We’ve spent so much time talking about Blue Panther this week sports fans that we have now actually reached his 40th Aniversario show! You know; the whole reason the lucha world is focusing on El Maestro Lagunero right now. It’s been a fun week and all but this show should put the rest of it to shame. Both the Atlantis and especially the Negro Casas Aniversario’s were among the best shows CMLL put on this year and this show has a chance to be too. We have Panther’s own match, which should be the standout match amongst the legends matches held on these shows. We’ve got the Copa Halcón Suriano, which has the potential to be awesome. The main event has promise. The other two matches don’t look like they’ll outright suck! As you can see I’m very excited sports fans and hopefully you will be too by the time we’re done with my first preview of the week. This is what happens when Puebla, the Tuesday Show and LU suck so bad or just don’t release enough details for a preview (looking at you LU). But enough of my troubles; I’ve got columns to write and Spider-Man to play!
Pegasso & Stigma vs. Cancerbero & El Coyote
What to Expect: On the one hand, it’s pretty fitting for Pegasso to be on this show considering how tight he appears to be with the Panther clan (less we forget about all those Panther inspired masks Pegasso has when he teams with Black Panther and Junior). On the other hand he’s stuck here in an opening match with the average Stuka, the occasionally good Coyote and the lonely Cancerbero. I’m sure they’ll all be trying harder than usual, but I wouldn’t expect a whole lot from these four.
Winners: I’m feeling Pegasso and his Panther inspired mask sports fans. He and Stigma take this in three falls after Stigma hits Coyote with a Backpack Stunner and Pegasso pins Cancerbero following the 450 we all want to forget.
Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs. Dark Magic, Felino, Negro Casas
What to Expect: You know this is a big show when Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente, Felino and Negro Casas are this low on the card. The last time that happened was never!
This is another match I’m a bit iffy about to be honest. There are three really good workers in this match in Valiente, Casas and Felino, not to mention a dude in Mistico who can be excellent if/when the situation calls for it. But the match also has Azul, who’s spotty, and Dark Magic, who isn’t as bad as some people feared but at first glance appears to be more of a Johnny Idol than a Sam Adonis. I’m hoping he can change our minds on that, but it’s probably still a bit early in the game for him to do so and he’s probably being paired with Azul in this match. Not exactly the dude you want working with the younglings! I guess that means we’ll split the difference and say this match will be solid at times, mediocre at other times and thus will round out to be one giant okay.
Winners: I like Casas and the gang here. They take it in three after Casas rolls up Mistico with La Casita.
Copa Halcón Suriano
Ángel de Oro vs. Black Panther vs. Blue Panther Jr. vs. Dragón Rojo Jr. vs. Espanto Jr. vs. Luciferno vs. Misterioso Jr. vs. Niebla Roja vs. Stuka Jr. vs. Templario
What to Expect: You gotta love Blue Panther; it’s his own celebration show and he still doesn’t make his match the most interesting on the card. Although it does include his sons so maybe that’s more important. For those not in the know, Halcón Suriano was a famous luchador from the Laguna area in Mexico, and is one of the men who helped train Blue Panther when he first broke in. This cibernetico is in honor of him and features CMLL luchadores from the Laguna area, save for Templario (who was brought in just to round up the group I believe). It’s a damn good field; Misterioso Jr. and Espanto Jr. are the only question marks involved and they’ll be going all out in a match like this. Given the exciting/young talent involved otherwise I would not be shocked at all if this turns out to be as good, if not better, than the Grand Prix, especially if Templario goes far and gets to work with guys like Oro, Black Panther and Niebla Roja. Definitely go in with high expectations sports fans; if nothing else it’s a great opportunity for a group of luchadores (outside of Oro, Roja and Templario) who probably wouldn’t be getting it otherwise.
Winner: If CMLL is booking, who knows? If Panther is booking, it rightfully should come down to his two sons, Blue Panther Jr. and Black Panther. Quite frankly I’d have them be the final two and see what happens. I don’t know if that will happen necessarily but I do believe one of them will win and if I had to bet my now missing Canadian Dollar on anyone, I’d go with Black Panther. He wins the Copa Halcón Suriano.
Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Euforia, Panterita del Ring vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
What to Expect: It’s almost tough to preview a match like this sports fans because, like the Atlantis and Negro Casas Aniversario’s earlier this year, it’s less about the match and more about the emotion that will surround the moment. More than anything we’re all going to want to see the video tributes to Panther, the cool entrance CMLL comes up with, the ceremony in the ring and Panther likely getting overwhelmed by it all. Its stuff like that that makes lucha libre so awesome and regardless of anything else on this show, it’s what I’m looking forward to the most and what I expect most people are. Good thing I went and bought extra tissues today.
As for the match itself, it should easily be the best Leyendas match CMLL produces this year and certainly the most unique thanks to the inclusion of guys like Black Warrior. I can’t say I’ve seen much of the man recently but he was really, really good once upon a time and given his relationship to Panther (he’s his nephew) I wouldn’t doubt he’s aged gracefully himself. After that we have five sure things in Euforia, Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón and Panther himself, with the only question marks being Máscara Año 2000 (who is built for this type of match) and Panterita del Ring, who is in fact Ephesto under his old gimmick! I don’t love Ephesto’s work that much these days but it’ll be cool to see him under the old gimmick and I would guess he’ll try his ass off to make this match special. And even if it doesn’t work, they can always have him and Máscara Año 2000 go against each other in short bursts and leave the rest to the NGD, Panther, Big Euf and Black Warrior. I wouldn’t say it will be the best match on the night but I expect a good time, I expect some unique things and once again, it’s not really about how good the match is anyway. It’s all about sitting back and paying homage to an all time great. And for that, I’m very excited for this match.
Winners: Atlantis and Casas both won their Aniversario matches. The trend doesn’t stop here. Blue Panther wins it for his team in the third fall after he taps out Máscara Año 2000 with Nudo Lagunero. Dammit I’m getting emotional again already!
Carístico, David Finlay, Penta Zero M vs. Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
What to Expect: Real talk sports fans; I do believe at the end of this show the Copa Halcón Suriano will end up being better than this match. But I could very, very easily be wrong about that! Here’s why I think this now though; this match has to be setting up Carístico and Pentagon right? That match was the whole reason Pentagon was brought into CMLL to begin with and they’ve never gotten around to it, mostly because Pentagon is busier than Spider-Man in Spider-Man. Now he’s back, he may have a few Friday’s free and it’s just really hard for me to see CMLL just having Carístico and Pentagon as partners like nothing ever happened. Then again it’s CMLL; they probably thought the Batmobible in Arkham Knight was a good idea.
The point is if Pentagon vs. Carístico is happening, then this match is going to be more about set up than quality. I suppose it could be both (CMLL has been able to competently juggle both this year) but the CMLL way is generally to build first, have the great match later. Thus I am skeptical. If they decide to go for the buildup and a good match or just play it straight then this could easily be the best match on the show. David Finlay is legit the only guy I don’t like in this match and I’m pretty sure he can be carried to a good outing by the other five guys. If CMLL wants, they can have a great main event. Do they want it? We’ll see. For now though I anticipate this will be more about what happens next week, which means the Copa Halcón Suriano will just barely beat this match out for best on the show.
Winners: Just in case I didn’t make it clear in the previous two paragraphs; Carístico and Pentagon will implode, allowing Los Ingobernables de Cavernario to take this match in three falls. Carístico or Pentagon will issue a challenge, we’ll get excited for next week and the next thing you know people will be flipping over to Twitch to catch AAA! If that show is even still streaming. It’s gotta be right?
There you have it sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow for the final Blue Panther Week column and a live review of this show (sorry AAA; when it’s the Blue Panther Aniversario, I got to give that my focus). TILL THEN!
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