On Friday night I sat down to watch CMLL’s Super Viernes show with the full intent of reviewing it. Then I had to begin work on our Year End Awards page, followed by the stream dying during the second match, followed by the stream dying again during the third match…and low the chances of reviewing the show that night became slim to none. Thus I sat down yesterday to give the Mr. Niebla show a rewatch and I must admit that the show turned out to be less cynical than I expected. The video tributes to Niebla were great, the segment with his family was touching; really the only questionable part was the show closing angle, which did use Niebla’s death as a springboard. In between all that there was some wrestling, some of which was bad, most of which was solid yet forgettable, and one match which was pretty damn good. In other words, CMLL! If you missed this fun, here it is in more detail.
Akuma & Espanto Jr. defeated Halcón Suriano Jr. & Magia Blanca two falls to one. That’s pretty much all you need to know; the rudos won, Espanto Jr. sucks and Halcón Suriano Jr. (and possibly Magia Blanca) are being wasted. Let’s move on.
Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Olímpico, Tiger, Virus two falls to one after Drone pinned Tiger with a Split Legged Moonsault and Maya pinned Olímpico with Sacrificio Maya. This is the match where stream cut out on this one early and only came back for the end of the second fall. What I saw initially was solid and upon rewatch that was exactly what this match was. As expected Olímpico did indeed step up for the occasion and everyone’s work overall was decent. It didn’t set the world on fire, but it was a fine match.
Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible defeated Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Titán two falls to one after Bucanero pinned Soberano with a Blue Thunder Bomb and Terrible pinned Titán with a Last Ride. A solid match that I think actually could’ve risen to good if they had been given more time. Of course whether Shocker could’ve gone longer than they did is a valid question so perhaps they went home at the right time. Soberano, Star Jr. and Titán weren’t at their best but they had good moments, Terrible looked solid, Bucanero kept it simple and Shocker rode the wave of a red hot crowd in his favor. He was stupendously over due to the circumstances and given how emotional he was in his tribute video earlier you couldn’t help but feel good for him to see the crowd respond the way they did. I may be giving this a higher grade due to being sentimental but this match, while not great, did better than I expected.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón defeated Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. two falls to one after the Dinamitas pinned all three technicos after the assisted Monkey Flip. I feel like I may have liked this match more if I hadn’t seen the exact same version of it in Japan recently. Alas I had and by the end this match felt like a carbon copy of those matches, only with a lower effort from everyone involved, from the Dinamitas to the technicos to the booking team. I guess we can only look forward to the Dinamitas being good again when FantasticaMania comes around. I’d say this was a disappointment, but we kind of all expected it, didn’t we?
Mistico defeated Gran Guerrero two falls to none after Guerrero unmasked Mistico for the DQ. This was a borderline great match; the only annoyance quite frankly was the fact that CMLL once again went with a long two fall match when the drama would’ve played even better with three falls. Otherwise there was a lot to like. Mistico was SENSATIONAL in this match, pulling out every single trick in the book (including his jaw dropping Springboard Shooting Star Press to the floor) and somehow even winning the crowd over to his side. Gran Guerrero wasn’t given as much to do (another slight flaw) but he was an excellent base and did a good job setting the tone early. The crowd was electric for this match and if this was an audition for the H2L main event then these two succeeded. I still don’t believe that’s the direction (despite them not having a three fall match yet) but after this it should be. Easily one of the better singles matches on a Friday night in quite some time.
Diamante Azul, Felino, Último Guerrero defeated Carístico, Cavernario, Valiente two falls to one after Cavernario fouled Felino for the DQ. The story here wasn’t the match (it was fine if forgettable outside of Cavernario paying tribute to Niebla) but that Cavernario appeared to be breaking away from Felino and La Peste Negra, targeting his stable mate throughout the match and then relentlessly after the match despite Último Guerrero’s pleas. Reports have surfaced that Cavernario and Felino may be feuding but were thought to be false; this angle seems to suggest otherwise. The crowd seemed to be initially shocked by all this (especially since it wasn’t clear which guy was supposed to be technico or rudo) but was into the idea by the end of the match. If this is the direction, it’s at least more interesting than Felino-Ángel de Oro would’ve been (if not quite as enticing as Mistico-Gran Guerrero) and while using the tribute show to Cavernario and Felino’s late stable mate is kind of shady, it did get the required heat at the end. If nothing else it was an intriguing angle to help out a match that really didn’t have a whole lot else going for it.