over. Kraneo’s moves and comedy work in any situation, while the Guerreros throwing people around doesn’t work as well with Kraneo and Atlantis on the other side. The double super press slam spot looked like it was going to go very wrong for a moment and didn’t look that good when they tried to do it. Ending was flat too.

change of directions

The segunda was a disappointing match. It’s an OK but only barely so. I wasn’t expecting high art from most of the people involved, but I did expect more than the two boring falls they had to start this match. Rey Cometa looked good, but no one else did much of anything interesting and they did not much for a very long time. Esfinge is not very good.

The opener was better than usual, with the rudos showing a lot and the third fall being pretty good. They were held back a bit by being in the opener and tried to make it work via apron moves. I write a lot about Yago in these matches but he stood out here again. The thing about Yago is he’s not a guy who seems for sure like he’d do better elsewhere. He’s a decent base, does a little comedy, has a couple nice spots (like his submission here) but doesn’t seem like he’s being held back. He’s a good fit as a CMLL luchador in what he does, but he’s limited doing it because he’s stuck as an occasion opener guy. He was a good fit with Disturbio here, who was working much lower than usual.

Kraneo

great match roundup, week of 2018-08-04

Iron Kid is very good

this week’s recaps

AAA was the best show of the week and the only show I didn’t watch live. (I think I might not be watching this week’s show live either.) It’s tougher to recommend AAA shows just because it’ll be a long time not subscribing to Twitch to see them – there’s not even a strong pirating scene on the right now – but at least I’ll remember to mention them again when they air in a month.

I don’t know what I should call the Friday show since it’s not really on Claro any more, because Claro’s not a thing. But it’s still the same show.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa vs Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Astro, Meyer, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
good Aerostar, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Taya vs Daga, Drago, Jeremiah Snake, Kobra Moon Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
good Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Aerostar & Drago vs Hijo de LA Park & Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.LA ParkPagano  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Valiente vs Hechicero in a lightning match HECHICERO ENFRENTA EN MATCH RELÁMPAGO A VALIENTE (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. vs King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Carístico vs Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok El Audaz vs Luciferno in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok Jack Evans & Joey Ryan vs Ivelisse & XO Lishus Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
ok Dragón Azteca Jr. © vs Mariposa [Gift of the Gods] Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
ok Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo vs Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok La Jarochita, Marcela, Mystique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis BUENA EXHIBICIÓN DE LUCHA POR PARTE DE MARICELA, LA JAROCHITA Y MISTIQUE (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) REYNA ISIS HECHO A PERDER CON SU DESCALIFICACIÓN UNA BUENA LUCHA (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Flyer, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Felino, Negro Casas, Okumura APOYADO NEGROS CASAS POR EL PÚBLICO AL ENFRENTAR LOS NUEVOS VALORES DEL CMLL (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) OKUMURA Y NEGRO CASAS VS SOBERANO JR. Y FLYER, LA LUCHA ACTUAL Y LA ANTERIOR¿CUÁL GANÓ? (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico vs Euforia, Penta El Zero M, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PENTA EL ZERO M EN DUELO CON MÍSTICO HERMANO DE DRAGÓN LEE Y RUSH (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok King Phoenix, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles matchLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) SE LUCIERON CON LUCHA AÉREA VOLADOR, PHOENIX Y MATT TAVEN VS RUSH, LA BESTIA Y CAVERNARIO (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
not rated Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño OlímpicoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro Disturbio Cmll Cancerbero y Nitro vs Super Astro Jr Astral y Eléctrico. 2a y 3a caída s (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Cancerbero y Nitro vs Super Astro Jr Astral y Eléctrico. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Matanza vs Mala Suerte Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-08-07 

Hechiceor elbow smash

Recapped: 08/08/2018

Matches:

Acero & Angelito beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:23 [5:36, 3:17, 4:30], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro beat Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr.
(14:07 [6:19, 4:42, 3:06], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
(13:20 [3:31, 3:23, 6:26], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(7:25, mask pull disqualification, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla
(11:38 [4:21, 3:08, 4:09], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
(11:00 [3:57, 1:46, 5:17], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Stuka beat Hechicero to set up a title match next week. This time for sure.

Thoughts:

nope

This show was full with matches where the crowd reacted nicely and I had a hard time caring. This particular match was a safe build to next week’s title match, with Stuka getting his tights ripped up but coming back to win anyway. They didn’t work against each other as much as normal for that situation. Angel de Oro & Hechicero worked the torture rack escape armdrag they failed at last time I saw them together, so that’s good.

Audaz & Luciferno essentially tried for the Dragon Lee & Luciferno tournament match in the lightning match. The difference is Audaz doesn’t have as deadly offense as Dragon Lee does yet, and they’re not ready to give Audaz this win yet. The general principle of the old bumping rudo making the young guy look good was there, though there are moments where it’s clear Luciferno would’ve been better at this a couple years ago. Audaz pulling him off the top rope with a headscissors didn’t quite go smoothly, and he stayed away from the fancier spots in this one. It’s still a good opponent for Audaz on the way up, a match-up worth going back to later even if this wasn’t a superb match on its own.

neat double underhook backbreaker

Trios was a simple Panther match, with a surprise submission finish and the crowd reacting to the older Panther’s every move. I’m not sure this would work as well if he was still masked: every tourist understanding that there’s an older man in this fight makes a difference and lets them get more out of little bits. This wasn’t really all that much.

The opener gets off early by not being interesting enough to bother with a negative rating. The segunda too. They were both poor but no one cares.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-06 

no one has been more excited doing a moonsault

Recapped: 08/07/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Meyer, Shockercito
(9:14 [3:47, 2:19, 3:08], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. beat King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:06 [6:28, 1:24, 6:14], 2 DQ/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente  
(12:33 [4:48, 2:53, 4:52] 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:51 [1:54, 2:27, 3:30], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(16:56, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Carístico torito (2:22)
  2. Volador backcracker (3:21)
  3. Volador Canadian destroyer (11:13)

What happened:

Sansón ripped off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ in the semimain

The segunda second fall DQ was for the rudos staying in the ring as a team too long. It did not seem like it was a planned spot, and it also seemed to come after a 10 count instead of a 20. A Universo/Samuray double pin spot in the third fall did look planned.

Shockercito atypically has his title belt, which makes it easy for Joker to challenge for it after his win.

Thoughts:

this whole bit went much, much longer

Volador & Carisitco came off as Volador screwing around thru a main event match, rather than Volador attempting to be a rudo. There were moments, like the long one where he talked to the crowd for about 20 seconds while Carístico motionlessly waited for him to get in position for a move, where Volador seemed like he ‘d rather be any place but there. Carístico wasn’t clean, but he was at least into the match. Volador did just about nothing for the first couple falls, and went thru a couple of his standard finishes to win in the third. Some of the fooling around was fun, the extended moonsault tease amused the crowd, but it’s also tough to care about a match when half the people in it visibly do not. Volador has been pushed to the side with the indie guys coming in, and maybe this was thought to give him a chance for something to do, but he seemed to want nothing to do with it. Maybe enough with Volador/Caristico matches for now.

The semimain left the tecnicos in one piece, and that was good enough. Matt Taven meshed well with the young rudos, though the crowd really had no idea what to make of him and the referee was so slow at moving out of his way on his moonsault. The rudos had a harder time with Octagon’s armdrag spots, and two guys doing the non-moving tosses is odd. Having Octagon do a dive a night seems like a bad idea.

Second and third match didn’t give me much to write about. I have so little to say about Rey Bucanero & Shocker matches in general that we’re getting close to me ranking Rey Bucanero’s bandanas. Hechicero trying to set up Angel de Oro for something Angel de Oro doesn’t do in every match and Angel de Oro failing at it was the definitive Angel de Oro moment.

The minis match wasn’t a fantastic match, and I sort of just want to endorse the thought. CMLL B-show trios matches tend to be the worse the longer they go because no one wants to (or is allowed to) do a lot in them. They just kill time doing the most basic or useless stuff, and it drags matches down into boredom. This wasn’t a long much, but it was a fun one because they cut out all the stuff the filler and just speed thru the important stuff. (The semimain was tolerable in the same way; it was never going to be anything good, so they just got it over with quickly.) It’s so much better than twenty-minute snoozefests and they seemed to be enjoying doing it. Not even match needs to be long and many CMLL b-show matches are probably all longer than they need to be.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 

more painful than a YouTube strike

Recapped: 08/10/2018

Matches: 

Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.
(6:32, Dinastia Spanish Fly Villano IIII Jr., good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa beat Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider
(8:58, Niño Hamburgesa splash Low Rider, great,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera 
(12:36, Carta Brava frogsplash Ciclon, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park & Taurus beat Aerostar & Drago
(5:09, Taurus Driver on Aerostar, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo
(7:37, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Psycho Clown beat Dr. Wagner Jr.LA ParkPagano
(18:57, Psycho Clown casita LA Park, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

shocking that the table held up before the powerbomb

Prior to the match, LA Park tells Wagner he’s only here because he (Wagner) couldn’t defend his mask, and that he’s going to avenge it from Psycho Clown. Wagner, who’s painting his eyes like NJPW Chris Jericho, says the same thing will happen to LA Park. Late in the match, Fantasma came out and hit both Park & Psycho with a chair. He superkicked Tirantes, who recovered in no time to count the pin when Psycho got Park with a casita a moment later. Fantasma didn’t seem particular in caring who lost.

In a stage bit, Hijo del Fantasma refused to acknowledge a young Hijo del Fantasma fan with a sing, because he’s now evil. La Mascara punches Máximo four seconds into the match and works with the rudo team the rest of the way. Mamba runs in after about four minutes, attacking everyone with a chair and apparently becoming a legal person in the match. Texano and Fantasma made peace after the match, which feels like it should’ve been a bigger deal.

Parka Negra and Hijo de LA Park fought after Hijo de LA Park’s match.

Ciclon Ramirez, representing Elite, made his AAA debut in the tercera. Juventud didn’t get along with his partners, and eventually attacked Ciclon to give Poder del Norte the win.

The feed dies during the entrances for the opener, and starts working a few seconds into the match. Vanilla bails back into the ring when on the top rope a plancha to the floor, grabs her leg, waits for Angelikal to do his dive, then clips her knee on the ropes on the way thru. She’s limping the rest of the match, though it’s not clear if she hurt her leg on the tope or abandoning the plancha.

Picudo was honored before the show.

Thoughts: 

Angelikal

The Main event started insane and slowed down a little bit as it went on so long. LA Park destroyed Psycho Clown something fierce. Psycho is as willing as Rush to just get beat up by Park in these matches. Rush’s offense just looked a bit more impactful, where Psycho tries to do stuff he can’t quite pull off (like the shiranui here.) This match lost a little bit something rewatching it, but it was still a strong brawl and the cloest AAA seems to be getting to a straight up Psycho/Park match – Wagner/Pagano were non-factors. Pagano is a goofball.

There was a fun comeback sequence the crowd was really into, with cool dives and such. There was also someone not in the match getting pinned, and the crowd kind of flatly reacted to that. I couldn’t look past it either. There were ways to do this whole sequence the same – Laredo could’ve be pinned and that led to Mamba coming out, and maybe even Fatnasma lays out Mamba at the end – that this just felt like a lazy finish. It was also a weird nontraditional way to end a match that otherwise felt like it stuck with a traditional structure. If five people can’t win against two people, then I’m not even sure what the point of having the number advantage is. The dives were cool at least.

Fantasma tope

The 2v2 match was good while it lasted, though it didn’t last nearly as long as you’d hope. Not sure if other matches went long and this got cut. Taurus with these técnicos is always going to be a good idea. Aerostar’s ideas weren’t quite working, and yet he still did enough of his usual weird flying to remain interesting. Taurus seems to really love being Taurus and plays the character well in small moments. He’s good and yet I don’t think he’s yet been in a match to see the best out of him. Parka Negra fit in well. Drago may or may not be 100%; they kept him outside a lot in this match.

Tercera felt like it went long for a match where the result was made clear the moment Juventud refused to tag in. Poder del Norte had been destroying teams actually working together faster than this, and this seemed more lasting just to allow people to get their moves in. Ciclon Ramirez looked like a major league caliber luchador, while also being less impressive than a lot of the técnicos who appeared on the show prior to him. Taking the pinfall in his first match doesn’t suggest big plans for him anyway. Joe Lider was almost tripped up by Joe Lider’s shirt early on. He did better from there.

Guerrera did not like that dropkick

The segunda was fantastic. This was the most mixed up lineup they’ve used for one of these – some Llave a la Gloria, some ex-Crash, some indie guys who came in recently, and Hamburguesa who’s been around a long time now – and they all really meshed together well. Vikingo has fit in like a glove with the Tijuana crew. Everyone fitting in suggests someone’s doing a really good job getting these guys on the same page. This one had a good build to a spectacular finish, and also crazy moves all the way thru. I’m not clear what Low Rider is supposed to be now with his new gear, and I’m mostly happy he was able to be a person still in his match after amazingly overshooting a dive. Parka Negra might have been a slightly better rudo than Black Danger. That’s a hard accomplishment, but Negra does some amazing jobs basing for people. The finish felt like the end of a fireworks show, with the only downside being more things going on than you could watch at one time. This is an easy recommendation.

The match times on the openers seem to be cut down on the recent shows, but they’re still fitting in a good amount of action with the time they have. They did some interesting mixing up of usual pairs too. Villano III & Dinastia were really good together, especially for a pair that’s barely worked together on TV to this point. V3 Jr. seems like he’s lost his TV spot for the moment with the Elite guys all coming in; he made the most a rare appearance here. Angelikal & La Hiedra doing a sequence was surprising and Hiedra did well with they laid out. It did contribute to the match in itself feeling a little bit too much as rehearsal, which was evident when Vanilla hurt herself on her dive and had to keep on going because they needed her to set up the comeback. She was definitely intended to be a star of the match and couldn’t pull it off; they may be trying too much with her too fast and it all caught up when she bailed on the first dive. Vanilla did well to finish, but this is another rough performance.

Park Driver

great match roundup, week of 2018-07-28

this was definitely a finish

Hey, doing these again. (Or more, “hey, I worked out some LU taping dates again.”)

Six straight days of shows (seven in eight) made me very excited to do anything else that weekend and I’m still not quite back on track. Flamita/Bandido/Fenix will take forever to make TV but maybe they can insert in a new announce track in the meantime? The CMLL Claro show is something you can watch now and should if you missed it.

I think I was possibly the only person to actually like the Daga/PJ Black match. In retrospect, LU had decided by then that Worldwide Underground was going to be the faces in the feud, but somehow didn’t have that as the plan at the start? I dunno.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Flamita vs BandidoFénix  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
great Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón HIJO DE LA PARK HACE TRIO CON CARÍSTICO Y MÍSTICO (posted by hector godfrey) LOS DINAMITA SUFREN DERROTA ANTE LA TERCIA TÉCNICA (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03
great Matt Taven © vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) VOLADOR JUNIOR LUCHO EN FORMA AGUERRIDA POR EL CAMPEONATO DE MATT TAVEN (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03
great King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M vs Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush L.A PARK Y RUSH SE OLVIDARON QUE ERA LUCHA DE TRÍOS Y SE DEDICARON A GOLPEARSE ENTRE ELLOS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PENTA Y FENIX LUCHARON CON LOS MÁS DE DIEZ VECES CAMPEONES DE PAREJAS EN E.U Y JAPÓN LOS BRISCOE (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) RUSH ACEPTO CABELLERA CONTRA MASCARA DE L.A. PARK EN EL 85 ANIVERSARIO DEL CMLL (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) RUSH ATACA POR SORPRESA A VOLADOR JR Y MATT TAVEN LO DEFIENDE (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03
good Astrolux, Lady Maravilla, Vanilla vs Keyra, Látigo, Starfire  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
good Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana vs Aramis, El Bandido, Flamita  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
good La Máscara, Máximo, Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans, Puma King, Teddy Hart  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
good Disturbio vs Tiger in a lightning match Disturbio Cmll vs Tiger. Match Relámpago (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31
good Daga vs PJ Black Lucha Underground: 2018-08-01 2018-03-01
good Killshot, Son of Havoc, the Mack © vs Mala Suerte, Paul London, Saltador [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2018-08-01 2018-03-01
good Arkángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire vs Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Arkangel Divino, Black Destiny y Genio del Aire VS Black Danger, Mirage y Ultimo Maldito (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
good Aerostar & Vanilla vs Chik Tormenta & Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
good Pagano & Psycho Clown vs LA Park & Pentagón Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))Pentagon Jr y L.A Park Vs Psycho Clown y Pagano / AAA en Aguascalientes (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
good El Audaz & Fuego vs Templario & Virus FUEGO Y EL AUDAZ A PESAR DE GANAR EL PÚBLICO MOSTRÓ SU DESAGRADO (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) TEMPLARIO VIRUS VS EL AUDAZ Y FUEGO (posted by hector godfrey) TEMPLARIO Y VIRUS CON EL APOYO DEL PÚBLICO (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
ok Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Hijo del Fantasma, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
ok La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 2018-07-29
ok Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito vs Joker, Mercurio, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-30 2018-07-30
ok Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Olímpico, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-30 2018-07-30
ok Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-30 2018-07-30
ok Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Flyer, Mistico, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles matchLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-30 2018-07-30
ok Drone, Star Jr., Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31
ok Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31
ok Cage & King Cuerno vs Pentagón Dark Lucha Underground: 2018-08-01 2018-03-01
ok Angelikal, Astrolux, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
ok Argenis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Hijo de LA Park, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
ok Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 2018-08-02
ok Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto ÁNGEL DE ORO NIEBLA ROJA Y BLUE PANTHER JUNIOR HICIERON TRIO (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) MEPHISTO EPHESTO Y LUCIFERNO CAEN ANTE NIEBLA ÁNGEL Y PANTHER (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03
ok Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas vs Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Solar I HD: NEGRO CASAS LUCHA COMPLETA DE LAS LEYENDAS EN SUS 40 AÑOS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) HIGLIGHTS Negro Casas, Blue Panther y Atlantis vs Fuerza Guerrera, Octágon y Solar (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LAS LEYENDAS BLUE PANTHER SOMETE A OCTAGÓN Y ATLANTIS A SOLAR (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) LAS LEYENDAS DE GALA PARA EL HOMENAJE DEL NEGRO CASAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) NEGRO CASAS AGRADECE AL PÚBLICO Y AL CMLL POR EL FESTEJO DE SUS 40 AÑOS DE LUCHADOR (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) NEGRO CASAS APARTA A UNA BAILARINA, QUE LO QUIERE BESAR, PERO ES DALLYS SU ESPOSA CON ANTIFAZ (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) NEGRO CASAS SE ENFRENTA A FUERZA GUERRERA CULMINANDO SU LUCHA DE FESTEJO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV)NEGRO CASAS, SUS HIJAS Y NIETOS, UNO DE ELLOS EL HIJO DE PSYCHO PRESENTES EN SU ANIVERSARIO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) SOLAR SOMETE A ATLANTIS AMBOS ALUMNOS DEL DIABLO CASTILLO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) SOLAR Y BLUE PANTHER INICIARON LA LUCHA DEL 40 ANIVERSARIO DEL NEGRO CASAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) SOLAR Y BLUE PANTHER INICIARON LA LUCHA DEL 40 ANIVERSARIO DEL NEGRO CASAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 2018-08-03
not rated Black Tiger, Lestat, Rey Samuray vs Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-30 2018-07-30
not rated Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis & InquisidorLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31
not rated Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-31 2018-07-31

CMLL Marca: 2018-08-10 

Hechicero sault

Recapped: 08/10/2018

Matches:

Oro Jr. & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(8:47 [2:59, 2:11, 3:37], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

La Jarochita, Marcela, Mystique beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(12:11 [6:31, 3:07, 2:33], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Felino, Negro Casas, Okumura beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Titán
(11:26 [3:51, 4:25, 3:10], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente beat Hechicero in a lightning match
(9:50/”9:09”, estacas india, good, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico beat Euforia, Penta El Zero M, Último Guerrero
(10:29 [2:58, 2:32, 4:59], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

King Phoenix, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(7:17 [3:03, 4:14], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

Misitco diving headscissors

The main event was two straight DQ finishes. Rush faked the corner dropkick on Fenix and pulled off his mask to end the fall instead. Cavernario fouled Taven in the second fall, but Volador broke up the pin. Volador faked a foul moments later, drawing a DQ on Rush. Challenges were made for a straight trios rematch and a Rush/Volador match. Cavernario also suggested a singles match with Taven backstage.

There was no storyline at all in the semi-main. Mistico & Carístico had no issues. Carístico & Penta had slight issues, but Carístico pinned Penta clean in the end. This was followed by a video announcing Penta would be the 09/14 Anniversario show.

There was a clock malfunction in the lightning match; the screen read about 7:47 when the match started, and then CMLL avoided showing it for a while. By my watch, the finish came about 10 seconds short of ten minutes, though they just had started to tease the draw in reality.

Isis pulled off Jarochita’s mask for the DQ in the women’s match. This either means nothing at all or everything during Anniversario season, depending on if they’re back next week.

Thoughts:

opening match teamwork (could be a little cleaner)

The main event was fine while it lasted but it didn’t really last, but it didn’t last long. Usually, two fall main events still go a decent amount of times, but this one felt like a little bit of action a lot of rushing to the finishes. Fenix got to do the least he’s shown since coming here, but that wasn’t as much him as of how everything went. This was really the sort of the main event you get after a big semifinal match, except there wasn’t one of those either.

Mistico & Carístico looked very good working with the rudos in the semimain. Maybe too good, if only because I would’ve thought they’d be setting up something with Penta and they just beat him as no big deal. The crowd was very into the idea of them facing off and they could’ve gotten a lot more out of that. This was a clean and nice trios match but could’ve easily been more.

bad times for Hechicero

Hechicero and Valiente seemed like a match that was going to be a slow started building to a few dives and a finish. Instead, they threw bombs in the first few minutes, with Hechicero both taking a big shot with the armdrag to the floor and coming back with his own moonsault. It was a hard pace early and they kept it up well throughout and felt like a big fight for the win. The crowd was really into the frontcracker reversal sequence late, and cared about the kickouts in a way they don’t normally seem to do in these lightning matches. Hechciero losing to Valiente before a title defense doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it was good otherwise.

Tercera was a generic showcase match for the técnicos, sticking out even more that way because they took the bulk of the first two falls. They ran thru their usual offense before the rudos had much of a chance to do anything. It didn’t really get much more inventive; everything was performed well but it was as if someone just ordered the usual. Okumura being a replacement in this match while his ribs are hurt enough to need wrap is a great CMLL mystery. Perhaps him getting a win over Soberano is a clue.

The women’s match was about the same women’s match as always. Literally as always, as Dalys, Isis and Amapola did the rudo control moves in seemingly the same way they always do. The action is usually OK, but don’t ever watch the other people waiting around to do their move – Jarochita & Reina Isis were holding hands and walking while out of the way when Jarochita was going her dive.

The opener was quick, it had a few decent moves, and it didn’t have Espanto messing up things. That’s an upper tier CMLL opener. Oro was also more solid than usual and he and Star had some good combination offense.

sure way to get Bestia dive is to dive right thru him

Lucha Underground 4×9: A Match Made In Heaven

Aerostar wastes no time

Matches

Matanza b Mala Suerte (0:43, Wrath of the God, NR)

Joey Ryan & Jack Evans vs XO Liscious & Ivelisse (6:51, modified gogoplata, ok)

Dragon Azteca b Mariposa (3:06, casadora cradle, ok)

Johnny Mundo, Taya, PJ Black, Aeorstar b Kobra Moon, Daga, Drago, Jeremiah Snake (8:43, Fin de Mundo, good)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark (3 defenses)
Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (1 defense)
Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc (2 defenses)
Died This Season (9): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed)
Resurrected (1): Jeremiah Crane

Developments

convoluted but interesting

Most of the news in the show was wrapped around the main event atomicos. That 4v4 match was not quite like it had been set up last week. Vibora is confirmed dead, which Kobra Moon applauded as “cold-blooded” move. It’s not really clear what dead means on this show since his replacement was the suddenly resurrected Jeremiah Crane. He’s now known as Jeremiah Snake. Johnny Mundo was not expecting that, but did see the issue everyone figured last week: Ricky Mundo actually wrestling in this match would certainly mean a loss. Ricky was benched (just as he was in last year’s atomicos), and Aerostar was introduced as the unlikely replacement. That set up Worldwide Underground as the técnicos in this match, and Aerostar helped the team get the win. Johnny repaid Aerostar by using his one wish to free Drago from Kobra Moon’s control. Moon left Drago behind, and Aerostar unchained his confused ex-friend.

(There’s some loose ends tied up here, but only never spelled out: Crane/Snake was in the casket in the Reptile Tribe throne room, and Mundo never attacked Drago because he was planning on freeing him.)

Taya was very unhappy by Johnny’s wish decision. They had fought a war against the Reptiles, risked Johnny freedom, and ended up getting nothing out of it. Mundo explained his own wish was something Kobra Moon could not give him, but Taya could. PJ Black pulled a ring box out of his tights and Johnny used it to propose to Taya. She said yes, he said “oh yeah!” and carried her around on his shoulder as familiar music played. Backstage, Ricky Mundo seemed to be taking this news badly – except the “till death due us part” line.

Jack on point

Not a lot of huge news on the rest of show. Mariposa teased seducing Antonio Cueto for a Gift of the Gods title shot but offered him money instead, maybe $20,000 worth. Cueto accepted the cash, and it might have been his preferred option. Mariposa wanting the Gift of the Gods title match was a little peculiar given how strongly she believed her brother Marty should be going after Penta instead, but the match didn’t really last long enough to consider it. As long as Dragon Azteca Jr. defends his title against people who never win on this show, he stands a good shot of actually making it intact to Ultima Lucha 4.

The problem for Dragon Azteca is the people who don’t win on this show are a vanishing breed. They’re not winning, they’re just vanishing. Mala Suerte was the bottom dweller to be sacrificed to the gods. He had the distinction of being chosen for his fate not directly by Antonio, but by Rabbit Tribe leader Paul London. Antonio told the London to pick one person for the match, and London offered up Suerte for losing last week. Saltador desperately wanted to helped his friend both in the match and before he was sacrificed, but London wouldn’t allow him.

The other match on the show was a tag match continuing the XO Liscious/Jack Evans beef, with Ivelisse & Joey Ryan as partners. The announcers were stuck on Ivelisse & Liscious not working together smoothly, though it didn’t get anywhere except for their loss. XO got trapped in Jack’s choke, would not give up, and passed out instead. The referee stopped the match, which didn’t stop Jack from applying the choke. Joey Ryan uncharacteristically attempted to talk Jack down. It took Ivelisse kicking Jack to actually get it done. Ryan was still upset with Jack after, and that might be the other unlikely técnico turn of the night.

Thoughts

a tight 450 from a good angle

About a half hour into this show, when Kobra Moon announced the Vibora replacement was Jeremiah Crane with a new jacket and a sillier name, I was forced to evaluate my relationship with Lucha Underground. Or what this show was in that moment. “Jeremiah Snake” seemed like a comedy gimmick a wrestler would do on an indie show where no one was really getting so they decided to have fun instead. It was silly, yet not nearly as silly as dubbing in Hanna Barbara sound effects as Mala Suerte’s offense. The Dragon Azteca/Mariposa match, a three minute special where the crowd reacted like the wrestlers had gone ten meaningful minutes (and maybe actually did in their version) was silly in it’s own way. This show must be working for someone. I don’t like abandoning things halfway thru, but watching them do “Jeremiah Snake” felt like it was going to be time to leave the show to people who were still enjoying after the next dozen or so episodes.

Luckily, Aerostar came out as the surprise Worldwide Underground member. Aerostar didn’t save things as much as Fenix did in Azteca Warfare, but he was nice breath of fresh air and a reason why I liked this show to start with. The rest of the match was enjoyable, easily match I liked on the show the most, and it restored a little faith in this process. The post-match wasn’t my favorite – the Drago story ending seemed incidental after how long it went, and doing an extended homage to an 80s WWF angle (complete with referencing it in the show title) is an odd way to go for a lucha libre show – but at least it felt like things happened, and things I was not interested in were no longer happening.

Still, most of this show was doing stuff I wasn’t interested in seeing. The Evans/Ryan vs Licious/Ivelisse match served a purpose I understood, and I’m sure they’ll have something creative for the blowoff match, but this match was just a match. I’m not sure why crooked cop Joey Ryan is now a good guy, or why he’s here at all. (I am increasingly sure there’s more four-match shows this season because a fourth match is most cost-effective than a vignette, and that’s leading to a lot of people walking around with unclear motivations.)

one more tornillo

I do not understand why the Mariposa/Dragon Azteca match was what it was, something out of the WWE Attitude era of three minutes and rushed finishers for reactions. The crowd seemed to react to a lot more than we were seeing, so maybe there’s a cut of that action that’s actually worthwhile to see.

I definitely do not understand this Matanza concept. Even if this is just something to side drain him until whoever his real next opponent is free to face him, an invulnerable monster sacrificing people to the gods should be a fearsome thing. It’s instead now a comedy bit, with sound effects to get amuse someone while the people actually involved in the match are trying to act like it’s a scarier moment. I don’t understand the point of the big Key vignette if Matanza was going to be in a match with Fred Flintstone sound effects a few weeks later. I don’t understand the point of the big White Rabbit vignette if the Rabbit Trine are exactly the same characters they were before, and the White Rabbit doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. While I’m thinking of it, I don’t really understand where the overarching plot with Agent Winter, the gauntlet, the tribes, the Order, the guy in the limo, has gone since the second episode of this season.

Lucha Underground has thirteen episodes, fourteen hours left. Maybe they can pull it together. I’m not exactly confident that a wedding broken up by Ricky Mundo is going to be what I’m looking for, but maybe a lot of stuff will get paid off in the second half of the season and make more care a bit more about what’s going to happen next. Right now, I feel just slightly less confused and disoriented than the newly freely Drago, and neither of us need to be slaves to this show.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 

 

LA Park

Recapped: 08/03/2018

Matches:

El Audaz & Fuego beat Templario & Virus
(12:54 [6:51, 3:15, 2:48], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:44 [3:46, 3:56, 4:02], 1/3, ok,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(14:31 [3:35, 3:43, 7:13], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas beat Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Solar I
(11:25 [5:22, 3:10, 2:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Volador Jr. beat Matt Taven © to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(16:39, 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

  1. Matt Taven frogsplash (3:43)
  2. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:51)
  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (11:05)

King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M beat Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush
(19:35 [4:29, 4:59, 10:07], 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

a big night for Parks

Rush dropkicked LA Park twice at the close of their match, covered LA Park, and picked him up before three both times. Rush then purposefully unmasked LA Park and fouled the referee when he called for the disqualification. Rush grabbed camera cords from the outside and brought them in to repeatedly whip Park, payback for Park doing the same thing after their singles match. Rush told Park the time for talking was over, he wanted a mask versus hair match at the Anniversario show, and he wanted it to be no rules because he wasn’t planning on following them. LA Park wanted that too, and said the rules were the only thing stopping him from finishing Rush last time they met. No one specifically said the match was on. CMLL was careful to say they were on the road to it happening, not that it was happening. Still, fans were left with the idea that would be the match with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

Volador regained the NWA Welterweight Championship from Matt Taven, despite some slow counts from Tirantes. Rush, for no particular reason, attacked Volador after the match. Taven got involved and got attacked, but Taven and Volador were eventually able to repel Rush out. (Flyer, Volador’s second, was no help.) Taven was clearly a técnico afterwards.

The Negro Casas Anniversary match was wrestled cleanly, with no match being set up. Negro Casas’ family (including Warrior Jr. and the Psycho Clown babies, but not Psycho himself) came to the ring to honor him and Sofia Alonso gave Casas a plaque. Many of the wrestlers and referees wore silver 4:40 armbands in his honor.

Thoughts:

Air Taven

The show delivered. If there’s a better top to bottom CMLL show this year, it’s going to be an amazing show. The legend match felt special even it wasn’t good, and the segunda felt more like it belonged on a regular show. Everything else was very good or better, and it felt like a huge night of wrestling.

It probably felt even better in the building. It’s two straight days of pretty good wrestling shows where the production was unable or unwilling to show all of the action. Outside of the usual bit of missing in between fall action to air replays, CMLL seemed reluctant to show LA Park & Rush brawling past the barriers. There were multiple moments in the opening falls of the main event where CMLL went to a wide shot of the arena, showing nothing in particular, while Park & Rush were a half-dozen rows deep into the crowd. It sounded like an exciting match, but it wasn’t looking like one when they were giving us shots of the Lucha & Briscoe Brothers keeping in a little lowkey when they thought the attention was elsewhere. The third fall was outstanding, with the Jay & Mark vs Fenix & Penta action being surprisingly well laid out action for two teams who hadn’t interacted before. All four worked really well together, and I’d love to see them have a straight tag match down the line. LA Park and Rush was LA Park and Rush, with an amazing reaction for the faceoff they did near the end. I wish I could trust that they were actually doing the mask match, but CMLL spent a summer with Último Guerrero & Atlantis declaring they were going to have a mask match only to end up with Volador & La Sombra. Giving wrestling promotions the benefit of the doubt is foolish.

 

a beautiful Mistico toss headscissors

Matt Taven versus Volador was the usual big Volador title match. It had the two early falls, it had all of his big spots, and it had Matt Taven getting near falls off moves he’d established early. The crowd very much feared Taven was going to win off the frog splash in the third fall. (They didn’t react as much to the headlock driver, which was what set up the win last time around. CMLL doesn’t remind people of finishes from five months ago.) I still don’t understand why CMLL did this title change, but Taven’s willingness to work a Volador style match on Volador’s home turf might be a reason they keep going with him. Taven seemed as if he hurt his knee early in the third fall, but perhaps it was just a slip since he kept on going fine and was there for all of Volador’s offense. I wonder why they had to turn him técnico post match, but maybe there’s as much reason as there was for this title change.

The legends match was the expected more of a “good to see these guys” than an “actually good” match. Fuerza Guerrera stole the show by actually doing a dive and instigating fights where every they could. I assume they’re going to keep bring these same guys for legends matches regardless, but the number of Solar matches left in Arena Mexico can probably be measured in single digits. He looked very old struggling to finish the first fall. Octagon looked usual Octagon bad more of the match but did manage a dive in the end. They got thru the match well enough, but the money getting thrown in at the end spoke more to these guys being legends enough for the fans to overlook the quality of the match.

 

bad times for Audaz

Everyone was on in the tercera. Mistico & Carisitco looked clean in their big moves. The NGD did a pretty good destruction for a fall and a half, adding some new ideas to the stuff they have in down right away. The big show crowd always has it’s hatchets out for Mistico. He was good enough in big matches to get them to forget to boo him at times. It was easily Hijo de LA Park’s best match in CMLL so far and a match fitting a big show.

The second match wasn’t really impressive. It didn’t seem to be any better than the usual match between these teams, and you’d expect it a little bit more for this bigger show. Panther did get his dive right and had better backbreaker than usual, but didn’t seem all the way into it. All the técnicos seemed a little thrown by the boos for them, which should’ve been expected. Mephisto and crew did the usual ok but unspectacular work as usual.

The opener was a solid match. The crowd was in the mood for more flying than they were doing early and so was I. The no opening match dive poly was well in effect, but they figured out a way to pick it up. Templario’s apron dropkick looks to be a frequent spot now, while Audaz made up a new move when his original idea didn’t go well.

Monito wins

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-07-31

this is two different tries at this

Recapped: 08/1/2018

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor beat Retro & Sangre Imperial
(11:49 [4:54, 3:20, 3:35], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany beat Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit
(12:12 [5:22, 3:06, 3:44], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Drone, Star Jr., Stigma
(9:10 [4:49, 1:54, 2:27], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(7:40, jumping spinning DDT, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora
(14:21 [3:39, 5:07, 5:35], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:45 [6:02, 1:37, 5:06], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Hechicero & Stuka agreed to a match next week.

Thoughts:

One way to catch a tope

This didn’t have the smoothest main event. I could not believe the Guerreros tried the super press slam bit on Kraneo. It wasn’t much of a press. Somehow, the chokeslam on Carístico went even worse. The second fall was delayed by Último Guerrero going into the crowd, seemingly to point out someone who had thrown something at him. It was that kind of energy. Carístico and Euforia messed up a headscissors in an impossible fashion. They did give us a Kraneo and Último Guerrero doing sumo spots, and perhaps that’s all we need.

Stuka/Hechicero looks like it’ll be solid if not spectacular, a lot like the semimain. This match was a bit all over the place, to the point where I couldn’t tell if they were doing some Blue Panther level weirdness or if just not totally paying attention. The Mascara/Hechicero midmatch fight might have meant to have some payoff that Stuka interrupted, but the countout to end the second fall felt more like they lost track of who was captain. Dragon Lee did a lot of exciting stuff, surprisingly breaking out the diving headscissors off the apron on a Tuesday show. He also used a Boston crab as a finish.

another way to catch a tope

Tiger/Disturbio was better than the average rudo/rudo lightning match, though maybe only a good by the sliding Tuesday scale. Disturbio does both big (faking the injury again) and little (repeatedly finding a limb to put on the ropes to make Tiger have to cover again) things to make it feel like something’s actually happening. It also allowed Tiger to play técnico, and his dives and moves worked well in that context. The new spinning DDT needs a bit more speed so it’s not so obvious the rudo is carrying him around, but it’s an interesting idea.

They didn’t go long in the tercera, which at least meant they went faster. It was more of a Misterioso “look how stupid the rudos are” more than a Sagrado “look at the rudos actually doing something” match. They made the most out of the rudos dumbness and Drone had a nice tope.

perhaps not a great idea