CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-10-26


taped 2013-10-22 @ Arena Mexico

Disturbio double knee

Metatrón & Robin vs Disturbio & Zayco: A very formula primera, with the same sequence of events at the same points as all the other openers ever. It was a little bit livelier in the third fall and it was actually one of Robin & Metatron’s better days, but it was so also so incredibly routine and uninspired.


[crowd chant here]
Aéreo, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Stukita is one of the handful of most exciting minis CMLL has, as he was again here, and it’s a shame we’re not getting to see him more often. Pequeño Warrior is one of the worst (Pequeño Universo holds the crown) and he’s seems to be getting a hair loss payoff in the next few months. He really put as little effort as possible here and built no interest in a match with him and Aereo. Everyone else was okay, but this was the rare two fall match where they actually gave the match less time and it showed.


Delta’s rolling over the ropes headscissors

Fuego, Sagrado, Starman vs Namajague, Sangre Azteca, Virus: Didn’t reach the potential of this match but still solid enough. Starman really seemed to enjoy wrestling Namajague and Virus was good, but a lot of the rest of this was the usual bits with the usual guys. An improvement over the last two matches.


great Titanics

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Vangellys: Vangellys has come a long way, but a Vangellys/Atlantis feud and Vangellys actually winning a match over Atlantis is still a pretty shocking sight. Vangellys made it seem not totally absurd. The match itself wasn’t as all out as some of the weekend Maya/Delta exploits but had some good moments.

Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Volador Jr. vs Super Porky, Titán, Valiente: Unusual for a CMLL match building to a hot tag – and then not really getting the técnicos a lot of offense after it. Rudos won pretty quick and easily in the end. Match was fine for a Tuesday main event, but a match with Valiente & Titan where the only guy who did a dive was Super Porky (so totally strange.) Aguila seems to be a Tuesday night star for the time being, but looked decently motivated here.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-26


Rudas plan needed some work.

taped 2013-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: Only aired because everyone was on auto pilot. Not a good match, not really interesting in anyway. Between the rest of CMLL’s Sunday show and the Guadalajara one, there surely were more interesting matches to be had, but what we had was a lackadaisical luchadora match.

Valiente crushes Ultimo Guerrero

taped 2013-10-20 @ Arena Coliseo
Valiente vs Último Guerrero: Straight up Ultimo Guerrero match, with Valiente plugged into the opponent spot. He did fine and the crowd was into him but it really wasn’t about him. There’s been a lot less singles UG matches of late and it’s been a pleasant change. UG still has no plans of changing how he does singles matches – not even the order of the moves in the third fall – so at least they’re giving chances to other people instead of doing these. This seemed a little longer and little better live, but neither version is worth going out of your way to see.


can’t believe this didn’t work!

Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: This seems like a real match live, but was edited down to not be much of one for the first two falls and then total autopilot for most the last two falls. I guess it was enough, but it was also very nothing special.. Crowd cheering more for Mascara than Sombra is feels so wrong but happened here. Unclear if there was a plan for a Mephisto/Mascara match the following week which got scuttled, or if this was just usual a CMLL random finish.

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CMLL En Busca de un Idolo: 2013-10-26



taped 2013-07-26 @ Arena Mexico

Vangelis is strong, mean

Fuego, Hijo del Fantasma, Negro Casas, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Vangellys, Virus in a cibernetico match: Fast paced and exciting cibernetico. They still found time to bury the losers with the in between promos – “here’s why these guys will never be big stars, now watch them on TV every week!” – and Misterioso continued his character of Village Idiot, but there were also some really good sequences in between. Vangellys and Valiente were more protected in their finishes than it seemed in match summary back in the day, though it’s still odd to use this as a lead up match without them being the final two. I really wanted more Virus/Negro near the end; the 90 seconds they showed wasn’t enough for such a unique match. (I could’ve gone for more Valiente/Virus too, but we’re at least likely to get that.)

Zacarias instant haircut

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-10-24


taped 2013-10-10 @ Plaza de Toros Jorge Guiterrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo


Pain & Psicosis try to balance the head trauma

Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taya Valkyrie: For a twelve minute match, it did not seem like it had as much as other mixed tag matches – the women were not in a lot, and the rudo section did not last long. Minis were good with the time they had but there was not a lot here.

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Psicosis, Steve Pain: The first couple minutes were totally fun and different with Daga & Jack Evans. The rest of the match was good too, just more in the vein of the other matches they’ve been doing with this técnico trio and I kind of got stuck day dreaming what it would be like if Daga and Jack actually got to have a singles match. That’s not the point here, just to continue to introduce Suicide (which seems be going well enough.) Suicide & Psicosis seemed a bad idea pairing to start but got better near the end.


Psicosis has no fun

Cibernético, El Mesías, Electroshock, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: La Secta against main eventers, and tread no different than the midcard geeks they’re set up to be. Normal AAA main event técnico showcase where the rudos did very little of note on offense and spent much more time selling. The match was built to give as much glory to the técnicos as possible, which doesn’t help an already nonthreatening rudo team to get over. Not quite sure why you need a distraction on a foul when it’s not a DQ for someone to run in and hit one of the participants with a chair. (Especially when they need a distraction for interference last week.)



Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Texano Jr. in a cage match: a lucha libre cage match. They did some random spots, people climbed up, people climbed down, it ended and I was thrilled to move on with my life. It was probably as good as a cage match with nothing on the line was going to be, but that didn’t mean it did anything for me.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-10-19


taped 2013-10-15 @ Arena Mexico


Akuma’s clever “standing up” counter

Metálico & Molotov vs Akuma & Misterioso Jr.: Misterioso as a replacement made it the usual opener less than that. He wasn’t so into being here and it showed, doing what he just needed to get by. Akuma and the técnicos had no chemistry and this was a lot less than last week’s match. This is also the usual bit of a midcard wrestlers struggling to beat early match guys, because no one’s any better than any one else (which means they’re all not too good.)



Acero, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Warrior versus Fantasy is the most random of all random feuds. Eléctrico is getting really good, especially he works with Pierrothito, but there frequently doesn’t seem to be enough motivated skilled people around to have a good trios match. This was not a good match Acero’s back and you would’ve hardly noticed he was here at all, then you would’ve noticed he looked way out of form.


heads up, Rey Cometa

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Virus: Fun match that would’ve been even better with a little more time. First two falls were more intense and inspired while the last was the usual stuff set up to a finish, but everything was done well. Tecnicos were really great as a team, which is unusual for a midcard trios group. Good build up to the tag title match (possibly by compelte concidence.)


Maximo as Mije!

Marco Corleone, Máximo, Thunder vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla: Standard trios match, with Niebla being mean towards Máximo instead of playing along with his antics. Woke up on the wrong side of the bed, I guess. Crowd reacted for the spots they were supposed, but definitely the match you’ve seen before outside of Marco’s wild punching spree near the end. (Repeating the spots is kind of the points, I understand.) Thunder is more interesting when he’s facing Euforia, for reasons which only exist in my mind.


rope flip into a kick

La Sombra, Shocker, Titán vs Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Volador Jr.: A mostly ordinary but kind of dead match that did pick up a little bit in the closing moments. I couldn’t believe Mr. Aguila wrestled the whole match in that big outfit, I could believe he was a little off because of all the time he spent off. Otherwise normal Volador/Sombra feuding with a splash of the other guys.

Sombra dropped on his head, yawn

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-19


It’s tough being Triton

taped 2013-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: High energy match with some occasional flaws. Triton and Sagrado had typical moments of things going not there way, but there was still enough here to make it worthwhile. Rudos are fun when Tiger & Puma are clicking.




Niebla Roja is a braver man than me

taped 2013-10-13 @ Arena Coliseo
Mistico, Thunder, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero: build up match for Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero with not a lot to that feud. Valiente brought the emotion, at least. And the tope. Niebla Roja got stuck working with Thunder and barely lived to tell the tale.


Valiente crushes UG

Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr.: Standard main event with no surprises. Just a standard Sunday main event. Volador is still way over but the crowd will still chant for Máximo to kiss him.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-10-17


Octagoncito tornillo

taped 2013-10-02 @ Auditorio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi
Aerostar, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Black Mamba, Gran Apache, Mini Histeria: Pretty much a técnico exhibition. Rudos exhibited a lot of head slaps and the willingness to keep hitting each other. Aerostar and Octagoncito got in a cool dives and crowd still loves Pimpi (despite some cringe-worthy moments) so it generally got over well but there wasn’t a lot to it. Rudos went out of their way to do nothing, most of not been an accident.




Pentago throws Fenix high in the air, crushes him into the ground


legdrop to Escoria’s bad arm

Axel & Fénix vs Pentagón Jr. & Último Gladiador and Dark Scoria & Dark Spíritu: The other two matches in the secret tournament were single fall matches, so of course this one is an elimination one for no particular reason. And chairs are legal but outside interference requires a distraction. AND they did an injury angle with Escoria and had him advance anyway and the injury angle (x2, since they repeated it with the Perros!) went nowhere so I don’t even know. There was a good match here, but you had to hunt around some other stuff to find it. Axel is so bad, but he was even worse in this. Pentagon and Ultimo Gladiador did everything they could to make Axel look good early and it was for nothing because he was so Dallys-level poor later on. I don’t get it. Match was better in the parts he wasn’t involved, but there just wasn’t enough of those parts. Crowd didn’t get into this as much as you’d think.


Jack near slingshot huracanrana


Jack crushing double knee

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Steve Pain: Really great match from all involved. Suicide had a much better than his first time out, looking spectacular and not running into any problems. AAA (and Jack & Angelico) are also going out of there way to make sure the new guy doesn’t come off as the lesser third of the team, making sure he gets in his big spots and gets the big win at the end. It’s a great way to get over the newcomer Rudos looked great, as aggressive at offense as they were skilled at working with the técnicos. The rudos created a sense they might actually pull this match off, which is impressive for a team that never wins. A crowd that wasn’t in to the show a lot going into the match was way into it by the end of this. Very much wish Carta Brava was getting to be in the new group with the other two; Juvi’s going to have to be very good to make up for him.


Psycho barricade headscissors

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Another Consejo/Circus match, now with more bleeding. Can’t believe Psycho lost to Texano on TV the week before his title match. Even cheating, what a strange deflating way to go about things. More of a trios match than the previous match with Texano and Psycho, getting every involved before coming down to the final, but not a match that interested me a much. Crowd was more into this than most anything else.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-10-12

Astral & Olimpico take out the champ


Sacrifica Maya

taped 2013-10-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia: a much more solid match for the técnicos than their recent (at the time) Arena Mexico appearance – Astral wasn’t missing things by a foot this time. Pequeño Violencia, on the other hand, didn’t look good and did not seem much into the match. Olímpico was fine and the match was generally the same, getting better in the end

Guerrero Maya straight on tope

taped 2013-10-06 @ Arena Mexico

Virus ringpost armdrag

Virus vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship: EXCELLENT – the best testament to the quality of this match is how people reacted to the Guerrero/Malenko cradle reversal spot. An overdone cliché spot that never ends a match, got people to believe it might actually end that way. (Since a hold no one was expected actually did it, the people probably should’ve expected it!) All three falls were great fun and built on top of each other well. The first two falls were as much a fight as a Rush match, just a fight over skill rather than force, and they both beautifully built into the finish. The third fall was more like a normal CMLL big match, thought his one had runs of offense and guys in trouble for minutes only to rally back (and a lot more than move and a kickout.) They even brought back the finish of the previous match from two years ago as a near fall, which I don’t even know if most people who saw this remembered but really worked well if you did. They did everything right here. This is one of the best matches of the year.


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