There are some shows that you wish were given more time. Tonight’s CMLL Puebla was NOT one of those shows. Dear Grodd it was not. The card wasn’t a winner to begin with, but at least with only five matches I expected it to go by relatively quick. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND! Instead this show went on and on and on and on and on, with the first three matches seemingly going on for forever. It didn’t help that not a single thing of importance happened in them, nor did anything of importance happen in this show until the semi-main event. I understand that CMLL wanted to give their luchadores time to work; these were just the wrong luchadores to entrust all the time too! In the words of that annoying guy from Hamlet, this was too long. You know what isn’t though; this review of the show. Let’s get started on it now before it does start to drag.
Astro, Black Tiger, Meyer defeated Ares, Perverso, Rey Apocalipsis two falls to one
This match was so long that I managed to read an article, get into a minor twitter argument and still not miss anything. Someday someone will have to explain to me why CMLL gave this as much time as they did. Aside from Astro, who as usual was trying despite being up against it, this was just painful. There was no action of consequence; sequences just seemed to drag on forever; to call this a slog would be an insult to slogs. It wasn’t terribly worked, but it was terrible none the less because CMLL decided this match needed to go over twenty minutes. I’d like to meet the person who decided it, if only so I could call for them to lose their job. Grodd this blew chunks aside from Astro. Well that and the fact Astro won the match. Otherwise, yikes.
Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Sangre Azteca defeated Arkalis, Asturiano, Príncipe Diamante two falls to one
This was yet another match that felt like it lasted for at least a year and a half. The only difference was this match actually had moments that were somewhat interesting as opposed to being a black hole. It’s like comparing Battlefield Earth to Mission: Impossible II. Both are bad, but at least you can watch the latter without wanting to rethink every decision that led you to that point. Unlike me, who is right now rethinking every decision that led me to comparing Battlefield Earth to Mission: Impossible II!
Anyways, the one thing you can give this match is that everyone appeared to be trying here (whereas Astro was the lone effort guy in the opener) and I thought both Asturiano and Príncipe Diamante at times looked good. Once again things were just too long and the more ambitious stuff that was tried, like the weird move Príncipe Diamante attempted to try with Sangre Azteca, just didn’t come to fruition like they wanted. It’s a shame, but it wasn’t going to be enough to save the match when it was, by that point, ten minutes too long. They get some points for trying, but this was still a slog and it also had the wrong result, unlike the opener. Pretty much the only thing that opener got right now that I think about it.
Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit defeated Amapola, La Comandante, Seductora two falls to one
Let’s start with the most important question going into this match; yes Lady Maravilla worked tonight’s show, which seems to signal that she’s at least staying put with CMLL till June 3rd (and possibly longer). Unfortunately her presence did nothing to stop this from being the third straight match that was too damn long. Holy shit, who the hell was booking this show? At one point I looked down at the clock to see it was 11:18 and thinking they were going too long with the third fall. I was wrong; IT WAS STILL THE SECOND FALL! Like I said earlier, I’m all for giving the luchadore(a)s time to work but this was now the third straight match that went fifteen plus minutes, felt like it went fifty plus minutes and had nothing of consequence happen at all. Well unless you count Seductora and Princesa Sugehit somewhat feuding to play off their hair match from a few weeks ago. What a waste of time. If I’m Lady Maravilla and I was on the fence about staying with CMLL or going to AAA, this would’ve convinced me to make the move and she was on the winning team. This was just way too long and way too uneventful to matter. In other words, it was yet another slog. I’ve been using that word way too much tonight.
Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush two falls to one
Finally, thankfully…hell I’d even go as far to say MERCIFULLY, we got a match that didn’t go longer than ten minutes. Of course this match wasn’t worth a damn but I didn’t care; I would’ve taken anything at this point as long as it was short. And thus I consider this match an unqualified success.
But seriously, this still wasn’t very good. It did succeed at what it needed to do, which was building to some more Kráneo-Rush stuff, Rush doing some funny taunting of Kráneo, Terrible betraying his team, finally attacking Rey Rey Buc and siding with his Los Ingobernables member and again, it kept things short. Beyond that there was nothing remarkable about the match at all, unless you want to count Rey Rey Buc hitting a headscissors on Euforia. And come on, he did it to Euforia; Big Euf is capable of basing for any man at this stage! Otherwise this was exactly what I expected, with the only difference being instead of Kráneo-Rush next week we seem to be getting Kráneo/Rey Rey Buc vs. Rush/Terrible next week. On the one hand, eh. On the other hand, double eh; at least Kráneo-Rush had a shot at something. Putting Rey Rey Buc in is just asking for me to not give a damn. Then again I did a good job at it this week so maybe it was good practice!
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja defeated Cuatrero, Mephisto, Sansón two falls to one
You’ll be shocked to hear this but this match was easily the match of the night. You’ll be further shocked to hear that, like the rest of the show, it was also too long! The fact that it was another lengthy match in a show full of them probably influenced the match negatively in my eyes, but all the same it bugged me. It wasn’t a bad match by any means though. The Dinamitas and Mephisto did a good job with their beat down in the second fall, Mistico was at least active (even if the hurricanrana is the only move he knows how to do now) and I really liked the sequences towards the end with Niebla Roja and Sansón. It’s not nearly as much as the two were allowed to do at points last year but it was at least exciting, something the rest of this show needed. In the end though this match was mostly impressive because the rest of the show was the exact opposite. So yeah; not much of a ringing endorsement. I’m just happy CMLL ended this show with something that was passable, especially since the rest of the proceedings bored me to death. May we never see a show like this again…dammit I forgot about next week.
That’s game sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow for a Tuesday show that looks just as promising as this one. Gulp. Till then, this.
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