CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-08


Cachorro tope


taped 2014-01-31 @ Arena México

As usual, there’s no point in reviewing each match. It’s rare there’s a useful match on these tournament shows. I’ll recap each novato instead

There was nothing bad about Rebelde here, but I need to see more of him before having nay feeling about him. It was nice they got him a pinfall over Panther here. More real matches (or at least lightning tags) than past tournaments, though they’re also clearly edited.

Oro powerbomb on the apron

Akuma didn’t do much but get facesmashed by Sombra and give him his own finisher, which actually seemed to shake up Sombra a bit. He was down for far longer than normal and was still walking it off at the finish.

No time here for Hombre Bala Jr. to do much; they even cut in in mid move, then went right to his Destroyer. (The show ending video package showed he did get in his corner tope, but that was cut in the match footage. This was a longer than usual tournament.) This might have been his last chance to win; he should move up enough in 2014 not to really be belong in this next year.

first part goes better than the second

Espanto and Rebelde might have not advanced out of the first round, but they got free Avernos hoodie t-shirts for participating. Much like Espanto, this match was short, sometimes a mess, and very generic. (When kicking out of the middle rope Devil’s Wings doesn’t get a big reaction, you’ve done it too many times.) Espanto also might not make it back to this tournament next year, but it’s because he’s going the other way. CMLL debuting 8-10 new people a year means people are constantly getting pushed out of the way to make room; Espanto’s got to show something more this year or he’s in danger of ending up in Robin-land or worse.

Oro springboard tope

Cachorro reversals of the Devil’s Wings wasn’t nearly as smooth as his father (few are), but they booked him like a guy who knows how to sneak out wins he shouldn’t get. Using him as the anti-Misterioso would be an interesting way to set him apart. His short bit as a Tiger-like rudo in the second match was good, though it also seemed like his father was literally calling spots for him at times. (“Bite the foot, son!” may not be an actual quote.)

Guerrero Negro had a good look for once. Soberano was a really good fit for him. He looked strong throwing around the lightest guy in the division and set up Soberano’s moves well. He didn’t do anything super memorable in this tournament but did well for what he was asked

Volador treats Oro’s head like a pinata

The Soberano/Volador Spider-Man outfits looked great, and it actually made Soberano look less skinny. Soberano’s standing moonsault into a double knee drop on Mephisto, not as much. These two did a lot of teasing of certain loss, including one of moment where they were doomed in every round. It was more dramatic than these matches are usually allowed to be. Other things were more to form – of course we got the double stage dive, though Soberano maybe needs to work on his form if he ever tries that again. (And of course it lead to the other team just walking to the ring and getting their own dives.)

Oro has a Mascara Dorada like willingness to take big abuse; the powerbomb onto the apron looked not fun. I thought he looked like the more elegant high flyer than Soberano, but then I always think that. He seemed a little limited when he started repeating moves in just the second match and it would’ve been nice if he brought out his submission finish, but both he and Soberano held together well in the kickout filled block final. I also enjoyed how Sombra set Blue Panther up in a faraway spot, so he wouldn’t be reliant on anyone having to remember to roll. Better. Sombra seemed to be in an unhappy mood

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-08


ups and downs of Pequeno Halcon.


taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena México
Pequeño Halcón & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Warrior: Pequeño Warrior tried to claim a foul on armdrag, and even the referee didn’t care. This turned into a usual Pequeño Warrior goofing around match for stretches and was an okay match for other stretches. Nothing not involving him went too wrong, but there wasn’t too much to it. Shorter match than usual for minis, though maybe not for an opener.


Oro Jr. springboard tornillo

Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, El Rebelde, Hijo del Signo: Good for the level. Oro & Soberano both looked good with their bigger spots. Hijo del Signo did better job working with them than I was expecting, and Disturbio was solid as usual. Glad he’s keeping the bald head for the moment. This was a better read on Rebelde than the Gran Alternativa match. I was wondering if he’d be a guy who takes crazy falls like his father. Rebelde managed to nearly fall on his head twice in this match, so that seems like a yes. He’s going to be fun if he lives. Starman seemed slow or just didn’t have great timing, he’s been better in other matches.


El Rebelde lands on his head, I

Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Shigeo Okumura: This was a fun tercera. The top three are all good matches but this was my favorite. Espiritu Negro dressing in all white for his first match was weird. Espiritu Negro doing the Black Warrior hamstring flip bump was near. He also helped Guerrero Negro get revenge on Super Halcón by using one of the Gen11 moves on him, so good debut. The match did fall apart for a moment in the second fall (when Espiritu fell too soon on a dropkick and Guerrero nearly did a senton onto Bala’s head) but was generally good. It’s amusing Bala has a top rope version of his corner headbutt, but the normal one actually looks cooler. Fuego seems more confident since coming back from Japan and the crowd was actually chanting for him; I don’t know what they should do with Fuego, but they really should be doing something.

Disturbio facecrusher

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Virus: This was another good match, but the crowd seemed to die sometime in the third fall. I don’t know if they thought it was over with the kiss, but there was a weird lack of noise for guys wrestling the same level the rest of the match. There was nothing noteworthy about this match, everyone was good, but Niebla Roja is another guy I hope gets a bigger chance in 2014 because we haven’t seen what he can do in a feud in a while.

El Rebelde lands on his head, II

Rey Cometa, Rush, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla: Rush is an unprompted jerk to Tirantes and pays for it. Rush is an amazing técnico. Mr. Niebla playing mentor to Cavernario is so great for both characters. Cavernario generally did well here, though there was at least one point where he was not in the right position for Cometa and the slide to the floor needs a little bit of work. (It’s a good idea for him.) The Titan/Barbaro opening section went better than I would’ve figured. It didn’t feel like Rey Cometa got a whole to do here, but the Brillo Cometa looked superb. It seems like they’re setting up a trios match, but I’d be alright seeing the Niebla/Rush singles match from this.

Espiritu does some cool, celebrates, pays for it
Rush tries to knock Niebla’s afro off


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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-08


Maya surprise spear is a great addition


taped 2014-01-28 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo vs Arkángel de la Muerte: Perfectly OK match which I’ll have no memory of this time next week. Match was a bit better with Arkangel in control, and could’ve used Gallo to show some more personality or identifiable characteristic. He came off as an OK luchador but not a remarkable one. Using a generic CMLL big match nearfall/finish spot for the finish didn’t help in this case.


taped 2014-02-02 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger: This rematch wasn’t that much less than last week’s match, but the crowd was very less into it this time. There was more of a focus on the tag teams to set up that feud and the crowd did perk up when Atlantis & Negro were in to end it, but event that wasn’t as hot as last week. This match did still feature a lot of neat tag team spots between the two teams and the stage seems set for a really fun match between them next week.


Valiente Special

La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: A match with some exciting moments and sometimes some crowd reactions, but this again wasn’t a crowd that was very into the show. The two triple dive bits were very exciting, and the rudos worked had for the técnicos before getting the win. Sombra seemed well in the background on this one, which is weird for him.

triple dive

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-08


Drago tope con giro


taped 2014-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache: The never ending Faby feud continues – not versus Mary or Cuervo, but Hijo del Tirantes. Crowd was so hot for this show and so into this match, they were just doing stuff to make them react early and got into a better match later on. Drago seemed to work better with Mary than Cuervo, and I want to see what Cuervo will show in a title match. The Hijo del Tirantes stuff is what it is, but I’m actually semi-okay with it here if it really means he’s not in the title match.


Fenix put thru the shredder

Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: I have no idea if Psycho botched whatever dive he meant to do on Pentagon or if the cameras just totally missed it, but it looked like a wild uncontrolled fall to the floor from the far away angle we saw and how the fans nearby reacted. Pentagon worked the best with Psycho, because Pentagon is great and because they could turn it into a slap fight. Fantasma has got the rudo personality down and the last minute or stretch with Fenix was well done. Rudos had a lot of nice team work spots during their section of the match. Announcers debating whether the finish was a piledriver or a martinete was the nadir; AAA needs to run any angle where the martinete is just now legal because the debates aren’t helping anyone.


Fenix tornillo

La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr., Parka Negra, Chessman in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match: Actual unaltered sequence of events

  • Parkas are on the floor.
  • Chessman spears Demon off the apron
  • Hijo de Tirantes starts counting everyone out
  • Blue Demon returns first (?!?!)
  • Hijo de Tirantes stops the count
  • Blue Demon topes Chessman, who is looking away from the ring (?!?!)
  • Parkas beat up Demon & Chessman lightly
  • Parkas make it back in the ring
  • Hijo de Tirantes does not stop this count this time (???)
  • Demon and Chessman fight, and even get back up on the apron so they can do a bad looking fall off the apron spot, but are still counted out (?!?!) while Parka pins Parka Negra forever
  • lucha libre may be fixed (!?!?)

I think I’ve touched on this before, but it’s pretty clear that Blue Demon’s only going to lose about once by pinfall per year (either by his decision or AAA’s choice) and they’re not going to waste on this, but that finish doesn’t hold up to the slightest bit of logic. Not the tiniest. Not to mention the six other times guys were outside the ring during the match and Hijo del Tirantes didn’t even consider counting them out. I know I’ve said they really need to make these one fall and I’m kind of saying again in a bullet point form, though I think this one was even worse than they intended it to be. Hijo del Tirantes used normal speed counting them out, instead of the fake looking double speed counts normal for countout finishes, and Chessman & Demon had to stall longer than they were prepared too. This looked absolutely terrible. (And yet, the crowd still went crazy for the finish because the Toluca fans are the best.)

History will also recall this match as the first one where La Parka decided to do the Roman Reigns Superman Punch. It could’ve been better. I seriously could not understand why Parka Negra was shaking around at first and had to rewind to realize La Parka’s previous punches were meant to be connecting. (I think it’s possible they’ve switched Parka Negra’s again; this guy was acting differently.) The match itself was a numbing collection of usual four way spots – hitting people by accident, not being sad, randomly turning on people, fighting with no brain – and didn’t do much for me.


I dunno

Cibernético & Electroshock vs Texano & Zorro: Unbelievably short main event. In the land of stretched out 20 minute tags, this was under four minutes if you start counting from the moment Argenis was mysteriously dragged away and under six if you count hit bit. I guess they did all they needed to do in the time they had, but it was so very strange – right thru the undercard rudos running down for no reason except to give the técnicos someone to beat up after their loss (instead of just having them win.) I’m not going to complain about this match being very short because it’s not like I would’ve liked a long one, but it was ever so strange, as if they found out the show had to end in 8 minute and raced thru as much of their planned spots as they could. This felt like AAA in a hurry, a rare thing. (It even over shadowed the Argenis main event bit being a super obvious appeal to his brother; no chance that happens otherwise.)

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-01


Dragon Rojo in one gif


taped 2014-01-24 @ Arena México
Máximo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión: Máximo/Rey Escorpion build up, which seemed to exist just to remind you they might get around to it someday. Now day. I don’t know if I had no patience or if this was too slow, but it really dragged the first couple falls and the comeback felt super casual. Everyone ended up doing what they usually do but I was forgetting this match as it was happening. Rudos just stood around to let the técnicos do things to them, it was nice of them. Third fall was more interesting. Titan’s offense is much more slap based when wrestling Misterioso and more deadly DDT on the apron with Escorpion, funny how that works.


apron DDT

La Sombra, Rush, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas: Good bit to get over the Shocker turn; there was no mistaking or dragging it out, he was after Rush from the moment they got to the ring (and Rush was still hurt from Shocker forcing the bar on to his chest!) Negro Casas was the happiest man in the world to see Shocker and Rush fighting each other. Sombra, Averno and Mephisto occasionally tried to have a match here, but this was really short and just about the turn.


Brillo Dorado

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Reaper, Último Guerrero: Good main event, though not a lot to it. A moment for the tencicos to show off while the rudos still get the win. Mascara Dorada makes tricky aeral moves look amazingly easy in this match. While CMLL is creating vignettes, I hope they do one about why all the técnicos suddenly love Volador Jr. – Dorada going with the half mask here was kind of good.

triple dive

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-01


surprise spear!


taped 2014-01-21 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Gallo, Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Nosferatu: They’ve turned the lights way down in Guadalajara as well, which often makes it look like the arena is much more empty. First fall went verylong and didn’t leave much for the other two; Gallo didn’t get a lot in outside of the surprise second fall win and being fouled in the third. The match was built around Arkangel and Gallo feuding, so hopefully that means someone’s thought to air their match next week.

Polvora somehow found an empty seat!

taped 2014-01-26 @ Arena Coliseo
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: GREAT. Championship level match between these two teams, where the titles just happened to not be on the line. Everyone was on, everything went right, and the tecnicos looked spectacular. Crowd was far more receptive to the técnicos (even if they were chanting meaning things at Místico at first), and CMLL would generally feel like they were a much stronger promotion if they ran more DF events in Arena Coliseo. (Or a more full Arena Mexico.) It’s going to take some time to get to used to Kickboxer Dragon Rojo.


triple dive

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger: GREAT and a high level great one. It’s conceivable they could do this match better and they’re obviously getting more tries at it, but this was as great a way to start a feud together. Crowd was totally into it, desperately wanting to see Atlantis versus Negro and well into Puma & Tiger vs Delta & Guerrero Maya. Either of those matches (or other matches) would seem like a big deal later on. The crowd wants to cheer Negro Casas, but he and his nephews were just despicable enough to get the fans to actually turn on him. That’s a major achievement in 2014. Everything looked sharp and felt serious. Atlantis is limited in what he can do, but he does righteous anger really well.

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-01


running knee smash


taped 2014-01-25 @ Estadio de Beisbol, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: OK womens’ match. Good effort and they were trying a lot of stuff they had not tried before with most of it going okay, but just looking very robotic or not smooth at time. The Canadians were especially ambitious and sometime it looked like they were thinking thru the moves instead of just doing them. You could do a lot worse, and they’ll be better if they keep trying this for a while.


Monster Clown is Ultimo Guerrero!

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Psicosis, Texano Jr.: Another Psycho/Consejo match, with Psicosis as a special guest star. I have nothing useful to say about this match but neither did they, since there wasn’t any real story to it until Psycho made his heavyweight challenge after it. (They’ve gone from having a bad story to no particular story for this feud, which might be an improvement.) It was basically the house show match except for the part where Monster Clown became Ultimo Guerrero and Psicosis nearly found a new way to go head first into the mat.


running moonsault dropkick

El Mesías vs Fénix, Zorro, Silver King in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament semifinal match: One of AAA’s big advantages over CMLL is it rarely looks dated. Zorro got a hair cut sometime since his last appearance and every picture of him is of that new look. Over in CMLL, Euforia is still coming out to an entrance video that’s from when he was in the Infernales, two groups ago. Anyway, AAA’s back to another round of elimination matches where people stupidly break up pins which would definitely help them, joy. This match also demonstrated the power in numbers of the Nuevo Sociedad by having their two members constantly accidentally hitting each other. This match was also the second time they’ve teased a fun looking Mesías/Fenix singles match which is obviously never going to happen. Fenix did the Mr. Niebla comedy spot of slipping and crotching himself on the top rope, except it was so definitely not supposed to be a comedy spot. His one pinfall looked good. The Zorro & Mesías segment was longer than the other two guys were in, slow paced, and ended awkwardly when Mesías hurt his arm on the missed splash. (He was too hurt too lay on his back and get pinned, from the looks of it.) Crowd was into to it – this outdoor crowd was sounded much louder than the outdoor Hard Rock show – but the match leading up to the injury wasn’t too exciting to me and the injury is a sad way to end it.


Ozz Driver

Cibernético, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria: Usual main event match until the rudos somehow managed a second beatdown and then just won clean at the end of it. No foul, not evil referee, no distraction, just beat the guy. I think La Secta must’ve been thrown off by actually winning, because they still did the traditional stomping of Jack for winning a match he didn’t even win. Match was alright, best in Jack’s first run off offense after the beatdown where everything looked good. It slowed right down after that for Parka’s comedy and never really got rolling at high speed again but it was about what I’d expect. This did seem short; all the matches did, but it didn’t feel like the Teleivsa version was heavily edited and I’d see longer stuff on UTDN. (Maybe that’s wrong?) It was just a quick show.

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