Todo x El Todo: 2013-05-26/2013-06-02

Super Maquina powerbomb on Poseidon

taped 2013-05-11 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
Bobby Lee Jr. & Poseidon (TxT) vs Imposible & Maquina Infernal: Wrong team won, that’s for sure. Posiedon really came off as too green for this show (to the point where you start to wonder who he’s related to in order to be on this show.) The TxT fans are the nicest in the country and they were turning on him in the second fall. Bobby Lee Jr. is old but okay. The rudos seemed better though not enough reign in the looseness of the tecnicos.


Esther Moreno german suplex

Esther Moreno & La Chola vs Diosa Maya & Violeta in a tournament quarterfinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: This was horrendous. Violeta seemed barely trained, not prepared and despised by Esther Moreno within in a couple of minutes. Violeta came off as as a morning show host player luchadora, but in a sort of arrogant way. C3 never got the right angle of it, but it looked like the Esther flying axhandle cracked Violeta in the head full force at the end of the match. It also looked like the planned finish was Esther hitting Cholta by mistake on that axhandle and Violeta/Diosa taking advantage to win, but the veterans decided they were not losing to Violeta under any circumstances and they’d make sense of it later. It didn’t really ever make sense that Esther & Chola still advanced in the tournament and that’s as good as any.


Lady Apache as her own referee

Chik Tormenta & Lady Apache vs Cristal & Rossy Moreno in a tournament quarterfinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: This was sedate compared to the other match, comptent luchadoras having a professional match. Cristal may be stretching that but had a better match than most of the people in the last one. Lady Apache is still great and should really be the Dr. Wagner or LA Park of women’s indy wrestling, used by every single promoter wanting to put on a show. Lady Apache is also a rare person I’d be totally fine with carrying around a random title belt, because she carries herself like she is the best in the world. (Or, alternatively, book her like Chilanga Mask uses Ricky Marvin.) She didn’t get to do a lot here but was good with what she had.


Esther Moreno tope con giro into Chola

Cristal & Rossy Moreno vs Esther Moreno & La Cholita in a tournament semifinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: Announcers did not really try to explain why Esther & Chola were here. They were sure they saved their mask and hair the last match, so they’re doing the commentary live. They’re also probably not told finishes, becuase they didn’t seem surprised at that outcome. None of these matches had clear ruda/tecnica side, just the Morenos doing theri sptos and the other people nto being very good. Kristal was worse here, which was just some moves and then a finish.


Rolling tornillo splash

Esther Moreno vs La Cholita, mask vs hair: Esther, earlier playing the Tougest Woman In The World, goes down to a light tap from Chola. It depends on who’s doing it. Crowd went completely silent when Chola beat Esther – any ring announcement was cut off from TV, bt the fans sure thought the match was over in 2 minutes with Esther losing her hair. The bit with all the other women coming to the ring was cut out, though the announcing does reference it. Announcers suggesting Esither was going to give Chola a Spanish Fly was the funniest thing ever, closely followed by the huracanrana which followed it. They must’ve really wanted to get Chola a payday but three matches was asking way too much from her and even one was iffy. On the other side, Esther went all Teddy Hart with an extra moonsault just to do an extra moonsault. This was nothing special.


Dr. Wagner vs LA Park in one gif (but there are a couple more)

Huracan Ramirez, Rayman, Villano IV vs Angel Blanco Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, El Hijo del Solitario: a regular semimain indy veteran trios match given some more time. Everyone was fine but the first couple of falls didn’t do a lot for me and the finish came off as weak (and I’m not really sure why since it wasn’t any different than any other foul finish.) Rayman still looks really good.


only thing tougher than Wagner & Park are the chairs

Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park: EXCELLENT. The reactions and situations around this match were great by themselves – the flaming chair, the guys in the crowd losing their minds when LA Park and Dr. Wagner were fighting among them, the security completely unable to contain them and trailing behind like the world’s largest posse, the doctor frantically trying to wrap Park’s gushing skull (and immediately taking him away after the match) – it was amazingly dramatic. Even the production was really good; this is a tough matchup to film sometimes as they drift into the crowd, but they did a great job of keeping up with them (and the shots of the flaming chair again were awesome. ) Dr. Wagner and LA Park exceeded everything going around them; they bring out the best of each other. LA Park destroyed Dr. Wagner in the first fall, which was good for Park’s destruction and better for Wagner selling it like nothing he normally does. There second fight in the crowd was a near riot, and their third fall could’ve been a match all on it’s own. A brutal match that ends in a typically indecisive matter.

random fan (?) consoles the loser

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-12-12


Mamba is loca


taped 2013-11-22 @ Plaza de Toros San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Faby Apache, Pasion Kristal, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Taya Valkyrie, Yuriko: Really short match by AAA standards, and they decided to cut everything but the highspots. I think it was edited down even more from what it started out being, but it made it feel like not a lot more than the big spots. Yuriko goes out a winner (which may be why he decided this was the time to go.) Taya did not have a good day. Mamba is crazy.


worst giant swing

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: continued build to a Hijo del Tirantes/Psycho Clown match (which appears to be happening never.) Secta seemed like the brains were already in Japan – they’ve had better matches than this. I’m surprised Dorian Roldan still can book matches.


There is only 1 Jack Evans.

Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Not as smooth for the técnicos have been in other matches, especially early – the técnicos had a lot of ideas but the rudos weren’t really used to working with hem. It’s a switch from the Psycho Circus. No real mention of Fantasma dropping Fenix on his head back at Heroes Inmoratles. Guess it wasn’t important. Finish went too moves too long – they probably should called it a day after the piledriver, but had to get in more spots.

Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, La Parka vs Daga, Parka Negra, Psicosis: a really dragged out angle of a match. Everyone was kind of fooling around until the angle started, and then it was really more about the ‘breakup’ than anything. Konnan possibly turning face seemed to be lost in the shuffle of many things going on. That and Zorro never actually doing anything in his run in makes more sense after the fact. Tough to get a read on Parka Negra because he didn’t have a lot to do outside of a martinete here.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-12-07


tope con giro to the wrong side of town


taped 2013-11-29 @ Arena Mexico
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Último Guerrero: A by the numbers to continue a by the numbers feud. Crowd did boo strongly after UG beat Atlantis with Atlantis’ own move, but otherwise weren’t into this feud. The mask match actually needs to be a while away, because they’ve got do something to heat it back up at this point. Everything else was competent if unmemorable.


Mr. Aguila

Mr. Águila vs Psyco Ripper, Volador Jr., Mistico, Valiente, Máscara Dorada, Kráneo, La Máscara, Blue Panther, Morphosis in a cibernetico match: an Estatas del Aire trios for the first half (and not a good one), and then Volador overcoming the odds for unclear reasons. Announcers did their best to downplay the turn and re-frame it as the rudos being forced to fight each other. It was not accidental editing mistake, it’s a plan. Aguila is in the bottom five of luchadors in CMLL on some nights. This was one of those nights. There are better cibernetico and probably will be better ciberneticos in a couple weeks.

Kraneo impervious to topes!

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-12-07


triple headscissors


taped 2013-12-03 @ Arena Mexico
Metálico & Molotov vs Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr.: below average opener, when it really should’ve been better than usual given who were involved. Metálico and Disturbio didn’t mesh well and the rudos abandoned any pretense of a competition to make the comeback a little easier. Crowd rightfully didn’t care about any of this.


named 3:16 because those are the vertebrates he breaks?

Pequeño Halcón, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito: OK minis match. Demus seems athletically back where he was before his injury, but didn’t get a tremendous a lot to do in this match. Halcón was moving too fast for his own good. Rest of the match was solid but unmemorable so.


Princesa Blanca press powerbomb

Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Blanca: Not the best executed match, but an pleasantly ambitious one. Dalys has all sorts of new ideas now that she’s a ruda – she and her sister in law appear to have worked a lot on double teams – and this was one where they were trying a lot of things not all of it actually worked but the effort was strong. It was a more interesting women’s match than most from the last few months, at least.


boost shove!

Blue Panther, La Máscara, Thunder vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys: Thunder crossed over into hilariously bad when he botched the one spot he had in the first two falls. The other five guys were fine. Blue Panther versus Tiger would be a good feud for Tiger even if he lost, but it would require CMLL doing non-title midcard feuds. Mascara beat the heavyweight champion, doesn’t really matter.


Thunder has trouble with a suplex

Atlantis, Máximo, Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión: quick but more intense match than last week, with a lot of talking back and forth after the match. Rey Escorpion and Máximo seem to be two of the better talkers in the promotion, at Máximo was creative here. Chiquito would definitely be sticking with Escorpion in other places, will be interesting to see if it gets over here. The non-Maximo/Escorpion segments dragged, but they did a better job of building interest to the hair match.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-07


Titan versus gravity


taped 2013-11-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sagrado, Starman, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: A perfectly fine Guadalajara match. Nothing you need to go out of you see, but one of the better Guadalajara matches they’ve aired since coming back – everyone was working hard, and the Cancerberos are really good when they’re working hard. This was more a showcase for them than the técnicos, and they showed off with some good matwork in the first match (Raziel) and neat finish in the third (Cancerbero.)

body surf tope

taped 2013-12-01 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo, Mistico, Thunder vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Not good. They tried to limit Thunder to doing almost nothing, and he still seemed to mess that up. Máximo versus Pesta Negra is over familiar and there was nothing remarkable about the Místico stuff. The post match promo – which didn’t air, because CMLL – teased Thunder versus Niebla in a singles match but they clearly don’t even trust him in a trios.


one more time with feeling

Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship: EXCELLENT. A strong storytelling match, the rarest possible match in CMLL (but not so rare when Averno’s involved.) Titan looked like a valiant técnico who kept surviving against all odds, but Averno also looked tough. It was a surprise rollup finish that felt like a real surprise (not a spot they did just because they always do that spot), and opened the door for a lot more rematches. The match before it was go-d too, with Titan getting in enough of his regular stuff, but not forcing it all in (no Titanics, no need for it) and Averno breaking up a usual Titan move to turn around the match. Everything they tried worked, and Titan was trying some tricky stuff. Titan may be the best programmed luchador in CMLL this year (Rey Escorpion or Rush might be close) and this helped his continued rise.

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AAA on Televisa: 2013-11-30

Fenix meets chair


taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
Blue Demon Jr., El Mesías, Electroshock vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Match as pretense to show off the referee camera, specifically working spots based on making it work for that angle. Camera’s not that special. Neither was the match. Texano, who I believe is the world champion, was treated no differently than his two partners. The match was not functionally bad, but very forgettable in a CMLL Tuesday semimain way.


Fenix twisitng plancha onto Espiritu

Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: Standard AAA trios main event. Crowd is way into the idea of Perro as a técnico – even though it feels like he should’ve actually turned at some point, the crowd was already cheering him so I guess it doesn’t make a big difference. He still seems more motivated as a técnico. Secta came off no different than the Consejo in the previous match, three interchangeable rudos who got enough heat just to set up the técnicos. This definitely didn’t feel like the second to last show before a major show. If the finish was supposed to mean something, it didn’t survive being cut away from as soon as possible.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-30


Reapper ride to nowhere


taped 2013-11-22 @ Arena Mexico
Atlantis, Blue Panther, La Máscara vs Kráneo, Psyco Ripper, Vangellys: Filler match to reintroduce Psyco Ripper and give him a win, which makes sense with what was coming later in the show. Match picked up in the last couple of falls. La Mascara and Atlantis both do a lot of the same stuff in every match, but Atlantis makes it seem less forced.


murder via dropkick

Rush vs Negro Casas: Another really strong match between these two. Shorter than usual but Rush made it up by squeezing in enough heelish expressions for twice as long match. Negro survived more than won, when it looked like he might not do either for a while. Felino as announcer worked out well and the short length made sense given the match they were doing.


Dorada seems to get faster even after hits Dragon Rojo

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.: They told the Volador turn well during the match, which is good since whoever makes the edits was absurd enough to cut out the post match angle. It felt like week one of an eight week turn, but Volador both shaking Mistico’s hand and beating him with Mistica got big reactions from the crowd. Rest of match was fine. Second fall finishes were very rough and third fall felt very rushed. Dorada’s tope was crazy.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-30


Leono extra spinninng headscissors


taped 2013-11-26 @ Arena Mexico
Leono & Metálico vs Disturbio & Inquisidor: Better than the average opener. Metálico and Disturbio were both good in this, with some quality wrestling and rare intentional comedy spots in the opener. They mixed up from the usual formula and it felt like more an interesting match than usual.


Soberano tornillo

Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Nitro: Notable for the incredibly short third fall – they must’ve gone long in the first because they were hurrying to wrap it up by the end. (Even then, it went much longer than they wanted because Bestia Negra’s strict application of the rules.) Soberano got a chance to do more than guys are usually allowed in the segunda and made the most of it – both his tornillo and his tope con giro to the floor were eye catching spots. Canelo Casas seems just like a guy, and a guy who is too obviously setting up for técnicos do stuff to him.


Soberano tope con giro

Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis: Another match which was more fun because it varied from the usual pattern. The opening blitzkrieg by the técnicas was totally unsuspected and plenty of fun. The rest of the match was more patterned like a typical match, but they were working at a good level and there weren’t the usual problems. The ending sequence worked well. Zeuxis has returned from Japan selling like a goofball, which was also fun. One of the better women’s trios in some time.


return of whip reversal battle

Stuka Jr., Thunder, Titán vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys: Once upon a time, Strong Man was a occasional guest here – until he took a few super bombs from Terrible & Texano and was never seen again. That was sad, but I so want history to repeat itself with Thunder. Rest of the match was good. Titan and Tiger had good sequences, and Tiger remains a better member of this group when there are guys his own size to fight and he gets to do more than sell. No Titan/Terrible stuff like last week though. Vangelis gutted thru an injury on a weirdly conceived spot to finish the match and deserves some credit for doing so. This was good.


Zeuxis boosted knee smash

Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: Okay main event but the Escorpion/Maximo feud isn’t working like the Porky/Maximo one did. That felt something out of the norm, this feels like another Máximo feud. Máximo is set up for a revenge match but hasn’t acted like a guy who is angry about anything in the matches.


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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-30


Comandante finds the pool empty


taped 2013-11-19 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany: a better than usual women’s match. Comandante is a better luchadora than some of the ones who seem to work regularly; she was fun against Silueta here. Goya did more than her usual comedy (even though she was way over the moment she got in the ring.) Everything seemed to go the way it was supposed to and the finish was good. Not an extraordinary match but no problems.

Goya as rhinoceros

taped 2013-11-24 @ Arena Mexico
Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Sagrado, Thunder: Typical CMLL filler match to have a match. I don’t think there’s ever a point to Thunder, but I’m not sure why you still use him when he’s not getting better and he’s losing to the likes of Felino clean. That’s not how you’d use a star in the making, and there’s no point in having Thunder be just a guy when he’s not any good.

Diamante Azul tope

Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: felt like it dragged for the first half, and shifted up many gears after the comeback. That part was exciting and there were moments earlier (like the powerbomb) on the outside which built to Averno/titan well, but it didn’t feel like a complete match in itself. Title match should be a lot of fun. Titan’s popularity – as a pure técnico in 2013 CMLL – is amazing.

Averno powerbombs Titan on the ramp

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-28


flipping hamburger


taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro


Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie: in which we learn Mamba has a finishing move. I’m pretty sure Mamba’s won before, on shows which no longer exist, but it’s been a while. Match was fine given everyone involved and this time they got. T finish felt like it meant something, always a plus. Jennifer had a good match and absolutely crushed Taya on her dive. Note Mary is part of the hair feud at this point.


Pentagon has had enough of Angelico’s sweep

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Eterno, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain: Good match between the two teams, with the rudos surprisingly winning clean. Crowd was way into the técnicos, who mostly wrestled a normal match and less their usual weapon style. Rudos set up the técnicos well and looked good themselves – Eterno’s run up the ropes moonsault seems as tricky as anything. I like the idea of this feud more than I thought.


Jack Evans

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr.: Great. Really fun trios. Pentagon Jr. was great even when he wasn’t randomly pulling out Antonio Cesaro spots. Dropping hard on Angelico to break up his sweep sequence was superb, and all of his chops were killer. Pirata Morgan fit in this mix fine and worked great with Jack. The técnicos have their teamwork spots down and Jack makes everything great. Even the section of finisher turn taking near the end felt more like a fight than ritual turn taking and they got out at the right time. No complaints here.

very Pentagon-ean
Jennifer Blake helicopter headscissors

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