Tonight’s CMLL show started with promise. And then that promise disappeared like my hopes for Kaya Scodelario to be Batgirl. Or for anyone to be Batgirl as it appears that movie is toast. The point is, things were good, then they went downhill and one culprit in suspenders is to blame. But we’ll get to that. For now, just sit back and imagine you’re listening to Queen’s “Hammer to Fall.”

 

 

Arkalis & París defeated Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika two falls to one

 

The highlight of this match was my friend Joe Brown, who decided to watch CMLL instead of RAW this evening, being beside himself over Espíritu Maligno not wearing shoes. Oh, and I guess Arkalis stealing Astral’s gimmick of being a Captain America cosplayer. As entertaining as those two things were, neither was able to prevent this match from being just kind of there. We did get some nice effort from Arkalis, but he’s not good enough to carry a match even at his best, and the rest of the luchadors here were either comatose or were being nicknamed Shoeless because they wear no shoes. So yeah, not the best work in this opener. Almost makes you wish Centella Roja had actually been there to play his role of 50 year old luchador trying to be 30 years old. It wouldn’t have been good either, but I’d at least have been glued to the screen to see what he hit and missed on.

 

Arkalis & París defeated Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika two falls to one

 

The highlight of this match was my friend Joe Brown, who decided to watch CMLL instead of RAW this evening, being beside himself over Espíritu Maligno not wearing shoes. Oh, and I guess Arkalis stealing Astral’s gimmick of being a Captain America cosplayer. As entertaining as those two things were, neither was able to prevent this match from being just kind of there. We did get some nice effort from Arkalis, but he’s not good enough to carry a match even at his best, and the rest of the luchadors here were either comatose or were being nicknamed Shoeless because they wear no shoes. So yeah, not the best work in this opener. Almost makes you wish Centella Roja had actually been there to play his role of 50 year old luchador trying to be 30 years old. It wouldn’t have been good either, but I’d at least have been glued to the screen to see what he hit and missed on.

 

Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Templario defeated Lestat, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. two falls to one

 

Ladies and gentlemen I have seen my fair share of Arkángel de la Muerte matches, I have struggled through many a Nitro bout; hell I’ve even seen a grown man satisfy a camel (just kidding. Or am I?). I have never, EVER seen a match involving those two quite like this one. WOW! I’m not going to say it’s great; a rewatch and smarter folk than I will be able to determine that. What I can tell you is that it never, ever stopped being interesting and never once crossed into the possibility of being bad. What it was instead was energetic, exciting and above all else ambitious. How else can you describe a match that featured Rey Samuray attempting a Brillo 450 Splash, only to come up with a Brillo 450 Knee Drop?!

 



 

Yes, it did happen. Yes there is proof on luchabog’s Twitter if you still don’t believe me. I don’t know if that’s what Samuray intended or if it turned out to be that way once he realized Templario was in the right position; who cares?! The move gets high marks for its ambition and Samuray’s attempt alone, and the fact that it still worked out pretty well just makes it even better. I didn’t not think there was anything that might top Sam Adonis’ 450 Splash earlier this year but this…this may have done it. Unbelievable. And it wasn’t just that that helped this match. Even without breaking out the full bag of tricks, Templario was a force in this match, doing all the little things well, making all three technicos look great (not to mention giving them confidence to do new shit; see that Samuray spot again) and forcing Arkángel and Nitro to step up their game. Granted there isn’t much game with those two to begin with, but at least they didn’t mess anything up for themselves or the technicos, allowing for stuff like Samuray’s spot, Rojo’s offense and some great flurries by Lestat, who was probably the best overall performer in this match. I don’t know, maybe I’m overrating it because I’m still in shock over what Samuray did, but I thought this was really good. A much better match than I expected, and I was expecting this to be alright considering Templario and the three technicos abilities.

 

Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. defeated Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Titán two falls to none

 

I’ll be honest; I was too busy getting over the shock of the last match and writing about it to fully grasp what was going on in this one. Just know that what I saw wasn’t nearly as exciting, aside from Titán having some decent sequences with all three of his opponents, Diamante Azul hitting an amazing Monkey Flip and Hechicero doing Hechicero things. Besides that, it was very quick, very fast and seemed to feature Kráneo and Johnny Idol beefing. Dear Grodd, let’s try to avoid that feud, shall we?

 

CMLL World Welterweight Championship Match

Mephisto (c) defeated Soberano Jr. two falls to one

 

My oh my, where to begin on this one? I guess we’ll start with a positive. Soberano was, as expected, terrific in this match. In fact, he pretty much carried the whole match after fall one. That one was dominated by Mephisto, who gradually disappeared into the background after that so Soberano could do his thing. And boy did he do his thing; only the over the ropes tornillo was kept in the bag as Soberano wowed with an amazing display of rana’s, dives and a whole lot of cool shit that Mephisto based for exceptionally. It was a great performance for what should’ve been a great match…except this guy also happened to be there.

 

 

For some reason I will never know, the story of this match wasn’t Mephisto vs. Soberano, but Tirantes vs. Soberano. The loser in suspenders reared his ugly head all match, slow counting every Soberano cover while fast counting every Mephisto cover for, again, reasons only Tirantes can probably tell you. On the one hand, it did lead to Soberano getting some huge cheers as the match went along as I guess we can give Tirantes that. Of course that ignores the fact that booking like that only works when the technico overcomes the ref’s cheating and, as the result will tell you, that didn’t happen. Basically, the match became the story of the ref trying to put himself over, the technico trying to overcome it and ultimately failing because the biggest star is, naturally, the doofus in the gorram suspenders. Dumb, dumb, dumb and DUMB! I know some people have issues with Edgar, but you put him in this match, do it the same way and we’re sitting here talking about how good the match is. Instead, we’re once again wondering how the hell CMLL continues to let Tirantes get away with this bullshit. The day CMLL gets rid of him can’t come soon enough, so he can stop ruining good efforts like the one Soberano had tonight. You’re a disgrace Tirantes. An absolute disgrace.

 

Cavernario & Último Guerrero defeated Valiente & Volador Jr. two falls to one

 

Just when you thought Tirantes was done ruining matches, here he was to steal the spotlight again! Granted this wasn’t nearly as bad as the last match but still; the crowd just got done rage quitting on suspenders only for CMLL to bring him back out to screw another two luchadors? Great call CMLL. The only good thing you can say about the result is that a) it was proceeded by some decent lucha libre prior to it and b) it was used to set up Volador vs. Cavernario next week, a match that has been outstanding in Arena Mexico, Korakuen Hall and probably will be excellent in Puebla. That’s still not enough to get me out of the mood I’m in. Just this past Friday we all saw Tirantes play his part the way he should in the Rush/Terrible vs. Volador/UG final; evidently that was too much for him as he came back and helped ruin both the semi-main and the main event tonight. I’m not sure how much differently the show goes if you replace him as referee; I just know that the show was going good matches 1-4, only for Tirantes to come on in and turn it into the usual aggravating CMLL affair. What a pity.

 

We’re done here sports fans. I’ll see you tomorrow for the Tuesday show. Till then, THIS!

 

 

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